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Happier from Less Clutter

Posted by davidjsinger - July 18, 2018 - Be Happy, Be Organized, Happiness, Minimalism, Organization
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Two articles I recently read reinforced my feeling that most people have too much “stuff”. Beth Teitell writes in the Boston Globe, “Clutter…can assume many forms. It can present as a once-used bread machine or Lego hair that’s come unsnapped from its person. It can look like Tupperware without its assigned top, garden tools when there’s […]

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True Vacations for Your Well-Being

Posted by davidjsinger - July 11, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Family, Friends, Happiness, Health, Stress, Well-Being, Wellness
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In the mid-1990s, I had the good fortune of participating in the Strategic Coach® program. Its quarterly, all-day sessions helped me focus on creating the life I wanted, personally and professionally. One of the first things I learned in the program was their time management system, the most important aspect of which is “Free Days”. […]

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Exposure Breeds Empathy

Posted by davidjsinger - July 4, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Empathy, Kindness, Leadership
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Pride Month has just come to an end, and I was thinking about the way LGBTQ issues have been in the news in a big way over the last few years. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 for equal rights for those in same-sex marriages. The fight for transgender rights has helped make the […]

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Social Connections & Your Health

Posted by davidjsinger - June 27, 2018 - Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Nice, Habits, Happiness, Health, Healthspan, Helping Others, Kindness, Well-Being, Wellness
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In a Harvard Business Review article, the former U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, was quoted as saying, “Loneliness and weak social connections are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity. But we haven’t focused nearly as much effort […]

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Some Lifelong Learning Advice, from someone

Posted by davidjsinger - June 20, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Happy, Happiness, Learning
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My friend Michael, who sends out weekly motivational messages, sent one recently with a list of “What I’ve Learned” by Andy Rooney, the late 60 Minutes personality. Rooney passed away in 2011 at the age of 92. For many years, I enjoyed watching his 60 Minutes segments. I found him to be one of the […]

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More Ways to Make New Habits Stick

Posted by davidjsinger - June 13, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits
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Last year I wrote a piece on commitment devices, another practice to help you to make good habits stick. A reader sent me a note saying how much he loved the piece, and he told me what he and his wife have been doing to make changes that stick, as follows: “My wife and I […]

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Healthy Habits Breed Success

Posted by davidjsinger - June 6, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning
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This is a guest post by Ash Govender. Making changes can be hard. In your own case, you may have often heard someone say: “make it a habit to…..” followed by some difficult to accomplish task. Then, you try it a few times until you either stop because you don’t see results, or you let […]

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Helping Others with Your Voice

Posted by davidjsinger - May 30, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Leadership
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I’ve written many times: helping others is one of the greatest happiness strategies. A recent way I have been helping others is by donating my voice to people who live with voicelessness. My involvement with this activity started when I read an article about VocaliD, a for-profit company. It seems like an odd combination—a charitable […]

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Time Management & Your Priorities

Posted by davidjsinger - May 23, 2018 - Be Healthy, Exercise, Fitness, Health, Longevity, Time Management, Wellness
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I have been greatly influenced by the writing of Stephen Covey, the late author of Seven Habits for Highly Successful People. What I learned from his ideas have been very important for my time management. Essentially, his message, as explained by the first three of his seven habits is this: Decide you have control over […]

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The Garage Sale Test for Buying Less Stuff

Posted by davidjsinger - May 16, 2018 - Be Happy, Happiness, Minimalism
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Last week, I wrote about the many things I threw out when helping my parents move from a house to an apartment. I wrote about throwing things out or donating them along the way, rather than accumulating things you don’t need. There is another way. Don’t buy things you don’t need in the first place! […]

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