The Hidden Meanings Behind Gift Giving

The Hidden Meanings Behind Gift Giving

Gift giving is central in our culture as a means to express, with tangible things, the affections we have for one another. Sometimes a gift is simply a gift. But other times there is hidden meaning or a different agenda in our offering. We also turn to gifts to speak on our behalf when we just don’t have the right words. But in the end, we examine that the best gifts to give are the ones that don’t need wrapping or a gift receipt. They’re always simple and they’re always personal. 

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Some Creative Ways to Deal with Loneliness

Some Creative Ways to Deal with Loneliness

Loneliness is a pervasive worldwide issue. No country or culture is immune. While mental health professionals wrestle with how to address it, private organizations and businesses are taking charge by bringing forth creative solutions. From raising chickens to sitting on park benches, innovators are thinking outside the box to get us socializing again. We can apply this creativity to our own lives. First, we need to reframe our thinking about what loneliness means then we must find a bit of imagination and bravery to try something new with someone new. 

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How to Convey Competence and Confidence During a Job Interview

How to Convey Competence and Confidence During a Job Interview

Job interviewing is the most dreaded part of finding a new job. You feel at the mercy of an orchestrated process which is all about intense scrutiny and judgment (of you!). But it can be different with an empowering mindset. Recognize that interviewing is a balanced exchange of information for mutual consideration. In this post, I share a step-by-step guide to interviewing that takes you from thoughtful preparation through poised execution while projecting a command and confidence that can’t be denied. 

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How to Make Others Feel Liked and Appreciated

How to Make Others Feel Liked and Appreciated

It’s a big open secret that everyone wants to be liked. We want it and we know others want it too. But we may struggle with things to say to make someone feel good or to tell them that we value them. We don’t want to be weird but we do want to be sincere. To ease any awkwardness, use these five suggestions (with the words to say) to naturally express to others that they’re liked, valued, and heard. The transparency will be refreshing for everyone. 

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20 Creative and Fun Things to Do with Friends

20 Creative and Fun Things to Do with Friends

To keep our friendships strong we know we need to devote quality time to them. But often we default to uninspiring get-togethers like lunch or happy hour. But what if we turned to more fun experiences to enrich our relationships while also stretching ourselves and our social network? Following are 20 creative and entertaining ways to spend time with friends—the ones you’ve known for years and the ones you’re soon to meet. 

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A Simple Guide to Being Authentic

A Simple Guide to Being Authentic

In today’s world we get mixed messages about what’s real and what’s fake. Everything seems to be crafted for optics. And as a result, we’ve become so desperate for authenticity. We long to have clarity and trust in everything in our lives down to our own views of ourselves. How can I be more authentic with myself, in my relationships, and in my work? Through six simple suggestions, one can begin to live out a more authentic life—step by step and day by day. It need not be hard, it just needs to be sincere. 

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