When it's harder than ever to choose joy, we risk accepting its absence. That can become a self-fulfilling prophecy of joyless days. We may fuel a vicious cycle dragging us further and further away from joy. But, when we make the effort to look for joy, we increase our chances of breaking our self-inflicted prisons… Continue reading Choosing joy, when looking for joy is harder
How does one find joy in troubled times? How are we to live, when existential threats such as a pandemic virus disrupt our day-to-day activities and curtail our ability to enjoy our favorite activities? How do we keep going when an unknown, hard-to-quantify threat to our health lurks in the shadows? Some words from C.S.… Continue reading How are we to live?
When your brain is fully engaged in a challenging puzzle, the rest of the world can fade away. It could be a pencil and paper puzzle, like a cryptic crossword clue or “who owns the zebra” logic puzzle. It could be the situational puzzles that come up in complex board games, like how am I… Continue reading Puzzles
When you have really great news that you want to share with everyone, you're just bursting at the seams to get it out into the world. They're engaged! He got the job! She got her acceptance letter! We're expecting! Whatever it is, you probably want to blast it out to the world all at once… Continue reading Savoring the announcement
Of course there's not much joy in death, especially an abrupt passing that gives no one time to prepare. Grief and mourning are natural and necessary. No one ever said a joyful life wouldn't have moments of sadness, moments of outrage, and moments of despair. We each go through the stages of denial, anger, bargaining,… Continue reading The unexpected death of a friend