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Top 7 Traits of Star Employees

Top 7 Traits of Star Employees | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

If you're on the hunt for a new position that will let you shine, practice demonstrating these top seven traits that CEOs look for in star employees.

 

 


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 3, 6:59 PM

A resume will get them in the door. But what about their personality? Here's what you need to look for in a new hire.

Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, July 26, 5:03 AM

These traits are somewhat similar to General Electric's 4E and 1P i.e. Energy, Energize, Edge, Execute and Passion.

 

Google prioritises four things: Leadership, Role-Related Knowledge, How You Think and Googleyness http://sco.lt/7t0twf

 

In general, companies want stars who are able to push their teams forward http://sco.lt/8kWByz

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6 Habits of Highly Grateful People

6 Habits of Highly Grateful People | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff. It’s a lens that helps us to see the things that don’t make it onto our lists of problems to be solved. It’s a spotlight that we shine on the people who give us the good things in life. It’s a bright red paintbrush we apply to otherwise-invisible blessings, like clean streets or health or enough food to eat. 


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Larry Glover's curator insight, November 25, 2013 1:12 PM

A particularly good and useful Thanksgiving season article. 

Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, November 27, 2013 1:00 PM

Just in time for THANKSgiving. Thanks to Pamir Kiciman for scooping this.

Cath Daley's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:49 AM

How having  the habit of gratitude can change your life...

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10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed

10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. So naturally we are obsessed with it.. I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones I found


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Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 10:08 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possession can bring happiness, yet it is short term. Here is an interesting article backed up by science. Note it includes exercise. A great way to cope is excercise and it releases endorphines.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 10:13 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 10:20 AM
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I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

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10 Proven Ways To Increase Your Happiness

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Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. It’s also no surprise that it’s the No.1 value for Buffer’s culture, if you see our slidedeck about it. So naturally we are obsessed with it.

 

The author would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so he thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones.

 


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:07 AM

Here are 10 scientifically proven ways to increase your well-being and boost your short-term and long-term happiness.

Agnes L and HwaShan's curator insight, July 16, 3:46 AM

Now you have more reasons to be happy!

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Find 5 Extra Hours Each Day - Multitasking NOT Required

Find 5 Extra Hours Each Day - Multitasking NOT Required | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

When was the last time you complained there just weren’t enough hours in the day for all you wanted to accomplish? If you’re like me, it was recently. And if like me, you regularly run out of day at the end of your to-do list.

 


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:14 PM

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it.

Susan Taylor's curator insight, November 8, 2013 8:29 AM

What would you do with an additional 5 hours each and every day?  Write a book? Travel? Sleep?

 

Well...here's one way to give yourself some more time. Turn off the TV. 

 

The average American watches up to 5 hours of television each day.  By simply turning off the boob tube, you can gain up to 1,768 hours each year. 

 

Even if you pull yourself away from the box for just 1 hour each day, that's still 365 hours of additional time annually.  That's equivelant to over 9 weeks of work. 

 

If your employer gave you a 9-week vacation each year, you'd take it right?

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Do you want a meaningful or a happy life? – Roy F Baumeister – Aeon

Do you want a meaningful or a happy life? – Roy F Baumeister – Aeon | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one?

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, October 20, 2013 8:03 AM

"People ask what is the meaning of life, as if there is a single answer. There is no one answer: there are thousands of different ones. A life will be meaningful if it finds responses to the four questions of purpose, value, efficacy, and self-worth. It is these questions, not the answers, that endure and unify."

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12 Intentional Actions to Choose Happiness Today | Becoming Minimalist

12 Intentional Actions to Choose Happiness Today | Becoming Minimalist | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
How then might each of us begin to experience this joy? Consider this list of 12 Intentional Actions to Choose Happiness Today.

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Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Be Happier, Backed by Science

Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Be Happier, Backed by Science | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it.  The author would love to be happier so she thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science.

 


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ID Bien Etre & Santé's comment, August 12, 2013 1:27 PM
very interesting subject
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7 New Strategies for Happiness

7 New Strategies for Happiness | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

New research from the science of positive psychology has found a number of practical exercises you can do to boost your happiness and decrease your depression.

Choose one of the following 7 exercises and practice it for 1 week...

 


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Time To Get Something On The Side: 30 Inspiring Passion Projects And Why You Should Have One

Time To Get Something On The Side: 30 Inspiring Passion Projects And Why You Should Have One | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Can painting a rock help you in your professional life? What about performing card tricks? Painting, sculpting, writing children’s books? If you’re a creative professional, the answer’s likely yes.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:34 PM

Channel your creative energy into other than work projects and reset/refresh your artistic spirit - creative stimulation is not a luxury it’s a necessity!


Read More:  http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682604/time-to-get-something-on-the-side-30-inspiring-passion-projects-and-why-you-should-have-one#0

 

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7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Surprisingly, it can be the little things that have an outsized impact on our day-to-day happiness levels.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, February 19, 2:55 PM

My favorite is #6 ...


  1. Be Busy, But Not Rushed
  2. Have 5 Close Relationships
  3. Don’t Tie Your Happiness to External Events
  4. Exercise
  5. Embrace Discomfort for Mastery
  6. Spend More Money on Experiences
  7. Don’t Ignore Your Itches


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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, February 21, 10:13 AM

I resonate with the last 2: spend money on experiences and follow your dreams. When we got married I turned down the diamond ring that I probably would have lost years ago in favor of a 2 week honeymoon. We still talk about it some 30 years later.

 

It's taken me longer to follow my dreams, but I have started a new career in my late 50s as a health coach helping America get more healthy through developing and executing corporate wellness programs.

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10 Ways to Create a Happy Moment

10 Ways to Create a Happy Moment | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
As part of self-care, creating a happy moment for ourselves can not only break a negative mood, it paves the way for more positive moods to follow.

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Ellen Diane's curator insight, November 20, 2013 10:52 AM

lovely;)

Susan Taylor's curator insight, November 20, 2013 7:21 PM

You deserve a happy moment!  Here are ten suggestions to put yourself in a good mood:

 

  1. Listen to or watch something funny
  2. Compliment people you do not know
  3. Laugh at yourself
  4. Allow yourself to be an 8-year old again
  5. Hold a baby
  6. Create a playlist of happy songs
  7. Spend time in Nature
  8. Treat yourself to something you normally wouldn't
  9. Take a bath
  10. Create your own joke

 

Great advice from Nathan Feiles.

 

And as another idea, why not try some (or all) of these things as a way to unplug?

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Choose Experiences that Positively Retrain Your Brain

Choose Experiences that Positively Retrain Your Brain | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
I often hear people say, "I'm the kind of person who…" or, "I'm not a people person.” These seemingly off-the-cuff comments suggest they’re resigned to not changing their self-perception – regardless (Seek Experiences That Positively Reshape Your ...

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, November 19, 2013 5:35 PM

Dr. Richard Davidson suggests that "using our experiences to positively shift our self-perception" will retrain your brain.

 

Did you know that playing just 2 hours of a video game can structurally change your brain?  Imagine that!  Just 2 hours with a joystick can actually change the structure of your brain.  This "underscores how extraordinarily dynamic our brains are, constantly being shaped this way and that."  And it happens so fast.  Studies show that an average adult generates 5,000 to 10,000 new brain cells every single day.

 

Most people are not very willing to shift their worldview.  And most often, we are unconscious of how our brain is being shaped by the forces around us. But in knowing that the brain changes in response to our experiences, actions and relationships, we can take advantage of this knowledge and "actually play a more intentional role in shaping our own brains in ways that may be heath promoting and in ways that can cultivate well-being".

 

 

 

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10 Adorable Characteristics Happy People Have

10 Adorable Characteristics Happy People Have | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
On a list of the top 20 happiest countries in the world, America just barely ranks at #17. This is kind of ridiculous when you think about all the freedoms and conveniences Americans enjoy that less wealthy nations will never experience.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:43 AM


Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
—Dalai Lama


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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy, by Dana Saviuc

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy, by Dana Saviuc | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering -- and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy -- we cling on to them.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:24 AM

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” 

—Lao Tzu


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10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science

10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
I would love to be happier, as I'm sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones I found.

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8. Plan a trip – but don't take one - How true.

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Angie Mc's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:17 AM

#4 4. Spend time with friends and family – don't regret it on your deathbed.

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The 75-Year Study that Found the Secrets to a Fulfilling Life

The 75-Year Study that Found the Secrets to a Fulfilling Life | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

 

What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in order to see how they changed and what they learned. And it would probably be too ambitious for anyone to actually undertake.

 

Only, a group of Harvard researchers did undertake it, producing a comprehensive, flesh-and-blood picture of some of life’s fundamental questions: how we grow and change, what we value as time goes on, and what is likely to make us happy and fulfilled.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 11, 2013 6:24 PM

A study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 12, 2013 11:59 AM

Love is all that matters. Work is the unhappiest place and the commute to work is the second unhappiest place in many studies. When we are grounded in solid, loving relationships, it makes all the difference in the world.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's comment, August 12, 2013 5:51 PM
Thanks Ivon. Love and relationships matter most.
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Having a Really Lousy Day? Some Ways to Feel Better

Having a Really Lousy Day? Some Ways to Feel Better | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

Having a Really Lousy Day? Some Ways to Feel Better

We’ve all had terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

A bad work evaluation, a disappointing grade, a potential crush who turns out to be interested in someone else, a fight with your colleague, a worrisome report from a doctor, a broken resolution…lousy days take many forms.

Here are some strategies I use for coping with a lousy day:


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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:29 PM

Solid tips for dealing with a no good, horrible, very bad day. I espcially like the one about NOT treating yourself with some form of indulgence. 

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How Happiness Changes With Age

How Happiness Changes With Age | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

Happiness becomes less the high-energy, totally-psyched experience of a teenager partying while his parents are out of town, and more the peaceful, relaxing experience of an overworked mom who's been dreaming of that hot bath all day. The latter isn't less "happy" than the former -- it's a different way of understanding what happiness is.

Social psychologists describe this change as a consequence of a gradual shifting from promotion motivation -- seeing our goals in terms of what we can gain, or how we can end up better off, to prevention motivation -- seeing our goals in terms of avoiding loss and keeping things running smoothly. Everyone, of course, has both motivations. But the relative amounts of each differ from person to person, and can shift with experience as we age.


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