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The Myth of Happiness | Sonja Lyubomirsky | Big Think

The Myth of Happiness | Sonja Lyubomirsky | Big Think | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Overcoming the myths of happiness might make life seem more complicated, but it’s the only way to stop interfering with our own potential to be happy.
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Sonja Lyobmirsky's new book on Happiness Myths. VIdeo, too.

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Jay Cross » Humanist Business | Humanist Business | Scoop.it

 

When I look out 10 years, I see businesses prospering by treating people like people. 

 

Trusting people changes EVERYTHING. 

 

Expect to see a whole lot of curation goin' on. Please join me on my journey.

 

This topic began with an exploration of well-being and happiness as I learned about them. My particular interest has been well-being in the workplace. Increasing it is both humane and, I'm convinced, profitable.

 

This material will remain underfoot, deeper and deeper down in the archives.

 

Feel free to suggest resources here or on the Well-being page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wellbeingjay

 

I post about happiness, well-being, and business at http://www.jaycross.com/wp/category/well-being-2/

 

Home base for this project is at http://www.jaycross.com/wp/?portfolio=well-being

 

 

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Lisandro Gaertner's comment, August 26, 2012 9:01 PM
I believe there is not other western philosophical trend better related to living well than stoicism. This book tries to bring it to our age. http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Good-Life-Ancient-Stoic/dp/0195374614 And does a good job.
David Kelly's comment, May 22, 2013 3:02 PM
We all could certainly be kept better informed when it comes to well-being and happiness. Thanks, Jay, for sharing!
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50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
As we searched through, the journey became fascinating as we started to find great quotes from the inspirational masters - from psychology and beyond. Share!
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A truly inspiring set of quotations on positive psychology.

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The 5 Daily Rituals That Will Make You Happy

The 5 Daily Rituals That Will Make You Happy | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
A sociologist from UC Berkeley breaks down five simple things research shows will make you happy.
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Christine Carter has a different formula for achieving happiness. These steps sound like Working Smarter to me. 

 

Take Recess: Going two days without anything fun creates anxiety. Take breaks.Switch Autopilot On: Make unpleasant tasks into habits. Tie them to things you already do.Unshackle Yourself: Decide your five priorities for the day and say NO to everything else. Does it have to be done? Do you have to do it? Does it have to be done perfectly? Does it have to be done now? Probably not.Cultivate Relationships: They are the single biggest happiness booster. Celebrate the successes of those you love.Tolerate Some Discomfort: Push to keep getting better. Mastery brings joy. Striving creates smiles.
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7 Ways to Capture Someone's Attention - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

7 Ways to Capture Someone's Attention - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
It’s your most important currency.
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How to get attention. Includes link to Bluma Zeigarnik's findings: "In consequence the recall-value of interrupted tasks is higher than the general average." Here's the short version: If you want to remember something, don't finish it. Give someone a diploma and they immediately begin letting go of what they had learned. Present people with challenges, not finished solutions, if you want them to learn.

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Goodthink Inc. | CorpU

Goodthink Inc. | CorpU | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
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Shaun Accor claims that optimists sell 37% more, are 3 times more creative, 31% more productive, 19% more accurate, and 10 times more engaged. For $30,000/day, he'll come tell you about it.

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In Pursuit of More Lasting Success

In Pursuit of More Lasting Success | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Is there a better way to measure success in our lives? I think so.
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There's wisdom here. Be generous because it makes you feel good. 

 

"There is no shortage of people in this world who need our help. The problem is we are often too busy to notice because we have defined success in all the wrong places."


"But once we stop chasing bigger houses, faster cars, and cooler toys, we begin to notice again the needs around us.

Generous people dream big dreams for their money, time, talents, and experience. They realize that once our most basic needs are met, increased accumulation offers very little happiness. Instead, our resources can be used to make our communities safer, smarter, and more responsible. They can be used to make this world a little more pleasant for everyone.

And in this pursuit, they find true, lasting, immeasurable success."

 

I'm running out of excuses for why I shouldn't be doing more to help those in need. 

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How Meditation Brought Me Deep & Lasting Happiness

How Meditation Brought Me Deep & Lasting Happiness | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
At age 13, I had my first breakup, and my fears and codependent patterns had already hatched. My parents' version of therapy was putting me into a Shambhala Training program, where I was supposed to
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"Meditation is no longer a passive practice where we isolate ourselves from society and go to a hilltop to sit for days, weeks or years; meditation is the most powerful vehicle for taking action in the world. Action backed with love carries more strength than millions acting from a place of fear."

 

"The time is now. We must all take responsibility to discover our truth and bring the beauty of it out into the world. We are the ones we've been waiting for."

 

It's time to incorporate meditation into the workscape.

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Mindfulness Research

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Big News on Mindfulness Research. Includes blogs, news, and community conversations about Mindfulness Research.
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Lessons for the Mindful Organization. Don't all of these techniques improve the quality of work?

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Why The Next Big Thing In Computing Is Conversation

Why The Next Big Thing In Computing Is Conversation | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
For 30 years the dominant metaphor in computing has been the desktop: files folders and documents. But with apps like Apples Siri and Google Now...
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Conversations are the stem cells of learning. And maybe of future computing, too.

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7 Exceptionally Easy Ways To Make Someone's Day

7 Exceptionally Easy Ways To Make Someone's Day | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
By Martha Beck
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Why not be and make others happy?

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, August 25, 2013 1:52 PM

 The capacity for uplift is part of what makes us essentially, euphorically human.
— Jessica Winter


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A Look Into The History Of Happiness

A Look Into The History Of Happiness | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Over the years, happiness has meant many other things, some of which are surprising when compared with our current sense of the word.
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Many definitions of happiness. 

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Finding Your 'Happiness Zone'

Finding Your 'Happiness Zone' | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Here is a key point that I have learned from devoting much of my professional life to studying the effects of human emotions: The raw, impulsive ones, like fear, excessive worry and anger will absolutely hi-jack happiness and well being -- every single...
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Good advice for countering stress.

Go to gratitude -- the minute you feel yourself starting to freak (like OMG it is going to be winter soon). Stop and find something to be grateful for. And if you can't think of anything, appreciate that you can see the words on this page.Be in the moment -- to the extent that you are able. Establish a daily discipline of some kind of practice like meditation or yoga to support you and reap the benefits.
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Safco Products's curator insight, July 5, 2013 9:42 AM

Interesting! Find your happiness zone!

Tina Sims, M.A., ACRW, CPRW, GCDF's curator insight, July 17, 2013 10:24 PM

There are only two things anyone can control: your thoughts and your actions! Get happy and reach for joy!

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Passion and the future of work - Trends in the Living Networks

Passion and the future of work - Trends in the Living Networks | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
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Ross Dawson writes about passion at work. It's the magnet that will attract the best talent. I buy this 100%. 

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Safco Products's curator insight, June 26, 2013 10:58 AM

"In a connected world, almost all work can be done anywhere." 

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The Most Surprising Way To Increase Employee Wellbeing And Productivity ... - Forbes

The Most Surprising Way To Increase Employee Wellbeing And Productivity ... - Forbes | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The old paradigm of leadership viewing employees as objects to maximize, with long, grueling schedules and few breaks is shifting.
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Mindful at work. Still controversial. Donald Clark dismisses it as a fad. I don't think so. 

 

"Aetna implemented with hundreds of thousands of their employees to introduce a mindfulness and gentle yoga practice.

After 10 weeks, the self-reported stress levels went down for these employees, and; perhaps even more fascinating, biometric measurements like heart rate and cortisol went down too, demonstrating that the effects weren’t merely psychosomatic. Other benefits reported include improved sleep quality, reduced pain levels, and higher productivity."

 

I'm interested in the superior thinking and sense of well-being that result, but the reduction in stress-related healthcare costs is what's taking it to the troops. 

Being mindful will definitely make it into my new book, Learn for Yourself. 

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Positive Teams Are More Productive - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

Positive Teams Are More Productive - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Research-based ways to make your employees happier.
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From Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education comes these practices for caring teams.

Increase positive emotions which broaden employees’ resources and abilities by improving people’s relationships with each other and amplifying their creativity and ability to think creatively.Buffer against negative events like stress, improving employees ability to bounce back from challenges and difficulties.Attract and bolster employees, making them more loyal and bringing out the best in them.

 

Positive emotions pay back in productivity gains.

 

What to do:

 

Caring for, being interested in, and maintaining responsibility for colleagues as friends.Providing support for one another, including offering kindness and compassion when others are struggling.Avoiding blame and forgive mistakes.Inspiring one another at work.Emphasizing the meaningfulness of the work.Treating one another with respect, gratitude, trust & integrity.
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How to Get Your Team to Coach Each Other

How to Get Your Team to Coach Each Other | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
A checklist of questions your peer-coaches should ask.
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Abby Yanow's curator insight, March 23, 7:53 PM

I think it’s important to stress that people should not give advice to each other in peer coaching (as in coaching a client), and that offering to listen and to witness the other person’s experience is a gift in itself.   Also, I think that peer coaches can/should be less assertive with the questions of accountability, i.e. What exactly will you do and when will you do this?   They are our peers, not our coaches (smile).   Perhaps a question such as:  How can I help you as an accountability partner?  Or: How can I help you be accountable for your decisions?  Thanks to June Holley for sending this article.

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What It's Like Inside The Psychological Purgatory of Depression - YourTango

What It's Like Inside The Psychological Purgatory of Depression - YourTango | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Depression can mind-f*ck you; don't let it.
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Depression comes in several forms. For example, I had "Atypical Depression." That means I respond to circumstances. An Atypical Depressed person laughs at jokes; a melancholic depressed person does not. Wikipedia says "Atypical depression also features significant weight gain or an increased appetite, hypersomnia, a heavy sensation in the limbs and interpersonal rejection sensitivity that results in significant social or occupational impairment."

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Ellen Langer on the Value of Mindfulness in Business

Ellen Langer on the Value of Mindfulness in Business | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
A pioneer in mindfulness research says that companies can promote innovation and their own rejuvenation by setting the right context.
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25th anniversary of Ellen Langer's Mindfulness. She feels it's good for business. Some quotes:

 

As many business leaders know, mindfulness is gathering momentum as a management practice. Conferences such as Wisdom 2.0, and companies such as Google, are making a clear case that more deliberate awareness leads to stronger performance and better decision making. Often, this improvement is linked to meditation practice. But other forms of mindfulness are also prominent in the business world today, including the simple concept of “being here now”—holding an open frame of mind, avoiding the complacent arrogance that comes from the “illusion of certainty,” as Langer calls it.

 

 

 That’s because people at the top of the hierarchy tend to assume that people at the lower levels don’t know much. But that turns out to be incorrect. When you level the hierarchy a bit, and everyone is mindful and encouraged to do their own thing, you end up with superior coordinated activity. Not chaos. Employees feel cared for, valued.

 

The leaders have to recognize that everything people do makes sense from their perspective, and that everyone can provide value in the right context. Someone who seems rigid is actually someone you can count on, somebody stable. If she seems impulsive, she’s spontaneous. If he seems gullible, he also promotes trust and candor.

 

If you’re a leader, once you recognize this, not only do you end up with more respect for people, but you see how they add value. Then if you value them more, they’ll work harder and enjoy it more. They’ll need fewer days off, there will be fewer accidents, healthcare costs will come down. And your company will make more money.

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Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite

Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The use of meditation, introspection, and journaling are taking hold at successful enterprises.
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Why wouldn't you want to meditate?

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The five-minute exercises that could make you happier at work - Medical Xpress

The five-minute exercises that could make you happier at work - Medical Xpress | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
A new study by academics from the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University and Ludwig Maximilian University could help to make you happier at work.
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""Companies like Facebook and Google are examples of workplaces that already take a holistic approach to their employees' wellbeing. Studies have shown that these methods lead to increased productivity and a higher return for a firm's investment in their employees. They in turn are more loyal, more motivated and more willing to give something back."

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A New Center Of Gravity For Management?

A New Center Of Gravity For Management? | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The Global Peter Drucker Forum 2013 suggested a new a center of gravity for management in the world, as thought leaders explored the implications of complexity
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Steve writes that "The most important thing that would have struck Peter Drucker is the shared passion for the importance of management. Management is often seen as a boring dreary subject. What was striking was that everyone here shares a passion for the transformation of leadership and management in organizations and is working towards that goal. Everyone here cares about management. We believe that management matters. We know that management affects more lives more profoundly than anything else our species does.

 

"Peter Drucker would see the fact that only 11 percent of the workforce is passionate about their work as nothing less than a human tragedy. Is this the best the human race can do?

He would also have endorsed Doris Drucker’s thought that the so-called Information Revolution is not really about information or even communication. It’s a much bigger idea. It’s about human behavior and human values."

"He would also have been struck by the common ground among people with very different backgrounds and different generations. He might say that we have validated some old truths and we have learned something, even if, as Richard Straub and Julia Kirby pointed out, we have often discovered how to formulate better questions than to give better answers. We have identified the key challenges ahead and we have pointed to a way forward."

 

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Volney Faustini's curator insight, November 23, 2013 7:27 AM

Complexidade e caos matam a rotina e o trabalho repetitivo

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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 | Humanist Business | 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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"1) Keep a daily journal of three things you are thankful for. This works well first thing in the morning, or just before you go to bed.

2) Make it a practice to tell a spouse, partner or friend something you appreciate about them every day.

3) Look in the mirror when you are brushing your teeth, and think about something you have done well recently or something you like about yourself."

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Good Leaders Get Emotional

Good Leaders Get Emotional | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
But how much emotion is too much?
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HBR starts to catch on. People are emotional creatures. Business is people. Hence, business is emotional. Time to admit it. 

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Not Feeling the R-E-S-P-E-C-T? How to Handle It

Not Feeling the R-E-S-P-E-C-T? How to Handle It | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
We have all experienced moments in our work lives when we've felt disrespected. These situations can catch us completely off-guard — leaving us shocked and frozen in our tracks. Whether
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As business learns to treat people like people, Respect is required. 

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Phil Havlik's curator insight, July 17, 2013 2:46 PM

This is an interesting angle to a course I'm working on regarding respect in the workplace (fancy way of talking about harassment and bullying.) As the job market gets tighter and workplace tensions get higher, it is crucial to remember to take a "breathe" moment and consider the scope outlined in this article. Great share!

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Portrait of the modern knowledge worker

Portrait of the modern knowledge worker | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The concept of ‘knowledge worker’ which Peter Drucker coined in 1959, is perhaps not so clear (as shown again in a recent LinkedIn discussion - access potentially limited) and can be understood at ...
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Brilliant. Desired traits in the modern knowledge worker:

Gifts and skills:

A synthetic mind that can ingest a lot of information and summarise it in clear and concise ways, perhaps using mnemonics.A pair of intently listening ears and eagerly observing eyes to pick up the signals around (and question them);Outstanding interpersonal communication skills helping to get in touch with a variety of people (in the same field of expertise and beyond);An open heart giving the emotional capacity to connect with others at a deeper level and build trust authentically;Good speaking and writing skills allowing to express oneself articulately so as to share knowledge more effectively – both with other people verbally and in writing;The capacity to read quickly and to remember things well;Typing blindly to write more quickly;Ideally, good facilitation skills to be able to tease out knowledge and information from other people and apply/combine them – but that is just an extra.

Attitude:

An open, curious, humble mind that keeps inquiring about everything, and does not settle for finished, definitive answers – the way a child would do rather than a self-engrossed expert – to keep on learning;A true curiosity to try new things out and add them to an array of experiences;A vision of one’s own development pathway and next priorities;Reflecting continually: every day, week or after every significant event, taking the time to ponder what just happened and what could have been done better, perhaps following the after action review principles;Reflecting in single, double and triple-loop learning, in practice;An attitude of ‘documenting on the spot’ (typing as people speak, live blogging, taking pictures and videos as things happen etc.);A strong self-discipline to systematically act upon all the above and reflect to improve again.

 

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David Bramley's curator insight, July 4, 2013 7:16 PM

A really interesting post that considers the concept of 'knowledge worker'.  In my experience, people usually relate 'knowledge' to content and the advent of search engines such as Google has devalued individual grasp of content.  However, the post focuses on gifts, skills and behaviours and how they can be used to be creative and innovative.  Well worth a read

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HAPPINESS IS A SKILL, RESEARCH FINDS

HAPPINESS IS A SKILL, RESEARCH FINDS | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
For the classic rat-race employee, the next promotion, a new house, a new car is supposed to bring contentment. Usually it doesn’t work. After a temporary jolt of joy, life returns to the less-than-satisfactory norm.
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But of course. Happiness can be learned. The secret is out. 

 

How long can participants in the rat-race stay in denial? 

 

Humanist Business is on the way. 

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