The Unrelenting Season of Catastrophes

A few weeks ago we heralded the Helpers of Houston and pointed out how helpers benefit from assisting those in crisis through the release of the stress hormones that bring a sense of connection and reduces the body’s anti-inflammatory response helping to bring a sense of semblance to even the most difficult situation. Since then, the crises have continued in Florida and just this past week across Puerto Rico. First responders and neighbors are pitching in and doing everything they can to get their communities back up and running. My friend, Jon Brillman, a neurologist in Fort Meyers stayed behind during Irma and among his other work helped move patient beds away from windows during the hurricane. For those of Read More

Back to School…for Everyone

I pulled a colorful leaf off of one my neighborhood trees and have it by my computer to remind me of the changing season. As if the fall colors aren’t enough, the early arriving school buses welcoming yawning students is a fail proof assurance that summer is over and we’re off to a new school year. Like January 1, I like to use this back to school month to reflect on my accomplishments and consider what I want to push through to the end of the year. I’m working on a new book with my colleague Michael Couch on Leadership Development. I’m also preparing for several speeches and conferences where I’ll be talking on resilience and other topics. Of course, Read More

Be Quick But Don’t Hurry

John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach for UCLA would begin each of his training camps instilling this (and other messages) into the minds of his young players. He must have been doing something right as the UCLA Bruins of the 1960s and 70 won 10 NCAA basketball championships and an amazing 7 in a row! We are generally familiar with the idea of moving quickly. We see an emergency or an issue that needs resolving and we want to take action to make it better. This sense of urgency, that is a natural bias, works well and is an action of our reactive brain. Practicing “not hurrying” puts a mindful moment between our perceptions and actions and gives us an Read More

The Resilience Of Helping

While our hearts go out to the victims of Harvey, we’ve heard story after story about the people who reached out to help those in need. Alison Regan and her family, who found themselves on dry ground in a Houston suburb, know they needed to help and took out their inflatable kayak and found 15 elderly couples who were surrounded by water in their homes. One of the people has a severe heart condition and they wound up steering the kayak right into his home to get him on board! While its amazing to see how many people reached out to help, resilience research suggests that it was not all about doing good for others, but also doing good for Read More