Monthly Archives: December 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from PickTheBrain

To our friends all around the world,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I look forward to continuing our journey to ‘grow ourselves’ in the New Year to come! Continue reading

Active versus Passive Relationships: Which Type Do You Have?

I had no idea how to effectively relate to others. I just passively walked by, and wasn’t relating to others as I should I have. And I hated it. But why was this? Why wasn’t I able to relate to others, even though I desperately wanted? [More…]

It was simply because I was too passive. Continue reading

How to Have A Difficult Conversation

While my family has always encouraged and practiced a healthy amount of honesty, weight is such a sensitive topic that for years I just avoided discussing it.

My biggest issue was not that they over did it on food, but that they gave absolutely no importance to exercise Continue reading

3 Things to Do RIGHT NOW Toward Your New Year’s Resolutions

In the thick of the holiday season, it’s easy to make promises to yourself about the New Year. In January, I’ll eat healthily / stop smoking / cut back on drinking / exercise regularly / start studying for that qualification …

Some experts might tell you to get started on your goals straight away (“there’s no time like the present!”) – but that’s not necessarily realistic advice. If you know that December is going to be hectic, you don’t want to set yourself up for failure. Continue reading

The Frugal Way to a Healthier Diet

One of the more compelling reasons for adopting a frugal lifestyle is, lets admit it, scarcity of resource. Whether it be an altruistic effort to preserve the resources of the planet or to get by on a smaller budget resulting from reduced income, frugality is rapidly becoming the norm rather than an option. Continue reading

How to Worry Less: Tips from the Oldest (and Wisest) Americans

Over the course of six years, I’ve conducted studies designed to tap the practical wisdom for living of the oldest Americans. Using a nationally representative survey and in-depth interviews, I invited older people (mostly age 70 and above) to tell me what younger people should do – and not do – to live happier and more fulfilling lives. Continue reading