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Five Pieces of Furniture that will Improve Your Life

Five Pieces of Furniture that will Improve Your LifeFurniture has come a long way in terms of functionality. Today, many chairs, beds and desks are specially designed to offer life-enhancing attributes to boost both your physical health and mental wellbeing. From ergonomic designs to adjustable features and built-in massage systems, here are some of the most innovative pieces of furniture that can improve your daily life:

Hurry Up and Grieve: Society’s Sometimes Strange and Callous Response to Death

Hurry Up and GrieveOn average, working adults are permitted to take off three "personal days" from their regular occupations to mourn the loss of their loved ones.  In our fast paced, often hectic society — one which places a premium on hard work and productivity in the workplace — this time to oneself is usually deemed sufficient for making funeral arrangements, burying the dead, and mourning the loss. With the exception of offering the bereaved person some heartfelt expressions of condolence, (i.e., a sympathy card), the prevailing notion of our peers, including co-workers, members of our community, and even close friends and family is that the mourning process should be brief, rather than a long-drawn-out process. Continuing outward signs of distress are therefore deemed excessive, if not abnormal.

Can Sleep Make You Smarter?

We've all heard that sleep plays an important role in health, and most people have suffered through the misery of a work day spent sleep-deprived. When life gets stressful, it can be easy to convince yourself that you're better served by working one more hour instead of going to bed. And while this strategy might make you feel like you're being more productive, you're not necessarily working smarter.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes that sleep deprivation is a public health crisis. A shocking number of adults—ranging from 2% to 7%, depending on age and sex—reported to the CDC that they fell asleep while driving during the last month, and 34% to 52% of adults report accidentally falling asleep during the day.

There's strong evidence that sleep plays a vital role in memory and learning. The best thing you can do to maximize your productivity could be getting some extra shuteye.

Here Is a Way to Understand Your Midlife Crisis

Midlife crisis has unfortunately become the stuff of made-for-television movies. The weekly crisis of a middle-aged man leaving his wife of twenty years for a woman half his age has become almost a cultural stereotype. Sadly, the profound quality and significance of midlife crisis becomes lost in the process such that men and women in the midst of this upheaval minimize its significance.

Midlife crisis is a fundamentally spiritual event of great power. It can lead to either tremendous spiritual growth or can generate more chaos. To emerge from the dark forest of midlife crisis, we need to understand the substance of the crisis and we also need to be aware that the healthy resolution of midlife crisis brings with it a newly discovered gift. What provokes a midlife crisis? First of all, there is age.

Mothers' Behavior Seems to Influence Child's Problem-Solving Abilities

Temper tantrums are common among many 18- month-olds who get frustrated while learning new skills. If mothers become overly cautious or overly critical when this happens, it could interfere with the child's problem-solving abilities later on, says research. Parenting toddlers is an unending challenge. This article describes why and how a parent can improve their skills with a difficult toddler. A study found that a child's temperament - difficult, moody, withdrawn, physically active - can affect how the mother will view him/her and then have an influence on their interaction. This in turn could hinder a child's problem-solving abilities and cognitive development in the future. This chicken-and-egg problem, that is, which comes first is often difficult to sort out. Both these aspects are relevant: a child's temperament can easily wear out a tired mother, and likewise, a tired, potentially more impatient or disapproving mother's reaction to a difficult child can lead to yet more problems with the child's development. The bigger problem of course, is how to resolve it.

Coping with Loss: Understanding the Grieving Process

Coping with LossIn my part-time private practice as a Psychologist, a sizable portion of my clientele consists of individuals who are grieving a loss. Their losses can take many different forms. The most frequent types of loss I see are death, the ending of a relationship, or a significant debilitating injury. In some cases, the losses have been of a sudden and traumatic nature. When listening to my patients' experiences, I am so often moved by their strength and resilience in having coped with, and, in many cases, transcended their circumstances.

The Courage to Find Freedom

The Courage to Find Freedom

It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person,
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was 4:00 AM. I walked through the dark, cold, and lonely maze of more than 100 apartment buildings. I would go in the front door, throw a couple of newspapers in front of apartment doors, and go out the back door. It was 1974, and I delivered newspapers seven mornings a week. I was a year out of treatment for alcoholism, and life was difficult as I sought find the courage to compose a new life.

Men and Women Can Be Just Friends

Men and Women Can Be Just FriendsIt's been decades since the witty romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally" explored the still debatable question: "Can women and men be just friends?" Some people say "No way!" Heterosexual men and women can't be true friends. Blame the hormones! Attribute it to spousal jealousy. Point the finger at the predatory nature of men (and aggressive women) who "want only one thing". Or simply remember that men and women come from different planets, and interplanetary friendships have never worked. Despite the naysayers, what does the research show and what do the experts say? Since I am one of the experts (this was my dissertation topic), I'd like to share my findings with you. Despite the stories of Harry & Sally, men and women can be friends without the relationship transitioning into a sexual one.

Yes, Doing Your Homework Is Important

Yes, Doing Your Homework Is ImportantThe more homework students complete, especially from grades six to twelve, the better they do in school, according to research. The research also demonstrates that parental attitudes toward homework play an important role in their children's education. The study, which is the first to incorporate attitudinal measures into an analysis of the link between homework and achievement by examining the beliefs parents, teachers, and students hold regarding homework, represents an initial attempt to gather estimates of homework behavior from three sources.

Confidence on Your Own Terms

Confidence on Your Own TermsBefore starting to work on confidence, I recommend freeing yourself from the pressure to "be a confident person." Confidence isn't so much a personality trait as how comfortable you feel in particular situations. See for yourself. Take out a piece of paper and write down all the situations you can think of when you feel less confident than you'd like. Now consider everything else you do. Tidying up, watching TV, surfing the Internet....There are dozens of situations you do face confidently. Think, too, if there's been a time when a friend you admired for his/her confidence voiced a problem with a situation you have no trouble with yourself. Even the most outgoing person at the office can freeze up on a first date!