Surprising Results of new Gratitude Study

Originally published in the Savoir Vivre Vignettes newsletter on LinkedIn - with insight-giving Stories from my Transformational Retreats here in the South of France Bowled over by the benefits I experienced when I started to keep a gratitude journal many years ago, I still do so today: every morning and every evening I spend 10-15 …

Accidental Mindfulness

There is something about sunrises, isn’t there? Here in the south of France, they can be spectacular, especially on a frosty winter’s morning. I had fed the hungry hordes and was standing at my kitchen counter; with a steaming cup of coffee in my hands. Suddenly, while I deeply inhaled the deliciously-additive aroma and looked …

It All Starts With Coffee…

Getting up in the not-so-sunny south of France during the winter might not be as challenging as it is in Antarctica, but it has its inconveniences. Especially, if you have a hungry horde, or more specifically, a hungry herd, traipsing through the mud, making as much noise as possible, from sunrise every morning. I had …

Stress Management Made Easy: Creating Sanctuaries

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations so disturbing that no matter how hard we have worked at self-development, no matter how many self-help books we have read , no matter how many courses we took about effective stress management, we feel overwhelmed. Lost. Those times when you feel as if you are being tossed about …