Take Control of the Story You Tell About Yourself

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Joan Didion We are story-telling creatures. They help us make sense of the world and our place in it. The story we tell about ourselves—our narrative identity—is...

5 Ways to Make January Just a Little Bit Better

What is people’s least favorite month of the year? You guessed it. January. More than any other time of year, people dread it. Short chilly days coupled with bills to pay, failed resolutions, and discarded Christmas trees...

Goblin Mode: The Antidote for Perfectionism

So the Word of the Year is goblin mode. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the selection is “a word or expression reflecting the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the past twelve months, one that has potential...

Houseguests Take Note: How Not to Overstay Your Welcome

My parents used to have a pillow with the inscription, “All our guests bring happiness. Some by coming, others by going.” Benjamin Franklin put it more bluntly. “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days,” he famously...

How to Actually Enjoy the Holidays

Is it really the “most wonderful time of the year?” A survey of 2,000 adults found that 88% of respondents believe the holidays are the most stressful time of the year. Two in five said...

How to Be A Better Gift Giver

"In case you are stumped, here is my wish list." My 13-year-old daughter recently sent everyone in our family a link to a gift registry with specific items she hoped to receive for her...