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Monty Python's John Cleese Almost Explains Our Brains : NPR

Monty Python's John Cleese Almost Explains Our Brains : NPR | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Monty Python's John Cleese gives us a highly sophisticated, totally un-understandable, look at the human brain. The secret is, Cleese isn't speaking English. It sounds like English, but its nonsense.
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Humor is a critical component of resiliency. Watch this video for a good laugh.

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Hitting infections hard can be 'the worst thing to do' - Futurity

Hitting infections hard can be 'the worst thing to do' - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Treating infections with the traditional "hit hard" approach may not always be best way to prevent the evolution of drug resistance, a math model shows.
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I found this article directly related to one's physical resiliency. In many conversations I hear friends and relatives wanting antibiotics to deal with their infections. Doctors seem quick to respond, but is this the best practice for long term and could be having a negative impact on our resiliency.

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The Upside of Adversity: 6 Lessons from Thriving with Chronic Illness

The Upside of Adversity: 6 Lessons from Thriving with Chronic Illness | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
From adversity comes inspiration and growth; there is always a silver lining if we are prepared to look for it. Here’s what my experiences have taught me.
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Another example of living a resilient life.

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How Using Your Hands Creatively Reduces Stress & Anxiety

How Using Your Hands Creatively Reduces Stress & Anxiety | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Once you get hooked, you won’t know how you handled your stress before you tackled it creatively. And a wonderful new world will open before you.
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Now I know why I feel more stress thinking about writing an article or preparing a presentation than when I'm engaged in the writing or the doing. Simple and effective way of reducing stress, building resiliency and expanding your creativity.

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When These Muscles Are Fitter Your Brain Is Also Fitter - PsyBlog

When These Muscles Are Fitter Your Brain Is Also Fitter - PsyBlog | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
The brains and bodies of identical twins were compared over ten years.
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More evidence that choosing to be a couch potato turns your brain into mush. Stand up, walk, run anything but sitting on your rear.

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3 Ways to Bounce Back When Things Go Wrong

3 Ways to Bounce Back When Things Go Wrong | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
When things go wrong, these three things can help us forgive ourselves, recover our bearings, and get back to living our best lives
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Resilience is about bouncing back. This story provides a good example of how to bounce when you feel that you have no bounce in you.

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Geri Pluese's curator insight, December 6, 2015 10:49 AM

Resilience is about bouncing back. This story provides a good example of how to bounce when you feel that you have no bounce in you.

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Washing Dishes Mindfully Can Ease Stress, Study Shows | Elevated Existence

Washing Dishes Mindfully Can Ease Stress, Study Shows | Elevated Existence | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Washing dishes mindfully proven to decrease stress and nervousness and increase inspiration.
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I can vouch for this; I enjoy washing dishes. If I have to use the dishwasher I try to load it mindfully.

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How To Keep Office Negativity In Check

How To Keep Office Negativity In Check | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Psychologists are learning that positive attitudes can be contagious.
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Positive attitudes and optimism are key resiliency skills personally , professionally and organizationally

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Stress hormone might play a role in Alzheimer's - Futurity

Stress hormone might play a role in Alzheimer's - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Evidence links stress to Alzheimer's—and may point to better therapies. "We need more novel approaches in the pipeline than we have now," says Todd Golde.
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Let's face it, stress is a global health issue. We need to develop stress education programs for all age groups in our schools. The costs compared to the negative consequences of stress is insignificant.

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5 Dos and Don’ts for Surviving a Hard Time

5 Dos and Don’ts for Surviving a Hard Time | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Setbacks, tragedy, loss, and failures are part of life, but surviving them isn't always easy. These dos and don'ts may help.
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Great story on how work and life can challenge your resiliency and how a resilient attitude can help you overcome you most difficult obstacles.


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5 Habits That Will Attract More Positivity Into Your Life

5 Habits That Will Attract More Positivity Into Your Life | Living Resilient | Scoop.it

After some deep self-evaluation, I uncovered a lot of issues, including some bad habits that were feeding my negativity. That realization led me to start seeking out good habits that would attract more positivity into my life.


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Resiliency is the ability to learn from negative events and turn the learning into future positives.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 26, 2015 11:30 PM
change your habits, change your life.
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The Truth About Failure: How Hurdles Make You Successful

The Truth About Failure: How Hurdles Make You Successful | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
You will experience failure. We all do. You will hit hurdles in your life. What matters is what you do after you hit one.
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The essence of resiliency is learning to hit huddles, experience failures and bounce back.

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Bounce Back & Thrive: How to Turn Adversity into Opportunity

Bounce Back & Thrive: How to Turn Adversity into Opportunity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Going through hard times? Feeling like you're doomed to fail in life? Your adversity could be your advantage.
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90 minutes in nature really change the brain - Futurity

90 minutes in nature really change the brain - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce the risk of depression, report researchers.
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Do you have a trail map in your medicine cabinet? You might want to get one at your local outdoor shop.

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Why Stress Is Good for You and How to Respond to It

Why Stress Is Good for You and How to Respond to It | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Stress has gotten a bad rep, but it serves an important function. Here's why it's good for us and how we can respond to it so it doesn't control us.
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Stress is a fact of life - learning to make it work for you instead of against you is a requirement for living resiliently.

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8 Psych Tips For Changing Yourself And Other People - PsyBlog

8 Psych Tips For Changing Yourself And Other People - PsyBlog | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Part 1: Psych tips for how to promote change in yourself.
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Resilient individuals and organizations don't deny or fear change they embrace it. Learning to work with change instead of fighting it is a way to strengthen one's resiliency.

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If Mindfulness Makes You Uncomfortable, It’s Working

If Mindfulness Makes You Uncomfortable, It’s Working | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Confronting hard truths can lead to better choices.
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Excellent integration of EQ and mindfulness with practical and helpful tips to build your resilience.

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10 Ways to Seize the Day and Achieve Work-Life Balance

10 Ways to Seize the Day and Achieve Work-Life Balance | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
As my experience with cancer showed me, life is full of unexpected twists and turns. So memento mordi, carpe diem. Remember you will die, so seize the day.
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Like the advice and tips in this article. I particularly like number 6: choose fear over regret.

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E.O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really good for your brain

E.O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really good for your brain | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
The originator of the concept of "biophilia" — 30 years ago — reflects on its modern resonance.
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Our resiliency - our ability to thrive and sustain is not through technology it is maintaining our relationship with nature.

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Larry Glover's curator insight, November 18, 2015 11:00 PM

If nature is so good for us, as science is revealing, who and or what is benefiting from it's destruction?

Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, November 19, 2015 2:01 PM

I was a fan of Wilson waaay back when - good article.

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The Benefits of Stress

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What if there was an upside to the anxiety you feel? Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal and George Mason professor Todd Kashdan explain why stress might just be a good thing.
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If you here the word stress, most likely you will have a negative reaction - Right? We've been conditioned to view stress as bad and we should do everything we can to eliminate it - it's making us ill! Well here is review of why we should take another look at stress and how to use stress to benefit us.

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5 ways to de-stress and help your heart - Harvard Health

5 ways to de-stress and help your heart - Harvard Health | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Constant stress — whether from a traffic-choked daily commute, unhappy marriage, or heavy workload — can have real physical effects on the body. It has been linked to a wide range of health issues, including mood, sleep, and appetite problems —...
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This has been known for many years, unfortunately we still need to be reminded. Dr.Herbert Benson in his work at Harvard found stress to be a leading cause of heart disease. He also found that mind/body approaches where effective in repairing and preventing heart disease.

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7 Things Resilient Employees Do Differently

7 Things Resilient Employees Do Differently | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
The economy, the way people want to live and work, and a whole host of other factors are changing the way work gets done. Some companies are adapting right along with the changes, but many are having difficulties.
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If were employing people I would be looking to build my team with people who possess these 7 traits. I would also be providing my employees the opportunity to develop these competencies and skills.

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The Power of Meditation: Sit Your Way to a Happier Life

The Power of Meditation: Sit Your Way to a Happier Life | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
I’d like to share a few of the fantastic benefits that I've experienced with meditation in the hopes that maybe you could experience them too.
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Meditation is a practice that can assist you in maintaining and to strengthening your resiliency.

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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.
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Urban and city planners take note parks and green spaces are healthier. Forget about concrete and asphalt if you want people to feel better, reduce tension and maybe help to reduce violence.

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You'll lose muscle if you sit for 2 weeks - Futurity

You'll lose muscle if you sit for 2 weeks - Futurity | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
How long will it take to lose muscle strength if you go from being moderately active to being a couch potato? Probably not as long as you think.
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I think the first place you lose muscle strength is in your abdominal region!

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