The holiday season evokes many joyous emotions and memories. Yet, research repeatedly demonstrates the increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression. At the end of the day, when we gather among family, the experience for many is not one of joy, but dread. Sitting across the table from Grandma or Dad, and hearing a barrage … Continue reading It’s the Most Dysfunctional Time of the Year: Dealing with Family on the Holidays
Countless iconic leaders have boasted to the world how they've clawed their way to the top by setting goals, writing them down and tackling them one by one. Come on, let’s be realistic! Nobody, no matter how talented, can just predict and script their future. Failure is a crucial ingredient in the recipe for success! … Continue reading What is the One Word Needed for Happy Relationships?
Religion often gets a bad rap. We live in a world where moderate religious folks rarely make the headlines. It is the radical extremists that always seem to get the bulk of the attention, making the rest of us look bad. With such a negative light cast on religion, why would anyone wish to be … Continue reading Is Religion Something to be Ashamed Of?
The pen was once mightier than the sword. Today, there is something even more dangerous – the send button. I am not afraid of the words I write, for they are easy to edit, undo and delete. The part that scares me is that little send button. It represents a tiny, but dangerous window between … Continue reading Here’s a Quick Way to Stop Those Embarrassing Texts
Years ago, an older man visited our synagogue once each month to make a modest donation. Although I thanked him each time, he always gave the same reply, “rabbi, please don’t thank me, I do it because I am selfish. I just enjoy the way I feel when I give charity”. Whether helping individuals or organizations, … Continue reading How to Have a Business You Can be Proud of: Why Venture-Philanthropy is a Game-Changer
Treadmill + Shower + Coffee + Newspaper = Happiness? Who doesn’t love their morning routine? We all love habits, as they make life comfortable and cozy. Instead of having to confront the dreadful anxiety induced by facing the unknown, we can simply find a soothing rhythm and live within the confines of that comfort zone. … Continue reading The Secret to Finding Meaning in Life
Many people believe that marriage is the best way to take a glittering romantic relationship and send it down the road to a slow and painful death. That’s right, say goodbye to the heels, hair and makeup and hello to flip-flops, sweatpants and scrunchies. But here is a little secret, romance does not die as a … Continue reading When the Romance Dies Down: Is it a Sign of Trouble?
It seems today we are bombarded with more options than ever before, and the truth is, we crave them. When I buy a car, I want to make sure I can get the most number of options available, so that I have the choice to not use any of them! When it comes to dating, … Continue reading Are there too Many Choices for Communication?
How Humor Can Help or Hurt Relationships Although every leader has their own style, some are genuine and others are manufactured. Steve Jobs was terrific at inspiring his employees with the innovative vision that Apple so desperately needed. Yet, he also managed to instill terror in the hearts and minds of his employees. Regardless of … Continue reading When a Leader is So Funny, it Hurts
Change is hard. Who doesn’t enjoy settling into a comfortable routine? However, when a person is finally motivated to break their mold and strive for self-improvement, the shackles of our habits can be debilitating.It is for that reason that I look forward to the Jewish High Holidays, which give me an opportunity to look at my … Continue reading Self-Improvement 101: How to Fill the Negative Spaces