“Man’s merit lieth in service and virtue and not in the pageantry of wealth and riches.” (Baha’u’llah) “The best of men are those who serve the people; the worst of men are those who harm the people.” (Abdu’l-Baha) “If you can’t help others, at least don’t harm them.” (Dalai Lama)Continue Reading

My definition of checklists is based on rating oneself from a scale of 0 – 10 on a particular quality, characteristic, attribute, virtue or fault. So for example, today when rating myself whether I was honest today, I can give myself a rating of 7. Years ago, a therapist would ask meContinue Reading

Martin Seligman is the founder of Positive Psychology. In 1998, he was selected to be the president of the American Psychological Association. He became disenchanted with how psychology emphasized what is wrong with people, and mostly ignored what is right with people. This wasn’t always the case, but became theContinue Reading

‘What is the purpose of our lives?’ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. — ‘To acquire virtues. (Paris Talks) “As to thy question, doth every soul without exception achieve life everlasting? Know thou that immortality belongeth to those souls in whom hath been breathed the spirit of life from God. All save these are lifelessContinue Reading

“Know verily that Knowledge is of two kinds: Divine and Satanic. The one welleth out from the fountain of divine inspiration; the other is but a reflection of vain and obscure thoughts. The source of the former is God Himself; the motive-force of the latter the whisperings of selfish desire.Continue Reading

Chronic mental health challenges create a lot of stress, and finding healthy ways of relaxing is very important. In Edmund Bourne’s book, Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, he recommends progressive muscle relaxation, passive muscle relaxation, and deep breathing.  A percussion massager is an alternative the muscle relaxation exercises. I use my Thumper Sport dual-head percussion massagerContinue Reading

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been around since the 1960s. It was developed at the same time by Albert Ellis in New York City, and Aaron Beck in Philadelphia, who apparently both weren’t aware of the other’s work. Albert Ellis was a prolific writer, but personally, I like Aaron Beck’sContinue Reading

Values clarification might be quite timely for some people, who are rethinking their life because of the circumstances of Covid-19 and being less busy. Some self-help books, especially those found in the business section of the bookstores, focus on the idea that you are the captain of your ship, andContinue Reading

In the 60’s and 70’s, when I grew up, youth and young adults were experimenting with a lot of things. If you were angry, you needed to express it. Guilt and shame were bad and wrong. Recently the idea about guilt and shame is being revisited. At the core ofContinue Reading

“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. TheyContinue Reading