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Music balances the intellectual with heart. Enjoy.


step nine

Two months ago I shared a song from my second album. So, I figured why not round that out with the title song from that same album? The song, “Sometimes Good Things Happen” reminds me a little of the song, “It can get worse” (our song for next month’s musical walk-about), weirdly optimistic…and true. Sometimes good things happen. Sometimes they don’t. Things can always get worse. Sometimes they do. Only the perpetually lucky or avoidant might have difficulty seeing the truth of this. 

And I believe that truth leads, inevitably, to compassion. So, here’s to hoping that good things happen to you. May you be lucky. But may we all be able to access compassion regardless of our luck. And if we have compassion – kindness, love – then perhaps we can be there for each other when bad times hit. And, if we can do that, maybe we can start dealing with reality early, often, and skillfully with kindness, a major theme in Kindness for a Change.

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About Donal

Integrated Expertise

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the best national program in his field
  • Therapist for 20 years, helping hundreds of individuals, couples, and groups learn to thrive
  • Published 20+ scientific articles related to sustainable well-being, anxiety, depression, and dysregulated behavior
  • Survived 13 years of personal suffering (3 years of child’s cancer, family implosion, and 7 years of wife’s disabling pain)
  • Member of cohousing community for 16 years
  • Studied with world experts in ecology, sustainable agriculture, and permaculture
  • Ran several political campaigns (back in the day)
  • 4 albums of original music and a new group of songs released in 2023

Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People

As a scientist, Donal worked closely with Dr. Richard Davidson, named a Time Magazine 100 Most Influential Person and known for his neuroscience work with the Dalai Lama.

Co-inventor of Proven Wellbeing Program

Donal co-invented and scientifically validated a group-based program that helped hundreds of people thrive and increase their sustainable wellbeing.