Leave work at work

My father taught me to work, but he did not teach me to love it. Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865 Recently, my daughter shared a satirical article from The Onion that had a strong element of truth to it. The article explains that health experts had observed immediate and lasting changes in mood and stress levels when people stood up at their desks a single time, then left the office forever. While the story is meant to be funny, it highlights the fact that many people are very unhappy at work, and this unhappiness ends up bleeding into the rest of their …
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Been there, done that

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. Marie Curie 1867 – 1934 Many of you have probably heard of a “honey do” jar or a job jar: a container stuffed with slips of paper listing all the little things that need to be done around the home. That way, whenever you have spare time, you don’t have to remember the different items that need maintenance or repair — you can just pull a slip from the jar and get started on a chore. Unfortunately, the problem with a job jar is that it always …
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Planning for unhappiness

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. John Barrymore 1882 – 1942 No matter who you are or how good your life is, at some point, you’re going to be unhappy. It might only be for a few hours or a few days: someone could hurt your feelings, you could break or lose a treasured possession, or a host of little things might go wrong. But there’s always the potential for worst case events, ones no one is immune to: you could lose your job or your savings, be diagnosed with a serious illness, or see a …
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