Between last minute shopping and jam-packed malls, roads and airports, this week delivered plenty of ruffled feathers beyond the Duck Dynasty uproar. One antidote to that holiday stress is a diet -- not abstaining from Christmas cookies but from our digital devices. So, starting tomorrow, I'll be powering mine down for a week, disconnecting from the world so I can more deeply connect with friends and family. It's a great way to recharge your internal batteries and promote reflection on the year gone by. For HuffPost, 2013 was a year in which we went all-in on our efforts to fight burnout and embrace that which we truly value. This included the launch of the Third Metric, a movement devoted to redefining success beyond just power and money to include well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving back. Making a digital diet part of your holiday tradition is a great way to start. So goodbye until next week -- and have a happy unplugged holiday.
The good news? I achieved my goal and stayed offline for the entire time I was on Indian soil. The better news? The benefits of unplugging from the Internet for the first time in almost five years were greater than I could've ever imagined.
The strong response to the photo reflects the nation's ambivalence about our collective obsession with taking pictures of ourselves in order to record every moment of our lives. What ever happened to being present?
With the holidays almost here, Cindi Leive, Mika Brzezinski and I have decided that there is no better time to unplug, recharge and renew ourselves in time for the new year. And what better way to do that than by unplugging and disconnecting from all our devices? Big Data, unfettered information, the ability to be in constant contact and our growing reliance on technology are all conspiring to create a noisy traffic jam between us and our place of insight and peace. So Cindi, Mika and I agreed we needed to go beyond our usual, day-to-day vows to take time away from our devices. We wanted to do something bigger. From Monday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Dec. 29, we'll be taking time away from TV, social media and email -- and we hope you'll join us.
'How do you manage to remain so cheerful?' people ask. 'Your job can be so stressful, and yet you're always smiling. What's your secret?' It isn't that I was born a perpetually happy camper, or that I've finally found the right meds. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) It's because I'm a writer.
An enlightened world understands that peace, wellness, wealth, our wholeness all begin inside. A heartful life including meditation is receiving all this and much more. It is time, beginning at an early age, to consciously be learning, growing, enjoying life full of heart intelligence.
Allowing employees to use their time off may result in happy, more productive employees who put forth more discretionary effort. And a final word on one of my personal pet peeves: if someone takes half a day off - don't send them off with a sarcastic comment like "You must've had a rough day today."
Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress -- and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike.
It wasn't until Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow approached us with an interesting proposal eight years ago that we really grasped what was driving top talent away -- and began a radical experiment to improve our work-life balance.
Sure, I put away my own cellphone while leading the sessions, but did I really buy into the concept of being off the grid for more than a few hours at a time? Recently, I was put to the test.
By structuring your work day so that you are clocking in and out, you are opening yourself up to a more productive lifestyle and, ultimately, more free time to spend the way you wish.
Hi, my name is Kelley, and I'm a social media addict. Have you ever felt this way? Unplugging wasn't easy at first, but these five tips helped me get there.
I gave myself an "A" for having gotten really good at working really hard. And then took the weekend off. Do you want to know the coolest thing? My work was still patiently waiting for me this morning when I came back to it!
Is this how we're going to remember our lives? Instead of enjoying concerts that we paid big bucks for, we're spending the time looking through the tiny screens of our phones to capture blurry photographs that we'll later slap a Hefe filter on.
Life is more than surviving drama and guarding against the latest virus invading our personal domain of what innocence is left. Life is about nurturing, bringing our unique talent, our gifts into the world.
If there is a narcissist in your workplace, the costs and benefits may need to be teased out. This process may need to take place as people and projects realign.
When I go for walks outside or a drive in the mountains, I almost always return with new ideas, divine downloads in the form of blogs, poetry and talks, and inspiration to create something amazing.
The fact that we are surrounded by high speed everything -- living, eating, driving, breathing and of course technology -- is taking its toll on our sense of inner peace. Perhaps we can't change our entire life, but we can certainly make small steps towards healthy choices that in fact will make us happier.
Our goal is to make our nervous systems more resilient by inducing more positive emotions throughout each day. With that in mind, here are 10 suggestions for your personal Happy List.