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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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If You Want to Be Happy at Work, Have a Life Outside of It

If You Want to Be Happy at Work, Have a Life Outside of It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Having the time and money to afford leisure affects your job satisfaction.
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The bottom line: Satisfaction at work is influenced by factors such as benefits, pay, relationships, and commute length. But all of this boils down to two things being important, regardless of your circumstances: (1) having a life outside of work, and (2) having the money to afford it. If you have a job that grants you both of these, you might be happier than you realize.
 
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 11, 9:15 AM
Happiness is something that flows back and forth through lives. When I was happy at home and school, it meant things flowed for me and others. When I was unhappy, I had to work harder to keep it "bottled up," something that is not healthy.
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Make Time: There's No Dress Rehearsal in Life

Make Time: There's No Dress Rehearsal in Life | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It's not that you don't have the time to devote to things that matter to you –– but rather, the time needed was spent doing something else.
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It’s so easy to be blinded by ambition, power, and success that many folks miss out on the simple pleasures of life. For example, did your children’s birthday parties, Little League games, or dance recitals make your priority list? Were you available to counsel your friend in need? Did you make the time to help your kids with their homework, to attend back-to-school nights, or to put down your newspaper/telephone/iPad when your family wanted to tell you about their day? Or was something else more important to you at the time? Now, I know that you lead a hectic life and that you’re getting pulled in a million different directions. The truth is, it’s not that you don’t have enough time to devote to things that matter to you — but rather, the time needed was spent doing something else.
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5 Exercises That Will Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

5 Exercises That Will Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Get your brain in shape with a little mental strength training.
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The conversations you have with yourself have a profound effect on your life. If you want to reach your greatest potential, it's important to build your mental muscle. Exercise your brain every day and over time, you'll train your brain for happiness and success.
 
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America's Happiest Companies Make More Money

America's Happiest Companies Make More Money | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Workplace happiness may seem like a fuzzy concept when it comes to financial value. But as the Parnassus Workplace Fund has proven, dignity has - and creates - value.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, AlGonzalezinfo
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(From the article): According to a 1997 article in the San Francisco Chronicle, many business leaders dismissed Moskowitz’s earliest list of “Best Places To Work” and derided it as being “a ’beauty contest’ that didn’t matter to anyone outside of corporate personnel departments.” But Moskowitz, and soon after, Dodson, have gone on to prove that the leaders at organizations which ensure employees feel valued, supported, developed, and rewarded are the most enlightened. They inspire a greatly expanded bottom line and set an example for all to follow in this 21st century.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 22, 2013 10:50 AM

 

"At this point, the evidence suggests many of us remain suspicious of any firm that, say, allows its employees to play foosball or shoot hoops during work hours.

 

But our enduring cynicism may also have its roots in traditional beliefs about leadership effectiveness.

 

Many of us have been taught that it’s actually desirable to have some worker unhappiness. The idea is that keeping people under some constant tension actually is a more powerful driver of productivity.

 

There’s also the concern that when employees are cared for to any extent they’re likely to get soft in the middle--so sufficiently sated that motivation to work hard and produce is spoiled. "

 

Check out this article for evidence that suggests that our enduring cynicism  and thought patterns are wrong...

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Respect is the Root of Happiness, Not Money

Respect is the Root of Happiness, Not Money | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Money may make the world go 'round' but respect is what will make you happy. New studies have shown that the respect you've earned is worth more than what is in the bank.

 

Respect is hard earned and for people it's something that is worth more than its weight in gold. Many believe that success, a high paying career or a college degree breeds happiness but that's not necessarily true based on previous studies. . . .


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15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently

15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What is the difference between happy people and unhappy people?


 Of course, it may be very obvious, happy people are happy while unhappy people are unhappy, right?

 

 Well, that is correct, but we want to know what are the things that these people do differently and that is why, I have put together a list of things that HAPPY people do differently than UNHAPPY people.

 

Read more: 15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently http://bit.ly/IUUIwv


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People with 'balanced time perspective' more likely to call themselves content

People with 'balanced time perspective' more likely to call themselves content | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A new study demonstrates that having a certain "balanced time perspective" can make people feel more vital, more grateful, and more satisfied with their lives.

 

[Image courtesy John Morgan.]

 

GS: Rigidity versus flexibility comes into play so many areas of mental health. People with rigid mind sets tend to see things in black-and-white terms while flexibility refers to the ability to consider nuances.


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10 Facts About Happiness From Around the World

10 Facts About Happiness From Around the World | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Happiness stems from all aspects of life, from employment to health to friendships. While the building blocks of a satisfying life are universal, happiness levels vary from country to country.

 
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Self-employed people have higher overall life evaluations. Self-employment has its pros and cons. In developed countries, self-employed people report being more satisfied than those who are traditionally employed. However, they are also more likely to experience negative feelings such as stress and worry.
 
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Ten Habits Of Incredibly Happy People

Ten Habits Of Incredibly Happy People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Your habits create happiness more than anything else in life. These 10 habits will make you happier today.

Via Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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Bad things happen to everyone, including happy people. Instead of complaining about how things could have been or should have been, happy people reflect on everything they’re grateful for. Then they find the best solution available to the problem, tackle it, and move on. Nothing fuels unhappiness quite like pessimism. The problem with a pessimistic attitude, apart from the damage it does to your mood, is that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you expect bad things, you’re more likely to experience negative events. Pessimistic thoughts are hard to shake off until you recognize how illogical they are. Force yourself to look at the facts, and you’ll see that things are not nearly as bad as they seem.
 
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30 Powerful Habits That Encourage Happiness and Mental Strength

30 Powerful Habits That Encourage Happiness and Mental Strength | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Practice any one of these and you'll notice a difference within 90 days.
Via Ariana Amorim, Bobby Dillard, Maite Finch, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): So all these are aspects of people who got their lives together. You don't do them all at once. In my forty years of being a professional therapist, especially in addictions, I've never had a success with making a change and quitting nicotine at the same time. It's too hard. I've gotten people off heroin, cocaine, meth, marijuana, alcohol, and overeating but not if they've tried to quit smoking at the same time. Pick your battles. Pick one to commit to and start. Get your routine established and practice every day. Post them so you can see your progress. You don't have to complete each one before starting on another, but don't overload yourself. Each of these have nuances that get discovered along the way. Every person has to customize the particular events to their specific learning style and willingness to work the program. Some will be more powerful than others, but all have caused relief for certain aspects of dysfunctional life styles. One thing is for sure: if you start doing them, you'll be a happier person. And from there your life will have depth and meaning.
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Practice any one of these and you'll notice a difference within 90 days. #Happiness
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Want to be unhappy? Trying to be happy will do it!

Want to be unhappy? Trying to be happy will do it! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Despite being the richest nation on earth, the United States is, according to the World Health Organization, by a wide margin, also the most anxious, with nearly a third of Americans likely to suffer from an anxiety problem in their lifetime. America's precocious levels of anxiety are not just happening in spite of the great national happiness rat race, but also perhaps, because of it.


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27 Traits Of Successful People

27 Traits Of Successful People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Is it really possible to become a successful person in just one day? I actually believe you can become a successful person in just one second.

 

Why? Because to be a successful person you only have to change your thoughts and start to think like a successful person. Your have to program your brain to respond differently to situations that it was previously refusing.

 

But how exactly are successful people made and how do they think? I’ve read and studied a lot of books on the subject, as well as experimenting and asking around. The following is list of 27 traits that distinguish successful people from ordinary people. If you take the commitment to apply every day each principle in your life, you’ll start to see amazing results in no time.

 

They are positive. Successful people don’t let negative events alter their ego. They see the glass half full and not half empty. They are known as the ones who raises positiveness among others. Benefits: other people want to stay with them because they make them feel better. They say yes to everything. They take every opportunity they can. They are not afraid of doing something new, like giving a talk in public. They take everything like a challenge with themselves...

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/LIdSq2


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Seven Weird Habits That Will Change Your Life

Seven Weird Habits That Will Change Your Life | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Some habits will help you live a better life. They’ll help you improve what’s already working or help you fix what’s not working very well.

 

But what about habits that completely change the game entirely? What are the questions that uproot your beliefs, shake them from its roots and move you into a bigger pot?

 

These are seven habits that won’t just improve your game, or help you “level up.” They’ll help you play a different game, one that you completely design yourself.

 

Regularly engage in time travel. Often the best way to solve a problem is to have a conversation with your future self...

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/Kk1L0f


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Martin Gysler's comment, April 30, 2012 10:28 AM
Hi Slavica, thank you for your comment. I'm glad that you like this post. Cheers!
Slavica Bogdanov's comment, April 30, 2012 11:40 AM
Yes loved it! hope lot of people read it and apply it. I actually plan to wakl in my future today and take notes. Will keep you posted. Let me know what you think of this article, if you have the time:) http://www.scoop.it/t/attractitude-finances/p/1696864296/3-time-management-concepts-that-will-change-your-life
Martin Gysler's comment, May 1, 2012 5:12 PM
Hi Slavica, thank you for your comment and the link to your blog post. We could speak about it tomorrow on Skype.