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The Art and Science of Noticing Others: How to Become Better at Making People Feel Seen

Consider the people who comprise your routines. Who do you need to notice more? Noticing is the act of seeing someone’s uniqueness and showing an interest in their full life. Feeling noticed is the opposite of feeling invisible, the inverse of being forgotten. When others pay attention to us and remember us, our essential lives’ […]

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How to Ask More Meaningful Questions

Every day I picked my preschooler up from school and asked him the same question: “Hey, what did you do today?” Every day I got the same response: Silence. As a researcher, I’ve learned that the quality of the answers we get is usually proportionate to the quality of the questions we ask. I acknowledged […]

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Filling The ‘Meaning Deficit:’​ Why Meaningful Work Will Be More Vital in a Post-COVID World

As people “return to work” during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers should be ready to address a hidden issue: a meaning deficit. Historically, every significant disruption of how we work inflicted profound distress flamed by existential crises and the search for meaningfulness. At the height of the second Industrial Revolution, in 1897, sociologist David Émile Durkheim […]

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