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Mindfulness, empathy, meditation, compassion, interdependence and happiness and its impact
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Innovation Starts with Empathy

Innovation Starts with Empathy | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
The importance of developing deep connections with the people you serve.

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The Science of Compassion | KALW

The Science of Compassion | KALW | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
What makes us want to be good?“Compassion is complex,” says Emiliana Simon Thomas, the former associate director of CCARE, the Center for Compassion And...
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Compassionate Leadership

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Compassionate Leadership seems to be the emerging leadership paradigm.
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Eat, Smoke, Meditate: Why Your Brain Cares How You Cope - Forbes

Eat, Smoke, Meditate: Why Your Brain Cares How You Cope - Forbes | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
Quieting the self-obsessing chatter in our heads may be what happiness is all about. But how do you do this?
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Inspiring video channel

Inspiring video channel | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it

Randomly plays videos, or choose snips from the left

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Book Review – The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Book Review – The Emotional Life of Your Brain | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it

The book is both a summation of 35 years neuroscience research as well as a tantalising glimpse into how such research, as it becomes more broadly known, will have a profound impact across a huge range of disciplines and into society and our working lives. To say we are at the cusp of some fundamental societal changes is, I feel, a bit of an understatement.

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People behave socially and 'well' even without rules: study

People behave socially and 'well' even without rules: study | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it

Fundamentally people behave in a social and rather compassionate and "good" way rather than aggressively, even without specified rules. That is the result of a study from the Institute for Science of Complex Systems at the MedUni Vienna under the leadership of Stefan Thurner and Michael Szell. They analysed the behaviour of more than 400,000 participants of the “Virtual Life” game “Pardus” on the Internet. The findings are that only two percent of all actions are aggressive, even though the game would make it easy for war-like attacks with spaceships, for example.

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Meditation May Be the Key to Business Leadership

Meditation May Be the Key to Business Leadership | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
An EC Field StudyWhat do Steve Jobs, Ray Dalio, Bill George, Marc Beinoff and Phil Jackson have in common? They are visionaries, have been known to lead and inspire teams, and have achieved significant success in their professional lives.
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The scientific argument for being emotional

The scientific argument for being emotional | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
New research shows that our feelings are more important to our health than we ever thought.
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Goldilocks and a well balanced brain

Goldilocks and a well balanced brain | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it

So how do neurons communicate with each other and why is this important in terms of how well we work? Imagine a couple of islands separated by some water. Each island has its own stranded inhabitant who communicates with the other islander by placing messenger bottles in the water and then waits for them to wash up on his neighbours’ shores. In a similar way the neurons ‘talk’ to each other by sending little packets of chemical ‘bottles’ across tiny gaps that separate them from their neighbours. The area right behind the forehead is extremely sensitive to two main messenger bottles. Too few or too many of certain types of bottles basically causes this area to close down. The relationship between these chemical bottles and its performance is so connected that you can see the effect in a simple diagram.

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Eight weeks to a better brain

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Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital find that participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.
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Meeting Madness

Meeting Madness | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it

We all know that meetings can be a challenge in so many different ways from trying to get a project idea approved, to simply surviving the boredom but they can also be an opportunity to apply some techniques of mindfulness and kindness.
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Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

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Happier, Hotter AND Healthier? 10 Reasons Why It Pays To Be Compassionate

Happier, Hotter AND Healthier? 10 Reasons Why It Pays To Be Compassionate | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
The same circumstances can be experienced very differently depending on our attitudes and behavior. Scientific data suggests that compassion is the intelligent way.
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Patient Experience Summit emphasizes empathy and engagement by caregivers

Patient Experience Summit emphasizes empathy and engagement by caregivers | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
Hospitals are a business that are going to have to compete on patient experience, as much as safety and quality. The Cleveland Clinic's third annual Patient Experience Summit answer how and why that is happening.

 

..It was all part of a theme conveyed by many at yesterday's gathering, the third annual Patient Experience Summit, which focused on empathy and innovation in patient care...

 

 "Entering a patient's room with a positive attitude, a caregiver can choose to be present with patients, and connect with them," Lyons said. "Patients are people: interesting, complicated, wonderful people.

"Listen to them."

 

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Why Caregivers Need Self-Compassion

Why Caregivers Need Self-Compassion | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
Although the term "compassion fatigue" is well-known, some psychologists are starting to argue that the term should be changed to "empathy fatigue."...

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Book Review - The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Part 2

Book Review - The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Part 2 | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it

The core of Davidson’s book crystallises research how we ourselves uniquely react and respond to ‘life’s slings and arrows’. Individual response is unique mix across six dimensions — Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. We have a mix of these styles which means we could be highly resilient (resilience) but not very good at reading social cues (Social Intuition). The key difference between these defined domains and some kind of self help manual is that they are related to underlying identifiable brain systems and can be altered through mental and environmental changes.

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In meditative mindfulness, Rep. Tim Ryan sees a cure for many American ills

In meditative mindfulness, Rep. Tim Ryan sees a cure for many American ills | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
Rep. Tim Ryan believes that mindfulness holds benefits for harried American lives.
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Positive Psychology News Daily » Oxytocin: Go Out and Touch Someone

Positive Psychology News Daily » Oxytocin: Go Out and Touch Someone | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it

Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts as a hormone. Often considered a major player in the regulation of trust and morality, its study is revealing fascinating information about human behavior and relationships. Oxytocin is released in the body when we feel safe and connected and tells the brain, “Everything is all right.” Dr. Paul Zak has determined that the human brain naturally produces oxytocin during breast-feeding, orgasm, hugs, snuggling, holding hands, partner dance, massage, bodywork, and prayer

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Life in a Man-Suit: Kindness on Ebay

Life in a Man-Suit: Kindness on Ebay | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it

I've recently put a few items on ebay: DVDs,CDs etc. Amongst the DVDs were three boxsets. Series 1, 2 and 3.

Series 2 sold.

As I was putting it into the padded envolope, I looked across at the unsold DVDs, series 1 and 3, and knew what I had to do.

I put them in the packet too and wrote a little note:

I KNOW YOU ONLY PAID FOR SERIES 2
BUT I THOUGHT I'D GIVE YOU SERIES 1 AND 3 AS WELL.
IF YOU HAVE THEM ALREADY, PLEASE PASS THEM ON.

It felt ace!

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Is It Best to Be Greedy in Tough Economic Times?

Is It Best to Be Greedy in Tough Economic Times? | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
New research suggests that evolution selects for altruism, not greed.
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Hard Wired to Connect

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We are, simply speaking, hard wired to connect.
Mirror neurons respond, perhaps surprisingly, based on the goal or perceived intention of the person performing the action - random actions by others don’t seem to cause them to fire. This means we unconsciously copy or imitate the emotional states of others with a sense of their intentions, this is what provides us with social cues as to how to respond. We have a felt sense of where someone’s at and therefore can respond accordingly. This unconscious or implicit imitation also occurs more strongly when we are with people we like or for people we perceive to be powerful. A leader will capture our attention so their emotions will be particularly contagious. However, its impact is also more subtle, for instance college student subjects who watched a video about old people were unaware that they walk more slowly to the exit at the end of a study. This implicit or unconscious imitation has profound implications for team dynamics. It is the basis for emotional contagions – how we inherit people’s moods in a team meeting or why a workplace has a particular mood tone. It’s also why stress can become such an infectious corrosive atmosphere or how an empathic nurturing environment can spread, both with their subsequent impact on team dynamics. 

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Empathy as an antidote for job burnout - ContraCostaTimes.com

Empathy as an antidote for job burnout - ContraCostaTimes.com | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it

New research suggests empathy and curiosity increase job satisfaction.

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The Chemicals of Care: How Self-Compassion Manifests in Our Bodies

The Chemicals of Care: How Self-Compassion Manifests in Our Bodies | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it
The power of self-compassion is not just an idea; it's very real and actually manifests in our bodies. When we soothe our own pain, we are tapping into the mammalian care-giving system.
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Stressed About Final Exams? Try Self-Compassion

Stressed About Final Exams? Try Self-Compassion | Awareness in Action | Scoop.it

Hendriks and her collaborator Michelle M. Wirth measured self compassion, negative affect, and cortisol in study participants who were asked to deliver a persuasive speech to a panel of trained judges. They found that participants who displayed high self-compassion experienced less negative affect than those who displayed low self-compassion.

 

The researchers also found no correlation between cortisol levels and self-compassion. In other words, high self-compassion had no negative impact on the amount of energy that participants were able to devote to the stressful task at hand.


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