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Culture

The Most Unrealistic Expectation of Them All

Yesterday, you ran 5 miles, prepared dinner for several nights, completed a complicated work project and organized your entire office. Or you checked off every task from your very long to-do list. Your focus barely waned and the day almost felt seamless.

Today, you showered, put cream cheese on a bagel, and feel like a zombie (or whatever has less energy than that).

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General

Organize Your Desk to Boost Productivity

Are you looking for ways to increase your productivity? Start with your desk. Having an organized desk and work area can boost your productivity and clear your mind.
Powerful Benefits Stem from an Organized Work Area
Two researchers, Chae and Zhu, conducted a study in which they placed one group of students in a messy environment and another group in a neat setting with organized desks. The group in the messy environment had less stamina to persist...
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Communication

Smile Therapy

Is it fair or kind to ask someone who's depressed to try and smile?

Is this something a supportive friend or even a therapist should do?

Smile Studies

You may have heard that you use fewer muscles to smile than you do to frown, but that isn't necessarily true–the actual evidence seems hard to pin down. However, what is true is that when you smile, you improve your mood.
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Career Strategy

Writer’s Mindset: Just Get Your Foot In The Door

You can break into screenwriting in a million different ways.  Don’t listen to people who tell you that you have to do it “their way.”  Like everything else about this town, the only rule is there are no rules.  You succeed in your own way.

There’s a good reason, then, not to be too laser-focused on a specific goal.  If you start out with the goal of  writing only historic dramas, you’d be well advised to consider...
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Mental Health

Life as a Registered Sex Offender: Work and Recovery



In my previous posts to this site I presented the first and second portions of my three-part interview with a trio sex offenders, one female and two male. In the initial post we talked about their offense and the registration process. In the second post we discussed how their status as a sex offender has affected their relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners. In this post, we discuss...
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Attraction

What May Be the Best Advice Any President Ever Gave America

Like many of us of a certain age, I remember President John F. Kennedy’s famous words that he spoke in his 1961 inaugural address:  “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Over the years, I’ve found that this advice doesn’t just apply to one’s country but has applicability to many areas of life, and in particular, that of relationships. Yet while most of us would probably...
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General

How to Get Out of a Bad Mood: 12 Tips



Large and rapidly moving, ominous clouds of negativity roll into my mind, infuse my thoughts and deeply darken my mood. As I exhale, I feel the irritability fume from my nostrils like fiery smoke from a dragon’s. As I bristle with defensiveness and hostility, I feel the energetic spikes of anger jet from my spine, creating a non-verbal warning to others to steer clear. My eyes narrow and shoot lasers of fury. My tongue sharpens and...
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