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How many times have you thought, I’ll just sleep on it, before making a big decision? This matter-of-fact strategy is employed by many, if not most people, who believe the long-term conventional wisdom that a well-rested mind is one better able to make confidence-boosting, large decisions. Putting that assumption to the test is a group of Harvard Business School researchers, with surprising results.
Overly high expectations, increased obligations, financial stress, escalated demands at work as the year draws to a close, all accompanied by decreasing hours of daylight, can make the holiday season far from merry and bright. The holiday blues present even more of a challenge for recovering alcoholics. Stress, fatigue, loneliness and relationship problems, all triggers that threaten to throw us off course, are magnified as holiday activities root us from our established routines. Add the proliferation of social functions centered on drinking, and a fall off the wagon seems inevitable. It doesn’t have to be.
Perhaps you experience some joy at being able to announce Christmas shopping is finally completed, or feel proud of the 10 dozen decorated cookies cooling on your kitchen counter, but what happen to the magic? The sense of anticipation and awe you felt as a child during the holidays? You don’t have to abdicate your role as a responsible adult to once again experience the holiday joy.
The benefits of meditation – a calmer mind, less stress and enhanced, overall health, are of benefit to everyone. Starting a meditation practice, however, requires more than simply sitting cross legged in a quiet room and closing your eyes, although that’s a good place to start. Engaging in mindfulness and meditation takes some effort, as all meaningful endeavors do and is more easily grasped, and most effective, when guided by seasoned teachers. These five books, specifically geared towards individuals new to the practice, are a great place to start.
It seems that teens today are constantly connected to mobile devices, which makes it appear that they are isolated and disconnected with one another. However, a recent study published by the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reports that teens today feel less lonely than previous generations. Here is how today's teens have become more socially connected through technology.
When Jennifer Page divorced the man she was married to for years, she faced her own feelings of deep, sometimes crippling loneliness, head-on. Her book, “Freedom from Loneliness: 52 Ways to Stop Feeling Lonely,” featuring a foreword by popular Christian television personality, Pam Rhodes, is part memoir, part inspirational how-to. This personal story focuses not on external techniques for combating loneliness, such as joining computer dating services or fine tuning social skills but rather, on a more deeply satisfying, spiritual, inner journey.

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