You can almost see it. The finish line. The end of the school year. The only problem is that it seems like you have to go through an obstacle course to get there! Whether you have school aged kids or not, June can be a very hectic month with wind ups for sports teams and volunteer groups, music and dance recitals, not to mention graduations. While all of this is reason to celebrate, the problem is that it’s all crammed into 1 month! In this article I’m going to tell you about 3 simple tips to help you bypass the obstacle course so you can sail through the month with greater ease. (more…)

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Do you remember this childhood song? “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. If you’re happy and you know it and you’re not afraid to show it, if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.” So, are you happy? If you’re having difficulty answering with a resounding “Yes!” or even a “most of the time”, you’re not alone. Although Canada and the United States are arguably two of the most privileged countries in the world in which to live, they also have some of the highest uses of antidepressants in the world. According to research done by the OCED (Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development), 86 out of 1000 Canadians are on antidepressants.1 In the United States, 11 percent of the population aged 12 and over take antidepressants. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that from “1988–1994 through 2005–2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages increased nearly 400%”!2  Why is everyone, children included, so stressed out? In this article, I’m going to show you a simple, scientifically validated exercise that has been shown to leave people happier and less depressed for a month! I’ll also share with you two powerful, thought-provoking questions that could change your life. (more…)

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Remember when you were a kid and your toys were scattered everywhere? That’s when your Mom or Dad would say, “Clean up your mess!” What about now? Do you have a junk drawer in the kitchen that you can barely close? Is your garage so full of stuff that you can’t even park your car in it? What about your personal or work relationships? Are there some messes there that you need to clean up? Whether you know it or not, the messes in your life are actually contributing more to your stress levels than you realize. For example, according to organizational expert Jillian Pollack, people spend an average of six minutes a day just looking for their keys.1 That’s 42 minutes a week or three hours a month of needlessly added stress! Think of what you could be doing with that extra time.

Research shows that your brain can only focus on a certain number of things at a time and when you surpass that, your brain goes into information overload.2,3,4 Clutter in our homes as well as in our minds can cause stress that not only harms our health, but takes away from experiencing joy in our lives. So I thought that, in the spirit of spring cleaning, I would share with you a powerful way you can start decreasing clutter in your home as well as in your mind. You will experience how cleaning up your messes really can help you Go From Your Stressed Self to Your Best Self™! (more…)

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Do you know what your life purpose is? Are you doing what you feel you were born to do? Are you passionate about your job, career, your life? If you’re blessed like I am, you have a deep sense of knowing that you are living your life purpose, or what some people call your soul purpose. However, if not, you are not alone. Over the years I have seen countless people in my practice who were both unhappy and unhealthy because they were in a job or career that was sucking the life out them. The reason it was draining them was because they weren’t living out their life purpose. Many of them had never spent time even thinking about what makes them feel alive. Most didn’t think that it was possible to work where they could be happy. Some had once felt fulfilled by their career but things had changed and they were now left feeling like something was missing.

I have a plaque in my home office that says, “If not to share your gifts with the world, then why on Earth are you here?” What are your gifts? What brings you joy and meaning in your life? How do you use these gifts to make a difference in your workplace or in the world? In this article I’m going to take you through a couple of powerful exercises that will help you identify your life purpose. I will also share some leading research that shows why being clear why you’re here is essential to your health and well-being. (more…)

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Are you excited about the New Year? Once again we get a fresh start, making new resolutions and setting new goals. But, what’s going to make it different this year compared to last year, or the year before that? Were you able to stop smoking? Were you successful in achieving your weight loss goals? Did you spend less time at work and more time with your family? If you didn’t come close to making any of your last year’s resolutions become a reality, you’re not alone. According to research, only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.1 Why is that? What are they doing that the other 92 percent of us aren’t? They are taking full responsibility for their lives! Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer in their NY Times bestselling book, The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, list taking 100% responsibility as their number one success principle.2 In this article I’m going to reveal how you can become part of that successful 8 percent by taking three specific action steps. Are you ready to start taking 100% responsibility for your life? (more…)

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no-time-like-the-presentpptxHow often do we say, I don’t know where the time goes, time sure flies or I never have enough time? I have to admit that I tend to use these phrases more often than I should. For some people they may feel like they have too much time on their hands. Certainly as we enter the Holiday Season, we do tend to pile on more activities to our to-do list making us feel the impact of the Holiday Rush. For others, the Season may seem to drag on with a sense of dread, especially if it is the first Christmas or Hanukkah after a loved one has passed. However, what if I told you that there is a way to slow down or speed up time? How would you feel if I said that you don’t have to get so stressed out this holiday season? Well, in this article, I’m going to share with you some insights into time and how we perceive it. I’ll also give you 3 hot tips on how to both manage and actually experience time differently. You will be able to immediately apply these strategies to the Holiday Season and keep using them all year round! (more…)

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go-home-and-love-your-familyChicago could definitely use some peace. I was listening to the news the other day while driving to work and I heard that last weekend 17 people were murdered in Chicago. They also said that so far this year, there have been over 600 homicides in that city! When I looked up the murder rate in Toronto, a Canadian city with a population comparable to Chicago’s, they’ve had 57 murders so far this year. My mind was also blown when I found out that in Chicago in the month of October alone, there were 70 murders which is more than there have been in the entire year so far in Toronto! What is going on? What is going wrong?

While there are many reasons for this violence and the stress it creates, it often leaves us feeling helpless and hopeless. This is not good for our own health, the health of our families and the well-being of our communities. So what can we do? Mother Teresa, when asked how to create world peace, is quoted as saying, “Go home and love your family.” She’s right. Peace starts at home, but to take that even further, peace starts inside each one of us. Do you think any of the people involved in the murders in Chicago were experiencing inner peace? Obviously not even close! So what can we do to start creating more tranquility in our own lives? Meditation is a great way to start. In fact, I want to share a Peace Meditation video with you this month. Join now to view. (more…)

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