“I underestimated the importance of the social life at work, and I really missed all my colleagues.” Dr. Rob Britton worked for American Airlines for 22 years in a variety of positions all across the enterprise. He now consults and teaches as a guest lecturer at business school worldwide. He wrote the quote above in…More
Samantha is an intern for the Beer and Peanuts project. She has cute mittens. Someone she knows makes them for her out of old wool blankets and sweaters. (I do not have cute mittens. I do not have cute anything except kids.) I love the idea of recycling the sweaters and getting another few years…More
Its summer time, and for many people, that means family reunion time. My wife’s family had a reunion in Missouri last weekend. Most of her uncles and aunts, cousins and their spouses, young adults, teenagers and little kids were there. A couple of cousins had passed over the last 12 months. They seemed too young,…More
I recently ran across an excellent TED talk by Dan Buettner about longevity. You can watch the 20 minute talk or read a transcript Here! He claims that the capacity for life expectancy is about age 90 for most people, perhaps a bit longer for women. A very few have won a genetic lottery and have a…More
Check Out What John was up to Easter Weekend!
National Public Radio reported that talking to strangers makes people happier. On December 2, 2014, correspondent Shankar Vedantam described a study by University of Chicago psychologists Nick Epley and Juliana Schroeder. They randomly assigned people on the bus to either sit in silence or start a conversation with a stranger next to them. Before the…More
There are many reasons why you might need to find new friends after you stop going to work full time. The main reason is that once you stop going to work full time, most of the people you talked to all week, are still at work and you’re not! Think about it: how often do…More
Social media. Social networks. Social Security. “Social” seems to be everywhere, doesn’t it? For most of us, especially men, most of our social contact comes from work. Even if we don’t socialize with colleagues outside of work, we interact in staff meetings, communicate about projects, and talk about football or the Oscars with our co-workers. Most of…More