Topic: Thanksgiving

How To Set Up A Work Station Anywhere

How To Set Up A Work Station Anywhere

Thanksgiving is a day away, which means lots of food, family and traveling. While Thanksgiving eve is one of the busiest travel days of the year, its not a holiday. Its the day before the holiday. This means you might be expected to get some work done this Wednesday, but how? With all the traveling you’ll be doing, it may seem impossible to get any work done, right? Wrong. There are ways to be productive wherever you are stuck this Thanksgiving.  Here is a how-to guide on setting up a work station anywhere from grandma’s, to the airport and everywhere in between. More »

7 People Who Will Have Extremely Awkward Thanksgivings

7 People Who Will Have Extremely Awkward Thanksgivings

Yesterday we wrote about what to do when you hate your family and have to spend Thanksgiving weekend with them. But your family may start to look pretty good when you look at the following people and imagine what their Thanksgiving is going to be like. These people were just in the news for extramarital fairs, quitting their jobs, sleeping with minors, drug overdoses and emotional abuse. Their Thanksgivings are definitely going to have some awkward moments. More »

10 Ways To Survive Thanksgiving When You Hate Your Family

10 Ways To Survive Thanksgiving When You Hate Your Family

I don’t know if it’s just me but sometimes when I watch those Thanksgiving TV episodes where no one ever seems to home to their families (even if they like down the street) and instead do dinner with their friends, I get a little jealous. Dinner with friends just seems like so much less work and funnier, though that may be because these are all comedies. But for some people spending this holiday, after traveling on a crowded plane or train or car, with their family can be quite stressful. Maybe you don’t get along with them or you are just on edge because of work and don’t want to deal with seeing cousins and their five children right now. As we saw on Saturday Night Live this week, going home is never perfect so we came up with some strategies for helping you get through it. More »

Retail Employees Are Fighting Back Against Working The Black Friday Rush

Retail Employees Are Fighting Back Against Working The Black Friday Rush

Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Sears and KMart will be the first large retail chains to open their doors for crazed bargain hunters at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Many other chains are open Thanksgiving Day, but their Black Friday sales don’t start until midnight or Friday morning. This is why a handful of employees have started protesting these work schedules on the grounds that these companies should be promoting that Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family. More »

Teamwork Lessons From The First Thanksgiving

Teamwork Lessons From The First Thanksgiving

It’s November, the month we all remember how important it is to give thanks for what we have. With the tough economy and competitive job market, having a job is reason enough to give thanks. You might be thankful you were impressive enough in your interview, whether in-person or through online video, to snag a great job. However, being grateful isn’t the only thing Thanksgiving is about. More »

The Afternoon Grind: Make Holiday Talk less Painful

The Afternoon Grind: Make Holiday Talk less Painful

• Famous turkey last words. (The Hairpin)

• How stress can age you. (Truth In Aging)

• Doubts about Occupy protestor’s miscarriage. (Double X)

• Make holiday small talk less painful. (HuffPost Women)

• Why you should be glad you’re American. (The Stir)

• The next Steve Jobs will be a women. (Women 2.0)

• How the holidays can affect your relationship. (Divine Caroline)

• Tips for surviving Black Friday. (The Frisky)

• Quick and healthy recipes for breakfast. (Daily Muse)

• Ingredients for a healthy relationship. (YourTango)

• Why you should go with your gut. (YouBeauty)

Bullish: Let Gratitude Help Drive Your Ambition

Bullish: Let Gratitude Help Drive Your Ambition

I am thankful for many things, principal among them contact lenses, the Internet, and no longer being a child. Surely, we can all think of things to be thankful for; in fact, many of the things we ought to be very thankful for (The Nazis were defeated! Womenfolk can vote!) are exactly the things we are fortunate to be able to take for granted.

But sometimes gratitude becomes more of a positive thinking exercise. When things aren’t great, we hack gratitude. I wrote in this column that having a vertigo-inducing illness helped me develop empathy and time-management skills. Nothing wrong with finding the proverbial silver lining. More »