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Finding Peace Amidst Holiday Stress

Finding Peace Amidst Holiday Stress – Tips for an “Emotionally Intelligent” Holiday   Paradoxically, holidays are extremely stressful.  Given all the bad news we’re facing in the economy, this year may be especially challenging. There are so many expectations, so much to accomplish, and so many feelings all rolled together.  Holidays are rituals and we […]

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Emotions Resurgent

Maybe it’s me, but I am seeing more and more emphasis on moods and feelings in the popular press and the news.  So I thought it would be helpful to present a set of terms that are used by all of us, but in different ways. These definitions are based on those proposed by Sigal […]

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Loneliness

  Yesterday the BBC published their commissioned report  Changing UK which says that analysing the census data going back 30 years reveals the people in the UK are now much less rooted in their local neighbourhood. London was revealed as the ‘most lonely in UK’ ‘Researchers put this down to the high concentration of unmarried adults, […]

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Five Ways to Wellbeing

Beautifully designed and conceptualised postcards available for download here from the New Economics Foundation who have made wellbeing a major research and practice strand. Their Well-being Manifesto for a Florishing Society is brilliant.

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Adventures

Left Kuala Lumpur today for Macao – then took the ferry to Hong Kong.  Am I in a James Bond movie or what??  Only this time the bad guy has an evil plot to create a world where people are cogs who shop instead of talk, and drown their loneliness in mindless TV and brutal […]

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Wisdom Book

I think that this book is remarkable ….It arrived today! Andrew Zuckerman has created this Wisdom Book. Highly original, beautiful and fresh. Take a look….

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Empathy: Finding Common Ground

Was working on an empathy workshop yesterday. Is that why the news seemed relevant? The cordial meeting of our current and soon-to-be first lady shows me how differences are overcome when we recognize our shared humanity. Reports said that during the meeting of these two very different women, much of their talk centered on raising […]

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Apricot Jam in KL

I’m in Kuala Lumpur eating breakfast in Times Square looking out over the city.  All week I’ve been eating spicy Asian food, and today I take some toast with apricot jam.  Taking a bite, I’m swept into homesickness and longing for the green gold fields and laughing children of home.  Amazing how our senses and […]

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Disciplined Work in an Impatient World

Did an EI program today. While the bulk of the day flowed with excitement and laughter, our group did have some problems working through the 6 second videocamera exercise. This analytical tool can help a participant explore the costs and benefits of our behavior patterns. The exercise challenges us to delve deeply into a moment […]

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Emotional Empathy

I was chatting with a colleague this week about empathy, thought you might appreciate this distinction: There are two parts of empathy.  “In” and “Out.”  AKA “Awareness” and “Response.”  AKA “Cognitive” and “Emotional.” The cognitive part of empathy is like learning to read and make sense of what you read.  You learn to accurately bring […]

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