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The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems

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They're a reminder that mastery, membership, and meaning are the best motivators.
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Mastery, membership, and meaning - that has a nice ring to it - it is also well supported by research. 

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Las personas más felices se abocan a los problemas más difíciles.

#felicidad

The Positive Psychology of Groups
The groups we belong to dictate how we feel, think and behave. Here I explore how group membership contributes to the good life.
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We Are All Bystanders

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But we don’t have to be. Dacher Keltner and Jason Marsh explain why we sometimes shackle our moral instincts, and how we can set them free.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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not all of us, all of the time - some run towards danger

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 4, 2014 6:23 AM

From passive bystanders to active rescuers:-)

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A business school tackles ethics - FT.com

A business school tackles ethics - FT.com | The Positive Psychology of Groups | Scoop.it
In Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind, which argues that people base moral decisions on gut feelings, not reason, he writes: “Nobody is ever going to invent an ethics class that makes people behave ethically after they step out of the classroom.”...
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I predict that this will become a trend: Business schools basing their curriculum more on the science of moral psychology and less on the old school view of normative ethics. Stay tuned. 

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How To Manage Your Partner's Bad Moods

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Resisting another person's unhappiness requires a well-considered strategy
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Is social psychology really in crisis?

Does social priming work, or not? The answer’s not trivial. polanriThe headlinesDisputed results a fresh blow for social psychologyReplication studies: Bad copyThe storyControversy is simmering…
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Crisis is such a strong word...

but where there's smoke...

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The Unwritten Rules of Management

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William Swanson's unwritten rules of management.
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Love this - "You remember 1/3 of what you read, 1/2 of what people tell you, but 100% of what you feel."

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How Money Affects Morality

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A study by researchers at Harvard and the University of Utah finds that the simple idea of money makes people more likely to subordinate their ethical standards.
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Money, money, money, money - some people got to have it, 
some people really need it - almighty dollar! 

 

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The Art of Living

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Some wisdom from Sharon Lebell’s contemporary interpretation of Epictetus’ The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness.
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Yes, yes and yes again. I love this quote: 

"Take care not to casually discuss matters that are of great importance to you with people who are not important to you. … Most people only know how to respond to an idea by pouncing on its shortfalls rather than identifying its potential merits. Practice self-containment so that your enthusiasm won’t be frittered away." - so true! 

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Happy Father’s Day! The Psychology of Papas. | PsySociety, Scientific American Blog Network

Happy Father’s Day! The Psychology of Papas. | PsySociety, Scientific American Blog Network | The Positive Psychology of Groups | Scoop.it
When thinking about parents and children, most people -- including psychological researchers -- tend to focus on the characteristics and importance of the mother-child bond. However, ...
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I know I'm a day late - but, was out at the lake celebrating father's day with the fam yesterday - the bottom line: (good) Dads rock!  

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9 Qualities Of Truly Confident People

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First things first: Confidence is not bravado, or swagger, or an overt pretense of bravery. Confidence is not some bold or brash air of self-belief directed at others.Confidence is quiet: It’s
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What Does It Mean to Be Happy?

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The word “happy” has many meanings. Why does that matter?
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It doesn't matter. The bottom line is happy = posiitve and unhappy = negative, so don't worry, be happy...or lucky, or in a good mood, or well - you get the point.  

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The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems

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They're a reminder that mastery, membership, and meaning are the best motivators.
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Mastery, membership, and meaning - that has a nice ring to it - it is also well supported by research. 

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, April 14, 2013 6:53 PM

Las personas más felices se abocan a los problemas más difíciles.

#felicidad

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Why Running a Family Doesn't Help You Run a Business

Why Running a Family Doesn't Help You Run a Business | The Positive Psychology of Groups | Scoop.it
Stop pretending those skills are transferable and find better ways to help parents on-ramp.
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Hmmm...great read and valid argument, but I don't know if I necessarily like the underlying message here. 

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Are parents happier? Dads may be, but not moms, singles

Are parents happier? Dads may be, but not moms, singles | The Positive Psychology of Groups | Scoop.it
Are parents happier than those without kids? It's a complicated question that even researchers don't agree on.
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I sense a little tension between the psychologists and the sociologists here - who's right?  I question any 3-item scale that is used to measure any type of happiness much less the meaning-in-life aspects of happiness. However, anecdotally - I can attest that being a dad makes me happier and my life more meaningful.   

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Smile: You Are About to Lose: Scientific American

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A surprising clue to who will win a fight
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Episode 24: Paul Bloom and the Perils of Empathy

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Episode Notes and Links Notes Paul Bloom joins us in the second segment for a lively discussion about the value of empathy as a guide our moral decisions.
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One of my favorites - Paul Bloom. 

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Distinguishing Brain From Mind

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In coming years, neuroscience will answer questions we don't even yet know to ask. Sometimes, though, focus on the brain is misleading.
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The Challenges and Opportunities of Fathers, Work and Family, All in One Awesome Graphic

The Challenges and Opportunities of Fathers, Work and Family, All in One Awesome Graphic | The Positive Psychology of Groups | Scoop.it
Fathers are more involved than ever. Fathers continue to face intense work pressures, inflexible workplace expectations- and are now feeling increased work-family imbalance and stress. A fantastic ...
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Humans are happier when they do the right thing; It also helps them overcome difficulties

Humans are happier when they do the right thing; It also helps them overcome difficulties | The Positive Psychology of Groups | Scoop.it
Communities that stick together and do good for others cope better with crises and are happier for it, according to a new study.
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Why Humans Are Bad at Multitasking

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Can people train themselves to be better multitaskers? Experts say it's unlikely.
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Where We Are Shapes Who We Are

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What we do — and therefore, to some extent, who we are — is often shaped by where we are.
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This also applies to "who we are with" - choose your relationships wisely. 

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The Philosophy of Nietzsche: An Introduction by Alain de Botton

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Friedrich Nietzsche believed that all varieties of suffering and failure were to be welcomed by anyone seeking happiness
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The strongest steel is forged through the hottest flame - challenge gives way to meaning, purpose and perspective - all key to the good life.    

 

Also, anyone with a ‘stache like that can't be wrong.  

 

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4 Traits Of Extraordinary Bosses

4 Traits Of Extraordinary Bosses | The Positive Psychology of Groups | Scoop.it
You must possess these four traits if you want to succeed as a boss.
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 2, 2013 9:11 AM

I would add "being willing to be wrong" to the Collabortative Spirit on the list.  Many managers get hung up on being right instead of accepting their mistakes and allowing others to lead.  

 

From the article:

 

1. Authenticity: Every leader faces the temptation to project a persona rather than be themselves. They think that to maintain the confidence of their team, they must appear faultless, flawless and wise. Yet most organizations need an authentic leader, not a perfect one. Today's leader must develop the art of self-awareness.

 

Quit trying to emulate someone else and start being yourself. Share and be honest about your own struggles.

 

By doing this, you'll immediately gain influence.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, June 2, 2013 9:41 AM

Four tips to ponder!

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 3, 2013 12:52 PM

What traits do you possess? 

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The Key To Finding The Right Career For You

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Choosing a career path (or changing one) is, for most of us, a confusing and anxiety-riddled experience.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Higgins's work is great. 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 15, 2013 9:02 AM

I am very much promotion-oriented- i.e. very much focussed on getting a promotion:-)

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Physicians’ brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients’ pain — and their relief

Physicians’ brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients’ pain — and their relief | The Positive Psychology of Groups | Scoop.it
Now, in a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain scans while they believed they were actually treating patients, researchers have provided the first scientific evidence indicating that doctors truly can feel their patients' pain –...
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Makes me think about the book I'm reading right now: Love 2.0 by Professor Barbra Fredrickson. 

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, February 22, 2013 9:56 AM

Imágenes de los cerebros de médicos indican que ellos sienten el dolor-y el alivio- de sus pacientes.