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Rethinking the Way We Look at Stress

Rethinking the Way We Look at Stress | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Stress is not inherently good or bad. It’s just a natural part of living in a changing, evolving universe. Researchers have found that healthy stress (or “eustress”) exists alongside unhealthy stress. If we never had to face new challenges, life would be monotonous and boring and we wouldn’t grow. So, how can we distinguish the two and harness the benefits of healthy stress? 

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Introduction to eustress via @DrMelanieG.  Learn to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy stress.

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Emergent Leadership Topples the Pyramid - Jesse Lyn Stoner

Emergent Leadership Topples the Pyramid - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Hierarchical structures are not as effective as we would like to believe. Too many people with the designated title of "leader" are not leading at all.

Via Ron McIntyre
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Hierarchies are only one way - there are many!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:51 AM

Interesting POV that I really like.  Now this is easy to say but very difficult to implement based on ingrained habits, attitudes and politics.

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Effects of choir singing or listening on emotional state

Effects of choir singing or listening on emotional state | Positive futures | Scoop.it
PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Via Andrew McCluskey, Lynnette Van Dyke
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A friend of mine cured depression by singing in a choir.

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, March 31, 2014 1:56 PM

A bit short on actual information on the study such as number of subjects etc - but the data showed that singing in the choir increased positive feelings and reduced the amount of stress hormone cortisol in your system.   Funnily enough - listening to the choral music also reduced the cortisol but actually increased negative feelings!  I'm guessing they weren't singing anything too popular! ;-p  It seems that the current popularity of choirs and singing has real physical benefits - hooray for that!

 

Popo Up Choir 1 -Canberra- by Michelle - on Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltingmick/12870374525/

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Study Says Positive Coaching Lights Up Our Brains

Study Says Positive Coaching Lights Up Our Brains | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Future-oriented questions empower students more than focusing current skills.
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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 16, 2014 12:46 AM

the benefits of putting people in expansive frames of mind:-)

Mathy Behar's curator insight, April 16, 2014 6:36 PM

Real y pragmático...!

Mosami's curator insight, April 25, 2014 1:34 PM

talk about what you can have not what you can't

 

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The Science of Post-Traumatic Growth

Post-traumatic growth is the phenomenon of people becoming stronger and creating a more meaningful life in the wake of staggering tragedy or trauma. They don’t just bounce back, they bounce higher than they ever did before.
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Irene Becker | Against All Odds

Irene Becker | Against All Odds | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Irene Becker | Against All Odds. Acclaimed success coach shares her personal 21st century leadership journey through adversity.

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buket's curator insight, January 8, 2014 11:18 PM

 Our greatest power lies in our ability to use what is to create what can be in our self, our lives, our relationships, our leadership and our work. Irene Becker.

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Brain Scans Link Concern for Justice with Reason Not Emotion

Brain Scans Link Concern for Justice with Reason Not Emotion | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A new neuroimaging study finds those who care about justice are swayed more by reason than emotion.

Via Anne Leong
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Justice is entirely reasonable - that's why it gets emotional when it doesn't happen!

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The Empathy Way

The Empathy Way | Positive futures | Scoop.it

We strive to touch the hearts of children and adults, and to help them create healthy, solid, and enjoyable relationships. Although there are many ways to ‘be with’ others, we feel that the empathy way is the best. New research shows that we are at our best when we feel understood.


Fostering empathy with, and in, our children will have many positive effects:


1. empathy calms and strengthens,


2. empathy activates the brain so we are ready to learn, engage, and create,


3. when empathy is developed at an early age, later troubling behaviors like bullying, rejecting others, depression, and even suicide, can be prevented.


Bonobo apes are great ambassadors for empathy.They are our closest genetic relative and share many of our traits like compassion, love, and empathy. Their emotional lives are very similar to ours, except they seem to be better at relationships. They live peacefully with each other and are quick to resolve conflicts when differences do occur. Look into their eyes and see who we are, and what we can become.


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when empathy is developed at an early age,

later troubling behaviors like bullying,

rejecting others, depression, and

even suicide, can be prevented.

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19 Ways to Be More Effective Today

19 Ways to Be More Effective Today | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We tend to get overwhelmed by change because when we think of changes we think big. Moving, marrying, divorcing, becoming a parent, changing careers. But often the most effective change comes in smaller forms.

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Who is Carl Jung? And the Importance behind Getting to Know Yourself -

Who is Carl Jung? And the Importance behind Getting to Know Yourself - | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In psychological study, Carl Jung is a famous name. The well-known Swiss psychiatrist was the founder of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) ®. The MBTI® is widely used today in knowing persona

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All development is predicated on self knowledge - read about the man who refined the process.

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State of Health: Prevention is What Matters

State of Health: Prevention is What Matters | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The health industry is essentially a sickness industry. The business of sickness is what hospitals, medical equipment makers, pharmaceutical companies and physicians and surgeons thrive on. When I finished my training I realized that focusing on sickness would never make for healthy citizens, businesses, communities or nations. I, therefore, turned my attention to prevention of disease and lifestyle changes that could not only prevent illness but also even reverse it.

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Deepak Chopra predicts high demand for those who are able to improve the health of their clients.

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Coloring your Work Life

Coloring your Work Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Most of us need to have a job in order to earn a living. Assuming you join the workforce after college in your early 20s, retire in your 60s, and have a lifespan of 70 – 80 years, it means you need to work for around 40 years and engage for nearly 50% of your lifetime. It's obvious that the quality of your work life can affect your well-being.

David Hain's insight:

Happiness at work is similar to oil painting - tips for colouring here.

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5 Insights From Social Entrepreneurs On How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty

5 Insights From Social Entrepreneurs On How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Business can be a huge driver of change around the world, but it has to be the right kind of business, run the right way.
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A few entrepreneurs are showing that mission-driven business can improve  lives. "Wouldn’t it be great if 'billionaire' was re-defined to mean someone who had improved 1 billion lives?"

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New Book on Telling Leadership Stories

New Book on Telling Leadership Stories | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Telling the Story opens a door into the world of narrative leadership, showing how leaders affect our understanding of what is possible and desirable through the stories they tell and embody. This book will help executives, managers and concerned citizens to identify what stories are and how they work; when to tell a story and how to tell one well.

 

It offers a challenge to consider the purposes behind our stories: what are we leading for? It will help practitioners identify their own authentic story and use this to lead convincingly. Using tips, exercises and examples, Telling the Story will help leaders build on their own current practices using the vital art of narrative leadership.   This book is both practical and thought–provoking, to encourage leaders to consider the big stories of our time and how we can use our own stories to create and take responsibility for the kind of future we want.


Via Gregg Morris, Melanie Hundley, Lynnette Van Dyke
David Hain's insight:

Leaders need to tell stories - this book will help!

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Gregg Morris's curator insight, April 1, 2014 6:50 AM

I just had the pleasure of meeting Geoff via email. He seems to be surrounded by a very talented and capable group of folks at Narrative Leadership. I'll get a review of the book posted as soon as I've finished reading it.

 

I encourage you to browse his site. You can also find him writing at cominghometostory.com and leadership.com.

 

I wish that every day started with emails like his in my inbox!

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The Top 5 Excuses For Not Practicing Mindfulness (And Why We Need To Stop Using Them)

The Top 5 Excuses For Not Practicing Mindfulness (And Why We Need To Stop Using Them) | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Over the years, I found that I expanded these bite size mindfulness exercises into full-blown practices in my own life. Now I sit and meditate every morning, and try to approach life in a more mindful way....


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Shri Ram Heritage's curator insight, April 28, 2014 1:40 AM

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Happily Surprised! People Use More Facial Expressions Than Thought

Happily Surprised! People Use More Facial Expressions Than Thought | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Sad, angry, happy, or surprised. These are some of the six basic emotional expressions we use to communicate and even computers can read them on our faces now. But what about sadly angry, or happily disgusted?

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10 Things High EQ People Don’t Do

10 Things High EQ People Don’t Do | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Why do some people seem to make friends and create success wherever they go? You may find they have developed their high EQ over IQ. Here's how you can too!
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Actually TIME, This Is What The 'Mindful Revolution' Really Looks Like

Actually TIME, This Is What The 'Mindful Revolution' Really Looks Like | Positive futures | Scoop.it

2014 has been called the "year of mindful living," and talk of a mindful revolution seems to be everywhere from Davos to Silicon Valley. Most recently, mindfulness was the subject of a controversial cover of TIME Magazine.


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Five Practices of Positive Impact Leaders

Five Practices of Positive Impact Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Organizational culture, often described as “the way we do things around here,” is a management challenge begging for positive intervention. Yet it is an asset often taken for granted by traditional companies that believe it is hard to define.
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Do You Have Trouble Changing a Habit Because of Concern for Others?

Do You Have Trouble Changing a Habit Because of Concern for Others? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In my forthcoming book on habit-formation, Before and After, I identify the strategies we can use to change our habits.One focus is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. Loopholes matter because when we form and keep habits, we often search for loopholes.

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By identifying loopholes, you may find habit-breaking solutions.

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What is the Future of Work?

What is the Future of Work? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Much has been made recently about one of the stand out trends of the times we live in: Everything is becoming infused with technology. Software is eating the world it is said. Some have claimed that next it might even eat the jobs, which to some degree is almost certainly the case. With only a little bit of irony, Hugh MacLeod humorously noted this week that software may eventually eat all the people. But even that could be a bit closer to the truth than some of us might expect.

But the point is this: In the last half-decade alone, most of us would admit the societal and cultural shifts that technology and global digital networks have wrought is nothing short of astounding:

Social media is relentlessly chipping away at the power and control that companies and governments have long enjoyed almost exclusively over the rest of the world. Supply chains, talent management (hiring), customer service, product development, and just about every function of business is being transformed by things like 3D printing, social recruiting, customer care communities, crowdsourcing, to only name a few of the more important examples. That’s not even looking at the macro changes (example: Arab Spring), in which digital/social is impacting the fabric of entire nations. In all of these cases, the power and control is shifting to the other side of the network, to what many now call the ‘edge’, where most of us are.

Unfortunately, there remains a constituency that remains stubbornly in the back of the pack when it comes to the large scale changes happening in the world today. Surprisingly, this constituency formerly used to actually lead the technology world. Instead, it is now dragged along by consumer technology companies and their customers. Yes, I am referring to our corporations, to which I’ll add our institutions, including our governments and associated entities.


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The Fascinating Neuroscience Of Color

The Fascinating Neuroscience Of Color | Positive futures | Scoop.it

This seemingly simple area of study offers insights into all sorts of behavior - from attention to decision-making.


Neuroscientist Bevil Conway thinks about color for a living.


An artist since youth, Conway now spends much of his time studying vision and perception at Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School.


His science remains strongly linked to art - in 2004 he and Margaret Livingstone famously reported that Rembrandt may have suffered from flawed vision - and in recent years Conway has focused his research almost entirely on the neural machinery behind color.


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Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards. When I first left my parents’ small farm at eighteen to move to “the city” [...]

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:24 AM

Great scoop by Anne Leong via via @anne_leong.  As a work with a number of clients and continue my own journey through this process, I find the questions listed extremely helpful!


Again and again, we have to decide:

  • Do I keep doing what’s always been done, or challenge old assumptions ad try new approaches to problems?
  • Do I proactively seek new challenges or just manage those I already have?
  • Do I risk being exposed and vulnerable, or act to protect my pride and patch of power?  
  • Do I ask for what I really want, or just for what I think others want to give me?
  • Do I ‘toot my horn’ to ensure others know what I’m capable of, or just hope my efforts will be noticed?
  • Do I speak my mind or bite my lip, lest I ruffle feathers or subject myself to criticism?
Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:07 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:08 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

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Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: 35 Companies That Set the Standard for Workplace Excellence

Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: 35 Companies That Set the Standard for Workplace Excellence | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Gallup is pleased to honor 35 leading organizations that are recipients of our annual Gallup Great Workplace Award. These organizations average a ratio of 9 engaged employees to 1 actively disengaged employee, which is more than five times the ratio in the U.S. and more than 16 times the ratio for workforces globally. 

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These orgs must be doing something right!

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Global Leadership Summit in Madison Aims to Make the World a Happier Place

Global Leadership Summit in Madison Aims to Make the World a Happier Place | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Yes, according to leading sources such as the United Nations, which issued its first-ever World Happiness Reports in 2012 and 2013.. The Leadership for a Better World Global Summit, to be held June 17-18, 2014, is the first of its kind for the University of Wisconsin- Extension’ s new leadership center.
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This new way of leading involves three basic principles:

1. The purpose of leadership is to create organizational and community well-being.
2. Everyone is a leader. We all contribute to and influence our organizations.
3. Inclusive collaboration is a means to creating well-being.

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