Scaling down: on seeking fewer goals, relationships, and experiences

We have heard it so many times: quality matters more than quantity. Yet, we struggle to apply the adage. We try to earn as much money as possible; to visit many places; to make lots of friends; to read loads of books. In many areas of our lives, quantity seems to trump quality. Thanks to …

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Constructive criticism: how to give and receive feedback

Whether in our personal or professional lives, we are constantly giving and receiving feedback. Some of the feedback is subtle, often unconscious, and some of it is proactive. Being able to receive and to offer constructive feedback is an essential skill in building meaningful social relationships.  In addition, research suggests that meaningful feedback is crucial …

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How to take a replenishing vacation (or staycation)

A growing body of research shows that taking a vacation is good for your mental health. In a study conducted in the U.S., participants who took vacations twice or more per year were less likely to suffer from tension and depression. Even expecting a holiday break has a positive impact on your general sense of …

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Are we too busy to enjoy life?

โ€œHow are things?โ€ asked a friend. โ€œItโ€™s busy, but Iโ€™ll take some time to relax when things ease up,โ€ I replied. I recently caught myself giving a variation of this answer every time I was asked how I was doing. โ€œSo much work, but hopefully it will be better next week.โ€ Being busy all the …

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Why itโ€™s hard to set boundaries: the yes autopilot

Every day, I get asked by people if they can quickly pick my brain, if I can re-share one of their articles, or if Iโ€™d be okay to review their landing page. I always do my best to oblige, but sometimes I end up finishing the day tired, with the nagging feeling that I didnโ€™t …

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