Listen to Your “Gut” Instinct

March 20, 2012  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Listen to Your “Gut” Instinct I have recently returned to the practice of yoga.  Due to a knee injury quite some time ago, I had to stop.  One of my health goals for 2012 was to return to the practice and I am so proud and happy that I have done so. At one of my classes last week, the instructor cautioned us to listen to our bodies throughout our practice and to adjust a pose if we felt pain or discomfort - not the kind of discomfort that comes from challenging our bodies, but the kind that is just one mili-meter away from causing an injury.   She went on to say that we are such an obedient society and that we feel when we receive instructions that we must follow them.  She pointed out that her instructions were merely a guideline to help us with our practice and encouraged us to always listen to our “gut” instinct, because we know our bodies the best and what our abilities or limitations may be. Her advice really stuck with me on so many levels.  How many times have we followed someone’s instructions when we knew it was not ...

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You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile

March 07, 2012  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile I recently returned from a vacation in Florida with my husband where we visited my parents-in-law who reside there during the cold, Ontario winter months.  We had a lovely time together. I noticed that wherever we went - either driving through a Toll Booth, shopping, eating at a restaurant, or sight-seeing - everyone who attended to us was exceptionally pleasant. They were happy and engaging. How did I know this?  They all smiled.  Not only did they have smiles on their faces, but they had smiles in their voices.  When they said to us, “Have a good day,” they meant it. Their positive energy had an impact on us and we naturally passed it along to others we came into contact with. A smile is contagious. If someone smiles at me, without thinking, I smile back.  I like to smile.  I wake up with a smile on my face everyday.  It just starts the day off in the right direction.  It sets the tone for the world of possibilities that await me.  I carry that attitude in both my personal life and professional life. Statistically, people smile less at work than they do ...

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