Quit planning and start working

Quit planning and start working

I always seem to find myself bobbing around in that vast sea between planning and acting. I’m good at planning — too good — and it’s not hard to fool myself and make the planning feel like the actual work. There is great busyness in planning. Entire careers can be built on it. Reading, researching, reporting, and putting things into little… Read more →

4 Ways of Thinking That Could Affect Your Sleep

4 Ways of Thinking That Could Affect Your Sleep

Americans are one sleep-deprived bunch. According to the 2013 International Bedroom Poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 25% of people in the United States report rarely or never having a good night’s sleep. With all of the responsibilities we manage in our modern daily hustle, it is truly hard to turn everything off and make the decision to go to bed on… Read more →

Friday Wrap-up

Friday Wrap-up: Substance abuse in seniors, multitasking teens, and a salsa dancing grandma

New and exciting research is released every week, and one of my favorite things is to share that research with others. Here are some of the interesting studies and other articles I ran across this week:   Older adults and substance abuse This recent New York Times article gives a good summary of a growing problem in the United States:… Read more →

Book Review: The Confidence Code

Book Review: The Confidence Code

I read an interesting book recently called “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know,” by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. Over the last couple of years, we’ve heard quite a bit about how women seem to have hit a wall in the workplace, settling back and not scoring those C-level positions in the… Read more →

5 ways to trim the fat in your news diet

5 ways to trim the fat in your news diet

I’m a die-hard news junkie, but lately it’s hard not to get overwhelmed with what I see, hear, and read in the news. Terrorists doing unspeakable things, the devastating spread of Ebola and tales of tawdry political scandals filled the news just this week. It leaves me feeling worried, anxious, and helpless about many things over which I have little… Read more →

Exercise and depression: Why you should move your body every day

Exercise and depression: Why you should move your body every day

Regular daily exercise is now the no-brainer method to stay physically healthy. But in the last decade, exercise has emerged as a big player for mental health issues as well, especially in the treatment of depression. Major Depressive Disorder is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. At the same time, many people in the U.S. lead… Read more →

Is stress really that bad for you?

I ran across this TED Talk a couple of months ago and it really made an impression on me. Kelly McGonigal, a Stanford University psychologist, discusses the possibility that the way stress affects our health may have much to do with how we perceive stress and its role in our lives. You don’t have to look far to find a ton… Read more →