Making Gratitudes Real

As I’ve written before, Thanksgiving is the most psychologically powerful holiday we celebrate as we recognize and express gratitude for the blessings in our lives. Even in the strangest of years, we’ll find plenty of ways to express our appreciations for the many good things in our lives. For myself, I have sometimes noticed that my expressed gratitude can be somewhat perfunctory. I might say how grateful I am that everyone is around the dinner table (this year on the...

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The Power of the Morning

Even 9 months into the Pandemic with new routines in place, we may very well find that our daily rituals continue to be disrupted. With the current surge, we may be cautious about going out, finding time to shop when stores are less crowded, and continuing Zoom calls with colleagues, Research has shown that creating a consistent morning routine creates a reliable dose of energy and focus. In a recently published article, Shawn McClean from the University of Wyoming reported...

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One Down, One to Go

Two great challenges have confronted us in 2020. The global pandemic and our presidential election. We have essentially resolved one of them and while the other seems to be worsening, there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel as both Pfizer and Moderna announced virus breakthroughs. We do, however had a challenging road ahead. But, let’s just focus on what we’ve gotten through so far. The election was predicted to be a potential disaster. Fueled by...

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Resilient Wednesday: Food Edition

So, what has been your favorite Pandemic food? Eating at home, for us, over the past 6 months has allowed us to try out some new menu items but has also created a certain ritual of the tried and true regulars that we have to enjoy every week.   For us, it has been Broccolini, with its own little tale of resilience. We first had Broccolini about 15 years ago at a little Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan. I was...

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Embracing Your Election Stress

The American Psychological Association recently asked people about the level of stress over this election and close to 70% reported it was significant, well above the 52% from 4 years ago.  This, of course, has gotten the media into a frenzy with psychologists defining a new disorder now known as “Election Stress Disorder.”  Along with the diagnosis, are tips on how to manage it like turning off your TV or not looking at your Twitter feed. Let’s try taking a...

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What is Your New Habit?

It take about 66 days to form a new habit and as we’ve been Covding for 7 months, we’ve all, no doubt, developed some new habits. Perhaps you’ve developed some positive ones like being comfortable for your Zoom call by wearing your PJs all day. Maybe you’ve scheduled your team’s virtual happy hour to make sure that everyone stays connected socially. Hopefully you haven’t developed too many negative habits like working well into the evening or foregoing your workout routine...

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