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Unique Habits of Ridiculously Likeable People

Unique Habits of Ridiculously Likeable People | Positive futures | Scoop.it
When I speak to smaller audiences, I often ask them to describe the most likeable people they have ever worked with. People inevitably ignore innate characteristics (intelligence, extraversion, attractiveness, and so on) and instead focus on qualities that are completely under people's control, such as approachability, humility, and positivity.

These qualities, and others like them, describe people who are skilled in emotional intelligence (EQ). TalentSmart research data from more than a million people shows that people who possess these skills aren’t just highly likeable, they outperform those who don’t by a large margin. Ninety percent of top performers have high EQs, people with high EQs make $29,000 more annually than people with low EQs, and a single-point increase in your EQ adds $1,300 to your salary. I could go on and on.

Being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence. Unlike innate, fixed characteristics, such as your intelligence (IQ), EQ is a flexible skill that you can improve with effort.
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You could do worse than focus on your likability skills!

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The Science Of Isolation: How A Lack Of Friends Can Destroy Your Health

The Science Of Isolation: How A Lack Of Friends Can Destroy Your Health | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Perhaps the most compelling evidence that friendships affect longevity comes from the ongoing Harvard Study of Adult Development. Since 1938, researchers have been following 724 men, tracking their physical health as well as social habits.

Robert Waldinger, the study's current director, said in his recent TED Talk,

The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.

Socially disconnected people are, according to Waldinger, “less happy, their health declines earlier in midlife, their brain functioning declines sooner, and they live shorter lives than people who are not lonely.”

Lest we think having 500 Facebook friends might offer some protection, Waldinger warns,

It's not just the number of friends you have, and it’s not whether or not you’re in a committed relationship, it's the quality of your close relationships that matters.
David Hain's insight:

Don't let friendships starve to death! Science suggests that will affect your own health...

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Can robots help your business be more human? | EY Better Working World

Can robots help your business be more human? | EY Better Working World | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Everyone knows that robots can help on a production line or in warehouses. But they also have a history of filling jobs previously done by people.

Fears of this kind arose after publication in 2015 of the best-selling book Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future. More recently, the Annual Report of the White House and the Council of Economic Advisers warned that millions of low-paying jobs are at risk of being automated out of existence.

But despite these warnings, Martin Weis, EMEIA Robotics Leader, EY, says that Robotic Process Automation (RPA) could be welcomed by the very people whose jobs may seem most at risk from its introduction. RPA is the software that allows automation of back-office manual tasks. It’s the future of many administrative functions and is set to enable office staff to automate routine tasks by themselves using common automation tools, thereby freeing up their capacity for higher-value work.

“RPA removes repetitious but labor-intensive work, like large-scale manual data entry, and enables people to instead focus on what matters,” Weis says. 
David Hain's insight:

The robots are coming! But it's not all bad news if you are alive to the possibilities they will generate!

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4 Brilliant Things That Happen When We PAUSE

4 Brilliant Things That Happen When We PAUSE | Positive futures | Scoop.it
If you are a modern-age professional, we expect you to be self-aware and reflect. At its best, this self-awareness is present in every moment. You engage with another person, and you are at the same time aware of the quality of your engagement and the choices you make. I call this ability double-tracking. In the moment, and watchful of the moment, all at once.

Reflection, however, tends to happen in a pause. The pause is the moment in-between active engagement. Often only milliseconds long. But whoa – what glorious things happen in a pause.
David Hain's insight:

Pressing the pause button purposefully! Pause for 2 minutes to read this insightful stuff from @AchimNowak!

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Joey-David Ovey's curator insight, June 5, 12:33 PM
In an age when we talk too much, pausing becomes so powerful.
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Are you your own bully?

Are you your own bully? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We all have that “inner critic” voice in our head. Our inner critic is that believable and nagging voice, which says unkind or even downright mean things to us. Some people are reluctant to challenge their inner critic because they believe that it serves to motivate them, however this could not be further from the truth. While it is impossible to completely get rid of your inner critic, you can take away a lot of your inner critic’s power through the practice of self-compassion.
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How to beat your inner bully!

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Four Myths Most Bosses Believe About Employee Engagement - Content Loop

Four Myths Most Bosses Believe About Employee Engagement - Content Loop | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Engaged employees are more productive, have higher job satisfaction, and are more focused on customers, according to a Gallup study. But what exactly does "engaged" mean?

Boston University professor William Kahn coined the term 25 years ago, but there still isn't a widely accepted definition. What does exist, however, is a lot of frustration and myths surrounding the idea, says Rodd Wagner, vice president of employee engagement strategy for the consulting firm BI Worldwide and author of Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People.

"Once in a while, you will hear someone say he's 'engaged' or 'disengaged' at work, but not often," he says. "Even after two decades of HR using it, it's not part of the natural vocabulary among employees and, it's now safe to say, it never will be."

The problem goes to the core of the relationship between the employee and the company, Wagner says. "Employee engagement is what the business wants; it's strategic with a return-on-investment view," he says. "Happiness is what the employees want. If they each look out for the other's interest, the bargain works exceptionally well. It's human nature to reciprocate what we do for others."

Whether you strive for engagement or happiness, Wagner says there are four myths that leaders need to know:
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Engagement - don't build the rules of the organisation around lazy or disgruntled employees, just because the are low in the engagement audit!

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What Adolescents Really Need from Parents

What Adolescents Really Need from Parents | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As a parent of adolescents, I’ve often worried about their health and happiness. They seem to be under a lot of social and academic pressure, suggesting they need more guidance from me to help them get through. But how can I support their independence and autonomy while making sure they don’t fall through the cracks or become depressed or anxious?
To find out more about how parents can best help their budding teenagers, I spoke with Ron Dahl, a neuroscientist and professor of human health and development at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dahl, one of the leading experts on adolescent development, has spent years studying depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders in adolescence, using intervention studies and, more recently, fMRI technology to increase our understanding of what’s going on. His findings have helped uncover the neural underpinnings of adolescence and have led to some interesting discoveries about the role of social supports in teen life. They point the way toward helping our young teens get what they truly need during this very risky yet exciting time of life.
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Parenting adolescents - a subject close to my heart! Some useful framing in this article.

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People who love chocolate are more likely to be clever

People who love chocolate are more likely to be clever | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Good news for chocolate lovers: eating the sweet treat has been found to have a positive association with cognitive performance, according to a new study.

Published in the journal Appetite, researchers used data collected from a Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (MSLS), in which 968 people aged between 23 and 98 were measured for dietary intake and cardiovascular risk factors, as well as cognitive function.  

The researchers found that regularly eating chocolate was significantly associated with cognitive function “irrespective of other dietary habits”.
David Hain's insight:

That chocolate habit might be doing you some good! Now to find some cognition research on that red wine habit...

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6 Ways to use Neuroscience to Improve Your Team and Business

6 Ways to use Neuroscience to Improve Your Team and Business | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Neuroscience is the big buzzword flying around in business right now.  It is a perplexing subject unless you’re fully conversant with the terminology.   What is being shown is that getting your employees to use their brains in ways which help them engage, be motivated, thrive and create is the way forward.  This means considering new ways to tackle traditional systems or cultures in the workplace.   I don’t pretend to understand all of the science but I do understand how some of the applications should be used.   What follows is my take on the changes which will bring out the best in people, by using breakthrough findings in neuroscience.
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Useful primer on neuroscience.

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This scientist can hack your dreams

This scientist can hack your dreams | Positive futures | Scoop.it
What if we could peek inside our brains and see our dreams — or even shape them? Studying memory-specific brain cells, neuroscientist (and ex-hacker) Moran Cerf found that our sleeping brains retain some of the content we encounter when we're awake and that our dreams can influence our waking actions. Where could this lead us? "Neuroscientists are now giving us a new tool to control our dreams," Cerf says, "a new canvas that flickers to life when we fall asleep."
David Hain's insight:

Wow, even our dreams are not immune to the power of science these days. Not much left for hackers to crack!

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Lisa Marie Forsythe's curator insight, May 23, 2:25 PM

Dreams are a lot more than what we think...

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5 reasons city mayors want self-driving vehicles

5 reasons city mayors want self-driving vehicles | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Until recently, many people had reservations about the concept of driverless cars. Could they be trusted? Were they safe? Was it even realistic given the current design of most cities? While these questions are still important, we're now starting to focus on the benefits as much as the challenges. Forum research found that 58% of people said they were either likely or very likely to take a ride in a self-driving car.
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5 sound reasons to embrace drivers cars - they could change your world, also transform the world...

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How A Princess And A CEO Are Applying The VC Model To Philanthropy

How A Princess And A CEO Are Applying The VC Model To Philanthropy | Positive futures | Scoop.it
"It was overwhelming, actually," recalls Kate Roberts, CEO of the philanthropic initiative the Maverick Collective, of the emotions that flooded in when she gave birth to her daughter in 2011. As a senior vice president at the not-for-profit Population Services International (PSI), she knew the challenges women face all over the world, including gender-based violence and lack of access to contraception. And she knew that despite all the rhetoric about investing in women, just two cents of every development dollar actually goes toward programs for girls.

The following year, Roberts accompanied Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, a longtime HIV/AIDS activist and also a mother of a young daughter, on a visit to a PSI project in New Delhi. The two had met in passing at conferences but grew close as they toured the city’s slums and hospitals, meeting with women affected by HIV and tuberculosis. "We talked a lot about the need to put major resources behind girls and women," says Roberts. "We got very emotional about it."

They decided that if the current model for philanthropy wasn’t working to lift girls out of poverty, they needed to create something new, combining Roberts’s development and marketing experience—plus access to PSI’s 9,000 employees across 65 countries—with the crown princess’s international clout and track record of giving voice to those in need. They devised a strategy to enlist women (who were able to invest at least $1 million each) to run innovative pilot programs, though Roberts makes sure to point out that the organization "is not a club for rich women." The focus on private capital was strategic: Traditional funders typically need to see results before they’ll pour money into something. "Private money is less risk-averse," says the crown princess. This freedom would allow the collective to gamble on experimental ideas.
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Maverick change - created by women philanthropists. "Money doesn't create change - people do!"

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Harvard Study Reveals What Meditation Literally Does To Gastrointestinal (Bowel) Disorders 

Harvard Study Reveals What Meditation Literally Does To Gastrointestinal (Bowel) Disorders  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The hits just keep on coming when it comes to the health benefits of meditation. Research is now emerging that would justify implementing this practice within hospitals and schools (some already do) as well as including it in treatment recommendations for various diseases.

Not long ago, an eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. It was the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain’s grey matter. Now, they’ve released another study showing that meditation can have a significant impact on clinical symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  The study showed that elicitation of the relaxation response (a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress) is a very big help.
David Hain's insight:

Yet more evidence of the impact of mindfulness on wellbeing. Becoming pretty compelling...

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Are the Rich More Lonely?

Are the Rich More Lonely? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Can money buy happiness? One way to explore this question is to ask whether money buys the constituents of happiness—and there’s no better-researched or more powerful constituent than social connections.
Yet even for this question, about money’s link to social connections, there is no clear-cut answer. Two new studies offer conflicting evidence, one suggesting that people with higher incomes spend less time socializing, and another suggesting that they feel less lonely. What’s actually going on here? 
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Research shows hung jury on money and happiness verdict!

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How Will You Measure Your Life?

How Will You Measure Your Life? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: When the members of the class of 2010 entered business school, the economy was strong and their post-graduation ambitions could be limitless. Just a few weeks later, the economy went into a tailspin. They’ve spent the past two years recalibrating their worldview and their definition of success.

The students seem highly aware of how the world has changed (as the sampling of views in this article shows). In the spring, Harvard Business School’s graduating class asked HBS professor Clay Christensen to address them—but not on how to apply his principles and thinking to their post-HBS careers. The students wanted to know how to apply them to their personal lives. He shared with them a set of guidelines that have helped him find meaning in his own life. Though Christensen’s thinking comes from his deep religious faith, we believe that these are strategies anyone can use. And so we asked him to share them with the readers of HBR.
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How decisions about allocating your personal time, energy and talent shape your life! From the great Clayton Christensen.

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Five Mindfulness Trainings

Five Mindfulness Trainings | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The five mindfulness trainings are an expression of the five precepts, the core of Buddhist ethics, and offer a down-to-earth method of practicing mindfulness in daily life. As Thich Nhat Hanh wrote in his book Good Citizens, “The five mindfulness trainings are offered without dogma or religion. Everybody can use them as an ethics for their life without becoming Buddhist or becoming part of any tradition or faith. You are just yourself, but you try to make a beautiful life by following these guidelines.”
David Hain's insight:

A way to live based on spirituality and wisdom, as practised by Thich Nhat Hanh!

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7 ways to communicate confidence

7 ways to communicate confidence | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Project confidence at all times, even when you don’t feel it, and you will be amazed at the positivity that you create around you.  
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You may have to fake it till you make it! Here's how...

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A Simple 6 Step Self Compassion Exercise to Combat Depression and Low Self Esteem

A Simple 6 Step Self Compassion Exercise to Combat Depression and Low Self Esteem | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It’s all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; we need – at points – to get better at self-compassion. Here is an exercise in how to lessen the voices of self-flagellation.
David Hain's insight:

Be kind to yourself - your life will be better for it!

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Story of cities #future: what will our growing megacities really look like?

Story of cities #future: what will our growing megacities really look like? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Will we live in buildings made out of waste, heavily surveilled smart cities, or maybe floating communities designed to cope with rising sea levels?
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Some people are thinking deeply and radically about the future...

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Stop Trying to Grow Influence. Grow this Instead.

Stop Trying to Grow Influence. Grow this Instead. | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You will never be a leader.

You won’t get that promotion. The bonus and salary increase you expect will be given to someone else. Your product won’t change the world. Your idea won’t go viral. Your organization will fade into history. The legacy you leave will be forgotten. And a generation from now no one will even know your name.

Be honest.

You’ve had these thoughts before. The voices in your head are relentless. It’s not competition that trips you up. It’s not the unexpected or unavoidable that bring you down. It’s the constant self-talk of unsatisfied desire, unrealized dreams, and unreasonable expectations.

At some point, every leader faces it. We struggle to increase our influence. We hope to enlarge our territory. You see it so clearly. Why can’t others?
David Hain's insight:

Working on capacity banishes fear, and ends up in performance. "Your capacity determines your reach. Grow capacity. Grow influence." - LeadChange Group

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The makers of Sesame Street are bringing quality education to refugee children

The makers of Sesame Street are bringing quality education to refugee children | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Sesame Street's beloved Muppets will soon help some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

A new partnership between Sesame Workshop, the brand's educational nonprofit, and global humanitarian aid organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) will allow the two groups to develop, distribute, and test educational resources and programs designed with young refugees in mind.

The initiative, which will be announced Monday at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, is still in its early stages. The first phase is to develop educational multimedia content that can reach children living in displaced or resettled communities through mobile devices, radio, TV and printed materials in engaging, enjoyable ways.

David Hain's insight:

Sesame Street initiative to bring education to humanitarian crisis young people. Excellent!

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How to go from good to great | London Business School

How to go from good to great | London Business School | Positive futures | Scoop.it
What turns a manager into a leader? Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Randall S Peterson, suggests some answers.
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Some key behaviours to practice leadership rather than management.

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Why do we want the latest gadgets? This is what brain science tells us

Why do we want the latest gadgets? This is what brain science tells us | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A neuroscientists looks at the reasons behind the success of brands like Apple, and how technology is changing our understanding of our basic needs.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, PhD
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Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer – Robert Epstein | Aeon Essays

We are organisms, not computers. Get over it. Let’s get on with the business of trying to understand ourselves, but without being encumbered by unnecessary intellectual baggage. The IP metaphor has had a half-century run, producing few, if any, insights along the way. The time has come to hit the DELETE key.
David Hain's insight:

What the brain does - and what it doesn't! An elegant rant challenging sloppy language.

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Ian Berry's curator insight, May 20, 6:23 PM
Worth reading the whole essay. "We are organisms, not computers" is the point. The future belongs to those who co-create and sustain harmony between humans and machines including VR and AI. I continually ask and encourage others to ask this question about technology How does this enhance the human experience?
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Stepping into Uncertainty

Stepping into Uncertainty | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Primatologist Isabel Behncke and neuroscientist Beau Lotto contemplate the significance of play in our everyday lives.
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Why you should play more!

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