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3 Healthy Ways to Compartmentalize Emotions

We can’t always turn off our big feelings, but we can develop techniques to prevent them from running our life. -, April 26, 2019

A Garden Miracle?

How a little light and warmth encouraged growth in a dark, cold garden shed. - April 25, 2019

4 Ways to Create a Positive ‘House of Words’

The poetic idea that our words are where we dwell inspires us to create an uplifting space in which to live our best lives. -, April 19, 2019

A Beautiful Passover Lesson in Courage

An often-overlooked moment in the Exodus story teaches us the power of taking the first step., April 18, 2019

Can Humor Protect You from Depression?

Research suggests that finding something funny in a negative situation helps fight sadness., April 12, 2019

An Authentically Positive Perspective on Rainy Days

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s words invite us to find peace even when things aren’t going our way. -, April 11, 2019

Good News—Positive Emotions Are Contagious

An uplifting outlook can literally change the minds of those in both your virtual and actual social networks. -, April 5, 2019

3 Short-Seasoned Spring Vegetables to Treasure

These seasonal gifts will remind you to stop and savor the brief but vibrant pleasures of spring. -, April 4, 2019

Instead of FOMO, Experience JOMO, the ‘Joy of Missing Out’

Being there for yourself sometimes means bowing out of time spent with others., March 19, 2019

Positive Reading List: ‘The Invisible Garden’ by Dorothy Sucher

This gorgeous book explores how gardening is a metaphor for a life that takes hard work but yields great rewards. -, March 28, 2019

4 Easy Ways to Embrace the Healing Power of Nature

The positive power of nature is inspiring doctors to prescribe going outside to improve your health. -, March 22, 2019

How to Wait Patiently for Spring

The official start of spring can be a mindset as well as a date on the calendar. -, March 21, 2019

Want to Boost Your Brain? Play Music

The more you learn and play music, the more your brain can whistle a happy tune. -, March 15, 2019

Is There Such a Thing as ‘Toxic Positivity?’

Positive words can ring hollow if they deny the full range of our emotional lives., March 14, 2019

Positive Lessons from Late Winter Buds

The fruits we crave can only ripen if we release the energy they need to start growing., March 8, 2019

The Power of a Positive Doctor

Social psychologists are finding that a reassuring word from the doctor can make a measurable difference in your health. -, March 7, 2019

Plants, Like People, Sometimes Need Change

Every living thing needs to shift course if it is going to grow and flourish. -, March 1, 2019

How to Find the Courage to Keep Going

Living positively means accepting that life sometimes asks us to regain our balance before we can move forward. -, February 28, 2019

Think Positive Today, Be Healthy Tomorrow

New research suggests that optimism has long-term health benefits. -, February 2019

George Washington’s Inspiring Definition of Friendship

Our first president understood that a true bond is cultivated and nurtured over time., February 15, 2019

4 Fun New Ways to Enjoy Hot Chocolate

Nothing against marshmallows, but you can jazz up your winter warmer in lots of other ways too. -, February 14, 2019

3 Ways to Celebrate Even When You’re Hurting

Try these strategies to stay present for the positive moments in otherwise tough times., February 8, 2019

Sharing a Positive Milestone

My blog, A Positive Path, has been at Guideposts for two years, and I’m celebrating every uplifting word we’ve shared. -, February 4, 2019

3 Things to Love About Snow

Snow can be a hassle…or a magical reminder of the beauty and rhythm of nature., January 31, 2019

The Science of ‘Happy Lights’ for Seasonal Sadness

Special lights can improve mood in people who experience the “winter blues” or a more serious seasonal emotional dip. -, January 25, 3019

Mary Oliver’s Instructions for Living

The poet’s extraordinary work calls each of us to notice the natural world in all its stunning, perplexing detail. -, January 25, 2019

Vegetable Gratin: Your New Favorite Comfort Food

Creamy and satisfying, it could b the best way to eat your veggies this winter. -, January 24, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. on ‘Infinite Hope’

Distinguishing between today’s challenges and tomorrow’s possibilities is part of King’s inspiring legacy. -, January 18, 2019

Why Winter Is the Most Positive Season

The dark and cold invite us to draw close to that which warms our lives. -, January 17, 2019

3 Ways to Set Positive Priorities

Taking stock of what matters most can help you work peacefully and efficiently through your to-do list. -, January 11, 2019

4 Positive Things About Being an Introvert

Just because you value privacy and solitude doesn’t mean you aren’t living your most positive life. -, January 9, 2019

Can Hugs Make You Happier?

A group of scientists is looking at this question—you may like what they’re finding.
-, January 3, 2019

How to Light Up 2019

A fire warms your toes and your heart—what will you ignite to sparkle your way into 2019?
-, December 28, 2018

3 Ways to Keep your Resolutions with an 'Accountability Buddy’

No guilt or shame, just a partner to join you on your journey toward a shared goal.
-, December 28, 2018

3 Ways to De-Clutter Your Mind

The New year is the perfect time to calm your mind and make space for what the next 365 days will bring. -, December 27, 2018

3 Ways to Slow Down During the Holidays

Slowing down during December’s excitement? No, it’s not impossible—it’s a gift you can give yourself. -, December 20, 2018

A Simple Trick to Improve Your Discernment

This maxim is used in religious and secular circles alike to encourage us to discern wisdom from unhelpful information. -, December 14, 2018

How to Bounce Back from a Setback

Resilience can be yours if you remember what brought you to this moment. -, December 13, 2018

3 Tips That Will Make Ginger Your Holiday Beverage Go-To

When the scent of ginger fills the air, we can’t help but breathe deeply and get cozy.
-, December 11, 2018

3 Make-Ahead Ideas for Happy Holiday Entertaining

Your holiday season will be brighter if you are relaxed when guests come calling.
-, December 7, 2018

3 Ways to Focus on Progress, Not Perfection

Embrace the “growth mindset,” a way to understand that progress and change are possible for each of us. -, December 6, 2018

How Hanukkah Teaches Us to Cast the World in Positive Light

The “Festival of Lights” builds from darkness into bright beauty. -, November 30, 2018

The Powerful Gift of a Deep Breath

Turning the calendar to December can feel like stepping into a maelstrom. Deep breathing is a simple way to stay grounded during this busy season. -, November 29, 2018

Why It’s Not Too Early to Decorate for Christmas

There are surprising benefits for those who trim the tree early in the season. -, November 21, 2018

After Giving Thanks, Why Not Spread Kindness?

The day after Thanksgiving is a chance to do unto others what you’re grateful they have done unto you. -, November 20, 2018

3 Ways to Celebrate ‘Plenty’ This Thanksgiving

Embracing the gifts of food and friendship sets us on a positive path through the holiday season -, November 18 2018

3 Make-Ahead Tips for a Positive Dinnertime

Investing just a little prep time can transform your meal into a nutritious and relaxing experience. -, November 8, 2018

Why the ‘Bluebird of Happiness’ Might Actually Be Real

Research shows living among varieties of bird species can increase inner peace and joy.
-, November 2, 2018

Faith Groups Unite in Support After the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

American Muslim groups are among those who have offered both financial and emotional support. -, October 31, 2018

Reflecting on the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Broken things take a long time to repair—but together, we can keep working toward wholeness and a better future. -, October 31, 2018

Do You Focus on the Positive or the Negative?

Understanding why some brains tend toward negativity could be a breakthrough in the treatment of depression and anxiety. -, October 26, 2018

How to Navigate Change More Positively

Understanding the distinction between “change” and “transition” can help you handle shifts in life with grace. -, October 25, 2018

An Easy Way to Remember to Use Positive Words

The power of the spoken word is profound. Here’s how to use it in a positive way. -, October 19, 2018

How One Act of Generosity Can Change the World

The story of Acadia National Park shows the enduring power of a generous act. -, October 18, 2018

3 Ways to Stand Strong When Storms of Life Attack

A new perspective on how to navigate winds of change. -, October 12, 2018

The Positive Power of Working with Your Hands

Research shows that creating something with your own two hands stimulates brain chemicals that improve mental health. -, October 11, 2018

3 Healthy, Easy-to-Make Fall Dips Everyone Will Love

Whether you’re dipping veggies or chips, a fresh tasting, good-for-you dip shows your guests you care about their bodies and taste buds. -, October 4, 2018.

3 Ways to Adjust to a ‘New Normal’

Start by remembering that whatever may have changed, you are still you. -, September 30, 2018.

6 Simple Ways to Find Comfort in Tough Times

During stress or a crisis, a little peace and calm can be found in unexpected places. -, September 28, 2018.

3 Ways to Have a Positive Fall Cleaning

Move over, spring cleaning. Fall is a great time to clear clutter and make space for the life you love. -, September 27, 2018.

What Can You Let Go of This Fall?

Autumn is a time to release things that no longer serve our lives. -, September 21, 2018.

Why Fall Is the Most Positive Season

The spectacular way nature transforms itself and quiets down is a source of deep peace and pleasure. -, September 20, 2018.

3 Ingredients of a Positive Friendship

Cultivating just a few positive relationships can be a source of joy, support, and satisfaction throughout your life. -, September 14, 2018.

3 Ways to Turn Around an ‘Off’ Day

It’s never too late to redirect yourself in a positive direction. -, September 14, 2018.

6 Ingredients for a True Apology

The Jewish High Holy Days model how authentic, meaningful apologies can transform and renew our relationships and outlook. -, September 7, 2018.

The Positive Impact of a Thank-You Note

Psychologists say that long or short, hand-written or emailed, expressions of gratitude simply make people happy. -, September 6, 2018.

3 Grain Salad Recipes for Cool, Easy Suppers

Grains are nutritious, substantial, and just plain delicious when paired with late summer’s produce. -, August 30, 2018.

6 Positive Ways to Celebrate Labor Day

An opportunity to feel grateful for the seemingly small things you accomplish each day. -, August 28, 2018.

Cultivate Positivity in the Garden of Life

At peak summer harvest, marvel at the joy of your bounty—and your life. -, August 24, 2018.

Use a Mirror, Not a Magnifying Glass, for Positive Relationships

Understanding what makes you tick will help you be there for others. -, August 23, 2018.

3 Easy Ways to Enjoy Summer Tomatoes

There’s no shortage of ways to savor these summer beauties. -, August 17, 2018.

A Healthy Way to Listen to Your ‘Inner Critic’

Heard with the right attitude, that self-critical voice can be a positive motivator. -, August 16, 2018.

When ‘No’ Is the Most Positive Answer

Sometimes saying ‘yes’ to your own happiness means saying ‘no’ to something else. -, August 10, 2018.

How to Choose Calm

Considering that this little word is both a feeling and an action gives you two ways into a peaceful day. -, August 9, 2018.

Why Summer Is the Most Positive Season

We can all embrace the joy of the world blooming into its fullest glory. -, August 3, 2018.

5 Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

When temps flare, your mood can too. Try these simple ways to keep your cool, both literally and figuratively. -, August 2, 2018.

5 Fun New Ways to Enjoy Ice Cream

Two scoops and a drizzle of fudge don’t even scratch the surface of tantalizing possibilities for this summer favorite. -, July 26, 2018.

3 Healthy Summer Social Media Habits
Don’t let jealousy or fear-of-missing-out sabotage your season. -, July 20, 2018.

Get to Know—and Love—Your Summer Greens

Knowing which leaf is which can guide you through the farmer’s market—and to a tastier dinner plate. -, July 19, 2018.

Why Self-Compassion Is More Important than Self Esteem

A cultural shift in positive thinking appears to be underway. -, July 13, 2018.

Thailand Cave Rescue: How the Boys Stayed Calm

Here’s the spiritual technique the Thai soccer coach taught his young players while they waited to be rescued. -, July 12, 2018..

3 Ways to Get the Best Eating from Your Summer Garden

Knowing how to pick something at the peak of ripeness is an exercise in patience, discipline, and observation. -, July 12, 2018.

3 Ways to Take a Vacation from Your Problems

Working on—and worrying about—your challenges shouldn’t be a 24/7 job. -, July 6, 2018. 

How Positive Emotions Can Change Your Life

What do uplifting feelings contribute to our general well-being? A whole lot. -, July 5, 2018.

3 Positive Ways to Pursue Personal Freedom

Independence is neither simple nor easy. Focus on your strengths to stay empowered and energized. -, June 29, 2018.

Positive Reading List: ‘The Art of the Wasted Day’

This lyrical book makes the case for adding more leisure time to your life. -, June 28, 2018.

The Positive Power of Trying Something New

Take on a new challenge and reconnect with the pleasure of being an excited beginner. -, June 22, 2018.

3 Positive Ways to Cope with Loneliness

Practical ways to push back against this all-too-common emotional challenge. -, June 21, 2018.

Need to Let Go? Look at the Sky

The passing clouds are reminders that the world is always in motion—so too are your thoughts. -, June 15, 2018.

How to Help Yourself Grow in the Right Direction

Like a climbing plant or vine, we all need encouragement to reach toward the sunlight of life., June 14, 2018.

Practice Gratitude by ‘Recognizing the Good’

The Hebrew word for ‘gratitude’ is a reminder that the positive way is always within reach. -, June 8, 2018.

Learning to Be Happy at Any Age

Aging gracefully starts with finding peace, hope, and resilience as the years march on. -, June 7, 2018.

10 Cheerful Ways to Decorate Summer Flower Pots

Give your potted plants a colorful home with these creative tips. -, June 1, 2018

An Image to Help You Let Go of Toxic Thoughts

A screen door is flexible, open to letting negativity pass through to make way for clean, fresh air. -, May 31, 201

The Positive Power of Memory

Memorial Day is a time to practice celebrating life even as we honor and remember loss. -, May 25, 2018

3 Ways Moods and Emotions Are Different

Understanding what distinguishes these two aspects of inner life can help us cultivate healthy, positive habits. -, May 24, 2018

Can You Avoid Back Pain by Lifting More Heavy Things?

Leaning into the movements we fear is part of the journey toward healing. -, May 18, 2018

3 Ways to Set Your Day Up for Success

Just as gardeners nurture the soil around their plants, we can encourage ourselves to make each day fertile and lush. -, May 17, 2018

4 Positive Ways to Manage Your Feelings

Emotional agility is the key to authentic positivity. -, May 11, 2018

3 Positive Ways to Mother Yourself

Mother’s Day is about celebrating the idea of love, support, and nurturance. What would it look like to turn those qualities back in on yourself? -, May 10, 2018

Trouble Reaching Your Goals? Try ‘Lighthouse Planning’

A strategy for getting to those bigger, messier, less tangible goals in the distance. -, May 4, 2018

Positive Reading List: ‘Enlightenment Now’

This big book by Steven Pinker takes on big questions—and finds positive answers. -, May 3, 2018

The Positive Side of Vulnerability

The spring garden teaches us that great things start out small—and need our nurturing and protection. -, April 27, 2018

3 Recipes: Peas and Mint

These green springtime beauties are perfect partners on the plate. -, April 20, 2018

Can Positive Thinking Keep Your Heart Healthy?

New research suggests there is a connection between optimism and recovery from certain heart conditions. -, April 20, 2018

Why Spring Is the Most Positive Season

We can all embrace the exuberance of the world waking up to hope. -, April 19, 2018

It’s Never Too Late to Finish What You’ve Started

A creative project is always worth coming back to, regardless of how it comes out. -, April 13, 2018

Looking for Authentic Positivity? Meet ‘Truth Potato’

The Instagram-based comic is fun, silly—and a beautiful example of how positive living is only helpful if it’s real. -, April 12, 2018

The Positive Power of Celebrating the Sunset

This simple gesture helps us celebrate the uniqueness of each day. -, April 6, 2018

The Power and Wisdom of ‘Mrs. Who’

Picking up A Wrinkle in Time a few decades after my first reading, it was this mysterious character who stood out to me most. -, April 5, 2018

Be As Positive As a Pea

These harbingers of spring aren’t afraid to reach for the sunlight. -, March 29, 2018

Creativity Goes a Long Way to Lower Stress

Research shows that just 45 minutes of creative work lowers cortisol, an insidious stress hormone. -, March 25, 2018

How Passover Is a Model of Authentic Positivity

Truly celebrating the joy of liberation means facing the struggles we’ve endured. -, March 23, 2018

Can Positive Thinking Help Ease Depression?

There’s no magic wand to combat a depressive episode, but gently urging your thoughts in a positive direction is a helpful, mood-stabilizing practice. -, March 22, 2018

Welcome Spring with a Simple, Inexpensive Bouquet

The spring equinox brings the promise of fresh, vibrant growth. Why not bring some of that into your home? -, March 16, 2018

‘The Streetlight Effect’ and Our Search for the Truth

Finding answers to what challenges us means being open to looking for truth wherever it may be. -, March 15, 2018

The Importance of Combating Loneliness

Loneliness is being called an “epidemic.” Here’s why—and how—to prioritize your social life. -, March 9, 2018

4 Ways to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Moments

Stress happens—and when it does, use these techniques to keep calm, think straight, and get through it with grace. -, March 2, 2018

Try ‘Coherent Breathing’ for Stress Relief

This easy-to-learn technique is shown to impact anxiety, depression, and overall wellness.
-, March 1, 2018

3 Easy Ways to Freshen Your Home in Late Winter

Spring might feel far off, but you can still bring a breath of fresh air into your home.
-, February 23, 2018

Positive Reading List: "The Book of ‘No’”

Being able to say “no” with authority, confidence, and heart is a skill worth cultivating.
-, February 22, 2018

Leaning into Stressful Situations for a Happy Outcome

Research suggests that working through stressful situations offers the promise of fulfillment and happiness in the future. -, February 16, 2018

3 Ways Positive Thinking Can Help Relationships Grow

Living optimistically nurtures the relationships that enrich our lives, helping them both grow and last. -, February 15, 2018

Breathe in Love, Breathe Out Stress

Our sense of smell, new research shows, elicits deeply loving feelings—and lowers our stress levels. -, February 9, 2018

In Celebration of Chocolate

There are so many reasons to take the guilt out of “guilty pleasure.” -, February 9, 2018

Why Happy People Aren’t Happy All the Time

Psychologists say emotional flexibility is a key to living an authentically positive life., February 2, 2018

A Year on the Positive Path

As A Positive Path marks one year of life at Guideposts, I’m celebrating all I’ve learned about the authentically positive life. -, February 1, 2018

Checking in on Your New Year’s Resolutions

One month into a new year, it’s healthy and inspiring to check in on your resolutions—and reset if necessary. -, January 26, 2018

How to Make Deep Winter Feel Like a Gift

Embrace the positive on these cold days, and connect with your inner sources of warmth. -, January 25, 2018

Hearth Haiku to Warm Up Your Cold Days

Haiku is a simple poetic form that’s easy, fun, and meaningful for everyone. -, January 19, 2018

4 Ways to Add Satisfying Texture to Winter Soups

Soup is a perfect winter meal. Adding something you can sink your teeth into brings it to the next nourishing level. -, January 18, 2018

Martin Luther King and the Impact of Inspired Leadership

Making lasting change in the world means staying true to deeply-held principles. -, January 12, 2018

3 Ways to Notice—and Overcome—Obstacles in Your Life

Don’t get discouraged in your resolution progress. -, January 11, 2018

Should You Phrase Resolutions in the Form of a Question

Asking “Can I?” and “Should I?” brings an attitude of open curiosity to your New Year’s pledges. -, January 5, 2018

3 Stovetop Simmers to Fill Your Home with Warmth

A softly bubbling pot of richly scented herbs and spices soothes your senses and revitalizes your spirit. -, December 26, 2017

Make 2018 Your Most Positive Year Yet

These 4 strategies can set you on a positive path for the new year. -, December 26, 2017

Stock Your Fridge for a Healthy New Year

What do you see when you open your refrigerator? Let it reflect your healthy goals for 2018. -, December 26, 2017

5 Self-Care Tips for a Positive Christmas

As Christmas draws near, it’s more important than ever to nurture your positive spirit with these techniques. -, December 21, 2017

The Real Joy of Being Together

No matter its size, our community is the source of true, lasting happiness. -, December 21, 2017

How to Stay on the Positive Side of Holiday Music

Avoid the musical pitfalls psychologists warn can sabotage our holiday cheer. -, December 14, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas for Positive Thinkers

Let your gift-giving spark fun, joy and light in your loved ones’ lives. -, December 9, 2017

Relieve Stress with a Five-Finger Breath Exercise

This simple practice will help you relax and find some peace in your day. -, December 7, 2017

Hanukkah: The Long Reach of a Small Light

As Hanukkah begins, what will you kindle in your life? -, December 6, 2017

2 Ways to Make Art with Others

Creative projects are even more meaningful when they’re crafted in a way that builds relationships and community. -, December 1, 2017

3 Ways to Set a Positive Intention for the Holiday Season

December 1 can feel like the calm before the holiday stress storm—or it can be a chance to set the tone for a warm, love-filled holiday season. -, November 30, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Warm Your Home on a Cold Day

As the cold season starts, these warming ideas will help you feel cozy in your winter’s nest. -, November 21, 2017

The Peace of ‘Enough’ During the Holidays

Enjoying the bounty of the season while remembering that more is not always more, is an invitation to a more positive holiday. -, November 20, 2017

3 New Ways to Think About Gratitude

Ask yourself different questions to bring out the full breadth and depth of your gratitude practice. -, November 17, 2017

4 Ways to Be Positive During Family Gatherings

Multiple generations, experiences and perspectives come together around holiday tables at this time of year. Practice positive communication strategies to make the most of the season. -, November 16, 2017

Which Comes First: Positive Thoughts or Actions?

The science behind the complex relationship between emotions and behaviors hints that our actions can be more powerful than our thoughts. -, November 10, 2017

How Planting Bulbs Is “The Work of Hope”

One of the last fall garden tasks is to tuck spring bulbs into the ground, sowing hope for a sweet, colorful spring ahead. -, November 9, 2017 

5 Positive Lessons from a Road Race

A positive sense of daily accomplishment is similar to a road race—compete against yourself only, and move forward simply by putting one foot in front of the other. -, November 3, 2017

Flavorful Fall Veggies in the Slow Cooker

Meatless dishes can still satisfy with these rich recipes. -, November 2, 2017

The Positive Power of Our Everyday Costumes

Halloween is an invitation to try out a wildly different identity. But what could we be if we brought our imagination to the everyday? -, October 27, 2017

4 Ways to Be Positive About Getting Older

Your outlook matters a lot when it comes to how you feel as you age. -, October 24, 2017

Refresh Yourself with a Retreat

Sometimes the best way to freshen your attitude is by stepping away from your everyday routine. -, October 20, 2017

Jumping at the Chance to Be Kind

Look for moments when the world is need of a good deed, and you will find yourself surrounded with positive opportunities. -, October 20, 2017

The Positive Power of “Next Year” in the Fall Garden

Putting the garden to bed for winter is a surprisingly satisfying job, if we remember that "to everything there is a season.” -, October 13, 2017

How Being Generous Helps Your Brain

Between hurricanes and earthquakes, the opportunities to be generous with time and money have been plentiful lately. New research offers a surprising reason to give. -, October 12, 2017

3 Ways to Bounce Back from Adversity

No matter your age, resilience is a skill that can improve with practice, to the benefit of your emotional and physical health. -, October 6, 2017

4 Reminders to Keep Your Positive Thinking Honest

There aren’t many downsides to seeing the positive side of life—but experts caution against falling into a few traps. -, October 4, 2017

Positive Reading List: The Art and Science of Communication

In addition to his acting career, Alan Alda studies and writes about how we can listen better, connect more and learn from each other. -, September 29, 2017

6 Kinds of Stress, and How to Cope

Can stress make you stronger? When you have solid coping mechanisms in place, the answer is yes. -, September 28, 2017

Positive Reading List: ‘Rethinking Positive Thinking’

This psychologist’s research shows that staying motivated to be your best self requires both positive thinking and an honest assessment of obstacles. -, September 22, 2017

5 Delicious, Savory Ways to Enjoy Apples

The hallmark fall fruit can do so much more for you than star in a pie. -, September 21, 2017

Making a Fresh Start as the Leaves Fall

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, speaks of newness just as nature is quieting down for the winter. There’s beauty in that contrast. -, September 15, 2017

The Art (and Craft) of Community Building

Being part of a public art project reminds me of how connected we are when we work together to create something. -, September 14, 2017

Stark Beauty in Death Valley

A national park’s challenge to reflect on a natural landscape that’s not traditionally beautiful elicited some inspiring reactions. -, September 8, 2017

Letting the Squirrels Have Their Fill

The critters who raided my fruit trees got on my nerves…until I remembered that we’re all just hungry mammals in search of some sweetness. -, September 7, 2017

A Back-to-School Mindset Is Positive at Any Age

No matter how long it’s been since you cracked a schoolbook, the crisp September air can become an energizing moment in your year. -, August 31, 2017

3 Questions to Celebrate Labor Day with Purpose

Wise words from Martin Luther King Jr. resonate with today’s pursuit of positive and meaningful work. -, August 31, 2017

The Benefits of Being a Slow Decision Maker

Here's why considering all the options before making a decision might not be such a bad thing. -, August 25, 2017

4 Ways to Have a Positive Day at the Beach

Get the most out of a day filled with sand and surf. -, August 24, 2017

3 Different Ways to Enjoy Watermelon

A wedge of watermelon can’t be beat, but try these other ideas to work this hydrating summer fruit onto your plate in new ways. -, August 18, 2017

Positive Summer Reading: ‘Gift from the Sea’

Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s 1955 classic opens our eyes to the deeper meaning of the beach. -, August 17, 2017

Optimism 101: Imagine a Positive Future

New research suggests imagining the future in a positive way is a key to cultivating an optimistic outlook. -, August 11, 2017

4 Positive Sides of a Rainy Summer Day

A rainy day might mean a change of summer plans, but it has a lot of gifts to offer as well. -, August 10, 2017

3 Ways to Shift into a Vacation Mindset

Whether your travels are taking you near or far, you can embrace the beauty of being fully away. -, August 3, 2017

Give Us This Day Our Daily Steps

Keeping track of how far your feet take you each day is good for both body and soul., July 28, 2017

How to Make Fresh, Flavorful Grilled Vegetables

The bounty of summer brings bright flavor and nutrition to your dinner plate when you fire up the grill. -, July 27, 2017

Cultivating Silence in the Tomato Patch

Pruning these unwieldy vines reveals more than swelling fruit—it shows what can grow when given some space. -, July 21, 2017

5 Ways to Have a Positive Experience at the Farmer’s Market

A weekly trip to the farmer’s market is an opportunity to connect to the people and products that make your community a positive place to live. -, July 20, 2017

‘The Star Thrower’ and the Difference You Can Make

The famous story of the boy who saved starfish is an inspiring summer reflection on how even if we can’t do it all, we can do a whole lot of good in the world. -, July 14, 2017

Take a “Flower Walk” for a Breath of Fresh Air

Even if all you see are dandelions and clover, noticing the colorful, growing things around you can refresh your whole outlook. -, July 13, 2017

5 Ways to Protect Your Skin This Summer

The risks of prolonged sun exposure are real—but they don’t have to keep you from having a fun, positive summer. -, July 7, 2017

Add Some “Awe” to Your Summer Vacation

Science shows that feeling awed by nature leads to more positive, generous and moral actions. -, July 6, 2017

Celebrate the Sparkle in Your Life This 4th of July

Fireworks against a night sky are beautiful reminders of the sparks that illuminate what matters in your life. -, June 28, 2017

3 Healthy Flavored Waters for Happy Hydration

Water keeps us thriving in summertime—why not infuse yours with fresh, healthful flavor? -, June 27, 2017

Positive Summer Reading: ‘The Book of Joy’

Let a conversation between two renowned faith leaders inspire your quest for lasting happiness. -, June 23, 2017

A Mom Navigates Change with Positivity

The end of my son’s first year of school is an exercise in holding two big feelings in my heart at once. -, June 22, 2017

3 Ways to Live Mindfully

Mindfulness meditation is effective, healthful—and available to you wherever you are. -, June 16, 2017

The Positive Power of Telling Your Story

Teaching creative writing at my town’s Senior Center reminded me of how much good comes from putting pen to paper. -, June 15, 2017

5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with “Dr. Google”

We all do it—head online with medical questions. Here’s how to surf in a healthy, helpful way.-, June 9, 2017

The Beauty of Gardening with Non-Attachment

When I let go of the output of my garden, I can enjoy its real gifts. -, June 9, 2017

6 Foods to Fight Stress

These delicious, season-ready foods help your body clear inflammation, a classic symptom of chronic stress. -, June 6, 2017

3 Quick Ways to Boost Your Confidence

It doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming to believe in yourself.  -, June 2, 2017  

Recipes: 4 Fizzy, Refreshing Drinks to Start Off Your Summer

Let your summer begin with non-alcoholic drinks that tickle your nose and remind you of the carefree joys of longer, warmer days. -, May 24, 2017

Tips to Create and Sustain a Positive Attitude

Sometimes, turning around negative thinking asks us to dig deeper than an affirmation. -, May 24, 2017  

4 Ways to Get Past Noise and Stress

You can’t always retreat from loudness, but you can use your imagination to connect with the still, calm place you always carry with you. -, May 22, 2017  

Recipe: How to Enjoy Salad for Dinner

Let a colorful, healthy and seasonal salad freshen up your dinner plate. -, May 19, 2017  

10 Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Stressed

Explore this checklist to discover where stress is trying to put down roots in your body. -, May 15, 2017

3 Ways to Say ‘Happy Birthday to Me’

Whether you’re celebrating solo or with friends or family, take time for gratitude and joy on your special day. -, May 12, 2017  

The Health Benefits of Gardening

Planting a seed is an investment in the future of both your garden and your emotional health. -, May 8, 2017

8 Ways to Be More Positive Right Now

These easy steps will help you live a more positive life today. -, May 2, 2017

How to Stay on the Positive Path

Instead of giving up when you get off track with your goals, here's how to maintain a positive attitude. -, May 1, 2017

The Green Gifts of Spring

When the trees set their tender new leaves, I am reminded that newness and beauty will always return to the world. -, April 28, 2017  

Recipe: A Colorful Spring Pasta for Meatless Monday

A dish that celebrates the season and benefits both my health and the planet? Yes, please!
-, April 24, 2017 

What Can Doodling Do For You?

I’m no artist, but an art class turned out to be the inspiration I needed to stretch out of my comfort zone. -, April 21, 2017  

3 Ways to Do Your Best Despite Stress

Successful stress management requires some detective work—and a commitment to positivity.
-, April 17, 2017 

How National Parks Make Positive Family Memories

The parks are a sunny, connecting annual destination for my dad, my sister and me.  
-, April 14, 2017

The Uplifting Freedom of Passover

A journey to freedom is a metaphor that can inspire followers of all faiths.  -, April 10, 2017

6 Ways to Start Your Day Off Right

A positive day begins with a self-affirming ritual. Here are some suggestions.  -, April 7, 2017

3 Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

You don’t have to break the bank to freshen and energize your home., April 3, 2017

The Emotional Impact of Color

Becoming aware of how colors affect your emotions can help you live a more positive life. -, March 27, 2017

The Spring-Cleaning Job I Look Forward to Most

“Remove to renew” is a guiding principle in my tiny fruit orchard as well as in my life. -, March 24, 2017

3 Free and Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care

A positive lifestyle includes practices that nurture and love the self, no expensive appointments required. -, March 20, 2017

Recipe: The Lemony Pleasures of Spring Cooking

Lemon is the flavor I crave most when spring is approaching. Let its zing wake up your meals from morning to night. -, March 17, 2017

The Peaceful Side of Flu on Vacation

The flu set in right as my plane touched down in Florida. Here’s how I preserved my inner peace while I recovered. -, March 13, 2017  

The Great Closet Clean-Out

A close look at my wardrobe became a lesson in how to let go—and when to hold on. -, March 10, 2017

3 Tips for Enjoying Sugar in Moderation

Sugar isn’t exactly a health food, but eating sweets smartly can be part of a joy-filled life. -, March 6, 2017

5 Ways to Prevent Dry Skin in Winter

‘Tis the season for dry winter skin. Try these home remedies to feel fresh and hydrated this winter. -, March 3, 2017

5 Ways to Calm Your Mind

The buzz of everyday life can make us forget what it feels like to be at peace. Take the time to reconnect with your calmness. -, February 27, 2017

Recipe: Warming Beans and Greens Soup

This soup is seasonal, satisfying and the definition of comfort food. -, February 24, 2017

The Miracle of Winter Flowers

Indoor gardening has never been my forte, which makes houseplant successes all the sweeter. -, February 20, 2017

The Positive Power of Words

We can’t control our medical providers’ words, but we can make our internal monologue positive and healing-focused. -, February 17, 2017

The Gifts of Silence

A cough has taken my voice, but not my inner peace and soothing self-care. -, February 13, 2017

Do You Need a New Year’s Resolution Reset?

A month into the New Year, it’s ok—important, even—to revisit your priorities and intentions. -, February 10, 2017

Welcome to A Positive Path

Twice-weekly tips, musings and inspiration on health, wellness, cooking, gardening and other uplifting, joyful pursuits. -, February 2, 2017