Yoga is an active form of mindfulness and meditation that reduces stress and anxiety. Studies have found that Yoga not only improves cardiovascular health, digestion, flexibility, balance and overall quality of life, it improves clarity of thought and enhances self-awareness. Across the US, the number of people practicing Yoga has increased dramatically. A recent survey […]

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When you feel stress or anxiety, do you double down by also feeling guilty about it? According to the Harvard Health Blog, that can contribute to poor, long-term psychological health. Contributor Dr. David R Topor sites a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, which concluded that people who accept feeling bad fare […]

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Is Work Getting You Down? Author and Harvard Business Review contributor Annie McKee says that could be due to one of three “Happiness Traps,” which are destructive mindsets and ways of working that keep you stuck, unhappy and rob you of success. “The Ambition Trap” pushes you to do your best, but it becomes counter […]

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You’ve probably heard the expression, “In life, it’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s how you respond.” Many of our greatest heroes understood and lived those words. For instance, Nelson Mandela, who didn’t allow years of being jailed to stand in the way of being forgiving, or becoming President of the nation that […]

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Resistance is data. Don’t make it a problem. Don’t push against it, get angry, or wonder, “What’s wrong with them?” When I say resistance, I’m referencing those moments when you feel others are working in opposition to you. They’re saying, “No,” for no apparent reason, countering your good ideas, being confrontational and unhelpful, fighting against […]

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During a recent workshop, a participant confessed his lack of empathy – a core dimension of emotional intelligence. He said, “I don’t have any, and I don’t know how to begin to think about feeling the way others do.”  Given the laughter and head nodding from the others in the room, he was not alone. […]

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My book, LIES That Limit, makes it clear that mindset – what we believe, how we think – is everything. Mindset is the composite of our beliefs and assumptions – our theory about life, other people, even ourselves. We feel safe when we make choices consistent with our story about the way things are. Yet, […]

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Have you ever received feedback and wondered, “Where on earth did that come from?” It seems so not like you, hard to believe, downright wrong.  Of course, sometimes, feedback is based on misperception.  And, at other times, it may be a precious gift you don’t want to accept. Feedback that sounds foreign – unlike anything […]

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Looking for A Way to Avoid Telling Someone Where to Go? When I walked into his office, Will’s head was down, his brow looked furrowed, he was breathing deeply and writing furiously. I waited until he finished and asked, “What are you working on?” “I’m writing out my rage!” He smiled, pushed his pad aside […]

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Newly Discovered Benefits of Generosity A researcher in Switzerland has proven something some of us already knew. Generous people are happier. Those who are concerned about the well-being of their fellow human are happier than those who focus only on their own advancement. You don’t have to be a self-sacrificing martyr to get happy. Professor […]

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There May Be No Such Thing As A Selfless Act Many people see volunteering as an act that benefits the people and programs they serve. But, ironically, what appears to be selfless giving has proven to be beneficial to the giver. Several research projects have shown that volunteers themselves exhibit improved psychological well-being as a […]

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Maintaining a positive outlook can be difficult. But consciously choosing the focus on the positive can build resilience for difficult times. Harvard Medical School offers these three tips that will help you harness your positive psychology. Express gratitude. Show thankful appreciation for simple things like a roof over your head or having people who care […]

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Summer is a great time to catch up on recreational reading. But it’s also the perfect time to make progress toward life goals with books that nurture your inner coach.   Here are a few of my favorites: Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, by Dr. Martin Seligman. He provides tools to […]

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Keep Fear From Killing Your Creativity Author Joseph Chilton Pearce said, “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” By it’s very nature, creativity is about taking risks. Exploring the unknown can be frightening. Sticking with the status quo may be comfortable, but it can breed stagnation, boredom and frustration. […]

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Do You Frequently CC the Boss When Emailing Co-Workers? Does the boss request that she be CC’d to stay in the loop? Research from the University of Cambridge suggests that this damages trust. To many, copying the boss on emails is a clear signal that you suspect they’ll under deliver. It can feel like a […]

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Anxious?  Depressed?  Frustrated?  Write It Out. Journaling is a highly effective tool for many reasons. It can help put a challenging situation into perspective. It can help you work through your fear, anxiety and relationship issues. Best of all, it’s private and it’s free. To get started, all you need is a notebook and a […]

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Unlock the Hidden Forces That Are Working Against You Childhood experiences still shape the way we react to the world. That’s even true at work. Things that hurt us as children, and the methods we developed to cope, are foundational to our world view. They affect the way we deal with people and situations that […]

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Albert Einstein once said, “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” There are many ways to transform your mind – some are legal, some are not. But more and more, executives and business leaders are turning to Yoga and meditation to boost their on-the-job performance. These practices are moving from […]

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How to Turn Conflict Into Something Positive Conflict at work is something most people rather avoid. But some experts believe conflict is actually healthy. According to HR Magazine’s Dori Meinert, conflict can actually spark innovation and creativity. She cites the work of former psychologist and author Nate Regier, who says conflict is the energy created […]

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