Four Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Personal Tech

Spring will be here, officially, in just over a week. It inspires people into annual rituals that give their homes a fresh face for the warmer months. And, it has me thinking about another mainstay of our everyday lives: the devices we all use every day: laptops, tablets, smartphones… Back in February, I asked my…

Is Something Bothering You?

It’s National Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week, a week dedicated to celebrating our differences. According to the National Day Calendar, it was founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934 with the aim of encouraging people of all faiths to meet, discuss differences and affirm the brotherhood/sisterhood that crosses religious belief systems. Because we are a nation founded on…

Yep, Puzzles Are Healthy

Puzzles have been around since the late 1700s, and they’re still as popular as ever. But, until recently, I didn’t realize they provide health benefits for the people who solve them. See seven reasons they’re good for you, as framed by USA Today in this short video.   With this in mind, I’m thinking about…

Is Everything Really Temporary?

Over the holidays, I watched a movie called “Ideal Home.” It shares the story of two men who open their home to an estranged grandson they have never met. It made me laugh and cry, and I’ll definitely watch it again because it really had heart.   But, there was a pivotal scene in the…

Don’t Leave Loved Ones in the Dark

It’s the time of year when many of us feel the joyful anticipation of time spent with family and friends. For those of us who are perfectionists, it can come with festive stress. And, it can send others spiraling into depression, depending on life circumstances and mental health and wellbeing. This hit me really hard…

When Your Nature Works Against You…

Life is full of contradictions. And, yes, sometimes we find them in ourselves. A recent post from Psychology Today points out one reason this may happen: confirmation bias. As Jeremy Sherman, Ph.D., points out, many of us have gut reactions to people or situations that give us short-term relief from indecision. When those decisions are…

Are You Feeling Festive Stress?

The holiday season upon us again. It brings parties, gifts and, for many, stress. According to The New York Post, “Festive stress” is real… It reports that 31 percent of Americans describe the holiday season as “frantic,” and 41 percent admit to working “too hard” to achieve the “perfect Christmas.” One approach that may help…