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Posted on 03 Dec

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Have you ever found yourself on a vacation, a date or a great party with friends and family you love when suddenly, out of the blue, and for no good reason, you develop an irresistible urge to check your Twitter, Facebook, texts or emails? You’re not alone and there’s a reason why. The urge to check social media is str…Read More

Posted on 26 Nov

Is holiday season stressful or even lonely? Heard about the scientific benefits of mindfulness but just don’t see how you could fit it in? Especially during the holidays? We often mistakenly think meditation requires sitting in lotus posture, preferably on a lotus flower in the middle of a still lake in Thailand with birds chirping in the backgroun…Read More

Posted on 13 Nov

A talk I gave in which I explore the science of compassion, connection, and tips and tricks to reduce stress. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think!

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Posted on 12 Nov

Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress — and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike.

Stress brings high health care and turnover costs. In a study of employees from various organizations, healt…Read More

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Posted on 05 Nov

According to Adam Grant, Wharton’s most popular and youngest tenured faculty member, author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, people fall into one of 3 distinct categories: Givers, Matchers and Takers. While Grant’s book is written for a business audience, its theories provide extraordinary insight into romantic relationshi…Read More

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Posted on 31 Oct

Scientific evidence shows that compassion and kindness predict health and well-being. Compassion and volunteering makes us happier and can even lengthen our lives. It even has an impact on our cells: it is associated with decreased cellular aging and lowering cellular inflammation levels! (For more details, see here). So why is it that people a…Read More

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Posted on 17 Oct

For the last 10 years, I have been involved in researching the impact of meditation on health and well-being. This infographic summarized some of the key findings about the benefits of meditation.

When my colleagues at Stanford and at other universities started researching meditation, most of us expected that meditation would help with stres…Read More

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Posted on 19 Sep

I started meditating soon after 9/11. I was living in Manhattan, an already chaotic place, at an extremely chaotic time. I realized I had no control over my external environment. But the one place I did have a say over was my mind, through meditation. When I started meditating, I did not realize it would also make me healthier, happier, and more su…Read More

Posted on 10 Sep

My friend Adam Rifkin, LinkedIn “Influencer” and I co-authored this article for LinkedIn.

Why We Overwork

Our business culture has come to value compulsive overwork as the only path to success. Read any business magazine or blog, and you’ll see nothing but “successful” people — startup founders, university students, scientific researche…Read More

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Posted on 13 Aug

Why do we love to chase? What is so intriguingly attractive about hard-to-get partners, Black Friday sales, and the very latest iPhone? Whether it’s for a trophy, a promotion, a slice at a popular pizza parlor, or Twitter followers, desire simply gets us all fired up.

Anticipatory Joy

A cat will chase a toy mouse because a good chase activate…Read More

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