Work & Family Life

Monthly newsletter providing employees with tips to help balance family, social, and working lives.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 12, December

Advice to Drink 8 Glasses a Day Still Holds Water
Not long ago, the British medical journal "BMJ" called the old notion that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day "thoroughly debunked nonsense." But new research may suggest otherwise.Two studies reported in 2011 found a lower risk of long-term kidney...
Better to Give Than Receive? So It Seems
Gift giving has been studied by psychologists, anthropologists, economists and market researchers, all of whom have found it to be a complex human behavior that helps define relationships and strengthens our ties with family and friends.The social value...
Getting a Grip on Those Feelings of Guilt
Oh, those feelings of guilt, we all have them. They're part of the human condition - and those of us who are trying hard to juggle our work and home responsibilities seem to be especially hard hit.Tve been working overtime and haven't said goodnight...
How to Present Ideas That 'Click' with People
Some people you just click with. Communication flows. You feel appreciated for who you are. And clicking with the people you work with can make everyone happier and more productive on the job.You may think of quick and easy connections like this as something...
Impact of New Technology on Kids' Manners
Last summer we dined out wit} my extended family in Boston In the middle of the meal, m~ mother remarked, "I'm sorry I just have to say something. Ethar is wearing his hat to dinner and I find it disrespectful."I asked my eight year old to talu off his...
Making New Year's Resolutions That Stick
Around this time every year, we start making resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, spend less. The tradition of New Year's resolutions began with the ancient Romans, who made promises of good conduct to Janus, the deity who looked both backward...
Making Smoother, Faster Connections at Work
Making smoother, faster connections at workWe've all had the experience of meeting a new coworker or customer, and all of a sudden the ideas are flowing. We've made a fast, smooth, positive connection. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could do that anytime,...
Our Readers Write
Great ideas in your September "Interchange" about what to do with kids' art projects that can easily fill a refrigerator! As the parent of two teenagers, I remember the first time we tried to take art work from day-care off the fridge.A suggestion we...
Visiting Your Out-of-Town Relative?
On this page last month, we answered several frequently asked questions by those who are new to long-distance caregiving. Now we'll focus on what you can reasonably expect to accomplish - before, during and after a visit to your older relative.Visiting...
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