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Why Happiness is Your Secret to Productivity

Why Happiness is Your Secret to Productivity | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
If you aren't feeling fulfilled by your work, you'll have a hard time getting it done. Here's how to gain back that fire to be at your best.
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Want a more productive team?  Find out what makes them happy then help them 'get happy'!

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How to Override Your Default Reactions in Tough Moments

How to Override Your Default Reactions in Tough Moments | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
“It’s 9:00am, you’re across the table from a colleague who doesn’t like you or the changes you’re proposing, she’s pushing all your hot-buttons and resisting your efforts to get her to support the change.
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Given that we all have our default responsives to many situations we find ourselves in and that default reponse may not be the best or most appropriate, it's useful to know how to over-ride such knee-jerk reactions.

 

This artcle provides some very useful advice on how to prevent being blindsided by your own default reponses.

 

 

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How To Be Healthy: Eating Well Helps Protect Your Brain, Study Finds - Huffington Post Canada

How To Be Healthy: Eating Well Helps Protect Your Brain, Study Finds - Huffington Post Canada | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
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How To Be Healthy: Eating Well Helps Protect Your Brain, Study Finds
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That means they help promote blood flow, which in turn allows for efficient delivery of oxygen to the brain.
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While this is a new area of research it definitely deserves follow-up.. Nutrition and it's impact on health have been ignored for far too long for the quick fix pill approach.  It's much easier to thrive if you eat right :-)

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Finding Happiness As A Lawyer: Three Pillars And A Box Of Crayons - Above the Law

Finding Happiness As A Lawyer: Three Pillars And A Box Of Crayons - Above the Law | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
Above the Law Finding Happiness As A Lawyer: Three Pillars And A Box Of Crayons Above the Law Whether you're a currently-miserable attorney who's pinning her hopes for happiness on eventual career success, or a veteran attorney who could stand to...
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Although this is written by a lawyer for lawyers I think it is applicable to many in STEM professions.  I've found that too often people in STEM are so focused on their career and its' demands that they neglect the other areas of their life because they feel they don't have the time to do anything about it.  Yet it's amazing how even little changes in other areas of your life can improve your ability to be happy and increase your thrive-ability.

 

Check out the simple to do suggestions in this article that require neither huge time allotments or large cash outlays.  These and many other 'little' things can make a huge difference in your experience of life.

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How To Train People To Ask You Fewer Questions (And Figure Things Out On Their Own)

How To Train People To Ask You Fewer Questions (And Figure Things Out On Their Own) | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
Are your employees leaning on you for every little thing? Here's why—and how to encourage them to be a little more self-reliant.

Via Willis Smith
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There's a fine line between helping people and making them so dependent on you that they loose their initiative.  This is as true for your direct reports as it is for your children, and people often struggle with where to draw the line in both cases. Whether dealing with employees or your children, your goal should be to have them leave a conversation with you more capable than when they arrived.

 

Here's some great suggestions to help you support others in becoming more capable.

 

Do you have any other suggestions to add?

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How an Olympic Gold Medalist Learned to Perform Under Pressure

How an Olympic Gold Medalist Learned to Perform Under Pressure | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
Alex Gregory is an Olympic rower, World Champion, and father of two. In 2012, he won gold in the coxless four at the London Olympics with teammates Tom James, Andrew Triggs Hodge, and Pete Reed.
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You've likely heard the popular advice "focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses" and I've always believed it had a lot of merit, however nothing is ever cast in stone when it comes to figuring out what helps you personally thrive.  Here's another perspective that goes to show each case is unique and you need to find what works for you in a specific situation.  

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Is Emotion Really The Enemy Of Reason? - Co.Design

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Is Emotion Really The Enemy Of Reason?
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The idea that emotion was the enemy of reason stretched from the ancient philosophy of Plato to the rationalism of Descartes to the pop culture of modern times.
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Interesting distinction between integral emotions and incidental emotions with respect to decision making.

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How to Listen When Your Communication Styles Don’t Match

How to Listen When Your Communication Styles Don’t Match | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
What to do when someone is screaming, venting, explaining, or belaboring.
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George Bernard Shaw once said that "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." Unfortunately this is very true, and part of the problem is that it's human nature to think others are like us. As a result we don't make any adjustments for how people communicate differently than we do.

If you want to enhance your ability to THRIVE read this article on two different types of communicators and see how best to interact with them.

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Pantene commercial sums up every crappy stereotype about working women - Daily Life

Pantene commercial sums up every crappy stereotype about working women - Daily Life | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
New York Daily News Pantene commercial sums up every crappy stereotype about working women Daily Life In Sheryl Sandberg's mantra for the modern working woman, Lean In, she writes about how she was called bossy and pushy as a little girl with a...
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And to thinbk, a commercial once claimes "You've come a long way baby!".  This one shows just how far we, as women, still have to go to be treated the same way men are.

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Watch the Air Force Band Play 'Joy to the World' in Flash Mob

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Here's a great example of some of that spontaneous Christmas cheer we're always hearing about.

Via Troy West
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What a wonderfu; way to pause and take a break during the hectic holiday season.

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10 Ways Moms Can Balance Work and Family

10 Ways Moms Can Balance Work and Family | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
It's never easy being a mom trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. Read on for tips on how you can reach an ideal work-life balance.
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If you're finding yourself torn between work and family, you're not alone.  It's amazing how we all think we're the only ones to feel guilty about the decisions we make, but really guilt seems to go with trying to combine a career and a family life.  And that goes for both women and men.  Take some time and check out some ideas for dealing with it before it moved beyond just stressful to burnout.

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Quantum Reality: The Limitless Potential Within Everything - The Mind Unleashed

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By: John Assaraf, Waking Times, Guest Nobel Prize winning physicists have proven beyond doubt that the physical world is one large seaRead More...
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Quantum physics is fascinating.  New discoveries are continually blurring the line between the "physical" world and the 'non-physical'.

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Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.
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Fascinating how our feelings have been found to exert an influence on gene expression.  Strenghtens the concept that all things are connected.

 

And now there seems to be evidence that happiness without meaning can be dangerous to your health.. 

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Relaxation techniques: Try these steps to reduce stress - MayoClinic.com

Relaxation techniques: Try these steps to reduce stress - MayoClinic.com | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
Relaxation techniques — Learn ways to reduce stress and bring more calm into your life.
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Holiday season can get realy stressful - here's some tips on how to reduce that stress.

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The Behaviors that Define A-Players

The Behaviors that Define A-Players | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
Research suggests nine ways to get ahead of the pack.
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Great article on how to become an exceptional performer.  And you don't have to all nine - it appears that even excelling in 2 or 3 of the nine can help you stand out and gain recognition for your superior work.  This could be a big boost to your career because these activities aren't rocket science, they're really quite easy to impliment.

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The First Woman to Get a Ph.D. in Computer Science From MIT

The First Woman to Get a Ph.D. in Computer Science From MIT | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
Irene Greif always thought she'd be a teacher.
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Great article on what it was like being one of the first women to get a Ph.D. in computer science (and the first one to do it at MIT) and how her career evolved.  To-day when many of the classes are 50-50 men and women we tend to forget what it was like for these women.

 

And now she's working to promote STEM careers to girls and coaching them to stick with it - what a wonderful way to use her experiences and all she's learned to advance women in STEM.

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New Research: A Supportive Culture Buffers Women from the Negative Effects of Long Hours

New Research: A Supportive Culture Buffers Women from the Negative Effects of Long Hours | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
As women continue to grapple with the new imperative to “lean in,” courtesy of the mega-bestseller of that title by Facebook powerhouse Sheryl Sandberg, much of the pushback is coming from those who question the wisdom of nonstop professional...
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You know that some workplaces just seem a better fit than others and seem to make life easier - now there's research that shows that workplace cultures that are supportive of women in high pressure jobs such as medicine actually help to reduce the stress felt.  I know that I've noticed a definite difference in how stressed I felt even when the workload was comparable - or even less - in different work environments.  This provides an explanation as to why.

 

I've had others tell me that work seemed more stressful when they've changed groups, what about you?  Do you think your workplace environment culture has an impact on how stressed you feel?  And if so, can you institute some of the suggested supportive measures mentioned in this article?

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The First Lesson of Marriage 101: There Are No Soul Mates

The First Lesson of Marriage 101: There Are No Soul Mates | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
Research shows that practically every dimension of life happiness is influenced by the quality of one’s marriage, while divorce is the second most stressful life event one can ever experience.
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In our current "instant" approach to so many things I think people have lost sight of the fact that building a life together with someone takes work - it does't just happen.  Maybe one reason the divorce rate is so high is that couples today are quick to throw in the towel rather than take the time and effort to work things out.  As the article says, one of the biggest myths about marriage is that it;s supposed to be easy.

 

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Emotional Intelligence - EQ - Forbes

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Here goes… Emotional Intelligence Is the Other Kind of Smart.
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Research has shown that 90% of top performers are high in emotional intelligence.  And looking at emotional intelligence and 33 other workplace skills research showed that emotional intelligence was "the strongest predictor of performance, explaining a full 58% of success in all types of jobs".  The good news is that a person's emotional intelligence can be improved.  If you want to THRIVE here's one set of skills that are well worth the effort to improve. 

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Why You Should Treat Laughter as a Metric

Why You Should Treat Laughter as a Metric | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
I was following the same yoga video I had followed more than 30 times in the past.
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Given that research has indicated that laughter is good for you and what gets measured ismore apt to get done, this article makes a god point.

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How to Listen When Someone Is Venting

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Don't give advice, but don't just sit there either.
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If you've taken any NLP training you're likely familiar with the techniques of pacing and leading to calm someone down.  Here are three very good questions that can also help you deal with someone who's out of control and venting to (at!) you.

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This Is Scientific Proof That Happiness Is A Choice - Huffington Post

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This Is Scientific Proof That Happiness Is A Choice
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One theory in psychology research suggests that we all have a happiness "set-point" that largely determines our overall well-being.
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Here's hope for those who think their 'happiness' set-point is just naturally low - research indicates that what you do can affect up to 40% of how happy you are.

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21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People | The Art and Science of Thriving | 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.
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Happiness is so much more than just feeling good.  To be truely happy research has shown that engagement and leading a meaningful life are really the foundation of happiness.  

 

These 21 habits seem so simplistic, but henestly, how many do yu cultivate. I was pleasantly surprised that  to discover that I include the majority in my life.

 

How about you - which of these habits do you already practise and which ones would you like to add?

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Creating and Living by Your Own List of Values

Creating and Living by Your Own List of Values | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
You might be surprised by what's truly important to you.
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It's so much easier to make decisions and live your life if you know what's really important to you.  In fact you can't truly THRIVE if you haven't taken the time to identify your values and figure out what guides you.

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3 Things Top Leaders Do To Stay Authentic

3 Things Top Leaders Do To Stay Authentic | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
There’s been a lot of talk about values-driven leadership—and I believe it’s not only the best way to lead, but the only way to be authentic and stay centered in the midst of chaos.
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The leaders, and people, who get in the most trouble are those who haven't identified what they value most and as a result are rudderless when faced with difficult situations.

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Why Happiness is Your Secret to Productivity

Why Happiness is Your Secret to Productivity | The Art and Science of Thriving | Scoop.it
If you aren't feeling fulfilled by your work, you'll have a hard time getting it done. Here's how to gain back that fire to be at your best.
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Want a more productive team?  Find out what makes them happy then help them 'get happy'!

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