Why Complaining is Bad for your Health

Why Complaining is Bad for your Health

Someone, and for the life of me I'm blanking on who, once told me that "complaining without a solution is just whining." It was a statement from her boss after she went to him about a work issue. The more I think about these words, the more they resonate. But, it wasn't until I read a study out of Stanford University, which found complaining is actually bad for your health, that the words really sunk in.

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How, What, Why :: Social Media Detox

How, What, Why :: Social Media Detox

It's the new year... who hasn't committed to some form of detox over the last three weeks, but this one is different than sipping solely juice for three days. From Saturday evening until late last night, I officially put myself on a social media detox. This meant no posting, tagging, liking or tweeting for 72-hours.  It wasn't easy, which sounds so trite -- I mean, we're talking about social media -- but it was worth it.  Here's the how, what and why I went 3 days without.

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If you...

If you...

A picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes more, and I woke up this morning with this thought on my mind.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy the long weekend.  My college roommate is coming to visit, so we have a weekend of working out, catching up and taking in the best DC has to offer.  Aren't girlfriends the best?!

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Who Owns Yoga?

I recently read an article about the ownership of Yoga and my brain began firing off questions of my own.  If 10,000 hours is the designation by which experts earn their title, then I am, by definition, am a yoga expert. My practice dates back to 2000, and in 2009 I lived in an ashram where I studied the yoga poses, theories, breathing techniques and meditation.  I'm certified to teach yoga. That being said, I'm firmly grounded in the traditional practice and have strong opinions on the issues that arise when talking about the mind/body regimen that has been around for thousands of years.

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A Reason to Buy Girl Scout Cookies

A Reason to Buy Girl Scout Cookies

It's the worst time of year to sell cookies, right? After we ring in the new year, most people make a resolution to cut back on sugar, processed foods and eat healthier, but this year, the Girl Scout of America have launched a new initiative to make cookie buying, this time of year, delightful. Aside from noting "gluten free" and vegan on two of their cookies this year, the girls scouts are spreading their love overseas.

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Finding Success

Finding Success

Most people I know want success. It's a lovely word that, by definition, means: 1) the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect or fame 2) the correct or desired result of an attempt and 3) someone or something that is successful: a person or thing that succeeds.  At the launch of the new year, with resolutions made and goals set, I began thinking about what, exactly, that meant for me. 

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Quick Hit: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (and how you eat just one)

Quick Hit: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (and how you eat just one)

When Winter rolls around, I want to live in the kitchen.  One, because I feel like a hibernating bear that wants to consume copious amounts of food and two, because I really enjoy baking when the temperature dips. There's something delightful about having snow on the ground and the smells from the oven swirling through the kitchen... Read on this recipe and a tip on how you CAN eat just one.

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My Word of the Year

My Word of the Year

It's been awhile -- I hope you had a wonderful holiday! I spent time with family in Maryland and Florida and enjoyed every minute. I slept a ton, worked out, ate delicious food and visited with friends.  Now, it's the first official Monday of 2015 and, like everyone else, back at it! I hope you, too, had a wonderful holiday and are ready to have the best year yet.

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Last Minute Gift Giving

Last Minute Gift Giving

I hit the ground running the day after Thanksgiving with plans to send holiday cards and knock out Christmas shopping early.  Every year, the shopping is finished, well before the start of the holidays, but the cards stack up with promises to myself that next year will be different. I'm still a work in progress on that front.  For those of you who wait until the last minute to do shopping -- I know one or two of last minute shoppers -- we've compiled a list of sites that will get you your gifts by Christmas Eve, without having to leave the comforts of home (or your office desk.)

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First Person :: What Chanukah Means to Me

First Person :: What Chanukah Means to Me

During our weekly meeting, we were discussing December and how Christmas holiday decor far outweighs that of Chanukah. Today, Jessica, our clever Genuine Joy intern who celebrates Chanukah, has agreed to share the history of the holiday and what it means to her family.  I know little about the holiday and was thrilled that she was willing to share her first person perspective.  I did ask the difference between "Hanukkah" and "Chanukah" to which she said "it's simply a personal preference and how it's translated." Either way is, technically, the correct spelling. Take it away Jessica and Happy Chanukah!

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