Author Archives: Anne Egros

About Anne Egros

Zest and Zen is a blog about Expat Life Challenges, Global Leadership, Intercultural Communication, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Change Psychology, Life Transitions

Research on Well-being and Aging: Comparison between U.S. and Japan


We have only begun to look at the evidence, but it appears that different aspects of well-being matter for health in different ways depending on the cultural context where people reside Source: blogs.plos.org   Well-being in the West is formulated … Continue reading

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An expat child has many layers of influence – Your Expat Child


Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory This was mentioned in Rianne Cornelisse’s paper about how expat children adapt when returning home. What is the theory of Bronfenbrenner all about? In this model the child is the centre of its own system. The … Continue reading

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Why employers value intercultural skills


New research shows that employers around the world value staff who understand the role of culture at work. Source: http://www.britishcouncil.org What do employers understand by ‘intercultural skills ?  Ability to understand different cultural contexts and viewpoints.  Respect for others’ and ‘adapting … Continue reading

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7 psychological reasons for diet failure


healthHealth Do you keep failing to lose weight? Your mindset might be preventing successful weight loss. Find out how to change this. Source: low-carb-support.com This apply to any kind of change, not only for loosing weight : We all don’t … Continue reading

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Where are you really from ? An Expat Perspective On Racism


I found the question in this article very interesting:   Is It Racist to Ask People Where They’re From? As an expat, I am asked all the time where are you really from ?  and I usually have different answers for different … Continue reading

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Eight Things You Should Do On LinkedIn As Soon As You Get Laid Off


After I posted a story last week with the headline, “What To Do As Soon As You Get Laid Off,” I hosted a chat on Forbes’ LinkedIn page and fielded questions and comments from readers. One comment came in from … Continue reading

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22 Things Happy People Do Differently – Successify!


There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy.   Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it … Continue reading

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What Does Interculturality Mean ?


                        A number of studies on the development of intercultural skills and competences have shown that first-hand experience of ‘otherness’ and even sojourns in a foreign country are not … Continue reading

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The Chemistry of Positive Social Interactions In Leadership


Anne Egros’s insight: Judith and Richard Glaser published an article in HBR on the results of a study that analyzed the hormonal response of positive and negative behaviors in managers. Oxytocin is the hormone we produce when we feel good during a conversation like positive feedback. Cortisol is … Continue reading

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Expat Life: Culture Shock May Be Inevitable But Pain Is Optional


At one point or another new expats will get a “lecture” about “Culture Shock” as it is explained in this video: Not every expats experience that sequence of emotional reactions and saying this is “normal” is not removing the pain … Continue reading

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