Happiness is a Choice/Thanks-praying

Attitude adjustment is a necessary bridge to happiness. The familiar definition of Happiness is a by-product of helping someone else is true but it doesn’t provide solutions for every unhappy situation.  Knowing others care about us contributes to a positive outlook because it’s a two-way street.  We do…

Beneficial Oppositeness

“I would not be the person I am today, if it hadn’t been for marrying my opposite”, a friend shared. “And  if two people are exactly the same, then one is not needed,” she added. The benefit of opposites sharing years is incalculable whether in families, marriage, friendships, at…

Comprehending Character

A blog reader responded to last week’s “remembering” blog by mentioning Jim’s good character. Later that day in discussing a client’s temperament, he asked “Is character part of certain personalities or must those qualities be developed?” I responded that strong character qualities were an option for any…

Joy of Remembering

John, a good friend of Jim’s and mine called last week saying that he was aware that Jim’s birthday was today.  “Yes”, I said, “I’ve been thinking about him very strongly. He always enjoyed celebrations and about the only thing I ever heard him boast about was…

Replenishing Purpose

The word hiatus caught my attention as I researched the importance of replenishing purpose. The dictionary offered: a break where part is missing or lost, gap or interruption as in continuity or time.       A slight pause, recess, interim, respite, interlude, term, spell, period, cleft, crevice, crack, rift or ravine. Purpose…

Voice—Tonal Pitch and Volume

This final blog in this series covers tonal-language messaging—30 percent of communication--shifting between raised or lowered tonal-pitch and loud or soft volume as it craftily companions with word selection and body language adding color and vitality to dialogue. Everyone’s voice quality is unique. No one speaks exactly like…

Head--On Down--Body Messaging

‘Actions speak louder than words’ is a phrase that we’ve all heard with the inference primarily to deeds done, but also applies to the truism of body language speaking louder than words at times as well as inspiring a favorite group game--charades. As I mentally inventoried the silent but…

Eyes-Exposing Emotions

Body language--Eye Communication Amazingly, as previously shared, words (context) are the least in communication, netting a mere 10 percent with body language placing first place and tone touting second.  Believe me, this is a bitter pill for writers of all styles to swallow, but observation supports those facts in just…

Relationship Enrichment-- Beneficial Disagreements

Last week’s word-power naturally moves on to acquiring the skill of withdrawing positive benefits from disagreements and discussions before they lapse into hurtful and dividing arguments which are usually of little benefit to anyone. Disagreements in small doses are healthy, especially when edifying discussions ensue. Discussions not only deter…

Relationship Enrichment--Word-Power

Despite the evident strength that body language and tone exude in communication, with context claiming only 10 percent of the trio, whether spoken, mouthed, written or sung, the power of words predominates in empowering, encouraging, entertaining, comforting or irritating or frightening others. Words in all their forms and styles require…