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Reinvigorating Your Passion

Reinvigorating Your Passion

What Do You Do if You Can’t Find Your Passion? Original Article by Elizabeth Gilbert for O, The Oprah Magazine on November 2010. Creative Commons License. Passion fizzles, gets too overwhelming, and sometimes leaves you all together. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, gives her thoughts on how to overcome a lack of passion, something that we all struggle with time to time. She suggests stepping back and acknowledging the difficulties (because continually slamming your head into a brick wall can only get you so far). Instead, take a break and pursue something new that’s been on your mind, ... Read More »

Mindfulness for the Busy

Mindfulness for the Busy

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate Written by Maria Gonzalez for Harvard Business Review on March 31, 2014. Creative Commons Licensing. Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances. For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. When faced with a decision, meditators showed increased activity in the posterior insula of the brain, which has been linked to rational decision making. This allowed them to make decisions based more on fact ... Read More »

Sleeping Enough? Tips for Accomplishing More

Sleeping Enough? Tips for Accomplishing More

Sleeping Enough: Self-awareness is a Competitive Advantage Published by Tony Schwartz for The Energy Project on March 19, 2014. Creative Commons Licensing. There is no single behavior that more fundamentally influences our effectiveness in waking life. The idea that sleeping less allows us to get more done is pervasive in our culture, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Research shows that 97.5% of us need at least 7 hours of sleep to be at our best, but the average American is getting just around 6 hours. If you currently are not sleeping enough, at least 7 hours each ... Read More »

The Pain of Loneliness and the Easy Solution

The Pain of Loneliness and the Easy Solution

Just Say Hello: The Powerful New Way to Combat the Pain of Loneliness Written by Sanjay Gupta for Oprah.com on February 18, 2014. Creative Commons licensing. It’s a simple greeting, but its power is profound: Science reveals that social interaction can help us live healthier, happier, and longer lives. Yet too many of us are missing out on chances for connection. Sanjay Gupta, MD, reports on an epidemic quietly sweeping society—and why we should all speak up. Her loneliness was worst at night. As soon as her head hit the pillow and darkness surrounded her, she’d be engulfed in a longing she ... Read More »

Methods to Avoid Secondhand Stress

Methods to Avoid Secondhand Stress

Protecting Yourself from Secondhand Stress Written by Jan Bruce for GPS for the Soul on February 25, 2014. Creative Commons Licensing. Empathy is a wonderful thing. In fact, it’s an essential characteristic of resilience. Understanding what makes people tick, and most importantly, what they need, is what connects you with others, which in turn bolsters your ability to weather life’s rough patches. But being attuned to others’ emotions means that you’re potentially leaving yourself wide open to their frantic, messy, grousing, all-around unpleasant feelings, too. Think of the last time you sat down with a coworker or friend who was ... Read More »

What Matters Most?

What Matters Most?

What Matters Most? Written by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza for Every Monday Matters. What really matters most to you? Your relationships with family, friends and children? Helping others? Passions? Faith? Security? Health? At the end of each year, don’t you want to look back and see that you made a difference? That you matter? Today is the start of a new year for your life. Start it off by making a difference in you, in your life, and in the lives of those you love. This is your opportunity. Time spent on what matters most is never wasted time. TAKE ... Read More »

8 Ways to Perfect Your Work-Life Balance

8 Ways to Perfect Your Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance and You Written by Ilya Pozin for TNW on August 7, 2013. Creative Commons licensing. Sometimes, busy workdays can feel like a marathon with the finish line still miles away. You enter the office early to find a mountain of work waiting for you, a full inbox, and a calendar blocked out with meetings. It’s no wonder so many employees have grown accustomed to staying late and taking work home. In a recent study by Accenture, work-life balance — ahead of money, recognition, and autonomy — was the key determinant for more than half of men and women in regards to whether ... Read More »

Awareness and Spending All Day With You

Awareness and Spending All Day With You

A Day With Yourself Written by Tamara Lackey for All in One Life on July 5, 2013. Imagine if you could spend the day with yourself, doing everything you would normally do on your own with YOU by your side.  From getting ready in the morning to eating breakfast (and hearing yourself chewing) to making a flippant joke with a friend to rushing to get to an appointment to losing your temper – all the way to plopping on the couch and zoning out, then finally climbing up to bed.  Oh, and that would include listening, intently, to everything you ... Read More »

Time Management: How To Get Truly Productive

Time Management: How To Get Truly Productive

The Meaning of Productivity Written by Tamara Lackey and published by All in One Life on July 4th 2013 There is a major emphasis nowadays on time management.  On getting as productive as we possibly can in the time allotted to us, just so we can get through our rather packed days. Getting smarter about how we spend our time is not a bad thing.  In fact, becoming more efficient with streamlining our tasks is one of the smarter ways to manage our burgeoning lists. But knowing whether an activity is productive or unproductive is when we really strike gold.  ... Read More »

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