Happiness Is a Balancing Act

The balancing act goes on all through life. If you have small children, you are balancing work and family; if you have aging parents, you are balancing work, leisure and family; if you have a chronic illness you are balancing your health needs with the needs of others.

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Celebrate Failure– It’s What Most of Us Do

Erma Bombeck wrote, "Failing is what most of us do...but we have still managed to go on breathing...I have several reactions when I hear people introduce me [with]...accolades...so glowing that I don't even recognize myself. I figure Mother Teresa just flew in...I would like to propose a new wrinkle to introductions. Instead of listing a speaker's successes, why not list the failures?

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Romance Can Survive Job Loss—Keep Hope Alive

After the shock of being laid off from an advertising company, Allen's life fell apart. He had always been sought after; therefore, he had every expectation that history would repeat itself. Instead, he has been without a job for nine months. During this period, his depression enveloped him. His wife asked for a separation. The love he felt for his two pre-teen children kept him going.

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Bouncing Forward, Not Backward—A New Look at Resilience

The rubber band is often used as the metaphor for resilience. It indicates that once pushed beyond what you can handle, with resilience, you eventually bounce back to where you are. But is bouncing back the right metaphor? Will anything ever be the same for the miners who were trapped in the Chilean mines? Or for those devastated by recent events in Japan?

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