HELP! My job is so stressful and I can't keep my head above water anymore. I'm crabby to my family. My boss is evil. My co-workers are annoying. I hate my job tasks. But I can't leave - I need the paycheck!
This was the tirade I heard from someone after... View More
Many people ask me what Happy Hour Effect means and how it got started. So here you go - the condensed backstory and how it helps others.
I created Happy Hour Effect after suffering personal and professional stress all at once as a widowed mom in a stressful corporate job during the... View More
Ever get stuck in a rut? You know – one of those times you realize you’ve been doing the same thing day in, day out for weeks, months, years even! A rut can also manifest itself when you find yourself feeling uninspired by your work or your daily life even... View More
Recently a friend introduced me to The Meaning Movement. It's an inspiring blog written by a really cool guy named Dan and it's for people searching for meaningful work while approaching change and transition with less fear, doubt and anxiety. Of course when Dan offered to write a guest post,... View More
One of the top “complaints” I get from clients and people I meet at events is that they have difficult people in their lives that make it hard for them to really maximize their happiness and reach their goals. Just last week I had at least 10 people approach me at events and describe the “offenders” they want to fix. A nightmare boss. A negative co-worker. A constantly-complaining friend. An unsupportive partner. And while we all hope that no one is intentionally out to make another person’s life miserable, it’s reality that there are roadblocks to communication when people come at life from different perspectives.
If you are stuck in a situation dealing with a difficult person, there are a few things you can do to help bridge the gap.
It often feels like if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Why can’t other people get it and communicate better? No matter how clearly you identify a task or request something, there always seems to be something lost in the communication to cause you stress and frustration. And while you automatically assume the other person is at fault and either didn’t listen to you or they are just an idiot, is it possible that you (and I) are equally to blame for the lapse in communication? Are there two idiots in the equation? Here are four ways you can make communicating with others less stressful and more impactful at work and at home: