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08/12/2015

The Happiness Chase

I recently caved into one of my not-so-proud-of neuroses of assessing how I stack up compared with others. How happy am I compared with others? How successful am I compared with others? Who has babies? (I don’t and want them badly.) Who still looks good and how do I look in comparison?

08/11/2015

Lessons from My Mom on a Life Well Led

On Sunday, my sister and I set out on a hike with our 76-year-old mother: a trail that’s chock full of log bridges, steep inclines, unstable and eroded trail sides, and lots of roots and unpredictable terrain. At the beginning of the hike, we waited for a woman half my mom’s age to finish crossing one of these bridges. Wearing an expression of sheer terror, the woman gripped the railing, repeatedly voicing her fear of heights, and cautiously sidestepped her way across. A concerned friend closely accompanied her to protect against a fall into a rocky stream 15 feet below. Moments later, my mom nimbly scaled the high-stepped entry point and strode across the log without hesitation.

07/23/2015

A Call for the Slow Build

Today I led one of my all-time favorite lunch n' learns called "Please, Don't Have a Seat" at a San Jose-based technology company. While setting up, my host filled me in on how the session was a part of their current 4-week campaign to get people moving. "Anyone who shows up today," she gleefully shared, "will get 5000 points!" And my thought was: "Oh, super!" (Please note: The sarcastic overtone is intentional.) No doubt, points, prizes and even penalties can get people in the door. But, the bigger question is – what's the fallout? And, as Rosie Ward and Jon Robison, coauthors of How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work, frequently ask, are we ultimately doing more harm than good?

07/12/2011

If Only...

According to the CDC, by simply making better choices, we could collectively prevent 70% of strokes, 71% of colon cancer cases, 82% of heart disease and 91% of diabetes. The problem is – getting ourselves to make a change is much easier said than done.

07/10/2011

Movement Is For Everyone

Movement is for everyone—even patients in the ICU. A recent study conducted at Ohio State University and three other universities indicates that getting up and moving is critical to an ICU patient’s short and long-term recovery.

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