Monday, July 29, 2013

It's Monday Again... Are You Happy With Your Job?!

Hello Bloggers!

Monday is here again and we would like to know, do you love your job? Are you generally happy at work? On Psychology Today, an article was published titled: 'Why Happiness at Work is Declining.' This article is brings out a few key points on why people feel unhappy at work.  Check it out below:

Why Happiness at Work Is Declining
Why are people so unhappy at work?
by Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. in Cutting-Edge Leadership

It was recently announced that a Harvard study showed that workers' happiness at work was at an all-time low of 45%. What are the causes?

Job Security. With near-record unemployment rates, and dwindling pensions, lack of job security is certainly one factor. A generation ago, workers could expect some level of security, and 25, 30, and even 40 years with the same employer was common. Today, workers feel little security that they will be with their employee next month, let alone next year.

Lack of Social Connections. With rapid turnover, many workers do not stay with a company long enough to make strong social connections. This leads to weak organizational cultures, where people feel isolated and disconnected, and this fuels unhappiness.

Bullying and Misbehavior in the Workplace. With an ever-changing cast of workers, and lack of social connections, the incidence of bad employee behavior increases. Rather than working as a team, some people see the workplace as a competitive environment, with other employees as the competition for scarce jobs and resources. Coupled with apathy from other employees and management, bullies and others are able to get away (and get ahead) with their bad behavior.

What is the answer? Good leadership. Those in leadership positions need to keep their pulse on the levels of employee morale and dissatisfaction. They need to take steps to stop dysfunctional behaviors on the part of employees, and build a positive culture. Of course, this will get easier as the economy improves, but bad times is no excuse for bad employee behavior, or bad leadership.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Did You Know?!

Good morning bloggers!

Well, Monday is officially here again. I hope that everyone had a happy and satisfying weekend! 
Did you know, that I am a Psychology Today certified therapist? You can check out my listing on the Psychology Today website, here. My expertise includes treatment of mood disorders, including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders; the long term effects of trauma, including childhood neglect, physical and sexual abuse; family systems issues, including divorce, remarriage, blended families and parenting concerns. I am skilled in facilitating emotional release processes, creative expression and mind-body healing. 

So, if you need help, or think you may need help, please feel free to contact me! Even if you don't know where to start, or simply need someone to talk to, my doors are open. I am in the Gaithersburg, Maryland area and am here to help my clients in any way I can.

Best wishes for the rest of your week!

Inner Passages Therapy

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Little Acts of Kindness Create Big Impacts

Happy Wednesday everyone!

For your middle-of-the-week read, I thought I would share a positive and uplifting article from Psychology Today online. Written by Polly Campbell, she talks about how it is scientifically proven that when we witness a random act of kindness, or some other form of compassion, it causes us to want to be more generous as well. If you need a little inspiration in your life, or are looking for some motivation to do good, this article suggests that all you  have to do is go out and watch other's be generous and eventually, it will inspire you to do the same. Check it out for yourself here:

How Watching a Good Deed Elevates and Inspires

Published on July 15, 2013 by Polly Campbell in Imperfect Spirituality

Monday, July 1, 2013

Patriotism: Virtue or Sin?


With this week being a holiday week, and Independence Day coming up on Thursday, I wanted to share an article that brings out a topic not discussed too often: the true nature of Patriotism. This article from Psychology today, 'Patriotism: Virtue or Sin,' it discuses how some quotes reflecting the topic can be very negative and how some people view Patriotism as negativity altogether. However, the article leads to the fact that Patriotism itself isn't negative, it's the reactions and extremes of others which can lead to negative implications. Check out the article and determine for yourself:

Enjoy your 4th of July holiday!!

Inner Passages Therapy
Gaithersburg, MD

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