Have you been to a good conference lately?  More specifically, have you been to a really good conference which left you feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to take on a new project, perspective, approach, or idea? The tricky part begins when you get home.  While tackling the pile of accumulated laundry and unanswered emails with […]

You’ve probably heard of flash mobs, when a group of people assembles suddenly in a public place and performs some kind of pre-arranged action, such as a choreographed dance or a pillow fight. Yesterday, my husband and I mused that when we are rich, we’d like to start a “flash-gifting” trend. The idea started when […]

Every good party planner knows that the job is much easier when you stick to a theme.  Having a theme allows you to sort through the seemingly endless options for invitations, decorations, food, and music and narrow it down to the most relevant choices.  It simplifies and accelerates the decision-making process.  If I open up […]

Let’s face it.  Sometimes we just want our self-control to come from the outside, because when we check out our internal supply, we see that the fuel gauge reads “empty.” Consider the “Mother Bear” wallet, designed by John Kestner, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Kestner realizes that it is easy for […]

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.  ~Dr. Seuss I truly admire Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Angelina Jolie.  Not really because they are the second richest person in the world, the third richest person in the world, and one of the world’s most attractive people […]

A couple of days ago, Diane Sawyer featured a fascinating behavioral experiment on World News (http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/virtual-reality-study-encourages-subjects-save-future/story?id=12358259&page=1).  A researcher from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Hal Ersner-Hershfield, designed a study in which some participants saw a virtual reality image of themselves.  The image was specially designed to allow them to see what they will look […]

One of the reasons why changing a behavior can be so difficult is that we may really value that behavior under a different name. For example, I may consider myself to have a problem with overspending, and I may pledge to modify this habit once and for all. However, maybe somewhere deep inside my brain, […]

My husband got a billion dollars from St. Nicholas today (see picture). Many thanks to St. Nick and to the Russell Stover Candy Company for this fine gift.  He started asking, “Whose face is on the billion-dollar bill?” but then stopped halfway through the question, took a closer look at his gift, and said “Of […]