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Applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Principles to Everyday Life

December 7th, 2016

We all want to be happy, fulfilled, well-adjusted and stress-free. The challenge, of course, is figuring out how to get there and I don’t need to tell you that it’s a heck of a lot easier said than done. In an ideal world, the stigma surrounding mental health would be lifted and we’d all visit […]

Sunday Snippet: Dan Harmon and the Story Circle

December 4th, 2016

“Now you understand that all life, including the human mind and the communities we create, marches to the same, very specific beat. If your story also marches to this beat- whether your story is the great American novel or a fart joke- it will resonate. It will send your audience’s ego on a brief trip […]

Sunday Snippet: Fidel Castro (1926-2016)

November 27th, 2016

“A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.” He served as Prime Minister of Cuba between 1959 and 1976, following up as President of the country from 1976 to 2008. All said, Fidel Castro was in charge for nearly fifty years. […]

My Happiness List (November 2016)

November 24th, 2016

Some people like to call it a gratitude list. They might even maintain some form of a gratitude journal. Some people might take this opportunity to give thanks, but we already gorged on turkey last month here in Canada. No, I think what I’m going to do today is borrow a page from Amber Strocel […]

Sunday Snippet: The Grand Tour

November 20th, 2016

Jeremy Clarkson: “He was born in 1836. He was fired by Car Magazine, fired by Autocar magazine, fired by Scotland on Sunday, and somehow he managed to get fired by a Volvo dealership. Probably for driving too slowly. Ladies and gentlemen, James May!” Following last year’s fracas with the BBC, we weren’t entirely sure what […]

Sunday Snippet: Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

November 13th, 2016

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There’s a crack in everything— That’s how the light gets in. I never really knew Leonard Cohen. I mean, I’d heard of his name, but my knowledge of the late Canadian singer and poet didn’t really extend beyond that. I didn’t know that his […]

Sunday Snippet: Marcus Pfister, The Rainbow Fish

November 6th, 2016

“The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left and right. And the more he gave away, the more delighted he became. When the water around him filled with glimmering scales, he at last felt at home among the other fish.” Oftentimes, we might turn to great philosophers or accomplished entrepreneurs for words of wisdom. And they […]

Sunday Snippet: Chase Jarvis

October 30th, 2016

“Being busy is not a sign of success. Being busy is a lack of priority. And by busy, I mean like crazy like, “Oh my god, I’m so busy.” That’s the lamest thing. Hey, how’s it going? What’s on? Oh, I’m so busy. That is lame. Can we stop that as a culture? Celebrating being […]