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5 Rules For A Happier Life

5 Rules For A Happier Life | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in order to see how they changed and what they learned.
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For the good of the colony - MIT News Office

For the good of the colony - MIT News Office | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it

"MIT researchers have found that cells in a bacterial colony grow in a way that benefits the community as a whole. That is, while an individual cell may divide in the presence of plentiful resources to benefit itself, when a cell is a member of a larger colony, it may choose instead to grow in a more cooperative fashion, increasing an entire colony’s chance of survival. "


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The tension and complementarity between self-interest and collective action operates at every level from the bacterial to the ecosystem. It's where organisms originated

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3 hard education questions Ken Robinson says need to be answered [Educause 2013]

3 hard education questions Ken Robinson says need to be answered [Educause 2013] | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
Noted educational theorist and author Sir Ken Robinson opened Educause with a keynote on the obstacles that stunt innovation in the educational, corporate and cultural worlds.

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The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier, by Ocean Robbins

The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier, by Ocean Robbins | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
Our world is pretty messed up. With all the violence, pollution and crazy things people do, it would be easy to turn into a grouchy old man without being either elderly or male.

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HAPPINESS ALTRUISM

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Meet the Opposite of Monsanto -- These Are the Folks That Really Feed the World

Meet the Opposite of Monsanto -- These Are the Folks That Really Feed the World | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
Meet the antithesis of Monsanto -- those fighting resource grabs, cultivating traditional crops, and defending their communities from exploitation by multinationals.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:03 PM

Hooray for these brave, commited folks, the antithesis of Monsanto.

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The Neuroscience of Empathy

The Neuroscience of Empathy | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists identify specific brain areas linked to compassion.

 

Are some people born with a brain that is wired to be more empathetic? Can compassion be learned? What daily habits or life experiences reinforce selfishness, narcissism, and at a far extreme psychopathy?

 

Last night, I listened to an interview with Madonna and Anderson Cooper talking about the importance of teaching our children to be able to empathize and to not be complacent about fighting against oppression and inequality. Two studies in the past month have identified specific brain regions linked to empathy and compassion.

 

This morning, a new study was released by the Max Planck Institute for Human and Cognitive Brain Sciences that revealed the neurobiological roots of how our own feelings and experiences can distort someone’s capacity for empathy. 

 

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Mark Alistair Moulden's curator insight, October 26, 2013 3:51 PM

I'd love to know more about the theories underpinning the proposed neuroscience of empathy - interesting stuff!

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#Social Intelligence:

How to better put yourself in some elses shoes....

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VIDEO: "The Story of Solutions" - Resolving the "Game of More"

-▶  TO CHANGE THE BROKEN SYSTEM, WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE GAME

 Published on Oct 1, 2013

Annie Leonard's back with another animated video, six years after the Story of Stuff came out, and after eight other short films. This time, she's talking about what we need to do to solve problems—and how we really need to reframe goals so we're looking at the whole system.

   The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.
   In the current 'Game of More', we're told to cheer a growing economy -- more roads, more malls, more Stuff! -- even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting.
But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn't more, but better -- better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn't that be what winning means? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpkRvc-sOKk

 

Guardian Sustainable Business, October 4, 1013
-▶  PROSPERITY WITH LESS:  WHAT WOULD A RESPONSIBLE ECONOMY LOOK LIKE?
The founder of Patagonia Inc discusses the value of the simple life, and growing an economy based on buying less, not more http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/patagonia-founder-responsible-economy-with-less

 

 

-▶  ECO-SPIRITUALITY: TOWARDS A VALUES-BASED ECONOMIC STRUCTURE  http://sco.lt/7tcgQj

 

-▶  ECONOMIC SUCCESS ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH TO IMPROVE OUR WELL BEING http://sco.lt/7J7VnF

 

-▶  THE EVOLUTION OF BUSINESS: HOW A NEW BUSINESS ERA INSPIRED BY NATURE, NOT GREED, CAN BENEFIT US ALL http://sco.lt/6XU6Kn

 

-▶  WHY ARE POWERFUL TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES TURNING TO NATURE TO INSPIRE THEIR LEADERS?  THE WISDOM OF ZEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH http://sco.lt/81MvkP

 

May 16, 2013 Daily Kos:
>> POPE FRANCIS BLASTS "CULT OF MONEY" AND CALLS FOR END OF "TYRANNY" OF GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/16/1209503/-Pope-Francis-Blasts-Cult-of-Money-and-Calls-for-End-of-Tyranny-of-Global-Financial-System#

 

 

-▶-▶  -▶    "WE HAVE FIVE MINUTES BEFORE MIDNIGHT"  -▶  -▶  -▶  - IPCC Report:  UN Chief Scientist Urges Action On Climate Change Causes http://sco.lt/6Or0QT

 

 

-▶  >> AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD - The Natural Eye Project - http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/

 

 


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Tomas Chavarri's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:22 PM

Specially interesting Annie's use of the world Goal. 

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6 Ways to Build Employee Engagement and Relationships in your Company

6 Ways to Build Employee Engagement and Relationships in your Company | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
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How hugging can lower your blood pressure and boost your memory

How hugging can lower your blood pressure and boost your memory | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
Hugging a loved one isn't just a great way to bond - it has several physical benefits as well, according to researchers at the University of Vienna.

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Study: Why the Capacity to Pretend Matters for Empathy

Study: Why the Capacity to Pretend Matters for Empathy | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it

A phenomenological insight in the debate on empathy is that it is possible to directly perceive other people’s emotions in their expressive bodily behaviour. Contrary to what is suggested by many phenomenologists, namely that this perceptual skill is immediately available if one has vision, this paper argues that the perceptual skill for empathy is acquired. Such a skill requires that we have undergone certain emotional experiences ourselves and that we have had the experience of seeing the world differently, which is a form of pretence.

 

By investigating how we retain knowledge of what is real while pretending, that is, how we anchor the experience of pretence in something that is not pretended, the paper argues that we split our experiential perspective into a double perspective, which differs from the cognitive act of understanding what a perspective is. With this notion in hand, we can return to the debate on empathy. It is argued that in order to have the capacity for direct empathic perception, one must have undergone experiences involving a double perspective.


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7 Ways To Keep Your Employees Happy (And Working Really Hard)

7 Ways To Keep Your Employees Happy (And Working Really Hard) | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
(image: Jessicahtam on Flickr) It doesn’t matter what you build, invent or sell; your organization can’t move forward without people.

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The answer isn't necessarily costly. The biggest driver of Employee engagement and satisfaction is how they are treated by their bosses.

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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal - Huffington Post

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal - Huffington Post | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal
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By Adam Hoffman. Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research.
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The Science of Love: How Positivity Resonance Shapes the Way We Connect

The Science of Love: How Positivity Resonance Shapes the Way We Connect | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
The neurobiology of how the warmest emotion blurs the boundaries by you and not-you.

We kick-started the year with some of history's most
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Experts Urge US Government To Begin Measuring 'Happiness' Of American Citizens

Experts Urge US Government To Begin Measuring 'Happiness' Of American Citizens | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of experts...
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Business Doing Good | A Guide to Corporate Citizenship

Business Doing Good | A Guide to Corporate Citizenship | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it

http://www.businessdoinggood.com/

 

Business Civic Leadership Center, December 3, 2013
▶ BUSINESSDOINGGOOD.COM: A SMALL AND MIDSIZE BUSINESS GUIDE TO CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP: http://bclc.uschamber.com/blog/2013-12-03/businessdoinggoodcom-small-and-midsize-business-guide-corporate-citizenship

 

TriplePundit, November 6, 2013
▶ WORKPLACE GIVING PROGRAMS MAKE 'DOING GOOD' INTO 'DOING GOOD BUSINESS' http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/11/workplace-giving-programs-make-doing-good-doing-good-business/

 

Inc.com
▶ THE NEW BUSINESS MODEL:  DOING WELL AND GOOD : A conversation with Mandalah founder Lourenço Bustani about connecting purpose and profit... http://www.inc.com/laura-garnett/the-new-business-model-doing-well-and-good.html

 

TriplePundit, December 3, 2013
▶ THE RISE OF THE SOCIAL INTREPRENEUR http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/12/rise-social-entrepreneur/

 

ScoopIt, November 27, 2013
▶  THE THANKS ECONOMY: COMPANIES AND PEOPLE GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES http://blog.scoop.it/2013/11/27/the-thanks-economy-companies-people-giving-back-to-their-communities/

 

FastCoExist
▶  HOW TO CREATE A CULTURE OF GIVING BACK AT ANY COMPANY: Social Entrepreneurs talk about how to shift the internal corporate dynamics http://www.fastcoexist.com/3020307/how-to-create-a-culture-of-giving-back-at-any-company

 

Guardian Sustainable Business, December 3, 2013
▶  HOW TO HACK CORPORATE CULTURE FROM WITHIN : Imagine Gandhi within the four walls of a large multinational corporation.
 http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/hack-corporate-culture-within

 

▶  BUSINESS SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF THEIR COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/5Ktuuf

 

 

▶ ESSAY: ECOLOGY IS THE MEANING OF LIFE: EMBRACING A SENSE OF "ENOUGHNESS" http://sco.lt/7xGTJZ

 

▶ THE EVOLUTION OF BUSINESS:  HOW A NEW BUSINESS ERA INSPIRED BY NATURE, NOT GREED, CAN BENEFIT US ALL http://sco.lt/97vmc5

 

▶ WHY GOOGLE AND SONY ARE TURNING TO NATURE TO INSPIRE THEIR LEADERS. The wisdom of zen master Thich Nhat Hanh http://sco.lt/8qtqoD

 

                                                        VIDEO:

                                              Moyers and Company

                        "ZOMBIE POLITICS AND CASINO CAPITALISM"

                                              http://sco.lt/82wkRF

 

 

 


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The U.S. Needs To Get Rid Of Daylight Savings

The U.S. Needs To Get Rid Of Daylight Savings | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
Daylight saving time ends Nov. 3, setting off an annual ritual where Americans (who don't live in Arizona or Hawaii) and residents of 78 other countries including Canada (but not Saskatchewan), most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand turn their...
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Study Finds Teenagers Lack Cognitive Empathy

According to a recently published six year study in "Developmental Psychology," cognitive empathy, or the mental ability to take others' perspective, isn't properly developed in teens. To test out the findings, 'TakePart Live' host Cara Santa Maria plays a game of "Adolescent Teenager or Convicted Sociopath?" with guest cohost Will Weldon.


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Empathy helps kids understand sarcasm: study - Today.com

Empathy helps kids understand sarcasm: study - Today.com | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
International Business Times
Empathy helps kids understand sarcasm: study
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I remember when my daughter first figured out that we don't always mean what we literally say.
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Happiness Factors: what are the keys to being happy?

Happiness Factors: what are the keys to being happy?

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Employee Engagement Ideas | Social Media Today

Employee Engagement Ideas | Social Media Today | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
How can managers build and maintain strong relationships at the employee level? Here are ten tips.
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The price of creating a connected future

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Future generations will live in a world more connected in almost every way, but how will human interaction suffer, asks author Tad Williams.

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How your thoughts create your brain | Motivation and self improvement

How your thoughts create your brain | Motivation and self improvement | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it

Of course you know that your thoughts are generated by your brain. But you may not have considered that in many very real ways, your thoughts create your brain, too. Let’s see how this can be so.

How Thoughts Change Your Brain

Every thought creates a neural connection. If you think a thought often enough the neural connection will grow strong, particularly if there’s an emotional attachment to it. Conversely, if a memory has little use, is rarely stimulated, or has no emotional attachment, eventually those neural connections will largely wither away from disuse.

Thoughts also change your brain by stimulating the production of brain chemicals which can change the structure and function of your brain.

A good example is what happens to your brain under stress. When a situation you perceive as stressful occurs, it increases your level of the stress hormone cortisol.

Prolonged exposure to cortisol literally excites some of your brain cells to death, particularly in the hippocampus where memories are stored. This alarmingly can cause measurable shrinkage in this part of the brain.

Conversely, stress feeds the amygdala, your fear center, causing it to grow, leaving you more fearful and anxious.

Excess cortisol halts the formation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein which acts like fertilizer to the encourage the growth of new brain cells.

Research suggests that chronic stress stimulates proteins that might even be the cause of Alzheimer’s.

Thoughts That Don’t Serve You

Psychologists have labeled certain negative thought patterns as cognitive distortions. These are common ways your mind will try to convince you of something that isn’t actually true.

See if any of these thought patterns sound familiar to you:

    Obsessively dwelling on an unpleasant event.
    Seeing everything as black or white with no middle ground.
    Using words like “always” and “never”.
    Jumping to conclusions.
    Catastrophizing – seeing the worst in every situation.
    Taking things personally.
    Blaming others for your problems.
    Blaming yourself for things outside of your control.
    Being driven by “shoulds”, “shouldn’ts”, and guilt.
    Going to any length to be right.

Most of us think this way at least some of the time. It’s pretty easy to see how these kinds of thoughts are working against not for you. They can lead to a lot of unhappiness, not just for you but for those around you.

But changing your thinking is hard. Are there any fool-proof ways to make it easy?

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Besides years of psychoanalysis, is there anything that you can easily do to change negative thought patterns?

You can take some wise advice from an unexpected source – a popular bumper sticker that says “Don’t Believe Everything You Think”.

Next time you catch yourself falling into one of these patterns, remind yourself that you don’t have to believe it just because you thought it. Recognize a negative thought for being what it truly is – a cognitive distortion – and challenge it instead.

You may recall a popular self-help book from the 90s - You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought. The next time you find yourself thinking negatively, remind yourself that this is true.

Your thoughts are powerful.

They create brain chemicals that are either adding to or subtracting from your brain health, ability to cope with life, and happiness.

Quiet Your Mind with Meditation

One of the simplest and most effective techniques to gain control of your thoughts is with meditation.

Over 1,000 studies have been published proving the health benefits of meditation. People who meditate have stronger neural connections between different parts of the brain. Their brains show less atrophy due to age and have more neural synapses.

Regular meditators experience improved focus and concentration, greater creativity, stress reduction, better sleep, and even improved immune function. Meditation can make you happier, smarter, and more resilient to handle life’s ups and downs.

Continually monitoring yourself for negative thoughts and challenging them is no easy task. You have to be vigilante and you must be willing to look at yourself with unflinching honesty.

But being a “mind warrior” is worth the effort.  Gaining control of your thoughts is one of the best things you can do to improve your brain, your happiness, and overall quality of life.

SOURCES:
Depression Doing the Thinking at PsychologyToday.com
Building the Evidence for Meditation at EvidenceBasedLiving.human.cornell.edu


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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, October 1, 2013 9:59 AM

A very interesting and powerful perspective. Love the notion of the mind warrior! ~ "Your thoughts are powerful. They create brain chemicals that are either adding to or subtracting from your brain health, ability to cope with life, and happiness."

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Beyond Homo Economicus by Tania Singer - Project Syndicate

Beyond Homo Economicus by Tania Singer - Project Syndicate | Social Sustainability | Scoop.it
Despite the devastating consequences implied by a failure to address global challenges like climate change, poverty, and food insecurity, humanity has not risen to the occasion.
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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, September 15, 2013 6:58 AM

Humans are capable of far more than selfishness and materialism. Indeed, we are capable of building sustainable, equitable, and caring political systems, economies, and societies. Rather than continuing to indulge the most destructive drivers of human behavior, global leaders should work to develop systems that encourage individuals to meet their full socio-emotional and cognitive potentials – and, thus, to create a world in which we all want to live.