Flowing With The Stresses Of Kids (or anyone else)
Parenting can be stressful. That’s probably one of my bigger understatements, but as the father of 6 kids, I’ve learned a little about handling these stresses so that it’s not such a big deal anymore. Kids throw tantrums, demand to have their way, don’t see anything but their own point of view, break things, always need something, get hurt, fight with each other, start to rebel and become…
9 Rules For A Simpler Day
Our days fill up so fast, and are so rushed and filled with distractions, that they seem to be bursting. It’s a huge source of stress for most people, and stress is perhaps the most important factor determining whether we’re healthy or sick. So how can we simplify our days? It’s not incredibly hard, but I’ve found it’s best done in steps. These are the steps I followed, though of course calling them…
The Habits of Happiness
‘Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.’ ~Dalai Lama I’m not one who believes you can be happy all the time, but I have learned you can be happy much of the time. And that’s not something that depends on how your day is going or how others treat you — it depends on what you do on a regular basis. I remember being unhappy most days, at one point in my life.
Advice For Starting A Business
Recently I encouraged my daughter to start a cupcake business, and it’s so exciting to watch her get started. As I talked to her about starting, she had some worries. She didn’t know how. She didn’t know what kind of business to create. She was worried she’d fail. Do any of those sound familiar? Those were my worries too, when I had a day job and thought about building something of my own.
8 Creativity Lessons From A Pixar Animator
Sometimes immersing yourself in the creative world of people doing amazing things can bring unexpected results. My son Justin is interested in 3D animation, and my daughter Chloe is into screenwriting, and so it was a thrill to take them on a tour of Pixar Animation Studios, courtesy of one of the Pixar animators. Bernhard Haux is a “character technical director”, which in his case means…
The Way Of No Debt
In 2005, one of the low points of my life, I had 5 kids, crippling debts, and was barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. I would shove my bills in a drawer, envelopes unopened, so I didn’t have to deal with bills I couldn’t pay. I would avoid the calls of collection agencies. I was swimming in debt, and didn’t know how to get out. The real low point, though, came when we didn’t have enough…
3 Little Tricks To Deal With People Who Offend You
Something that we struggle with daily, that eats us up and causes stress and anger: annoying people. You know those people: they cut in line, are rude to you in the office or at the restaurant, cut you off in traffic, talk loudly about obnoxious things, play loud music when you’re trying to concentrate, interrupt you, and so on. These offenses are violations of the way you think people should act.
The Busy Person’s Guide To Reducing Stress
Stress is one of the biggest causes of health problems in many peoples’ lives: it can cause heart disease, depression, anxiety attacks, sleep problems, auto-immune diseases, weight problems and more. But we’re busy — how do we drop the stress levels down while still getting our jobs done, taking care of ourselves and our families? The busy person might have no time for weeklong meditation…
The Cure For Your Distraction Syndrome
I absolutely adore the Internet, but there’s no doubt it has made us more distracted than ever. I can see this in myself, and in watching everyone else around me: constant use of laptops, switching between browser tabs, checking things on iPhones, typing in a message here and there … we all do it. But it’s not a good formula for getting things done. We may feel productive when we’re constantly…
The Hard Stuff Often Matters Most
I’ve tried a lot of types of exercise, but by far the most effective exercise in terms of results for time spent is heavy barbell lifts. For 10-15 minutes of lifting a barbell laden with weights, I get a better physique, improved health, more strength and muscle, less bodyfat. I’ve spent hours running, doing bodyweight exercises, doing Crossfit, playing sports, biking, swimming, and generally doing the craziest…