Hygge & Lagom: Living a Cozy & Balanced Life

I’ve been reading lately about the concept of hygge (pronounced hooga).  In his book, The Little Book of Hygge – Danish Secrets to Happy Living, Meik Wiking provides two definitions of hygge – “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things” and “cozy togetherness.  Meik is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.  He studies what makes individuals, businesses, and

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Thank you for the goosebumps Vincint Cannady!

It’s been a while since I’ve experienced goosebumps listening to music, but tonight I was introduced to Vincint Cannady.  I had never seen The Four and was flipping channels and landed on it this evening.  How very fortunate for me.  I am in love.  Vincint has the voice of an angel.  He is unique, interesting, handsome, and TALENTED.  I wish

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Exploring Iceland – Week 1

We visited Iceland in October 2016. We spent a week traveling around the Ring Road and then settled into Reykjavik for a week for Iceland Airwaves (icelandairwaves.is), an annual music festival.  There are 334,000 people living on the island, most of whom live in Reykjavik.  The landscapes are simply awe-inspiring, the people are wonderfully friendly and intelligent, and the hygge

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Food: Fuel versus Pleasure

At a recent doctor’s visit, I received news that I had an elevated A1C.  You might be more familiar with the blood glucose test which is elevated if it is above ~110 fasting and above ~140 two hours after a meal.  The A1C blood test measures your average blood glucose (glycated hemoglobin) over the course of three months and is

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Movie Time: On Yoga – The Architecture of Peace

We weren’t planning to watch a movie about yoga, but I’m glad we did.  The movie is about Michael O’Neil’s journey as a photographer after injuring his shoulder. He utilized yoga to move through his pain and re-establish function – but the movie is so much more than this. Michael shares his movement from photographing celebrities, world leaders, and royalty

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Welcome to the Tree of Life!

The goal of this blog is to help you to create a more purposeful, joyous, enlightened, and healthy life.  The content will focus on twelve fruits of the tree of life: Compassion Creativity Emotional Fitness Exploration Fuel Hygge Home Joy Movement Nature Productivity Relationships Wisdom For the past 20 years, I have worked as a psychologist with people with serious

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