Latest Blog

Yearning for Grace

Archives: Articles

Yearning for Grace

This article first appeared on Positivepsychologynews.com It's been a while since I've felt the pressure to rethink my life and re-craft my old and set ways. This month though, I am consciously setting new goals. I use the word consciously rather cautiously. If reason is “slave to passions” a...

Read More

6 Steps That Can Prevent an Angry Outburst You’ll Regret

Sometimes the smallest remarks or inconveniences cause us to blow our top. Before we know it, we go from being the adult in charge to the child having an emotional meltdown. Some of us justify our reactions and maintain a false sense of righteousness. Philosopher David Hume was right when he said...

Read More

How to Raise Empathetic Kids

It’s almost the end of the hour and for the third session in a row, my life coaching client is still complaining about her partner. I’ve tried to help her have some perspective and find a level of empathy for her partner. I’ve even made a couple of guarded attempts at building gratitude, but m...

Read More

The 3 Things Every Successful Person Knows

This article first appeared on Happify Success has a flavor most of us long for. We follow people who are successful. We try to figure out what they're doing right. We read books that promise to have cracked the secret code. It’s family, culture, and friendship, says Malcolm Gladwell in Outlier...

Read More

How to Truly Rest Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

This article first appeared on Happify If you’ve raised kids, you're likely well acquainted with that burst of energy that they seem to have first thing in the morning. I would often wake up to the sound of my babies cooing and gurgling in their cots, or my toddlers waiting to be let loose from...

Read More

4 Tools to Deal with People Who Sulk

We all know them. The people who relish in the silent treatment. It needn’t be anything fight-worthy at all. They can go into the classic sulk state and drive you insane until you give in and beg them to tell you what they’re upset about. And it’s not like they’ll tell you the minute you ...

Read More

Are You Waiting For Your Life to Begin?

When I think back to my life, there were so many times when I talked myself out of my deeply desired dreams. The kind of dreams that kindled something deep within me – and made me feel alive. The kind of dreams that flushed my face with excitement and my eyes sparkle with energy. But they also ...

Read More

3 Rules for Happier Decision-Making

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This article first appeared on Happify Thirty years ago, I moved to Toronto from the Middle East. It was a big move—from a large family to a unit of two, from afternoon siestas to a world that never stops, from the February warmth to the frigid cold of subzero...

Read More

Why I’m Grateful for My Fear

This article first appeared on Positivepsychologynews.com It was a cold desert night in Muscat. My house helper had just come back into the house after putting out the garbage. She was evidently shaken. “I saw a maid outside who has run away from her employer. She tried to go to the Embassy,...

Read More

Are You Still Struggling to Accept Yourself?

Have there be times when you’ve been hard on yourself and received this well-intentioned nugget of wisdom: “You should accept yourself”? Or when you’ve disliked and criticized parts of yourself, and been told the very same thing again: “Why don’t you accept yourself”! It’s perhaps...

Read More

5 Steps to Truly Make Change Happen in Your Life

  [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For many of us, changing a bad habit can be one of the most frustrating experiences. This is made worse by the countless promises we see and hear every day of quick and easy solutions for everything from weight loss to finding your dream job, date, or so...

Read More

Setbacks Got You Down? Become Your Own Cheerleader

This article first appeared on Happify You didn’t get the promotion you wanted, despite having worked so hard for it. To make matters worse, the guy who did doesn’t even have your qualifications. Or maybe your presentation didn’t meet the expectations of your team, or meet the standards you...

Read More

Stop Improving and Start Living

This article first appeared on Positivepsychologynews.com It’s that time of the year. The New Year’s Resolutions we set with such passion (and some frustration), and pursued with such determination, at least for the first couple of weeks, are now losing their momentum. Willpower seems harder ...

Read More

Take a Break This Season to Restore Your Body and Spirit

This Article First Appeared in Happify I still remember the winters of my childhood. As cooler weather set in and the days got shorter, lives moved indoors, the focus shifted to staying warm, and we looked after our bodies so we could brave the cold months ahead. There was something very comfo...

Read More

Listening as an Act of Love

This article first appeared on Positivepsychologynews.com Lunch-time was often a struggle for my mental capacities. Rarely did a day go by when my vibrant nine-year old, just back from school, failed to enlighten us with long and winding tales of girly social interactions. And rarely did a day go...

Read More