What Trauma Taught Me About Happiness

Is it possible to feel joy in the face of adversity? Strength during the lowest of lows? Creativity in the midst of destruction? Peace in difficulty? Vibrancy during cancer? Happiness during COVID-19?   In the video below, I share some personal examples from my own upbringing on how my parents found strength and contentment during …

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Happiness: What deters it? What contributes to it?

The Happiness Class One of my favourite things to do as a professor is to stay after class and talk to students. They look at the world in a very unique way. Motivating me to think about psychology at a whole different level. Especially when it comes to FOMO and happiness: FOMO is an acronym for fear …

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Happiness in present time.

Our left brain lives in the past and the future. Our right brain lives in the here and now. One scrambles for solutions to problem after problem. The other sinks into the present moment, trusting all is well. Which side of the brain will you live on today? I choose my right brain. Right here. …

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Health and Happiness.

Reflection Questions When someone asks you “What makes you happy?” does your answer differ from “What makes you healthy?” Do you consider your health requirements essential and your happiness needs selfish and superfluous? Or perhaps you rate health and happiness as equal and interdependent. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Related: Is Happiness a Choice?

The key to happiness.

Let go of what is outside your control. The next time you are gearing up for another fight with reality. Winter; Traffic; Parking; Deadlines. Try rolling with it. Surrendering to what is. Letting go. No matter the circumstances. Hold on to what brings you joy. In surrendering, you save precious energy for the joyful in your …

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Is Happiness a Choice?

The Happiness Question Have you ever wondered why some people remain upbeat and positive despite the chaos that surrounds them while others are utterly miserable even in good times?  What explains the difference between these two groups of individuals? Are happy people just lucky people born happy? And unhappy people born miserable?  Or is happiness …

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Don’t let people talk you out of your happiness.

I love you just the way you are. If you are lucky enough to find joy in the course of a day.. keep it to yourself.. At least until you find the courage to radiate, illuminate, and enjoy your life. No matter how. No matter when. Skip through the streets. Watch netflix on repeat. Eat …

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Happiness in One Word

  At the beginning of my Is Happiness a Choice? presentation I ask the audience to write down the one word that best describes what has brought them the most happiness in the past 12 months. How would you answer this question? In one word, what best describes the people, places, or things, that have …

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Lighten Up in 2022 — Positive Emotions & Problem Solving

“Your heart is the light of this world. Don’t cover it with your mind.” Lighten Up in 2022 The solution to a problem is rarely found in the source of the problem.  This is why it’s important to lighten up before tackling difficulty. Problem Solving from a Higher Place Positive emotions heighten our awareness and open our minds to …

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Twelve Days of Self-Care — The Drive Magazine

Original SourceThe Drive Magazine Twelve Days of Self Care You, as much as anyone else, are worthy of your love and attention. I am a strong believer in keeping things simple. The less complicated things are, the more likely we are to repeat the behaviour. Especially when it comes to health and happiness habits. Try …

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Empowering Conversations About Change

The Psychology of Change During this week’s health psychology lecture, we talked about the psychology of change, including the parts of our lives that remain ‘unchanged’ during rapid and unexpected change. What Remains During Change? The Sun Still Rises Coffee Tastes Delicious Trees Greet You on Your Walk Favourite Movie Still Delights Bed is Comfie …

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What advice would you give your younger self?

Live Zoom Conference At a recent leadership conference, student leaders from St. Clair College’s Student Representative Council SRC had the opportunity to ask questions live during the final portion of the virtual training event. Ask Dr. D The student leaders raised the reflection bar high during this discussion period. One Question Stood Out The Most …

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New Virtual Experiences During COVID-19

Staying Hopeful I wanted to share how I have been keeping hope alive in my heart and soul during COVID-19. Specifically, by expanding my reach with new virtual experiences. Beginning in the spring with my first “live” recorded internet event with Sam Piercell, a fitness entrepreneur, from Windsor, Ontario. F45 “Live” Event: Community Resilience with …

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Stay Open to the Possibilities

Embrace Uncertainty One of my favourite ways to energize before teaching psychology classes at St. Clair College is to summarize a theory in practical and concrete ways in the parking lot. Literally! 🚘  I filmed this video 5 minutes before I was about to teach a lecture on personality and positive psychology in my liberal arts …

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Acceptance: Your Peace Depends on It

Acceptance and peace go hand in hand. Watch Video — Click Here Consciously accept the good and the bad that exists in your life. The rain and the sunlight. The shadow and the light. Shift your focus. Change your life. Accepting what is does not lower the bar. Quite the opposite. Acceptance shines a spotlight on …

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5 Ways to Cultivate Mental Health Daily

In this psychology article, published in The Drive Magazine, I share simple ways to cultivate mental health daily. Instead of thinking of mental health as a burden you must shoulder, imagine it as an opportunity to experience peace and joy. In the same way that we make time for our physical needs, we must devote …

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Optimism Bootcamp: 3 Steps to Empowerment

Nathalie Begin author of the Gutsy Feeling Blog invited me to give a positive psychology workshop called Optimism Bootcamp at a Symposium for Crohn’s & Colitis Canada. The audience was filled a very special group of people. Individuals that have been battling the chronic condition of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) their whole lives. Optimism and Health …

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Positive psychology on campus

What is Positive Psychology? “While traditional psychology focused its attention on pathology and problems, in the relatively new field of positive psychology, researchers strive to explore and understand the strengths of individuals and communities that contribute to their flourishing.” Source: Psychology Guide Strengths first. I am passionate about what positive psychology can do for students …

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What brings you joy?

What brings you joy on a Saturday morning, Friday night, or Tuesday afternoon? From my experience, it’s never the time, the day, or the month that brings good vibes. It’s how we feel on the inside. So why wait another minute for happy hour. Create the life you want wherever you are. 😊😊 Related Post: Happiness in Present …

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Women with Drive Summit

“Expand your knowledge by expanding your community.” In celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day I had the opportunity to speak at a Windsor Summit called Women with Drive. A local conference organized by a young woman named Cierra Bray, who poured her heart and soul for months into planning, organizing, and promoting the exhilarating …

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Exploring Purpose in Psychology Class

So many people in this world are struggling with what to do with their lives. An existential struggle that did not exist 100 years ago when jobs were more clearly defined. Which is why it is essential to explore purpose in many different ways. PURPOSE 🆚 JOB We must not confuse life purpose with occupation. …

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What’s your mantra?

This is my mantra. I write it on my bathroom mirror. I post it on my refrigerator door. I tape it to my office wall. I speak of it every time I teach. These 4 words remind me to focus on what’s good, what’s working, what’s infinitely possible. Even (especially) when everything is going wrong. Focus …

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Every time you smile, I smile.

 Did you know that today is World Smile Day? It’s the first Friday in October every year. (October 6 in 2017.) Small gesture. Big impact. I smile a lot. So much so, that one of my coworkers calls me “smiley” and almost everyone else I know (including my mom) calls me “sunshine”.☀️ What about you? …

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Positive psychology on campus

What is Positive Psychology? “While traditional psychology focused its attention on pathology and problems, in the relatively new field of positive psychology, researchers strive to explore and understand the strengths of individuals and communities that contribute to their flourishing.” Source: Psychology Guide Strengths first I am passionate about what positive psychology can do for students …

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Curing the disease to please. One no at a time.

“You can be a good person with a kind heart and still say no.” The Beauty of NO. When you learn to say no to something you no longer want to do, to people you no longer want to spend time with, to projects you no longer have time for, your world does not get smaller. …

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Writing in One Word.

In One Word: Describe how you feel when you write. Writing makes me feel ALIVE! For me, writing is all encompassing. The words become the beat of my heart. The words become the oxygen I breathe. The words become all that I touch, feel, and see. For me, writing is all encompassing. I am the …

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Inhale Peace. Exhale Difficulty.

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that have the greatest impact on our happiness. Something so close, so within reach, we often forget it was there in the first place. The good night’s sleep we’re yearning for.. waiting patiently at the end of each day. The connection to nature we’re searching for.. available 24/7 just beyond our front door. That extra deep …

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Events & Media

June 2022 to July 2022 Growth Coaching, Education, and Resilience Training for Tech Entrepreneurs WEtech AllianceVenture Success Team June 2022 Cultivating Mental Health Daily Positive Psychology Presentation May 2022 PSYCH DRIVEThe Drive MagazineIssue 141 Embracing Change MOVING FORWARD May 2022 St. Clair College Student CouncilPresident and Board of Directors Embracing Change MOVING FORWARDLeadership Training Session …

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