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Small acts of kindness can have a huge impact on workplace effectiveness

Small acts of kindness can have a huge impact on workplace effectiveness | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
Groups at work achieve great things not because of superstars, but because people are socially connected with one another
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Her story is pretty funny, but the lesson at the end will change the way you think about blaming.

In focus: What's really going on when we blame.
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How Your State of Mind Affects Your Performance

How Your State of Mind Affects Your Performance | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
Ways to move from frustrated to energized.
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Being Happy at Work Matters

Being Happy at Work Matters | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
Just trying to get through the day isn’t enough.
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Gifted, Sensitive, In Need Of Meaning: Existential Depression

Gifted, Sensitive, In Need Of Meaning: Existential Depression | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it

WhGiftendeness and its corollory: existential Psychologists note highly sensitive, creative and gifted people can be particularly vulnerable to existential depression, and that making meaning can help.


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Reminds me of "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz".  Aaron was a gifted young programmer and start-up wunderkind.  He walked away from his very profitable start-up to focus on making access to information easier, and to protest bills like SOPA.  He was so gifted and idealistic, that I believe he was all the more sensitive to the injustice of public information being sold for profit, or to his eventual persecution.  This may be a good read for anyone who struggles with frustration at inequity or other human challenges so much that it saddens them.  

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Giftedness and its corollary: confronting the existential issues, even if it means experiencing angst and existential depression, and using creativity to create meaning, if there is none:-)

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5 Ways Volunteering With Your Coworkers Will Make You Happier (And Help Your Career)

5 Ways Volunteering With Your Coworkers Will Make You Happier (And Help Your Career) | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
Your company volunteer event isn't an obligation. It's an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, and even improve your health.
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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.
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Chief Happiness Officer Is the Latest, Creepiest Job in Corporate America - The New Republic

Chief Happiness Officer Is the Latest, Creepiest Job in Corporate America - The New Republic | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
Chief Happiness Officer Is the Latest, Creepiest Job in Corporate AmericaThe New RepublicHappiness isn't something you find, or work toward—it's something you buy and have delivered.
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50 Kind Things We Should Be Telling Others More Often

50 Kind Things We Should Be Telling Others More Often | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
Make a choice to consciously nurture your relationships with verbal communications of love. Be kind and sincere. Ask open-ended questions with an open heart. Listen empathically and non-defensively.
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This is true at work too, and when you realize that by showing more kindness, empathy and acceptance with words like this, not only do things seem brighter for you, they do for someone else too!
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Are you emotionally intelligent? Here’s how to know for sure - The Globe and Mail

Are you emotionally intelligent? Here’s how to know for sure - The Globe and Mail | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
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Don't Let Your Huge Goal Distract You from Small Wins

Don't Let Your Huge Goal Distract You from Small Wins | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
Small wins might seem inconsequential or trivial, but they can have exactly some of the outsize impact we need to reach our big dreams.
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Celebrate little successes to achieve bigger ones!
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The One Behavior That Guarantees Failure

Letting fear of failure stop you from asking for what you want ensures you won't get it.
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Transcript of "Perspective is everything"

Transcript of "Perspective is everything" | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness.(Filmed at TEDxAthens.)
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The Emotional Boundaries You Need at Work

The Emotional Boundaries You Need at Work | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
Do you need to protect yourself – or protect the other person from you?
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Do You Really Have to Fail to Succeed?

Do You Really Have to Fail to Succeed? | Cultivating Optimism | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Educating For Happiness and Resilience: Dr. Ilona Boniwell at TEDxHull - YouTube

Dr Ilona Boniwell is one of the most prominent positive psychology academics in Europe. Her first bestselling book, Positive Psychology in a Nutshell, has be...
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We teach so many skills, except the most important thing we wish for ourselves and for our children.

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