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Habits That Are Adding Years to Your Life

It’s easy to ask what you can do to look and feel younger. It’s harder to look at what you’re already doing to accelerate aging. Chronological aging is a fact of life. Years climb as they pass, and there is nothing you can do about it. The years will lead to some natural decline, but how

It’s Time to Stop Comparing and Look for the 5 Percent

We know we shouldn’t compare our lives to the lives of “more successful” people because when we do, we tend to feel deficient in comparison. But far more debilitating to our psyches than comparing ourselves to our neighbors and movie stars is the nasty habit we have of comparing ourselves to what we feel we

Lessons From Medieval Europe’s Waves of Plague

The Black Death (1347-51) devastated European society. Writing four decades after the event, the English monk and chronicler Thomas Walsingham remarked that “so much wretchedness followed these ills that afterward the world could never return to its former state.” This medieval commentary reflects a lived reality: a world turned upside down by mass fear, contagion, and

What Happens When We Lose Our Social Rituals?

When the shelter-in-place orders came down in California, the first thing I thought of was my cousin’s wedding—the one I was supposed to officiate. I’d been working on creating a special ceremony since the fall. But once the pandemic kicked in, everything was canceled. Perhaps my cousin is luckier than some—after all, a wedding can

Why Social Media Could Be Your Invisible Enemy

With the prevalence of the Internet in our modern world, a growing number of young and middle-aged people are spending more of their time on social media. Statistics show that at least 79% of Singapore’s residents are active on social media. What impact does this have on people’s lives? Almost everyone on Facebook seems happy.

In a Pinch: How to Set Up Your Home Workspace

In the age of social distancing, workers of all stripes are suddenly finding themselves working from home. Our new co-workers may be furry friends, suddenly homeschooling kids, or spouses in the same boat. We’re asking a lot of the spaces in our homes. So, how can we properly set up our new workspaces? I asked

7 Ways to Stay Sane While Social Distancing

Nothing in our lifetimes has brought about such a sudden and drastic change as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus. All at once we have been asked to stop unnecessary travel, limit social contact, end all large group activities, and even just stay put at home and only go out

Nature and Couture: Which Flower Are You?

Spring has arrived. To me, it is the prettiest season of the year because everything is blooming and so colorful. Escape for a moment into the world of nature, and see if you feel drawn to some of these beautiful flowers. It’s said that the flower you are most drawn to can tell you a lot about

The Art of Bonding With Your Boss

Bonding is the result of establishing an emotional connection. You feel that you’re in touch with someone who cares about you and vice versa. Yet work relationships are vulnerable to emotional disconnections that require an extra effort to prevent. The only time your boss should be a stranger to you is when you first meet. If they

13 Ways to Protect Yourself From Your Cellphone

Here’s a statistic that may be hard to believe: There are more than 6.9 billion subscriptions for cell phones around the world, yet only 4.5 billion people have access to working toilets. While the estimated 3.5 billion people without toilets are at risk for health problems, so are the 6.9 billion with cell phones. That’s because cell phones emit

How to Accept What We Really Don’t Want to Accept

Right now there’s something going on in my life that’s very difficult. I definitely wish it wasn’t part of my life and yet it’s clear my wishing has done nothing to change it. As is always the case: Fight with reality, reality wins. And so it occurred to me (brilliantly) that this might be an

Why Employees Become Motivated to Stay or Leave

Businesses hope that by investing to make employees satisfied, this will motivate them to stay in their jobs and remain productive. It’s feared that dissatisfied employees will become motivated to leave prematurely. Yet not all employees leave when faced with the same dissatisfactions and they still may leave after being made satisfied. For example, Susanne

Coping Strategies for When Bad Things Happen

If you can’t control a difficult situation, how do you cope with it? Coping involves applying your mental and emotional energy to manage the strain associated with challenges. Psychologists have identified three coping strategies people commonly rely on. But before we get to those, consider the order in which humans normally make things happen. We

Is Lack of Gratitude Dragging Down Your Relationship?

Imagine that you’ve embarked on a quest to be more grateful. You dutifully journal about the happy events in your day, training your mind to see the positives. You notice and begin to appreciate all the little things your partner does for you, from brewing your morning coffee to letting you pick what movie to

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A Note on Japanese Aromatherapy

When we think of aromatherapy, we usually think of an afternoon of massage in a spa, with scents and oils. Well, aromatherapy is more than that. It has a long history of usage in human civilization, from Egypt to Greece, and from Rome to China. And they usually have origin stories that are quite legendary.

The Virtues of a Contented Inner Work Life

Work is more rewarding when we bring a higher sense of meaning to the day’s labor Your inner work life, or thoughts about work, supply your motivation and the empowering virtues you demonstrate while working. Virtues are the desirable values and characteristics that you have the potential of demonstrating on the job. They help supply

Is It OK to Cry at Work?

I’m not quite a decade into my career and I know that I have cried on the job at least four or five times. As work life and personal life have become increasingly integrated, boundaries and social etiquette practices have continued to shift, such as bringing your dog to work, going barefoot in the office (still

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