• The Existential Necessity of Midlife Change

    The Existential Necessity of Midlife Change So you think 50 is getting up there? Ready for the decline? Not any more. Average life expectancy in the US now hovers near 80, and for many of us, these become their most productive years. At 50 you’ve discovered your strengths, are comfortable in your skin, have learned… Continue reading →

  • Easily bored?

    Easily bored? If you’re easily bored, it’s also likely that you’re more prone to depression. According to those who study boredom, its sources, types and treatments, boredom appears to be determined somewhat by personality but also by choices we make. In short, boredom researcher John Eastwood of York University in Toronto says, “To be bored… Continue reading →

  • Pain Gets Largest Share of Attention

    Pain Gets Largest Share of Attention Do you know why it’s impossible to concentrate with a splitting headache, an aching back or the throb of carpal tunnel? There is a region of the brain responsible for processing both working memory and pain, and when you’re in pain, guess what gets priority. According to functional magnetic… Continue reading →

  • The Problem With Speed-Reading

    Do you tend to scan or speed-read through material to figure out what it’s all about? Go straight to the Executive Summary, then stop? You might be saving time, but you may be missing out on some of the most interesting content. In the 2001 DNA-sequencing race between the the government and Craig Venter’s Celera Genomics, victory was declared… Continue reading →

  • Life Affects Performance, Even for CEOs

    My father would say, “I didn’t need a study to tell me that.” CEOs are human like the rest of us. Their performance suffers about 21% for the two years following the death of a child about 25% for the three years following the purchase of a mansion or an estate a less predictable but… Continue reading →