"The three greatest predictors of happiness are optimism (the belief your behavior will eventually matter), social connection, and how we perceive stress (as a challenge or as a threat). If we want to raise happiness we need to make both mindset and behavior shifts."
New Year prayer sent to me by a friend. "May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand. May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism. Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone. May you discover the goodness in others to believe in a world of peace. May a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them. Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending." ~Author Unknown
From a conversation with my sister, Sandy Albrecht, "Most spiritual traditions never ask people to be perfect. They only require us to love one another and to forgive each other. We should do this for ourselves as well." Let compassion begin at home.