Danger! Is your body going into stress mode?

Certain things have built-in warning signs when they need attention: a car has a check engine light; a tea kettle has a whistle. Wouldn’t it be great if people had the same type of warning signals when they went into stress mode? That would let everyone know when someone’s stress response had been triggered, and [...]

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Valentine’s Day: Why You Should Go Do Something

Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s a day for lovers, and I truly love everyone. Obviously, there is some commercialism tied to Valentine’s Day, as with all of our holidays, but gifts don’t have to be flowers, or diamonds, anything expensive or expected. Gifts can be a simple expression of how [...]

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How To Not Have An Emotional Reaction

“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks.  You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper [...]

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Your phone is hijacking your concentration

Most of us have been proud multitaskers at one point in our lives. The ability to do a few things at the same time can seem like a necessary skill, both at work and at home. We talk on the phone while driving, send texts when we’re talking with someone in person, and reply to [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Your phone is hijacking your concentration

It Is All Made Up

In one of my favorite books, The Art of Possibility, written by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander, there is a chapter titled It’s All Invented. The authors say, “It’s all invented anyway so we might as well invent a story or a framework of meaning that enhances our quality of life and the life [...]

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Are you noticing or judging?

Being judgmental has a negative connotation. People don’t want to be viewed this way, yet our brains are hardwired to categorize and generalize things so we can move through our day more efficiently and stay safe (e.g., a dog bearing its teeth is dangerous, and a cooing baby is not). Unfortunately, sometimes our brains make [...]

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Your Last New Year’s Resolution

The idea of making a resolution for the New Year is a 4000-year-old practice believed to have begun with the ancient Babylonians. Yet, according to recent research, while as many as 45 percent of Americans say they usually make New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent are successful in achieving their goals.1 Considering most resolutions are [...]

By | December 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Your Last New Year’s Resolution

THINK: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind

I love being around young children as they are learning and honing their speaking skills. Even though infants and small children are able to communicate quite effectively without words, most quickly start vocalizing to better express their wants and ideas. As we get older, we become more skilled at using our words in speech and [...]

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6 Ways to Refine Your Listening Skills

Listening is something we all do every day, sometimes effectively and sometimes not. When we are “listening” to other people while multitasking, looking at something else, or thinking about what we are going to do later, the quality of the interaction is diminished. Leadership expert and author Susan Scott says that people often think the [...]

By | November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 6 Ways to Refine Your Listening Skills

Hit the brakes: controlling your physical response to stress

Learning to manage your nervous system can be crucial to good health. The sympathetic nervous system controls your fight, flight, or freeze reaction, which is activated by your response to stress.  Instinct and human conditioning support this natural response as far back as caveman days, and it used to serve a daily essential purpose. (As [...]

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