5 things to learn from the world’s happiest people

In a survey of the happiest people around the globe, America ranked 15th. Try these stay-happy lifestyle tips from cultures that topped the list.

The great work from home debate

Thinking about making the switch to a work from home gig? Consider these caveats, first.

Putting nature on your calendar

We all need to open our doors for more time with nature. It's no longer optional.

Cindy Crawford is giving up the battle for youth

The legendary fashion and beauty icon has announced she'll retire this month. But she's still got one last lesson for us before she does.

The best (and only) resolution I ever kept

Negative self-talk was a bad habit that I knew I needed to change.

The joy of being alone (without your phone)

Last fall I took a group of high-achieving young honors students with plans to change the world on a silent retreat. I accompanied these college sophomores, driving through twisting roads splashed on either side with autumn colors, to St. Meinrad’s Archabbey in southern Indiana to spend a night. There, they…

The ‘love yourself first’ myth

Last year in her magazine, Oprah Winfrey advised us to ask ourselves two questions: "What do I have to do to get where I need to be?" and "How do I create the life I want?" In case you aren’t sure how to answer, she has that for us, too: “To…

Note to self: letter-writing is good for you!

“C u ltr,” is an accurate reflection of my correspondence with friends and family lately. It’s often a short text that I’ve dashed off while doing something else. It’s full of acronyms, may unabashedly contain typos (and p.s. I’m a writer), and typically feels more to the point than wrapped…

Work-life balance: is it ever really possible?

Are we destined to spend our lives rushing from one thing to the next, never having enough time for family and leisure?

It’s not me, it’s you: when friends break up

I’m not only half Canadian, but also a Midwesterner. This may explain my penchant for crumpets and marmalade as well as the way the spare beauty of gray, winter days makes me feel deliciously nostalgic.

Meditation when you can’t sit still

Many of us spend our days on a perpetual treadmill. Going from one thing to the next. The suggestion of slowing down to mindfully meditate might sound like an invitation to climb Everest. Note to inner self: it is worth the effort.