Disorders

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health issues now are the leading cause of illness in the workplace. A study conducted by the American Institute of Stress in 2014 showed that job pressure was the leading cause of stress in the U.S. The annual cost to employers in health care and missed work topped $300 billion.

Ignoring mental health in the workplace doesn’t make good business sense. Research shows that companies in the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index (FTSE 100) that prioritize employee engagement and well-being outperform the rest of the FTSE 100 by 10 percent. We know that work performance and effectiveness largely is dependent on mental health and well-being. With as many as one in four of us experiencing mental health problems in the course of a year, organizations understand that this is an important issue for them and their staff.

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Family

How to Stay Focused at Work During Personal Crisis

If you’ve made your career a top priority, you’re no doubt a pro at honoring your professional commitments and continually striving for excellence. You may have even made sacrifices to succeed in the workplace -- like not calling in sick when you probably should have or putting your social life on the back burner to stay late and produce the best possible results at the office.

But how do you keep those career ambitions on track then when a major life event suddenly rocks your world? And I’m talking big stuff -- like a family member is diagnosed with cancer, you find yourself in serious financial trouble, or your fiancé calls off the wedding.

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General

5 Ways to Stop Inbox Stress and Regain Control of Your Time

When was the last time your inbox was empty?

Sometimes I feel as if I spend the entire day just answering emails, without ever finding the time to get to more important projects and tasks.

When it comes to email, there’s an inherent pressure and urgency to the task. It’s easy to feel as if we should be constantly checking emails and responding quickly -- or we risk the potential of being seen as lazy, unorganized, and unproductive.
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Happiness

3 Powerful Ways Money Actually CAN Buy Happiness


Don't hold back, shop 'til you drop... as long as you spend that cash the "right" way.

When you need a little lift, do you like to go shopping?

Oh wait … or do you feel guilty shopping because it's bad, consumerism is wasteful, others aren't as fortunate as you, blah blah blah, and other reasons from a never ending list?

Well, here’s some news for you: Money can buy happiness!

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Brain and Behavior

4 Ways to Deal with Job Search Rejection

The resume that goes off into the online application ether.

The call for a second interview that never comes.

The rejection letter from your dream job that hits you like a ton of bricks.

No matter what stage you are at in the job search process, it’s likely that rejection has reared its ugly head in your direction. Being turned down for a role you really want is never fun, and it sure can tank your confidence.
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General

How to Stop Sabotaging Your Business Success

As a business owner, you’ve chosen to carve your own path and be the one responsible for your success. But do you ever wish that sometimes you could just get out of your own way?

What you might not realize is that specific, unconscious behaviors may be stalling you and holding you back.

Here are four bad habits to ditch to stop sabotaging your entrepreneurial success and tips for demolishing inertia:

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Disorders

Disability, Work, and Recovery

I’ve established myself as an advocate of getting people off of long-term disability. Too many people with mental illness are discouraged from living at their most productive. Disability condemns them to living within a system that doles out subsistence pay and prohibits the risk and reward of work. There are many incentives to stay on assistance, and many stigmas and barriers to stepping out and being fully responsible for one’s present and future. I believe work is beneficial and healing, and everyone who can work should find the opportunity.
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Brain and Behavior

How to Stop Self-Criticism and Constructively Work on Your Weaknesses

We’ve all had it: that sinking feeling when you just know you’ve bombed at a meeting or presentation.

It stinks -- and, frankly, it hurts our ego. We all want to be good -- scratch that -- great at our jobs, so a misstep can leave us feeling vulnerable. In our heads, we start launching harsh internal criticisms, ruminating on our incompetence or how we’re otherwise not up to snuff at the workplace. Cue pity party!

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Family

One Marriage, Two Personalities

I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
~ Rita Rudner
Many married couples take for granted the loving ties (kids, home, extended family) that bind them together. Yet, peek behind the curtain and you may discover two personalities perpetually perplexed by one another. Indeed, a quick take on how healthy a marriage is might be to compute how often each side is thinking, “What’s up with you?” or “I just don’t understand how you could…”
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