Author: Stephanie Hills

  • What is Tolerance and How Do We Achieve it?

    The International Day for Tolerance is observed this week, although the devastating conflicts in Gaza, Ukraine and elsewhere show that we have a long way to go before there is much to celebrate. From our relative safety and distance, we can see international conflicts with detached clarity; naming the atrocities as unacceptable without having to […]

  • Kindness on the Bus

    Taking the bus recently, I’ve noticed a very positive bus culture. Passengers thank the driver as they leave, while drivers greet passengers and wait until they’re seated before starting to move the bus. Recently a young mother got on, with a small baby in a pram. She parked the pram in the wheelchair/pram section of […]

  • Golfing priorities

                A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses from a heart attack. “Help me dear!” she whimpers to her husband.             The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt. His wife raises her head off […]

  • The Benefits of Not Complaining

    The average day provides a myriad of blessings to be grateful for, along with multiple niggles and challenges – all of which are opportunities to complain, if that is our focus. People who constantly complain are hard to be around and don’t attract warmth from others. The sad thing is that their focus on the […]

  • Learned Optimism workshop

    Optimism is good for your health and protects you from depression. Martin Seligman discovered that optimism involves a particular way of thinking that can be learned. This workshop includes practical exercises to help consolidate optimistic thinking patterns. Contact us to order the workshop for your workplace.

  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife

    Proof of Heaven; A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife by Dr Eben Alexander Near-death experiences are fascinating to read about, and this one especially so. What makes Eben Alexander’s experience so unique are 4 things: 1) He was a neurosurgeon who, prior to his experience, “knew” that NDEs were impossible; 2) His sudden onset of […]

  • Happy anniversary!

    Bob:     “Hey John, I hear your 25th wedding anniversary is coming up. Are you doing anything special for your wife?” John:    “I sure am. A few months ago, we were walking through a new part of town, and we passed a posh restaurant. My wife looked through the window and said, ‘That looks like a […]

  • Being Happy With Who You Are

    In the book Presence, Otto Scharmer tells the story of coming home from school at age 16 to find his home in flames. His family had lived in that farmhouse for 200 years and all his belongings were inside, so as he stood there in shock, everything he identified with was going up in smoke. […]

  • Patience at the supermarket

    Ute wrote in about how simple actions make a difference: In the shopping mall today, it was packed with people with gloomy faces pushing trolleys through the narrow aisles and if everybody would have insisted on having the first go nobody would have gone anywhere. So simply giving way and waiting a few seconds produced […]

  • A peaceful passing

    An oldie but a goodie sent in by Steve: “When I die, I’d like to go the way my grandfather did, quietly in his sleep. Not screaming and yelling like his passengers.”                      ~ Bob Monkhouse