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Leaders Listen to Obstacles - BRIGHTERSTEP

Leaders Listen to Obstacles - BRIGHTERSTEP | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
In our culture of timelines, deadlines, competitive lines people might not consider the wisdom within an obstacle. Leaders listen to an obstacle's wisdom.
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The Duchenne Smile Is The Best Medicine of All - Underground Health Reporter : Underground Health Reporter

The Duchenne Smile Is The Best Medicine of All - Underground Health Reporter : Underground Health Reporter | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
The Duchenne smile is different from other smiles due the exact muscles involved in creating it, and the powerful benefits it confers.
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Smile, its like yoga for your face. "

On a biochemical level, smiling releases endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins are natural painkillers. The more endorphins your brain releases, the more your body can fight off symptoms of illness. 

Similarly, serotonin is a brain chemical that acts as a natural anti-depressant. Reshaping our mouth from a frown to a smile literally sparks serotonins, dramatically shifting our sense of well-being from negative to positive.



Read more: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/duchenne-smile-benefits/#ixzz3nLBhvo9s

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Flower Power | Rutgers Magazine

Flower Power | Rutgers Magazine | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it

in the first of several double-blind studies performed in 2005, Haviland-Jones and her team presented participants with one of three gifts—a decorative candle, a fruit basket, and a floral bouquet—­supposedly as a thank-you for taking part in a study on mood.

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A gift of flowers evokes the Duchenne smile - a heartfelt "true smile" involving the mouth, cheeks and eyes. 


"In fact, the Berkeley researchers concluded the Duchenne smile is so effective that 95% of people who use it experience authentic happiness. That means only 5% of people are able to fake happiness with this smile. 

The message of this research is incredibly simple: tug at that zygomatic major (the corners of your mouth), then scrunch up those orbicularis oculi (the corners of your eyes) … then feel positivity and good energy flow, unleashing myriad health and life benefits.

With the Duchenne smile, you’re using some of nature’s best medicine to open the secret floodgates to good health and success." - the underground health reporter


Put a flower on your desk!

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Comfort Zone Box - BRIGHTERSTEP

Comfort Zone Box - BRIGHTERSTEP | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
Oprah shares her own deep reluctance to "step out of my intentionally created and deeply satisfying comfort zone".
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"How a person spends their leisure time—what she chooses to do when she can do anything at all—is one of the most important things about her." - Alice Gregory
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New research suggests nature walks are good for your brain

New research suggests nature walks are good for your brain | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
New research suggests a 90-minute nature walk can lead to less rumination -- a risk factor for depression.
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Metaphors may be 1,300 years old

Metaphors may be 1,300 years old | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
Everyday metaphors such as 'clear argument' and 'healthy economy' may have originated some 13 centuries ago, researchers have claimed
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The Cultivation of the Self | Strozzi Institute

The Cultivation of the Self | Strozzi Institute | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
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Leadership Dojo: The Self is the fundamental power of a leader and the Self is indistinguishable from the body. That is, one’s comportment, body alignment and function, capacity for action, and how we presence ourselves through our body reflects who we are as a person, reflects our orientation to others, and to the world. In other words the body is a manifestation of a person’s philosophy. The embodied Self is the primary source of power for a leader and it can be trained through practices.


In a general sense the activity is not what is important, we could include walking, running, yoga, swimming, or even golf as the practice. It is the intention behind the practice that produces the meaning.

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▶ KonMari Method - FULL TIMELAPSE | Marie Kondo | Decluttering | The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up - YouTube

Share your videos with friends, family, and the world
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People Who Appreciate Nature Are Happier, Healthier And More Innovative

People Who Appreciate Nature Are Happier, Healthier And More Innovative | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
Going into the woods is going home.
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Dance: What Your World Wants Today - BRIGHTERSTEP

Dance: What Your World Wants Today - BRIGHTERSTEP | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
What the world wants today - the dance, daring and dazzle of life liberated from all limiting beliefs that constrain movement, brilliance and expression.
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www.BRIGHTERSTEP.com A simple tool for pu:rsuing the possible you.

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▶ Your Brain on Nature, Part 2 - YouTube

Physcian Eva Selhub and Naturopath Alan Logan discuss the effects that nature and technology have on the brain and your health
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Don't let your screens get in the way of all those greens... you'll think and feel better, you'll see possibilities in the peripheries, you'll become accustomed to the mysteries...life becomes richer. 

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The Health Benefits of Shinrin-Yoku

The Health Benefits of Shinrin-Yoku | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
There’s a reason women are willing to fork over a hefty amount of their paycheck for a day at the spa. The payoffs—uninterrupted zen, luxurious pampering—are worth the price. But what if we told you
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What is biophilia and benefits of biophilic design | Mocha

What is biophilia and benefits of biophilic design | Mocha | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
An introduction to biophilia and biophilic design and why it's so important for your home and well-being. Visit Mocha now to learn all about biophilia.
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Practice Happiness - BRIGHTERSTEP

Practice Happiness - BRIGHTERSTEP | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
Happiness is like a handstand, a yoga pose, a splendid run, a great game, a recipe, a hole in one, it begins as a practice. It continues with practice.
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A happiness practice can be as simple as placing a flower on your desk or giving a flower to someone else  - the magic and happiness builds overtime. ;-)

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Positive Neuroscience: 3 Ways to Wire Your Brain

Positive Neuroscience: 3 Ways to Wire Your Brain | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
Neuroscience research has a lot of implications on positive psychology. Studies show that we can rewire our brain as training to become happier.
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Good news: We aren't stuck with an inherited happiness set-point. Your focus and activities level up your happiness.

And, here's another win for mindfulness practice - happiness and more activity in the left-right prefrontal cortex.

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Excerpts from The Leadership Dojo - by Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Excerpts from The Leadership Dojo - by Richard Strozzi-Heckler | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it

n an initial meeting with forty senior executives at AT&T, for example, I proposed the question, "What does a leader do?" and I received forty different answers. Responses included motivate others, execute plans, manage meetings, delegate responsibility, give orders, design strategies, produce organizational charts, make speeches, inspire, balance the budget, hire the right people, build alliances, mobilize skills, maintain an optimistic mood, and so on, until we had a whiteboard filled with the varied activities that took up an executive's time.

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"There seemed to be a universal consensus about the type of character values necessary for leadership and for leading an honorable life. Moreover, this list of values was hardly new. As far back as Plato and Thucydides in the West, and the Indian epic Bhagavad Gita and Buddhist text Abidharma in the East, these attributes have long been distinguished as the cornerstones of exemplary leadership and life. It seems that as long as human beings have recorded their history there has been universal agreement about what kind of person is a successful leader."

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Mapping Metaphor: Home

Mapping Metaphor: Home | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
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We are in the new age where we are aware that we are shaped by the metaphor. Isn't that amazing? It might not be easy, however, we can reshape through metaphor. 

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The Positive Effects of Nature on Your Well Being

The Positive Effects of Nature on Your Well Being | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
The Positive Effects of Nature: it reduces stress, improves mood and improves cognitive performance. There are two mainstream theories for explaining these
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Cure for public-speaking jitters: Stand like a starfish

Cure for public-speaking jitters: Stand like a starfish | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
Can you become more confident just by changing posture? Social psychologist Amy Cuddy, one of the most popular TED speakers ever, says yes — and shows you how.
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▶ Pretending to Work at Whole Foods [LABS] | Elite Daily - YouTube

Everyone has his or her unique idea of the typical Whole Foods customer (it likely involves a fleece vest), but I’m assuming most of these mental images can ...
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▶ Train - Give It All (Official Video) - YouTube

The beauty of dance and art merge together to deliver a powerful message about loss, healing, and letting go. May is Mental Health Awareness Month - if you, or anyone you know, is struggling, please visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline....

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Cultivating happiness and modeling the courage to let go of the past and create the future now, in this moment is one way to generate hope in the people around us. 

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Life, Hack, Liberty - BRIGHTERSTEP

Life, Hack, Liberty - BRIGHTERSTEP | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
Hacks are effective, people positive, forward looking, speedier and, in general simplier solutions to complicated problems.
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Upgrade your life moment to moment. www.BRIGHTERSTEP.com

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The Silicon Valley Superfood That Makes You 'Bulletproof'

The Silicon Valley Superfood That Makes You 'Bulletproof' | BRIGHTERSTEP | Scoop.it
April 21 -- In the late 1990s, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey was overweight and struggling to stay focused. Many adventures and $300,000 later, his
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Terrific story..."the donuts lost their siren song for me..."  


If you drink tea try it with a good green tea. Japanese Karigane is wonderful and is available at Chadoen.com

Dave's "brain octane" available at his site upgradeyourlife.com


Keep polishing the diamond that is you!



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