It only takes a second…..

By | 2018-04-07T23:19:29+00:00 May 4th, 2016|anxiety, anxiety disorder, anxiety relief, bears, birds, bulldogs, charity, gratitude, inspiration, Life, mental health, mind/body, motivation, nyc, office, Owls, prevention, relationships, sharks, social media, strangers, totems|

There I was heading out of a building, when I noticed a woman also heading towards the exit. It was one of those double door situations where you actually had to exit twice, ok? So I held open the first door for her and let her exit first, me following out behind her. Nothing. Not a smile. Not a nod. Nothing. She reached the second exit door ahead of me and pushed through it. I, being younger, more agile and way prettier (that’s important), was right behind her and loudly said “Thank you” as exited I the still opened door. I suspect if I hadn’t been fast enough, she would have let the door slam in my face. She didn’t even blink at my “thank you” which made me even more annoyed. Sure, I can have compassion and think that maybe she was just having a bad day, but seriously, it only takes a second! Thank you! Please! One second. I timed it!!! It’s true!!

So I don’t care if you are having a really crappy day, you assuredly have one second to be courteous to another human being. Try it!! Oh, and give it as a gift. Meaning don’t be attached to their response, as you may not get a “Thank you” or a “You’re welcome” but at least you’ll walk away knowing you’re not an a*@hole!

Stay well.

Totems say BE NICE!!!

Totems say BE NICE!!!

Great minds think alike! Thank you #WSJ and #NYU!

By | 2018-04-07T23:22:44+00:00 March 4th, 2015|creativity, Life, office, stress, stress relief, work|

Ok, so I’m showing a little ego here, but that’s only because when my business partner and I created Totem Tamers with the goal of helping people maintain focus and composure during difficult times, we knew we were on to something! We have seen that validation take shape in many ways, from the people who have purchased Totems and reported back how incredible they have been in helping them, to articles that show up in publications across the country. You know you’re doing something worthwhile when the Wall Street Journal publishes an article about a study from New York University, that focuses on handheld objects and their power to spark ideas and reduce anxiety!  Thanks to Sue Shellenbarger, for writing the article that focuses on research being conducted out of NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering, and how manipulating objects while at your work desk may help you “improve focus, ease stress and think more creatively”!

Totems always by my side, at work and always!

Totems always by my side, at work and always!

If you ever needed a reason to get a Totem, now you have it in black and white, or pixelated, or however you read your paper! Don’t take my word for it, trust the Wall Street Journal and NYU, and I guess you should read the article as well! If you want to stay focused, spark creativity and reduce your anxiety all with the help of a Totem, just click on any of the Totems on the side of the page and get yours today!

Stay well.