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How Being Surrounded by Beauty Makes People Happier

How Being Surrounded by Beauty Makes People Happier | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Looking at lovely things—and people—can improve quality of life
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Hasya (joy) and Shringar (beauty ) as the two routes to happiness :-) surround yourself with beauty  (better yet, create beauty) and experience joy and happiness:-))

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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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Hi Folks,

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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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, 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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Via Dimitris Tsantaris, Jocelyn Stoller
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emotional health more important than intelligence or wealth.

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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, November 17, 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, 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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TEDxSunsetPark - Diana Winston - The Practice of Mindfulness - YouTube

Former Buddhist nun Diana Winston is the director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Mindful Awareness Center, and the author of several books on mindfulness a...
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something to listen to ...and then practice on a daily basis.

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Kindness Boosts Status in Some Cultures

Kindness Boosts Status in Some Cultures | positive psychology | Scoop.it

In collectivist Warmth, not ability, earns professional status in collectivist societies

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In collectivist cultures, warmth trumps competence!

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Picasso on Success and Why You Should Never Compromise in Creative Work

Picasso on Success and Why You Should Never Compromise in Creative Work | positive psychology | Scoop.it
One must have the courage of one’s vocation and the courage to make a living from one’s vocation. The “second career” is an illusion! I
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"One must have the courage of one’s vocation and the courage to make a living from one’s vocation. The “second career” is an illusion! "

 

the exact reason I'm moving more and more towards aligning my passion and my work-life:-)

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With Holiday Shopping, Willpower Isn’t Enough

With Holiday Shopping, Willpower Isn’t Enough | positive psychology | Scoop.it
The key to true self-control? Cultivate your sense of gratitude.
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How being thankful for what you have can increase your self control.

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Is Love The Next Buzzword In Business?

Is Love The Next Buzzword In Business? | positive psychology | Scoop.it

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“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” ~ Tom Brokaw

It’s also easy to give away a portion of your profits to help bring water to remote villages in Africa. And yes, we should all be committing a portion of our profits to great humanitarian causes. But writing a check is easy. Breathing love into an organization is an entirely different proposition.


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The dreaded four letter word is being increasingly used in work contexts:-) hope it doesn't end up as a buzzword but gets adapted as a way of life/ work:-)

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David Hain's curator insight, November 13, 2:52 AM

Leading with love is not an intellectual exercise!

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, November 13, 4:10 AM

A relire sur le même thème: Amour(s) et business: antinomie ou nécessité?

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A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness.
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the importance of leading a meaningful life:-) by finding some purpose/ meaning.

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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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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, 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 to Trick Your Brain for Happiness

How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Rick Hanson explains how you can intentionally change your brain to create lasting happiness and well-being.
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focus on and savor good things and create lasting neural circuits of positivity!

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A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology

A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology | positive psychology | Scoop.it
You'll need pen, paper, and a silencer for cynicism.

"When [a man] has fair health, a fair fortune, a tidy conscience and a complete exem
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This Thanksgiving, finally undertake that long due Gratitude Visit:-)

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The Surprising Connection Between Intelligence and Happiness

The Surprising Connection Between Intelligence and Happiness | positive psychology | Scoop.it
New research answers an old question, although many may not like it.
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Intelligence enures that you don't have many (emotional) ups and downs in your life.....not sure what that has to do with happiness though!

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Revealed, the happiest countries in the world

Revealed, the happiest countries in the world | positive psychology | Scoop.it
The map was compiled by the relocation site Movehub, using data from the latest Happy Planet Index, which ranks 151 countries depending on the extent to which they deliver long, happy lives.
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India scoring pretty high as far as happiness goes:-)

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Electric shock study suggests we'd rather hurt ourselves than others

Electric shock study suggests we'd rather hurt ourselves than others | positive psychology | Scoop.it
Volunteers are willing to endure pain for profit, but tend to spare other people
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more support for a positive view of human nature:-)

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 20, 3:13 AM

"Intuition dictates that people should be willing to give up some money to avoid the distress of hurting someone. But despite decades of research, the effect had not previously been demonstrated. It may be possible to tap into this altruism simply by reminding people in positions of power—from chefs to politicians—of the painful consequences of their decision to cut corners."

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Malcolm Gladwell Says All Great Jobs Have These 3 Qualities

Malcolm Gladwell Says All Great Jobs Have These 3 Qualities | positive psychology | Scoop.it
The popular author says energizing work is meaningful, which comes from having three distinct traits.
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does your job have these qualities?

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, November 12, 3:30 PM

Los buenos trabajos tienen: autonomía, complejidad y una relación clara entre el esfuerzo y la recompensa. M. Gladwell.