Author: Diane Wagenhals

  • How Aware Are You Of Your Impact On Others? Part Two

    How Aware Are You Of Your Impact On Others? Part Two

    In my previous blog I invited you to consider how often you notice how you may be impacting someone else. We looked at the definition of Impact Sensitivity (the degree to which I stop and intentionally consider not only what the other person’s emotional and relational health might be, but also specifically how I would…

  • Are You Aware of Your Impact on Others? Part One

    Are You Aware of Your Impact on Others? Part One

    In today’s blog I thought I would share with you the concept I developed many years ago that I found extremely helpful when interacting with others and wanting to be sure they felt safe with me. Let’s start with a question: How often do you pause in your day-to-day life to consider how you may…

  • An Attitude of Gratitude Brings Us Joy 

    An Attitude of Gratitude Brings Us Joy 

    In my last several blogs I have invited my readers to dive into the subject of joy: what it is and what fosters it. My inspiration has been The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu who deeply explore the subject of joy and provide many enlightening perspectives. It is a…

  • Can You Experience Joy Without an Offer of Forgiveness? 

    Can You Experience Joy Without an Offer of Forgiveness? 

    We have been taking quite a journey over the last few weeks to better understand the nature of joy. Finding joy in your life is more complicated than just focusing on the sensations and feelings of joy. With today’s focus on forgiveness, I recommend as you read this blog that you consider who in your…

  • Did You Know That Joy Does Not Exist without Suffering? 

    Did You Know That Joy Does Not Exist without Suffering? 

    It can seem somehow unfair that we must experience suffering as part of the process of experiencing joy. In fact it seems like an oxymoron until you examine some of the logic behind it, which is what I am going to invite you to do as you read through this blog. In my last blog…

  • Did You Know We Can Actually Fear Experiencing Joy?

    Did You Know We Can Actually Fear Experiencing Joy?

    Sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it? However, in doing my research on this powerful concept, I came across some fascinating information and perspectives on what gets in the way of experiencing joy, especially the impact of fear that interferes with our joy. According to Brené Brown in her book Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful…

  • Have You Found the Secrets to Living a Life of Joy?

    Have You Found the Secrets to Living a Life of Joy?

    In last week’s blog I invited my readers to begin an exploration about some of the secrets of living a life of joy, starting with basic definitions. I think we all need to appreciate more about the core nature of joy. Again, I recommend that you notice your thoughts, feelings, sensations, images, beliefs and memories…

  • Have You Found the Secrets to Living a Life of Joy? What is Joy Anyway?

    Have You Found the Secrets to Living a Life of Joy? What is Joy Anyway?

    Recently a group of my friends and I discussed the book co-written by the Dali Llama and Bishop Desmond Tutu entitled The Book of Joy. We found it rich with principles of joy and some of the secrets to discovering it in life. Through reading this book, discussing it with friends and doing some of…

  • Have You Figured Out Why We Love? 

    Have You Figured Out Why We Love? 

    In the last three of my blogs, I invited my readers to explore some of the ways we can appreciate love, including the five love languages proposed by Chapman and Cambell. In this blog I will invite you to consider some very basic and important questions: Let’s start with some of the research and strong…