How To Outsmart Your Fight-Or-Flight Reaction

How To Outsmart Your Fight-Or-Flight Reaction

A few months ago, around the holiday season, a friend and I walked into a wine bar on the Upper West Side. (Sounds like a bad joke.) Sitting there at the bar, with a Britney Spears song blaring on the loudspeakers, struggling to read the menu in the dim light and pressured by the overly attentive bartender coming […]

How To Feel (A Little) Better

How To Feel (A Little) Better

Back in 2007, I went to a weekend marketing conference in Los Angeles. Every morning for three days, a group of 500 business owners gathered in the big hotel ballroom for a day of speaker presentations and panels. And every morning, an unbelievably cheery emcee came bounding out onto the stage, starting belting out some Broadway-style […]

The Quiet Revolution

The Quiet Revolution

If you’ve ever wanted to scream in frustration because yet another person told you, “You’re so quiet.” Or your spouse is feeling hurt because you said you wanted to spend some time alone. Or you like being with one or two other people but you can’t stand parties because all you do is stand around […]

Fight-or-Flight: It’s Now Optional

Fight-or-Flight: It’s Now Optional

Imagine it’s 1 million BC and you’re Zog, the caveman. Every day you wake up with one mission: to go out and hunt for food to feed you and your family. At the same time, you have to constantly be on the lookout for the predators that want to eat you. That primitive, automatic instinct […]

Five Ways To Flex Your Gratitude Muscle

Five Ways To Flex Your Gratitude Muscle

Developing the habit of gratitude has become a common buzzword in mainstream media, touted as the key to less stress, better health and more happiness. Considering there are hundreds, if not thousands, of books written on the topic (based on a quick Amazon search), however, it seems we  need a little instruction on how to […]

Improvise Over the Beat of Life

Improvise Over the Beat of Life

Lately, I’ve been thinking about rhythm. Brimming over with ideas for work projects and collaboration, I tend to get impatient with the relaxed pace of August in New York, when everyone’s on vacation and business slows down. At the same time, I’ve been learning about jazz improvisation from a flutist friend (daunting for a classical […]

Keeping Your Balance in Turbulent Times

Keeping Your Balance in Turbulent Times

In the economic turbulence of recent weeks, each day drops a new bomb: historic slides in the market, unprecedented bank failures. Every other conversation seems to revolve around lay-offs, bankruptcies and pending economic disaster, intensifying the sense of anxiety and uncertainty. All this on top of the stressful events that are already part of a […]