Those Who Inspire Us: Amy Corner

Once in a while, Danika and I like to profile the people in our lives who inspire us to live a happy and fulfilled life.   One such person is my good friend Amy.   What I most admire about Amy is her kind heart and her free spirit.   I could tell you a lot more, but … Continue reading

Spitalfields Life

I recently stumbled upon a blog about life in Spitalfields, which I have come to understand is an area in the East End of London, England. The blog is called Spitalfields Life and one post in particular caught my attention. The post I am referring to is a story and profile of a man named … Continue reading

you hold the answer

“One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won’t solve the problems, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships:  The answer lies within ourselves.  If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s … Continue reading

peaceful world = happy world

On Bayview, the main street near my house, there is a Buddhist temple 2 minutes away from a side by side Mosque and Synagogue.   This fact has always made me happy.  I don’t know many other places where this is possible.  I am thankful to live in a country where people of all nationalities and faiths … 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

invest in the process

We are always looking for insights into living a happier life and this past weekend I came across a gem of a video. Srikumar Rao delivered a TED talk in 2009 and in it he explores the concept that happiness is hard-wired into everyone.  He believes it is a part of our DNA but, as … Continue reading

the power of a compliment

Since launching the blog, Bita and I have received an unexpected amount of positive feedback (thank you, thank you!). Being on the receiving end of these kind words has given me a new appreciation for compliments and encouragement. It has also helped me to realize that I can be doing a better job of focusing … Continue reading

book report: A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry

Throughout high school I would do everything possible to avoid reading the assigned novels. Book reports were my worst enemy and, therefore, Coles Notes became my best friend. Oh, how times have changed. In the world according to Danika, there is absolutely nothing more satisfying than reading a great book and prying that great book away … Continue reading

learn to fly

You were born with potential You were born with goodness and trust You were born with ideals and dreams You were born with greatness You were born with wings You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings Learn to use them, and fly. Rumi Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet and … Continue reading

the path to love

As we begin a new week, I would like to leave you with the following sentiment: “You were created to be completely loved and completely lovable for your whole life.” – The Path to Love With every thought, every word and every action, let us come from love and be kind to one another.    Have yourself a wonderfully … Continue reading