What Every Couple Can Learn from Military Relationships

June 19, 2017

Not every couple will struggle with glitchy Skype connections during months apart, the U.S. Government interrupting dinner, or the strain Top Secret secrets place on two people in love. Military relationships are subject to a laundry list of struggles—and joys—that others don’t have. But at the heart of military relationship challenges are the same human issues that every couple navigates.

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships, Emotional Fitness

5 Proven Keys to Success

May 30, 2017

Success. Most people desire success; few would say they’ve achieved it.

First of all, to have success in any area of life, we need to define what success means to us. If we have only a vague idea of what it means to us, how can we ever hope to arrive at that lofty place? We will never be able to measure how far or how close we are to success if we have not clearly and specifically defined it.

Posted in Leadership and Business, Emotional Fitness

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

May 22, 2017

"Emotional intelligence is a powerful tool critical for exceeding goals, improving critical work relationships, and creating a healthy, productive workplace and organizational culture." says Brent Gleeson in his article, "5 Aspects of Emotional Intelligence Required for Effective Leadership.

The very essence of leadership is to lead oneself effectively, which then influences others in a positive and inspiring way. Without the ability to modulate our emotions and understand what we want to achieve at any given moment, it's hard to lead competently.

Posted in Leadership and Business, Interpersonal Skills, Mindfulness, Perspective, and Brain Fitness, Emotional Fitness

6 Tips for Being Friends with Your Child

May 18, 2017

Should you even try to be friends with your child?

"Whether or not parents should try to be friends with their children—especially in the early developmental and teen years—is a hot-button issue in a lot of parenting circles.

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect

What Is Empathy and Why Is It Important?

May 15, 2017

Have you ever had one of those days when you just needed someone to talk to, someone to really get how you were feeling? Have you ever felt totally misunderstood by your spouse or a friend? Well, if you have, you were more than likely needing a dose of empathy. 

Posted in Interpersonal Skills, Mindfulness, Perspective, and Brain Fitness, Emotional Fitness

From Battling with My Mom to Best Friends

May 13, 2017

My mother became human to me inside a Macy’s department store. It was in the center of the K Street mall in downtown Sacramento. I remember that specific place because it felt like it took an eternity to walk from the place she broke down in tears, through the glass doors, and all the way to the parking lot. Finally, I drove her home. 

She had witnessed her father die earlier, and shopping for a funeral outfit inside the fluorescent belly of a mall was too much.

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect

Creativity: The Secret Ingredient for Company Success

May 04, 2017

The benefits of creativity are easy to identify but difficult to harness. We all want to feel engaged in our work, inspired to innovate and grow, and satisfied with our jobs. Tapping into creativity can give you and your company those things and more. But the trick to creativity is that—like the best secret ingredients—it is hidden in plain sight.  

Posted in Leadership and Business

Yoga Poses for Grounding and Relaxation

April 25, 2017

The way we move our bodies has a profound impact on our brains—our moods, sleep, interpersonal communication and emotional intelligence. MRI scans show that yoga in particular can make your brain more calm and self-aware. Out of the hundreds of yoga poses, some are more naturally calming for parasympathetic nervous system, taking the body from fight-or-flight mode into rest-and-digest. Especially in the wake a tax season and during the busy time of spring, grounding feels vital and these poses can help.

Posted in Mindfulness, Perspective, and Brain Fitness, Emotional Fitness

Honoring Individual Work Styles for Business Success

April 13, 2017

Remember how EQ is the new IQ? It is becoming increasingly more acceptable to think, and thrive, outside the box. Gone are the days where productivity was ranked only by earnings spreadsheets or boxes checked...or at least those days are becoming fewer and further between.

Objective measures of success are important for businesses, but honoring the diverse and unique work styles of workers often means looking beyond the usual standards. In most cases, allowing individuals’ unique business talents to thrive actually creates more success for everyone in the end.

Posted in Leadership and Business

Step 4 of Building Healthy Brain Habits: Willpower

April 12, 2017

Willpower is an unruly topic, to say the least. Whether some people are inherently “better” at self-control is still a topic of debate. What’s more important is how you exercise your willpower.

Posted in Mindfulness, Perspective, and Brain Fitness