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Scott Sonnon: Flipping Challenges & Problems Into Assets - The Positivity Project

Posted March 12, 2013

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 Note From Jim:

Great stuff!  I gained great knowledge from Scott Sonnon last night. Thanks Scott!!!  Among other concepts this included Scott's four point method for turning negatives into positives (Awareness, Gratefulness, Kindness, Diligence); how to flip a problem into an asset; and strategies to reduce stress, heighten focus, and increase composure through breathing.

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Talent Development Question: Setbacks & Resiliency- "What good can we make of this?" - A Mother's Thoughtful, Loving, and Change-Empowering Query

Posted March 13, 2013

Talent Development Question: Setbacks & Resiliency- "What good can we make of this?" - A Mother's Thoughtful, Loving, and Change-Empowering Query

Note From Jim:

Talent development coach Wally Bock comments that growth, understanding, and change are powered by STRUGGLE and that when it comes to talent development, we must better prepare ourselves and our people for growing from ADVERSITY.

In the spirit of my post of yesterday sharing insights spoken by Scott Sonnon (Flip Challenges Into Assets), i...

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Embrace Work-Life Imbalance - HBR

Posted March 15, 2013

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 Switched On? Yea, as you’ll see below, Tomas gets it.  Do you?  

 “SWITCH ON!”

 When working, do you find yourself in that wonderful, imbalanced state of “flow” by which I mean  periods of total emersion? If so, you're likely to be fulfilling a passion and finding joy in your work.   See below.

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by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic  

Excerpts

 Hard work may be your most importan...

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Can a 500-year-old, 5-minute technique help you manage your day - How the Pope Does Mindfulness - Fast Company

Posted March 22, 2013

Note From Jim

As described by writer Drake Baer, the new Pope is a Jesuit, a sect of Catholicism that  emphasizes education and awareness.  This sect calls on it’s followers to practice mindfulness twice daily for the purpose of examining one’s state of mind.

Access Drake’s quick and insightful article below.  To tickle your curiosity, see excerpts.

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How The Pope Does Mindfulness

Can a 500-year-old, 5-minute technique help you manage your day (Catholicism not required)?

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The Power Of Meaningfulness

Posted April 15, 2013

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What generates your drive and energy, and gets you to persevere?

I'm a fan of Dan Ariely and his work in behavioral economics, a discipline that merges psychology and economics. Dan is a professor at Duke.

In a recent TED presentation, Dan shares insights from his research about the things that motivate us.  Is it money, acknowledgement, or is it something else? 

In just 20 minutes Dan offers helpful lessons with powerful impact for application at home and at ...

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Master Your Own Happiness Regardless of Events, Circumstance, or People

Posted May 3, 2013

NOTE FROM JIM

Every day each of us are responsible for securing our own happiness.  Most seek to derive their own happiness from individuals , events, and circumstances rather than by cultivating it within.

The World Observer published an article detailing methods to cultivating enduring happiness, all of which are in our own control.

To tickle your curiosity, the fifteen step’s are excerpted below.  Access the full article in order to start mastering these skills.World Observerread more »

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Nice People Finish Second With Financial Rewards?

Posted June 3, 2013

Note From Jim:

It seems that bosses who display the trait of agreeableness (e.g., trust, compliance, altruism) reduce absenteeism, high blood pressure, and the use of sick days among their employees.  But for themselves, agreeable bosses aren’t as financially successful as their less agreeable counterparts.

In a recent post, Ken Nowack of Envisia explores interesting research on this topic. 

Nevertheless, I advocate that all of us should still choose agreeableness in order to ...

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Hold or Fold? - Should you hang in with discomfort or quit instead?

Posted June 10, 2013

NOTE FROM JIM

Is it better to persevere or to give in?  Research suggests that it depends.  Yes you should persevere to achieve those things that are possible, when they are largely within your control and the goal can be accomplished owing to your emerging  skills and competencies. 

Ken Nowack of Envisia Learning, one of my favorite bloggers, provides insight and recommendations drawing on research in this area.

To engage your curiosity I've provided some article excerpts below.  ...

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Freedom - Vote For And Choose The Habit Of Happiness

Posted July 7, 2013

NOTE FROM JIM

You've likely seen other of my previous posts that point to the wisdom and enthusiasm of Lionel Ketchian, the inspiration behind The Happiness Club.

Within the past 10 years or so, leaders, practitioners, and academics in the field of psychology have been studying the concept of optimizing human flourishing.  Research and practice indicate that "Happiness", "Optimism", and "Flow" (Flow – the state of being swept into an endeavor to the point of enjoying it so much that there is no notice of the ela...

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How Cultivated Positivity Leads to Better Work And More Success

Posted August 20, 2013

Note from Jim

Humerous and powerful, do watch the 12 minute TED video below.  Shawn Achor spent 12 years of research at Harvard exploring the subject of human happiness.  He shares with us that each of us can raise our positivity.  What Shawn and colleagues have discovered is that positivity increases productivity, happiness, and success.

Shawn makes the following points:

Raising positivity in the present affords each of us the “Happiness Advantage”. The Happiness Advantage is such that positivity rai...

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Donít Do

Posted January 8, 2014

NOTE FROM JIM:

Amy Morin, a college professor, published author, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker shares a list of thirteen things mentally strong people DON’T allow themselves to do.  Have you mastered the art and discipline of being strong mentally?

To tickle your curiosities glean the excerpted listing below.  Better still, access Amy’s recent blog post to obtain a full appreciation of this important topic and other great lessons too. This article is  a “must read”. http://www.amymorinlcsw...

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10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy

Posted January 14, 2014

NOTE FROM JIM:

Yes, it’s true… Research offers at least 10 ways towards improving one’s level of happiness. We are individually responsible for our own happiness.

To motivate your curiosity, see the excerpts below.  Better still, access this important article.  The details are crucially important: 

http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/10-scientifically-proven-ways-to-be-incredibly-happy-wed.html?fb_action_ids=10152182419671942#/jeff-haden/10-scientifically-proven-ways-to-be...

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The Happiness Zone Newsletter Ė 7 Questions Of Enlightenment - Have you questioned your unhappiness?

Posted April 1, 2015

Note From Jim:

You may recall from previous posts that I’m a Lionel Ketchian fan. I recommend that you subscribe to Lionel’s free monthly newsletter (Link below). I predict that by doing so, you'll enhance your experience of happiness.

In praise of Lionel’s powerful ongoing advice, I encourage a read of his most recent post which inspires us all to thrive. I trust that Lionel will welcome my nudge to have you follow his insights and those of his colleagues.

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By Lionel Ketchian

I have been ...

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