Christopher Plummer’s Passion

I recently listened to Jian Ghomeshi’s interview with 81 year old Canadian actor Christopher Plummer and found Plummer’s perspective on ‘work’ fascinating. Ghomeshi started out by reading the list of projects Plummer is currently involved in and asked: “I get pleasantly exhausted reading what you’ve been up to lately.  What fuels you to work so hard these days?”  Plummer responded:  “First of all … Continue reading

benefits of sleep

  Sleep and I have a love/hate relationship. I often think of the time spent sleeping as time wasted – time that could be spent being productive. For the most part,  I have never really focused on getting a proper amount of rest each and every night. That was until it became very clear that sleep … Continue reading

source of happiness

“There can be no sense of security in your existence when it depends upon outside factors, for the unpredictable changes of reality can never be controlled.  The solution is to find a source of happiness beyond pleasure, since pleasure seeking can never be independent of outside stimulus.” From  The Path to Love by Deepak Chopra

you feel it, don’t you?

There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you? Rumi

getting back to yoga

I am probably one of the least athletic people you will ever meet  – I pretty much despise most physical activity. I can admit this but I’m not proud of it and it doesn’t sit well with me. In an attempt to be moderately active and healthy, I started taking yoga classes with a friend … Continue reading

chapters: The Happiness Project (January)

In the January chapter of The Happiness Project Gretchen focuses on boosting her energy. She looks beyond instant fixes and instead focuses on the root of how she can increase her energy in a meaningful way and on a regular basis. Among  Gretchen’s tactics for obtaining this increased energy are decreasing clutter, increasing the amount … Continue reading

finding balance

I don’t know when it happened exactly.  It obviously didn’t occur over night.  It must have been a gradual change over the past 20-30 years.         Our parents’ generation didn’t complain about a shortage of time.  They did not struggle to find balance.  This is a fairly new phenomenon.  Nowadays it’s common for us to … Continue reading

Tibetan Sand Mandala

I have always been intrigued by diverse cultures and religions.    Not surprisingly, in the pursuit of happiness too, I tend to search for wisdom from around the world.  A notion that resurfaces often in relation to happiness is the idea of living in the moment. I recently learned about the sacred Tibetan Buddhist art of … Continue reading

happily imperfect

Are you or someone you know a perfectionist?  Does this personality trait make you/them happier or less happy? Here’s my take on perfectionism now that I’m older and (ahem) wiser. Perfectionism can be good.  Perfectionists care about what they do.  They strive to learn and get better.   And they try to do things to the best … Continue reading

thoughts and actions

“There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace? If they have not, there is something wrong with them — so keep seeking! If what you do has brought you … Continue reading