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Archive for June, 2017

What’s love got to do with it?

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Everyone’s been there, an awkward first date where you are trying to determine if you feel a connection with the person sitting across from you. What if there was a simpler way for you to make that decision within a matter of minutes, just by answering a few questions?

A study conducted by AsapSCIENCE, reported by Business Insider, determined that asking a series of 36 questions could create a connection that was solid enough to invoke the feeling of love. Sounds crazy, right? The science behind these questions proves that they might be on to something. The results determined that the questions lead to a strengthened emotional attachment to the person you share the responses with.

 

Here’s a little excerpt of the question list for context:

They start with using lighter questions on a surface level:

– Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

– Would you like to be famous? In what way?

– What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

 

As you get warmed up, the questions get deeper:

– If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

– What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

– What do you value most in a friendship?

From there the questions veer on the side of very personal, but in this case that is where the connection begins to come together:

– Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling …”

– Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share …”

– If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

 

For many, these 36 questions would seem too invasive and personal on a first date. Asking these (rather long) questions to someone you just met could be seen as over the top, but is there some truth behind this study? Have we been fumbling around on first dates for years when falling in love with a stranger could be this simple, or is it all an illusion? What’s the harm in putting this theory to the test? Your date will either run for the hills, or you could potentially find your soul mate. If you already have a significant-other, test these questions out on them and see if you are really as compatible as you think you are. Try it out for yourself and see if there is any truth behind this science. If nothing else you will definitely get to know the person you are exchanging these answers with on a deeper level.

Young at heart.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Lauretta Taggert of St. Paul, Minnesota gives new meaning to the phrase ‘young at heart’ by becoming an exercise instructor at age 100. While most of us accept the trials of aging, Taggert attributes her vitality to a positive attitude and never letting her hair grow gray.

How often do we get caught up on the mundane day-to-day tasks and forget to enjoy life? Lauretta reminds us that we can live life to the fullest, no matter what our age may be. As a society, we have become obsessed with anti-aging and looking and feeling younger. The media tells us that we have to stop the hands of time in order to feel confident in ourselves. Millions of dollars are poured into marketing campaigns every year on the latest anti-aging creams that are supposed to ‘rewind the clock’, but is that really what we want to do?

We have lost respect for aging and the wisdom that comes with it. The more time we spend on earth, the more we grow from the past and develop into better people. Should your life be defined by your biological age, or how young you feel? At what point do we loose ourselves in this fixation with youth, and forget how beautiful aging really is?

The older we get, the excitement we once felt as children when our birthday arrives becomes replaced with dread and fear. Why is that? Very few people get to celebrate a 100-year mark on this earth like Lauretta, so why not celebrate every year that we are given the chance to make more memories? With every year that passes we gain more experiences that make our journey complete, and that should be celebrated. We get to choose what we do with our life, so let’s make the most of it. Take the time to do the things that make you happy, and never forget to stay young at heart. In the words of Charles Dickens, “To a young heart everything is fun.”

Is working from home still the future of business?

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

A flexible work environment is currently one of the most valued aspects of a job. Employees want to be able to work from home, make their own schedules, and find harmony in work-life integration. In recent years, many companies have made a transition to more flexible work schedules and an increased number of remote employees in hopes of cutting office costs, boosting moral and productivity, and attracting new talent. Although many companies have had success, some are finding there are unforeseen downfalls to this latest business trend.

IBM recently announced they’re discontinuing their popular program that allows employees to work remotely. Ironically, IBM was a pioneer of remote work technologies and structures, so the announcement was surprising to many of its remote employees. IBM believes that bringing employees back to the office will improve collaboration and accelerate the pace of work, and they’re not alone. “IBM may be part of a broader rethink of remote work under way at large companies, as corporate leaders argue that putting workers in the same physical space hastens the speed of work and sparks innovation,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

However, as these companies implement such decisive actions against the remote work trend, they’re taking a risk. Especially when other large companies, such as Aetna, are drastically expanding their work-from-home programs. Many employees, especially younger talents, list flexible work schedules and the ability to work from home as one of their most desired job benefits, putting these companies at risk of missing out on new talent.

However, while employee satisfaction and morale are certainly important, companies must find a balance that ensures work processes are as productive as possible. And while technology allows us to accomplish a lot, it simply doesn’t replace a human connection. Collaboration and communication are more fruitful and productive in person. There’s so much you get out of an in-person meeting that simply doesn’t yet translate on an email, phone call or via Skype, such as body language and the collective energy of progress. So while a remote job position is convenient, it may be a dying trend of the past, instead of the future of business as predicted.