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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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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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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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Amanda Palmer: The art of asking | Video on TED.com

Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.
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Relationship with customers. Just ask. Trust. No sticker price. Patrons. How do we let people give? Open on the net shows Amanda & Company are good people, certainly worthy of a contribution. 

 

Not that you want to couchsurf with your fans. Nonetheless, an inspiring and important story.

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Living an Inspired Life - Mark Lamm ≫ BioSync Research Institute

Living an Inspired Life - Mark Lamm ≫ BioSync Research Institute | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
How do you live a truly inspired life? The secret elements consist of five “well-balance” points that nurture health and foster happiness.
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Corny but makes perfect sense. 

 

(This is a test of posting from Scoop.it to my Internet Time Blog.)

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Everything Is A Miracle, by Albert Einstein | Awakin.org

Everything Is A Miracle, by Albert Einstein | Awakin.org | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
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"Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

 

"Only a life lived for others is worth living."

 

 
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Groundbreaking Study Shows That Intoxicating Beer May Cause Happiness

Groundbreaking Study Shows That Intoxicating Beer May Cause Happiness | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Science says just a tiny sip of beer can make you happy.
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Is this news? "Following a lengthy, one-person study we conducted in our free time over the past decade or two, we've concluded that other alcoholic drinks that can make you happy include: wine, whiskey (and whisky), vodka, gin, Qream, tequila, rum, Lime-A-Ritas, absinthe, moonshine, ether (in a pinch), brandy, ouzo, Zima, wine coolers. But note: feelings of happiness with all of the above may be empty, fleeting."

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Why A Little Bit of Stress is Good For You

Why A Little Bit of Stress is Good For You | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Long-term stress can do a lot of damage to our bodies, but recent research suggests short bouts of stress may actually boost our brainpower and immunity.
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There are times when I think I’d be much happier if I could spend the rest of my life lounging on the sands of the Mediterranean, having someone fan me with palm fronds while feeding me superfood grapes. In other words, life would be better without any stress. Or would it?

According to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, a little stress may not be so bad for us after all. While chronic stress may be harmful, acute (short-term) stress may actually boost our cognitive function. The findings are supported by other research suggesting a little bit o’ stress may have beneficial effects for our brains and bodies. The key, of course, is knowing when we’re too harried for our own good.

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People Happier When They Get More Sex Than Their Friends: Study

People Happier When They Get More Sex Than Their Friends: Study | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Those who got less action than their peers tended to be less happy, researchers say
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The findings raise the possibility that conversations with friends about sex -- plus reading all those sexual surveys in popular magazines -- create a perception about how much sex you should be having. If you have more, the study's theory goes, you are more likely to be happier. If you have less, the reverse holds true.

However, the researcher pointed out that perceptions about sex vary, and so do reactions to it. "Obviously, we're dealing with statistical averages here," said study author Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. "I'm sure there are lots of people who aren't having any sex, and are leading incredibly happy lives."

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4 Ways to Turn Happiness into a Competitive Advantage

4 Ways to Turn Happiness into a Competitive Advantage | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to be happy, but did you know that you should prioritize it as a business goal? Here are four ways that your happiness can be used to advance...
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A simple but valid formula for happiness.

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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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[infographic] Industrialized vs Humanized Companies

[infographic] Industrialized vs Humanized Companies | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
How can being more open, trustworthy, and courageous through social media transform your corporation? Park Howell expands the idea of humanization vs. industrialization in this guest post.
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Some of this is red state-blue state, e.g. Conservative = out, Liberal = in. 

 

Others are so context-dependent, they make no sense here, e.g. Customers becoming Citizens, Excel vs. Infographics, or Modeling vs Mutation.

 

Nonetheless, a thought-provoking list. 

 

I haven't read the book, but I couldn't agree more with the title -- Humanize: How People-Centric Organizaitons Succeed in a Social World. 

 

in fact, I'm going to change the name of this curated topic to Humanist Business.That's more where my heart is at these days. 

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Taking the measure of happiness

Taking the measure of happiness | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
How are you seeking well-being? Are you a Life Twister, a Reinventionist, a Passivist, or a Traditionalist? New survey aims to determine what Americans now regard as success and fulfillment.
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95 percent of Americans believe the road to success involves detours and unexpected changes, and that held true across all income levels and all generations, from boomers to millennials."

 

Hence, the labels at the top of this column: Life Twisters (52 percent - they have a path mapped out but are open to veering off it); Passivists (25 percent - they don't have a specific path, but go wherever life takes them); Traditionalists (13 percent - they have a path mapped out and are determined to stick to it); and Reinventionists (11 percent - they actively seek change in their lives to reinvent themselves).

 

"With consumers more likely to expect twists and turns, it's no surprise that 65 percent of Americans report that their goals have changed many times over the course of their lives," the report says. "This represents a much less linear life path than was once traditionally expected. In fact, an overwhelming 83 percent of Americans, including 79 percent of boomers, still consider themselves to be a 'work in progress.' Just as important, the majority of Americans say they are willing to take any number of roads less traveled to achieve their goals."


Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20130602_Taking_the_measure_of_happiness.html#Z4rcM1LzzJjeRZQT.99

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5 ways money can buy happiness

It all depends on how you spend it. On stuff? Or on experiences, time ... and on other people, according to authors of a new book on the topic.
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Well, maybe. These are ways to get more emotional payoff from your money, but I am skeptical if they have much impact on my longterm happiness. 

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Happiness Inc.

Happiness Inc. | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
How the author Sonja Lyubomirsky — a psychology professor who hates smiley faces, kittens and rainbows — has become the latest apostle of mirth.
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Sonja Lyubomirsky, happiness diva

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Gabrielle Bernstein: How to Achieve Unlimited Happiness by Making Changes in Your Life - Forbes

Gabrielle Bernstein: How to Achieve Unlimited Happiness by Making Changes in Your Life - Forbes | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Gabrielle Bernstein I recently spoke to the wondering Gabrielle Bernstein, who is the New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness.
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Forty days is not a long time.

 

In your book, you offer an action plan for people that takes 40 days. Why does it take that much time to bring out your best self? Does the amount of time required to transform your life change based on who you are?


Like any effective practice, true transformation occurs with daily repetition. Begin with a 40-day commitment and start experiencing positive results immediately. Why 40 days? Metaphysicians and yogis place much emphasis on the repetition of a 40-day practice. Mythical examples range from Moses’s 40 days and 40 nights in the desert to the story of the Buddha reaching enlightenment on the full moon in May after meditating and fasting under the Bodhi tree for 40 days. The number has scientific significance, too: research has shown that after repeating a new pattern for 40 days, you can change the neural pathways in your brain to create long-lasting change. So let’s take a cue from the mystics and scientists alike, and commit to this 40-day fear cleanse. It’s the simple, consistent shifts that count when you’re making change—so I’ve outlined May Cause Miracles to be fun and achievable. In the book I guide readers to keep it uncomplicated and stay on track. And one day at a time you’ll begin to experience the miraculous shifts.

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Your Phone vs. Your Heart

Your Phone vs. Your Heart | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The more face-to-face time you spend, the healthier you and your children are.
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I LOVE THIS. 

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Video: Happiness Experts Provide Advice on Living to 100

Video: Happiness Experts Provide Advice on Living to 100 | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Toni Antonucci, Laura Carstensen and Debra Umberson talk about health habits and longevity.
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