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Resilience...The Alchemy of transforming life's stresses and adversities into opportunities for growth and joy
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Want to be happy? Be grateful

Want to be happy? Be grateful | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude.

Via Jose Luis Anzizar, Wise Leader™
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Great presentation. Resiliency is the ability to be grateful for all experiences; even the ones that appear to be negative. There is an opportunity to learn form all of life's experiences.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 28, 11:44 AM

There is spiritual element to gratitude.

 

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Stuck in Survival Mode: Insights into Turning Down Your Stress Level

Stuck in Survival Mode: Insights into Turning Down Your Stress Level | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
UConn Health psychiatry professor Julian Ford shares one simple strategy that you can use right now to regain control of your emotions.
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I like the suggest to focus on your core values as way to bring your stress level down.

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How To Cure Your Burnout Without Quitting Your Job

How To Cure Your Burnout Without Quitting Your Job | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Quitting your job or chucking your career aren't the only ways to cure your burnout. Try these five steps.
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I found the reasons and cure for work burnout similar to the issues regarding employee engagement. I think reading this article from a managers perspective can help gain an awareness on what burns people out and how to counter it.

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7 Things You Should Never Apologize For

7 Things You Should Never Apologize For | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Everyone makes mistakes. We're human -- we're allowed. And when we do make an error in judgment, we simply apologize and move on.

But the truth is, there are simply some actions we shouldn't have guilt over because our emotional and physical healt...
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After reading the list I would refer to them as the 7 Resiliency Boosters. Each one has emotional, physical and psychological benefits.

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Meditation Experience • Home

Meditation Experience • Home | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Are you ready to create the life you’ve always dreamed of? All you can imagine or desire is available to you, right here and now. Join Oprah & Deepak to tap into your true power to co-create your best and most meaningful life. In this transformative 3-week journey, Oprah & Deepak reveal the secrets to attracting all the love, success, and happiness you desire.
Tom Wojick's insight:

I just completed session one! I recommend this program to help bring a new and sustained focus living your intentions. I realized that I was focusing way too much on what I don't want instead of what I want. 

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The Problem With Positive Thinking - NYTimes.com

The Problem With Positive Thinking - NYTimes.com | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
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In Jim Collin's book from "Good To Great" it talks about the Stockdale Paradox, which was a characteristic of effective leaders. It is named after Admiral Stockdale who was a prisoner of war in Viet Nam. Realistic Optimism is a much more effective and success way of approaching life's challenges and to living a resilient life.

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Is your boss making you sick?

Is your boss making you sick? | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Besides causing employees to dread work, a bad boss — someone who is inept, hypercritical or a blame-thrower — can have a negative effect on others' physical and mental well-being.
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For years you've been saying how your boss makes you sick. Well here's evidence that you were right. Bad bosses, and there are still a few out there, erode your resiliency and leave employees vulnerable not to just common alignments, but also high blood pressure and heart attacks.

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Exercise added to chemo shrinks tumors faster - Futurity

Exercise added to chemo shrinks tumors faster - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
After only two weeks, exercise and chemotherapy shrink tumors in mice more than just chemotherapy alone.
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We can creatively think of 1001 excuses why we can exercise today, but there is no denying it; it is one of the most potent and effective ways to build one's resiliency and longevity. 

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Playing Outside Supports Children's Spirituality

Playing Outside Supports Children's Spirituality | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Conscious Living TV was founded in 2007 to raise the consciousness of the planet through media. From eco-fashion and organic vegetarian cuisine to luxury green travel, spirituality and natural health – our goal is to highlight the best in sustainable living, and feature the people, places and pioneers that are changing the world for the better.
Tom Wojick's insight:

To live a resilient life is to find a sense of spirituality and meaning. There isn't a better way to build and touch one's spirit than to connect with nature.

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Just Thinking You Slept Poorly Can Hurt Your Performance

Just Thinking You Slept Poorly Can Hurt Your Performance | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Do away with those gadgets that track your sleep! They may be hurting your performance.

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'Virtual visits' lower stress for kids in the hospital - Futurity

'Virtual visits' lower stress for kids in the hospital - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Technology that lets hospitalized kids visit family and friends via the internet can lower stress, which may help them recover faster.
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I think this finding is consistent with one factor that is a characteristic of resilient people, which is that they have a strong social support system. Resilient individuals typically are not Lone Ranger's. I hope that hospitals provide the technology for kids who can't afford IPads.  

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5 Things Truly Resilient People Do Differently

5 Things Truly Resilient People Do Differently | Living Resilient | Scoop.it

back Humans have a remarkable capacity for resilience. Over and over, we hear stories of people who, after trauma and adversity, pick themselves up, put the pieces back together, and go on with their lives.

But for many, there's a place beyond recovery...

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This article points out that higher levels of resiliency require the ability to not only bounce back, but more importantly to bounce forward.

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To get creative, get walking - Futurity

To get creative, get walking - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Walking, indoors or out, can boost creative inspiration by as much as 60 percent, new research shows.
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When your boss stops you and asks,"Why aren't you at your desk?". Tell him your trying to find a creative solution to make him money. 

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Larry Glover's curator insight, May 20, 10:39 AM

How can we be creatively, or wildly, resilient if we are not embodied? My experience is that anything, qi gong-dancing-yoga..., anything that brings me more into my body boosts my creativity. Other research demonstrates, contrary to this study, creativity benefits to time spent outdoors. It will be interesting as research flushes this out further.

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A Lesson in Overcoming Adversity Through Innovation

A Lesson in Overcoming Adversity Through Innovation | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Kamkwamba’s story teaches us that only by thinking about innovating to solve problems of access can we begin to truly tackle these socio-economic issues.

Overcoming adversity through innovating is a process that begins with mental toughness, cultivating one’s curiosity, and doing what others aren’t doing.

Via David Hain
Tom Wojick's insight:

These same problem skills apply to personal and professional issues as well as sock-economic problems.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 28, 12:41 AM

A BOY FROM MALAWI TEACHES US HOW TO TACKLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC ISSUES WITH INNOVATION.

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Organizational Engagement: Starting Your Own Concern Movement

Organizational Engagement: Starting Your Own Concern Movement | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
I can’t seem to get through a page of John Gardner’s book Self-Renewa l: The Individual and the Innovative Society —which is full of lessons, advice and wisdom on the nature and nurturing of...
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Living resiliently is about living one's values.This applies to organizations and leaders as well individuals. 

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How to Handle Stress in the Moment

How to Handle Stress in the Moment | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Silence the negative voice in your head.
Tom Wojick's insight:

Excellent advice that works. I also recommend Stop: When you notice your stress signal, Breathe: Take a few slow deep breaths and focus on your breathing, Reflect: how can I reframe what is causing me stress and Choose to do something other than your normal stress response. 

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How To Recover When Stress Builds Up

How To Recover When Stress Builds Up | Living Resilient | Scoop.it

Recovery is not negotiable. You can either make time to rest and rejuvenate now or make time to be sick and injured later. Keep your bucket full....


Via massimo facchinetti
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Good article and I recommend the book, The Power of Full Engagement, for an in depth understanding of the WHY, What, and How of Recovery.  The science of periodization is the science of recovery.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, November 3, 4:35 AM

I like the illustration very much...:-)))

donhornsby's curator insight, November 3, 8:44 AM

(From the article): Because recovery is not negotiable. You can either make time to rest and rejuvenate now or make time to be sick and injured later. Keep your bucket full.

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How The Most Successful People Conquer Burnout

How The Most Successful People Conquer Burnout | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Here’s the scariest thing about burnout: It’s easy not to see it coming when you’re doing something you’re passionate about.

After several years of head-down-focused work, day in and day out, you’ll start to feel the rigorous training you’ve forced your body to adopt has taken a toll. You’ll either push through or hit the wall hard. The most successful people have all dealt with this life-work challenge at some point. Below, seven of them share what they did to reset and recover.

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Personal stories are one of the best learning tools.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, October 30, 11:48 PM

Burnout is the scariest thing that can happen to anyone including dedicated professionals. This might happen at any time although the most predictable time would be when you are well into your job. One of the causative factors is stress, and pressure to perform multiple tasks, graveyard shifts, and narrow deadlines. The curse of multitasking has made us even more susceptible to burnout!

antonio velardo's curator insight, November 1, 6:13 PM

"Here’s the scariest thing about burnout: It’s easy not to see it coming when you’re doing something you’re passionate about."  This is SO TRUE!!!!

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The Art of Self-Renewal: A Timeless 1964 Field Guide to Keeping Your Work and Your Soul Vibrantly Alive

The Art of Self-Renewal: A Timeless 1964 Field Guide to Keeping Your Work and Your Soul Vibrantly Alive | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
"The self-renewing man … looks forward to an endless and unpredictable dialogue between his potentialities and the claims of life -- not o

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
Tom Wojick's insight:

This is one book everyone needs to read not tomorrow - Today! 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 22, 9:46 PM

John W. Gardner's book is a gem!!! 


I also recommend that you read a speech given by John W. Gardner that I Scooped earlier: Personal renewal.  

David Hain's curator insight, October 23, 10:08 AM

"The renewal of societies and organizations can go forward only if someone cares. Apathy and lowered motivation are the most widely noted characteristics of a civilization on the downward path." ~ John W. Gardner

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The Contrarians on Stress: It Can Be Good for You

The Contrarians on Stress: It Can Be Good for You | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Studies indicate that stress can be stimulating and healthy, and that boredom can have the same effects as having too much to do.
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Good article because provides a good balance and perspective on stress. 

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Relax! You’ll Be More Productive

Relax! You’ll Be More Productive | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
To be at your peak, don’t work so much.
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Our basic idea is that the energy employees bring to their jobs is far more important in terms of the value of their work than is the number of hours they work. By managing energy more skillfully, it’s possible to get more done, in less time, more sustainably. In a decade, no one has ever chosen to leave the company. Our secret is simple — and generally applicable. When we’re renewing, we’re truly renewing, so when we’re working, we can really work.

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Americans Are Too Afraid And Stressed To Take Days Off From Work

Americans Are Too Afraid And Stressed To Take Days Off From Work | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
American workers are too scared to go on vacation.

About 40 percent of us don't plan on using all of our paid time off this year, according to a new survey released Tuesday by the U.S. Travel Association and GfK, a market research firm. The surv...
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to live resiliently requires that we balance work with rest and relaxation. In American we worship organizations, but I find them resistant to scientific evidence that counters the methods they believe will improve productivity and motivation - very unfortunate for all involved.

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Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain

Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Vacation isn’t a luxury. Neither is daydreaming. Don’t skimp.
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Great description of the brains two part attentional system, which provides the science behind why taking a break is productive. Now if could get my clients to trust that they will be more productive and creative by taking their vacation and to bury their blackberry in the sand! 

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Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives

Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a poll in March and early April to find out how stress is affecting people in the U.S. Here's what we found.
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Very information and essential information for organizational HR, EPA and supervisors. Stress is one of the top three reasons behind workplace accidents, injuries, illness and poor performance. 

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25 minutes of meditating eases stress - Futurity

25 minutes of meditating eases stress - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Even brief sessions of mindfulness meditation—25 minutes for three consecutive days—can help people cope with stressful situations.
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