Stacy’s Book Note: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

I suspect if you read my blog, you’re likely to answer yes to more than one of four questions on the back cover of Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less: Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin at home or at work? Have you ever felt both overworked and underutilized? Do you ever…

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Parental Fear and Sadness: The Flip Side of Children Gaining Independence

I haven’t been myself the past few weeks. I’ve been irritable, lethargic, and sad. I initially thought I was tired after hosting a number of visiting relatives. Then I assumed I had the symptoms of a bad case of writer’s block. This morning I finally surrendered, admitting what I knew was going on but was…


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Why You’re Unhappy with Your Work and Four Steps to Feeling Better

When I worked at the Families and Work Institute, I regularly analyzed data from The National Study of the Changing Workforce. One of my responsibilities was to field media requests. If reporters called needing a stat about employees at large companies, it was my job to find them the answer. I don’t remember many of…


Stacy’s Book Note: Happiness A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

Reading the book Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill was life changing for me. I used to believe that happiness is a state of being, an emotional state, or a mood that you worked toward attaining. I used to think of happiness as a goal. Matthieu Ricard is a cellular genetics scientist turned Buddhist monk…

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Merge Ahead: The Road to Success, Character, and Happiness

David Brooks has written several op-ed pieces for the New York Times, coinciding with the launch of his new book The Road to Character. (You can find one here and another here.) Of the three I have read thus far, I found myself thinking about The Moral Bucket List the most. In it, Brooks suggests that…