How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body; Getting too little sleep can have serious health consequences, including depression, weight gain, and heart disease. It is torture

How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body

Getting too little sleep can have serious health consequences, including depression, weight gain, and heart disease. It is torture. I know.

By Seth Maxon

I awoke in a bed for the first time in days.  My joints ached and my eyelids, which had been open for so long, now lay heavy as old hinges above my cheekbones. I wore two pieces of clothing: an assless gown and a plastic bracelet. Read more of this post

How To Disrupt Yourself: The High Cost And Benefits Of Hiring Misfits

HOW TO DISRUPT YOURSELF: THE HIGH COST AND BENEFITS OF HIRING MISFITS

BY BUD CADDELL

Many creative companies talk about hiring “different” talent. Strategist and “change agent” Budd Caddell discusses the realities of hiring outsiders and allowing them make a difference to your culture and end product. Read more of this post

When will businesses learn the lessons of the innovator’s dilemma? The perils are dire and well known — yet companies seemingly can’t stop putting themselves at risk

When will businesses learn the lessons of the innovator’s dilemma?

January 7, 2014: 5:00 AM ET

The perils are dire and well known — yet companies seemingly can’t stop putting themselves at risk.

By Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large

FORTUNE — If absolutely everyone in business knows about the innovator’s dilemma — how it works, how it often dooms big, successful companies — then why is avoiding it still so extraordinarily hard for business leaders? Read more of this post

20 Simple Secrets Of Happy Families — All Backed By Science

20 Simple Secrets Of Happy Families — All Backed By Science

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JAN. 6, 2014, 6:59 AM 6,626 2

Via 100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families:

People who are highly satisfied with their neighborhood are 25 percent more likely to be highly satisfied with their family life.

-Toth, Brown, and Xu 2002

Open Communication Is A Must

Via 100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families:

The less open the communication between adults and children, the more pessimistic the children are likely to be and the less likely the children are to feel secure in their family relationship. This is nearly doubly as significant in stepparent-children relationships.

– Al-Abbad 2001  Read more of this post

Making Better Decisions over Time; The technique of deliberate practice can dramatically improve performance, but knowing its limits is as important as understanding its value

Published: January 6, 2014

Making Better Decisions over Time

The technique of deliberate practice can dramatically improve performance, but knowing its limits is as important as understanding its value.

by Phil Rosenzweig

Managers make a wide range of decisions, from routine calls they face on a recurring basis, to large-scale strategic decisions they may encounter just once in their careers. For issues that are often repeated, the technique of deliberate practice—which involves action, feedback, modification, and action again—is a powerful way to boost performance. The technique works when a decision is part of a sequence, in which feedback from one part can improve the next. Not all decisions work in this manner, however. Knowing the difference is crucial. Read more of this post

Meditation Has Limited Benefits, Study Finds; Mindfulness meditation can ease stress but won’t curb problems like being overweight

Meditation Has Limited Benefits, Study Finds

Mindfulness meditation can ease stress but won’t curb problems like being overweight

LINDSAY GELLMAN

Jan. 6, 2014 6:23 p.m. ET

Certain types of meditation may provide some modest relief from anxiety, depression and pain, a new study found. But the study found little evidence for other reported benefits of meditation, including help in curbing substance abuse, poor eating habits, sleep disorders and weight problems. Read more of this post

Want to Stop Arguing and Change Spouse’s Behavior? Start With Mirror; Studies: People Motivated to Be in Relationship Will Alter Behavior to Be More Like Partner

Want to Stop Arguing and Change Spouse’s Behavior? Start With Mirror

Studies: People Motivated to Be in Relationship Will Alter Behavior to Be More Like Partner

ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN

Jan. 6, 2014 7:16 p.m. ET

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Want your partner to exercise more? Drink less? Your best chance of getting your way is to change yourself first. WSJ’s Elizabeth Bernstein explains why, and guest Steve Miksis explains how he changed for the sake of his marriage. Photo: Kike Arnal for The Wall Street Journal. Read more of this post

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