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Anosmia & the Smell of Books

The shock came shortly after I had recovered from The Mother of All Colds -- a vicious, lingering, energy-sapping upper respiratory monster that I quickly communicated to my poor wife. Both of us hacked, sniffled and suffered with the thing for several weeks. I soldiered on with hot tea, saline nasal spray, decongestants and what seemed like quarts of cough syrup. Slowly, grudgingly, the monster relaxed its grip -- but at a cost.

My sense of smell had all but disappeared -- a condition doctors call anosmia.

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Use This Psychological Principle to Master Business Networking

As young professionals, we’re taught to network like our careers depend on it. Your professional network can open just about any door. All we have to do to capture that holy grail of networking is put ourselves out there, and then we’re golden.

We’re told to just "start networking," but in reality it’s never that simple. When you’re new to the professional networking scene, figuring out how exactly to create
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The Sneaky Way You’re Sabotaging Your Own Happiness (And How to Fix It)

You feel on top of the world, invincible, and light -- for about five minutes, until things start to go south.

You swear your boss has been looking at you funny for a few days in a row, your computer crashes just as you’re about to send in a report, you lock yourself out of your apartment, and you have one too many glasses of wine at the company happy hour.

So much for a few days ago, when you totally had your life together. Now you’re left wondering, “Where did that woman go and how do I get her back?”
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Teaching Your Child to Pay Attention Amid Digital Distractions

Technology has its pros and cons. A TV show or iPad app can help kids learn about everything from history to animals. However, too much time with electronic devices starts to hamper attention and steal time away from other important things.

In her latest book Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Balancing Your Child’s Use of Technology psychologist, researcher and attention expert Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D, shares a slew of helpful strategies. She shows parents how to help their kids sharpen “voluntary attention.” This kind of attention requires effort and helps us achieve our goals.

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How Working Moms Can Make the Most of Their Time

Today, the prevailing narrative is that of the harried, overworked, stressed-out mom. The woman who doesn’t get enough sleep. The woman who sacrifices self-care. The woman who either has a successful career or a happy marriage. The woman who can’t have it all.

In her latest book I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time Laura Vanderkam shows that women can have a fulfilling career and family life -- and even get enough sleep.
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3 Powerful Mindful Practices for Every Day

It's important to have practices we can turn to every day to keep us grounded -- practices that cultivate calm and focus and connection, particularly with ourselves. Because this is our foundation for having meaningful days, and thereby a meaningful life.

In MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction authors Elisha Goldstein, , and Bob Stahl, , share valuable tools for helping readers reduce suffering and savor greater peace. They note that MBSR...
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5 Tips for Introverts for Replenishing Your Energy

As an introvert, you’re more likely to enjoy a small get-together than a roaring party. You prefer stillness and solitude. Social interactions tend to take a lot out of you, leaving you exhausted and drained.

As Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, author of the book Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference, told me in this piece, “The introvert gets their energy from within, while the extrovert is charged up by people, places and stimuli outside...
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Handling Stress Without Reducing or Avoiding It

Most of us know that stress is bad. It’s hard to go a week or maybe even a day without hearing how terrible stress is for us. Stress causes high blood pressure, headaches, insomnia, chest pain and other health problems.

Maybe for you, it’s even hard to go a week or a day without feeling stressed. Maybe you feel worn-out, overwhelmed and defeated because of stress. You don't need to read the articles, because you can feel the negative effects.

But here’s something that might surprise you: Stress isn’t all bad. In fact, it can be beneficial. And by revising our view of stress, we can reap the rewards.
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