Hope.

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My husband John and I had dinner at this little restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake when I was away speaking at a conference this week. This single pink rose reminded me of the one thing that truly matters. HOPE. I have hope. In you. In me. In our future. I have hope. ūüíē¬†

Wishing you a long weekend filled with flowers and sunshine.

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Ordinary Joys.

Simple pleasures are my favourite.

Hot coffee. Cozy blankets. Birds singing. The sun rising. Fast runs.¬†Slow walks. Long days.¬†Warm hugs. Peaceful silences. BLT sandwiches. Tomato soup. Matinee movies. Buttery popcorn. Ice cold pop. Walking on campus. Smiling in the hallways. Laughing with students. Learning from students. Driving home.¬†Soulful conversations. Dreaming of the future. Reminiscing about the past. Living fully in the moment. Riding bikes.¬†Dancing down the street. Barbeque dinners.¬†Chocolate almonds. Stephen King novels. Hot Tea. Cozy Blankets. Birds Singing…¬†

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Nothing is more extraordinary than our ordinary joys. For how we live our days is how we live the whole of our lives.


What brings you joy on an ordinary day?

Change the world. One compliment at a time.

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Celebrate their strengths.

Today I encourage you to notice the little things in everyone you meet. Their smile. What lifts them up. What makes their heart sing. How hard they work. How they get through a day.

Show them you care.

Acknowledge them. Notice them. Lean in. Listen completely. Praise their hard work. Compliment their positive attitude. Encourage their dreams. Thank them for their service.

It only takes a moment to change a life.

Never forget how good it feels to hear something positive about yourself. Pass the good vibes on.ūüíõūüíę

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The power of beliefs.

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Belief plays a pivotal role in resilience.

Believing that you have what it takes.

Believing that you can try again.

Believing in something greater than yourself.

Believing you are never alone.

Believing your power is greater than your pain.

Believing that things are going to get easier.

This 1 minute video encapsulates it all.

What beliefs help you overcome challenges?

Thanks Mom for always believing in me.

Shifting Positive on a Stressful Day.

‚ÄúEvery day might not be good, but there is something good in every day.‚ÄĚ

In psychology class this week, I teach one of my favourite subjects РStress, Coping, and Health Psychology Chapter 11 in my psychology textbook.

I purposely teach this topic during the height of midterms. Raising awareness about the healthy (and not so healthy) ways students manage stress is critical for building resilience.

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Shifting Negative ⇒ Positive

One of my top 10 techniques for shifting students from¬†stress to strength is to share¬†what’s going right even (especially) when things are going wrong. Small uplifts in the course of the day change everything. Fleeting. Unexpected. Goodness.

Based on my experience as a school psychologist, I will never deny the stress students are under. Witnessing adversity is an essential part of moving through it.¬†However, I choose not to remain in the territory of “what’s wrong” for too long.

What We Focus on Expands

Once we acknowledge what’s wrong.¬†We open our eyes to¬†the grace that takes place throughout the day.

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‚ÄúGood things are always happening. The key is to notice them.‚ÄĚ

Students make the shift from powerless to empowered by sharing ordinary joys happening in their lives.

A radiant smile from a fellow commuter. Free coffee at McDonald’s. An unexpected A on a paper. A sweet parking spot. Spending time with an old friend. A surprise compliment from a stranger. Laughing out loud with fellow classmates. A really good night’s sleep.

And I’m the¬†fortunate¬†professor who gets to hear all these uplifts at the end of a long,¬†rainy¬†day.¬†One more reason¬†why I love working with students.

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How do you shift positive on a stressful day?

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Good energy multiplies.

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I want to give the world the best of me.

This is my hope every time we meet.

And every time I teach.

No matter how brief or long our interaction.

I want to leave you feeling brighter, lighter, more confident.

The bonus is ‚ÄĒ¬†when your energy rises, so does mine.

A boomerang effect of the highest kind.

Which is why I will always keep your vibes in mind.

When your day brightens, so does mine. ūüíę

How will you illuminate the world today?

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1000 views on the official TEDx site!

I am so excited to share that my¬†TEDx video hit 1000 views today! ūüé•

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A BIG thank you for watching and sharing my TEDx talk with your friends and family.¬†We are stronger than our stress. This I know for sure.¬†Together we will thrive under pressure. ūüí•

Click on TEDx Video ‚Üí Thriving Under Pressure