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Early wishes : Bonne Année / Feliz Ano Nuevo / Happy New Year !

Early wishes : Bonne Année / Feliz Ano Nuevo / Happy New Year ! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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Blwyddyn Newydd  Dda from Wales - have a wonderful 2013 everyone!

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David Hain's curator insight, December 31, 2012 6:02 AM

Blwyddyn Newydd  Dda from Wales - have a wonderful 2013 everyone!

David Hain's curator insight, December 31, 2012 6:02 AM

Blwyddyn Newydd  Dda from Wales - have a wonderful 2013 everyone!

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Blwyddyn Newydd  Dda from Wales - have a wonderful 2013 everyone!

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Live strong and prosper

Live strong and prosper | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Sharing your strengths is not bragging – it’s crucial, says The Strengths Book.

Consider, it urges the reader, how leaders can ever know the motivations, efficiencies, skills and personalities of a large staff? If they had quick and easy insight into such things (i.e. their strengths and weaknesses), teams could be quickly assembled, workspaces, money and projects allocated to the correct configurations.
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Don't be overly modest and self-effacing. First, know your strengths, second share them with those who need to know!

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How Positive Images (and negative ones) Shape Your Reality

How Positive Images (and negative ones) Shape Your Reality | Positive futures | Scoop.it
When you expect to see something, you are more likely to notice it. The reticular activating system in our brains causes us to notice the things we expect to see, and not notice things we are not looking for.
And seeing is believing! Literally. Research shows that when we see something, we are likely to believe it.
If your attention is focused on negative images, you’re more likely to see and believe them.
If your attention is focused on positive images, you’re more likely to see and believe them.
What you see shapes the reality you experience.
The problem is it’s not so easy to see positive images. On a daily basis we are bombarded with images of war and destruction in movies, on television and even in electronic games that children play. In contrast, there are few images of what world peace looks like.
David Hain's insight:

Focusing on positives is hard much of the time, but not doing so is such a pernicious habit! Good reminder from @jesselynnstoner!

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OurLivesTold's curator insight, November 30, 5:11 AM
They really do change how you see the world.
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How Millennials Became Convenient Scapegoats for a Changing Society

How Millennials Became Convenient Scapegoats for a Changing Society | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It seems a reader can barely go a week without seeing at least one news headline about how Millennials are "killing" some industry or product. Generation Y is purportedly wiping out casual dining, golf, diamonds, homeownership, and bars of soap, among other consumer products; news items have also characterized the generation as lazy, vain, and always looking for a handout.

According to Philadelphia-based writer (and Pacific Standard contributor) Malcolm Harris, this hand-wringing disdain toward Millennials unfairly ignores the material conditions that created the generation. In his new book, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, Harris argues that Millennials have set themselves up for success (Harris' book notes that Millennials are the most educated generation) with very little payoff. Millennials carry most of the burden of the nation's $1.4 trillion student-loan debt crisis; their unemployment rate is more than double the national average; they earn 20 percent less than Generation X; and Millennial employees face a higher level of depression than any other generation. Negative stereotypes, Harris argues, point to the economic and sociological forces that have shaped Millennials, not characteristics endemic to the generation itself.
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Don't blame the Millennials! We've given them a bad deal as well as a bad rap!

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Computer learns to read body language – right down to the fingers

Scientists at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute are working on a computer system that can read body language right down to the position of fingers. The new process works in real time and opens the door to a more natural way for people and machines to interact.
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Will computers and humans learn to get along like people do? well, the computers are getting in the practice!

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Why Emotional Self-Control Matters

Why Emotional Self-Control Matters | Positive futures | Scoop.it
To understand the importance of emotional self-control, it helps to know what’s going on in our brain when we’re not in control. In my book, The Brain and Emotional Intelligence, I explained:

“The amygdala is the brain’s radar for threat. Our brain was designed as a tool for survival. In the brain’s blueprint the amygdala holds a privileged position. If the amygdala detects a threat, in an instant it can take over the rest of the brain—particularly the prefrontal cortex—and we have what’s called an amygdala hijack.

… the amygdala often makes mistakes…. while the amygdala gets its data on what we see and hear in a single neuron from the eye and ear—that’s super-fast in brain time—it only receives a small fraction of the signals those senses receive. The vast majority goes to other parts of the brain that take longer to analyze these inputs—and get a more accurate reading. The amygdala, in contrast, gets a sloppy picture and has to react instantly. It often makes mistakes, particularly in modern life, where the ‘dangers’ are symbolic, not physical threats. So, we overreact in ways we often regret later.”

David Hain's insight:

Emotions are hard-wired within us all.  Emotional control  is learned behaviour. Uncontrolled emotion is usually disastrous! 

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Are You Too Severe with Yourself and Your Habits?

Are You Too Severe with Yourself and Your Habits? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
“All severity that does not tend to increase good, or prevent evil, is idle.“

– Samuel Johnson, as quoted in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson

I often think about this remark by Samuel Johnson.

Because I’ve been so focused on habits over the past few years, during the writing of Better Than Before, people often talk to me about the habits they want to change.

And although I have so many strategies and ideas that I’ve identified to help people master their habits, to my surprise, I frequently find myself making the case against changing a habit.

I’ve noticed that people often say they want to change a habit because “I really should ___” or “this person in my life tells me I have to ___.”

And I always say, “Well, maybe you would be better off if you changed the habit — but maybe not. Do you care if you change that habit?” And often, they don’t really care.
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Important insight on self-care. Growth involves choices...

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6 Books to Get You Unhooked from Negative Habits

6 Books to Get You Unhooked from Negative Habits | Positive futures | Scoop.it
From food cravings to telling off grumpy colleagues, some habits are hard to avoid even on our best days. We've rounded up these mindfulness reads so you can flourish in every facet of life—even during those tough times.
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Summer vacation reading list to junk what you don't like being enslaved by?

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3 daily habits that cause relationship damage - 3Plus International

3 daily habits that cause relationship damage - 3Plus International | Positive futures | Scoop.it
When we have been deeply wounded or under-nurtured at a basic level, so deep in our childhoods we can’t even remember, it leaves us never feeling good enough. We develop coping mechanisms to block out the constant self-doubt and build a fire wall for protection. We might over/under eat or exercise, self-medicate with substances or alcohol to kill the pain. Or we might lash out at others as a form of protection. These only serve to escalate relationship damage in our lives whether personal or professional.
David Hain's insight:

For parents and bosses everywhere, knock these corrosive behaviours on the head now, particularly with younger people!

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7 Ways a Periodic Paradigm Shift Will Make You a Better Leader

7 Ways a Periodic Paradigm Shift Will Make You a Better Leader | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Go somewhere.

You will be uncomfortable.

You will need help.

You don’t have a title.

And you don’t make the plans.

Do something.

You’ve never done before.

With people that you don’t know.

In a place that you’ve never been.

For a very different purpose.
David Hain's insight:

It's not so hard to get out of your comfort zone -if you want to. Great piece on the benefits form Scott Mabry!

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Ian Berry's curator insight, July 28, 9:00 PM
I like all seven reasons and witness the best leaders always doing things that takes them out of their comfort zone
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Five Ways Mindfulness Makes Your Relationship Happier

Five Ways Mindfulness Makes Your Relationship Happier | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is an attitude to living that helps you be more open, compassionate, and self-aware.  It involves deliberately directing your attention away from autopilot and negative, judging thoughts, allowing you to be more present and connected to whatever is happening right now.  It’s not a big stretch to imagine that more mindful people might make better relationship partners. And now there is clear research support for this relationship. A meta-analysis published in the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension last year found that higher levels of mindfulness predict happier, more satisfying relationships.
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Thankfully, mindfulness has moved way beyond fad or fashion, as this article by Melanie Greenberg amply demonstrates.

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Developments to Watch – Postcards from 2035 – Medium

Developments to Watch – Postcards from 2035 – Medium | Positive futures | Scoop.it
All that’s required to build the world of 2035 is a unique combination of technologies that already exist. Here’s a list of likely suspects.
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The future is here already, it's just not connected up enough yet...Interesting experiments!

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New Book: Future directions in wellbeing

New Book: Future directions in wellbeing | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Benefit Mindset has made its way into its first academic book!

The books forward is by David Cooperrider and the Benefit Mindset is explored in the Chapter ‘Why We Need Positive Education 2.0’. The chapter was co-authored with Mathew A. White PhD, Director of Wellbeing at St Peter’s College.

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Abstract: What’s next in well-being? We argue it’s Positive Education 2.0. The American psychologist Corey Keyes explains, “It is often said that our youth is this nation’s future. If true, then there is too much mental illness to look forward to in the future”. Never before have schools received the call to educate a new generation to lead global challenges of such complexity. Notwithstanding Keyes observations, this is a global challenge and it requires a global approach. We need Positive Education 2.0, which is informed by entrepreneurship, innovation and hands-on discovery for young people. We believe in doing this; positive education should now move toward programs that teach innovation through project-based learning teams, in which students will focus on solving real-life challenges.
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Mindset/wellbeing  gradually being recognised for the game-changer that could make such a difference globally to our futures.

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15 Uncomfortable Things That Will Make You More Successful

15 Uncomfortable Things That Will Make You More Successful | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In a truly beautiful letter to his daughter Yolande, Sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois extolled the virtues of being uncomfortable.
Yolande was headed to a new school halfway around the world from the neighborhood and people she knew. It was years before women had the right to vote, and decades before the Civil Rights Movement.
Du Bois knew she would have more than a few fish-out-of-water moments. Instead of trying to shield her from them, he asked her to revel in them:
“Don’t shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely. Enter into the spirit of your big bed-room. Enjoy what is and not pine for what is not. Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul. Above all remember: your father loves you and believes in you and expects you to be a wonderful woman.”
David Hain's insight:

Thoughts on personal growth - it doesn't happen without some discomfort!

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 23, 9:57 AM
Here are a handful of uncomfortable situations in which you should take De Bois’ advice and “Take the cold bath bravely.” You’ll be better off as a result. Brace yourself. It’s about to get awkward.
 
Ian Berry's curator insight, June 24, 7:34 PM
How we deal with the uncomfortable is definitely a reflection on our leadership. What I find and witness is that when we just confront the uncomfortable most situations turn out better than our fear was suggesting to us
Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 27, 8:09 AM

Amazing article, much to learn...

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What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages | McKinsey & Company

The technology-driven world in which we live is a world filled with promise but also challenges. Cars that drive themselves, machines that read X-rays, and algorithms that respond to customer-service inquiries are all manifestations of powerful new forms of automation. Yet even as these technologies increase productivity and improve our lives, their use will substitute for some work activities humans currently perform—a development that has sparked much public concern.

Building on our January 2017 report on automation, McKinsey Global Institute’s latest report, Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation (PDF–5MB), assesses the number and types of jobs that might be created under different scenarios through 2030 and compares that to the jobs that could be lost to automation.

The results reveal a rich mosaic of potential shifts in occupations in the years ahead, with important implications for workforce skills and wages. Our key finding is that while there may be enough work to maintain full employment to 2030 under most scenarios, the transitions will be very challenging—matching or even exceeding the scale of shifts out of agriculture and manufacturing we have seen in the past.
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Future workforce implications - looks like a new industrial shift is afoot!

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Hunter S. Thompson's Letter on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life

Hunter S. Thompson's Letter on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Let’s assume that you think you have a choice of eight paths to follow (all pre-defined paths, of course). And let’s assume that you can’t see any real purpose in any of the eight. THEN— and here is the essence of all I’ve said— you MUST FIND A NINTH PATH.

Naturally, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. You’ve lived a relatively narrow life, a vertical rather than a horizontal existence. So it isn’t any too difficult to understand why you seem to feel the way you do. But a man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.

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Great life advice from the great gonzo!

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Transitioning to the future of work and the workplace | Deloitte US

Transitioning to the future of work and the workplace | Deloitte US | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Embracing digital culture, tools, and approaches


A Deloitte survey (sponsored by Facebook) asked C-suite executives for their perspectives on the future of work. Their responses reveal six themes about the future workplace—and six lessons to help leaders ease the transition.

David Hain's insight:

Fascinating study of the work of the future and how to survive. Turns out, unsurprisingly, that culture is key!

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, November 11, 7:41 AM

Not responding to your associates or a lack of transparency is a sign you are out of touch, Todays workforce requires more ... review the steps to a future workplace and compare that to the environment you deliver everyday... There is something here for every leader at every level. Nice work #deloitte #offthebenchleadership #adpelefy18 #hellowork #workhappy

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The surprising science of happiness

The surprising science of happiness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
David Hain's insight:

Do you know what makes you happy? Or are you misdirecting yourself?

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Ian Berry's curator insight, October 20, 6:59 PM
Love David Hain's questions Do you know what makes you happy? Or are you misdirecting yourself?
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 21, 2:07 PM
This was part of a PhD course I took. Dan Gilbert's work is fascinating. It is not just about being happy. It recognizes that we will be unhappy and what that means. How do we overcome trauma and challenging situations?
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There’s a bright side to stress – World Economic Forum – Medium

There’s a bright side to stress – World Economic Forum – Medium | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Stress can make us better human beings. But it also it can also hamper our judgement. That’s the conclusion of an experiment conducted by scientists at the University of Vienna.
The study, published in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, looked at what happens in the brain when people who are highly stressed try to empathize with others.
It found that they showed increased empathy towards others and wanted to help them more, but that stress skewed their judgement.
David Hain's insight:

Make friends with stress, but not best friends - beware it may be playing you false!

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Why we need to imagine different futures

Why we need to imagine different futures | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Anab Jain brings the future to life, creating experiences where people can touch, see and feel the potential of the world we're creating. Do we want a world where intelligent machines patrol our streets, for instance, or where our genetic heritage determines our health care? Jain's projects show why it's important to fight for the world we want. Catch a glimpse of possible futures in this eye-opening talk.
David Hain's insight:

The future is already happening. Don't let it pass you by, especially if it's one that you don't like the look of...

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What Billy Joel Can Teach Us About AI

What Billy Joel Can Teach Us About AI | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Just because a machine can do a person’s work doesn’t mean that our economic system will give it a reason to displace its human analog. A programmed player piano can do excellent renditions of Billy Joel songs. But nobody will pay to listen to it. Meanwhile, the Piano Man, now 68 years old, sells out Madison Square Garden every month.
David Hain's insight:

Artificial intelligence doesn't have to take over the world!

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5 Simple Keys To Breaking Bad Habits

5 Simple Keys To Breaking Bad Habits | Positive futures | Scoop.it
How do we get kids who don’t like spinach, to eat spinach? Well, we threaten, force, trick, or promise rewards – you know – carrots and sticks. It’s the same tactic our companies use to manage us. The tools we use to get our kids to eat spinach are the same tools our companies use to affect our behavior.

They use carrots like bonuses and promotions or sticks like being fired and disregarded. Does all this work? Sometimes, that’s why they keep doing it. But getting kids to eat spinach or encouraging new habit changes for the good, requires a new perspective.

The problem with habits is it’s less about others manipulating us with positive or negative consequences – it’s more about us managing ourselves. That is tougher. How do we get kids to eat spinach? (See the last answer below.)

Here are 5 simple keys to success in breaking bad habits!

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Some very practical ways to finally get that habit monkey off your back!

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6 Ways to Develop Greater Willpower and Discipline

Self-control. Willpower. Determination. Perseverance. Doing what you need to do, day after day, with total focus and resolve...that's how you succeed. And that's why we all want to develop greater willpower and self-control. Willpower, determination, and resilience help successful people keep working hard to achieve their long-term goals.

But how exactly do you develop greater willpower and self-control?

Wishing and hoping don't work--but taking advantage of the science of self-control will.

The following is from Belle Beth Cooper and Buffer, a social-media management tool that lets you schedule, automate, and analyze social-media updates.
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Delayed gratification and impulse control are key success indicators. Here's what you need to know, even if only to choose when to break the rules!

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Want to be Smarter? Learn to Say “I Don’t Know”

Want to be Smarter? Learn to Say “I Don’t Know” | Positive futures | Scoop.it
None of us are ever right. Certainty is an illusion, and there is no shame in being wrong because, by nature, our entire perception of the world is wrong.
Over time, we progress and thrive in our surroundings by being less wrong. We feel around, we test, and we question ourselves until something works.
Uncertainty isn’t a condition to be avoided, but a tool for better decisions.
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This simple wisdom takes a long time to learn!

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Social connection provides key to wellbeing

Social connection provides key to wellbeing | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Decades of research suggest that the quality of our social ties might be the single biggest predictor of our well-being.

Social connections are sometimes called “social capital” for good reason: They are a valuable resource in life, creating moments of positivity and fun, supporting us through good times and bad, and exposing us to new ideas and new people. If we cultivate healthy connections, the research promises a longer, happier, and more prosperous life. 

“Resonant relationships are like emotional vitamins, sustaining us through tough times and nourishing us daily,” writes Daniel Goleman in Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships.
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The life-changing benefits of social interaction!

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China leads the world in bike sharing — and now its ‘Uber for bikes’ model is going global

China leads the world in bike sharing — and now its ‘Uber for bikes’ model is going global | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Bike-sharing schemes are good for the environment. They help to reduce emissions and provide valuable first/last mile transportation to bridge the gaps in a commute by train or subway, where people might otherwise jump in a cab.
Mobike claims that “Mobikers” have cycled a combined distance of over 2.5 billion kilometers in the year since its first bikes hit the streets — the equivalent of taking 170,000 cars off the road.
In fact, according to a white paper by the company, cycling has doubled in usage over the last year, accounting for more than 11.6% of total transportation today versus 5.5% a year ago.
And China is a world leader in bike-sharing schemes, according to the Financial Times.
David Hain's insight:

Cycling will be hug in the future - and China is leading the way on how to exploit that!

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