Resolutions 2020: How to be Resolute

Resolutions 2020: How to be Resolute

The New Year is here, and with that, New Year’s resolutions. Last year’s blog post discussed why New Year’s Resolutions are so hard to follow through with. Some experts advise against making them since they are often abandoned. Still, anything that helps you refocus your goals can only help. Be in control Achieving goals that are personally meaningful increases one’s sense of well-being. It is more important, then, to make goals that are realistic, as this increases the likelihood that they will be accomplished. One way to make…
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Insurance and the “Peace of Mind” Effect

Insurance and the “Peace of Mind” Effect

Insurance can be kind of a bore to talk about. However, it is a crucial part of our life. Not only is health insurance, for example, important in the event of unexpected health issues and preventative care, but simply having health insurance can give people “peace of mind.” Not just in a figurative sense, but literally. One study found that having health insurance may reduce stress and cortisol levels. Insurance is not just useful in the event of accident or injury, it can also reduce anxiety about these…
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Taking a “No” in Work and Life

Taking a “No” in Work and Life

As an agency with a sales team, we are no strangers to hearing a “no.” It’s never easy. Sticks and stones may break bones, but that two-letter word can shatter spirits. Rejection is a bitter pill to swallow, and while there’s no easy way to erase the icky feelings—be it from getting passed over for a job, denied a sale, fired, broken up with, or hearing a critical comment from a loved one—it is possible to take the “no” as graciously as possible. The challenge is to resist some of…
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Gossip: Social Bond or Bad Habit?

Gossip: Social Bond or Bad Habit?

“There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” —Oscar Wilde As most of us know, gossip is unavoidable. Whether it takes the form of blatantly bad-mouthing an acquaintance, co-worker, or friend, or the subtler variety of passive-aggressive insult like, “Has Tom gained weight?” People seem to take an almost perverse pleasure in talking about others. As most of us also know, rarely is this talk positive. It is thought that gossip played a role in the development of intelligence and…
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The Power of Assertiveness

The Power of Assertiveness

Have you ever gone to a party, not because you wanted to, but because you were asked to? Have you taken on an assignment at work because you felt bad saying no, even though you didn’t have the time, resources, or even the interest? On the other hand, have you wanted something but were afraid to ask for it? Maybe you ordered a meal without onions, received the onions anyway but toughed it out because you didn’t want to be seen as a complainer. Times like these call for…
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A Different Approach to Burnout

A Different Approach to Burnout

Within the last few years, the number of articles written about the impact of burnout and ways to address or prevent it has risen sharply. Overwhelming demands, low pay and/or appreciation, and toxic work environments are frequently cited as causes of career fatigue. While burnout can be spurred by any number of external factors, research shows that it can also be a function of personality traits and attitudes about our work.  The first step to addressing burnout is understanding what brought us to our particular job and career. To be…
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New Year’s Resolutions and the Power of the Written Word

New Year’s Resolutions and the Power of the Written Word

With the new year approaching, it’s time to think about the changes we hope to make in 2019. This tradition can be traced back to the ancient Babylonians and Romans, who made pledges to their gods at the beginning of each new year. The month of January, which ushers in the new year for those following the Gregorian calendar, was named after the Roman god Janus, a two-faced deity with eyes facing forward and backward. The patron of change and beginnings, Janus looks toward both past mistakes and future…
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The Risk of Rewards: Praise, Motivation and Performance

The Risk of Rewards: Praise, Motivation and Performance

I’ve heard a number of complaints about the somewhat recent trend of giving “participation trophies” to children after they’ve lost in a competitive event. “We’re raising a generation of wimps,” goes the usual refrain. To be fair, there is some cause for concern. Failure plays a critical role in learning, so trying too hard to buffer children from the experience of failure could prevent the development of resilience and persistence. But the issue may not be about whether or not members of a losing team should get a trophy.…
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5 Ways to Manage Public Speaking Anxiety

5 Ways to Manage Public Speaking Anxiety

“I saw a study that said that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. Number two was death. Death is number two?! This means to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.” -Jerry Seinfeld Most of us have felt it—empty stares from an audience while we deliver a speech or presentation. Are they interested in what we have to say, we wonder. Or are they…
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What is Flow and How Do You Access It?

What is Flow and How Do You Access It?

Have you ever had the experience of being so absorbed in a task, so hyperfocused that you lose track of time and your actions become almost effortless? If so, you may have experienced what is known as “flow.” Flow theory was developed in 1975 by Hungarian psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. More familiarly known as being “in the zone,” flow is a state of heightened awareness, concentration and proficiency while completing a task. Whether you’re in the grueling sixth hour of a Wimbledon match or tackling the colossal project of…
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