Kindness is evolutionarily wired into us

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Take a look at this fascinating, (short), video about the neurobiology and physiology of compassion and kindness.

Daecher Keltner from the University of California-Berkeley discusses new research coming from his lab and others that explains the scientific brain-wiring that makes this happen.

(Really worth watching!)

Kindness is evolutionarily wired into us.

The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness | Science | Smithsonian

What does the Dalai Lama have to teach psychologists about joy and contentment?

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-scientific-pursuit-of-happiness-100375676/#feCz1pFelxpQztqe.99
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The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness | Science | Smithsonian.

An Easy Way to Make Your Employees Happier

Here’s an interesting post from Harvard Business Review. I think this information applies to life in general, not just at work. What are your thoughts?
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6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics – TalentCulture

The numbers are rolling in, and it’s more an more clear that the positive effects of employee engagement are enormous, yet only 25% of CEOs report having an employee engagement plan in place.

What is your organization doing to capture the ROI of high employee engagement? I’d love to hear what’s working best for you.clapping

6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics – TalentCulture.

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Love this post! Collapses a whole bunch of brain science research into some quick, usable information. What can you do better at today?
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The Habits Of Supremely Happy People.

Napping Tips: 7 Expert Strategies For Maximizing Your Naptime

Here’s the best guide I’ve ever seen about getting the best out of napping. It incorporates all the knowledge the sleep scientists have recently learned about how our brains work during sleep and how and when sleep is most restorative.

I always say, “Naps are wasted on the young.” Go ahead, indulge. Science says it’s good for your health and your productivity.

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Napping Tips: 7 Expert Strategies For Maximizing Your Naptime.

Secrets Of America’s Happiest Companies | Fast Company

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Secrets Of America's Happiest Companies | Fast Company.

I’m always interested in this. What can you learn from this research that can make a difference in your workplace?

Also, if you are interested in more, here is the link to a New York Times book review of Anne Kreamer’s book, “It’s Always Personal.”

For Employee Wellbeing, Engagement Trumps Time Off

It’s easy to think of vacation and time off as the best way to increase employee well-being, but, in fact, in the long run, engagement is much more important to an employee’s well-being than the amount of time they have off of work.

The employee that is highly engaged at work, frequently enjoys a blurring of the distinction between work and play, and often finds themselves energized by things that occur at work rather than de-energized or depleted.

In addition, numerous serious research studies have shown that the more often people find themselves in the state of “flow”, (where they are so entirely consumed in what is happening in the moment that they lose all sense of time and of the other activities going on around them), the happier they are.

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For Employee Wellbeing, Engagement Trumps Time Off.

Coaching Tip:
Forget about long vacations, and consider what changes you can make to move more in the direction of “I love my work” and “I get a chance to do my best work every day.”

Go for more “flow.”

The 20-Minute Exercise To Eradicate Negative Thinking | Fast Company

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Ah…. negative thinking. The true “bane of our existance.”

If I had a dollar for every time I worked with a client on their negative thinking, (or their “inner critic” as we call it in the coaching world), I’d be a very rich woman!

Daniel Amen, M.D. calls them ANTs (automatic negative thoughts.) Whatever you call them, here is some solid information about what you can do about them.

I hope you enjoy this article from FAST COMPANY. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

The 20-Minute Exercise To Eradicate Negative Thinking | Fast Company.

Hope Is a Strategy (Well, Sort Of) – Deborah Mills-Scofield – Harvard Business Review

When hope is based on real-world experience, knowledge and tangible and intangible data, it results in trust, which is necessary to implementing any strategy. Without faith in the people, processes and technologies involved, how can we achieve anything? Hope recognizes the reality that failure happens, success is not assured, the laws of physics don’t change and prudence is needed to discern when to persevere — and when to pivot. Hope doesn’t demarcate a linear path, but it does guide us through twists and turns.  Hope views the glass as half full, not half empty.  Hope supports realistic optimism, a necessary component of success.

Hope Is a Strategy (Well, Sort Of) – Deborah Mills-Scofield – Harvard Business Review.