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Secrets and Grace

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Can we remove our distractions -- those rocks of Life -- in order to discover the secrets we find when we take time to breathe?

 

This lovely post tells the story of how one family rediscovered those secrets and found Grace in the process.

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Five Steps to a Happier You!

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Do you wish to be happier? Doesn't everyone want to be happier? Nobody is happy all of the time but some people are happier than others. If you're happy it makes life better and you have better relationships with people; it changes your...
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We all want to be happier, right?  Here...5 steps for a more cheerful YOU!

 

  1. Be optimistic
  2. Smile
  3. Listen to your favorite music
  4. Stay close to uplifting friends and family
  5. Be happy with yourself

 

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Live a Longer, Happier Life from Face-to-Face Time with Friends

Live a Longer, Happier Life from Face-to-Face Time with Friends | Unplug | Scoop.it
Rebecca and Michelle discuss the benefits of interacting with friends in person as opposed to through phones and social media.  You'll be surprised to find out why face-to-face time with friends can make you live a longer, happier life!
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Engaging and interacting with friends -- not through social media platforms or smartphones -- but instead in person makes for a longer, happier life. 

 

This one minute video shows you why face-to-face is more fulfilling.

 

 

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Ditch Work-Life Balance

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Programmers - who are known to sleep under their desks, wear pajamas all day, and code for 16 hours straight without standing up - have long been pushing against workplace mores.

Via sfMediaProf
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At a recent conference in San Francisco, Nick Floyd gave his view on work-life balance:  "Ditch it". 

 

Separating work and life in Floyd's view is outdated.  His approach?  What he calls "Nerd Life Balance" -- no longer dividing work and non-work hours. 

 

Tech companies have blurred the divide, often times providing nap rooms for employees who sit at computers 16 hours each day, continuing through the night for "hackathons".  In this philosophy, the engineering culture of the future is always thinking about work.  You're not necessarily working 16-hour days, but "your brain is kind of always thinking about work. While you're rock climbing, you're thinking about work."

 

Programmers and "techies" may resonate with "Nerd Life Balance", yet I'm not sure it's good for anyone.  Human beings are not built to be "on" 24/7.  Just as our bodies need rest, our brains do too -- every 90 minutes, according to the most recent research.  And no one should have to give their life away to any company -- technology based or otherwise. 

 

Where do you stand on the issue of work-life balance? 

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If you believe, as much brain research indicates, that humans need to disconnect and relax at regular intervals -- let's hope the idea in this article does not gain traction:

According to senior engineer, Nick Floyd, the idea of work and life being separate is outdated and impractical.  Instead, he proposed something new: Nerd Life Balance, in which work and nonwork hours are no longer divided. ...

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Take Back Your Life: Tips for a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Take Back Your Life: Tips for a Healthy Work-Life Balance | Unplug | Scoop.it
"Rae previously owned her own company where she did consulting with various companies on how to cultivate an environment of fulfillment and productivity and was a motivational speaker on work-life blending. Christine has had a successful career and has two children. She shared a moving story of her triumph over her personal work-life balance struggle.
  • Learn to say no. You have the power of choice. You can pick and choose what you want to invest your time in every day and make decisions based on your core values. However, saying no too often may make you look like you’re not a team player and hurt your personal brand, so keep a good balance.
  • Don’t feel guilty for being a working parent. As hard as it may be.
  • Take vacations and actually unplug on those vacations.
  • Name the point of conflict; it’s easier to address it."
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Balance is quickly creeping into everyday conversations in both our personal and work lives, but is it in danger of being overused? In this article Lindsey LaManna gives us a great list of actionable things to implement in our daily lives.


Living a healthy and happy life after all is about doing things that bring contentment and happiness into our lives, right? We don't wake up every morning and say our-loud, "today I'm going to spend my time glued to the computer screen and not interact face to face with anyone," or do we?


Check out Lindsey's posting for some thoughtful ideas and tips on living a life truly centered and "balanced.'

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Your Family Deserves the Same Attention as Your Smartphone

Your Family Deserves the Same Attention as  Your Smartphone | Unplug | Scoop.it
This picture right here was my tipping point.  Right before I snapped this shot I told Delaney, I wasn't going to work AT ALL that day - no phone, no computer - just us.  And this was her reaction....
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Imagine that big smile on the face of your little girl when you tell her you're not going to work that day, but instead spend time with her.

 

Sometimes you need to unplug.  This mommy shares her story...

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Disconnecting from Digital Devices is a Challenge

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Fresh Air's Mary Ito and CBC Toronto News anchor Mike Wise on unplugging your high tech devices for the holidays.
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Disconnecting from Digital Devices is a challenge.  But the holidays might be the time to try, according to Mary Ito and Mike Wise on CBCradio.

 

Is it possible to unplug from your technology for an extended period of time?  In this conversation, Mary and Mike share that it's challenging, but doable. 

 

And the holidays might be the best time to try.  Many of us have time off from work and our colleageus have time off from work.  So if you've ever had an inkling that you might want to unplug -- even just a little bit -- now might be the time to do it.

 

 

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Unplug The Christmas Machine

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CENTERS' PIECE: Unplug the Christmas machine Odessa American As I was thinking about and researching what to include in an article about beating holiday stress, I ran across the title of a book and want to thank the authors Jo Robinson and Jean...
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The holidays are fast approaching.  Do you feel caught in a tornado of holiday activity?  Do you dream of a simpler more satisfying way to celebrate the season?  in this blog, Marcia Norton tells us how to unplug the Christmas machine.

 

  • Ask yourself how you really want to spend your holiday time.
  • Hold realistic expections about others.
  • If relatives drive you crazy, be curious; not furious.
  • Establish a budget for holiday spending and stick to it.
  • Stop engaging in "toxic traditions".
  • Give yourself permission to allow emotions of loss or grief.
  • Remember to unplug; get closer to the people you care about.

 

 

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Tips On Stepping Away From the Phone!

Tips On Stepping Away From the Phone! | Unplug | Scoop.it
Smartphone addicts are starting to curb the habit.
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Many find not being tethered to their phone fills them with anxiety and dread. It's an understandable reaction when you think about it, after all who doesn't want to be connected to friends, family and work.


At some point though we need options to help us moderate being connected 24/7. In this NYT article Caroline Tell shares with us some great tips from a number of different people.

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