Free Time or Invested Time?

Listen in on virtually any conversation today, and eventually the subject of people being so busy they no longer have any time for themselves will come up. Unfortunately, most of the talkers and listeners honestly and sincerely believe that is true. However, according to Geoffrey Godbey, professor of leisure studies at Pennsylvania State ...Read more

Happiness is a Choice

The "Good Morning America" program that aired January 21, 1997, had a fascinating visitor, science editor Dr. Michael Guillen, who shared some intriguing information concerning happiness.

He said there are some people today who are called "happyologists." They've compiled interesting information about what it takes to be happy. One person said ...Read more

Patience in Parenting

If there is a genuine need to acquire a new talent, skill, or overcome an adversity, the effort we make will be much greater to do so. When we have the "gotta-do's" or "wanna-do's" big time, we uncover skills and abilities that otherwise would never see the light of day.

Anyone who has watched a baby contemplating taking his or her first step ...Read more

The Truth About Spanking

On a regular basis we are bombarded with opinions that spanking is archaic and cruel, and that it teaches kids to become abusers themselves. Sociologists who equate any form of corporal discipline with child abuse seem to concentrate their disapproval on the religious people who favor corporal discipline.

A study reported in The Dallas Morning ...Read more

It's the Law

A fascinating law was passed in Louisiana in 1999 requiring students from kindergarten through fifth grade to address their teachers as "Sir" or "Ma'am," or with the courtesy titles "Miss," "Mrs.," "Ms." or "Mr." Some of the teachers supported the measure as a tool for classroom discipline. Others opposed it as a waste of their limited teaching ...Read more

One Man's Garbage, Another Man's Gold

Michael Clark was laying carpet. When you put new carpet down, you take the old carpet up. I'm confident you already knew that. Michael was preparing to throw the old carpeting away when he noticed a plastic-wrapped package in the dumpster. Curiosity got the better of him, and he retrieved it. One quick glance revealed that it was a three-album ...Read more

It's Called 'Responsibility'

The fabulous best-seller, "Customers for Life," originally published by Doubleday in 1990 and written by Carl Sewell and Paul B. Brown, offers some fascinating information. The authors contend that using inspectors to check out the quality of repair work done on cars by their technicians makes their technicians sloppy. They proved that when ...Read more

The Media Do Serious Damage

Frequently, especially since the Columbine High School tragedy, and the tragic deaths of John Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law, I hear members of the media make reference to "closure." To give them the benefit of the doubt, I would say their intentions are good; but from my perspective, they obviously have never experienced the loss of ...Read more

Parents Make the Difference

A study by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that parents are the keys to keeping their kids off drugs. However, they point out that just having Mom and Dad around is not the solution within itself, but that it's what Mom and/or Dad do that's important.

The importance is dramatically increased when both Mom and Dad take time to ...Read more

The Weight Roller Coaster

When she was just 5 years old, Rosalie Bradford felt the pain of abandonment, and found solace in food. She weighed 250 pounds when she met her husband, and by the time their son, Rob, was born, her weight had escalated to 374 pounds. She chose to be a stay-at-home mom, and started eating 10,000 calories a day. She weighed 500 pounds by the time...Read more

Life on the Beach

Once my daughter, Cindy, my son, Tom, and I went for a bicycle ride on the beach at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The ride produced more than just good, enjoyable family time; it also provided some lessons in the principles of life.

For the first five minutes of our bike ride, though the birds were flying overhead, and the tiny crabs were...Read more

Employer Opportunity

Employee turnover is expensive. One of the most important factors in retaining employees is the integrity of the employer. A national employee survey by the non-profit Hudson Institute and Walker Information, an Indianapolis research company, revealed that only 9 percent of the employees who believed they were led by less than ethical executives...Read more

What You Could Do If You Didn't Know You Couldn't

Many years ago, when I got involved in positive thinking, inspiration and motivation, I read about a man who was pinned beneath the family car when the jack slipped. His wife, who was average size and strength, lifted the car just enough for him to slide out from under it.

There was much speculation as to how she was able to do that, because ...Read more

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