Gratitude

Last week, I conducted a series of presentations to employees at an industrial plant as part of their ongoing education on Stress Resilience. We had a great time as the employees talked about their upcoming holiday stress and how we’ll all be dealing with our crazy Uncle Albert (or someone) who is sure to disrupt some of the festivities. Gratitude came up as a topic of discussion in most of the sessions, as a strategy to improve our own resilience...

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The Pursuit of Happiness

One of our inalienable rights as Americans is to pursue happiness and certainly if we are building resilience in the face ofchallenging life events, the goal surely must be to find that elusive state. Opinions differ about exactly what makes happiness. Most research has focused on overcoming our negativities (as we discussed a few weeks ago on the Negativity Bias) which can include ideas to deal with everything from anxiety to depression. Happiness definitions vary but typically include the idea...

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Being Cool in Real Time Stress

One of the most challenging parts of being resilient is staying in the moment when a stressful event is happening. Examples of successful navigation almost seem heroic at times. A fire fighter running into a burning house, superstars like LeBron James sinking that last second jump shot to win the game or a news reporter detailing events from the front line of a war zone. Some of these qualities may be hardwired into these first responders, professional athletes or journalists,...

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The New Mecca of Relaxation: Your Neighborhood Airport Terminal

The story on the monitor began with soft relaxing music as the commentator walked leisurely down the hall, past rushed and harried passengers.  His excitement showed as he shared his discoveries about how we can manage our travel stress. Three stops…massage, sleep, and mind alteration were all part of the formula and after watching his story,  I decided that the 2 ½ hours until my next flight provided the opportunity to personally check out whether I could find my little...

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