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Maximizing your ROI of life

Maximizing your ROI of life

February 4, 2014

Getting a return on your investment, or ROI, is important when it comes to your finances. But have you ever kept tabs on the ROI of your life? According to Dr. Sanjay Jain, it's possible to make changes in your routine that will physically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually maximize your life's ROI.

  • Coping with Valentine's Day without a Valentine

    January 28, 2014

    If you are worried about being dateless on Valentine's Day, you're not alone.

  • Put 'be happy' on your work agenda

    January 21, 2014

    If you think being happy at work sounds like an oxymoron, you're not alone.

  • Reimagine your life: Tips from Jane Pauley

    January 14, 2014

    When it comes to finding your calling in life, author and television personality Jane Pauley prefers the word "reimagine" to "reinvention."

  • Helper, don't forget to help yourself too

    December 17, 2013

    I'm a fixer. Now when I say "fixer" I don't mean I'm handy with a wrench. I'm the kind of person who tries to fix the emotional problems of those around me to make the world (or a dinner party) a more harmonious place. But sometimes trying to help others can wear me out emotionally, especially when it appears that my advice wasn't what they wanted after all.

  • Giving back this holiday season

    December 10, 2013

    While this is the season for buying, it's also the season for giving. And did you know the more you give, the better you feel?

  • How to reduce holiday stress

    December 3, 2013

    The holidays are supposed to serve up plenty of laughter and joy, but for many, it's a stress-filled pressure cooker with a side of chaos.

  • Holiday hosting 101

    November 26, 2013

    Hosting a holiday party without a hitch is a skill I've yet to master. So in preparation for the holiday season, I chatted with Cindy Shanholtz, owner of Effortless Events, to get armed with all the necessary party planner information.

  • Finding the right relationship is an inside job

    November 12, 2013

    If you think there's no such thing as a good man, Niecy Nash is ready to set you straight.

  • Tips for tipping during the holidays

    November 5, 2013

    The day after Halloween, I saw a person setting up his Christmas decorations. As I tried not to drive off the road, it dawned on me that the holidays will be here sooner than we think. Buying presents for family, friends and loved ones are a given. But what should we give the baby sitters, mail carriers, nannies and teachers who watch over our children or homes in our absence?

  • How to be alone

    October 29, 2013

    For poet and musician Tanya Davis, being alone is a necessary part of life.

  • The balance myth

    October 22, 2013

    Work-life balance is the water cooler topic that just won't go away. (If one more talk show host brings it up, I'm going to throw my remote control out the window — OK, maybe I won't but I'll definitely change the channel.) And according author Teresa Taylor, there is no such thing as "balance" when it comes to juggling work and life at home.

  • Empowering girls with positive messaging

    October 8, 2013

    Empowering girls is a popular topic for many parents who have young daughters. And one group of advocates, the Brave Girls Alliance, decided to take their cause all the way to Times Square in New York City.

  • Accepting a mother or father who can't love

    October 1, 2013

    Were you raised by a mother who can't love? Still hoping for a miracle that she might change? Unloving parents leave emotional scars that make adulthood, and especially parenthood, challenging. And according to author and therapist Susan Forward, even the most damaging parent/child dynamic can be healed.

  • Is kindness contagious?

    September 20, 2013

    Can kindness be contagious? According to the new documentary "Good Virus," if you do something nice — or even see someone do something nice — you're more likely to spread those good vibes to others.

  • Not-so-silent communication

    September 13, 2013

    Are you aware of the messages you are sending with your nonverbal cues? If not, it's time to pay attention, says communications expert Theresa Zagnoli, CEO of Zagnoli McEvoy Foley LLC — because actions definitely speak louder than words.

  • 6 tips for better learning

    September 10, 2013

    For Mike Byster, learning in a classroom was always a challenge.

  • Dieting and children

    September 3, 2013

    Counting calories is common for many, especially when trying to lose weight. But can there be emotional consequences from being put on a diet too early in life?

  • The power of being emotional

    August 27, 2013

    Ever been told you're "too emotional" or "overly sensitive"? Maybe these traits have felt like liabilities, especially in the workplace? According to Leela Francis, author of "Woman's Way Home," these characteristics can be a source of empowerment and should be celebrated.

  • How to make a good marriage great

    August 20, 2013

    Fawn Weaver has been married to her husband Keith for almost 10 years, and she's also (drum roll please) incredibly happy. As the founder of (which has close to 200,000 members from 110 different countries), she wants people to know there is an entire community of women (and men) who are enjoying marital bliss.

  • It's all your fault!

    August 6, 2013

    Do you know people who like to blame others for their problems? If you're exhausted by your friends, co-workers or family using the sentence, "It's all your fault," you're not alone, according to therapist Bill Eddy.

  • Are you obsessed with being perfect?

    July 30, 2013

    Is failure not an option? Are you always trying to be perfect? According to therapist Ann Smith, author of "Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance & Self-Acceptance," the need to be perfect can be both physically and emotionally damaging.

  • How to be a healthy friend

    July 23, 2013

    Romantic relationships may come and go, but is it possible to have a friendship that lasts a lifetime?

  • Are you a magnet for disaster?

    July 16, 2013

    Do you ever feel you are magnetically drawn to the wrong people? Do you keep repeating the same dysfunctional relationship patterns? Perhaps you're suffering from what therapist and author Ross Rosenberg calls the "Human Magnet Syndrome," or the unconscious magnetic pull of opposite personality types.

  • Tips for growing your online audience

    July 9, 2013

    Are you part of a blogging community? Do you have what it takes to go viral? According to Jory Des Jardins, president of the website and blogging community, getting noticed online starts with being authentic.

  • The power of resilience

    July 2, 2013

    For many women, taking care of others is a trait that comes naturally. But if you don't stop to take care of yourself once in a while, your mental health could suffer, according to psychologist Patricia O'Gorman.

  • Newlywed? Now the real work begins

    June 18, 2013

    So you've tied the knot and all those months of planning your nuptials are safely behind you. If you think it's all up-hill from here on out, think again. According to relationship expert Christina Steinorth, the hardest part is yet to come.

  • Co-parenting on Father's Day

    June 11, 2013

    While I was chatting with another divorced mother recently, the conversation of Father's Day came up.

  • Are you cognitively fit?

    June 4, 2013

    If you think you can't teach an old dog new tricks, think again. According to psychologist and health and wellness expert Dennis Kravetz, not only can you continue to learn as you age, but keeping your brain fit can help you live longer.

  • Come on, get happy

    May 28, 2013

    If you're tired of the gloom and doom in the news today, Lisa Eve has come up with a solution. The Happy Channel (, a website and interactive social network Eve launched in June of 2012, is a community where users can shares stories, videos, pictures, music and information with one goal in mind — to make you happy.

  • How to increase your confidence

    May 21, 2013

    For many, being confident can be a struggle. According to life coach and author Jim Fannin, the amount of people who are suffering from low self-esteem is rising at an alarming rate.

  • Tips from an 'Instant Mom'

    May 14, 2013

    Nia Vardalos didn't enter motherhood with ease. This Canadian-born, Second City-trained actress and author (most well known for writing and starring in the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding,") pulls back the curtain on her struggles to become a mom in her new book, "Instant Mom" (Harper One).

  • Getting paid to get fit

    April 30, 2013

    Being fit can do more than help you lose weight. In today's workplace, it can even put money in your pocket.

  • Wedding trends for 2013

    April 23, 2013

    As wedding season approaches, engaged women everywhere are gearing up for their big day. And while the planning process traditionally has been all about the bride, wedding expert Jamie Miles says bridezillas are on the way out, and crowdsourcing is on the way in.

  • Spring cleaning by giving back

    April 16, 2013

    Spring is in the air — and that means it's time to get rid of the clutter. But rather than throwing out those unused items, why not get rid of your excess stuff by donating it to charity?

  • Embracing wellness with Mariel Hemingway

    April 9, 2013

    When it comes to sharing the details of her life, Mariel Hemingway is an open book. Her new documentary, "Running from Crazy" (executive produced by Oprah Winfrey), tells the story of how she coped with her family's history of mental illness. Her new book, "The WillingWay: Stepping Into the Life You Were Meant to Live" (co-written by boyfriend Bobby Williams),shares tips and insights into their wellness lifestyle — a topic Hemingway approaches with great enthusiasm.

  • Creating awareness around personal security

    April 2, 2013

    According to a report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in October 2012, violent crime rates rose across the United States by 17 percent between 2010 and 2011, with assaults going up 22 percent. With crime rates on the rise, what can we do to protect ourselves?

  • Your self-help toolbox

    March 26, 2013

    So you're looking to live your best life, and you don't feel like you're making progress. Chances are, you might need a different set of tools to jump start your self-help process.

  • Can women have it all?

    March 19, 2013

    Can women really have it all? We posed the age-old question to three female business leaders; here is an edited transcript of those conversations.

  • How to eat right while working hard

    March 12, 2013

    Taking time to eat during your work day is important, but if you aren't careful, office snacking can be the ultimate culprit for unwanted weight-gain.

  • Give your professional life a spring cleaning

    February 26, 2013

    Spring is on the horizon and it's time to focus on a fresh start. You might clean your house; you might organize your closets; you might even clean out your garage. But when's the last time you did a spring cleaning of your professional life?

  • Lessons for Life: Don't forget to smile

    February 19, 2013

    Can our facial expressions affect our mood and have an impact on those around us? According to Dr. Eric Finzi, author of the book "The Face of Emotion," they certainly can.

  • Asking for what you want on Valentine's Day -- and beyond

    February 12, 2013

    I have a friend who gets so excited about Valentine's Day, she calls it "The Big V," and looks to this holiday as a way to get something every year from her spouse.

  • Commuting trends in the 21st century

    February 5, 2013

    Commuting is a big part of the day for the American worker. According to Thomas Tiemann, the Jefferson Pilot professor of economics at Elon University, we're changing how we get to work in the 21st century.

  • What's behind the lies?

    January 29, 2013

    Recent headlines involving Lance Armstrong's doping confession to Oprah and the Manti Te'o Internet girlfriend hoax have us wondering what it is that leads some people to lie. So we turned to experts to help explain what might be happening inside the heads of those who tell lies.

  • Can doing less help you do more?

    January 22, 2013

    If there's one piece of advice my parents gave me that I actually absorbed, it would be, "The more you work, the more you succeed." But what if the act of doing nothing actually moved you ahead of the pack?

  • Flu myths: Know your bug

    January 15, 2013

    The latest flu epidemic has many people in a near-panic. But it's important to know the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to fighting the influenza virus.

  • Winter safety behind the wheel

    January 8, 2013

    Driving in the winter can be intimidating and dangerous. Are you ready to handle the roads in the slush and snow? According to Mark Cox, the director of Bridgestone's Winter Driving School, a few simple precautions and a little focus can keep you out of harm's way when you're behind the wheel in the winter.

  • Best life lessons from 2012

    January 1, 2013

    As the year 2012 comes to a close, it's time to look back at all the experts' wisdom given to me for this column over the past year. Here is a list of some of my favorite tips, which range from relationship advice to career focus. Enjoy, and let's have a healthy and happy 2013.

  • Including seniors in your holiday celebrations

    December 18, 2012

    Spending time with senior citizens during the holidays is something many of us do, either out of tradition or in some cases, obligation. But including family elders in our celebrations can add a layer of joy and connection that can greatly enhance the memories of your festivities.

  • Flying solo for the season

    December 11, 2012

    Coping with loneliness over the holidays can be especially challenging. We've compiled some advice from best-selling authors and experts to help you feel armed and ready to face the loneliness this holiday season.

  • Shame on you

    December 4, 2012

    Every so often a shame punishment will make the headlines. The most recent case involved an Ohio woman who was ordered to wear a sign that read, "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus." While this punishment may prevent someone from breaking the law in the future, what impact, if any, will shame have on a recipient's mental health?

  • Coping with too much holiday cheer

    November 27, 2012

    When it comes to celebrating this time of year, many are faced with family and friends who drink too much. But as much as we may laugh at the "Drunk Uncle" character from Saturday Night Live, overindulgence can cause added stress and concern during holiday gatherings. So how can we protect ourselves emotionally when Aunt Beatrice can't hold her egg nog?

  • Inside the mind of a cheater

    November 20, 2012

    If we've learned anything over the resignation of retired Gen. David Petraeus as the head of the CIA over an admitted affair, it's that high-ranking men and women continue to break the rules. Affairs will always make the headlines. So why is it that these powerful leaders continue to put their careers and reputations at risk by having inappropriate relationships?

  • How to be grateful during times of stress

    November 13, 2012

    The other night I started a new tradition in my home: I asked my 6-year-old son to tell me what he's grateful for before he goes to sleep.

  • Are you a victim of verbal abuse?

    October 29, 2012

    Have you ever been interrupted in mid-sentence to be told you're "wrong"? Perhaps you're talking to someone and they mock you, or accuse you of not telling the truth. While this might sound like another round of presidential debates, these are actually signs of an emotionally damaging phenomenon known as verbal abuse.

  • Four outrageous items found on expense reports

    October 23, 2012

    So you're filling out your expense report and you get to that part where you need to submit your receipts. Before you try to blame your co-worker for ordering all the chocolate martinis, know this: According to experts, a lot of people expense things they shouldn't.

  • Do you love being in love?

    October 16, 2012

    Are you in love with being in love? When that infatuation fades are you the type of person who moves on to someone else? According to experts, you could be addicted to love — and we're not talking about a song by Robert Palmer, but a real problem that can cause brain reactions similar to drug addiction.

  • Facebook for grandparents

    October 9, 2012

    My mother recently announced a desire to join Facebook. While at first the thought of my 65-year-old mom "poking" people or "liking" things scared me, I soon realized this could be a good thing. And according to a Pew Internet Project Tracking Survey completed in August of 2012, more seniors are using social media than ever before.

  • How to stop being average

    October 2, 2012

    Is it possible that there's one job you were meant to do? According to experts, many of us spend too much time doing several professions with modest results rather than excelling in our true calling.

  • Can we make people change?

    September 18, 2012

    I have this terrible habit — I keep hoping people will change. It's not like they ever do, but for some reason I keep going back to the well — and that well continues to be empty. Sound familiar? That's because according to experts, most of us think we can convince someone to be different, whether they want to or not.

  • Can you listen without offering advice?

    September 11, 2012

    Do you consider yourself to be a good listener? If so, then listen up: According to experts, there can be huge value in just letting someone vent without offering advice on how to fix the problem.

  • Why do kids put things where they don't belong?

    September 4, 2012

    When my son decided to stick a Lego up his nose earlier this summer requiring a trip to the emergency room, a lot of questions swirled through my mind: Is this normal? Why did he do this? Should I ban Legos from the house?

  • The benefits of rejection

    August 28, 2012

    Social rejection can be devastating. But according to a new study released by Johns Hopkins University, being left out can also help boost the creativity and imagination for those who already feel separate from the crowd.

  • Be more mindful for a better workplace

    August 21, 2012

    Can you be a success in the world of business and still be mindful? What exactly does it mean to be "mindful" anyway? According to Mirabai Bush, one of the creators of a mindfulness course developed for Google employees called "Search Inside Yourself," you will be more productive and motivated if you use respect, compassion and generosity in the workplace.

  • Are you born to be motivated?

    August 14, 2012

    Can motivation be in your wiring or is this learned behavior? According to experts, it's a little bit of both.

  • Do you know your social media wedding etiquette?

    August 7, 2012

    Wedding season is still going strong. Do you know your social media wedding etiquette? Whether it's how you handle the invitation or the way you behave at the ceremony, many guests may be putting their social media needs ahead of the bride and groom's.

  • Tools to change your life

    July 31, 2012

    Do you feel stuck and you don't know why? Perhaps your challenges leave you feeling hopeless? Psychotherapist Barry Michels and psychiatrist Phil Stutz believe our biggest obstacles can be shifted into opportunities, and the first step for getting results is to ditch the traditional therapy methods.

  • Can your divorce be collaborative?

    July 10, 2012

    If you've gone through a divorce, you know how challenging it can be to keep your emotions in check. Add children to the mix and the damage can be devastating. But experts say more divorcing couples are seeing the benefits of putting down the boxing gloves and placing their children's needs first.

  • The truth about lying

    July 3, 2012

    My six-year-old son told his first lie to me recently. (The first lie that I know of, I should say.) I heard a crash in the living room and when I entered, I saw a broken candle holder on the floor. He was clutching his "Star Wars" plane and looked terrified.

  • Are you always late?

    June 19, 2012

    You're sitting at a restaurant waiting for a friend. Twenty minutes after your designated meeting time, they arrive in a flutter with a list of excuses. Perhaps there was too much traffic or a meeting ran long. You've heard it a million times, yet their behavior never changes. Sound familiar?

  • The power of your nose

    June 12, 2012

    I was recently asked to play on the company softball team. As soon as I said "yes", I was overcome with fear that my 6-year hiatus from hitting a ball with a bat would put me at a disadvantage.

  • Can debt be good for you?

    June 5, 2012

    When debt pops into your mind, it's often followed by a frown. However, one expert feels debt can be lucrative. According to financial planner Ike Ikokwu, not all debt is bad, and just as we've learned to embrace good fats or good cholesterol, there is also something to be said for good debt.

  • Grieving the loss of your BFF

    May 29, 2012

    A friendship ends and life goes on—but are we taking the time to properly grieve the loss of a close friendship?

  • Addicted to work ... and loving it

    May 22, 2012

    Do you love your job so much that you never look at the clock? Perhaps you put in 70 or more hours a week without batting an eye? According to a 2011 study by Utrecht University in the Netherlands, engaged workaholics — or workers who are energized by their jobs — are on the rise. And if the motivation to work long hours comes from passion and not fear, experts say this could be a very good thing.

  • Don't let envy make you blue

    May 15, 2012

    Wishing for more is human nature. Whether it's longing for a nicer house or pining over a friend's tropical vacation pictures on Facebook, being envious of those who seem to have it all is as common as finding the Kardashians on a magazine cover. But did you know that too much envy can prevent you from being happy?

  • Find your focus -- and keep it

    May 8, 2012

    Focus seems like an obvious skill for getting ahead. But even those in charge have a difficult time keeping their eye on the prize, according to Les Hewitt, co-author of "The Power of Focus."

  • Relationship myth-busters

    May 1, 2012

    Are you unhappy with a partner, or feel you aren't getting your needs fulfilled in your relationship? Before you change your significant other, you might want to change your way of thinking — because there might really be something to that old "it's not you, it's me" cliche.

  • How to start a new career on the right foot

    April 24, 2012

    Are you looking to change your career path but are feeling stuck? Maybe you are just out of college and not sure where to start? According to career coach and workshop facilitator Dee Kane, the first step to planning your future is doing an in-depth interview — and not with a potential employer, but with yourself.

  • Your biggest work mistakes

    April 10, 2012

    We've all had them — that moment at work that you wish could be erased with a delete button. Since that's not an option, we took some of the most embarrassing work moments shared by readers on Facebook and asked business experts for their advice. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Is that natural product really natural?

    March 27, 2012

    If given the choice, many people prefer natural products over items made with chemicals and toxins. According to a survey conducted by Natural Foods Merchandiser, natural products retailers racked up $36 billion in sales in 2010. But is it possible to know if a product is made with natural ingredients just by reading the labels?

  • Healing heartbreak in the kitchen

    March 20, 2012

    Can cooking really help you get over a heartbreak? According to writer and cookbook author Jeanne Ambrose, a great dish not only helps you move on, but it can also make you feel better about those bumps in the road.

  • Dig out from under your clutter

    March 13, 2012

    It's nearly spring — the traditional season of taxes, renewal and cleaning up your living space. If you really want to make a dent this year, author and inspirational speaker Barry Dennis suggests getting rid of the "chotchky" — a term from his book "The Chotchky Challenge," referring to all the things you acquire, yet don't really need. Dennis — who uses a phonetic spelling of the Yiddish word "tchotchke" — said we need to change our way of thinking in order to let go of our excess.

  • An introvert in an extrovert-friendly world

    March 6, 2012

    You're on the bus and the stranger next to you wants to chat. Do you engage in conversation or bury yourself in your book? Or perhaps you sit in a meeting at work and don't say a word while your co-workers dominate the conversation.

  • Carbon monoxide: Staying safe from the silent killer

    February 29, 2012

    Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer. This odorless, colorless, tasteless gas claims approximately 300 lives a year and is the No. 1 cause of poisoning deaths in the nation, according to the National Fire Protection Association. If you haven't tested your CO detectors in a while, it may be time for a replacement.

  • Grooms getting involved

    February 23, 2012

    Weddings have traditionally been all about the bride. But experts say male participation in all things "I do" is on the rise — which could be a good thing.

  • Women on the front lines: An insider's view

    February 21, 2012

    Vernice Armour knows a thing or two about facing adversity. She was the first African-American female pilot in the United States Marine Corps, as well as the first African-American female combat pilot. In three years she went from beat cop to flying attack helicopters in Iraq.

  • How to give and receive bonuses

    February 16, 2012

    Does your office reward its workers with annual bonuses? If you're among those lucky employees who are getting a bonus this year (or the unlucky ones who aren't), you know it can be a touchy subject. We asked some experts for advice on giving, getting and not getting bonuses.

  • Valentine's Day for cheaters

    February 13, 2012

    Everyone knows Valentine's Day is Feb. 14. Not quite as as many may know that Feb. 13 is Mistress Day, though, and that's probably a good thing. But we thought it might be a good time to learn a little more about cheating. So we went to, a dating site primarily for married people looking to get lucky outside their marriages, to find out more.

  • Are your dreams trying to tell you something?

    February 9, 2012

    You have a dream you're in a house — only, it's not your house, it's someone else's. You walk through a long hallway, and you eventually find yourself having dinner with your high school French teacher. You realize there's a test, and you haven't studied since the '80s. You wake up in a cold sweat.

  • The art of love

    February 7, 2012

    For many people, Valentine's Day is the time of year to focus on love, intimacy and ways to keep the spark alive.

  • Why women need fat

    February 2, 2012

    Diet is such an unpleasant word. (Anything that starts with "die" can't be good, right?) But what if you just removed it from your vocabulary? According to some experts, not only should you stop dieting, you should eat more fat.

  • Turn your passion into a payday

    January 31, 2012

    John Strelecky knows a bit about taking risks. At the height of his career as a strategy consultant in 2002, he decided to quit his job.

  • Can a mobile phone keep you safe on the go?

    January 26, 2012

    We've gathered some more stories about people who saw a need or faced a challenge, and created a solution for our "Problem? No Problem!" series. Here are their stories.

  • Is it time for an inbox detox?

    January 24, 2012

    When I heard "Clean Out Your Inbox Week" was the last working week of January, I wondered why it was necessary to dedicate a whole week to one task. But then I saw the 1,012 emails I had yet to delete in my own inbox.

  • Mentoring memories

    January 20, 2012

    Our readers had plenty of feedback to share on the benefits of having a mentor at any stage of a career. Here were some of the comments we received in email and on Facebook.

  • Help for your mental health

    January 19, 2012

    What do you do if you need mental health support but you don't have money for a psychologist? Or maybe you feel your issue is not worth a full course of psychotherapy. Can you really find legitimate help that won't break the bank or take years to complete?

  • Never too late for mentoring

    January 17, 2012

    Seeking the advice of an expert in your chosen field seems logical when you're starting out in the workforce. But what about when you're professionally established? Does it make sense to reach out to a mentor when you've already achieved success?

  • What's your lucky number?

    January 13, 2012

    Do you have a lucky number? If you are a perfectly rational person, yet you continue to buck statistics and gravitate toward certain digits, you aren't alone.

  • Are you falling for winter?

    January 12, 2012

    Winter is here, and that means slipping and sliding will be commonplace if you live in a cold weather climate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 20,000 people die annually due to fall-related injuries. So what can we do to protect ourselves?

  • 'I quit' can be good for you

    January 10, 2012

    When an economy takes a tumble, it's hard to imagine quitting your job. But according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, resignations rose steadily in 2011.

  • Your weirdest interviews

    January 6, 2012

    Our column about some of the most bizarre questions asked by employers during interviews in 2011 brought in quite a bit of feedback. Here were some of the wacky questions (and answers) readers shared with us through emails and on Facebook.

  • 5 tips to reinvent your retirement plan

    January 5, 2012

    Are you saving for your retirement? If you're like most Americans, learning about how to save for your financial future is hardly a top priority, even though experts continue to say that it should be.

  • Wacky interview questions with a purpose

    January 3, 2012

    Finding employment these days can be hard enough, but imagine getting asked a bizarre question during the interview process that's impossible to answer. According to — an online jobs and career community — strange interview questions are more common than ever.

  • 9 fears and how to beat them

    December 29, 2011

    Do the fears in your life keep you from following your dreams? According to empowerment expert Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez, it's time to "grab the handlebars of life" and achieve your goals in 2012.

  • Sticking to your New Year's resolutions

    December 27, 2011

    It's resolution time, and once again we prepare ourselves to be disappointed with our inability to shed those pounds or quit those bad habits. Is it possible that the right approach to the resolution process could really produce results? Steve Siebold, author of the book "177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class," said it can be done — if you refuse to fail.

  • What's it take to set a world record?

    December 20, 2011

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to set a world record? Larry Olmsted is an expert. As a journalist and author of the book "Getting into Guinness: One Man's Longest, Fastest, Highest Journey Inside the World's Most Famous Record Book", he chronicles his own accomplishments (two world records) while digging into the history of record setting mania. We talked with Olmsted about his experience, and what it takes to set a Guinness World Record.

  • Hey big spender!

    December 15, 2011

    You like to shop — but not just anywhere. Only the best will do for you. But there's one problem: You don't have an unlimited budget. So why do you still feel entitled to have designer labels when it makes more financial sense to grab the sale items?

  • Give the gift of a curse

    December 13, 2011

    Looking for a gift for the person who has everything? Maybe the Periodic Table of Swearing can help. The table was created by writers, cartoonists and animators Jon Link and Mick Bunnage (both of whom reside in Essex, England). The colorful table is intended to push the envelope, but most importantly, amuse during what many consider to be a stressful time of year — the holidays.

  • Some feedback on feedback

    December 9, 2011

    Our recent article about appreciation at work brought in some interesting feedback. Paul White, co-author of the book "The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace," said there are five different appreciation languages: Words of affirmation, tangible gifts, quality time, acts of service and physical touch. Here were some comments we received on Facebook and through emails.

  • This self-starter helps keep people Twice As Warm

    December 8, 2011

    We've gathered some more stories about people who saw a need or faced a challenge, and created a solution for our "Problem? No Problem!" series. Here are their stories.

  • The art of appreciation

    December 6, 2011

    Do you feel appreciated at the office? Does your boss or co-worker give you encouragement and make you feel empowered? Do you, in turn, make encouraging others part of your workday?

  • I'm with stupid: How to handle the embarrassing spouse

    December 1, 2011

    For many, a holiday gathering usually includes a walk through an emotional minefield with people who push your hot buttons. What if your wife, husband or partner just can't hold back from being controversial? Is there something you can do to fend off the tension and avoid conflict?

  • 6 tips for a half-full glass

    November 29, 2011

    You lost your job, can't pay your mortgage and everything seems to be going wrong in your world. Is it possible to see your glass as half-full when it's feeling half-empty?

  • Creating holiday harmony after the loss of a loved one

    November 24, 2011

    It's the first holiday season after the loss of a loved one, and you want to honor them with a place setting at the table. But not everyone is on board with your plan. How can you keep a family member's memory alive without causing a family rift?

  • CEO tips for staying on task

    November 22, 2011

    It's holiday time, and many offices are starting to look like ghost towns. Do you take advantage of that skeleton staff by having more fun, or is time to get organized for 2012?

  • The bright side of a breakdown

    November 17, 2011

    Having a nervous breakdown isn't on many people's wish lists, but for Todd Patkin, it was just what the doctor ordered.

  • The power of forgiving yourself

    November 15, 2011

    Forgiving others can be challenging, but what about self-forgiveness?

  • Readers on second jobs

    November 11, 2011

    Readers had plenty to say in regards to our recent column about taking a second job during the holidays. Here were some of the comments we received via email and Facebook.

  • Self-starters who solved their own problems

    November 10, 2011

    Our last "Problem? No Problem!" inspired even more suggestions and emails. We've gathered a few more stories about people who saw a need or faced a challenge, and created a solution. Here's how they made a difference.

  • Read this before you take that second job

    November 8, 2011

    The holidays are coming, and you'd like to bring in a little more income. So how about taking a second job?

  • Are you ready for winter?

    October 20, 2011

    With winter just around the corner, I asked fellow moms, readers on Facebook and an etiquette expert to help me compile a winter checklist so you'll be ready for the change in seasons.

  • Are you a victim of friend abuse?

    October 18, 2011

    A good friend can stand by us through thick and thin. But what if our closest friend brings us more problems than perks? According to a study conducted by the Today Show and Self magazine's websites ( and in May of 2011, eight out of 10 people have had a toxic friend in their lives—yet 83 percent say they've hung onto them because it's too hard to sever ties. So why is it so difficult to get rid of these people who make our lives miserable?

  • Confessions of a recovering 'stupid male'

    October 13, 2011

    Is it possible to transform from a self-centered, immature, angry man into a more open, loving, communicative husband? For Mike Love, the author of "Confessions of a Recovering Stupid Male: Creating Loving Relationships That Will Last a Lifetime" (Balboa Press), the answer is: "Yes. But sometimes it takes a while."

  • 7 ways to stay healthy at work

    October 11, 2011

    While it might feel like summer, cold and flu season are just around the corner. Stocking up on vitamins may seem like the smart thing to do, but are your wellness methods up to date? We asked Dr. Yael Halaas, an ear, nose and throat doctor based in New York City, to clarify fact and fiction when it comes to fending off those co-worker cooties.

  • Don't be a work jerk

    October 6, 2011

    You suspect your co-worker might be pregnant; do you congratulate her or mind your own business? What if a colleague's parent or loved one dies—should you send a card, even if you barely know each other?

  • Not your parents' therapy

    October 4, 2011

    I have this friend — we'll call her "Amy" — who has something against therapists. Her bias comes from her childhood, when she was dragged to therapy by her parents during their divorce.

  • How to eliminate negativity

    September 29, 2011

    Imagine being able to train your brain to reverse the effects of negative thinking. Impossible, you say? Not according to Rick Hanson, a neuropsychologist who said we can develop what he calls a Buddha brain with a few simple steps.

  • Problem? No problem! Update

    September 27, 2011

  • Turning tragedy into philanthropy

    September 22, 2011

    Jill Markussen seemed to have it all. As an account executive for a lender in the mortgage industry, she made good money and had a lovely home in the Western suburbs. Even when mortgage companies started going out of business, this mother of six was confident she would be safe.

  • Cybercrime: A billion-dollar industry

    September 20, 2011

    Are you protecting yourself from getting hacked? Think you're not at risk? According to a recent Norton cybercrime report, 431 million adults in 24 countries experienced some type of cybercrime over the past year, which is up 3 percent from the 2010 study. (The top three cybercrimes, according to the study, are viruses or malware, online credit card fraud, and phishing — or e-mail scams.) In the United States, that comes to 141 victims per minute.

  • Protecting your pets

    September 15, 2011

    Do you have a dog or a cat? Are you keeping them safe from pet theft? According to Ines de Pablo, founder of the pet safety company Wag'N Enterprises, the theft of our furry friends has been on the rise in 2011. And the American Kennel Club agrees -- pet theft is up 32 percent this year, according to its national database.

  • Success tips from an advice guru

    September 13, 2011

    Wayne Dyer is someone that many look to for advice. As a bestselling author of more than 30 books and an international speaker, he dishes out words of wisdom to millions. But his life hasn't been a cakewalk.

  • Success story: From job-hopper to author

    September 8, 2011

    Gabe Berman wanted to be a writer, but he had a problem: Nobody would give him a chance.

  • A conversation with Mrs. Illinois

    September 6, 2011

    Did you ever wonder how someone becomes Mrs. Illinois? What exactly are her duties? We talked with the newly crowned Mrs. Illinois International 2012 Christine Garcia--who was crowned in a ceremony at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn--fresh off her victory to find out:

  • Economist: It really does pay to be pretty

    September 1, 2011

    Are you good looking? If so, chances are you'll make money over your lifetime.

  • Will your relationship fail?

    August 30, 2011

    You're in a relationship and things start to get difficult. Is there something you can do to weather the storm? We chatted with psychologist Travis Bradberry, author of "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" (Talentsmart), about identifying the symptoms that could make your relationships fail.

  • Wiped out? Reset your mind-set

    August 25, 2011

    Does work have you wiped out? Or could you simply use a break from everyday life, but don't have time to spend a week in a spa or fly off to the south of France? Rejuvenation is at hand -- we have some ideas to help you recharge your batteries.

  • Be the CEO of your divorce

    August 23, 2011

    So you're getting divorced, and want to make sure you get your fair share. According to financial planner Nancy Liebman of Liebman Associates, the first step to protecting yourself is to become the CEO of your divorce.

  • Public speaking minus the fear

    August 18, 2011

    Can you win over an audience with your voice? What about overcoming your fear of speaking in public? According to one expert, everybody has the ability to wow a crowd if they adapt the right mind set.

  • Is work the place for a party?

    August 16, 2011

    Your birthday is coming up and you're thinking of having a bash at the office. But before you make plans to blow out the candles, there are some things you should consider.

  • Taking the kids to work

    August 11, 2011

    Your baby-sitter canceled and you need to head to the office. But is taking your kid to work really the best alternative?

  • Lessons later in life

    August 9, 2011

    "Mommy, play a song," my son said the other day, pointing to our piano.

  • Work gifts: To give or not to give?

    August 4, 2011

    Your co-worker is having a birthday and you are approached to put some money toward a group gift. Trouble is, you don't know this person very well. Does that mean you have to fork out some cash for someone you barely know?

  • Tired of lame excuses? Excuseman to the rescue

    August 2, 2011

    Do you make excuses? Has it become a bad habit? If Jordan Margolis had his way, he would use his "Power of Reverse Apology," a pseudoscience he created for his alter ego, Excuseman to rid the world of useless excuses.

  • Steal these shoplifting facts

    July 28, 2011

    I recently interviewed author Rachel Shteir about her book, "The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting" (Penguin Press, $25.95).

  • How to break up with your hairdresser

    July 27, 2011

    Recently, I received a text from a friend.

  • Your cheating heart

    July 22, 2011

    Our column about infidelity was quite the feedback generator. Here are some highlights from Facebook and in e-mails.

  • Keeping your mind on work when your brain's on the beach

    July 21, 2011

    The sun is shining and you're having trouble staying focused at work. Is there a way to get motivated when summer is in full swing?

  • Once a cheater, always a cheater?

    July 19, 2011

    You've been married for a while and things are getting, well, monotonous. Do you:

  • Leadership tips from great leaders

    July 12, 2011

    What do Nelson Mandela, Teddy Roosevelt and Golda Meir have in common? They all possessed the essential traits of great leadership.

  • Wedding guests gone wild

    July 8, 2011

    Our story about the do's and don'ts of attending a wedding brought in some hilarious e-mails and Facebook comments. Here were some of the highlights:

  • Coping with a bad boss

    July 7, 2011

    Do you have a bad boss? If so, have you done anything about it?

  • Outrageous wedding requests

    July 5, 2011

    It's the height of wedding season, and brides are getting ready to say "I do." Why not make your special day truly unique by finding, say, a giant elephant to stroll you down the aisle? Sound a bit odd? According to 1-800-Registry( concierge manager Brian Mijo, today's brides won't hold back on their wish lists, which makes his job as exciting as it is demanding.

  • Dating stories, good & bad

    July 1, 2011

    Many readers wrote in about our recent online dating column where I shared some details of my brief cyber-dating experience. Here were some of the highlights on Facebook and in e-mail.

  • Tales from a dating experiment

    June 30, 2011

    You're divorced or single and thinking of trying that online dating thing, but something is holding you back. I get it. I've been there. So have lots of other people.

  • Internet millionaire shares favorite sites

    June 28, 2011

    It's tough to be a success in any business — but imagine starting up your own company while living in a dorm room? Anthony Morrison launched a one-man internet business as a full time college student back in 2004, and the self-made millionaire has no regrets.

  • Sharing thoughts on fathers

    June 24, 2011

    Our article about being fatherless on Father's Day brought about more e-mails than ever before. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Attack of the mom guilt

    June 23, 2011

    You're working hard, and trying to balance family life with your professional goals. But can you really have it all and still be able to have some quality "me time"?

  • Fatherless on Father's Day

    June 17, 2011

    To many, Father's Day represents a day of barbecues and male bonding. Maybe you'll go buy a greeting card if you can't see Dad in person, or give a call and check in from afar. But what if you don't have a father? Or—here's a thought—what if your Dad actually died on Father's Day?

  • All in the family business

    June 16, 2011

    We've heard of mixing business with pleasure—but what about mixing business with family? Is blood really thicker than water, or is this a recipe for disaster?

  • Lessons from a full-time dad

    June 13, 2011

    Most people need a good kick in the pants to find enlightenment. This can come in a variety of packages — from a death in the family to facing your own mortality. For Jim Higley, it was a diagnosis of prostate cancer that made him stop and savor his life. But he didn't take to savoring very easily.

  • Readers relate to bully issue

    June 10, 2011

    Readers were passionate about our recent column on the Kind Campaign's fight against bullying. The movement, which was founded by Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud, focuses on helping students and communities get educated about the dangers of bullying in schools. Here were some comments we received in e-mail and on Facebook.

  • Meredith Baxter, untied

    June 9, 2011

    For seven years, America rooted for Meredith Baxter as she played Elyse Keaton on the hit television series "Family Ties." But as her career flourished, Baxter suffered in silence. Her low self esteem, failing marriages and traumatic childhood left her emotionally distraught. Yes, even the rich and famous have mommy issues.

  • Battling bullies with kindness

    June 6, 2011

    Lauren Parsekian is on a mission: To help bring awareness to the topic of bullying by offering solutions to schools across the country. Parsekian, 24, and her business partner, Molly Stroud, 23, who she met in college at Pepperdine, have a new documentary on the topic, "Finding Kind." I spoke with Parsekian about "Finding Kind" and how she plans to help parents and kids come together and face this problem head on through her Kind Campaign (

  • Life lessons from the pros

    June 2, 2011

    If you could ask the top experts in the world of self-help just one question, what would it be?

  • Time to rethink your resume

    May 30, 2011

    What's the top quality employers look for on a potential hire's resume? If you guessed you skill set, you're wrong — according to author Paul Stoltz, it's your mindset that counts.

  • Readers pay it forward

    May 20, 2011

    Our column about the emotional and physical benefits of helping those in need generated several reader comments on Facebook and in e-mails.

  • Can you spot a lie?

    May 19, 2011

    Can you detect a liar? Sounds simple enough, but according to neurologist and psychiatrist Alan Hirsch, many of us are being duped—especially if we have kids.

  • Do you help those in need?

    May 16, 2011

    It happens every day: You're walking down the street and someone holding a map and looking baffled stops you and asks for directions. What do you do? Do you stop to help those in need or do you turn your head and walk the other way?

  • Let's make a deal

    May 9, 2011

    Did you know just about anything is negotiable? From your salary to the new boots you've had your eye on at the mall, no dollar amount is set in stone—so says Stuart Diamond, author of "Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World" (Crown, $26).

  • Readers: The plane is a pain

    May 6, 2011

    Many of our readers are up in arms about the diminishing space and lack of plane etiquette practiced by fellow passengers on airplanes. Here were some of the comments we received in e-mail in response to our plane etiquette quiz.

  • BYO background check

    May 5, 2011

    It's important to cover all your bases when going in for a job interview: Your resume is in order. You've removed all compromising photos from your Facebook and LinkedIn profiles. But do you know how you'll fare on the background check?

  • Readers on being perfect

    April 29, 2011

    Our column about trying to be perfect brought in plenty of feedback. Here are some of the comments we received in e-mail and on Facebook.

  • Is perfection possible?

    April 28, 2011

    Trying to be the perfect mom, the perfect co-worker, or the perfect spouse can be exhausting. But is striving for perfection an impossible task?

  • Flying is not for wimps

    April 25, 2011

    On a recent flight, I was reminded that not everyone follows the rules of etiquette when they travel. One woman reclined her seat all the way back, diminishing the workspace of the woman behind her who was trying to work on her laptop. A discussion ensued.

  • It's OK to say 'great job'

    April 18, 2011

    Being completely satisfied as a customer can be a rare experience. I'd had such a positive encounter recently that I asked for a number to call and sing their praises.

  • Trust us: Readers speak up

    April 15, 2011

    Readers had some strong opinions about our column regarding how to rebuild trust in the workplace. Here were some of the comments through e-mail and on Facebook.

  • Is your business disability-friendly?

    April 14, 2011

    If you own a business, you want the buzz to be positive. But are you taking into account the feedback of your disabled customers?

  • Rebuilding trust at work

    April 11, 2011

    In a perfect world, we'd all like to think we can trust our co-workers. But what if that trust is broken? Whether it's not sharing critical information, or snapping at your cubicle neighbor, betrayals on the job can wreak havoc at the office.

  • Therapy before vows? Experts say 'I do'

    April 7, 2011

    First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then, for many, comes marriage counseling. But in a world where even Prince William and Kate Middleton are sitting down for counseling before the big day, should more engaged couples be considering a marriage counselor as part of the wedding planning process?

  • Got that entrepreneurial spirit?

    April 4, 2011

    It sounds so glamorous; start your own business and be your own boss. But this can be career suicide if you're not honest about the risks you might face on the road to becoming an entrepreneur.

  • Girls' push-up tops? No thanks

    April 1, 2011

    Parents have strong opinions about the Abercrombie and Fitch's padded bikini top. We received plenty of comments on Facebook and through e-mails about our column on the subject, and even though Abercrombie has pulled back on the marketing campaign, readers still have some pretty strong feelings about it.

  • Growing up too soon

    March 31, 2011

    Wearing a padded swimsuit can be a quick fix for those who want to increase the size of their bust. But is this really something to be worrying about at the age of 7 or 8? Abercrombie & Fitch thought so when they recently released a padded bikini top named the "push-up triangle" on their Abercrombie Kids website.

  • Friends with work benefits

    March 28, 2011

    Do you keep your work friends and your life friends separate? Are there advantages to blending the two?

  • Readers on better listening

    March 25, 2011

    Readers had strong opinions on our column about how to be a better listener. Here are some of the highlights we received from Facebook and through e-mails.

  • Keep your career on track

    March 24, 2011

    Choosing a career is hard enough — but what if you've made some wrong turns along the way?

  • How to be a good listener

    March 21, 2011

    Did you know that March is International Listening Awareness Month? According to the International Listening Association (ILA), we only retain about 50 percent of what we hear immediately after we hear it, and only another 20 percent beyond that. So how can we get those percentages to rise?

  • Tramonto tells it like it is

    March 17, 2011

    Rick Tramonto is a busy man. Probably most well known as the founding chef and partner at renowned four-star Chicago restaurant Tru, he's been honored with several culinary awards, appeared on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef Masters," and penned a pile of cookbooks. But Tramonto will be the first to admit his journey hasn't been a cakewalk.

  • You lost an hour! What now?

    March 14, 2011

    It's daylight-saving time, which means clock has sprung forward and you're probably feeling sluggish. So do you sneak in a work nap to catch up on your sleep?

  • Readers come in all sizes

    March 11, 2011

    The confusion over today's sizing seems to be a passionate topic for many readers. Here are some of the comments we received in e-mail and on Facebook in response to our column, "What size are you?"

  • What size are you?

    March 10, 2011

    You pick up an article of clothing and the numbers are everywhere: 42, 46, 12, 10. What do they mean? How can a person know what to look with so many different sizes listed on the tags?

  • Saying no to divorce

    March 7, 2011

    Bestselling author Laura Munson thought she had it all; a great husband, two amazing kids, a house on acres of land. And then one day her husband came home and told her he didn't love her anymore.

  • Sounding off on women in ads

    March 4, 2011

    Our article about what seems to be a lack of females over the age of 35 in television commercials prompted several reader e-mails and Facebook comments.

  • Not much truth in advertising

    March 3, 2011

    It's the ultimate irony—women influence 73 percent of purchases, according to a recent multi-generational study by The Ad Age Group, yet rarely will you find a woman over the age of 35 as the spokesperson in your television commercial.

  • Office dress codes

    February 28, 2011

    Ever been fascinated by a co-worker's attire? Maybe they push the boundaries just enough to tempt you to buy that leather skirt? Or does their casual Friday ensemble leave you wondering if they even own a mirror?

  • Readers on digital addiction

    February 25, 2011

    The feedback was varied to our column about being addicted to your digital technology. Here were some of the highlights.

  • Do you need digital rehab?

    February 24, 2011

    Do you spend hours at work on Facebook? Check your accounts in the middle of the night? Get irritated when you can't update your status during dinner? You might need digital rehab.

  • Look better on your lunch hour

    February 21, 2011

    The Oscars are just around the corner, which means many Hollywood stars are getting nipped and tucked. But did you know you could make yourself "red carpet ready" without having to go under the knife?

  • Beat the seasonal blues

    February 17, 2011

    Have the whiplash weather changes of this season left a mark? Need a mental health boost? According to Ironman champion Mark Allen and shaman Brant Secunda, co-authors of "Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You" (BenBella Books. $14.95), beating the seasonal blahs could be as easy as connecting to something greater.

  • An attitude of gratitude

    February 14, 2011

    Feeling depressed? Is your career in the dumps? According to one man, the answer to your downward spiral could be as easy as writing a thank you note.

  • Readers on LinkedIn

    February 11, 2011

    Our article on best practices for using the business networking social media site LinkedIn prompted many comments in e-mail and on Facebook. Here are some highlights.

  • Are you LinkedIn?

    February 10, 2011

    You see the LinkedIn request come into your e-mail from a former co-worker. They want to connect. But what does this mean? And if you say yes, will it really help you professionally?

  • How to tackle cabin fever

    February 7, 2011

    Have you ever tried to work from home while juggling a 4-year-old who's suffering from cabin fever? Until last week, I never had. And I'm in no hurry to do it again.

  • Need a car? Ask Patty

    February 3, 2011

    Women, does buying a car intimidate you? Feel like you're in over your head? It may be time to get versed with

  • How to use Craigslist

    January 31, 2011

    Are you a novice when it comes to using Craigslist? Whether you're trying to sell your couch or find a roommate, there are good ways and bad ways to navigate your way through this online community. TribU wants to help you feel like a pro.

  • Too much texting: Who's guilty?

    January 28, 2011

    OK, all you text addicts. In the wake of our recent column about text etiquette, our readers mostly agreed with our expert: It's not smart to text an important conversation with your boss or superior. But as our e-mail and Facebook comments reveal, many of us still seem too attached to our handheld devices.

  • Bald is beautiful, baby

    January 27, 2011

    Looking at a crowd of heads waiting in line at my favorite coffee house, I noticed several shiny heads. Yes, it looks like bald is becoming the new black. And you don't have to be losing your hair to go there.

  • Shld U txt yr boss?

    January 24, 2011

    So you're in a sticky situation with a co-worker, and you know you need to apologize. Do you text the person, or call them and have a conversation?

  • The diamond takes a back seat

    January 17, 2011

    If you were one of the lucky folks who got engaged over the holidays, chances are you're staring down at a colored stone, and not a traditional diamond. Why the switch? That 18 carat sapphire Prince William planted on Kate Middleton might have something to do with it. (It probably doesn't hurt that it was Princess Diana's engagement ring too.)

  • Readers on food allergies

    January 14, 2011

    The feedback has been flooding in about our story on Robyn O'Brien, author and founder of Our readers seem to agree that allergies to dyes or preservatives among kids are on the rise. Here are some of the ways they've eliminated the symptoms without medication.

  • Talking tragedy at the office

    January 13, 2011

    When a tragedy hits, the chatter at the water cooler begins. But what if co-workers are on different sides of the fence? Can these colleagues discuss the issues without distracting their fellow office mates?

  • Food dyes and allergies

    January 10, 2011

    My son had a play date the other day, and when I picked him up, he was more hyperactive than usual. I quickly saw the reason: he was clutching a package of gummy bears.

  • Leashes: Your opinion

    January 7, 2011

    Dog owners have spoken! Walking your dog without a leash seems to be the pet peeve of many. (Sorry -- couldn't resist.) Our TribU readers gave their 2 cents through e-mails and on Facebook.

  • Let's talk leashes

    January 6, 2011

    My dog, Max, and I crossed paths with a large dog the other day. There was no leash in sight, and this dog wanted a friend. Max is a rescue and one of his quirks is that he doesn't play well with others. The presence of a dog twice his size, with no social graces, can be a recipe for disaster.

  • Mom's new role: Actor

    January 3, 2011

    Jan Godshaw is having the time of her life. This mother of three decided to expand her professional horizons by auditioning for a part in the Chicago production of "Johnny Boy's Graduation" ( She got hired to play porn star Jamie James, despite never having acted a day in her life. She shares her story in this week's "Take This Job and Love It."

  • Sleepless on the late shift

    December 30, 2010

    Are you always tired? Do you have trouble concentrating or get frequent headaches? If you work odd hours, you might have Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD).

  • Shea Vaughn's keys to wellness

    December 27, 2010

    Shea Vaughn doesn't look like a grandmother. She doesn't even look like she's old enough to be the mother of actor Vince Vaughn (she's got three other kids, by the way: Victoria, Valeri and stepson Danny). What keeps Shea looking half her age? Her SheaNetics health and wellness classes ( I sat down with Vaughn to find out why she loves her job for this week's Take This Job and Love It.

  • Parents on calling Santa

    December 24, 2010

    Since my admission that I pulled the Santa card by pretending to call Santa's cell phone when my son was misbehaving, the reader feedback has been consistent: Despite what our expert says, play that card.

  • Ever called Santa on his cell phone?

    December 23, 2010

    Getting my son to be motivated for school in the morning is always a challenge. (He's only 4, so I cringe at for my future.) But the other morning, he gave me so much trouble that I did what any mother would do when pressed for time and patience: I played the Santa card.

  • A career of good deeds

    December 20, 2010

    Phil Singerman, president of Endless Acts, wants to pay it forward. His business encourages people to do good deeds so charities make money.

  • How to deal with a narcissist

    December 16, 2010

    Have you ever received an expensive gift from someone who "accidentally" left the price tag in plain sight? Or how about those people who constantly remind you how fabulous they are for giving you that "must have" present? While this may seem like generosity, it's actually the calculated work of a narcissist.

  • A job that takes the cake

    December 13, 2010

    Naomi Levine, owner of TipsyCake in Chicago (, tells us why she loves her job in this week's edition of Take This Job and Love It.

  • Name changers

    December 10, 2010

    On the way to work one day this week, I heard Eric Ferguson (of the morning show "Eric and Kathy") mention that a man in Oregon legally changed his name to "Captain Awesome."

  • Working out with apps

    December 9, 2010

    So the holiday parties have started and you're already feeling that extra layer of "warmth" around your waistline. What do you do about it? More and more people are turning to phone apps instead of personal trainers to keep the holiday pounds at bay.

  • Take this job and love it

    December 6, 2010

    Kevin Nemetz, CEO of, developed the site to help charities raise money by selling unused event tickets -- and he's loving every minute of it. We got him to tell us why.

  • Good men? Guys speak out

    December 3, 2010

    Our article this week about what it takes to be a good man and The Good Men Project ( garnered several comments from our male readers.

  • Are you a good man?

    December 2, 2010

    What does it mean to be a "good man" in today's society? For Tom Matlack, it starts by just asking the question.

  • Is your office green?

    November 29, 2010

    Many of us have made an effort to be greener at home but what about the office where we spend as much, if not more, time? TribU chatted with Laura Meyer, the founder of The Ultimate Green Store (, and she shared the latest green office must-haves.

  • More made-up words

    November 26, 2010

    Our column about the "The KidDictionary: Words Parents Need To Describe Their Kids" garnered a lot of reaction from our readers in e-mail and on Facebook. Here are a few of their suggested words:

  • A kid's view of Thanksgiving

    November 25, 2010

    "Mommy, what is Thanksgiving?"

  • Teens and heroin: A growing issue

    November 22, 2010

    Did you know that for the price of a venti caramel macchiato at Starbucks, you can get high on heroin? And if you have a teenager who likes to party, this is most likely their drug of choice, according to a recent study by Roosevelt University.

  • Readers on lunch breaks

    November 19, 2010

    Our article this week on eating at your desk brought in many e-mails, Facebook conversations and Tweets.

  • Trash the takeout

    September 22, 2010

    Do you cook at home? Think it takes too much time? I asked several women at one of my book talks recently if they ever cook dinner.

  • A few great ways to save thousands

    September 17, 2010

    As many are painfully aware, the Census Bureau announced Thursday that the overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent in 2009, or 43.6 million people.

  • How much is your pet worth?

    September 16, 2010

    When my veterinarian told me it would cost $800 to have my dog Max's teeth cleaned, I almost fell over.

  • Kids and career: Walking that line

    August 31, 2010

    It's a tough balancing act: finding child care while working full time. Can you leave early to relieve the sitter, or maybe to see your son's soccer game? Parents are constantly trying to be everywhere at once. How can we be proactive parents without causing resentment at the office?

  • Can you pass a nutrition house call?

    August 30, 2010

    Have you looked in your fridge lately? I mean really looked? Ever taken the time to read the ingredients to your everyday items?

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