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16 Personality Types

16 Personality Types | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Does your career fit your personality type? Get an overview of the 16 personality types along with a helpful infographic to explain possible career options.
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Good info graphic, but remember - you are not your MBTI profile!
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6 Ways Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone Is Critical To Success

6 Ways Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone Is Critical To Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As a women’s career coach and leadership developer, I’ve seen that one of the most damaging things you can do in your career is to stay for years where you’re comfortable. I’ve done it, and what often ensues is that you begin to doubt your value in the marketplace, and wonder if you really have the chops to succeed and thrive outside your current job.  I’ve learned too (the hard way) that no job is secure.  The only thing that is secure in life is you – your spirit, your heart, your talents and gifts, and your ability to contribute at a high level to something that matters to you in life. When you live from that knowledge and experience, you’ll find (and create) gainful, rewarding work no matter where you go, despite the turbulence around you. And to do that, you need to continually push yourself out of your comfort zone.
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Never made a breakthrough without discomfort first!  Key is to focus on learning, before and after.

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How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill

How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill | Positive futures | Scoop.it

An understanding of what exactly constitutes emotional intelligence is important not only because the capacity is so central to leadership but because people strong in some of its elements can be utterly lacking in others, sometimes to disastrous effect.

Still, it is sign that the field is reaching a certain level of maturity that we are beginning to see some counterarguments. Most notably, a Wharton professor, Adam Grant, who in his own research has reported a lack of correlation between scores on tests of emotional intelligence and business results. While Goleman and others contest his methods, Mayer himself pointed out in 2002 HBR article that “emotional intelligence isn’t the only way to attain success as a leader. A brilliant strategist who can maximize profits may be able to hire and keep talented employees even if he or she doesn’t have strong personal connections with them.” But building those strong connections is still probably a safer bet than ignoring them.

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Building connections has to be a critical 21C business, life and community skill.

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, May 1, 6:14 AM

I believe that EI is more than a skill, but more of an understanding of every aspect of leadership or human nature.  At its core, EI is about people and recognizing their emotions and how to channel that energy using the skills of influence to create human energy that results in products, excellent service, innovation, ideas, and profits, to name a few outcomes.

 

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Can We Teach Empathy?

Can We Teach Empathy? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
So, can we teach empathy? My initial thought is to ask whether this is the right question. Are we teaching empathy, or are we creating the conditions under which people can connect with an innate quality they already have? What can we do to promote empathy if people have been exposed to cruelty and hatred? I do not think that I have an exhaustive answer to these profound questions. However, in my own experience I find that there are a few key elements at work that can encourage the development of empathy. They are:

Safe Space: creation of an environment that supports the ability to be present, to listen deeply and to feel really heard. Knowing that one has the power to share, not share, keep private, or take back any part of ones story is essential.
Deep Listening: feeling truly heard and not judged. One’s story is not for anything else but for the power of sharing it. Its use for some other purpose is a decision to be made after the work of sharing has been completed.
Reciprocity: the development of shared engagement, Power is not held by one party (a teacher/an interviewer) – rather, the experience is mutual and everyone has skin in the game.
Continuity: the sense that there is a larger purpose for which stories are shared. One’s story belongs to the individual, but can be contextualized within something bigger.
Action: highlighting the connections we have formed and the energy we share in order to make the world a better place.
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'If we want to teach empathy, we need to find and create opportunities that allow people to feel it and share it." ~ Alisa Del Tufo
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12 Things That Successful Leaders Never Tolerate

12 Things That Successful Leaders Never Tolerate | Positive futures | Scoop.it
By and large, tolerance is a good trait. The differences we encounter enrich our lives and organizations. But to attain a successful life and meaningful leadership, we must refuse to tolerate the things that deplete, and ultimately destroy, us.

Via Anne Leong, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Roger Francis
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Fair list. I'd add 'hypocrisy', especially from self!

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, April 17, 1:04 PM

Interesting list to consider...nice.

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Three Worlds for the Future of Work

Three Worlds for the Future of Work | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Recently PwC released a 30 page report called "The Future of Work - A Journey to 2022," which is actually quite fascinating. In fact, I did a podcast with Toni Cusumano who helped create the report....
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So what's your favourite colour - green, blue or orange? It's quite important, apparently!

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Jaro Berce's curator insight, April 17, 7:41 AM

I agree too that Blue and Orange should prevail ...

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5 Clues It's Time To Leave Your Company

5 Clues It's Time To Leave Your Company | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The idea that one employee will remain at a business for a large chunk of their life is archaic. According to Forbes, most individuals remain at a work place for an average of 4.4 years before seeking employment elsewhere. Even if you’re only a couple of years in, and generally satisfied, chances are you might have a job change on the horizon.

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Careers these days are gigs.  Monitor the signals that it might be time to go on tour!

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, April 3, 8:50 AM

Theoretically we more or less knowing this already... about the others... us, that's another thing... it's a new culture/mindset which is just around us and should/will win over... better to be used to it...

 

It's a fact that we will have averagely 8 to 10 (or more) posts,  jobs, something to earn money. in our working life-time... how to prepare ourselves, our kids for that? That is the question...

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Six Characteristics Define 21st Century Leadership

Six Characteristics Define 21st Century Leadership | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As President for the Americas and European Union Region, Odilon Almeida is responsible for Western Union’s business across 98 countries, encompassing all the companies’ products and services in three macro regions: North America, Latin America and Caribbean and the European Union. Like many who have found success in leadership positions, he embodies the six characteristics that define what it means to be a 21st century leader.
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Good article on 21C #leadership attitude. 

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16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn

16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Our own brains regularly deceive us in order to make sense of the world we live in. Most of the time, it’s nothing more than an innocent effort to save face. Our brain will tell us we’re smarter and better looking than everyone else, and that any fault brought to our attention should probably be blamed on someone else. It will advocate for our convictions, pointing out any evidence that supports them and politely ignoring any that doesn’t. And it will even spare us from the mental strain of thinking beyond the stereotypes it has so conveniently crafted for us. The human brain is our best friend, and our worst enemy, and unless we keep one eye peeled, it can hijack our learning completely.



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Understand your brain (and others) to develop real leverage in 21C jobs.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, February 12, 11:51 PM

In this article Saga Briggs examines some of the “traps” the brain sets for us during the course of our careers, and what we can do to avoid them. Psychologists have already done the hard work of realising there’s any hijacking going on at all; what’s left for us to do is pay attention. 



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7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Science is showing that meditation is very deserving of its newfound fame.

Via Nicole S. Bakhazi, Lynnette Van Dyke, Luciana Viter
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It may be the coolest fad on the block, but this really has sustainability!

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, February 14, 9:21 PM

...mindfulness meditation decreases activity in the default mode network (DMN), the brain network responsible for mind-wandering and self-referential thoughts – a.k.a., “monkey mind.”  #Seniors #SeniorCare #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Fast Forward 2030

Fast Forward 2030 | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The ideas, trends, and behaviors that will shape work and workplace in 2030 are already perceptible today. Some are clearly evident whilst others are emerging quietly around us. In this study, 220 experts, business leaders and young people from Asia, Europe, and North America shared their views on how these trends will impact business, evolve work practices and continue to revolutionize how, when, and where work happens. 

In 2030, the many places where we work and live will be diverse and entwined: humanity, creativity, culture, and community will be integral. The research demonstrates that significant changes are happening – across the world. Not only is business changing, but people are reflecting on the very meaning of work in their lives and how to be a part of vibrant virtual and physical communities that bring joy and high quality of experience to their lives.


Via Ron McIntyre
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2030 sounds good! Trends predicted here.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 29, 10:59 AM

Are you ready? At 68 years old some consider me over the hill and out of touch but I totally agree with this assessment of the future workplace. I embrace these changes coming and recommend that you reflect on them. Yes, there will be deviations but many of these have already started. Would love to discuss them with you if you have any doubts.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, January 29, 6:06 PM

In 2030, the many places where we work and live will be diverse and entwined: humanity, creativity, culture, and community will be integral. The research demonstrates that significant changes are happening – across the world. Not only is business changing, but people are reflecting on the very meaning of work in their lives and how to be a part of vibrant virtual and physical communities that bring joy and high quality of experience to their lives.

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Download “The Future of Everything,” with Essays from WSJ

Download “The Future of Everything,” with Essays from WSJ | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Read 50 experts discuss their visions for the future of everything from technology to the music industry
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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, January 29, 6:12 PM

In this collection, leading thinkers in fields from art to transportation offer their vision for what the decades ahead will look like.


  • Christopher Nolan, director of "Dark Knight" and "Inception," shares why he thinks movie theaters will survive
  • Lawrence Summers, former Treasury secretary, discusses the future challenges facing job creation
  • Alice Waters, renowned chef and author, outlines her vision for the future of food
  • Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, discusses bringing the internet to everyone globally
  • Linda Fried, Columbia dean and professor, shares her vision for the future of retirement in the U.S.
  • Taylor Swift, singer and songwriter, discusses the future of the music industry 


Download of the publication requires a WSJ+ membership from The Wall Street Journal


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10 Best Books On Positive Psychology You Need To Read For Authentic Change | High Existence

10 Best Books On Positive Psychology You Need To Read For Authentic Change | High Existence | Positive futures | Scoop.it

These obstacle courses for the mind will give you a balanced and highly effective reading curriculum in personal development. Everything from philosophy and cutting-edge neuroscience, to brain hacks and ancient wisdom is covered.

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Some suggestions for your positive psychology book wish list this Christmas!

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Leadership 2050 – What Qualities Will We Need?

Leadership 2050 – What Qualities Will We Need? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The qualities of effective leadership can be paradoxical—requiring effective leaders to be passionate and unbiased, detailed and strategic, hard driving and sustainable, fact-focused and intuitive, self-confident and selfless—often at the same time. Such complexity is rarely found in leaders even under optimal conditions. As we move toward 2050, new contexts and conditions are poised to emerge that will create challenges beyond the abilities of most leaders or any single nation to manage. This powerful contextual shift—a time of great stress and constraint—has the potential to drive a new and more complex stage of human culture and consciousness to meet these challenges.
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What does leadership look like in 2050?

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Conquer Your Nerves Before Your Presentation

Conquer Your Nerves Before Your Presentation | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You know the feeling: You’re about to give a big presentation (maybe it’s not even that big), and your nerves set in. You feel pressure in your chest. Your breathing gets shallow. Your blood pressure increases. And suddenly it seems inevitable that you’re going to mess this up — and everyone will see.

There’s an evolutionary reason why you feel this way. It used to be that the increased adrenaline and cortisol pumping through your system in times of stress helped us flee or fight in the face of predators. In business, the threats to our well-being are largely psychological instead of physical — yet, our bodies fail to differentiate significantly between the two.

While there is some difference in how the brain processes physical and social pain, our neurological response to getting pinched, for example, is strikingly similar our response to rejection. And since public speaking offers us the opportunity to face rejection on a grand scale, it’s no wonder that some people fear it worse than death.

Though these reactions are deeply engrained, it is possible to overcome them.
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Useful tips for stressful situations in general!

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Talent will not be wasted for much longer: Alain de Botton

Talent will not be wasted for much longer: Alain de Botton | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Alain de Botton has some novel insights into how to find a meaningful career. Mary Appleton met the author and philosopher to hear his views on education, careers guidance and how he foresees the transition to a ‘new era’ of work.

“For too long they [relationships] have lived in a small space, either in an academy or dusty books,” he tells me. “I want to get ideas out there, in the hope of creating a more emotionally intelligent world.”

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Simples!!

“You feel meaning in your role when you are helping someone to suffer less, or helping someone to enjoy their life more,” ~  Alain de Botton

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Psych Pedia: What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise & How It Makes Us Happier?

Psych Pedia: What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise & How It Makes Us Happier? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and more. At the same time, similar to the topic of sleep, I found myself having very little specific and scientific knowledge about what exercise really does to our bodies and our brains.

"Yes, yes, I know all about it, that’s the thing with the endorphins, that makes you feel good and why we should exercise and stuff, right?" is what I can hear myself say to someone bringing this up. I would pick up things here and there, yet really digging into the connection of exercise and how it effects us has never been something I’ve done.

Inspired by a recent post from Joel on what makes us happy I’ve set out to uncover the connection between our feeling of happiness and exercising regularly.
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I knew walking Millie the dog was good for her, turns out it's very good for me, too!

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10 Ways to be a Mature Leader Even if  You’re Young

10 Ways to be a Mature Leader Even if  You’re Young | Positive futures | Scoop.it

I just got home from a conversation about maturity with some really smart college students. This post is inspired by our conversation. 10 expressions of immaturity.

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Maturity and age are very different concepts!

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Developing the Conviction to Do Meaningful Work

Developing the Conviction to Do Meaningful Work | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The common denominator of those who “do something” is conviction borne of a higher purpose that fuels the courage necessary to act. ~ Susan Cramm, for Strategy & Business

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How happy are you with your story?  You can rewrite it!

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A Journey Toward Peace - Hoda Maalouf

A Journey Toward Peace - Hoda Maalouf | Positive futures | Scoop.it
"We simply want to live, to live freely and in dignity!"


How many times have I repeated this sentence? Countless times! I do so whenever violence erupts in my country and elsewhere.


While peace is a widely used theme by some people to celebrate joy and freedom, it is considered by others as a dream or a mirage. Peace for them is an unreachable and impossible dream.


When I decided to concentrate on the topic of peace, it was natural for me to choose Leo Tolstoy's quotes as he lavishly covered this topic in his writing. And, when thinking about love and freedom, Henri Matisse ranks as my first choice as an artist. So it seems appropriate to combine a series of quotes by Tolstoy with some of Matisse’s artworks.


Please ponder and enjoy them.

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Powerful combination of genius in pant and prose, curated beautifully by @Hoda Maalouf

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The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.

Via Anne Leong
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Interesting angle on being bored - it could help you be more  creative!

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Lim Jia Yi's curator insight, February 14, 9:34 AM

When we have nothing to do, we always complain that we are bored. We only think about the negative side of being bored. However, we never ever realise that being bored actually helps us. For example, based on the article, being bored improves our creativity. I think it is important to have creativity because it can enable us to do things more successfully. If you are wondering how can creativity help us in our academics, i can assure that it will definitely help. Because if we are creative, we will definitely be able to have different studying methods which may help us improve. So if you are afraid that when u daydream, you are wasting time, why not look at the good side of things? And that is that if we are daydreaming, we will be able to boost creativity level! 

 

I think the bigger picture of this article is that we need to learn to look at both sides. The negative and positive side. Daydreaming and feeling bored might be a negative thought for you but in fact it actually can help you in one way or another. So if you are feeling down, or you are passing through many different obstacles that made you really depress, you should stop looking at the bad side of things but instead the good side of things that will actually make you happy and encouraging! 

 

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9 Things You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Be Successful

9 Things You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Be Successful | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Earl Nightingale, American motivational speaker, once said, "We become what we think about." Having the right mindset is a key to becoming successful.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 12, 11:21 AM

Good list of items that we can all learn from, if we take the time and invest in ourselves.

Christhild HORRENBERGER's curator insight, February 13, 5:21 PM

What really matters...if you want to be sucessfull !

Don Sturgill's curator insight, February 16, 10:15 AM

Food for thought by Emina Dedic (@thelibertybeast).

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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. This is a big deal, and now it's here.
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3 breakthroughs that make Artificial Intelligence a meaningful proposition.

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MBAs Predict The Future: Sharing Economy Drives Freelance Consulting

MBAs Predict The Future: Sharing Economy Drives Freelance Consulting | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We are in the age of the sharing economy. Disruptive companies are shaking up established businesses in travel, accommodation and services and are uprooting the traditional employment market.

Companies are using digital platforms to give customers access to, rather than ownership of, assets and these increasingly take the form of business services. PwC predicts that the sharing economy could be worth £9 billion by 2025 in the UK alone.

Competitors at the forefront of this economy – including peer-to-peer lenders and car sharing groups – are disrupting traditional industries and recruitment is the newest sector caught in its crosshairs. Advances in technology and mass social change have created nations within nations of self-employed workers.

Self-employment in the UK is higher than at any point in past 40 years, according to the Office for National Statistics. The Freelancers Union, a New York-based group, estimates that 53 million people carry out freelance work in the US – a third of the workforce.

Via jean lievens
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Future of work is a series of gigs rather than a lifetime in one place. Work on that freelance skillset and mindset now!

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, December 24, 2014 2:54 AM

Yeahhh... the old Industrial Age job security has died, welcome to the new Age of Freelance consulting... It's better to accommodate to that than sing the nostalgia tune...:-)))

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4 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Redefine Happiness

4 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Redefine Happiness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It's commonly believed that you should be able to just think your way out of negative feelings, yet this isn't actually how the brain is wired. Once you're frustrated or stressed, you can't effectively tell yourself not to be. This belief has caused a society where people would rather think than feel, be in their heads instead of their hearts, or talk rather than tune inside and listen. This won't lead to lasting happiness.

Consequently, the most important, yet most avoided step toward lasting happiness is emotional intelligence.

The challenge is that most people would rather get a root canal than deal with their feelings. It's as if feeling is perceived as a personal weakness, or would somehow sink them into a black hole, never to return to land of the happy living.
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People who routinely relax have "improved expression of genes that calm down stress reactions, making them more resilient."

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 22, 2014 2:44 AM

Use the power of habits like mindfulness meditation to be calm and happy no matter what!