Author: Halley Bock

The Reality of Time and The Sobering Truth You Need to Know

Alexander Bell wasn’t exaggerating when he said that time flies. Ever been caught telling a story about something that happened three years ago only to be corrected by your partner and reminded that it was more than eight years ago? Ever blinked and realized your children aren’t small enough to fit in your lap anymore? Ever gone back to visit the town you grew up in only to find it transformed by urban decay? Time is fleeting. And so much—so much—happens while our eyes and thoughts wander. And the reality is, we have less of it than we realize. Lets Do The Math: Hours in a Week  ...

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Five Ways to Enhance Your Environment

I love to travel. For me, it represents an exquisite opportunity for new experiences, thereby enhancing my world. Whether it’s a culinary delight of salumi and cheese in Italy, the aromatic lavender in Provence, or the morning coos of doves on the Big Island of Hawaii, each place possesses its own “signature” which instantly transports me to these cherished locations. If I could have things my way, I would weave together my own Utopia by braiding each location’s hallmark into the fabric of a new homeland. But such a Utopia, at least for me, doesn’t exist and that’s okay. I am extremely content...

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Why Your Life Is Not a Journey

In this remarkably poignant and powerful video by Dumma Dan, which overlays a famous speech by British philosopher Alan Watts over footage from Terrence Malick’s extraordinary The Tree of Life, we are reminded that the only way to experience life at its fullest is to live for today, in the now, letting go of outcome. As he puts it, if the goal was the destination, musicians would be rewarded for playing faster, and the whole payoff would be “one crackling chord.” Echoing my sentiment that one should pursue passion over purpose, Dan’s video drives this message home. And does it in such a way that...

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9 Sleep Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), school-age children need at least 10 hours of sleep daily, teens need 9-10 hours, and adults need 7-8 hours lest we wish to welcome several potential and serious health risks. Unfortunately, the findings from a National Health Interview Survey showed that nearly 30% of adults reported an average of ≤6 hours of sleep per day while only 31% of high school students reported getting at least 8 hours of sleep on an average school night. That’s not good. It’s hard to get to bed these days, let alone fall asleep. With so many devices on the...

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How Engaging in Play Makes You Smart

[Excerpted from the book, Life Incorporated, by Halley Bock] On August 1, 1966, the world came to standstill. It was the day Charles Whitman climbed a tower at the University of Texas and opened fire, killing sixteen people and marking the largest mass killing in the United States at the time. In response, then governor of Texas, John Connally, pulled together the most extensive and comprehensive group of researchers, psychologists, and experts he could find to understand how something like this happens. He wanted to know what it was that could incite such violence in an individual. His hope, of course, was to lessen these occurrences by understanding the factors...

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