Jon Gordon is an excellent author and motivational speaker. He’s all about positive action, with a focus on teams at work, home, and community. I haven’t read the book he’s offering as an incentive to sign up for his Power of Positive Summit, but the book’s free, the summit is free, and I see no downside to taking advantage of the offer. I’ve been receiving his newsletter for years, so I feel comfortable recommending you consider taking this offer. Get a complimentary copy of THE SHARK AND THE GOLDFISH from Jon Gordon. Continue reading Complimentary Book by Jon Gordon
Continuing with my experiences and insights from taking the Coursera.org class, “A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment,” researchers describe a paradox of happiness that frequently entraps us. Though people hold happiness as a highly sought after goal—and have for centuries—when … Continue reading The Happiness Paradox
I’ve finished week one of the Coursera course, “A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment.” Following are highlights, observations, and insights. Defining and Measuring Happiness Happiness is one of those things that we know when we feel it and we know … Continue reading Happiness Is….A Balloon?
One of the greatest health fears as we age is Alzheimer’s Disease, the loss of memory disease that seems to turn us into vegetables. This study reinforces the benefits of exercise. As we age we tend to have less energy, more joint pain, and it seems “right” to take it easy. We’ve earned it, right? Wrong. Burning more calories linked with greater gray matter volume, reduced Alzheimer’s risk | EurekAlert! Science News Using mathematical modeling, the researchers found that the individuals who burned the most calories had larger gray matter volumes in the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes of the … Continue reading Work Out or Blank Out
What if you could become happier and more fulfilled in the next six weeks? That’s the goal of “A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment,” a course I ran across on the Coursera website. Though I regard myself a happy person, one can never have too much happiness in life, and since part of who I am yearns to grow continuously, I jumped in and enrolled. Coursera is a wonderful organization providing a huge array of free online courses to anyone wishing to enroll. The courses are produced and led by experts in the field. In the case of this happiness … Continue reading A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment
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Most people wince every time they hear the word “stress”. It’s like the whole world has been classically conditioned to respond to stress the same way, by the word alone. Which is one of many reasons why I love Kelly McGonigal’s TED Talk. Using health psychology research, she demonstrates how perceiving stress as either positive or negative can have a “live or die” impact on your stress response. Powerful words. Solid research to back her statements up. Hope you enjoy it! How to make stress your friend. https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend?language=en “Stress. It makes your heart pound, your… Continue reading The upside of stress.
The Strengths Challenge has reinforced my focus on my personal strengths, which in turn has stimulated lots of thoughts and insights about my life and life in general. Follow along and you’ll get an idea of what I’ve been thinking. Deep Thoughts and Insights Who am I and why am I here? The two toughest questions you’ll ever ask yourself, the answers to which are the key to a satisfying life. If you’re not actively inquiring into who you are, today’s the day to get started. Take the VIA Survey. It won’t answer the questions, but it will get you started. … Continue reading Strengths Challenge Day 5: Deep Thoughts
Today’s focus is on strengths resources. What are strengths and where can you learn more about them? The terms strengths, signature strengths, and core strengths are often used interchangeably. So what are strengths? What Are Signature Strengths? Strengths are your best assets, your best skills, your top characteristics. They’re what makes you, you. When other people who know you well think of you, they think of your strengths. Your strengths give you energy. When you use them you’re energetic, enthusiastic, competent, and happy. What’s not to like? I first learned of signature strengths when reading Dr. Martin Seligman’s groundbreaking book, Authentic … Continue reading Strengths Challenge Day 4: Strengths Resources
Faced with thousands of stimuli each day, maybe each hour, we use a process that helps us absorb a new stimulus and move on to the next. The process involves searching memory for similar stimuli, finding a match, and attaching a label. An unknown someone appears at the doorstep: Oh, he’s selling something, don’t bother answering the doorbell. Sullen clerk in a store, mid-20’s in age, lots of piercings: High school dropout, living at home sponging off parents. Gray-haired person contemplating a cart full of groceries: Grandpa can’t remember where he parked or how he’s going to carry those heavy … Continue reading Strength Challenge Day 3: Key to Compassion
Resilience The ability to bounce back. Life is filled with challenges, some are devastating, some merely challenging. To acquire or maintain inner calm and satisfaction will require resilience. Resilience when applied to something material implies returning to an original shape. Humans never return to a previous state after dealing with a life challenge. Challenges shape us, form us, harden, and strengthen us. One of my top strengths is perseverance: finishing what I start, moving forward in spite of challenges, and taking pleasure when completing tasks. (Crossing a task off my list is satisfying.) Many years ago my perseverance strength leaned more toward stubbornness. … Continue reading Strength Challenge Day 2: Resilience