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How “Playing Actions” Can Brighten Our Lives

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...

The 4 Hows of How To Practice Gratitude

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,...

Are You Trying Too Hard When You Meditate?

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...

Why Meditation Is Vital to Being Our Best Selves

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...

Are You Above, or Below, the Line Today?

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...

How Sleep Cleans the Streets of Your Brain

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...

Facing Childhood Demons

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...

Brainpickings

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...

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