How to administer "Emotional First Aid"

Do you know that feeling lonely impacts your ability to build up an immunity after getting the flu vaccine?

From the Google Talks lecture series: "Although we have bandages for cuts, chicken soup for colds, and ice packs for bruises, most of us have no idea how to treat day-to-day emotional injuries such as failure, rejection, and loss. But, as Guy Winch, Ph.D., points out, these kinds of emotional injuries often get worse when left untreated and can significantly impact our quality of life. In this fascinating and highly practical book he provides the emotional first aid treatments we have been lacking."

Have you tried some chair yoga today?

Here is a list of sample exercises from the Costco magazine, which means chair yoga is hitting the mainstream:

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. The poses, called Asanas, are often adaptations of standard Hatha yoga poses.

Chair yoga is especially suitable for busy people stuck at their desks at work, or those unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disabilities.

Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are typically not included.

Related reading:

Chair Yoga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Drummer Leonard Haze's thoughts on old age and dying

Leonard Haze was a great drummer. He passed away in his sleep last weekend at age 61. I saw him on tour with Ian Gillan in 1992 and the whole band was amazing. He had this humongous Ludwig drum kit and was a powerful drummer. Lenny Haze recorded the Toolbox album with Gillan, one of the songs from the album, Don't hold me back, is linked below:

Considering the recent deaths of many rock and roll greats, this Facebook post by Lenny from January seems very relevant:

Leonard Haze, thinking about a lot of things.
January 2:

"That's enough. Why is it so hard to get old ? You loose friends as you go. With Bill F rates today that's for me since Christmas a total of 4 people I know passing away. Christmas eve my step daughter Danielle Galvin ' s Aunt & best friend at 36. From something she didn't know about. Lemmy two days after Christmas something he just discovered. Bill Frates today. I heard he was very I'll but still. You add on Mark Weaver & I am sorry but now I know why granny didn't want to play bingo.
I asked her if " you want a ride to the church to play bingo" ?" No " she snapped. Why ? Too many old people was the response. She explained that the last ladies she had become friends with all had died & she had lost all her friends. She was about 92 at the time & an uncle my mom & I took care of her and her older sister my greatest Aunt Mary. I can't explain how funny those two old ladies were. Best thing I ever did was 3 days a week with them.
But now granny I understand why you said more pain comes from loosing others than your body gives you getting old. Now I get it."

Lenny had moderate to severe COPD, according to news reports.


"We'll just go in and do some work."

Angus Young from AC/DC in Rolling Stone:

"Malcolm was always one to battle through. He would look at me in times of crisis and go, "We'll just go in and do some work. We'll sit and write some songs." He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him.

When you sign on and say, "I'm gonna do this and that," it's always good to say at the end of it, "I've done all I said I would do." That was always the idea, especially when we were younger – me, Malcolm, Bon. You had to show up and be on time."

It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock 'n' roll, AC/DC:

Read more here:

AC/DC's Angus Young Talks Retirement, Malcolm Young Health Update

It Pays to Be Human: communicate clearly, take initiative, problem-solve, get along with people

From WSJ:

It Pays to Be Human - The job market’s most sought-after skills can be tough to spot on a résumé. Companies across the U.S. say it is becoming increasingly difficult to find applicants who can communicate clearly, take initiative, problem-solve and get along with co-workers. Those traits, called soft skills, can make the difference between a standout employee and one who just gets by.

"Soft skills" are needed in medicine too. It is always great to be human. After all, we can't be anything else.

The top 10 in-demand soft skills are listed by LinkedIn here:

Looking at the top 10 least in-demand skills is an eye opening experience. Apparently, employers are not interested anymore in: "emotional intelligence", and some teams skills such as leadership and team building.


The ‘Soft Skills’ Employers Are Looking For
Data Reveals The Most In-demand Soft Skills Among Candidates
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