While it’s certainly true that no two pandemics are alike, it’s also true that no two emotional...
Category: Good Health & Well-being
A few weeks ago, I had dinner with John, a friend of mine in California in his mid-60s who is...
Finding a perfectionist that isn’t in some way proud to be one is like finding out...
The goal for any leader should be to catch addictive behaviors early and then triage them on the...
Every single second of the day, the human brain receives and processes a staggering amount of...
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we know it, as well as how we manage our...
With the remaining season at New York’s iconic opera house canceled for the foreseeable future,...
Scotland has made sanitary products free to all women, becoming the first nation in the world to...
Be all that you can be. This old Army slogan speaks to those who will experience hardship serving...
Bereavement is defined as a period of intense grief, especially following the death of a loved one. Unfortunately, society has no respect for those grieving. Society views grief as something to get over, like the flu. After a few days, and the griever is expected to function as if life hadn’t shattered into a million […]
An international study by the Centre for Creative Leadership discovered that 42% of...
The daily focus of many business owners has gone from business as usual to doing everything to...
The U.S. is seven months into the coronavirus crisis and yet a critical shortage of personal...
While deeply fulfilling, establishing and growing a business poses grave dangers for your mental health as an entrepreneurial executive. During the expansion stage, a founder will often face brutally long workweeks, pressure from different sources to manage the startup while raising funding, and the stress of having to make many decisions — all at the […]
PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “I think that if you do the right thing, you never have to worry about making your profit numbers or your top line revenue numbers. That is oftentimes a byproduct of doing the right thing year after year.“ Bryon Merade is the CEO of Caldera Medical, […]
Despite our difficult life experiences, we keep hoping, even expecting, that everything will be...
PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “That’s a big part in behavioral health care or Social Capitalism or social consciousness—with businesses, we can’t forget about the people aspect of it. Yes, the balance sheet’s important. But you and me are what make the balance sheet. It’s not balance sheet run or profit […]
Many individuals suffering from addiction experience stigma associated with their disease. Stigma also exists within the culture of addiction treatment and community recovery support groups. In this story, stigma related to medication support in recovery illustrates how contempt prior to investigation can be fatal and yields unhealthy exclusivity to a rich recovery cultural heritage. (Names […]
PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary of the Real Leaders Podcast “I think it really came through my personal journey. And I realized, I want to help people, I want to help people make the right choices, and I want to help millions of people that maybe just don’t know better like me. I didn’t know better, […]
PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “This is a business that is not only about bringing about all of those things inside of us that are gifts that we can recognize, but growing a culture in our company that recognizes the gifts in one another.” David Kahl is the founder and CEO […]
“What is a week-end?” As the humorous line in British series Downton Abbey reminds us, the Industrial Revolution brought about more than machines: it fundamentally altered how society perceived time on a mass level. Weekends came into existence. It was the start of clocking in and clocking out — of living by a clock with […]
Just a few weeks ago, we believed that Covid-19 and its economic consequences would be the most significant events of 2020. Yet, we didn’t foresee the massive, countrywide protests triggered by police brutality and systemic racism. It’s left many people feeling frustrated and angry. When confronting these events, many people are emotionally and intellectually overwhelmed […]
For an entrepreneur, professional speaker, and success coach Sheryl Grant, transformational leadership through personal development and community building is the name of the game. She’s built her success on three visualizations that can apply to any CEO or entrepreneur. Here are her mental strategies for breaking through tough times. A Ms. Olympia, beyond the age […]
A recent report from Express Scripts, a prescription benefit plan provider, confirmed that the use of anti-insomnia medications has spiked. Filled prescriptions increasing by 21% between February and March 2020, and those numbers peaked during the week of March 15 — the same week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and the US […]
Today the world finds itself in an unprecedented situation. The anxiety, depression, and psychosis triggered by the constant stream of negative news around COVID-19 are now as detrimental to our health as the coronavirus itself. And they are spreading faster than the virus, too, burrowing through our lives until it seems we will never be able […]
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Loneliness is a root cause and contributor to many of the epidemics sweeping the world today, from alcohol and drug addiction to violence, depression, and anxiety. As America’s Doctor, Dr. Vivek Murthy called the nation’s attention to critical public health issues, including the opioid epidemic, e-cigarettes, and emotional health and well-being. He argues that loneliness is […]
“Tell me to what you pay attention to, and I will tell you who you are.” — José Ortega y Gassett, Spanish philosopher Your attention is one of the most valuable things you possess, which is why everyone wants to steal it from you. First, you must protect it, and then you must point it […]
Ask 100 people if they believe in transparency. Every hand will go up. But practicing transparency is another matter. We seem to have an inborn instinct to conceal the truth when the facts may not smile upon us. In this era of profound interdependency, we need to unlearn that instinct, and we need to do […]
What does it feel like when Earth is temporarily closed for business? In a world of chaos, is getting united via the coronavirus the best we can do? Here at Synchronistory, our music-inspired, televisionary “B’earthday” Party for the Planet is still a ways off, but the message is clear that the world is always close […]
The outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, is not only a global health crisis, it’s also affecting trade and the global economy. Its impact is growing and will be felt in both the short and the long term. All sectors of society have been affected by the outbreak — including the international business community. As […]
Many words make professionals in positions of leadership uncomfortable; accountability, feedback, or coaching. And yet, as distressing as those words may be, there is still one word that they can’t imagine ever using at work — love. It turns out that this complicated four-letter word is a critical element of effective leadership. What I found […]
“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.” — Martin Luther King Jr., March 8, 1965 How we choose to act once we know what’s […]
Two years ago, Box, which helps businesses collaborate and manage content in the cloud, had a revelation about their holiday party. Sure, it was fun to dress up fancy, meet co-workers’ “plus ones,” and consume appetizers and cocktails, but was this really the best use of the company’s resources and their employees’ time? The top […]
I remember my rock bottom. I was standing outside an old church in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The church was locked. It was the middle of the winter, it was cold, and snow was on the ground. I paced slowly to keep warm, and my weathered North Face jacket did its best to keep the […]
What does it take to turn courageous ambition and bold dreams into reality? Perseverance and a will to forge ahead in the face of life’s inevitable obstacles are some solutions. In line with our mission to celebrate success and inspire others to persist in achieving their goals, we highlight Sylvia Feliciano, a global trailblazer changing […]
Are you experiencing work overwhelm? Or even full-blown burnout? You’re not alone. Today, a whopping two out of three full-time workers are wrestling with burnout, according to a recent Gallup study. To boot, the World Health Organization (WHO) now classifies work-related burnout as a “syndrome” and an “occupational phenomenon.” But what does that mean in the real world? […]
There is so much goodness in this world. I have just been on a two-month adventure through 10 American States — and what I witnessed were people helping others, laughter, some concern, and the most beautiful natural places I have ever seen. Zion Utah and Bryce Canyon topped that list. We walked trails that twisted around snow-filled […]
Serena Williams and Mark Cuban are investing $3 million in Mahmee, a startup that provides resources for mothers during pregnancy and through the first critical year of parenthood. There is a gap between the quality of care for pregnant mothers versus mothers who have just given birth. The most vulnerable time for mothers and babies […]
SPEAKING WITH IMPACT Each week, speech coach and leadership mentor James Rosebush will answer a question on how to improve your public speaking. Last week we had a great response to a reader’s question about what to do if you are on the platform and people in the audience start using their cellphones. This must […]
When I was eight years old an Irish man named Brendan showed up at my family home in Mexico. Three weeks later he was asked to leave. We never spoke of him again. Thirty years passed. One night in May 2010 I had a series of dreams that helped me understand I had been a […]
Supportiv, a support network that matches users with peers for anonymous, real-time chats on any mental wellness topic – from everyday life struggles, anxiety, stress and relationship or work conflicts to grief and loneliness – has launched the world’s largest collection of celebrity mental health stories at on their website. “We typically see only bits and pieces of […]
On 28 September the U.S. House of Representatives passed historic, comprehensive legislation in a vote of 393-8 that creates new resources and better policies to help the millions of patients and families impacted by substance use disorder. Now that both Chambers have approved the final version, the package will be sent to the President’s desk […]
As we face the daily effects of climate change, overconsumption and the questioning of whether our industrialized world is sustainable, I was grateful to be asked to give my thoughts on the subject. As the CEO and Founder of a natural cleaning products company for the past 23 years, I have certainly gone through many […]
Pain is one of nature’s strongest forces. Pain makes the hand recoil at the flame and provides the instinct to duck when a rock is heading your way. Pain is also one of the most bedeviling forces in nature. Ancient people understood pain when they could see a gash or crooked finger. If pain was […]
You have insurance on your house and vehicle, an emergency grab-bag and a hurricane bunker stocked with supplies, great. But what about your pets? A 2018 survey conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital has revealed that 91% of pet owners are not prepared for the next natural disaster. In advance of hurricane season, and in honor […]
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A national consumer survey of 1,023 Americans conducted by Wakefield Research on eating habits in 2018, found that most (67%) Americans will be prioritizing healthy or socially-conscious food purchases in 2018. Their primary point of emphasis is cutting back on sugars, with nearly half of consumers (47%) planning to eat less sugar or […]
Getting diagnosed with type 2 diabetes made Chad Cherry abruptly rethink his relationship with food. He took the increased risks of blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke so seriously that he decided to become a chef, to learn how to combat the poor diet he’d become accustomed to. Amazingly, the hospital that treated him […]
Who could have predicted that when the New York Times broke the story in early October about Harvey Weinstein’s sexually abusive behavior, it would unleash a tsunami of complaints against some of the world’s most powerful men, many of whom have since been forced to resign? The list reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood […]
British soccer legend David Beckham put his star-power to use on Wednesday in a bid to reinvigorate the fight against malaria under the slogan “Malaria must die – so millions can live”. The retired athlete joined ranks in a campaign by Malaria No More UK, a British charity, to star in a short film in […]
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner established that chart-topping singer and songwriter Tom Petty’s death on Oct. 2, 2017, was from an accidental drug overdose. He suffered drug toxicity from the mixture of benzodiazepines (“benzos” or sedative-hypnotics), an antidepressant and opioids that caused cardiac arrest and multisystem organ failure. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a […]
“But Dad, you’re a successful drug addict.” Those words spoken by my teenage son, Nick, chilled me to the bone. The charade I’d lived for more than a decade was crumbling. My son was following in my footsteps, using a drug that could kill us both. I need to do something before one of us […]
About 20.9 million people now have access to the antiretroviral therapy, according to a new report by the UN agency leading the global push to end AIDS, spotlighting that this remarkable progress has been made possible by people living with HIV demanding their rights, strong leadership and financial commitment. “People, no matter what their health […]
Global Food Industries (GFI) aims to produce around 24 tons of ‘Aqua Kale’ each year on water in the middle of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) desert. The farm uses 100% recycled water, helping produce up to 25% more food with the same water source compared with conventional methods. According to a Frost and Sullivan […]
The NFL, USA Football, youth fundraising network GENYOUth and in-school nutrition program Fuel Up to Play 60, have announced the expansion of the NFL FLAG-In-Schools Program, which aims to increase physical activity of youth by providing flag football resources to underserved communities. Since 2014, the partners’ efforts have resulted in 4.3 million students becoming more active before, during and […]
Millions of people in Florida were forced to evacuate their homes before Hurricane Irma made landfall last weekend, and many brought their pets with them. As people prepare to return to their homes, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is encouraging pet owners to take steps to ensure the health and well-being of their pets, in what […]
Iron deficiency affects nearly two billion people. That’s one-third of the world’s population. Your body needs iron to function and is an essential nutrient that helps your vital organs get the oxygen they need. Signs of iron deficiency include pale skin, general fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and difficulty concentrating. A 300-year-old Chinese practice of […]
Healthy eating habits may preserve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia. A group of U.S. scientists have found that, among nearly 6,000 older adults in a Health and Retirement Study, those who consistently followed diets long known to contribute to cardiovascular health were also more likely to maintain strong cognitive function in old […]
Humans are made to move. This is clear by the huge number of benefits exercise has for mind and body. “There is a linear relation between physical activity and health status; an increase in physical activity and fitness directly improves your health status,” says Dr Craig Nossel, head of Discovery Vitality Wellness in South Africa. […]
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The science is now beyond dispute. Last month, the Republican-led Utah House of Representatives became the first legislative body in the United States to pass a resolution declaring pornography “a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms.” The liberal backlash criticized the measure as an antiquated bit of […]
Diagnosed with cancer, Annee De Mamiel develops a range of oils and balms to offset the effects of her treatment. Multiple qualifications in Chinese traditional medicine, combined with a desire to treat her illness as naturally as possible, result in a beauty product with the highest levels of purity she can find. Intent, meaning and […]
A young parent sees no innovation or healthy alternatives in the depressing baby food market around him. He sees no reason why toddlers shouldn’t eat the same healthy, organic food as their parents. Knowing he’s not alone, he becomes a leader among a nation of parents seeking better nutrition for their kids – in the […]
An ancient seed used by the Mayans and Aztecs inspires an entrepreneur to develop a new range of beverages and snacks. Janie Hoffman created a demand for her products before customers even knew what chia seeds were, and before she even had a guaranteed supply. The company tagline “Seed Your Soul” wants to demonstrate that […]
I caught Jessica Alba on the phone just as she was about to jet off to Thailand to shoot a new movie. She explained how hard it was saying goodbye to her two children at home that morning — and then got down to business. These days the actress has a busy schedule behind the camera, but […]