Author Archives: Joan Moran

6 WAYS TO DEFINE YOUR VISION OF SUCCESS

As we approach the year’s end, it is an excellent time to examine, redefine or re-set your vision of success. Or, as my teenage grandson says to me, “How’s it going, Gran?”  December brings many deep, personal emotions that resonate far beyond the holiday season. Some of these feelings relate to holiday preparations, buying gifts […]

Pause and Reflect

The Power of Gratitude During the Holidays Meister Eckhart, a 13th century mystic, wrote, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” The holiday season is always an appropriate time to take a few minutes, pause, and reflect on the gifts you’ve been given, the people you […]

Managing Your Expectations

My last three conversations with my besties have been about managing expectations. It surprised me. Even though my women friends span generations, it was encouraging to hear them say that managing expectations were the most important avenue to reducing stress level and living a happy and more fulfilled life. It is a rarity that you […]

Aging with Mental Clarity

The idea that you can retain the power to stretch your mind after you are 60 and still have the ability to mentally defend yourself against the negative influences that often pervade your consciousness will powerfully increase your sense of self and well-being. Mind stretching is the process of teaching the brain a new way […]

5 Practices for Mental Fortitude

It is a myth that you are born with characteristics that make you mentally strong throughout your life. As you grow and develop your personality, you develop mental strength with practice, grit, and intention. You have the power to defend against the negative influences that pervade your conscious as well as the unconscious mind, often […]

Navigating the Road to Happiness

Here are some tips to increase your happiness quotient! Know Your Body Neurotransmitters impact your energy levels and mood. Understanding more about them can help you navigate the road to happiness. Seven key neurotransmitters are epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, acetylcholine, GABA, and glutamate. Neurotransmitters affect your happiness quotient.There are many more neurotransmitters, but the […]

Creating your Third Act

How often do you think about your third act? If you are my age, 78, you might think about it often. You’re comfortable now, yet, there will be adjustments or changes in your future. You want to roll with new experiences. I review how I want the next five or 10 years to evolve. No […]

Managing Emotional Health in Difficult Times

Life presents many changes and challenges for everyone. You have probably already managed your mental and emotional health in difficult times. The good news is that you are still here! My favorite song from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies is “I’m Still Here.” The lyrics make me smile and bring me comfort because it is a song of resilience […]