Category: Be Present

Multitasking & Making Habits

Posted by davidjsinger - December 19, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Organized, Be Present, Changes, Habits, Learning, Organization, organized
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As any regular reader here knows, I’ve written a lot about how to make changes stick – break down your goals into small pieces and work on one at a time for the 21 days it takes to create a habit. As I have explained, we have a limited amount of willpower, so it’s important […]

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Biases & Your Happiness

Posted by davidjsinger - October 10, 2018 - Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Family, Friends, Habits, Happiness, Well-Being
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I’ve written before about things I learned from Daniel Kahneman’s wonderfully interesting book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow“. In a section on availability bias, Kahneman shared useful information for couples. Availability bias is the way we judge situations by relying on immediate examples that come mind. For example, as Kahneman points out, divorces among Hollywood celebrities […]

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More Kindness

Posted by davidjsinger - May 2, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Habits, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership, Mindfulness
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After I republished my post Kindness & the Common Good in my monthly newsletter, a reader sent me this note I want to share with you: Thank you for this email (newsletter)! I have a constant, inner conversation with myself where I try to be mindful of the point of view of others. If someone […]

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Being Present in a World of Screens

Posted by davidjsinger - February 21, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Family, Friends, Habits, Leadership, Listening, Mindfulness
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This is a guest post by Ryan Snow. Screens are everywhere. You can’t make a call or even make your coffee without looking at a screen. After reading Kevin Kelly’s book, The Inevitable, where he writes about the future of screening, I decided to examine my own use of screens. Here is a recap of […]

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Smartphone Distraction & Etiquette

Posted by davidjsinger - February 14, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Family, Friends, Habits, Kindness, Leadership, Listening, Mindfulness
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In the past, I wrote about Being Present in a Smartphone World. On a related note, I read a piece in the New York Times where they reported on these survey results, which might not be very shocking: We check our phone an average of 47 times a day. Eighty-two times if you’re between the […]

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Kindness & the Common Good

Posted by davidjsinger - February 7, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Habits, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership, Mindfulness
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In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, David Brooks wrote about Pope Francis’ New Year’s Eve commentary that the people who have the most influence on society are “normal folks,” and their everyday gestures of kindness make them “artisans of the common good”. The pope used driving, of all things, as an example, […]

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Being Present in a Smartphone World

Posted by davidjsinger - November 29, 2017 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Organized, Be Present, Family, Friends, Habits, Kindness, Leadership, Listening, Mindfulness, Organization
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I bought my first iPhone in 2011. I never had a Blackberry, a Palm Pilot, or anything similar—so that iPhone 3G was my first foray into the world of smartphones.  I’ve upgraded it twice since, and now use an iPhone 6. I love my iPhone—just as so many people do. The original benefits to me—being […]

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Book Review: Waking Up

Posted by davidjsinger - November 15, 2017 - Be Happy, Be Present, Book Review, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness
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I have been a long-time student of the power of our thoughts. That’s part of why I enjoyed Waking Up by Sam Harris, a book that focuses a great deal on the power of our thoughts. Before cell phones, when we saw someone walking down the street talking to himself, we imagined they had a […]

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More on Proactive Positivity

Posted by davidjsinger - November 8, 2017 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Celebrate Your Progress, Changes, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Mindfulness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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I’ve written many times about what I call Proactive Positivity, actions you can take to help yourself to be happier, such as: expressing gratitude, smiling, helping others, exercising, spending time with people you like, looking for silver linings, being present, seeing the glass as half full, celebrating your progress, laughing, having fun, pursuing your passions, […]

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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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