The holidays are different for adults than they are for kids. You can still have a great season, but cut the holiday hijinks.

As a kid, the holidays are a time of fun. After all, you get presents, candy, and time off school. Holiday hijinks are a part of growing up.

Adults, though, need to learn how to change their view of the holidays. The things that were funny when you’re a kid are no longer in force. Plus no one thinks it’s fun to buy you presents anymore.

You can still enjoy the holiday season as an adult, but you do need to adjust your expectations.

Use our Do Nows to help you evaluate what you want out of the holidays, as well as learn strategies for putting together a budget-friendly gift exchange.

Concepts

  • Just because we’re asked to find the child within during the holidays doesn’t mean you should act like a child.
  • What are some of the holiday hijinks you should avoid as an adult?
  • What are some of the things adults are expected to do during the holidays?
  • How to handle gift exchanges with family and with coworkers.
  • Why it’s important to determine what the holidays mean to you so you can set boundaries.

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Social media isn’t just harmless fun. It’s how people — from employers to potential partners — judge the type of person you are.

We like to think of social media as harmless fun — a way to be ourselves. Unfortunately, those youthful indiscretions, put on the Internet, can haunt us as adults.

With recruiters increasingly interested in social media profiles and companies worried that you will ruin their reputation, what you say on social media matters. No matter your privacy settings, there’s almost always a way for someone else to access the content you don’t want them to see.

We talk about how social media can ruin your job prospects and strain relationships with people you love.

Listen to the Do Nows, which focus on steps you can take to clean up your social media accounts, change your privacy settings, and focus on becoming a more thoughtful user.

Concepts

  • The real impact of using social media.
  • An increasing number of companies use social media as part of background checks.
  • Which types of posts are most likely to turn potential employers off?
  • How vaguebooking can strain relationships.
  • How to decide what you plan to use social media for.
  • Tips for smart social media use.

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Rolling StoneHistory of people fired due to stupid social media use
The New York TimesStory of how a single tweet ruined one woman’s career
CareerBuilderStudy pointing to the types of posts employers worry about

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People are an everyday reality. As much as you’d like to be a hermit sometimes, that’s not how it works.

Learning how to deal with people is an essential skill associated with adulthood. In this episode, we talk about how you can develop empathy with others, as well as establish rapport when you are willing to be vulnerable.

From being polite in the workplace to treating others with respect, the way you deal with people is an important step to becoming a grownup member of society.

Be sure to listen for our rundown of actions you can Do Now to improve your interpersonal relationships.

Concepts

  • How to prepare yourself to meet new people and develop relationships.
  • The importance of developing empathy and learning how to imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes.
  • How you can be vulnerable and “real” and connect better with others.
  • Why you should learn how to admit mistakes and apologize.
  • How humor can be used as a tool to connect with others.
  • Tell-tale signs that someone is acting insincerely.

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CNNCNN report on how rudeness in the workplace rubs off on others
Psychology TodayArticle from Psychology Today discussing reasons it’s hard for us to apologize
Brene BrownThe Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
tedTED talk on vulnerability by Brené Brown

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