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How “Playing Actions” Can Brighten Our Lives

By Michael Maddaus / January 23, 2020 /

I want to become a better public speaker.  That seems weak. How about – I want to become a great public speaker. Better, but it still lacks serious commitment. Next up – I am going to become a better public speaker. Hmm. Come on Michael. Ok – I am going to be a great public…

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The 4 Hows of How To Practice Gratitude

By Michael Maddaus / January 3, 2020 /

In my last article, Why Gratitude Is A Superpower, I highlighted the power of gratitude through a story about a thank you note that my daughter Maya left me one morning. The note was simple, and very effective. The image of that note and her coffee cup, and the warmth it generated, will stay with me until…

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Are You Trying Too Hard When You Meditate?

By Michael Maddaus / December 22, 2019 /

Just do it. The Nike tagline is symbolic of the American ethos. Go after it, try your hardest, and if you fail, get up, dust off, and try again. I love the phrase. I have lived by it. It has served me well. But, like many things, the idea is useful until it isn’t. Nowhere…

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Why Meditation Is Vital to Being Our Best Selves

By Michael Maddaus / December 6, 2019 /

Everything, absolutely everything,  starts with consciousness and awareness. In January 2020 a paper I wrote – The Resilience Bank Account (RBA) – will be published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. It is a practical and scientific review of 6 critical habits or skills (sleep, exercise, meditation, self-compassion, gratitude, connection) that have been scientifically shown…

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Are You Above, or Below, the Line Today?

By Michael Maddaus / November 25, 2019 /

Our best selves. We know it when we have it. We operate at a high level of energy, we are actively engaged with whatever we are doing, we are open to and feel warmth and compassion toward ourselves and others, we feel creative, ideas flow from out of nowhere, and we feel confident that we…

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How Sleep Cleans the Streets of Your Brain

By Michael Maddaus / November 16, 2019 /

Have you ever seen the streets of a major city being cleaned late in the wee hours of the night? In every major city, in the dark quiet of the empty streets, one can usually hear garbage trucks and street sweepers slowly cleaning up the mess from another day of controlled chaos. The same thing…

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Facing Childhood Demons

By Michael Maddaus / November 8, 2019 /

This week I listened to a Harvard Business Review podcast that caught my eye because of the title: Managing Career Transitions Part 1: Facing Childhood Demons with Jerry Colonna. It prompted me to share the story of how I exorcised my childhood demon. I was an only child. My mother was an alcoholic who relapsed…

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Brainpickings

By Michael Maddaus / November 3, 2019 /

Hello Friends, Just a quick note to tell you about a wonderful website and newsletter that you may like. It is called Brainpickings and it is written by Maria Popova. I was prompted to write to you because of a recent post by her that is a distillation of “Life-Learnings” from her 13 years of…

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