It’s just one of the company’s moves into health and wellness

More than half of Americans had sleep issues during the pandemic. Photo by Kampus Production from Pexels

Amazon continues its push into healthcare and wellness with approval from the Federal Communications Commission for a touchless device that uses radar sensors to track sleep.

From portioning out your prescribed pills to launching an accelerator for healthcare startups, Amazon has embarked on several initiatives that — like the proposed sleep tracker — are designed to appeal to health-oriented consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs.

The potential market is huge, which is “a major motivation” for the company, Geekwire reports.

As John Rossman, a former Amazon executive and author of “The Amazon Way,” told GeekWire’s Day 2 podcast: “Amazon is a big…

How to stop blaming yourself and get more done

Many people put off projects because of the weight of pandemic pressures. Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Got a pandemic project that’s languishing unfinished?

Whether it’s remodeling your kitchen, finishing a list of must-read books, or making meditation a daily habit, you’re far from alone.

A recent survey of 2,000 Americans found that 49 percent say they’ve put off important tasks and projects more frequently than they should over the past year.

This only makes sense, according to National Geographic, because as the pandemic dragged on, “more people found themselves vulnerable to the stress and uncertainty that drives procrastination.”

The numbers bear that out. Nearly 70 percent of Americans said living through the pandemic was “a rollercoaster…

Blowing off steam has benefits, but be careful not to get stuck

Too much time venting undercuts the benefits it provides. Photo by Julien L on Unsplash

I was in the kitchen scrubbing grimy grout with a toothbrush and swearing so loudly that my collie, Vince, gave me a startled look and beat a hasty retreat.

He’d clearly had enough of my venting about the disgusting condition of the home we’d just purchased.

As brand-new empty nesters, my husband and I downsized and moved to a small town near the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Although the house and yard needed some work, we were ready to take it on.

Until we moved in, that is.

The house was filthy and looked like the sellers had…

In-person dating is back, but singles are increasingly selective

Activity-based dates are increasingly popular, according to Tinder. Photo by nextbike on Unsplash

Singles are ready to mingle, but many are cautious about who they connect with.

That’s according to online dating app Bumble, which surveyed approximately 1,000 Americans last month and found that 30 percent of them won’t go on a date or have sex with someone who hasn’t gotten the Covid-19 vaccine, CNET reported.

Competitor Match released a “Summer of Love” survey that found 46 percent of respondents say they’ll be ready to date in person once they’re vaccinated, and 56 percent are somewhat or very concerned with a date’s vaccination status.

The survey of 1,850 single Match users ages 18–60…

Sure, you’ll get a boost, but it’s not as powerful as you think

Coffee can’t help much with challenging assignments. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

If you’re tired and counting on coffee to push through a tough workday, be forewarned.

A caffeine boost can help with simple tasks, but new research from Michigan State University shows it won’t do you much good when confronting more challenging assignments.

Published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, the study was done by researchers at MSU’s Sleep and Learning Lab and led by Psychology Associate Professor Kimberly Fenn.

The 276 research subjects were randomly assigned to either stay awake overnight in the laboratory or to sleep at home, per the study. The next morning, participants…

How the marketing strategy pays off for Costco and Sam’s Club

Shoppers are cheering for the return of free food samples. Photo by Omar Abascal on Unsplash

When Costco announced it was bringing back free food samples, the internet erupted in joy.

“Free Costco Samples are Back, Baby,” trumpeted New York Magazine’s Grub Street.

Once again, you can make a meal of complimentary Ritz crackers with proprietary cheese spread and free miniature hot dogs! Or, as I like to call them, ‘passed apps,’ ” wrote Rachel Sugar.

Mashed was equally enthusiastic: “At long last, we can finally get our hands on some hot samples again.”

For many employees, the pandemic means missing meals, breaks, and vacations

The pressure to perform means many staffers are working long hours during the pandemic. Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels

In the “always-on economy,” it’s no wonder people struggle to manage their workloads.

Although many employees report their productivity was the same — or higher — over the past year, it came at a cost, according to Microsoft’s Work Trend Index.

A Work Trend survey of 31,092 employees in 31 markets worldwide was done by independent research company Edelman Data in January.

Fifty-four percent of survey respondents said they were overworked, 39 percent reported they felt exhausted, and 37 percent said their companies were asking too much of them.

One in five survey respondents said their employer doesn’t care about…

A new study shows what you eat tonight can have a big impact

If you’re dragging at work today, it may be because of what you ate last night. Photo by on Unsplash

Did you get off to a slow start today?

As the clock inched forward, did every hour feel endless? Were you tempted to knock off early so you could collapse on the sofa with the remote in your hand?

It may be time to give some thought to what you ate last night.

New research shows that unhealthy eating in the evening can have a negative impact on your work the next day.

For the study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers asked 97 full-time employees to answer several questions three times a day for 10 consecutive workdays…

And other ways to be a valued and trusted confidant

Giving advice is tricky. You want to be helpful without being overbearing. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

My grandmother, a feisty five-foot fireball born and raised in Missouri’s Ozarks, always said the same thing when I complained about someone who failed to follow my well-meaning advice.

“Tammy,” she’d say, shaking her head, “You can’t tell anybody a damn thing.”

They were wise words, and I think about them every time I’m tempted to lay some uninvited “wisdom” on friends and family members.

When someone seeks your advice, it’s an honor.

They’re making themself vulnerable, giving you a glimpse of their most heartfelt hopes or deepest fears.

If they wanted to crowd-source solutions, they could have logged on…

Planned version of the app for children under 13 galvanizes critics

Critics are concerned about children’s privacy and their vulnerability to online bullies and predators. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Instagram is developing a version of its photo-sharing app for kids, and critics are clamoring for the project to be jettisoned.

BuzzFeed News broke the story that parent company Facebook is building a version of Instagram for kids under 13. The announcement was posted on an internal employee message board and obtained by the online news site.

Both Facebook and Instagram have policies that prohibit children under 13 from joining but have had difficulty enforcing them.

The project stirred considerable controversy, most recently with 44 attorneys general who last week wrote a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him…


Former reporter/editor now freelancing from the base of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. I write about business, health and mental health.

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