Fight-or-Flight: It’s Now Optional

Fight-or-Flight: It’s Now Optional

Imagine it’s 1 million BC and you’re Zog, the caveman. Every day you wake up with one mission: to go out and hunt for food to feed you and your family. At the same time, you have to constantly be on the lookout for the predators that want to eat you. That primitive, automatic instinct […]

What Is Flow Anyway?

What Is Flow Anyway?

You know that feeling when you’re so fully immersed in an activity — an engrossing conversation, say, or a riveting mystery novel, a challenging game of tennis — that you lose track of time, your self-consciousness falls away and life seems effortless? That’s being in the flow. It’s a phenomenon that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a professor […]

Motivation By Carrot or Stick — or Neither

Motivation By Carrot or Stick — or Neither

In my  recent teleseminar, Motivation: How To Get It, Stoke It and Keep It Strong, with ace tennis coach Ed Tseng, we discussed the ephemeral nature of motivation. David McClelland, a Harvard psychology professor and author of Human Motivation, says there are three fundamental drivers that motivate all humans: 1) achievement (the desire to compete against […]

Living Longer, Running Slower

Living Longer, Running Slower

As the last of the baby-boomers approaches the half-century mark, science is picking up speed in its efforts to slow down aging. A recent article in the BBC News highlighted the incredible technology advances that will improve our quality of life as 100-year life spans become increasingly common. Researchers are coming up with innovative solutions […]

Happy New Year? You Decide!

Happy New Year? You Decide!

Recently, browsing at Barnes and Noble bookstore, I noticed a number of books about happiness on display. Apparently, hearing “have a happy new year” hundreds of times in the first few weeks of January is not sufficient to bring it about. As I see it, there are two fundamental truths to being happy. Truth 1: […]