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New research: The most powerful way to praise people - Online Management Training

New research: The most powerful way to praise people - Online Management Training | positive psychology | Scoop.it
A recent study looked into what types of employee recognition have the greatest impact. Surprisingly, simply highlighting a job well done had less impact than other methods of praise.
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If you want effective and engaged employees make sure they are able to make daily progress towards the goals dear to their heart.

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When we praise others on their progress, we remind them that they’re advancing. And, perhaps even more important, that we – their leaders – actually noticed. - See more at: 

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Flourish Mentoring

Flourish Mentoring | positive psychology | Scoop.it
A collection of articles on Leadership development utilizing a positive psychology i.e. well-being and strengths based approach to the workplace.  
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Pls consider following my new scoop.it topic 'Flourish Mentoring' as I will be curating workplace and leadership related articles under that topic from now on. I'll be using the 'positive psychology' topic more for basic research in positive psychology and applications to say school settings, but all  applications to workspace settings will now be covered under 'Flourish Mentoring'.  

 

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7 Keys to Increasing Your Self-Esteem Today!

Self-esteem can be defined as healthy respect for yourself, as well as healthy self-worth. In our competitive society, the propensity to be affected by low self-esteem is chronic and pervasive. The good news is that having low-self-esteem is largely a learned phenomenon. Here are seven keys to enhancing self-esteem...
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Learn and practice these.

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Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem

Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Researcher Kristin Neff reveals the benefits of going easy on yourself: less anxiety, less conflict, and more peace of mind.
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Loving yourself is a prerequisite of loving others:-)

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What Makes a Resilient Mind

What Makes a Resilient Mind | positive psychology | Scoop.it

"...In other words, Suomi sees a genetic predisposition for resilience, but one that only develops in a nurturing environment. That same genetic predisposition may make someone—monkey or human—more likely to founder if brought up in a stressful, unsupportive environment.

As we enter a large playpen-type cage, Suomi points out that some monkeys have jumped up on an artificial branch in the cage, and they’re looking at me curiously. They’re the monkeys who were raised by their mothers and seem to be comfortable with strangers. They are deemed the resilient ones.

“And then there are the monkeys who were peer-reared,” he says, pointing to a tunnel that led into an indoor cage, where the monkeys who were taken away from their mothers live. “You’re not seeing any of them because they’re all inside, because they’re afraid.”

But the good news, he says, is that circumstances and, to some extent, gene expression can be changed. Suomi has recently become fascinated by the field of biology called “epigenetics,” which looks at how genes are turned off and on as a result of experience and environment. If childhood adversity can lead to maladaptive epigenetic changes, Suomi says, then social supports may reverse the damage. To test this notion, Suomi and his researchers have introduced into the cage what he calls “foster grandparents” in the form of an older monkey couple who offer extra cuddling or break up fights.

“That’s the kind of manipulation that we’ve found changes genes or normalizes gene expression,” Suomi says. “We’re making social groups smaller and less intimidating, and it looks like it’s normalizing the behavior of those who grew up in the nursery.”

Extending this principle to humans, Suomi points out the calming effects of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness training on many trauma survivors. In fact, those were only methods of treatment that Amanda Lindhout said she found helpful. After her release, she said, she went through 20 different therapists who gave her no relief until she stumbled upon a mindfulness program that included talking to herself with soothing and encouraging words.

“I continue to be afraid of the dark. I have nightmares sometimes that jar me awake, and in confined spaces, like an elevator, I’m terrified. I sometimes feel like I can’t breathe,” Lindhout said. “But for my own good, I strive towards feeling forgiveness and compassion above all the other things that still rise up in me every single day....”

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the importance of resilience with a good example.

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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, January 20, 6:56 PM

Any one who has experienced childhood trauma, be it physical or mental abuse, sexual abuse or anything at all, will benefit enormously from mindfulness, meditative practices and or yoga.  You don't have to live in fear, you can change your life (from your genes up).

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The Top 10 Insights From the "Science of a Meaningful Life" in 2014

The Top 10 Insights From the "Science of a Meaningful Life" in 2014 | positive psychology | Scoop.it
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
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from surprising relationship b/w mindfulness and racial bias to how gratitude makes you make wiser economic decisions, a good list of provocative studies.

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Materialism makes you a broke jerk, says science

Materialism makes you a broke jerk, says science | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Being obsessed with stuff is eating your money, relationships, and soul, according to psychologist Tim Kasser.
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The downside of materialism!

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The Biggest Problems Of Our Times All Come Down To This Word That Starts With 'E'

The Biggest Problems Of Our Times All Come Down To This Word That Starts With 'E' | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Awesome, fun, interesting videos and graphics about stuff that matters.
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Empathy as the glue for civilization!

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4 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Redefine Happiness

4 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Redefine Happiness | positive psychology | 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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Use the power of habits like mindfulness meditation to be calm and happy no matter what!

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David Hain's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:44 AM

People who routinely relax have "improved expression of genes that calm down stress reactions, making them more resilient."

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8 Surprising Habits that Might Prevent Authentic Happiness

8 Surprising Habits that Might Prevent Authentic Happiness | positive psychology | Scoop.it
“We first make our habits, then our habits make us.” – John Dryden
This may look good, sound good, and maybe even feel good at first, but it’s not serving you well in the end!
I’d hear this thought in my head over and over and still not...

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"The hardest part of quitting my job and starting my business was that I was going against my parents’ wishes for me. It was hard but absolutely and positively the only right path for me."

resonates perfectly with me as I quit my job and start on my journey as a strengths coach/ people and leadership development professional. 

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Should we measure gross national happiness?

Should we measure gross national happiness? | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Move over, GDP. Psychologists Shigehiro Oishi and Ed Diener say it's time to make room for happiness, the next big tool for evaluating public policies and social development in the U.S.
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of course we should!!

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David Hain's curator insight, December 18, 2014 2:02 AM

Difficult to measure, but important to try. 

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Positive Mondays: How money can buy you happiness! | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Positive Mondays: How money can buy you happiness! | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Positive Mondays: How money can buy you happiness! - As the year draws to a close, we are converging on the pinnacle of the party season and of course, shopping! So, can money buy happiness? 
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Money can buy happiness, if used in the right way:-)

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The Google engineer teaching happiness in three steps

The Google engineer teaching happiness in three steps | positive psychology | Scoop.it
To improve the well-being of its workers, Google employed one of its engineers to increase happiness. David G Allan tried out his three-step plan – does it work
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Amused. Wish Cisco was as enlightened as Google and would want to retain me as an inhouse happiness expert:-)

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Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong

Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Researchers are finding that, as people get older, friendships, creativity and satisfaction with life all can flourish
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a really must read article on why everything we know about aging and happiness/ creativity and life satisfaction is wrong and not based in facts:-)

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How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times

How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times | positive psychology | Scoop.it
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
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similar to post traumatic growth the idea that gratitude can help us befit from even tough times. 

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Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Gratitude may seem like a simple emotion, but Robert Emmons argues that it inspires kindness, connection, and transformative life changes. And he’s done the research to prove it.
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gratitude enables one to have pro-social intentions and actions and also feel loved and cared about- a double whammy of goodness:-)

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Writing Your Way to Happiness

Writing Your Way to Happiness | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
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story - editing as a route to happiness!

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Lisa A Romano's curator insight, January 21, 3:19 PM

Great article sharing the evidence base for narrative therapy as an intervention

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The single best goal you can set for 2015

The single best goal you can set for 2015 | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Be less judgmental. It will make you happier, more powerful, and help others around you.
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Don't judge a book; neither by its cover nor by its text:-)

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Debra Manchester's curator insight, January 16, 11:54 AM

This is a powerful way each of us can not only be happier, enjoy broader social networks but also help make the world a better place.

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Can You See What’s RIGHT With This Picture (Literally)?

Can You See What’s RIGHT With This Picture (Literally)? | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Remember Highlights children’s magazine—the one full of fun activities that would often be stacked at the doctor’s office? I always grabbed it and flipped to the back cover, which featured a busy, illustrated scene of children playing alongside...
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character strengths- visually depicted:-)

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4 Tips to Cultivate Resiliency Before You Need It - Jesse Lyn Stoner

4 Tips to Cultivate Resiliency Before You Need It - Jesse Lyn Stoner | positive psychology | Scoop.it

Fixing, before ts broke:-) At sometime this year you will need to be resilient, whether pushed by pain or pulled by possibilities. Here are 4 things you can do to cultivate resiliency

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fixing, before its broke:-)

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Cognitive Neuroscience Society » Blog Archive » If the CIA Tweets, Cognitive Neuroscientists Can Too: Harnessing Twitter’s Power for Your Research

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good advice for all scientists planning to use social media!

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The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. Resilient people possess a set of paradoxical traits.

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what can you do today to become more resilient in the future?

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David Hain's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:30 AM

Our instincts are to fight against adversity.The most resilient will often find a way to fight it by embracing it. ` @faisal_hoque

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The power of believing that you can improve

The power of believing that you can improve | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
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Ted talk by Carol Dweck

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21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.

In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds o...
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some really good habits that you too can weave into your life:-)

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Emotional health in childhood ‘is the key to future happiness’

Emotional health in childhood ‘is the key to future happiness’ | positive psychology | Scoop.it
After investigating the factors in a person’s life that can best predict whether they will lead satisfied lives, a team headed by one of the UK’s foremost “happiness” experts, Professor Richard Layard, has come up with an answer that may prove controversial.

Layard and his colleagues at the Wellbeing research programme at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance conclude that a child’s emotional health is far more important to their satisfaction levels as an adult than other factors, such as if they achieve academic success when young, or wealth when older. The authors explain that evaluating the quality of a child’s emotional health is based on analysing a range of internal factors in a person’s early life, including whether they endured unhappiness, sleeplessness, eating disorders, bedwetting, fearfulness or tiredness.

The academics claim that their study, What Predicts a Successful Life? A Life-course Model of Well-being, published in the latest edition of the Economic Journal, offers “a completely new perspective on which factors contribute most to a satisfying life”. The study claims to challenge “the basic assumption of educational policy in recent years – that academic achievement matters more than anything else”. This claim appears to be an implicit criticism of former education secretary Michael Gove, who instructed schools not to focus on “peripheral” issues such as children’s moral, social and cultural development in favour of academic excellence. Gove’s successor, Nicky Morgan, has pledged to reverse this approach.

Layard and his team analysed data from about 9,000 people who were born over a three-week period in 1970 and then tracked by the British Cohort Survey, a study that asks them to complete an extensive questionnaire about their lives every five to seven years. They were also asked to rate their satisfaction at key periods through their lives. The team then examined factors including their income, educational achievement, employment, whether they had been in trouble with the law, whether they were single, as well as their physical and emotional health – to gauge how significant these were in determining satisfaction. In addition, a range of factors that affect a child’s development – for example, intellectual performance, family socio-economic background and emotional health were also examined.

Many people have assumed income is the most important factor in an adult’s life satisfaction. But the academics say their data makes clear this is far less important than emotional health – both in a child and in an adult. “Income only explains about 1% of the variation in life satisfaction among people in the UK – one sixth of the fraction explained by emotional health,” they note. Or, to put it another way, money really cannot buy you happiness.

 

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emotional health more important than intelligence or wealth.

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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, November 17, 2014 12:18 AM

This truly says it all !


"Child interventions can produce massive savings to public finances but these are often at a much later date,” the authors note. They conclude: “By far the most important predictor of adult life-satisfaction is emotional health, both in childhood and subsequently. We find that the intellectual performance of a child is the least important childhood predictor of life-satisfaction as an adult.                 

Our children are our greatest treasure - they are the future.

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:11 AM

"A child’s emotional health is far more important to their satisfaction levels as an adult than other factors, such as if they achieve academic success when young, or wealth when older. Income only explains about 1% of the variation in life satisfaction – one sixth of the fraction explained by emotional health,"

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Why Determination Matters More Than Smarts In Getting Ahead

Why Determination Matters More Than Smarts In Getting Ahead | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Studies show smart people shy away from challenges because they fear failure. But those with grit choose to push themselves by working hard.
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the importance of having a growth mindset!

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5 Scientifically-Proven Ways to Boost Happiness

5 Scientifically-Proven Ways to Boost Happiness | positive psychology | Scoop.it
If you've been reading a lot of helpful hints and tips on how to be happier, here's a scientific method that will guarantee results.
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good, practical and evidence based tips:-)

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