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“Us” vs “them”

November 8, 2016

Human history is nothing if not a history of us versus them and what happens when the two collide. From birth, we are separated from one another by national borders, religious dogma, political affiliation, cultural history, skin color, sexual orientation, occupational status, and even sports rivalries. These labels may occasionally serve a useful purpose, but far more often than not, they merely serve to separate us from one another, to obscure our true selves and to perpetuate conflict.

Everyone else is wrong*

November 1, 2016

I’m a smart, good looking and a moral person … except when I’m not. My brain is committed to thinking highly of myself; chances are, yours is too. A few thoughts on self-justification and how to stop.

Think more clearly, breathe more freely: learn to meditate

September 6, 2016

Setting aside the flowery BS and religious trappings, meditation is simply a potent form of exercise for your brain; but it also packs valuable physical benefit as well. There are very few silver bullets in life, but a growing body of scientific research indicates that a daily meditation practice might just be one of them. I’ll share how you can begin today.

Making the most of your approximately 41,385,744 minutes on earth

August 30, 2016

As William Penn observed, “time is what we want the most, but use the worst.” How can we make the most of our limited time on earth? Here are three things you can do today.

I deleted Facebook from my phone and you won’t believe what happened next

August 23, 2016

Our phones connect us to other people via email, text message, Facebook, Instagram and more, but they’re also engineered to command your every waking moment. Here’s what I’ve done to reap its benefits without succumbing to the lure of its addictive distraction.

Just eat the frog, already

August 16, 2016

Mark Twain once said, “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.” Delaying the inevitable squanders your mental energy and creates new pain; sometimes, the best decision you can make is to just get started, already.

My kids teach me too: the unexpected gift of raising children

June 28, 2016

In the six-plus years I’ve been a parent, I’ve been surprised to discover that my kids have taught me as much as I’ve taught them. Here are six fun things I’ve learned.

Marshall Goldsmith and the power of daily questions

May 16, 2016

Of all of the “happiness hacks” I’ve experimented with or read about, this may be two of the most powerful minutes I spend each day.

The LPR Cure: Everything I’ve Learned

April 19, 2016

A year ago, I was diagnosed with LPR, but I became frustrated with a lack of clear answers. Here’s everything I’ve learned since then about reversing this disease.

Journal your way to happiness, in five minutes or less

January 25, 2016

Spend a couple of minutes per day on this fun exercise in gratitude.