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Welcome to our new Raising Happiness video series produced by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley! This week I give three quick tips for raising kids who are kind.
"If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together." If you want to learn fast, to improve fast, go out and study on your own. Wait for no one. Take your education into your own hands. Read everything you can, learn from every moment you can, and grow exponentially. Now… If you want to create something that lasts with all this education that now fills your head you’re going to have to change pace; you’re going to have find someone walking at your speed and walk together.
Barbra singing 'Children Will Listen' from the Presidents Inaugural Gala in '93. She gives a great monologue at the beginning that introduces the song, and a...
Wonderful message, presented as only Barbra can -- in the most beautiful voice on the planet! Please listen...
Have you ever wanted to be more persuasive, convincing, or if nothing else, understand how others try to influence you? …Of course! Who hasn’t?
Understanding how storytelling works in persuasion, influence, and change, and the research/neuroscience that informs it all is critical if anyone is going to work with stories effectively.
And hooray -- Gregory Ciotti has put together his list of favorite books that help us understand persuasion, influence, change, and stories more deeply. We'll all become more articulate and better at our craft -- whether you are a consultant, storyteller, entrepreneur or CEO.
Some of these I've read, some I haven't -- so I can't wait to dig into this list myself.
I hope we all learn lots and gain lots of useable insights for our work. Enjoy!
This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it
Must have list on influence !
Why do some people bounce back from adversity and misfortune? Why do others fall apart? Find out which character strengths make all the difference - and how you can develop them yourself.
Dedicated to the memory of the 20 children and 6 adults who lost their lives in last week's senseless shooting in Newtown, CT.
I hope that developing mindfulness, EQ, and gratitude will help us to be resilient in the face of tragedy, to cherish the time we spend with others and by ourselves, and to build a more peaceful and compassionate world.
Great results require toughness. The belief that compassion is soft and toughness gets results explains why so little compassion exists in organizations. I’m an either/or type person, it’s my natur...
As a nation of educators, parents, children and their family members – how can we come to terms with that event? Is there a response educators and communities could make that would help us all to heal? And is there a way to reduce the number of people in our world who are capable of taking actions like those Adam Lanza took?
These concerns brought me back to the question of whether compassion could be taught. From my spiritual training as a Buddhist in a Tibetan lineage, I knew beyond doubt that the answer is YES. Training in compassion has been practiced in the East for thousands of years. Practices to awaken and strengthen compassion for all beings, in all circumstances, are the foundation of every young monk and nun’s education – and even a middle-class, middle-aged guy like me can benefit significantly from them.
by Scott Cronenweth
Yes!...indeed we must....!
Rescooped by David Hain from Teaching Empathy onto Positive futures
It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d both agree that this is one of the most important days of their lives.
I love this set of recommendations. Trying them on for size!
Its all about the stories u tell yourself - be it of being better than the jonses or being thankful for the new year.
Watch what you're focussing on..
Are you one of those people who need to learn how to get rid of your victim-hoodie? The fastest way to never be a victim again is to work on the level that controls your beliefs and your belief system.
We are born with the hardwiring for connection, and I think we learn shame. It starts as a parenting tool. It’s also a tool for social control; it’s a tool in classrooms; it’s a tool in synagogues and churches and mosques. Shame needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence, and judgment, but it only works when it keeps you in a false belief that you are alone. men have a tendency to have one or two responses to shame, which is anger or disengagement. Women have a tendency to turn against themselves. We tend to join the choir of the gremlins and engage in some destructive self-loathing.We found that for people who held on to a secret of trauma—because of shame or because of guilt—keeping that secret had a worse effect on their physical well-being than the actual traumatic event.
Building a scientific understanding of the mind to reduce suffering and promote well-being...
One of the principles of design thinking is that it requires empathy for users to inspire ideas. Normally we think about getting that from ethnographic style research. Diving deep into the lives of a relatively small number of people, understanding the environment they live in, their social networks, seeing things first hand. We have lots of evidence that this works but I sometimes wonder if we aren’t also missing something. The problem with looking deeply at a few people is that you miss the opportunity for insights that might come connecting more broadly across cultures.
How do we suffer with each other in our particular circumstances?
How do we suffer with people like the friends and family members who are grieving in Connecticut? How do we share in the suffering of people around us every day?
And how do we suffer with people like Adam Lanza, after and before they perpetrate such crimes?
To many, this sounds like giving in to defeat ... as if we're merely saying it's the poor who are blessed. I've been in too many business and personal situations in which everyone's intuition is flat wrong. That's reason enough to believe that the way of compassion might be worth a try.
By REV. WILLIAM L. BULSON
Metta meditation is a core practice for many people, and if you meditate or participate in a contemplative tradition, the concept of “self-compassion” is probably very familiar to you. Most versions of metta begin with one’s self as the object of compassion. As the well-known meditation teacher Jack Kornfield explained, “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
The logic of self-compassion is very sound. If you want to be compassionate to others, you must be compassionate to yourself first. You simply cannot give what you do not already have. As Pema Chodron has explained “in order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves.” Strong metta always includes the meditator in some sense.
Compassion, to me, is freely giving of myself to another with no expectation of return. True compassion is that which takes all those parts of us, such as love, humility, forgiveness, and binds us together through spiritual action. And therein lies the key; action.
Without action, compassion is nothing more a momentary pause; a hanging of the head, a tear, an ache in the heart. The momentary emotional pause, however, is only a first step. It is the pause which allows us to feel the need to act. Whether or not we act, is the next step, and where we many times fall short.
by JACK HAMLIN
A great intro to the rationale for developing creativity∞ as a life skill, delivered eloquently by Dr. Gerard M. Puccio, chair and professor of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at.