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Category: Five Minutes to Thrive
  • Starting anew

    That with which I take issue is the tendency for folks to unncessarily constrain themselves to a predetermined start date, i.e. “The diet starts on Monday!” or “I’m going to begin saving money starting on the 1st of next month,” or “[insert cliché New Year’s Resolution here] on Janurary 1st!” Ugh. Because if you’re willing to put off a goal until the future, maybe you aren’t really that serious about it.
  • Wintertime just makes me S.A.D.

    It’s a common phenomenon that around this time of year many people begin to feel pretty down-in-the-dumps. Could it be the approaching holidays and the associated busy schedules and travel? Maybe the prospect of having to spend time with distant family members? Or an after-effect of having piled on some post-Thanksgiving “winter weight”/fatty insulation in preparation for the colder months? Or, perhaps, it has something to do with the shorter days during winter?
  • The quiet power of meditation

    What do Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Sting, Halle Berry, Paul McCartney, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Katy Perry all have in common (besides being rich and famous, of course)? If you’ve already read the above title, you can probably guess: they have all made meditation a part of their daily routines, and some even credit their success to this practice!
  • Year-Round Gratitude

    Why does gratitude have such an awesome impact? It’s because grateful people see us all as interconnected; they share a sense of responsibility and commitment to the well-being of others, placing less importance on material goods. They also re-frame the bad things that happen to them as opportunities for growth, and, most importantly, they always try to focus on the silver lining. So after Thanksgiving is over, I encourage you to keep the gratitude going.
  • Who are you?

    We are all a complex combination of roles and identities, ensuring uniqueness while informing how we think about ourselves and others. Some of these descriptors aid people in understanding us; others help us better understand ourselves. However, not all identity claims are positive; in fact, many can be downright damaging. With Veteran’s Day coming up, I encourage you to think about how you define you, and the implications of your chosen monikers for your identity.
  • Embrace Forgiveness

    This is why forgiveness is so difficult; it forces us to recognize that we may not have any justice. It calls on us to be the “bigger person.” It tries to make us “let go” of the anger, hurt, and sadness we’ve held for so long, that has become a part of who we are—but it’s necessary for us to heal, to grow, to live, to experience love in our relationships, and to be 100% present in our day-to-day lives. So, if you’re struggling with long-held hate or resentment.
  • Adaption: Learning from our past

    Today marks the 70th birthday of the greatest Air Force in the history of the world. Over an extremely short span of time, our capabilities have risen (literally) exponentially to create unparalleled dominance in air, space, and cyberspace. With ever-expanding mission sets, and with ever-increasing import in the joint warfare landscape, the USAF has achieved preeminence as not only a force with which to be reckoned, but also as the standard for offensive and defensive aviation throughout the world. And we continue to improve as we look toward the future.
  • Tonight on News 363: Is your workplace killing you?

    Pain in your neck, lower back, or hands/wrists; eye strain and fatigue; and/or reduced blood flow to your extremities can all result from poor ergonomics—that is, improper physical positioning or use of muscles in the course of your job. While these issues may not be as noticeable or bothersome on a daily basis, over the course of several years (i.e. your military career) they can compound into more significant physical concerns. But have no fear, much of these issues are preventable with proper positioning methods!
  • Random Acts of Kindness

    Believe it or not, the above clichés are actually concise guidelines assembled by psychology professor Dr. David Niven from a review of decades of scientific literature which all focused on one simple question: how can we gain authentic happiness? I strongly recommend his published work, The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People, as a how-to guide for anyone looking to experience positivity on a daily basis (and to counteract the pervasive negativity in today’s society). His common-sense findings definitely won’t shock the world, but they serve as a good reminder that we already know how to create our own happiness.
  • Video Games, Alcohol, & Exercise: How much is too much?

    If I were to ask you what video games, alcohol, and exercise have in common, what would you tell me? I imagine a few of the responses I’d get would be something like: “One works your muscles, one works your hand/eye coordination, and one works your liver.” “It’s advisable to avoid combining all three (picture a drunk person playing Kinect Adventures).” “What are you talking about? Leave me alone, psycho, I’m trying to work.”