Ben Deffner

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Reduce Your Stress in Two Minutes a Day

Bill Rielly had it all: a degree from West Point, an executive position at Microsoft, strong faith, a great family life, and plenty of money. He even got along well with his in-laws! So why did he have so much stress and anxiety that he could barely sleep at night? I have worked with Bill for …

How to Overcome the Midday Slump

Doing your best work requires focus and energy. But it’s hard to stay focused for an 8-hour stretch. So how can you find the necessary energy to get your work done? How do you choose those precious moments when you think you’ll be feeling your best to do the most challenging work? And what’s the …

Productivity

26 Books Every 'Spiritual But Not Religious' Seeker Should Read

<i>"There are things you can't reach. But</i><p><i>you can reach out to them, and all day long.</i><p><i>The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.</i><p><i>And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier."</i><p>-- "Where Does The Temple Begin, Where Does It End?," by Mary Oliver<p>A growing number of Americans -- young …

Books

7 ways to dominate your 20s

Lets face it, if you are in your 20s, you are in your freaking prime.<p>Your metabolism hasn't slowed down too much, your acne is starting to clear up, your parents are possibly starting to respect you, and you're hopefully starting to make some money while trying to figure out where you "belong" in …

Stanford University

The secrets of extraordinary survivors

When faced with trauma, some people manage to emerge stronger than ever. How do they manage it? Michael Bond investigates.<p>Eugenie is telling me the story of the end of her life. At least, it is the end of the life she used to know.<p>Three years ago, government soldiers came to her home in Kinshasa in …

Mental Health

Poof! Maplewood sand art project destroyed in seconds (PHOTOS)

It took Tibetan monks more than 30 hours to create an intricate sand mandala. Then, as a crowd of several hundred watched, the monks destroyed their …

Social Media

Gay sexuality a gift from God, says head of United Church of Canada

United Church Moderator Gary Paterson describes sexuality — including gay sexuality — as a gift from God.<p>“First of all let’s back up and say it’s not …