The Checkup: How to Optimize Your Email Habits to Seriously Lower Stress Levels

• Email is a fickle friend: On the one hand, it’s, well, handy. And quick. But on the other hand, it can turn what might otherwise be a 9-to-5 job into an around-the-clock stressor. If inbox anxiety is weighing you down, check out these smart strategies for rehabbing your email habits for a more balanced relationship with the send button. [Huffington PostRead more »

The Checkup: The Secret Ingredient in This Low-Calorie Cookie Dough Fudge Will Blow Your Mind

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• The secret ingredient to make low-calorie cookie dough fudge you won’t feel bad about eating? Lentils. Seriously. This vegan and gluten-free cookie dough fudge is made with lentils, which ups the protein count to nearly 6 grams per serving, and it’s sweetened with dates. So really, you won’t feel bad about eating it — at all. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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BizFeed: Stress Linked to Wharton Grad’s Death?

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1. Did Stress Kill a 22-Year-Old?

The News: Sarvshreshth Gupta was ready to tackle life at Goldman Sachs. A 22-year-old Penn graduate from Wharton and the School of Engineering, Gupta worked for the Wall Street giant in San Francisco, but found that the job entailed extremely long hours and sleepless nights. That was after surviving Penn, recently named one of the “most stressful” universities in the United States. In fact, he reportedly told his father: “This job is not for me. Too much work and too little time.”

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Let’s Discuss: How Do You De-Stress?

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When I chat with friends and family, the sentence “I’m so, so, so, soooo stressed OUT!” pretty much always squeezes its way into the conversation. The catalysts behind the stress vary: law school exams, the prospect of retirement, wedding planning, work (that’s a big one), and so on. But pretty much everyone I know is seriously stressed out for some reason or another at all times. And venting about it seems to be one way of relieving that stress — so feel free to unload on me, friends! I’m happy to listen. But one thing I’ve realized after having about a billion and one conversations that start with this sentence is that we talk about stress a lot, but we don’t discuss how to deal with that stress once the phone call is over, like, ever.
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Mindfulness: Hippie Nonsense or the Key to Happiness?

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Much has been written about the concept of mindfulness in the past decade. Corporations have adopted mindfulness-training programs for employees. Elementary schools now teach mindfulness to students. It’s become a word that rolls off the tongue, but few of us really understand its utility.

To oversimplify, the goal of mindfulness is to slow down and to be present in your life as it happens. Critics of the mindfulness movement decry mindfulness as bohemian psychobabble. These critics point out that the simple concept of slowing down and savoring the present moment shouldn’t need to be taught. After all, children don’t need to be instructed to be present, because children are nothing if not exclusively attuned to their present environment.

And the critics are right. We were all born with the capacity for mindfulness. But there has been one recent invention that has ultimately derailed our abilities to stay mindful: That invention is the smartphone. Read more »

This Is Best Thing I’ve Done for My Sanity This Year (And You Can Do It, Too!)

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About a month ago, I noticed that I couldn’t help but check my phone when it vibrated. I could have been giving my very own TED talk with the President, Beyoncé and Meryl Streep in the audience (That’s everyone’s version of living the dream, right?), and if my phone vibrated — knowing that it was probably an email from Twitter that I would delete instantly, anyway, telling me that Paris Hilton just ate ice cream — I still would have had the nagging urge to check it. Even on a TED stage, in front of the freakin’ President of the United States!

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