On June 26th, Forgiveness Day, Forgive Yourself

Traditionally, forgiveness is thought of as something you apply to someone else—someone who has wronged you or hurt you in some way. But there is another, very empowering perspective—forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. Harvard social psychologist Ellen Langer has done some wonderful research on mindfulness. In one of her writings, she describes regrets [...]

June 29th is National Hug Day – Show Someone You Care

Physical contact is something that makes humans human. Whether it’s a pat on the back, a friendly handshake, or a big hug, this contact has always been a unique way for us to express our emotions and our connection to one another. And science has pointed out there’s a good reason for that—hugs stimulate the [...]

Mom! It’s not my first rodeo!

Recently, I had a conversation with 12-year-old Sarah, who was visiting. We were awaiting other guests when she told me, “My dad is going to be whispering in my ear to socialize more. I’m working on it, but I’m just not comfortable around people.” Later I had a chance to speak with Sarah’s father and [...]

Let’s read! It’s essential to your children’s success

“Children ultimately learn to love books because they are sharing [reading] with someone they love,” says Professor Barry Zuckerman of the Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. He led a study on the benefits of reading to young children. “You can imagine if someone…came up with a widget that would stimulate all aspects [...]