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What to #STOP! doing to reduce stress, enhance joy and live a life on purpose

July 28, 2016

If we #STOP! and ask the right questions, we can enjoy healthier lives, be more focused and productive in our work, express our talents, do the things we enjoy, experience greater peace and richer relationships, and help others. So, perhaps you are ready to create a stop-doing list. 


If you think willpower is all it takes to STOP any behavior, you are dead wrong. Learning to STOP behavior requires you to develop new methods for making conscious, deliberate, and disciplined decisions.

What are suggestions of things to add to our #STOP! doing list?

I welcome your feedback.

Joy to you!

Eric Parmenter

Author of “STOP! 21 STOPs to Reduce Stress and Enhance Joy”

Follow STOP! at www.ericparmenter.com 


July 27, 2016

This talk is about how to use behavioral science to #STOP! behaviors that hinder our health and our work.  This 23-minute presentation was recorded on July 18th at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) Benefit Communication and Technology Institute in Boston, MA.

Changing behavior is difficult individually and corporately.  Behavioral science provides insights into how we make decisions and how to change the context to nudge people to make better decisions.  Some of those decisions are about behaviors that we need to #STOP! to reduce stress and enhance joy.

Joy to you

Eric Parmenter

July 21, 2016

  By nature, I’m a pretty happy guy, but the frenetic activity I am surrounded by in the healthcare industry started to wear me down. And it got me thinking. Where had I allowed myself to slip into bad habits that are counterproductive to what I say I want in my life? Like the healthcare workers I serve, my own health scare with high cholesterol, weight gain, and stress made me realize that I needed to #STOP! and take a hard look at myself.

I was traveling three to four days a week and my calendar was a disaster, with back-to-back-to-back meetings and conference calls even as I trudged through an airport or flopped into the back seat of a taxicab. I joined Evolent Health as employee No. 9 in late 2011. Working for a start-up venture is exhilarating and stressful. Our growth...

July 14, 2016

Do you know a stressed-out nurse, doctor or healthcare administrator? 

In my thirty-plus years of working as a consultant and advisor to employers on health benefits and wellness programs—primarily with large hospitals and health systems—I’ve noticed that most of the people I encounter have stress levels that are off the charts, particularly in the wake of healthcare reform. Many healthcare workers, such as doctors and nurses, are so busy taking care of patients and trying to keep up with technology and the heavy administrative burden of medicine that they do not take care of themselves.

Far too many people run from meeting to meeting, multitasking and dealing with distractions all day long. They wind up settling into existing. They are on autopilot, locked into habits that keep t...

July 11, 2016

Today, my first book STOP! 21 STOPs to Reduce Stress and Enhance Joy launches in wide release to the public.  The book is available in paperback and Kindle edition on this link at Amazon.com

STOP! is not a book about health, wellness, stress reduction, diet, and exercise, nor is it fundamentally a business or a self-help book.

STOP!, based on the latest behavioral and brain science combined with my own life experiences, is designed to help you figure out what you can STOP! doing to create more space in your life to enhance your joy, your wellbeing and productivity, so that you can live a life on purpose.

Here is what some of the top business thinkers in the world are saying about STOP!

“Generous and wise guide will show you how to remove the deadwood and make room for new life to...

July 9, 2016

Stressors are stimuli, often circumstances, that evoke a physiologic reaction and evoke emotions. Some stress is healthy and good.  If a T-Rex threatens to eat the caveman, stress will prompt him to either stay and fight or run for cover. I recommend flight for Mr. caveman. Deadlines are one of my stressors. While nothing approaching the threat of being eaten by a T-Rex, procrastination on deadlines, especially administrative ones that do not involve creative thought, evoke a sensation of squeamishness in my stomach and I begin to get more and more nervous as a deadline approaches when I have put off my task.

I like what Adam Grant says about good procrastination in “Originals”: How Nonconformists Move the World” (check out www.adamgrant.net).  Grant says “Our first ideas, after...