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Leadership: Respectful Interaction

Posted by davidjsinger - September 13, 2017 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership
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Earlier this year, I attended a meeting with nearly 100 people to discuss the future direction of a religious institution where I am a member. It was expected that attendees would have varying, and possibly contentious, opinions. The meeting’s facilitator began by spelling out some valuable ground rules for everyone to keep in mind. Those […]

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Learning from Warren Buffett

Posted by davidjsinger - September 6, 2017 - Be a Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Happy, Habits, Happiness, Leadership, Learning
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If you haven’t seen the HBO documentary, Becoming Warren Buffett, I highly recommend it. The “Oracle of Omaha,” legendary for his investing prowess, is an amazing person from whom, and from whose example, much learning is available. A couple of my favorite takeaways from the film: If you were given a car, but the catch […]

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Behavior Change from Understanding Why

Posted by davidjsinger - August 30, 2017 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning, Mindfulness
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One my mentors, the business coach Arnie Rintzler, wrote to me after reading one of my newsletters. Arnie often writes nice notes to me about my posts, and this time he had nice things to say, adding, “…there is a missing element. You focus on behavior when there is much more leverage when we move […]

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Making Habits Easier

Posted by davidjsinger - August 23, 2017 - Be Healthy, Habits, Health, Healthspan, Wellness
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On a TED Radio Hour podcast episode, I listened to an interview with Richard Thaler, a behavioral economist who co-wrote Nudge, a book about changing behaviors. His message: If you want to encourage people to do something, make it easy. For example, to get people to save money in their 401k, set up participation based […]

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Time Traveling to Happiness

Posted by davidjsinger - August 16, 2017 - Be Happy, Habits, Happiness, Well-Being
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I heard an interview with star poker player Annie Duke. She said something quite profound about happiness. When something happens to you, ask yourself, “If this happened to me a year ago, how would I feel about it today?” Then, come “back to the future” and act accordingly. I love that idea. It’s a brilliant […]

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Doing One Thing at a Time

Posted by davidjsinger - August 9, 2017 - Be Happy, Be Organized, Be Present, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness, Organization, Time Management, Well-Being
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One thing that bothers most people, is the experience of not remembering why you just walked from one place to another—for example, walking from one room to another in your house, or from one part of your workplace to another. As we get older, we begin to worry if that means something about our brain […]

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Respect for Others Will Help You

Posted by davidjsinger - August 2, 2017 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Kindness, Leadership
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This is a guest post by Sara Jacobs Growing up, the kinds of respect I was initially taught were not helpful to me later in my life. For example, I was supposed to respect teachers who would hit me, which made it seem like respect was born out of fear. My mom, too, was a […]

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Driving & Why I Barely Drink

Posted by davidjsinger - July 26, 2017 - Be a Leader, Be Healthy, Habits, Health, Healthspan, Leadership, Well-Being, Wellness
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I’m not a big drinker. I never have a drink at lunch (I would be too tired at work if I did that) and I have one drink at most when I go out to dinner (almost always wine or beer). I’m a “lightweight” drinker and when I have more than one drink I feel […]

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Happiness and Health at Work

Posted by davidjsinger - July 19, 2017 - Be Happy, Be Healthy, eating, Happiness, Health, Healthspan, Leadership, Well-Being, Wellness, Work
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Someone sent me an article about a company that purposely made some decisions they knew would make them less profitable. The goal was to impact the environment in a more sustainable way, and the author wrote about the various ways to define success. The person who sent me the article asked what I thought and […]

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Simplify Your Wallet

Posted by davidjsinger - July 12, 2017 - Be Organized, Minimalism, Organization, Simplify
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I carry around a super slim wallet and I owe that in part to my smartphone, to a trip I made to Europe, and to my good friends Elliot & Joanne. There are many good things I learned from my dad. But, the fact that my dad’s wallet has always been one of those busting-at-the-seams […]

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