Gems for a Happy Family Life
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Gems for a Happy Family Life
Celebrating family. Leading positively. Sharing how-to.
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How to Free Your Mind: 15 Decluttering Tips | A.R.Karthick

How to Free Your Mind: 15 Decluttering Tips | A.R.Karthick | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds. Here are 15 decluttering tips to free your mind.

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 22, 2013 4:54 PM

Both men and women can need help decluttering.

Mary Anne Hahn's curator insight, December 24, 2013 12:18 PM

Excellent tips (although I struggle with limiting social media time!)

Mary Anne Hahn's curator insight, December 24, 2013 12:19 PM

Excellent tips (although I personally would struggle with limiting my social media access!)

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▶ Apple - Holiday - TV Ad - Misunderstood - YouTube

A teenage boy surprises his family with a thoughtful holiday gift.

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Yep. I cried.

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The Future Of Work Will Liberate Individual And Collective Genius

The Future Of Work Will Liberate Individual And Collective Genius | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
How do we reach our human potential when it comes to work? Blogger, evangelist, and business educator Angela Maiers provides her unique perspective.

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Excellence through merging of multiple expertice and experience.

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John Michel's curator insight, December 21, 2013 1:00 PM

The business of the future keeps its employees engaged by liberating and leveraging their individual and collective genius. This is only possible in an organization in which everyone is invited to contribute fully. 

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How To Always Have A Neat Desk

How To Always Have A Neat Desk | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
All the efficiency experts say it – a neat, clear desk dramatically improves productivity. But what’s the best way to achieve it?
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The Golden Question is, “Can I get this again if I need it in the future?”

 
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The best gifts for family travel

The best gifts for family travel | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Families on the go have special needs. The products chosen either cleverly engage kids, making travel time fly by, or the items offer simple solutions to big worries.
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Cool stuff, easily available, priced right.

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75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it

In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development in history.  The study’s goal was to determine as best as possible what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing.


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Happiness is love.  Full stop.

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How Music Makes Us Feel Better

How Music Makes Us Feel Better | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
The idea that music can have therapeutic value is far from new, and the data supporting it have grown even stronger…

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Music heals and uplifts. 

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:42 PM

Interesting summary piece from the New Yorker a few months ago - the main focus being a study in Japanon recovery rates of mice after heart surgery with some groups being exposed to music and some not.  The takeaway - along with other studies referenced is that music is good for you and can make you feel better.  There's an interesting essay from Kimberly Sena Moore who used this article to question the whole idea that it's just "Music makes you feel good."  Her point is that music does so much more than just help in recovery, there are so many areas in which music affects us that distilling it down to just making you feel good seems a bit sophomoric and basic.  You can read Kimberley's post here:  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-musical-self/201312/music-its-more-feel-good

Lindsay Ahmann's curator insight, January 11, 2014 9:19 PM

I found this article very interesting because this could be the next big thing in medical advances. If they find music to help the healing process, we could improve our surgical survival rates along with our recovery from other diseases. As long as the patient finds the music enjoyable, it is proven to show accelerated recovery. Being able to test this experiment and find positive results is really a cool thing because it shows how our body responds to certain noises and frequencies.

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25 Simple Acts Of Kindness You Can Try Today

25 Simple Acts Of Kindness You Can Try Today | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
One year ago today, tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School and the residents of Newtown, Conn., resulting in an unimaginable loss.

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Kindness is a habit to foster into a way of life.

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Brad Anderson's curator insight, December 14, 2013 12:42 PM

Encourage each other.

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The Unlikely Secret to a Happy Retirement | TIME.com

The Unlikely Secret to a Happy Retirement | TIME.com | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Almost everyone aspires to travel in retirement and almost no one factors the expense into their plans. This is one of retirees' biggest regrets, and it shuts them off from valuable health benefits.
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Travel?!

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7 Ways to Make 2014 the Best Year You've Ever Had

7 Ways to Make 2014 the Best Year You've Ever Had | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Want next year to be amazing? Take action now. Here are seven actions for today that are sure to bring you joy and success in 2014.

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Number 6 is my favorite; schedule calendar time in January with those you value the most.  My birthday is in December when we're all busy.  I'm looking forward to gathering my closest friends in Jaunuary to celebrate by making them a big Italian meal. Cheers!

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, December 10, 2013 10:48 PM

7 ideas para acabar bien el 2013 y empezar mejor el 2014

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Planifica tus exitos
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5 Tips For Savoring The Season

5 Tips For Savoring The Season | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
The holidays are an exciting time but can bring with them a flurry of emotions. If you want to go from overwhelmed to overjoyed this season, here are five tips and how-tos to help savor the season. After all, 'tis the season...
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Each tip has at least 3 sub-tips. Practical helps.

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Stop Being A Stress Victim - Joseph Lalonde

Stop Being A Stress Victim - Joseph Lalonde | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Stress rules the life of many people. You don't have to let it rule yours. Here's some helpful hints on battling stress.

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Taking responsibity for stress and having tools to cope with stress help to reduce stress.

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Carolyn Hax: Learning how to say no to a 9-year-old neighbor

Carolyn Hax: Learning how to say no to a 9-year-old neighbor | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
A mother whose kids are 4 and 5 asks how to occasionally fend off an abrasive 9-year-old neighbor.
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Kind and loving and no sometimes.

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Random Act Of Kindness - CNN

Random Act Of Kindness - CNN | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
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She felt moved by the random kindness and says she is planning on paying the act of kindness forward. 'It restored my faith in humanity. A stranger took the time to put the card together to bring a smile to someone's face.

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St. Therese, a dollar, and a candy cane never looked so sweet ❤

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Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead. | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
When it comes to getting things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you, there is a much better way to do things.

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Focus on principles and processes (systems) more than the end product (goals) to increase happiness and success.

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Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, December 21, 2013 4:09 PM

Provocative article on the advantage of "systems" over goals and goal-setting. 

LuAnne Holder's curator insight, December 22, 2013 12:15 PM

Interesting article on the process rather than the goals that aid success.

AnnC's curator insight, December 22, 2013 7:04 PM

Focus on your process or system rather than goals.

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How to translate parenting into leadership

How to translate parenting into leadership | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
There's a lot of overlap between parenting and managing. For most managers, the comparisons are purely intuitive. It helps, though, to thinking clearly through the overlap. This SmartBlog on Leader...

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I am a better parent because I was a manager first. And I'm a better manager because I'm a parent.

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The real magic of Christmas: How to string lights without a single extension cord

The real magic of Christmas: How to string lights without a single extension cord | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
This time of year, the Richards family's electric bill tops $2,200 because the half-million Christmas lights on their home in Forrest, Canberra, if laid end to end, would stretch 31 miles.
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Wireless!

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Happiness: The Contagion Theory

Happiness: The Contagion Theory | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it

"Have you ever noticed how being around nutsy/negative people can make you feel nutsy/negative?

Psychologists call this “emotional contagion” – and there’s even evolutionary reasons for why someone else’s curmudgeonly ways can infect you.

“The original form is the contagion of fear and alarm,” said Frans de Waal, a psychologist and primate expert at Atlanta’s Emory University. “You’re in a flock of birds. One bird suddenly takes off. You have no time to wait and see what’s going on. You take off, too. Otherwise, you’re lunch.”

Translation: Getting caught up in another’s negativity is a hard-wired survival mechanism.

“I have often noticed how primate groups in their entirety enter a similar mood,” de Waal said. “All of a sudden, all of them are playful, hopping around. Or all of them are grumpy. Or all of them are sleepy and settle down. In such cases, the mood contagion serves the function of synchronizing activities. The individual who doesn’t stay in tune with what everyone is doing will lose out, like the traveler who didn’t go the restroom when the bus stopped.”

Translation: Contagion theory of happiness also explains the powerful energy of “mob mentality” and why there’s a tendency for groups of people in a movie theater or concert to share a similar feeling for the move or concert.

Plus psychologists believe that “the contagion theory of happiness” is yet another form of our hard-wired mimicry we humans do – our instinctive human tendency to unconsciously imitate other people’s facial expressions, vocalizations, postures, and body movements.

For example, if someone scratches their nose, you might suddenly feel your nostrils twitch. Or if someone yawns and stretches and gets sleepy, you might yawn and feel more tired too.

Indeed, mimicry is such a strong foundation of our human emotional development that even at a mere 1-hour old, a newborn infant will be hard-wired to mimic a person’s facial gestures.

Hence why you can smile at 1-hour old baby, and this 1-hour old baby will smile back!

Translation: Our built-in human system for mimicry, explains why we humans can transfer our good and bad moods to each other.

The Journal of Applied Psychology offered up a study which showed the downer effects of a downer leader on a group. They took 189 volunteer undergraduates, divided them into 63 groups of 3, and told them they were taking part in a team-building exercise to put up a tent. Then a “leader” was chosen for each team, and shown either of video clip of a “Saturday Night Live” skits or a vignette on torture — to create either a positive/up beat mood or a negative/downer mood.

The result: If a leader was up, the team members’ moods rose. But if the leader was down, everyone became down.

Numerous other studies have also shown how when one person in a romantic coupling gets depressed, the other also becomes more depressed.

Psychologists believe this transfer of emotions is yet another form of empathy.

In London’s University College, psychologist Tonia Singer and colleagues used brain scans to explore empathy in 19 romantic couples. She hooked both individuals to brain scans. One partner in the couple was given a slight electric shock while the other partner watched. Each of their scans showed identical brain reactions. Although only one partner was shocked, both of the partner’s pain center lighted up – as if both had been jolted.

On a more happy note… Howard Friedman, a psychologist at University of California at Irvine thinks “emotional contagion” is also why some people can move and inspire others to positive action – like a good coach or a powerful preacher – or a joyous/exuberant partner in a romantic coupling.

Friedman believes it’s because the happy person’s happy facial expression, happy voice, happy gestures and happy body movements all together conspire to transmit happy emotions to all those around the happy person!"

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Today decide to be a HAPPINESS TRANSMITTER! <- Like that :)

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Miguel Garcia's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:48 AM

tal vez no sea la felicidad lo q se contagia pero si el estado de ánimo.

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8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings

8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
How to make the most out of every morning.

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Manage energy, not time. This.

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The Healthy Way to Forgive Yourself, by Juliana Breines

The Healthy Way to Forgive Yourself, by Juliana Breines | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
The ability to forgive oneself for mistakes, large and small, is critical to psychological well-being. But self-forgiveness has a dark side.

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4 ways to help yourself while also considering the needs of others.

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How to digitize holiday photos and videos | PCWorld

How to digitize holiday photos and videos  | PCWorld | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Move precious memories online (and create digital backups) with help from a scanner, a video converter, and better-than-basic editing software.
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I can dream of someone else doing this for me, right?

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How to make people like you: 6 science-based conversation hacks

How to make people like you: 6 science-based conversation hacks | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
So you want to know how to make people like you? It's easier than you think.
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"How to be likable" is a better title for this piece. These habits, when done out of care for the other person, are worth developing.

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How To Stay Fit During The Holidays

How To Stay Fit During The Holidays | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Lock in your commitment to yourself with apps and Web-based fitness tools.
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Great tech options to enjoy the holidays and stay healthy & energized.

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Learning How To Hustle

Learning How To Hustle | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I spoke at my alma mater, Whitman College, on a panel entitled “From Student to Startup.” After a series of questions, one student finally asked, “What is the most important skill you need to successfully start a company?
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A passion-driven life is shown throw hustle and hustle can improve the quality of work and relationships when properly focuse via sheer quantity of effort.

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5 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence

5 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
A hard look at your emotional skills and weaknesses is the first step to improving EQ, which is highly correlated with business success.

Via Ivan Berlocher, Bobby Dillard, Brad Anderson
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Emotional Intelligence can be improved which will improve relationships and let your best self shine.

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