Monthly Archives: July 2014

Feeling Stressed? Hug A Tree

Living in a big city, it’s not always easy to find a forest — but the health benefits might be worth it. A new article in The Atlantic suggests that living near tree might not only improve your mental health, but your physical health as well: It is becoming increasingly clear that trees help people […]

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Start Spreading The (Good) News

Would you be happier if you saw more “good news” and less gossip in those grocery store checkout line magazines? Sandi Krakowski of A Real Change notes in Entrepreneur that with the emergence of social media, stories that inspire people are having more of an impact that gossipy or negative news stories: News that inspires and motivates is now […]

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TUESDAY TUNES: “The Gambler”

“The Gambler” is more than just a karaoke favorite or a song to play in your head while at the poker table in Reno: It’s about perfect timing. It’s about luck. It’s about taking risks; losing and winning. It’s about how to play your hand: Every gambler knows That the secret to survivin’ Is knowin’ […]

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MONDAY MOVIES: “Up In The Air”

“Up In The Air” is one of the best movies ever made about working — especially following the 2008 Great Recession.  The movie struck a cord with people who had lost their jobs as a result of the economy as well as people who remained employed but felt a sense of loss. In the movie, […]

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Home Brew: Making Coffee & Saving Money

For many people, getting a cup of coffee before work is essential… it’s a helpful pick-me-up, as well as a morning ritual. But whether you make it at home or buy it at a coffee shop (such as Starbucks) makes a huge difference. USA Today made a handy calculator to help you figure out the cost […]

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The Big Crabapple?

Should New York City’s nickname be “The Big Crabapple”? I ask because our nation’s biggest metropolis was recently named by researchers as the unhappiest city in America, according to the New York Post. The research asked respondents “In general, how satisfied are you with your life?”, and New Yorkers are the least happy — followed in their […]

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Knitted Wisdom

I’ve always loved the quote “Done is better than perfect”. Sure, no one likes to deliver a sub-par performance, but when the deadline comes, something is better than nothing. The same goes with motivation. Sometimes we get hung up on the difficulty or minutiae of a task, and it seems impossible to get started. More […]

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TUESDAY TUNES: “Takin’ Care Of Business”

At first glance, this song seems to be about laziness: If you ever get annoyed Look at me I’m self-employed I love to work at nothing all day But I’ve always felt that a job that feels like working at “nothing all day” is the perfect kind of job: Work shouldn’t necessarily feel like work. […]

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MONDAY MOVIES: “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Atticus Finch, as portrayed by Gregory Peck in To Kill A Mockingbird (based on the famous novel), may be the greatest lawyer ever played on the silver screen. His “character” – meant here as a homonym – is nearly flawless.  Not only is he a lawyer for outcasts who don’t stand a chance, but he’s also a […]

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Virtues Of The Sloth

I’ve always been drawn to sloths. I’m convinced that they’re my spirit animal. I do things pretty quickly, but I need to slow it down sometimes – and sloths are very, very slow. I’d like to think that they’re so happy because they choose to be slow! (But their slow metabolism is most likely responsible for that) […]

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