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Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, is an internationally-published writer and stress and resilience expert. She has trained resilience skills to over a thousand professionals, including educators, lawyers, and military personnel, in the Middle East, South Korea, Australia, and throughout the United States. Her online magazine, Build Your Strong, helps busy professionals manage stress and build strong, happy, and healthy lives. To learn more, please visit Paula’s website at Please feel free to email Paula at

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7 Things Drill Sergeants Taught Me About Life

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Four years ago, I began a professional journey that profoundly changed me. Having burned out after spending seven years as a commercial real estate lawyer, I decided to change careers and study stress, burnout and how people can build their own resilience reserves. I never in a million years thought...

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Dix choses que les gens heureux font différemment des autres

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 2:57 PM

"Le bonheur est d'avoir dans une autre ville une grande famille soudée et attentionnée" -George Burns

Jusqu'à quel point êtes-vous heureux et pourquoi ? C'est une question à laquelle j'ai consacré pas mal de temps, non seulement parce qu'elle concerne ma propre évaluation du bonheur, mais aussi ma famille, mes...

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3 Big Perfectionism Struggles for Women

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 5:32 PM

I had a great conversation recently with a coaching client of mine about perfectionism. We are both recovering perfectionists and enjoyed tossing around old "war" stories about the problems perfectionism has created in our lives.

Many of the women I coach will at some point or another face the...

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11 Traits That Block Success for High-Achievers

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:18 PM

For as long as I can remember, I have been driven and achievement-oriented. It started when I was six, playing tee-ball for the first time. I got a double (whatever that means when you're six and playing tee-ball), but then Jamie Ditzenberger hit a home run (even for a six...

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Addicted to Busy

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 8:11 AM

I recently had lunch with a group of friends and work colleagues. Before our server even approached our table to take our drink order, one of my friends said, "I am soooo stressed out." When we asked her why, she told us about a sticky work conversation she was going...

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How Burnout Impacts Men and Women Differently

(4) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 1:54 PM

I've written and spoken about my experience with burnout a great deal this past year, recounting the intense blend of physical, psychological and behavioral issues I went through during the last year of my law practice. I was researching burnout and gender recently as part of my preparation for an...

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Dix choses que les gens heureux font différemment

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:18 AM

Docteure en psychologie et auteure connue mondialement, Paula Davis-Laack se spécialise dans la gestion du stress. Elle aide les professionnels de haut rang à accroître leur bien-être par l'entremise d'une méthode favorisant la résilience, la concentration mentale et le développement des liens sociaux.

« À quel point êtes-vous heureux,...

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7 Things Resilient Couples Do Differently

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 8:38 AM

My husband and I recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary, and it has caused me to reflect on the twelve years that we have known each other. As a teacher of resilience, defined as the ability to bounce back and grow and thrive during challenge, change and stress, I wanted to...

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Can Women Have It All? A New Model

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Several months ago, I appeared on a national talk show to discuss the question, "Can women have it all?" As part of my prep for the show, I asked my family, friends, and followers on my social media outlets for their candid thoughts about this question. I received approximately 140...

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Maxed Out Parents: 5 Strategies to Ease Burnout

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Katrina Alcorn recently published a memoir about her struggle with work-life balance as a working mom and her subsequent burnout. As a non-mom, I learned a great deal from Ms. Alcorn's story about the rigors of trying to work and raise children, and as a former burnout sufferer, I wanted...

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Profit From the Positive: 5 Strategies for Success at Work

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:44 PM

What type of leader are you, and how well do you develop others? Maybe you have explored some of the thousands of management and leadership development courses, books, webinars and seminars that are offered in the marketplace; but, I don't know about you, but so many of the tips and...

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6 Sources of Burnout at Work

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 8:04 AM

I recently spoke to a group of women accountants and financial professionals about preventing burnout and better managing stress. Accountants, like many busy professionals, are susceptible to burnout, but many people don't know quite how to define burnout or what its warning signs look like. The word burnout is an...

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8 Messages to Teach Young Women and Girls About Happiness

(110) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 8:42 AM

Women's happiness levels have been on the decline for the past few decades, so says a 2009 study entitled, "The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness." If that is the case, what are young women and girls learning about what it means to be happy? Who are their happiness...

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Do You Have to Get Sick to Slow Down?

(4) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 11:29 AM

"But I can't get sick," I told my husband, somewhere between my dry, hacking cough and 102-degree fever. "I have writing deadlines, coaching appointments, and my next workshop to plan," I continued.

"Well, guess what?" he asked, "You're just going to have to slow down until you feel better."...

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Your Other Biological Clock: When Do You Start Pursuing a Life That Matters?

(6) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 4:10 PM

I was honored to appear recently on HuffPost Live to discuss Frank Schaeffer's recent HuffPost blog, "The Real Biological Clock Question Is Bigger Than Asking 'When to Have a Child?'" The focus of Frank's blog was deeper than deciding when (or if) to have kids; rather, he called...

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10 Mindsets That Undercut Your Happiness

(24) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 8:15 AM

For the past four years, I have been studying, writing, and talking about what makes people resilient and better able to handle stress. Much of my work involves helping people identify the mindsets and faulty assumptions that undercut their happiness, resilience, and ability to manage stress. I'm passionate about this...

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7 Strategies to Prevent Burnout

(14) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 8:18 AM

Just over four years ago I stopped practicing law. I burned out during the last year of my law practice, which involved three visits to the ER, consulting numerous doctors, and experiencing near-daily panic attacks. Rebuilding my life has been one of the hardest things I've ever done, but the...

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Life Is Too Short: 10 Things to Stop Tolerating

(202) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 8:00 PM

What are you presently tolerating in your life? Are you a few pounds overweight? Maybe you're at a job you dislike? Or so disorganized you can't find anything, much less some time to sit and relax? In order to be happier, more productive, more resilient, and healthier, stop tolerating these...

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Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? 8 Strategies to Help

(4) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 8:20 AM

I attended a family function recently, and as I entered the gathering, I was inundated with sensory information. Here's what I processed in the first minute: There were dozens of people, who I barely knew, eating their lunch and talking; dogs were running around, including my own who is a...

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9 Steps to Change Careers and Get the Life You Want

(5) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 8:20 AM

There are two questions I get asked most frequently when I meet new people and tell them my story. The first is, "Why did you decide to leave law?" and the second is, "How did you make the change?" I recently got an email from a woman explaining that she...

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