Where happiness grows

Happiness grows wherever you plant the seeds, but if you don’t care for them, they shrivel and die. Although it’s a known fact, it’s easily overlooked and we often pay more attention to someone else’s garden of happiness wishing it were ours without tending our own. Happiness grows from the seeds we care for. We water […]

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When too much empathy can hurt.

Psychology Today’s definition of empathy is: “The experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling.” This is a good feeling to have towards others and we need more of it in order to make a better world filled with love, peace and […]

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Missing someone even before they are gone.

It is part of the human condition to constantly anticipate the future, even the near future, making it sometimes sadder tan we’d like. This happened today after spending time with one of my little fabulous nieces. While waiting for my bus back home, she hugged me and told me she missed me.

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You Are Not Alone: Hope and Help for Caregivers.

If you belong to one of the many Latino families who are facing the prospect of a difficult Christmas because you are caring for your elders and maybe your children, too, this post is for you. Juggling your job, your kids, and older adults, most likely won’t give you time to take for yourself. In […]

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The freedom to be yourself.

I was 26 when this new acquaintance told me he had something to tell me when the time was right. It took a couple of weeks for him to finally tell me: “You care too much what people think of you.” I didn’t understand then but two decades later I understand only too well and […]

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What makes your heart grow?

When you’ve protected yourself from harm by staying away from people half your life, and then join the crowd, you are amazed at how much better it is to risk being hurt and feel your heart beating again through the thoughtful acts of kindness that others offer you. Our hearts grow bigger for different reasons. We feel […]

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Gentle souls: hold them close.

It’s surprising how ugly it gets out there. Finding genuinely good people is not that easy, unfortunately. But when we do, we should keep them close, allow them to be our armour, make them part of our team and lose all those who are “not such gentle souls.”

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