It’s time to listen to others, especially those in pain

It’s time to listen to others, especially those in pain

A few weeks before our collective world catapulted into pandemic pandemonium, my own world was rocked when I took my mom to a doctor’s appointment that turned into an emergency room visit and, a few hours later, a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. In less than five weeks, she...
Integration, not balance, key to enjoying life and work

Integration, not balance, key to enjoying life and work

You’ve seen it at parks and gymnastics meets. You’ve been dazzled by it at the circus. But if you’ve ever tried walking along a slack line, balance beam or tight rope, you know it takes concentration, control and lots of practice to remain steady and not fall. For...
Take time to take confusion out of emails

Take time to take confusion out of emails

I love email. It’s convenient, efficient and nothing less than essential during these times of physical distancing. But my relationship with email also can be toxic at times. When I’m particularly busy, the ping notifying me I’ve received a new message triggers a...
Natural approach at work bolsters productivity

Natural approach at work bolsters productivity

Think back to the last time you felt truly calm, peaceful and void of stress. Where were you? What did you see? What sounds did you hear? Odds are you weren’t standing in a busy grocery store line; driving your car through traffic; or, for that matter, sitting in your...
Small acts play big role in combating loneliness

Small acts play big role in combating loneliness

What if you had to take a pop quiz that included this question: What is the No. 1 public health crisis we face today? Which answer would you choose? A. poor nutrition. B. lack of exercise. C. loneliness. Most people would likely pick A or B — for good reasons. Poor...
Resolved to do better? Commitment devices help

Resolved to do better? Commitment devices help

As the first month of a new year gives way to the second, many resolutions disappear. Why are we so eager and confident when we write down our goals, yet so easily and quickly revert to our old ways? One reason this happens is the version of our self that sets goals,...