Recipe For Success

Continuous effort–not strength or intelligence–is the key to unlocking our potential.~Winston Churchill Simply put this is a great recipe for success.  My father always said that inspiration was 99% perspiration and 1 % inspiration.  It is the persistence and the capacity to hang in when our ideas, our dreams, our talents, even our style or […]

Recipe for Learning

5: Make it fun If I’m not having fun, I’m not learning. It’s that simple. This simple recipe for learning found on, run by Alexander Kjerulf. is so true.  We learn best when we are involved and so completely mesmerized by what we are learning that we are truly having fun!  I remember when […]

Recipe for Enchantment

Today I thought it would be helpful to just review some of the ingredients that make up THE ENCHANTED SELF way of living.   Hope you enjoy ‘cooking’ with me, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Positive Psychologist. THE ENCHANTED SELF promotes a positive review of your life and encourages life style changes that lead to living a […]

Earth Angels

I saw a sign outside of a school today that went like this: "There are many angels on earth, disguised as children." I think this is a great quote.  One reason I wrote my new book, THE TRUTH, My Secret Diary, I’m Ten, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, is because I believe that children […]

Happiness and Achievement

I saw today on a YOGI teabag :  Every smile is a direct achievement.  So an easy way to achieve success in life is to smile and the payoff is that you will feel happier at the same time!  Another payoff is that you will make others happy.  Let’s all get gold stars!  Dr. Barbara […]

Seven Gateways to Happiness

I’d like to invite all of you to go to  and look at episode 110.  In that episode I talk about THE SEVEN GATEWAYS TO HAPPINESS.   I discuss all of the Gateways and give case examples, as well as suggestions for you to get started on your Gateway Success Journey!  Let me know what […]

The movie, Miss Potter, Live Your Dream

Beatrice Potter is a wonderful icon for women.  Tonight I saw Miss Potter, the movie.  The movie is about her life as a woman, and a writer of children’s books.  Of particular note is the fact that Miss Potter was discouraged by her mother as well as society at large from pursuing her dream of […]