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What role does spirituality play in leadership? It makes the leader whole and fill the hole in the whole of the organization
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Happiness is about being non-attached – Kris Gage – Medium

Happiness is about being non-attached – Kris Gage – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The basic cause of suffering isn’t that bad things happen. Bad things will always happen. People will always fall out of love, or leave — in one way or another. The solution isn’t to cling more…
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The hardest thing about leaving the classroom three years ago was how much my identity was bound up in what I did. I was attached to being a teacher.
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Does Nature Make Us Happy?

Does Nature Make Us Happy? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Connections with nature are linked to happiness and ecological sustainability.


Research: the results of their research suggest that “nature relatedness has a distinct happiness benefit” beyond the more generalized benefit of feeling connected to family, friends, and home.


Our connection to nature also correlated with most measures of human well-being, indicating it may play an extremely important role in maintaining positive mental health. 


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Nature is a place where we can see the patterns we need to see. It is also a reminder of our place in something much bigger than human invention and creation. Nature is a the ultimate creative space where creation is ongoing.

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Kahneman on Well-Being and Domains of Consciousness

Kahneman on Well-Being and Domains of Consciousness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A Nobel Winning Psychologist


From the vantage point of the unified theory, there is much to like and only a little to critique regarding Kahneman's work. He is a brilliant experimentalist (I believe he is the only psychologist who has won a Nobel prize-let me know if you know of another) and his studies led to a whole field of behavioral (psychological?) economics. His work on the two mental systems, System 1 and System 2 and their corollaries in consciousness (experiential and reflective/remembering) is directly congruent with the model of cognition advocated for in the unified theory. (Behavioral Investment Theory provides the theoretical frame for System 1, and the Justification Hypothesis for System 2).


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Happiness is important to the way we live and our potential success.

Sharrock's curator insight, December 19, 2013 10:10 AM

Kahneman's work indirectly suggests that educators can improve student approaches to problem solving and decision making and as a result improve resilience. If we can overcome some of the destructive habits of the mind on "cruise control", we may improve our outcomes.


from the article:

"Kahneman makes three key points in this talk (TEDtalk, where he explains how the two domains of human consciousness differ quite dramatically in what it means to be happy TEDx). The first point, which is somewhat subtle in that he only briefly alludes to it, is that happiness is a complicated construct and that there has been a shift away from this term, as it has been found not to capture the essence of what researchers are interested in. 

The second key point that Kahneman makes is that humans are of two minds, what he refers to in this talk as the experiencing and remembering selves. 

The third key point was how the experiencing self and the remembering self evaluate situations differently."

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"I Will Never Be Happy"

"I Will Never Be Happy" | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Shredding the belief that “I will never be happy” is the first step toward achieving happiness. It’s not always easy, but there are some things you can remember to help make this belief weaker, and eventually get rid of it entirely.

The past doesn’t dictate the future. Just because you’ve never been happy before doesn’t mean you can’t be happy ever.

You have more control over your life than you think. Everyone has the power to turn their life around and be happy – if they are willing to put in the work to make gradual change.

Your worldview can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. By believing “I will never be happy” you in fact think and act in ways that reinforce this and make it more true.

By expanding your worldview to include the possibility of happiness, you are more open to thoughts and actions that make you happy.

Our negative beliefs are often faulty and prone to error. Question yourself by asking, “Why do I believe this?” or “Are there situations or events that may make this NOT true?” You will often find ways in which your belief is false.

Replace these negative beliefs with ones that are more practical and optimistic. “I can be happy” is a completely attainable goal that can be achieved with faith, persistence, and dedication toward a new life.

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Part of being mindful is understanding "this too shall pass."
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The Fundamental Truths that Precede Happiness

The Fundamental Truths that Precede Happiness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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It is all about mindfulness and learning who I am. In my being, there is something that cannot be duplicated by anyone.

Susan Taylor's curator insight, January 7, 2014 11:28 PM

Certain fundamental truths must be discovered before you can find true happiness.


  1. It's impossible for anyone else to define YOU.  You are the only one in this world who gets to say who you are.
  2. You were born with everything you need.  There is nothing you are missing.
  3. Perfection is a man-made illusion; we are beautifully imperfect beings.
  4. You are NOT your thoughts.  Your mind doesn’t define you, nor does it control you.
  5. Your beliefs can be modified to lift you up.  Whatever you believe to be true about yourself and life in the long-term becomes your reality.
  6. The past and future do not exist.  Now is the moment.
  7. Your calling in your life is to fully express who you already are.  Your uniqueness, in every respect, is your gift.
  8. Challenges are gifts for your growth.  Without challenges you cannot unlock your full potential.
  9. Forgiveness is choosing happiness over hurt.  We forgive others to free ourselves and walk into compassion and love by doing so.
  10. Surrender is the essence of a happy life.  Letting go is not giving up.