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Inspirational Quote – January 7, 2017

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“Remember that, wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

Sometimes we are so caught up in just coping with life that we lose sight of what’s really important to us, i.e. our family and friends. Our endeavors in earning enough money or acquiring “stuff” can divert our attention away from the real treasure in our lives namely those we love and cherish. Take the time to let them know how much you love and care for them and that you feel blessed to have them in your life.

by CathiBew.co.uk

Physicist David Bohm on Creativity

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The past century has sprouted a great many theories of how creativity works and what it takes to master it, and yet its innermost nature remains so nebulous and elusive that the call of creative work may be as difficult to hear as it is to answer. What to listen for and how to tune the listening ear is what the trailblazing physicist David Bohm explores in his essay in On Creativity, concluding that in both science and art, the quest is harmony: "a certain oneness and totality, or wholeness, constituting a kind of harmony that is felt to be beautiful."

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1481/physicist-david-bohm-on-creativity-maria-popova/

How to Reduce Rudeness in the Workplace

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ByJill Suttie


According to a new book, practicing civility at the office is the path to better relationships and higher productivity.

Lots of us have probably experienced a toxic employer at some point in our lives. I had a boss many years ago who would lash out at colleagues and me during staff meetings with little provocation, putting everyone on edge. Yet he was also hailed among higher-ups as someone who got the job done. So, should we have just put up and shut up? According to the new bookMastering Civilityby management professor Christine Porath, the answer isabsolutely not. Porath makes a clear and compelling case that rudeness and incivility in the workplace do more damage than good to work relationships and efficiency, soundly dispelling the myth of the hard-nosed-yet-effective boss. Instead, she argues, we would do well to practice civility at work. The costs of rudeness at work Civility in American society has declined in recent years but remains important to people, according …

Daily Inspirational Quote – January 6, 2017

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“When something bad happens you have three choices, you can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”

We don’t have any control about the bad things that happen to us all at times but we do have a choice as to how we deal with them. We can wear it like a cloak for everyone to see, allow it to overcome us and bring us to our knees or deal with it and move on. I know which one I would choose and it’s not either of the first two choices. What would you choose?

by CathiBew.co.uk

Educating Our Children's Hearts

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In November 2016, a university in Vadodara, India hosted a panel discussion titled "Education for Compassion: Rethinking Means and End," seeking to answer how schools, parents, and communities can prepare children to lead more compassionate rather than competitive lives. One of the panelists, Meghna Banker, is a graphic designer, volunteer, and a full-time mother home-schooling her daughter. In her talk she shared reflections on parenting, illustrated by inspiring personal stories with her daughter. Ultimately, she shares how her journey as a mother has been at its core, an attempt to embody wholesome qualities and explore the "unison of our head, hands and hearts." Watch or read the transcript of her quietly profound talk here.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1480/educating-our-children-s-hearts-a-mother-s-reflections-on-home-schooling-her-daughter-meghna-banker/

Daily Inspirational Quote – January 5, 2017

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“The earth has music for those who listen.”

The earth gifts us the pleasure of its own music and makes use of the sounds of the creatures who roam its surface, the wind through the leaves of the trees, the streams that murmur or roar, the crashing sound of waves made by the sea….surround yourself with these and you will truly feel as one with the earth we walk upon.

by CathiBew.co.uk

What Does a Compassionate Workplace Look Like?

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ByNir Eyal,Monica Worline

A conversation with researcher and authorMonica Worlineabout suffering, empathy, and kindness at work.

Monica Worline is Executive Director of the CompassionLab at the University of Michigan, a research scientist at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, and co-author ofAwakening Compassion at Work, forthcoming in February 2017 from Berrett-Koehler. She sat down with author and entrepreneur Nir Eyal to discuss why empathetic teams make better business deals, how more caring leaders can help prevent corporate scandals, and the steps for cultivating compassion at work. This conversationoriginally appearedinHeleo: In-Depth Conversations with the World’s Leading Thinkers. Nir Eyal: What is the business case forcompassion? Nir Eyal Monica Worline:Well, it might seem soft and fuzzy, but in fact, if you’re trying to innovate quickly and telling people to fail fast, people hate to fail, and failing creates suffering. Compassi…

Daily Inspirational Quote – January 4, 2017

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“Just remember you can’t put your arms around a memory so hug someone you love today.”

Anybody who knows me will tell you I am a serial hugger, yes hugger, not mugger! Always have been and always will be. I’m so thankful I was made this way as I have no regrets that my parents, who sadly both passed years ago, ever suffered a lack of hugs and kisses from me, whether they wanted them at the time or not! My children are also both very tactile which is nice, so lots of hugs and kisses there too. I wish everybody felt and behaved this way but realize that’s a wish that might be stretching it a bit. The sad thing is I’ve often known people feeling remorse when a loved one passed as they felt they didn’t give them enough of their time, told them they loved them enough, hugged them enough, or just listened to them enough. It’s also been proved in some medical studies that hugs benefit peoples’ health, which is not news to me personally, but hopefully gives the green light to us all giving and…

Top 10 Kindness Stories of 2016

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Every year KindSpring shares a selection of the most powerful stories they've received over the last twelve months. In the spirit of anonymity these real-life stories are often posted by people who choose to use a "kindness alias". Some of the stories are about children and teenagers who have stumbled on creative ways to flex their kindness muscles, others are about adults of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds who regularly go out of their way to make our world a kinder, brighter place. Whether the stories describe a small act that made someone's day, or a gesture that forever altered the trajectory of a life, they all share one thing in common: a very big heart.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1478/kindspring-s-top-10-kindness-stories-of-2016-kindspring/

In Search of a Fainting Couch

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An excerpt fromStart Right Where You Areby Sam Bennett As the creator of The Organized Artist Company, bestselling author Sam Bennett’s mission in life is clear: to assist people in getting unstuck by helping them focus and move forward on their goals. That is also the intention of her new bookStart Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers, and Recovering Perfectionists, which is based on the premise that small shifts in the right direction can yield big results in the realization of our creative dreams.   We hope you’ll enjoy this short excerpt from the book. ***** In addition to figuring out what well-being means for you, it’s important to learn what looks like “not-well-being” for you. How do you know when you are off track? What are your symptoms? For me, not-well-being shows up as racing thoughts, also known as anxiety. (It’s a little annoying that in the English language we use words like anxiety and d…