The Benefits of Unplugging

Guest Post by Rebecca Temsen of Self-Development Secrets  The first thing that is likely to come to our mind when we hear the word technology is the world of gadgets and electronic systems. It is not entirely accurate as technology could be more precisely defined as the driving force behind the successful functioning of these electronic items. There's a high percentage of technology lovers because it always keeps changing and people like to stay up to date with the latest advancements. But for others, technology is too fast to keep up with. Because of these reasons, technology has gained mixed perceptions from people belonging to different fields across the globe. Many people use technology to create extra sources of income while some use it as just a way to kill spare time. But one positive aspect of it is the fact that there could be an infinite amount of knowledge in all the fields that could be attained. It was not possible before the technology revolution. Technology and People If we look at the positive aspects, there are infinite ways technology could benefit people. All the substantial involvement of manual efforts in the past have now been replaced by … [Read more...]

5 Gentle Happiness Reminders

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that “the purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Martin Seligman, considered the father of positive psychology, theorizes that 40% of happiness is really up to us – 60% is determined by genetics and our environment. So what do we do with our 40%? How do we live in state of more purposeful happiness? Here are five gentle reminders, happiness tips drawn from research and life... Get your Zzzzzs Earlier this week on a work call, I heard my colleague’s 3-year old daughter saying, “Don’t be talking on the phone, Mommy, you need to be coloring.” Funnily, within a couple of minutes I could no longer hear her fevered “let’s color” pleas. She’d fallen asleep. Her Mom explained that typically, her daughter gets pretty loud and wound-up just before crashing. I had to admit—sometimes so do I! The director of sleep medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Raymonde Jean, says that a good night's sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety. That’s not just true for 3-year olds, it is definitely true for me too. Let’s allow ourselves more pillow time so that in our waking hours, the choice is be happy is an easy one. Use … [Read more...]

Who are the Real Influencers at Work?

Mel Greenberg was a key influencer. In the newsroom of the Philadelphia Inquirer during its heyday, however, Mel wasn't someone you would have initially identified as a person of influence.  He rarely met your eyes in conversation, rocked maddeningly from side-to-side as he talked--usually in a low mumble sprinkled with a lingo of his own making--and propelled himself on his rounds with an odd, head-first gait. Mel had a strange passion for the statistics of women's basketball at a time when no one else realized the sport existed. His title was "editorial assistant"--a fairly low spot on the totem pole. Yet Mel was the go-to guy at the Inquirer for forty years. He delivered the all-important Pulitzer Prize nominations to New York every year, created mix tapes (when they were still tapes, nothing electronic about them) for office parties. He was once dispatched to Paris, first class, on a moment’s notice to deliver a black velvet painting of John Wayne to an editor in hiding--all key contributions to the newsroom zeitgeist. Mel's passion for women's basketball elevated the sport to national importance and landed him in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as guru of … [Read more...]

The 5 Breaks You Need to Succeed

break·through ˈbrākˌTHro͞o/ noun: a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development; an instance of achieving success in a particular sphere or activity Notice how the buzzword “breakthrough” is everywhere? Breakthrough thinking, breakthrough performance, breakthrough earning, breakthrough conversations, and my personal favorite: breakthrough diet pills that make or keep us thin while we lounge on the sofa eating as much of any ol’ thing we want. I googled "breakthrough" and "book titles." In seconds, nearly 14 million results popped up. Little wonder breakthrough is en vogue. It sounds so enticing, a secret unveiled, like winning the lottery or some starlet's big break. Some dramatic event that will take you from zero to hero or rags to riches; a sudden leap that will change you, and your life, forever. While you may sometimes wonder what it  would be like to win the lottery, I doubt you’re fooled with such magical thinking. Rarely will one breakthrough change the course of your life. There's no such thing as being an overnight success, just like there are no free lunches. Heavens, even lottery winners find that the breakthrough, the big break of winning … [Read more...]

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