Author Archives: EliotBurdett

Opportunity looks a lot like hard work

Movie and pop idol, Ashton Kutcher, made these comments at a teen awards ceremony recently:
I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13 I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof. And then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant….

Outsource your worrying

My friend Brent doesn’t worry. He says he outsources his worry to the Universe.
He figures there is no point in worrying about things that you have no control over. I agree wholeheartedly. If your worrying isn’t going to make a difference why bother? Why invest energy in something that at best has no positive…

Things We Tell Our Kids: Make it work

“Things turn out best for the people that make the best of the way things turn out”– John Wooden

My wife and I encourage our kids to be happy with what they have and to learn to find solutions on their own. We believe these are vital life skills so when our kids are complaining about…

Being Good is Great

We are all told to chase greatness. We are bombarded by advice on how to get to the top, to make an indelible mark, and to be all you can be. There is nothing wrong with striving to be better but there is an awful lot of pressure to be some kind of amazing.

Take Three Deep Breaths

Last year I accidentally hired a meditation coach. Seriously…. I went looking for a business coach who could help me with a specific business challenge I was experiencing and wound up engaging someone who teaches meditation.
Here’s how it happened. I combed the Internet until I found one with the background I was looking for…

There are no good or bad events

All the events in our lives trigger good and bad emotions, but it is worth considering that the idea of good and bad events only exist in our mind.
An event is only good or bad once we assign to it a positive or negative emotion and furthermore every event can be both good and…

Write it Down and Get it Done


Everyone makes list. Shopping lists. New Year’s resolutions. Priorities.
Lists are a powerful tool for getting things done and I confess that I have always been a bit of an obsessive list maker. I have to do lists, not to do lists, and tracking lists. I have so many lists I sometimes feel like I…

49 Happiness Habits

happy habits

Here are some of my favorite daily practices for making life great. I call them happiness habits. I know some of them seem a bit hippy dippy, but they work.
Try adding one or two to your daily routine or let me know in the comments section below if you have any of your own…

Most Popular Posts of 2012

Looking back at this blog’s stats for most read posts in 2012 shows my original vegan-paleo post is at the top of the list for the third year in a row. Obviously there is still a lot of interest in modifying the paleo program.
Here are the other posts in the top 10 for 2012:

A Vegan…

How to Meditate with Kids Around

For anyone who has tried any activity such as working, reading, talking in the phone or exercising with young kids around, you know how tough it is. Kids want attention and they want to be involved. Many times, I have practiced yoga at home with my kids climbing on my back or crawling over or…

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