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Life can be complicated, confusing, and stressful. Here you will find topical articles on a variety of issues known to affect physical and mental health. Each short article includes recommendations for further reading and other useful resources.


By Ronnie Biemans, Dec 16 2016 04:47PM

Over the past several years, I have read with considerable excitement the works of Daniel Siegel, Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Their writings have raised our understanding and appreciation of the impact of life’s daily stresses on our health and of the strategies that can help to protect our brains and improve our physical and mental health.

By Ronnie Biemans, Dec 16 2016 04:05PM

“Beware the Ides of March” is the well- known quote from William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. These words refer to the date of the treacherous plot within the Roman Senate and were the soothsayer’s forecast of imminent danger to Caesar’s life. As the history books recount, Caesar’s associates conspired together and murdered him. This horrific, brutal betrayal by friends and co-workers occurred in 44 BC and is one of the most dramatic moments of workplace treachery imaginable. Thankfully, most of us will never, ever have such an extreme experience in the workplace. However, there are unhealthy work environments everywhere and many of us suffer from the impact of the bad behavior of colleagues, work associates, supervisors and even our clients. Clearly, bad behavior at work goes back centuries.

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