Open Up a Gift of Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  -William Arthur Ward As I was eating a little too much pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, I started thinking about my gift list for the holidays. Now, normally, thinking about all those presents would stress me out— but Thanksgiving is a […]

Bah! Humbug! Beating the Holiday Blues

Bob Cratchit sheepishly asking old Scrooge for just another lump of coal to heat the office seems a scene from a bygone era. Many U.S. employers now provide healthcare, disability and life insurance, as well as retirement and even wellness benefits.  And heated offices.  And yet many of us are not able to muster the […]

How to Listen to Someone Who is Hurting

Whenever people face bereavement, injury, or other kinds of trauma, they need to talk about it in order to heal. To talk, they need willing listeners. Unfortunately, many of us shrink from listening to people in pain. We may feel like we have enough troubles of our own, or be afraid of making matters worse […]

A Lesson in Personal Branding

I recently attended the National Association of Social Workers conference and the opening speaker was Judi Holler. On her website, Judi describes herself as a personal branding speaker and performance coach who believes, “your personal brand is the most powerful tool you own and it can allow you to open incredible doors.” So, what is […]

Is Your Smartphone Making You Stupid?

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article entitled, “How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds.” It presents a number of case studies showing the deleterious effects smartphones are having on our intelligence, our capacity for empathy and human connection, and our ability to think. In fact, these studies show that merely being in the same room […]

Beating Eating: 5 Steps to Overcome Emotional Eating

One of the ways in which we cope with stress and other issues is through eating. This kind of eating, while it may feel comforting in the moment, can lead to a variety of health issues, both physical and mental. Here’s a five-step plan to beat your emotional dependence on food: STEP 1: Ask yourself, […]

3 Myths about Depression

October is National Depression Awareness Month, so let’s talk a little more about the common mental illness that affects millions of Americans every year. A specific incident or a combination of factors may be at the root of an individual’s depression. Grief over the loss of a loved one, a major life change, physical or […]

Disconnect to Connect

Disconnect to Connect

Depression. It’s one of the most common mental health issues among adults. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2015. And depression can be linked to social media, a study by […]

Leadership, Onboarding & Puppies

My wife and I recently brought home a puppy so Gherkin, our 2-year-old dog, could once again have a sister (we lost our beloved Patches in May). This weekend, we were marveling at how well the new puppy, lovingly named Whiskey Rose, has acclimated to our family. She is already walking on a leash and […]

A Barista’s Tale

A Barista’s Tale

“Hey! I paid for a Grande, not a Tall in a Grande cup!” I know it’s far from the worst job on the planet. Some days it feels like the worst job on the planet. But hey— it’s my job, and the customer wants me to fill her latte to the top. So I steam […]