​Conversations about resilience, real life, and bouncing back better

Self-Injury & Suicide: When Coping Falls Apart
​Drumming your fingers against your leg. Twirling your hair around your fingers. Biting your nails. Eating a candy bar in[...]
Setting Yourself Up for Success
​I recently bought the smaller of two bags of potato chips, even though they were pretty close in price. The[...]
Choice: Exploring & Owning Your Decisions
​What choices have you made today? And which ones have you ignored? ​Do you often feel you have very few[...]
Listening: Curiosity without Judgment
​How well do you listen? If you're like most people, you don't listen very well at all. Much of the[...]
Play: The Serious Business of Having Fun
​​Are you having any fun today? If not, why not? ​​Play is important. It eases our stress and ​actually improves[...]
Personality: Knowing yourself and others
​I had a great conversation with Neika Smessaert about the importance of understanding your own personality traits and those of[...]
Dedication: Pursuing Long-Term Goals
​​​April Kung, DVM, talked with me about dedication—specifically how pursuing resilience skills requires the same kind of focus and dedication[...]
Flexibility: Trying Something New
​How flexible are you? I'm not talking about yoga or your physical flexibility.​How flexible are you in terms of examining[...]
Accountability: Taking Ownership, Taking Action
Peter Smith, CEO & president of AMERICAN SYSTEMS​Accountability can be a bit of a corporate buzzword these days. What does[...]
Nurturing: Showing Your Connection through Caring Behavior
​​Jennifer Blossom, OTD, OTR joined me to talk about nurturing, which is not something most of us think about in a[...]
Resourcefulness: Overcoming Obstacles
​How resourceful are you? After Hurricane Harvey, a photo went viral of a dog named Otis carrying a large bag[...]
Problem-Solving: Figuring Out How to Figure Things Out
Problem-solving requires objectivity, curiosity, and creativity. Traffic is one of the biggest problems we face each day. When just getting[...]
Emotions: Are Your Emotions Helping or Hurting You?
​Dr. Patricia McConnell has spent her life studying her two favorite species: people and dogs. I invited her to come[...]
Persuasion: First Demonstrate Value
Persuasion is really about teamwork. It starts with demonstrating value, showing the other person how your idea, product, or service[...]
Enthusiasm: Your Mindset Matters
​​Enthusiasm creates energy and motivation. Dogs are excellent at showing enthusiasm, but people frequently feel the need to hold back[...]
Consent Requires Knowledge and Trust
​There's an important distinction to be made between consent and compliance. There are many ways to coerce people into doing[...]

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