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3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Joy Every Day

Follow these three mindful steps to bring small, good moments into your awareness. By Kelly Barron September 8, 2020 Well-Being, Mindful The other day I spoke with a friend I hadn’t connected with since the pandemic began. When I asked how she was, she unexpectedly said she had just tasted the best cherry in her […]

4 Tips for Talking to People You Disagree With

Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church and was picketing with signs like “gays are worthy of death” at the age of five. TED Ideas Megan Phelps-Roper Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church and was picketing with signs like “gays are worthy of death” at the age of five. She […]

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Friday’s Funny

The One Thing You Can Control Right Now: Yourself

We feel powerless over so many things in the pandemic. But learning to practice better self-control can help. By Elizabeth Bernstein Aug. 25, 2020 The Wall Street Journal Early in the coronavirus pandemic, Zvi Band took out a blank piece of paper and drew a line down the middle. Then he made two lists. On one […]

Your Special Space

How to Create Your Own Personal Space and Why You Need It       Perhaps you are a spouse, parent, and employee. You are constantly rushed, pushed, and stressed. There is never enough time in the day to do “all the things!” You run from here to there just trying to keep up with work responsibilities, family […]

The 3 Most Effective Exercise Moves That Don’t Require Equipment

If you have access to a gym, there’s nothing wrong with using exercise machines. But it’s also a good idea to sometimes forgo equipment and use the weight of your own body to work out. Here’s why: While machines tend to isolate specific muscle groups, “a lot of body-weight exercises force you to control your movements and stabilize yourself, […]

World Gratitude Day

As the world celebrates Gratitude Day today, why don’t you focus on gratitude, reducing stress and improving resilience. Check out this challenge from Coach Lou. Remember – you can’t help others if you aren’t taking care of yourself!

Friday’s Funny

Struggling to Focus? How to Improve Your Attention Span When ‘the World Is Sick’

If your mind wanders off before you finish reading this sentence, you’re not alone. Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are still learning to live with an ambient thrum of stress, anxiety, fear, grief and anger. For many people—especially those recovering from the virus or juggling work and child care—brain fog and inattention have […]

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