A Handbook for LifeSM Center Blog

The PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT series that gets results.
  • Obstacles Schmobstacles

    Last Sunday I was honored to give my presentation "Obstacles Schmobstacles" in Charlotte, North Carolina. I always welcome the opportunity to share some vital tips on dealing with the issues ...
  • How do you get through really tough times when there’s no one to turn to for help?

    We have all faced challenges at different times in our lives. During those times if we are fortunate we had a close friend, family member or professional counselor that we ...
  • Why Does Helping Others Feel So Good?

    Your schedule is probably something like mine.  You have obligations at home and work, and you’re probably very busy most days. Your Must Do list often keeps you so ...
  • How Can You Stay Positive Through Major Challenges in Your Life?

    The emotions I experienced when I was diagnosed with cancer (and then Parkinson’s disease two years later) were a mixture of shock and fear. I asked myself, “How am I going to ...
  • Lessons from Robin Williams’ Suicide

     Lessons from Robin Williams’ Suicide It’s been a year since Robin Williams took his own life.  Robin Williams is survived by family, friends, and millions of fans who have been robbed ...
  • The Main Lesson From Robin Williams’ Death

    Robin Williams’ sudden death seems to have shocked people more than any public figure’s passing in recent memory. Probably one of the biggest reasons that we’re so stunned is that ...
  • What Are Your Thoughts On Happiness?

    What is happiness? Does happiness find us, or do we find happiness? Here are some of responses to the question, "What is happiness?" Happiness is: Spending time with family and friends The feeling of ...
  • What’s it like to have Parkinson’s Disease?

    This article is entitled, “What’s it like to have Parkinson’s Disease?” The title of the article probably should be, “What’s it like to be in the early stages of ...
  • Enjoy Laughter

    Richard combined his experiences with Laughter Yoga and his understanding and compassion of people with Parkinson's Disease to develop an enjoyable and rewarding laughter therapy presentation. Learn how to enjoy life ...
  • Relax to be more productive

    Do you find yourself working harder and longer to get more accomplished, but just become burnt out or frustrated at not progressing the way you think you should?  Do you ...
  • Are you really too busy to read this?

    Does any of the following sound familiar? Things at work are more hectic than ever. Family obligations are keeping you busy almost every day. You never seem to have time ...
  • A Secret to Enjoying Life

    My father is currently in the hospital fighting a mighty battle and teaching me two life lessons at the same time, “Never give up, and work to make the most ...
  • Is Failing Serious?

    My wife and I recently returned from a seven day vacation on a cruise ship. For those of you who have never experienced what it is like to have no ...
  • Be Fair to Yourself

    When you think about the people around you that you respect and admire have you ever asked yourself what it is about them that makes you feel that way? Chances ...
  • How do I react when sh*t happens to me?

    People have asked me how I react when I am faced with personal crises. As a motivational speaker, I strive to be positive every day. I teach that ...
  • Handling Holiday Stress

    Holiday time can be extremely stressful.  You may find yourself rushing around with so much to do and not enough time to get everything done.  You may feel that you ...
  • Take Time Off To Be More Productive

    Are you a workaholic? Did you ever not go on a vacation because you had so much work to do at the office that you were afraid of how ...
  • The Practical Side of Faith

    When we think about faith we often apply it to events in our lives that we consider outside of our control. We speak about the faith that our prayers ...
  • Two Secrets For Handling Stress In Your Life

    Have you ever asked yourself one or more of the following questions? Why does life have to be so hard?  Why do stressful situations keep appearing? Why aren’t I progressing the ...
  • When you feel trapped by life do you act like a skunk or a squirrel?

    Recently I read a story about someone who set a catch and release trap at their farm because they were having a squirrel problem. One day they heard the ...