By Shaen Yeo September 26, 2013 – 4:18 pm | No Comment
Nick Vujicic was born with phocamelia, a rare congenital condition that involves malformation of the limbs. With only a tiny little foot, he has defied the odds by becoming a motivational speaker, husband, and father. How has this been possible? As I observe him hobble on the platform set up on stage, I take a good hard look at myself. Here are 3 reasons that he inspires me.
By Miriam Akhtar September 16, 2013 – 12:24 pm | 5 Comments
We put together the Happiness Habits program and tested it with groups as diverse as refugee parents in an inner-city school, charity volunteers, and professionals working in health and education. After several iterations we settled on 8 habits of happiness delivered in 8 weekly sessions: habits because it takes practice to make these actions automatic and 8 weeks to allow adequate time for positive changes to occur.
By Eleanor Chin August 28, 2013 – 10:52 am | 7 Comments
When we are dissatisfied with our jobs, often our first instinct is to say, “Get out!” The very next thought is, “I can’t!” Then we feel stuck, and the emotional downward spiral begins. There is something we can do that is more effective than simply enduring the pain while stewing in resentment. In the short term, we can try re-crafting our job until we can create a longer-term solution.
By Lisa Sansom August 21, 2013 – 4:36 pm | 2 Comments
What are the mindsets and preconditions that are present before we can make a choice to be happy? Shawn Achor’s new book outlines the 5 hidden keys that we can all embrace and enact. In every section, Achor provides a helpful list of ways to make this exercise very practical.
By Genevieve Douglass August 19, 2013 – 4:14 pm | 12 Comments
In a 2012 Swiss study, researchers Friese, Messner, and Shaffner tested whether a brief period of meditation would lessen the depletion effects of self-control. Their experimental group showed less ego depletion than the control group. Why? How might mindfulness affect self-regulation?
By Editor K.H.B. August 14, 2013 – 2:14 pm | One Comment
Learn about a free online conference sponsored by Dr. Heidi Halvorson and scheduled for September that brings together numerous experts to address the question, “There’s a lot of advice out there – but where’s the evidence that it actually works?”
By Giselle Nicholson August 7, 2013 – 2:19 pm | 5 Comments
In a nutshell, Yes. This book is a fun example of what happens when smart writers are able to synthesize a swath of multi-disciplinary research and weave it into a practical framework that facilitates behavior change. The framework and its lessons provide me with a big picture strategy for being more thoughtful and intentional in my daily decision-making.
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