For a “recovering pessimist” like myself, few things are more annoying than being told that optimism is some sort of magic potion. But that’s exactly what recent research, reported by McKnight’s,...
High optimism levels tied to ‘exceptional longevity’
Jun 10, 2022
Optimism appears to promote good health and long lifespans across diverse racial and ethnic groups, according to a large study using data from the Women’s Health Initiative.
Experiencing life on ‘The Happiness Curve’
Apr 25, 2022
Are you short-staffed? Isn’t everyone? CNAs quitting. Nurses walking away from careers. Something has changed in how willing people are to stick with frustrating working conditions.
Breaking news I want to hear
Eleanor Feldman Barbera, Ph.D.
Apr 19, 2022
I have to admit that when I saw the news headline last week, “BREAKING: CMS cuts SNF pay rates by net $320 million,” I felt a kick-’em-while-they’re-down discouragement.
Sign of hope
Mar 30, 2022
Leaders who don’t smile suck. How’s that for an opening line? The living leadership reminder for this month: smile. Yup, it’s that simple. Over the years I’ve had many people say that’s just...
The transformative power of happiness
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC
Mar 29, 2022
It seems almost daily we are hit by news where someone or something is trying to rob us of our happiness. We barely survived the pandemic while losing our staff and having to deal with an agency that will...
Waiting for the wallop
Mar 10, 2022
Good news, bad news — it’s a cycle on perpetual repeat in the long-term care profession, and on this planet.
No more muddling along
Feb 10, 2022
It’s become a ritual, and I recently realized it probably needs to stop. Most every morning as I glide past our delightful receptionist on the way to my office, our daily dance of greeting goes something...
Begin what? I begin.
Jan 27, 2022
As I sit here at 2 a.m. eating a big bowl of unnecessary cereal, driven from bed by work-related stress and the need to speedily write a column for a distinguished publication named McKnight’s, it doesn’t...
One incontestable pandemic truth
Dec 02, 2021
Though I strongly support the concept of gratefulness, I’m not much for delivering public speeches about it, even to close friends or family around the Thanksgiving table. Truth be told, I generally...