A Celebration of Life for my Friendship

I appreciate the Celebration of Life from the many U.S. traditions, customs and holidays. In the past, I perceived funerals as very sad and dark. I couldn’t see death as one of the happiest events in life as some tribes do. Both approaches addressing the end of life seem too extreme and too one-sided to…

27 Years of Silence and Estrangement

“I understood the life around me better, not from love, which everybody acknowledges to be a great teacher, but from estrangement, to which nobody has attributed the power of reinforcing insight.” – Nirad C. Chaudhuri When I was a child in Ukraine, I watched a TV program called “Find Me”. This program covered stories about…

Conflict and Creativity

“When we face our conflicts, invite our imagination to interact with them, and then give them up to the great space of Creativity itself, new ideas and insights burst forward unexpectedly.” – Diane Musho Hamilton For some of us, conflict and creativity don’t have anything in common from the first look. Indeed, if we have…

Take in the good

In my previous blog I mentioned Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and his book ”Hardwiring Happiness”. Today, I will share with you Dr. Hanson’s HEAL steps and their benefits.  You may expect positive results if you practice it several times a day. Dr. Hanson states: “By taking just a few extra seconds to stay with a positive experience –…

“The negativity bias is no our fault. We didn’t create it. Still, we can do something about it.” –— Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

There are ways to work with your brain and change it for the better through self-directed neuroplasticity. In his fascinating book  ”Hardwiring Happiness”, neuropsychologist  Rick Hanson, Ph.D.  describes how the brain evolved a negativity bias for the survival of our ancestors, explains what negativity bias is, and relates how this bias affects our quality of life:…

“Gratitude Is The Best Attitude” (author unknown)

  Hello! This is my first blog post! I appreciate your checking it out. Recently, on July 4th, Independence Day (it couldn’t have been just any day, right?), I made a new resolution to blog once a week.  My main goal is to share my knowledge, skills, strategies, resources, and professional experiences with all of you…