Compassion, Our Default Mode

We’re wired to care. Compassion, our default mode. Need help? Click “Restart.” Our world moves so fast that it often causes us to be under significant stress. As such, instead of responding from a position of compassion and understanding, we develop habits for seeing ordinary situations as threats. This puts us in “fight or flight”Continue reading “Compassion, Our Default Mode”

Kindness is a Torch that Lights Our Paths

Human beings are amazing creatures, our behavior range remarkable. We have capacities that allow us to do both wonderful and terrible things. As a student of human development, I often consider what is most natural — the wonderful, the terrible, or something in between? As a self-proclaimed optimist, I believe it is the wonderful, andContinue reading “Kindness is a Torch that Lights Our Paths”

The Value of Doing Something Kind For Someone Who Has Helped Us

Each interaction we have with people opens a metaphorical circle. Simple interactions, like those we have passing a stranger on the street, cause the circles to open and close quickly without much work on our parts. But those interactions we have with people in which something significant takes place create larger circles with larger openings.Continue reading “The Value of Doing Something Kind For Someone Who Has Helped Us”

The Difference Between Plodding Along in Life or Moving Closer to Reaching Your Full Potential

What do you do with your “free” time? Or, perhaps more apt, do you give yourself any time that is free, time during which nothing has been planned, time that is okay to spend lost in thought, time in which your creativity rises to the surface, time during the day in which you allow yourselfContinue reading “The Difference Between Plodding Along in Life or Moving Closer to Reaching Your Full Potential”