Category: Stress Management/Life Balance

How to Stay Informed With the News Without Getting Depressed

Michelle Gielan

It was painful to watch, and I had a front row seat. From my post as an anchor at CBS News, I reported on people’s pain as they lost their jobs, homes and savings. The rapid-fire coverage of these problems could

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3 Happiness Hacks to Savor the Holiday Season

Use technology to get more out of life, not distract you from it. Buy the groceries! Prep the turkey! Set the table! In the midst of the scurry to get ready for Thanksgiving, sometimes it can be difficult to just

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The Right Kind of Stress Can Bond Your Team Together

Shawn Achor

Last fall, I did a documentary with HBO, directed by Peter Berg and produced by Michael Strahan, called State of Play: Happiness. In the film, we explored how to create a positive culture in organizations where the culture or conditions make it difficult to

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It’s No Joke! Humor Positively Impacts Performance

Dr. Tony Alessandra

It seems like every day, a new workplace study finds that suppressing employee individuality is counterproductive. Organizations that encourage their employees’ humor and eccentricities do better than their competitors. Is this because people are more relaxed and comfortable working somewhere

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3 Enemies of Focus in the Workplace and How to Defeat Them

Dr. Tasha Eurich

Between the distractions all around and our own shriveled attention spans, it is remarkable we get anything done. Aristotle once said, “The end of labor is to gain leisure.” Yet most busy leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals have – at best — ambivalent feelings

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Why Working More Is Making You Less Productive

Shawn Achor

Your downtime is more precious than you think. You could be much more efficient, productive and happy if you changed the way you view the hours in your day. Many of the business leaders and Harvard students I work with

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How NOT Unplugging from Technology Saved a Vacation

This article by Sara Tsoodle was originally published at Future Point of View, Scott Klososky’s consulting firm. Having just experienced one of the more disappointing vacations in my adult life, I must ponder how technology rescued my week in certain respects. My

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Is technology good or bad for us?

In recent months, I have seen a growing number of posts about how bad technology is for us. Technology is blamed for social isolation, disconnection, and corruption.  But I’ve also heard and seen how technology can be used for good

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Think You’re Too Busy to Practice Mindfulness? Think Again

Michelle Gielan

The most forward-looking companies are willing to take risks to achieve greatness. Most leaders give lip service to this idea, but few actually do it. We have worked with banks willing to take on toxic assets (again) and hedge funds

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From Stress to Happiness and Productivity – Podcast

Michelle Gielan

Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness. Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel

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4 Ways to Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

Shawn Achor

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress by Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan was first published on Harvard Business Review.  Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network

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Are the People Who Take Vacations the Ones Who Get Promoted?

Too many people limit their happiness and success by assuming that taking time off from work will send a negative message to their manager and slow their career advancement. But new research, says that the exact opposite is true. Taking a

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3 Ways to Stop Your Job From Ruining Your Life

Dr. Tasha Eurich

He can’t be serious, Jim thought. Jim had been recruited away from a Fortune 500 firm by a fast-growing start-up, and it was his first day. The president of the company had just handed him a BlackBerry and said, “Keep

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Why Our Addiction to Work is Hurting Our Careers

Dr. Tasha Eurich

Kmart’s recent announcement to open its doors at 6am on Thanksgiving Day sent shock waves throughout the nation. Though bargain-seekers were thrilled, many are questioning the retail chain’s decision. In recent years, such “Thanksgiving Creep” has inspired multiple protests from

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3 Tips to Cure Procrastination

Dr. Tony Alessandra

“Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.” (My Mother, ever since I can remember.) Procrastination is like a virus. It creeps up on you slowly, drains you of energy, and is difficult to get rid of if

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3 Tips to Work Less and Enjoy Life More This Summer

It’s already been two weeks since Memorial Day–the unofficial kick-off to summer. For many people, Memorial Day is a welcome respite after months without a federal holiday. So unless you had the presence of mind to take a spring vacation (and

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Meaningful Work: Not Just for Millennials

Dr. Tasha Eurich

Americans spend at least half of our waking hours at work.  Given the role work plays in our lives, most people strive for a sense of purpose and meaning in what we do.  What precisely constitutes meaning can be different

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Working Fewer Hours Can Make You More Productive – Interview with Dr. Tasha Eurich

Dr. Tasha Eurich, speaker, executive coach, and author of the New York Times bestseller Bankable Leadership: Happy People, Bottom Line Results and the Power to Deliver Both was a recent guest on KUSA 9News. Tasha says it’s possible to build downtime

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The Power No

One afternoon in Los Angeles I took my mom out to lunch. We had decided to try a cute little café in Santa Monica that is well known for healthy food. Both of us were trying to get more exercise

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When a Vacation Reduces Stress–And When it Doesn’t

I thought it was simple: Vacations are fun, Americans are stressed, and happiness raises productivity and sales. Therefore, people should take more vacations, right? But research doesn’t hold that line of thinking up. Not every vacation is equal. According to a 2013

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