Work Hard at Having Fun

In a recent Blog I ready by Richard Branson, CEO or Virgin Atlantic, I found some simple and profound advice about work, fun and enjoying your life. 

Have fun, success will follow.
According to Branson, "If you aren't having fun, you are doing it wrong. If you feel like getting up in the morning to work on your business as a chore, then it's time to do something else. If you are having a good time, there is a far greater chance a positive, innovative atmosphere will flourish. A smile and a joke can go a long way, so be quick to see the lighter side of life."
I believe this philosophy works with marriage, parenting, sports, and your career. In 2013, why not look at finding ways to have more fun at work. Are there positive approaches to colleagues? 

Do you affirm the efforts of others? Are you staying curious and current with the best practices to challenge yourself? Is your self-talk positive? To have fun and be your best, you have to focus on fun, growth and change. The result......happiness!!!!!

Signs of Wellness



  • Being "Well" may not mean being free from fear, stress, anxiety, pain or disease symptoms. Being well means living fully and in balance within yourself and harmony with your physical environment, even if you have chronic illness, stress, depression or pain. The most important wellness activity is to practice loving yourself. This is not a recommendation to be selfish or egotistical. Rather is suggesting you take full responsibility for your self-care, enjoying being in the body you have and the replacement of negative judgements about yourself with positive ones. Check out the following symptoms of wellness:

  1. A chronic state of inner peace.
  2. Freedom from fear, pain and anger.
  3. An increase in energy.
  4. A loss of interest in self-criticism, being right or judging yourself or others.
  5. An outbreak of spontaneity. 
  6. Feeling of gratitude and appreciation.
  7. Increasing susceptibility to compassion, caring and love followed by an urge to splash it all over others.
  8. A growing sense of belonging and connectedness to people and nature.
  9. An uncontrollable joy about being alive.


In 2013, it may will be worthwhile to work on making the 9 "symptoms" a reality in your life. 

Holiday Happiness

This blog will focus on how to make this holiday a good one for happy, loving and fun memories for this entire season. To begin with, my wife Gayle gave some quite sage advice on this topic. "The preparation for the holiday is the holiday." The rituals, food dishes, games, presents and other traditions really make up the real purpose and meaning of this time or any other celebration. If you have wonderful memories from your childhood and family of origin, then you may want to continue some of those traditions. If you have horrible memories of holidays being depressing, then it may be time for you to create you memories about holidays and celebration. How about dressing up your dog and sending out photos of her/him just for fun.
You may need a destination holiday, whatever it might be, take charge of making this a good one. There are wonderful volunteer opportunities to contribute to the season, religious ceremonies, and much more. Give something a try. Why not make some new traditions, memories or fun? In any case, reach out, connect, share, communicate with people or experiences that help you make this a great holiday.

Social Media & Mental Health Trends Presentation by Dr. Mike To Fielding Institute Students

Today, Fielding Graduate students in psychology took a ride on the Social Media & Mental Health Trends train, presented by Dr. Mike Klaybor. Tis was not a steam engine, it was a bullet train into the future.
After introductions, it was time to take the fast track to understanding the evolution of social media in transforming the delivery of mental health and coaching services. "Fasten your seat belts, this is going to be quite a ride."  We proceeded with a whirlwind tour of many of the most prominent facets of social media, what they are, how to apply them to a private practice, treatment center or program. There are currently over 7,000 medical and mental health apps available to the public growing every day. Ethics, confidentiality, security, blogging, twitter, YouTube and live streaming of video-casts were just some of the topics covered. I was honored and delighted to bring this presentation to this skilled and motivated group of psychologists.
A Canadian Insurance Company is a leader in use of Social Media in providing Mental Health Services. Take a moment to review this slide to see how many different platforms are available for help with stress, wellness, legal problems, mental health issues with real time or immediate help with crisis.
Thank you Dr. Hawkins and students for your time and attention. I am very happy with my new mug!!!