Music Monday: From Black Monday to “Enjoy Every Sandwich”

On this day thirty-three years ago the stock market experienced its biggest one day decline, percentage-wise, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 508 points, a 22 percent decrease. The date is referred to as Black Monday; to put it in perspective, a 22 percent decline today would mean a drop of over 6,500 points. … Continue reading Music Monday: From Black Monday to “Enjoy Every Sandwich”

The Streisand Effect

The Streisand Effect does not refer to the fact that it seems like everything Barbra got involved with became a huge success. She is, after all, one of the few people to have won the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) awards. The Streisand Effect relates to a 2003 lawsuit in which Streisand claimed that … Continue reading The Streisand Effect

Thanks to Chase, Bill, and Andy, I Finally Started Meditating

A few years ago, serendipity led to having a former student, Chase, visit my classroom to give a talk and a demo on meditation. You can read about that wonderful visit, including unfiltered student feedback, by clicking here. Ever since then, I've wanted to get in the habit of meditating, but it never seemed to … Continue reading Thanks to Chase, Bill, and Andy, I Finally Started Meditating

An Unexpected Benefit of Winning a Sports Championship

Four years ago, Villanova Men's basketball team won its second national championship, in dramatic style, with Kris Jenkins hitting a 3-point shot at the buzzer for the victory. The clip below never gets old: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7FFJUz0tdo It was a big win for the team and the school, and I am sure it raised the name recognition … Continue reading An Unexpected Benefit of Winning a Sports Championship

Extrinsic Rewards Reduce Intrinsic Motivation: Using Psychology to Pick Up More Followers

One of the first blog posts I wrote five years ago: You Get the Behavior You Reward, featured the wonderful book from Alfie Kohn: “Punished by Rewards - The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, As, Praise, and Other Bribes.” Here’s a brief summary of the book from its web site: “Drawing from hundreds of studies, … Continue reading Extrinsic Rewards Reduce Intrinsic Motivation: Using Psychology to Pick Up More Followers

This Is What Great TV Looks Like

One of my favorite televisions series of all time is The West Wing. The Writers Guild of America ranked it no. 10 in its "101 Best-Written TV Series" list. It has received praise from critics, political science professors, and former White House staffers and has been the subject of critical analysis. The West Wing received a multitude of accolades, including … Continue reading This Is What Great TV Looks Like

You, Yes You, Can Break Up a Bureaucracy!

Tired of dealing with bureaucracy? Feel like nothing is getting done because of all the red tape? In his latest Pinkcast, Dan Pink notes that the longer we work within a bureaucracy, the more likely we are to absorb the wrong-headed values and practices. However, there is a way to break through bureaucracy, and for … Continue reading You, Yes You, Can Break Up a Bureaucracy!

Music Monday: A Potato Factory Worker, a Skateboard, Some Ocean Spray Juice, and Fleetwood Mac

Nathan Apodaca's truck had already logged some 320,000 miles. One morning last month, it couldn't go a mile more. The truck broke down on a highway in Idaho Falls, Idaho, about 2 miles from the potato warehouse where Apodaca has worked for nearly two decades. Luckily, he had a skateboard in his truck, along with … Continue reading Music Monday: A Potato Factory Worker, a Skateboard, Some Ocean Spray Juice, and Fleetwood Mac

As If I Needed a Reason to Like Oreos Even More

As a child, Oreos were always one of my favorite cookies. Much later in life, their value went way up when I found out that Oreos are suitable for vegans (well, sort of). So when my wife sent me the wonderful video below, I didn't think it was possible that I could like Oreos anymore … Continue reading As If I Needed a Reason to Like Oreos Even More

Five Coping Skills, in Honor of World Mental Health Day

The five coping skills come courtesy of Dr. Laurie Santos, a cognitive scientist, and Professor of Psychology at Yale University. In January 2018, her course titled Psychology and the Good Life became the most popular course in Yale's history, with approximately one-fourth of Yale's undergraduates enrolled. The course was made available online via Coursera in … Continue reading Five Coping Skills, in Honor of World Mental Health Day