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How Background Music Influences Our Behavior At Work

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 10.31.2016 | Business
Greater Good Science Center

By Jill Suttie Last summer, I took my niece shopping at an urban clothing store in New York City. While she shopped, I couldn't help but notice the m...

Intimacy, a Hierarchy (With Thanks to Abraham Maslow)

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We're complex beings, and there is always more to learn. Caring is more important than "knowing." Are we interested, receptive, curious? The element of surprise can fuel a sense of newness and add excitement when we're open to it.

What's Delicious? Nipping Misperceptions in the Bud

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I don't know if this qualifies me for any kind of a medal -- you can decide -- but there are two double-entendres in my title, making it, arguably, a ...

Sadness: The Heroic Emotion (Inspired by the Movie 'Inside Out')

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Although often used interchangeably, an emotion differs from a feeling. The movie "Inside Out" inspired me to explore that distinction as well as the...

5 Important Reasons To Embrace A Little Adventure

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living

Where would we be without a little adventure? As Eleanor Roosevelt once stated, "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmo...

Living in a Rut

Ree Varcoe | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

Many people would have us believe that going through life as though on a well-worn path can promote apathy, boredom and even anxiety. There are oodles of books urging us to find the new us and step out of our comfort zones.

Is It a Breakdown in Etiquette?

Eldon Taylor | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

What is this first name stuff and why does it bother me? I understand the whole "let's be friendly" movement. The problem comes when you recognize that giving one respect over another diminishes someone, and perhaps that's why we have a protocol called manners in the first place.

How Sticking With The Familiar Could Hurt You

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Clearly, these gut feelings are untrustworthy. Not only is familiarity a maladaptive guide to what's beneficial, it can lead to choices that actually exacerbate stress -- increasing the likelihood of more poor judgments.