A sharp mind is so vital to a productive and healthy life.  According to Oprah.com contributor Jessica Migala, keeping your mind sharp can be as simple as doing these five things. Fast walking to prevent cognitive decline and increase hippocampus growth. That’s the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion.   Maintain social ties.  Loneliness leads to […]

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Tony Crabbe, author of “Busy: How to Thrive In A World of Too Much” and frequent contributor to the Oprah Winfrey Network, reminds us why downtime is so important.  Yet, some find having downtime difficult because, as he says, we’re the first generation of people who are always switched on. Science shows that our brains need […]

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Do you feel guilty about seemingly never being able to catch up?  When you’re home at night or away from your desk, are you plagued by negative thoughts about what you’re not getting done?   Harvard Business Review contributor Art Markman says sometimes guilt or shame can motivate us.  But other times, it’s better to let go. How? […]

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For the past 81 years Harvard has been conducting “The Study of Adult Development” to answer one question.  What keeps us happiest as we go through life?  The answer:  good relationships. Inc.com contributor Scott Mautz took a look at what gets in the way of good relationships. The demands and distractions of work are becoming more and more […]

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Being kind to yourself has a ripple effect at work and at home.  It’s how we build up what we need to face the world.  One of my favorite New York Times columnists, Tim Herrera, reached out to experts for ways to treat yourself with kindness in the new year.  Psychotherapist Emily Roberts says Take more time for […]

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Whether you’re into New Year’s Resolutions or not, the holiday season is a good time to press the reset button.  Many of us spend more time with the people we consider priorities and engage in activities we enjoy.  This year, think about how you can insert even more of your personal priorities into the year ahead. During […]

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“Your attitude will determine your altitude.”  Famous words of the late, great trainer Zig Ziglar.  They ring true, no matter where you are in the organizational hierarchy.  From part-timer, to entry level to CEO, it matters how you show up. In many cases, attitude is more important than intellect or education.  If it comes down to a choice between […]

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Have you ever noticed that some days your negative emotions are more easily triggered than other days?  Are you aware of days when you can more easily stop yourself before saying something snarky or otherwise regrettable, and days when it seems you can’t?   It’s a challenge to move from responses that are automatic and unhelpful, to […]

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Dr. Marc Brackett is founder of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence and author of the book “Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves and Our Society Thrive.”     He says even when we’re determined to behave or react a certain way, there are no guarantees we will.  He suggests using what […]

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Walking away from technology is becoming increasingly difficult.  Yet, results from recent studies by universities in the UK and New Zealand say people feel more engaged with others, and their surroundings, when they’re tech-free. But, going tech-free involves an emotional journey. So, instead of going cold turkey, experiment for a brief period before vacation to see […]

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A new study released by universities in the UK and New Zealand looked at the pros and cons of a digital detox while traveling.  While there were some cons, the pros won the day.  Here’s more… Although some travelers who disconnected experienced anxiety when they weren’t able to e-communicate or access navigation apps, the vast majority of […]

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Do you struggle with asking for help?  Sometimes we believe — incorrectly — that we should have all the answers. Or that asking for help is a sign that we are weak or ineffective.  In both cases, just the opposite is true.  Asking for help is natural, normal and, often times, just what your situation warrants. The next time […]

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Do you suffer from analysis paralysis?  Do you struggle to make big decisions because the unknown scares you or deciding now feels like too big a commitment?  Here are 3 ways New York Times contributor Susan Shain says you can spend less time agonizing and more time enjoying. Go for Good Enough. Today, we’re assaulted with endless options.  You […]

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Insomnia can do more than make you tired throughout your day.  According to McKinsey and Company, it can impact your cognitive abilities and overall quality of life.  They offer three solutions to help you fall and stay asleep. Read for fun. Select material that has nothing to do with work.  Choose something you’re personally interested in but haven’t had […]

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The learning-to-love-failure movement is a growing one.   New York Times contributor Rachel Simmons writes that accepting failure and moving on takes practice.  She offers three ways to teach yourself how to get up after a disappointment or an outright fiasco.   Simmons advises her Smith College students to ask themselves, “What’s the worst that can happen,”followed by three more […]

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When we believe we’ve failed at something, it’s easy to fall into a pit of despair.  But according to New York Times contributor Rachel Simmons, accepting failure and moving on is a learned behavior.  One way she suggests teaching ourselves to “get over it” is by practicing self compassion. Here’s how. Note how you feel.  Don’t exaggerate or deny […]

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Imposter Syndrome — that feeling that you don’t belong or aren’t qualified – is heightened for women and people of color.  The New York Times’ Working Women’s Handbook says it disproportionately affects anyone who feels the pressure of accomplishing “firsts.” The handbook offers four ways to combat Imposter Syndrome.   Make a list of 10 things that show […]

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama is quoted as saying, “Eventually, I just got tired of always worrying what everyone else thought of me.  So, I decided not to listen.” She stopped reacting to the real or perceived opinions of others. She achieved something most women haven’t.  Over eons, women have been conditioned to see and present […]

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