How Gratitude Builds (and Busts) Relationships

It was the email equivalent of the middle finger. I recently referred a friend of mine to a business coach colleague of mine, and days later I received a thank you, not from him, but from his assistant. Part of the reason why this encounter rubbed me the wrong way is because I am a gratitude junkie.

The New Science of Stress: What You Need to Know

Did you drive to the office this morning wondering whether your work stress could kill you? Me neither, but I recently spent time talking to different radio outlets around the country about stress. Not exactly a light topic for the morning drive, yet I’m guessing that many of you experience some level of stress from your job.

The 6 Skills That Make Creators Successful

As it turns out, it’s less about luck and more about this blend of characteristics that vault creators to the higher levels of success. Not everyone will grow a $100 million dollar business, but whether your creating takes the form of writing, engineering a new medical procedure, making music, or designing buildings, you can build these six traits:

5 Stress Resilience Strategies for Students

A recent APA Stress survey, reporting specifically on the stress levels of teens, found that during the school year many teens report stress levels higher than reported by adults. Teens often underestimate the potential impact stress has on their physical and mental well-being. Teens and college students can manage the effects of stress by building their stress resilience

The 5 Habits of Happy Workers

Dr. Shane Lopez, one of the world’s leading experts in the science of hope, is now studying people who love their jobs in order to learn what they do differently. When he asked almost 8500 working Americans whether they loved their jobs, only 13% said yes.

Are You Fully Charged? 5 Ways to Energize Your Work & Life

A survey of 10,000 people revealed that only 11% responded "yes" when asked, "Did you have a great deal of energy yesterday?"

The Impact of Cyberbullying: 3 Strategies to Help

Cyberbullying is a general term used to describe a form of bullying that takes place via electronic technology, such as blogs, chat rooms, emails, and other social media sites. It’s such a devastating form of bullying because it can happen literally at any time—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

4 Traits That Fuel Success

What does it mean to be a success or to have success? How will you know when you’ve made it? Most of the images we see of success involve some version of wealth and affluence — diamonds, yachts and private planes. What is often missing is story behind the stuff — what was the path successful people followed to reach their dreams?

The Impact of Poor Leadership on Burnout & Job Satisfaction

Good leadership, whether in the form of an inspiring manager, getting regular feedback, or simply knowing that your leader has your back, can help prevent burnout. According to a new study, we now know that the opposite is also true. Bad leaders aren’t just toxic to an organization – they drive burnout and decrease job satisfaction.

3 Ways to Make Your Work More Meaningful

People who believe that their lives have meaning and purpose share a whole host of healthy benefits: they are happier, feel more in control over their lives, feel more engaged at work (and high engagement usually means less burnout), report less depression and anxiety and less workaholism.

Want Less Stress and More Happiness? Try Hope

While many people think of hope as an emotion, researchers describe it as a cognitive theory that is tied to goal setting. Hope researcher, Dr. C.R. Snyder, often described hope with this phrase: “You can get there from here.”

9 Warning Signs of Burnout

Burnout has been described as the biggest occupational hazard of the twenty-first century. Educating busy professionals and workplaces about its warning signs is a big first step in reducing its impact.

5 Reasons Why People Leave Bad Bosses, Not Companies

People leave bad bosses, not companies. Here's why.

Addicted to Busy: 4 Strategies to Ease the Guilt & Burnout

Keeping busy at all costs is the cultural status quo, but the drive to do more is impacting our families, our work, and our health. The result of being Addicted to Busy is not only a lack of time, but also exhaustion, anxiety, guilt, fear, social comparison, inauthenticity and physical illness.

Making Stress Your Friend - It's All In Your Mindset

When people think that they have the resources to deal with a stressor, they experience a challenge response. Conversely, when people perceive their resources to be lacking under stress, they experience a threat response. The goal is not to decrease the level of stress or to erase it completely; rather, the goal is to reshape how you interpret stress.

10 Ways to Relieve Stress in 5 Minutes or Less

The way we work is broken when scores of talented people can’t attend to their basic human needs. Until the larger systemic issues are fixed, these and other stories continue to push me to create stress-relief strategies that can actually be incorporated in your super-hectic day. Here are 10 such strategies to try when you have 5 minutes or less.

15 Things You Can Let Go Of in 2015

Ditch the resolutions and let go of these 15 things in the New Year for more happiness, health, and resilience.

How to Have a Hope-Filled Holiday

So many of us are fortunate to spend the holidays surrounded by the people we love, or at least, kind of like. We have gifts to wrap, parties to attend, and things to keep us busy, but not everyone is so lucky. One gift we can give each other this holiday season, though, is hope.

Why Some Women Are Burning Out in Their 20's and 30's

Many driven women are burning out in their 20's and 30's. This article explores the evolution of burnout in high-achieving women.

Burned Out Bosses

A recent article in the Washington Post asked whether your boss was making you sick. While it’s no doubt that bad bosses are toxic, I want to explore a different question. What if your boss is burned out?

Seven Things Resilient Employees Do Differently

The economy, the way people want to live and work, and a whole host of other factors are changing the way work gets done. Some companies are adapting right along with the changes, but many are having difficulties. Coping with today’s stressors on the job requires a different set of strategies and skills, which is why resilience is so important.

The Importance of Zest & Enthusiasm to Your Well-Being

How do you feel each morning? Do you wake up feeling tired and depleted, or are you full of energy, ready to take on the day? That ability to feel engaged and activated, ready to start the day is not the caffeine in your morning Starbucks calling – it’s something deeper called zest.

Grit: The Secret Ingredient to Success

Grit is having both the passion and the perseverance to achieve a goal, and grit often predicts who achieves the highest levels of success in school and at work.

3 Big Perfectionism Struggles for Women

Many of the women I coach will at some point or another face the fact that they, too, have been pursuing perfection for most of their lives. Many of us think it’s the key to our success, when in fact, it’s the very thing leading us away from our true purpose and completely wipes out our energy in the process.

Blurred Lines: How Work and Life Demands Influence Burnout

The days of having a traditional 9 to 5 job are long gone. As family dynamics continue to change, as more women participate in the workforce at higher and higher levels, and as technology continues to impact how we do business, the boundary lines between work and home life have blurred. As a result, more and more professionals are maxing out trying to keep pace.

7 Life Lessons I Learned Working With Drill Sergeants

Four years ago I began a professional journey that profoundly changed me. At the end of my law practice, I decided to change careers and study stress, burnout, and resilience. I never in a million years thought that part of that journey would one day include working with soldiers and their spouses in the US Army.

11 Traits That Sabotage Driven People

While my drive has been the cause of tremendous personal success, it has also been responsible for some of my biggest challenges, both at work and at home. I see this same pattern of thinking in other driven professionals. Harvard Business School professor, Dr. Thomas DeLong, describes eleven traits that can cause high achieving professionals to stall and hit a wall.

How Burnout Impacts Men & Women Differently

I don’t consider burnout to be a women’s issue or a men’s issue – it’s an issue that anyone who works must consider; however, I was surprised by the few studies I did find speaking directly to the gender differences with this health issue. So, do women and men experience burnout differently? Is there a pattern men and women typically follow that leads up to burnout?

The Impact of Stress on Women's Fertility

Can stress actually interfere with your ability to become pregnant? A new study published on Monday in the journal Human Reproduction suggests it may.

Maxed Out Doctors: The High Cost of Burnout in Medicine

When was the last time you went to the doctor? Did it feel like a sprint trying to get all of your questions answered? Practicing medicine has always been a stressful profession, but for the thousands of doctors and medical students on the verge of burnout each year, the exhaustion can directly impact the quality of healthcare.