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How to Be Happy

How to Be Happy

This year it’s all about happiness. That’s the buzzword in the positive psychology of well-being “movement” and, this being the column about well-being, I’m going to bring you some fresh new ideas about how best to bring happiness into your lives. So let’s get this year off to a great new start and define happiness. Trust me, this is no easy task. It’s unwieldy to say the least since there are as many definitions as there are people in San Diego. The term “positive psychology” dates back to 1954 when Abraham Maslow wrote his book, “Motivation and Personality.”To set the stage, here’s what Abraham Lincoln taught us about happiness: “Most people are about as happy…as they make up their minds to be.”Research reported in 2005 in the Review of General Psychology tells us...

Posted Thursday, January 7, 2010, 06:03PM | Permalink

7 Quick Steps to Breaking New Year's Resolutions

7 Quick Steps to Breaking New Year's Resolutions

It’s just about time for San Diegans to engage in an annual American exercise, one that carries an 80 percent failure rate. Yet that statistic doesn’t stop us, every year, from making a list of new year’s resolutions that we promise we will keep. New year’s resolutions...

Posted Friday, December 18, 2009, 12:39PM | Permalink

What Color is Your Holiday?

What Color is Your Holiday?

No matter what time of the year it is, when I see red and green together, like so many of you I’m sure, I think, “Merry Christmas.” Similarly, blue, white and silver jump out and shout, “Happy Chanukah.” Black, red and green point to the celebration of...

Posted Friday, December 11, 2009, 01:00PM | Permalink

How to Behave at Your Holiday Office Party

How to Behave at Your Holiday Office Party

What I don't like about office Christmas/Holiday parties is looking for a job the next day. But in the words of Norman Vincent Peale, “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Hmmm, maybe he wasn’t invited to too...

Posted Thursday, December 3, 2009, 05:45PM | Permalink

Thanksgiving: The Un-Turkey Holiday

Thanksgiving: The Un-Turkey Holiday

Don’t tell me you actually believe that Pilgrims, dressed in black, sat down with Indians, wearing feathers and colorful beads, for a big meal of turkey, cornbread, cranberries and pumpkin pie and created what we know as Thanksgiving?If you do, then I’d like to...

Posted Friday, November 20, 2009, 01:36PM | Permalink

Poor Customer Service

Poor Customer Service

All I wanted was a hamburger, fries and salad. Simple, right? Not really.Apparently, if your restaurant is not up on fine customer service, then you need to order a HOT burger and HOT fries. Seems people expect good service, but few are willing to give it.I’m not going to...

Posted Friday, November 13, 2009, 04:31PM | Permalink

Wine vs. Beer

Wine vs. Beer

Oktoberfest is over. Now the inaugural San Diego Beer week is upon us November 6–15. And not to be ignored is the La Jolla Historical Society’s Antique Brewery Fest on November 21. Beer, beer, beer. But wine lovers, now it’s wine’s time to have a festival of its own in...

Posted Friday, November 6, 2009, 02:00AM | Permalink

The Sports Widow's Dilemma

The Sports Widow's Dilemma

When your competition in marriage is the 105th edition of Major League Baseball’s 2009 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, what’s a spouse to do? Nicknamed the “Turnpike Series” because it connects New York to Philadelphia through...

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009, 05:39PM | Permalink

Whatever ... It Is What It Is

Whatever ... It Is What It Is

Flying to New York last week, I picked up a copy of a recent Marist Poll, dated October 7, 2009. I know, weird thing to read while jetting to the east, but my reading habits are a topic for a whole other blog. What did I discover that caught my attention? Words that, like, basically drive...

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009, 04:56PM | Permalink

Boo Humbug

Boo Humbug

Pop culture icons and Hollywood are having a big impact on Halloween costumes this year. Duh. No Hallo-scream there!True Blood and Twilight will have us dressed in the “Vamp Vixen” costume, while Michael Jackson fans will pay tribute to their king with...

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009, 01:40PM | Permalink

Swine Flu Anxiety?

Swine Flu Anxiety?

Whether you call it “mysophobia,” “germophobia,” “bacillophobia,” or “bacteriophobia,” this Swine Flu has got lots of people here in San Diego just plain scared of contact with dirt and germs. My goodness, even the rabbi at the synagogue I...

Posted Friday, October 2, 2009, 02:14PM | Permalink

What Happened to Our Manners?

What Happened to Our Manners?

President John F. Kennedy said, “So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness and sincerity is always subject to proof.” I have to wonder if he has been watching the behavior of three key public figures over the last week....

Posted Friday, October 2, 2009, 02:07PM | Permalink

Happiness: Are Women in a Misery Epidemic?

Happiness: Are Women in a Misery Epidemic?

Marcus Buckingham is the bestselling author of five books, with more than 3.7 million copies in print, and the world's leading expert in personal strengths. Buckingham has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, the Today show, Good Morning...

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009, 05:56PM | Permalink

The Lowdown on Breast Enlargement

The Lowdown on Breast Enlargement

"They're real ... and they're spectacular!" — my favorite line from what may be one of the best half-hour episodes in sitcom history. It was season 4, episode 19, and aired on Februrary 25, 1993.Jerry (Seinfeld) is interested in Cidra (played by Teri Hatcher),...

Posted Friday, September 11, 2009, 04:19PM | Permalink

Stop Multitasking

Stop Multitasking

This week’s blog is a blog about something that doesn’t exist. It is a blog about myth. A blog about nothing, in the tradition of Seinfeld. A blog about multitasking.Multitasking is something that cannot be done. We cannot do two things at the same time. Duh. We...

Posted Thursday, September 3, 2009, 01:58PM | Permalink

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