Get by With a Little Help from Your Friends

It’s hard for people to agree on certain things, like who should be deemed the greatest sports team of all time, or if peanut butter is enhanced or hindered by the addition of jelly. One topic that can inspire a lot of debate is which song from the Beatles catalogue is their best. While “Hey…
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How to Reinvent Yourself

I always enjoy a good reinvention story. Like Jessica Simpson, who is now better known for building a billion-dollar fashion company than her 1990’s pop star career, and Steve Harvey, who parlayed his career in comedy into an entertainment empire that includes television shows, books, speaking engagements and multiple businesses. Kudos to them both for…
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Why I Always Look for the Silver Lining

I wasn’t raised to be positive. But somehow, I became mostly optimistic at a young age. Maybe it came from reading lots of books where the plucky heroine always triumphs over adversity or seeing how a rag tag band of space rebels could blow up the Death Star and smack-down Darth Vader. Whatever the case,…
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To Sleep or To Exercise: That is the Question

Some competitions are legendary. Like when Mohammed Ali faced off against Joe Frazier in their famous Rumble in the Jungle match 50 years ago. That time pop stars Brandy and Monica dueled over a guy in their 1990’s hit “The Boy is Mine,” returning to recreate the magic in a popular Verzuz Instagram Live battle…
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Pursuing Personal Growth After Adversity

I’ve always dug songs about people who triumphed after facing hard times. Like disco hit “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor and “Fancy” by Reba McEntire. But one of my all-time favorites is Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” Its uplifting lyrics about choosing yourself over a bad relationship are more than just catchy;…
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How to Unleash Your Inner Gumby

Since he was first introduced in the 1950’s television classic Howdy Doody, pop culture icon Gumby has certainly got his groove on. The limber green Claymation character, accompanied by trusty talking red pony sidekick Pokey, scored two television shows and a full-length feature movie. Eddie Murphy parodied him as a high-maintenance Groucho Marx-type celebrity on…
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4 Ways to Grow Your Self-Awareness

Some things will help you go far in life. Like saying “thank you” and “please” with regularity. Getting a good education and leveraging it with a great work ethic. Creating good karma by letting cars merge in front of you when traffic is jacked up. And right there, at the top of the list, is…
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6 Ways to Become More Authentically Positive

Even during a pandemic, you can overcome a negativity bias Aren’t you delighted when things turn out to be easier than expected? Like when you can suddenly see the best way to crush an intimidating project at work, find your way to a new destination even when GPS backfires or figure out how to accurately…
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How to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

When the world gets chaotic, it is natural to want to burrow into your comfort zone, that place or situation where things feel comfortable, easy, and there is no testing of your abilities or beliefs. In elementary school, the physical manifestation of my comfort zone actually had a name — “Yangie.” It was a pink,…
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Why Getting Enough Sleep Makes You Smarter

I used to think sleep was for wimps. After all, being an insomniac throughout my teens, twenties and up until my early thirties meant I had more time for socializing, reading and getting things done. Until the day that attitude came back to kick me in the butt. I stayed up late arguing with the…
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