Showing posts from April 22, 2018

Inspirational Quote – April 28, 2018

“I am the most powerful tool in my life and I will use me wisely.”

This is true for each and every one of us. Our minds and bodies are ours to use in order to get what we want from life. When you really think about it, how amazing are we? Our bodies and brains are capable of working together enabling us to live, work, play, interact, deduce, etc. etc. with few restrictions apart from the ones we place on ourselves. It behooves us to use the capabilities we have, both spiritually and physically, with as much wisdom as we can.

3 Ways You Can Find More Happiness at Work

"Too many of us fall in the trap of believing that "work is work" and isn't supposed to be a source of happiness, or that work goals will suffer if we focus on what makes us happy. But research suggests the opposite: Happier employees are more productive, benefitting their companies as much as themselves." Annie McKee, an international business advisor and a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania shares more in her new book, "How to Be Happy at Work."

Is the World Really Doomed?

Steven Pinker’s newest book leverages long-term data to show that the state of the world is improving, even if it's hard to believe.BY JILL SUTTIE

Like me, you may wake up every day to the morning news and feel a twinge of angst and despair. It can sometimes seem as if the world is going to hell. But if you read Steven Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now, you may come to a completely different conclusion about the state of our world. Pinker, a Harvard psychologist, has poured over large data sets from surveys around the world and noticed a somewhat counterintuitive pattern: Stuff has actually been improving—from crime and wars to health and education—if you consider trends over the last several hundred years. Hard to believe? If you think things are worse than ever, you’re probably influenced by psychological biases—like the confirmation bias or the negativity bias—and not fact. Reading near-daily reports of crime, war, and illness can fill our minds with fear and dread, making us f…

Inspirational Quote – April 27, 2018

“There is not ONE path. There is not even the RIGHT path. There is only YOUR path.”

This should be instilled in every human being from birth! A saying and tenet to live by don’t you think? If everybody truly, truly believed this with all their heart, perhaps the world would be a much happier, safer, harmonious place for us all. Unfortunately, for humanity, I don’t ever see this happening. However, if this message could be put “out there” more widely and spread as far as possible, I wonder how many lives it could change, perhaps for the better?

The Physics of Vulnerability

"We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can't have both. Not at the same time. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it's having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it's our greatest measure of courage." Find out more about the physics of falling down and rising up strong from Brene Brown.

What Makes Positive Content Go Viral?

New research investigates why we share inspiring videos, articles, and social media posts.BY SOPHIE H. JANICKE

When videos go “viral,” they quickly get a lot of views on the internet, often through rapid user sharing on social media. The content of those videos varies a great deal, and they can be a mixture of user-generated content or carefully planned advertising. For example, the Old Spice marketing campaign in 2010 became a viral internet sensation, with the commercial shown at the Super Bowl XLIV and the response campaign viewed 5.9 million times on the first day alone, which was more than Obama’s victory speech in 2008. This made Old Spice the number one-selling brand of male body wash in the United States by the end of 2010. Generally, research has shown that videos that create very strong emotional responses (positive, such as joy or awe, or negative, such as anger or anxiety) are more likely to be shared. If you are watching a video or reading an article that gets your blood pum…

Inspirational Quote – April 26, 2018

“I accept myself for who I am and what I believe. It is not my responsibility for you to accept me. That is your problem.”

It has taken a very long time but I believe I am now doing what I was meant to. However, initially, not everybody was as accepting about the path I have chosen as I had thought. All to do with a family member’s religious belief as opposed to my belief in spirituality. However, in the end, we agreed to disagree with one another and left it at that with no difference in the feelings we have for each other. I would never consider criticizing anyone’s religious beliefs or customs and would hope and expect the same courtesy be extended to mine.

Spotlight on Restorative Justice

A crime or harm disrupts the balance -- in a community, among people, and within a family. Trying, convicting, and incarcerating the wrongdoer separates them from society but may do little to reclaim that lost balance and less still to improve the underlying conditions that led to the harm. Restorative justice takes a broader view with efforts that may include facilitating reconciliation between the victim and wrongdoer as well as addressing the underlying causes of crime and distress, potentially improving the broken community. Restorative justice can be transformational for all concerned. In this Spotlight on Restorative Justice, we look back at Daily Good features that advocate for a more equitable answer to the question of crime.

Five Reasons to Take a Break from Screens

In honor of Screen-Free Week, here are some of the benefits you can expect when you unplug from technology.BY MARY GOMES
Every year in late spring, people from around the world choose to take a fresh look at their relationship with electronic media. They do so by participating in Screen-Free Week, which this year starts on April 30. This annual “media detox” began in 1994, when it was called TV-Turnoff Week, and has found renewed relevance in the age of smartphones.

As our relationship with mobile devices has grown, the research evidence has mounted: Excessive media use is not good for us physically, mentally, or emotionally. The good news is that taking a media break is a powerful way to improve our well-being. I’ve been assigning a four-day media fast in my undergraduate psychology classes for many years, and I’ve witnessed the effects firsthand. Based on the research and my teaching experiences, I’ve compiled these five reasons to participate in Screen-Free Week and take a break from…