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Resilience...The Alchemy of transforming life's stresses and adversities into opportunities for growth and joy
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Eight Reasons Why Awe Makes Your Life Better

Eight Reasons Why Awe Makes Your Life Better | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Starting 15 years ago, scientists have been studying the complex and mysterious emotion called awe—one you might have felt if you’ve stood in front of the Taj Mahal, hiked among towering redwoods, or had your mind blown at a concert, play, or ballet.

Inducing goosebumps and dropped jaws, awe experiences are remarkable in their own right. Moreover, a growing body of research suggests that experiencing awe may lead to a wide range of benefits, from happiness and health to perhaps more unexpected benefits such as generosity, humility, and critical thinking.

In our busy lives, seeking awe may be low on our list of priorities. But we might be underestimating its power. “One simple prescription can have transformative effects: Look for more daily experiences of awe,” writes the GGSC’s Dacher Keltner.

The latest research suggests that taking the time to experience awe—whether through engaging with nature, enjoying great art or music, or even bingeing on breathtaking YouTube videos—may be a pathway to improving your life and relationships.

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What a high AWE is! 

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David Hain's curator insight, September 27, 6:30 AM

We all need a bit of awe in our lives - science explores the benefits.

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How to Gain Freedom from Your Thoughts | Greater Good Magazine

How to Gain Freedom from Your Thoughts | Greater Good Magazine | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Dan Siegel explains how meditation can help us transcend limiting beliefs and discover more presence and possibility in life.
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Characteristics of resilient people are their ability to find a sense of presence in chaos and to see possibilities. Dan Siegel provides insight and helpful suggestions to develop presence and to stop limiting our possibilities. 

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7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science

There’s a notable distinction between being busy and being productive. Being busy doesn’t always necessarily mean you’re being productive. Despite what some might believe, being productive is less about time management and more on managing your energy. It’s the business of life. It’s learning how to spend the least amount of energy to get the most benefits. I personally learned how to reduce my work week from 80 hours to 40 hours, and get a lot more work done in the process. For me, less is more.

Via David Hain
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The article highlights productivity, which I found to be directly transferable to strengthening one's resiliency and managing stress. So pick one of the seven and starting practicing it until it becomes a pattern and then move on to another one; soon you'll be more productive and resilient.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 26, 6:32 AM

Don't always like these '7 things' things (clickbait) - but some of the suggestions here are very good, and given the increasing levels of stress being reported, potential life-savers!

Steven Saura's curator insight, May 2, 5:43 PM

Useful data and tips.

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Daniel Goleman on Emotions, Wellbeing & Mindfulness • Six Seconds

Daniel Goleman on Emotions, Wellbeing & Mindfulness • Six Seconds | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
“Ultimate wellbeing has nothing to do with what's outside us,” says Daniel Goleman. What would happen if we could fully take charge of our own wellbeing... and what's the neuroscience that will help make it so?
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There is a connection between well-being and resilience, but do we really understand what they are. This interview/article will help you understand well-being and how to find it. 

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It's Not You, It's Me: Supporting Workplace Inclusion

It's Not You, It's Me: Supporting Workplace Inclusion | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Former Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy recently wrote an article for Harvard Business Review titled, "Work and the Loneliness Epidemic." In it, he explains that loneliness -- the "subjective feeling of having inadequate social connections" -- can impact an employee's well-being and their work performance. He calls on organizations to make social connections a strategic priority. Employees should have genuine opportunities to foster friendships. Removing "coldness" from a workplace culture is the right thing to do, and it's a smart business decision.

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One important factor and characteristic of resilient people is that they have a well developed support system. Americans are workaholics, by both necessity and preference, which leaves precious little time to develop support systems outside of work. Organizations can improve their resiliency and that of their  employees by making social connections strategies a priority. 

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David Hain's curator insight, December 1, 2017 4:32 AM

We all need to feel we have mates at work!

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4 Ways to Embrace the Freedom of Letting Go

4 Ways to Embrace the Freedom of Letting Go | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
This week, I made this illustration for the "Freedom" prompt of the 2017 Gratitude Challenge, and it really got me thinking about how freeing the act of letting go really is. But it's also really difficult to do — at least for me it is. I'm pretty picky so when I let a person / thing / experience / idea / behavior into my life, I find it challenging to let it go (even when I know for sure it's no good for me). But, as I say often, it's often the most challenging things that are the one
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Letting go is one one of the most difficult and emotional processes for human beings. I sat for days deciding about a stack of books and I have old shoes and sweat shirts that need to go. Letting go of a habit is even more difficult and letting go of a relationships is the most painful. 

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Stress: It’s Not in Your Head, it’s in Your Nervous System

Stress: It’s Not in Your Head, it’s in Your Nervous System | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
How to release traumatic memory that could be stored in your body.

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This is important: "However, if the stress response is not processed, it remains in the tissues of the body. When a subsequent stressful event that does not pose a serious threat occurs, the traumatic memory is recalled." Stress is a serious aspect of life that accounts for much of the illness and disease we encounter. Learning to process the stress we encounter and to improve our resiliency is critical to be able to experience the joys of life. 

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These Myths About Resilience Are Holding Us Back At Work | Fast Company

These Myths About Resilience Are Holding Us Back At Work | Fast Company | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Resilience isn’t just about getting through traumatic events. It’s a skill set you can hone daily.

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Excellent article. Notice that 5 out of the 7 factors are in the domain of emotional intelligence. In fact, the five are competencies in the 6 Seconds model of emotional intelligence, which is the model I subscribe to and have found to be the most impactful in the development of EQ personally, professionally and organizationally. 

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Improving Physical Health and Well-Being at Work: Avoiding the Dangers of Sitting Down

Improving Physical Health and Well-Being at Work: Avoiding the Dangers of Sitting Down | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Discover how encouraging health and fitness can improve the working lives of you and your team, and boost productivity and performance in your organization.
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Good advice and managers need to encourage their employees to take the time for their well-being; they well get improved performance.

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Reducing Stress to Lead Change Successfully

Reducing Stress to Lead Change Successfully | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
The success and failure of change is interlaced with the complexity of stress. Is reducing stress and managing change possible for leaders?
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Change and stress; aren't they synonymous? If you're awake you cannot not be affected by change and the stress that typically accompanies it. Hurricanes, earthquakes, threats of nuclear war, fires, starvation and social injustice and inequality.  Everyday leadership is essential in these moments and  learning about change and stress are vital life and leadership skills.

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A Grateful Day - 2017 Video Preview - Gratefulness.org

A Grateful Day - 2017 Video Preview - Gratefulness.org | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
The beautiful, updated video "A Grateful Day" with Br. David Steindl-Rast will be available for viewing, in full, on World Gratitude Day, 9/21/17
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Resiliency is experienced and strengthen when we are able to live and be grateful for every moment in our day and life. Every moment is opportunity to learn from.

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Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress

Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Four steps to stop it.
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I remember in the seventies there was some concern about how we would adjust to increased leisure and less time doing work  the fruits of technology). Well somehow we messed this vision up. Not only do we spend more time working, we are also more stressed. Here are few good ways to mange pressure before it becomes stress. 

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How Silence Rewires Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent — MyScienceAcademy

How Silence Rewires Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent — MyScienceAcademy | Living Resilient | Scoop.it

In 2011, the Finish tourism board decided to run a campaign promoting the “silence” you can get by visiting the beautiful country. Along with photos of awe-inspiring landscapes, they used the slogan “Silence, Please”.


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The sounds of silence are indeed important. Learning to befriend silence in a world that is constantly bombarding us with noise requires practice.

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Just to be is essential. I discovered that meditation and silence helped me as a teacher in unpredictable ways.
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Why Your Community Needs More Green Space | Greater Good Magazine

Why Your Community Needs More Green Space | Greater Good Magazine | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
A new study finds that making vacant lots greener benefits the mental health of people living nearby.
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Resilient communities are built upon resilient people and one  sure way of improving resiliency is to connect with nature. Instead of building contrived entertainment venues, construct a natural ecosystem. The more green the more resilient everyone will be. 

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The Benefits of Admitting When You Don’t Know | Greater Good Magazine

The Benefits of Admitting When You Don’t Know | Greater Good Magazine | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
On the face of it, maybe not. University professors, some of the most learned individuals in the world, are not generally known for their intellectual humility. And plenty of successful scientists, CEOs, doctors, artists, and political leaders master their trades without appearing to develop much intellectual humility.

Then again, as Nobel Prize–winning astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar noted, believing that you “must be right”—in other words, lacking intellectual humility—can actually stymie discovery, learning, and progress.

Given this puzzle, my colleagues and I set out to test whether intellectual humility was empirically associated with learning outcomes.

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One thing that is consistent in resilient people and organizations is the ability to know when you don't know and having the courage to admit to it. Curiosity didn't kill the cat; it gave it nine lives. 

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David Hain's curator insight, July 19, 5:40 AM

The empirical benefits of intellectual humility!

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Three Greater Good Lessons from the Golden State Warriors

Three Greater Good Lessons from the Golden State Warriors | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
The NBA Champions are a case study in mindfulness, empathy, and cooperation.
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The other day I watched the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers - both teams are considered to be the best and their players are also considered some of the best ever, which attracted to me to this article. How can professionals at the top be successful and believe in mindfulness, empathy and compassion? Many political figures, business leaders and coaches subscribe to the idea that to succeed, to get to the top you have to be ruthlessly competitive - no room for empathy and compassion. I hope the Warriors and Celtics meet for the championship this year! 

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Advantage of meditation over exercise in reducing cold and flu illness is related to improved function and quality of life

Advantage of meditation over exercise in reducing cold and flu illness is related to improved function and quality of life | Living Resilient | Scoop.it

Please cite this paper as: Obasi et al. (2012) Advantage of meditation over exercise in reducing cold and flu illness is related to improved function and quality of life. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 00(0), 00–00.
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Did you get your flu shot yet? As and added preventive measure focus on mediation: One study conducted by the University of Wisconsin showed that meditation may be more effective than exercise at preventing the cold and flu. They also found that if you do get sick, meditation effectively reduced symptom severity.

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How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative

How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative | Living Resilient | Scoop.it

We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy and reduce stress.

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Each day we become consumed, enthralled and addicted to technology. Our minds and bodies are adapting to an unnatural world. We are fascinated with AI and we are frightened by it. We build stadiums instead of parks and the level of stress, depression and suicides continue to rise. What if we consciously step back into nature instead into the unnatural world of technology - we might find what heals and nurtured us all along. 

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Four Ways Social Support Makes You More Resilient

Four Ways Social Support Makes You More Resilient | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
While much of the research on resilience focuses on individual strengths, it’s social support that may matter the most.
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Make a promise to yourself today that you will connect with friend; it boost your resiliency. "Lost in the mix of resiliency research is the importance of social circumstances. How resilient we are may have as much or more to do with our social milieu and circle of support—our communities, our institutions, our cultural expectations—as it does with our personal strengths."

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The Four Movements to High-Altitude Resiliency

The Four Movements to High-Altitude Resiliency
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Resiliency is more than bouncing back; its the capacity to use one's dynamic resiliency to leap forward. 

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How to Create a Mindset That Will Help You to Adapt to Anything

How to Create a Mindset That Will Help You to Adapt to Anything | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
While it’s good to have aspirations for change, what many overlook is the role our inner psychology — our mindsets — play in making change possible. Unless we are open to shifting our mindsets, our…

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There is a faulty belief that resiliency is something you are born - you either have or you don't. Resiliency is much more a mindset than we realize.

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The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030 

The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030  | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark - The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030 report concludes that machines are not a threat to future jobs, but our research is different.

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This article at its core is about resiliency. How does one assess the future and develop the resiliency to pursue and persist in the future.

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How to Build Your Resilience

How to Build Your Resilience | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
Importantly, resilience is an acquired skill, which means whether you sink or swim is actually dependent on a skill that can be taught and learned over time.

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In today's world resiliency should be a  competency that and taught from pre-school and throughout life.

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Boost Your Happiness: 10 Mindfulness Tips for Busy People - Tiny Buddha

Boost Your Happiness: 10 Mindfulness Tips for Busy People - Tiny Buddha | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
If you've been extra busy and can't find time to meditate, try one of these simple mindfulness practices to boost your happiness.
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Some interesting tips and suggestions that usually to make mindfulness lists.

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To Build Your Resilience, Ask Yourself Two Simple Questions

To Build Your Resilience, Ask Yourself Two Simple Questions | Living Resilient | Scoop.it
You may surprise yourself and find good in the bad.
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It's amazing how these two sentences can restore a sense of strength and confidence (resilience) to our mind and body. With minor tweaks these same sentences can be used in our personal lives as well.

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