Practical Strategies to Boost Your Happiness, Well-Being & SuccessMay 2011
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What Has Life Taught You?
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We hit the open road last week and headed for San Francisco. A lot of our time was spent hanging with our wonderful friends and telling stories.  

 San Francisco

Sharing tales of our lives  highlighted for me, once again, the value of story-telling.  


Have you ever been inspired by a story from your favorite teacher, cousin or friend? If so, then you understand the power of sharing experiences. 


To learn how to transform your life with storytelling, read this month's featured article, "What Has Life Taught You?"




What Has Life Taught You?



Every experience in your life teaches you something. Some life lessons are fun to learn like: pudding tastes better with whipped cream. Then there are the lessons that aren't so fun like: losing a loved one hurts.


But what about other peoples' experiences? Can they teach you something too? I've always been inspired listening to peoples' stories because I believe every person's experience has something to teach me.  


How To Benefit From Others' Stories


As you listen to others' stories, ask yourself these 2 questions:


1. What I can learn from their experience?

2. How do their lessons apply to my own life?


Here's a story from journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver that inspired me:


When Maria Shriver was "freaking out" trying to balance family, marriage and career, she felt like she was coming up short in every area. Then one day her mother said to her, "Maria, you can have and be all the things you want to be. Just do it over a lifetime. Don't try to do them all at once, because you can't." 

That story meant a lot to me. It's a lesson I never forgot.    




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About Dr. Darlene Mininni 

Dr. Darlene Mininni is the author of The Emotional Toolkit, former producer and radio host of The Dr. Darlene Mininni Show on KTLK in Los Angeles, and the contributing feature host of The Emotional Toolkit Series on XM radio's Pink Channel.

Dr. Darlene Mininni

She is the creator of UCLA's happiness course LifeSkills, a class so popular applications jumped from 30 to 700 in just 18 months. She was also the founder and artistic director of UCLA's Kaleidoscope Self-Help Theatre.   


She is a sought-after speaker and her advice has been featured in national media including CNN, FOX, PBS, NPR, SELF, COSMO, Marie Claire, Woman's Day, Ladies Home Journal, WebMD and Prevention


Dr. Mininni works one-on-one with individuals looking to create both inner and outer success in their lives.