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"How changing your story can change your life"

Stories help you make sense of your life — but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In this actionable TED talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free from the stories you’ve been telling yourself by becoming your own editor and rewriting your narrative from a different point of view.

https://www.ted.com/talks/lori_gottlieb_how_changing_your_story_can_change_your_life    

"How we experience awe and why it matters"

The profound changes that are possible when approaching other people from not knowing
Neuroscientist Beau Lotto conducted an ambitious study with Cirque du Soleil on the emotion of awe and its psychological and behavioral benefits. In this talk and live performance, he shares some of their findings — and stands back as Cirque du Soleil dancers create their own awe-inducing spectacle.

https://www.ted.com/talks/beau_lotto_and_cirque_du_soleil_how_we_experience_awe_and_why_it_matters?    

"From Good Intentions to Maximising Your Impact"

Ad hoc projects for “giving back” might make you feel great, but are you realising your full potential?

A good question, thoughtfully explored by Jasjit Singh.

https://knowledge.insead.edu/responsibility/from-good-intentions-to-maximising-your-impact-12591    

"How to make hard choices"

Here’s a TED talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that’s because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

https://www.ted.com/talks/ruth_chang_how_to_make_hard_choices    

"Feeling alone in the world?"

Every human on the planet has experienced moments of loneliness and aloneness. Sometimes, these feelings may blow through us as quickly as a passing squall, but other times, they linger like a fog that we can’t quite see our way out of. No matter where you are in life and no matter what your particular kind of blue, please know that you’ve got company. Here are 6 talks that your friends at TED have picked for you.

https://ideas.ted.com/feeling-alone-in-the-world-here-are-6-ted-talks-to-watch/    

"Secrets to understanding life"

From work and happiness, to love and success (and everything else in between), these TED talks offer insights on some of life’s biggest secrets.

https://www.ted.com/playlists/553/secrets_to_understanding_life    

"If You Want to Be Rich, Be Thoughtful...and Kind"

“There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” — Scott Adams.

So begins Michael Thompson. It’s easy to be kind…

https://medium.com/personal-growth/if-you-want-to-be-rich-be-thoughtful-14b604972d4    

"Materialized Meaning: The Biggest Problem in the Modern World"

Zat Rana explores these questions “Can humans live without an overarching narrative to guide their lives? Can society survive without the binding glue of God and morality as one?” and finds his answer…

https://medium.com/personal-growth/materializing-meaning-the-biggest-problem-in-the-modern-world-88bc8bcc9740    

"What Hope Really Means"

Maria Popova shares a lovely reflection on the meaning of hope. To begin:
_Hope… is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/09/22/vaclav-havel-hope/    

"How to Bounce Back if You Feel Like You’re Falling Behind in Life"

Ayodeji Awosika shares how he shifted his life from quitting to seizing windows of opportunity.

https://medium.com/publishous/how-to-bounce-back-if-you-feel-like-youre-falling-behind-in-life-6d96daa15cb2    

"Talks for when you feel like you’re not enough"

No one can decide your self-worth. Let these TED talks serve as a gentle reminder that you are enough.

https://www.ted.com/playlists/331/talks_for_when_you_feel_like_y    

"Your Perceived Weakness Is Actually Greatness in Disguise"

Illustrated through the misunderstood act of stuttering, by Tim Denning.

https://psiloveyou.xyz/your-perceived-weakness-is-actually-greatness-in-disguise-9ac3ecf9c6cd    

"An Ode to Listening"

An Illustrated Ode to Attentiveness and the Art of Listening as a Wellspring of Self-Understanding, Empathy for Others, and Reverence for the Loveliness of Life.

A sweet serenade to our shared belonging by Maria Popova.

Enjoy:-)

https://www.brainpickings.org/?mc_cid=12205cb341&mc_eid=b1b3058ced    

"Measuring what makes life worthwhile"

Chip Conley takes us through part of his business success story with humble honesty, telling us of that he learned from a maid and a king and how he sees that transforming our businesses. It transformed his!

https://www.ted.com/talks/chip_conley_measuring_what_makes_life_worthwhile#t-1031478    

"The Only 4 Pieces of Advice I’d Tell My Younger Self"

Michael Thompson has a short list of advice for his younger self, including “Kindness is the fastest way to change the world.”

https://medium.com/publishous/the-only-4-pieces-of-advice-id-tell-my-younger-self-9165b43a9df5    

"How to revive your belief in democracy"

Civic evangelist Eric Liu? shares a powerful way to rekindle the spirit of citizenship and the belief that democracy still works. Join him for a trip to “Civic Saturday” and learn more about how making civic engagement a weekly habit can help build communities based on shared values and a path to belonging.

https://www.ted.com/talks/eric_liu_how_to_revive_your_belief_in_democracy?    

"Three ideas. Three thoughts. Or not."

Hannah Gadsby’s groundbreaking special “Nanette” broke comedy. In a talk about truth and purpose, she shares three ideas and three contradictions. Or not.

Prepare to be inspired.

https://www.ted.com/talks/hannah_gadsby_three_ideas_three_contradictions_or_not?    

"How to let altruism be your guide"

What is altruism? Put simply, it’s the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.

https://www.ted.com/talks/matthieu_ricard_how_to_let_altruism_be_your_guide?language=en    

"Protect your downtime: why recovery is the key to resilience"

Aytekin Tank extends a delicious invitation: What can something as simple as water teach us about resilience? Be like water. Read to to find out how easy this is, and how important for our well being.

https://medium.com/swlh/protect-your-downtime-why-recovery-is-the-key-to-resilience-27185299ab04    

"How to Disagree Productively and Find Common Ground"

An enlightening talk by Julia Dhar on this respectful and surprisingly easy-to-reach space.

https://www.ted.com/talks/julia_dhar_how_to_disagree_productively_and_find_common_ground    

"I Think This Is What Life Should Be About"

Timeless reflections on the things that matter from John P. Weiss. A lovely read:-)

https://medium.com/personal-growth/i-think-this-is-what-life-should-be-about-e9a064b4963a    

"Leo Tolstoy on Kindness and the Measure of Love"

“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”

Another lovely article by Maria Popova.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/07/21/leo-tolstoy-kindness-calendar-of-wisdom/?mc_cid=e0775e417c&mc_eid=b1b3058ced    

"Six Enablers of Emergent Learning"

Creating the conditions to foster emergent learning in organizations.

Sahana Chattopadhyay begins:
Why emergent learning? As I wrote in my earlier article: Intended learning happens from a place of knowing and against a set of specific goals. Emergent learning happens from a place of reflection and sensemaking.

In today’s technology-facilitated and boundaryless world, emergent learning takes place at the intersection of ongoing human experience and tacit knowledge, technology, collaboration, complex and novel challenges, and conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. I believe holding space for emergent learning is one of the pre-conditions for creating a thrivable and anti-fragile organization, one which flourishes in the face of change and disruption by leaning into the emerging future.

Read on, and you will discover that reflection and systems thinking are integral to life in our VUCA world, both for individuals and especially for organisations.

https://medium.com/age-of-emergence/six-enablers-of-emergent-learning-59f8fe2233fb    

"5 Habits of Highly Mindful People"

“Mindfulness is so much more than meditation,” begins Melody Wilding.

https://medium.com/publishous/5-habits-of-highly-mindful-people-e2f0dcf52a1    

"How to (Truly) Become a Good Person"

Another lovely thought from Ayodeji Awosika)

https://psiloveyou.xyz/how-to-truly-become-a-good-person-54ea02df61d5    

"Graduation…now what?"

Great life advice for the moment after you throw your mortarboard in the air. Some gems from the TED team:-)

https://www.ted.com/playlists/158/graduation_now_what    

"Sorry to bother you, but do you say “sorry” too much? What to say instead"

When we needlessly apologize, we end up making ourselves small and diminish what we’re trying to express, says sociologist Maja Jovanovic.

This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from someone in the TED community. To see all the posts, go here.

https://ideas.ted.com/sorry-to-bother-you-but-do-you-say-sorry-too-much-what-to-say-instead/    

"Ways To Be More Likable By Saying Very Little"

“Kindness is just as memorable as confidence,” suggests Michael Thompson. A lovely read:-)

https://psiloveyou.xyz/ways-to-be-more-likeable-by-saying-very-little-f60fc981572d    

"How Organizations Create Intrinsic Value"

Reading Time: 5 minutes
Gideon Rosenblatt begins: “Value creation is the essence of business. Value is what attracts and keeps customers. Value is what attracts and retains employees. It’s also what attracts and maintains relationships with investors, suppliers, distributors and the wide range of other stakeholders who are critical to the firm’s long-term success.”

http://www.the-vital-edge.com/intrinsic-value/    

"No makes way for yes?"

Pip Brennan reflects on the No Train…

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/weekend-reflections-pip-brennan-author-non-profits/    

"25 TED Talks that will change how you see the world"

These are some of the TED Talks that had you looking at the world differently by the time the credits rolled (in no specific order).

https://www.ted.com/playlists/688/the_most_transformative_ted_talks    

"Sustainability and the Five Archetypes of Boardroom Behaviour"

N. Craig Smith proposes that, when it comes to “walking the talk” of sustainability, the type of board directors matters.

https://knowledge.insead.edu/responsibility/sustainability-and-the-five-archetypes-of-boardroom-behaviour-11691    

"Sustainability and the Five Archetypes of Boardroom Behaviour"

N. Craig Smith proposes that, when it comes to “walking the talk” of sustainability, the type of board directors matters.

https://knowledge.insead.edu/responsibility/sustainability-and-the-five-archetypes-of-boardroom-behaviour-11691    

"The Biggest Career Mistake You Can Make (Avoid This At All Costs)"

Ayodeji Awosika shares his story, as a lesson in how to make good life decisions when this might seem otherwise. He begins “I can proudly say I’ve accomplished many of my dreams — from writing two books to speaking on stage in front of 1,000 people. To a large degree, I owe the success I’m experiencing right now to a job I had as a manager of a video store making $10/hr.”

https://medium.com/publishous/the-biggest-career-mistake-you-can-make-avoid-this-at-all-costs-9cfb0d0d4b00    

"Big Decision Ahead? Don’t Confuse Difficulty With Urgency"

Thomas Oppong tells us that “A good life is the result of good decisions,” then goes on to tell us why.

https://medium.com/personal-growth/big-decision-ahead-dont-confuse-difficulty-with-urgency-e974047191e0    

"You Are Who You Think You Are: How Your Identity Shapes Your Life"

Writer Ayodeji Awosika suggests that “The words you put after ‘I am’ determine the quality of your life.”

https://medium.com/publishous/you-are-who-you-think-you-are-how-your-identity-shapes-your-life-93c8dd3ff3a2    

"A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success"

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

https://www.ted.com/talks/alain_de_botton_a_kinder_gentler_philosophy_of_success    

"Let Altruism Be Yor Guide"

What is altruism? Put simply, it’s the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.

https://www.ted.com/talks/matthieu_ricard_how_to_let_altruism_be_your_guide#t-9616    

"Why being respectful to your coworkers is good for business"

Looking to get ahead in your career? Start by being respectful to your coworkers, says leadership researcher Christine Porath. In this 15-minute science-backed talk, she shares surprising insights about the costs of rudeness and shows how little acts of respect can boost your professional success — and your company’s bottom line.

https://www.ted.com/talks/christine_porath_why_being_nice_to_your_coworkers_is_good_for_business#t-912955    

"Preventing Busyness from Becoming Burnout"

Author Brigid Schulte is working with organisations with this goal: “
If workers see they can work more effectively and have a healthier work-life balance, perhaps instead of praising people who brag about being super busy and working all the time, they’ll begin to think: If workers aren’t getting their most important work done, are on the verge of burnout, and have little time for life, what needs to change at this organisation?”

https://hbr.org/2019/04/preventing-busyness-from-becoming-burnout    

"Mom Captures Powerful Photos Of Her Fearless Daughters To Show That 'Strong Is The New Pretty'"

I loved this story about Kate Parker, and her photos of her 2 daughters as they grew up without judgement of themselves. They are not being brought up to please others. That can only be a good thing!

https://themindcircle.com/mom-captures-her-fearless-daughters/    

"Making Kindness a Core Tenet of Your Company"

Bill Taylor shares: “… a recent column in the Washington Post reminded me of a truth that is even easier to overlook: Just as bad behaviour tends to spread, so too does good behaviour. Kindness, it turns out, is contagious.”

https://hbr.org/2018/11/making-kindness-a-core-tenet-of-your-company    

"The New Kindness of Leadership"

The days of the tough-as-nails boss that’s, well, a jerk, are on the way out! People are starting to realise that even if jerks may get great results on paper, they’re costing their company so much more in the damage they to do the culture and employee morale. Who wants to do business with a jerk? Who wants to do their best work for a jerk? Nobody! It’s time to start realising that niceness and kindness doesn’t mean weakness and that leaders who embrace kindness will see a big improvement in all facets of the workplace.

So begins Sonia McDonald in this most timely article.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/new-kindness-leadership-sonia-mcdonald/    

"How to Get Better at the Things You Care About"

Working hard but not improving? You’re not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that’s work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you’re moving forward.

Learning and reflection are just as important as doing!

https://www.ted.com/talks/eduardo_briceno_how_to_get_better_at_the_things_you_care_about    

"Do Kind People Make More Money?"

From Greater Good Magazine, a new study offers more evidence that selfishness may be self-defeating.

With thanks to Alicia Curtis for sharing:-)

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/do_kind_people_make_more_money    

"Why the Nicest People Are the Strongest Inside"

Tiffany Sun shares her story about staying nice despite the terrible times that life brought her way, and finding her resilience. A lovely read.

https://medium.com/swlh/why-the-nicest-people-are-the-strongest-inside-ccca39503736    

"How Mindfulness Actually Works, and Why It Can Change Your Life"

Zat Ratna explores Gary Weber’s research and practice of mindfulness, and offers this suggestion: “Mindfulness isn’t an instant cure for life’s ills, but it can give you a tool to better deal with them.”

https://medium.com/personal-growth/how-mindfulness-actually-works-and-why-it-can-change-your-life-b76d889a490    

"How to be Kind to Yourself: Stop Chasing Self-Confidence"

Gustavo Razzetti shares some loving and helpful insights into our relationships with ourselves, exploring the idea that “The enemy lies within.”

https://medium.com/personal-growth/how-to-be-kind-to-yourself-stop-chasing-self-confidence-c6cd2b873077?fbclid=IwAR01wFv3xibWtH0xxzUksVJA7y3UWKCGXEtyF4yFyv8Slyzz04KLqDg8hxU    

"3 Big Problems to Fix in 2019 to Promote Long-Term Stability"

In this post by John McArthur on the United Nations Foundation blog, he begins:
“2018 will go down in the record books as one of seemingly incessant geopolitical acrimony. For many policymakers, the imminent turn of the calendar offers brief respite – a moment to clear one’s head and take stock of the most salient challenges on the horizon.

What core problems need to be solved amid fast-shifting strategic alliances and the cacophony of public debates? Ultimately, most societies are grappling with a common triple task, even if local manifestations differ.”

https://unfoundation.org/blog/post/3-big-problems-to-fix-in-2019/    

"Why I'm Into Meditation"

Bill Gates finds meditation a helpful tool, “now that I’m married, have three children, and have a broader set of professional and personal interests, it’s a great tool for improving my focus.”

https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/The-Headspace-Guide-to-Meditation-and-Mindfulness    

"Against Productivity"

Quinn Norton begins with “The essay took four years to write.”

https://medium.com/message/against-productivity-b19f56b67da6    

"This Is The Unexpected Power of Sadness"

John Weiss suggests that to feel sad is to connect with the breadth of our humanity. It’s part of life.

https://medium.com/personal-growth/this-is-the-unexpected-power-of-sadness-4f296618c30d    

"A Year That Matters"

Through honest and generous sharing of his own life journey, Umair Haque offers us a way to review our own year in the same spirit.

https://eand.co/a-year-that-matters-b5a6679ed5a2    

"When Being ‘Nice’ Hurts You More Than It Helps"

Annie Zelm begins this thoughtful article with “A lot of people have described me as ‘nice.’ It never used to bother me, until I started to notice it wasn’t always a compliment.” She goes on to explore the vast difference between being nice and being kind.

https://psiloveyou.xyz/when-being-nice-hurts-you-more-than-it-helps-45809db1cfb4    

"Wins for the World: When International Cooperation Works"

Reading the news can be depressing, but that doesn’t mean global progress isn’t happening. Even though it doesn’t often make the headlines, the international community is coming together to act on some of our major challenges – and it’s working.

https://unfoundation.org/blog/post/wins-for-the-world/    

"I Left My Cushy Job to Study Depression. Here’s What I Learned."

“The self-loathing that often strikes in adolescence can fuel our inner critics,” begins Elitsa Dermendzhiyska.

https://medium.com/s/story/i-left-my-cushy-job-to-study-depression-heres-what-i-learned-b09333489d57    

"Why It’s Up to Us (to Create A Better Future)"

Umair Haque outlines three principles for reimagining organizations and leadership.

https://eand.co/its-up-to-us-to-create-a-better-future-9fabdbcc243f    

"Aristotle’s Philosophy of Friendship Still Matters Today"

“So many of our relationships are accidental. Here’s how to develop friendships that matter,” begins Zat Rana.

https://medium.com/s/story/aristotles-timeless-advice-on-what-real-friendship-is-and-why-it-matters-c0878418343f    

"3 Things the Dying Taught Me About Living Well"

“Contemplating one’s own death can be challenging and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. The lessons I’ve learned from the dying have helped me appreciate life more. It’s helped change my perspective on what’s important and what’s not. It’s helped me to make better decisions,” suggests Farhang Babkayee.

https://medium.com/success-school/3-things-the-dying-taught-me-about-living-well-2761b575de10    

"The Overwhelmed Person’s Guide to Activism"

How to fight back when you have very little fight in you.

https://medium.com/s/powertrip/the-overwhelmed-persons-guide-to-activism-a219d76658f7    

"Why we need to do nothing"

“It’s the curse of our generation. I feel like I need to fill every last minute of my day with productive activity, or I go into a death spiral of shame for not maximizing my output, which I’ve of course tied to my self-worth.“
So begins Ana Dean.

https://theascent.pub/why-we-need-to-do-nothing-1f2b03ea09e6    

"Integrity. Is."

“Integrity is the soil that man stands upon that is a solid foundation for one’s inner being…“
So begins Anna Rozwadowska.

https://theascent.pub/integrity-is-2e2866313539    

"How To Make Progress When You Are Terrified"

Deb Knobelman has 4 down-to-earth strategies to move you toward your goals when you are frozen.

https://theascent.pub/how-to-make-progress-when-you-are-terrified-1571cdf5a97a    

"How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy"

Darius Forum begins this helpful piece with the observation: “Improving productivity has been a pursuit of the modern human being from the start of civilization. Somehow, we believe that productivity is something that became important after the industrial revolution. We assume that, because we live busy lives, we need to optimize our time — especially in the 21st century. That’s not true.”

https://medium.com/darius-foroux/how-to-be-productive-according-to-ancient-philosophy-aafdcac74f43    

"Does Suffering Make Life Worthwhile?"

Find the answer in this thoughtful piece by Tom Stevenson:-)

https://medium.com/swlh/does-suffering-make-life-worthwhile-b6644406265b    

"Aphorisms on Kindness from The Book of Life"

In theory, we all love kindness of course, but in practice, a kind person sounds like something we would try to be only once every other more arduous and more rewarding alternative had failed. Learning to be kind means acknowledging how boring kindness can (unfairly) sound.

So begins this truly lovely piece about kindness.

With deep thanks to Jo McNeilly for sharing this:-)

https://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/aphorisms-on-kindness/?fbclid=IwAR3Y0uZRfrxNuZR6OKHb10m4Dw2RGdfuOm70RmnzuchB1kmnxTGGLB2dmgI    

"You Don’t Need a Goal, You Need a Theme"

“Happiness is rarely a result of what you accomplish,” suggests Niklas Göke.

https://medium.com/s/power-moves/you-dont-need-goals-you-need-a-theme-4a1a84de043b    

"How To Become The Best Version Of Yourself"

Pursuing meaning is the true path to success. In this article, the author gives us the four pillars of meaning, providing a new way to look at finding meaning in your life and help you to become the best version of yourself.

https://theascent.pub/how-to-become-the-best-version-of-yourself-5dd030292003    

"Random Acts of Kindness Foundation"

Our mission is to change schools, the workplace, families and society through kindness. We work toward that goal by creating free content that promotes kindness toward others & teaches important kindness skills to kids.

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/    

"The Three Principles of Wise Power"

“If you know how to harness the power of your mind, heart and soul, you will be wiser in the face of surprises and disruption,” proposes Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance and Sustainability at INSEAD, Marc Le Menestrel.

https://knowledge.insead.edu/blog/insead-blog/the-three-principles-of-wise-power-10126    

"Economics and the Great Divide"

Systems change is the ultimate pathway to the next economy we are striving to build.

Enjoy these suggestions for making change happen by Kendall Clifton-Short.

https://www.dumbofeather.com/articles/sustainable-and-profitable-balance-in-next-economy-essay/    

"The Last Person on Earth"

A mother, Melissa Fay Greene, considers her son’s final thoughts and a type of suicide we don’t fully understand.

https://medium.com/the-cut/the-last-person-on-earth-3900fa8eba5b    

"Love Is a Verb, Not a Noun"

A lesson from my parents has become the foundation of my marriage, says author Teresa Colón.

https://medium.com/personal-growth/love-is-a-verb-not-a-noun-f18163088e8f    

"Why The Giving Tree Makes You Cry"

Like many parents before me, I sob whenever I read this book to my kid, says author, Anthony Ford.

https://medium.com/s/story/the-giving-tree-c0fd1a917181    

"The BEST Family Tradition EVER"

Creating a mindful, sacred family: a lovely story from Renee Tarantowski.

https://journal.thriveglobal.com/the-best-family-tradition-ever-e14d9bc45368    

"Should We Choose Humility Over Heroism?"

The Myth of Heroism, and Why It’s Bad For Us: Umair Haque shares his kind and compassionate view.

https://eand.co/do-you-need-to-be-a-hero-to-be-a-worthy-person-6aab2badfd6    

"Choose the One that Thrills Your Heart"

Jack Preston King suggests that, to discover your destiny, take this advice from a Greek god:

https://medium.com/@beyondtherobot/choose-the-one-that-thrills-your-heart-a0d9b61ccc81    

"The Difference That Open-minded People Possess"

Zat Rana proposes that Your peripheral awareness is a light that attracts the darkness of what has yet to illuminate you. But for you to see it that way, you have to help it out when it provides the signal. You have to look for the pleasant in the unpleasant.

Enjoy this lovely reflection on being open to your world.

https://medium.com/@ztrana/the-difference-that-open-minded-people-possess-ae90bf991d9    

"How to Build Closer Relationships"

Thoughtful and very relevant advice from 7 TED speakers on creating better connections.

“Why don’t I feel closer to my parent/sibling/friend/co-worker?”

It’s a question that many of us have pondered at some point, and it usually comes out of our desire to feel more connected to the real VIPs in our life: that is, the people we care about, the people we share DNA with and/or the people we spend a lot of time with. There are a number of reasons — such as timing, competing commitments, differences of opinion, geography — why emotional distance can creep into the most important bonds. Here’s advice from seven TED speakers to help bridge some of them. Warning to the emotionally squeamish: Yes, we’re entering touchy-feely territory. But we can promise that none of these tips will hurt, and they could even make your relationships stronger.

https://ideas.ted.com/how-to-build-closer-relationships/    

"Charging what you're worth: Lessons from a vacuum cleaner"

About Mark Lambert and his vacuum cleaner called Derek: a critical lesson from an unlikely source.

https://blog.freelancersunion.org/2018/07/06/charging-what-youre-worth-lessons-from-a-vacuum-cleaner/    

"Delivering Kindness to Your Customers"

This link takes you to a page of newsletters written by Yurek Leon of Terrific Trading. All refreshing reading, including many ways to bring kindness into your customer relationships.

http://www.terrifictrading.com/terrific-newsletter/back-copies/    

"Killing the ethic of killing"

Ginny begins this thoughtful blog post:

Death. We know it as an inevitability. There’s no elixir, to date, which grants us immortality. Death cannot be denied to all things that live. Hunger, senescence and biological weakness are the undeniable ways of this world.

That we humans, as part of nature, take life away from other beings is not always a wrongdoing. Peace on Earth is never going to be do-able when ecological violence and pain exist innately within the evolution of how life acquires energy; largely by the consumption of others.

More, we humans cause death by accident, neglect or ignorance. We might accidentally step on an ant, or a dandelion growing in a crack in the pavement. We might buy clothing from a retailer who sources stock from a place where river life is killed by dye run-off. We might choose to take our own life. We may even help others to end theirs…..

https://seasonalight.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/killing-the-ethic-of-killing/    

"Self reflection and journaling for leadership"

A lovely invitation to the timeless and most helpful practice.

https://alyceum.com.au/self-reflection-journalling-leadership/    

"How To Recover When The World Breaks You"

We all break. The key is to become strong in the broken places.

https://medium.com/s/story/how-to-recover-when-the-world-breaks-you-94a423b7586d    

"The Moment When You'll Finally Change"

My take on this is to be conscious of the moment when it becomes harder to resist change than to embrace the opportunity, but Kris puts it very well here:

https://medium.com/@krisgage/the-moment-when-youll-finally-change-f69c122f2fbd    

"Why Leadership Requires Mental Resilience"

Seth encourages us to keep our internal smile especially in the tough times!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-leadership-requires-mental-resilience-seth-corin/    

"Holding Space: the high art of leadership"

Nick Udall introduces us to the leaders needed for today and the future: Evocative leaders. They love life. They see problems as opportunities. When they hear no, they think yes. It is never about them, but it’s about the bigger endeavour they are passionate about, and the difference it will make. This is a special kind of leadership, as it doesn’t rely on hierarchical position, or command and control.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/holding-space-high-art-leadership-nick-udall/    

"The Science of Happiness in Four Simple Work Habits"

One happiness researcher believes we’re all capable of becoming happier in our jobs. It just takes a little bit of deliberate practice.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40554865/the-science-of-happiness-in-four-simple-work-habits?mc_cid=85484e6bda&mc_eid=56717bbd8d    

"The Good News: You are in Charge of Your Own Happiness:-)"

Message from Mo Gawdat:  happiness is greater than or equal to events of our lives minus our expectations.

https://theascent.pub/the-happiness-equation-53ad08a96d    

"Naomi Klein: How Shocking Events can Spark Positive Change"

World events are pretty shocking right now. Journalist and activist Naomi Klein studies how governments take advantage of chaotic events to push societies backward, but in this talk Klein takes the opposite tack. She asks: What if we used today’s shocks to push us to create the society we really want? “The shocking events that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world for the better,” Klein says. “But first we need to picture the world that we’re fighting for.”

https://www.ted.com/talks/naomi_klein_how_shocking_events_can_spark_positive_change?    

"Suggestions for having a good day"

Lovely images and music along with suggestions for you to reflect on.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8n348pzowlanwlp/Advice1.pps?dl=1    

"Grief is Just Love with No Place to Go by Kathy Parker"

Grief is not a road we walk, or a journey we take. It is not a process that can be defined by stages we are told we must feel – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. It is not a textbook diagram, or a framework we must comply to. It isn’t a task we must complete. We don’t push through it, we don’t move into it and out of it, we don’t follow a linear progression until we reach the other side of it…

https://kathyparker.com.au/2017/01/02/grief-is-just-love-with-no-place-to-go/    

"The psychology of your future self"

Over the next ten years, how much do you think your values, personality and preferences will change?

It turns out that they are likely to change more than you think. When reflecting on our past, we realize that throughout our life we have significantly changed. But when thinking of the future, we tend to greatly underestimate how much we will continue to evolve. In his fascinating seven-minute TED Talk, “The psychology of your future self,” Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert shares powerful research revealing this consistent miscalculation.

https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_you_are_always_changing    

"My Stroke of Insight"

One of the most extraordinary gifts of the human brain is the ability to think about how it thinks — to observe itself in action. Rarely has any brain been in a better position to do this than the one belonging to neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor. On December 10, 1996, Taylor experienced a massive cerebral hemorrhage, and in her classic TED Talk, “My stroke of insight,” she shares what it was like from the inside.

Although we spend most of our time in our left brains Taylor encourages us to live more in our right brains, which is where her consciousness shifted during her stroke. She describes it as a place of beauty and peace and connectedness, where the boundary between the self and the universe dissolves. It is only here that we discover our strength and wisdom.

https://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight    

"Choose Wisely Who You Learn From"

Adam Smith has some wise words to share in this article. He begins with: Life is made up of many choices, and I think it is important to remember the need to choose wisely as to whom you allow to speak into your life.

https://journal.thriveglobal.com/choose-wisely-who-you-learn-from-f7e6f158e661    

"Eight Ways to Unlock the Power of Community"

It’s about being open to the needs of the community, not just my needs!

https://knowledge.insead.edu/blog/insead-blog/eight-ways-to-unlock-the-power-of-community-7531    

"The Art of Stillness"

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

https://www.ted.com/talks/pico_iyer_the_art_of_stillness?utm_campaign=tedspread--b&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare    

"The Conversational Nature of Reality"

Internationally acclaimed poet David Whyte is an Associate Fellow at Templeton College and Said Business School at the University of Oxford, David works with many European, American and international companies, using poetry and thoughtful commentary to illustrate how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement.

In his talk, David encourages us to remain open to know the dialogue with our surroundings inform and inspire our ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ss1HuA1hIk    

"How The Power Of Kindness Impacts Your Life And Others"

Tony Fahkry encourages us to be kind anyway. Lovely article.

https://medium.com/the-mission/how-the-power-of-kindness-impacts-your-life-and-others-f8f5a895400    

"How To Stop Letting Others Dictate Your Worth"

It’s far better (and more resilient) when doing good work is sufficient. In other words, the less attached we are to outcomes the better.

Ryan Holiday gives us valuable insight into one of the major struggles to becoming happy with ourselves.

https://medium.com/personal-growth/how-to-stop-letting-others-dictate-your-worth-470d90eee4e2    

"10 Habits That Change Boys Into Men"

This article’s focus is on helping the struggling and confused young man. Indeed, many young men have taken the adverse cues of society as an excuse to evade responsibility and never really grow up.
If you are a young man and you’re struggling, you are not alone. This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. If applied, these habits will radically set you apart from the decaying norm.

https://journal.thriveglobal.com/10-habits-that-change-boys-into-men-9c32183e2739    

"Lessons from the longest study on human development"

For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It’s the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it’s produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Reviewing this remarkable research, science journalist Helen Pearson shares some important findings and simple truths about life and good parenting.

https://www.ted.com/talks/helen_pearson_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_human_development    

"What Fear Can Teach Us"

In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.

https://www.ted.com/talks/karen_thompson_walker_what_fear_can_teach_us    

"The Better You Know Yourself the More Resilient You Will Be"

Adapting to change requires self knowledge.

https://hbr.org/2017/09/the-better-you-know-yourself-the-more-resilient-youll-be?utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer7e5c5    

"The Paradox of Belonging"

This is a challenging paradox. Those who flourish in our community don’t need to be here.

https://medium.com/the-polymath-project/the-paradox-of-belonging-81aba4a2c29e    

"Secrets of the Most Resilient People"

Being able to bounce back from devastation may seem like a superpower, but there are several things you can do to prepare in advance.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40483677/secrets-of-the-most-resilient-people?partner=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=linkedin&utm_campaign=rss%20fastcompany&utm_content=rss    

"Don't Lose Yourself in Kindness"

There is kindness, and there is kindness. This story finds the sweet place between. Enjoy!

https://byrslf.co/dont-lose-yourself-in-kindness-9480d01bfcbe    

"Why Listening to the People You Hate Will Make You Smarter"

This listening touches a personal chord, and is not easy, but it’s crucial for true resilience.

https://betterhumans.coach.me/why-listening-to-the-people-you-hate-will-make-you-smarter-3d3d180d785a    

"The 2 Minutes It Takes to Read This Will Help You Overcome Any Obstacle"

You were lied to, of course, when you started your journey.
You were made to believe it would be easy.
It is not easy.
It is not easy to start a business or write a book. It is not easy to grow a following or implement working solution. It is not easy to find an asset worth $1 and apply your unique idea to make it worth $5. It is not even easy to become very good at one activity.
Please read on…

https://medium.com/personal-growth/the-2-minutes-it-takes-to-read-this-will-help-you-overcome-any-obstacle-2512f55b82bd    

"The Ultimate Survival Guide to Not Fitting In"

Todd Brison begins: I’m good at not fitting in. I do it all the time. But humans need to belong, so I do these things to make people think I’m a normal human being.

https://medium.com/personal-growth/the-ultimate-survival-guide-to-not-fitting-in-fe0660ffd6d7    

"How do we get sustainability that can survive bad leadership?"

Mallen Baker proposes that “We will have to remove once and for all the belief that a CEO has a duty only to maximise returns to shareholders.”

http://mallenbaker.net/article/clear-reflection/how-do-we-get-sustainability-that-can-survive-bad-leadership    

"The ocean crisis: hope in troubled waters"

In an interview with mongabay.com, Safina discuses the many perils facing marine life; the recent ocean spill in the Gulf (which his next book will tackle); his views on capitalism, consumption, and religion; and how widening our circle of compassion to include all life could save the world.

http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0207-hance_safina.html    

"Shaping Business for the Future"

“We need a new paradigm for business” says Fiona Brooks.

http://www.threefoldconsulting.com.au/business-for-the-future/    

"The Future of Leadership"

“Class of 2013: The Future of Leadership” by Deepak Chopra is his commencement address to: President Margaret Drugovich, Trustees of Hartwick College, Guests, Parents and Students of the 2013 Graduating Class at Hartwick College.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130527010600-75054000-commencement-address-the-future-of-leadership/    

"Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?"

This article from the World Economic Forum introduces a simple possibility for a meaningful life. Please enjoy.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/08/is-this-japanese-concept-the-secret-to-a-long-life/    

"The Dark Side of Resilience"

“… could too much resilience be a bad thing, just like too much muscle mass can be a bad thing — i.e., putting a strain on the heart? Large-scale scientific studies suggest that even adaptive competencies become maladaptive if taken to the extreme.”

https://hbr.org/2017/08/the-dark-side-of-resilience    

"Take a 120-Second Break to Boost Your Happiness"

Outside Magazine, 6 April 2016.
At some point during your work day, productivity starts to lag, and you need a break. We get it, and that’s why our ongoing Weekly Escape series transports you from your desk to an incredible place in two minutes or less. This week we go to the Drakensberg Escarpment of South Africa with photographer Alex Nail, who captured this footage while on a 9-day unsupported hike through this unbelievable wilderness. Boasting colossal cliffs, jagged ridges, and the world’s second highest waterfall, Tugela, the beauty of the escarpment will get you through the day. You can follow Nail on Facebook here.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2066956/take-120-second-break-boost-your-happiness?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Bodywork-09092017-NT&utm_content=Bodywork-09092017-NT+Version+A+CID_62ca28c8d846335946c7097da4fdc326&utm_source=campaignmonitor%20outsidemagazine    

"How to Develop a Passion for Compassion"

No other skill is more vital for a life well-lived.

https://journal.thriveglobal.com/how-to-develop-a-passion-for-compassion-efe90e3e058c    

"Why Grief is a Teacher"

A powerful short piece about opening up to the life lessons at the centre of grief.

https://theascent.biz/why-grief-is-a-teacher-3f8141e7e895    

"Ten Tips from Ghandi on Changing the World"

Be guided by the infinite wisdom of this revered teacher, from the UPLIFT Weekly.

http://upliftconnect.com/ghandi-on-changing-the-world/?utm_source=UPLIFT&utm_campaign=5530db0dfb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_19c1fc07c2-5530db0dfb-113796973    

"A Better World Starts With You!"

From Kim Forrester, here are 4 ways to consciously choose and amplify kindness. It seems easy but does take courage.

https://journal.thriveglobal.com/4-ways-to-consciously-choose-and-amplify-kindness-560c64a27b77    

"Life Lessons from a Mother"

Erin Sullivan shares her journey with her mother, including what she said at her mothers’ funeral. Some brave and true life lessons for all of us here.

https://journal.thriveglobal.com/cancer-took-my-mothers-life-but-it-will-never-take-her-lessons-f91ecff0884f    

"What dream has you?"

Prince Ea suggests that we look at dreams the wrong way round. The question is “what dream has you?” Enjoy.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ja-n5qUNRi8..this    

"9 Mantras that Changed My Life Forever"

Todd Brison shares his life growing mantras, demonstrating that it does matter what we say to ourselves in our heads. Self talk matters!

https://medium.com/personal-growth/9-mantras-that-changed-my-life-forever-e3d365d775d5    

"13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful"

The fascinating thing about this list is that there is not one “thing” on it. It’s all about our values and priorities and being our best selves.

https://medium.com/personal-growth/13-things-you-need-to-give-up-if-you-want-to-be-successful-44b5b9b06a26    

"Why is Kindness Good for You?"

Enjoy this article from the Ripple Kindness Project

http://ripplekindness.org/why-is-kindness-good-for-you/    

"The Penguin and the Fisherman"

Kindness is as kindness does! Enjoy this story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I8APNfmH00    

"Peace Science Digest"

The Peace Science Digest provides analysis and access to the top research in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Published monthly, we aim to provide a mutually beneficial link between the field’s academic community and its practitioners, the media, public policy-makers and other possible beneficiaries.

http://warpreventioninitiative.org/?page_id=2696    

"If Everyone Cared"

With thanks to the group Nickelback, we can understand how different our world would be if everyone cared.

And thanks to Tony Manso who told me about this video.

Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IUSZyjiYuY    

"Millennials: How We can Help Them!"

Simon SInek has some insightful and helpful advice for what is really needed for this wonderful generation to grow strong and resilient in themselves. It begins with relationships.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MC2X-LRbkE    

"New Ways to Protect the World’s Last Wild Places"

Despite the devastation that humans have wrought on our planet, many people are working to shift back the devastation with impressive results. This article from the Pew Charitable Trusts tells how.

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/analysis/2016/10/18/new-ways-to-protect-the-worlds-last-wild-places?hd&utm_campaign=2016-10-26+PNN&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Pew    

"Living Planet Report 2016"

There is despair, but there is also hope here. “Transitioning towards an adaptive and resilient food system that provides nutritional food for all within the boundaries of a single planet is a daunting but essential goal.”

Reading this report, there are good things happening…

http://www.wwf.org.au/knowledge-centre/living-planet-report?utm_source=MarketoMainStream&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eNewsOctober&utm_content=Image3&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWkRNd01URTVOR0UzWmpNNCIsInQiOiJkbTVQNThQN0xhNHpqS09BUmFOWDNJbVVUeHpGUmFkMGVTXC84UkFNaERKdmZlNE5IaFB6WE1iNU9lR1QyMkY1YmVzVlBaVEN2UmpXS21BMGpqTEpjNVZIaGtsK2JzUERHeXBlbG1QU3NXVUE9In0%3D    

"What Great Listeners Actually Do"

Jack ZengerJoseph Folkman analyzed data describing the behavior of 3,492 participants in a development program designed to help managers become better coaches. They found some surprising conclusions, along with some qualities they expected to hear.

https://hbr.org/2016/07/what-great-listeners-actually-do    

"Talks to help you focus on what really matters"

From praising slowness to what really matters at the end of life, these talks will help you slow down and reflect.

http://www.ted.com/playlists/317/talks_to_help_you_focus_on_wha?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tedspread    

"Inspiration for Earth Day"

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” – Wendell Berry

Enjoy these reflections whenever you need to reconnect with Earth.

http://gratefulness.org/blog/inspiration-earth-day/    

"Talks to Help You Focus on What Really Matters"

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily dramas of life. These talks can help you step back, slow down and appreciate the bigger picture.

http://www.ted.com/playlists/317/talks_to_help_you_focus_on_wha?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2016-05-07&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=playlist_button    

"The Dream We Haven't Dared to Dream"

What are your dreams? Better yet, what are your broken dreams? Dan Pallotta dreams of a time when we are as excited, curious and scientific about the development of our humanity as we are about the development of our technology. “What we fear most is that we will be denied the opportunity to fulfill our true potential,” Pallotta says. “Imagine living in a world where we simply recognize that deep, existential fear in one another — and love one another boldly because we know that to be human is to live with that fear.”

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_dream_we_haven_t_dared_to_dream utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2016-05-07&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_image    

"Alliance Magazine: for Philanthropy and Social Investment Worldwide"

Since 1998 Alliance magazine has been the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide providing news and analysis of what’s happening in the sector right across the world.

http://www.alliancemagazine.org    

"A Most Resilient Grandmother!"

Margaret Watroba tells her amazing story of moving from Poland as a young person and making a whole life in Australia. AND she has climbed Mount Everest!!!

Please enjoy:-)

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/11/28/3901215.htm    

"Need some time out? A Different Sound from Nature"

Birds on the wire: Song inspired by feathered flock strikes a chord with listeners.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1212468/Birds-wire-song-strikes-chord-listeners.html    

"How the Teddy Bear Taught Us Compassion"

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear — and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called “teddy bears.” Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species’ chance of survival — and the natural world at large.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jon_mooallem_the_strange_story_of_the_teddy_bear_and_what_it_reveals_about_our_relationship_to_animals?utm_source=email&source=email&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ios-share    

"Boatlift of 9/11"

We certainly were busy watching the news right after 9/11, but never saw this. BOATLIFT OF 9/11.

In the 10 years since this happened, this is the first time I’ve ever seen this video. I don’t even remember seeing/hearing about this evacuation on the news! And the fact it was all done in 9 hours.

This is an interesting video well worth watching. The man at the end (same man at the beginning) has some great words to live by for all of us.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/MDOrzF7B2Kg?rel=0    

"Be the Peace! It begins in your own heart"

The 2014 United Nation’s Global Peace Day linked hundreds of cities around the world.

http://bethepeace.com    

"Looking for Inspiration? Enjoy "Women of Hope" video"

Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s call to action, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone,” Morley composed this song. She sings it at TEDxWomen in her gorgeous, warm voice. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

https://www.ted.com/talks/morley_sings_women_of_hope    

"A Question: What If Everyone Cared?"

Please be inspired by this 4-minute video of fellow Earth citizens who cared enough to change their world. You never know it might help you to make steps to protect what you care about:-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IUSZyjiYuY&feature=kp    

"Money and Happiness!"

Recent research shows that there is a limit to how much money buys happiness

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2019628,00.html    

"Are You Looking for a Smile?"

Turn the sound on, sit back and enjoy. This is such a feel good video; one of the best videos you might ever be privileged to view.

There ARE happy people out there. Not everyone is fighting and killing. This will make you smile. And, everyone can use a smile once in a while.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pwe-pA6TaZk?rel=0    

"Trust and the Fall of Public Relations by Robert Phillips"

Trust, Robert argues, is both complex and fragile – the result of an atomised and activist society, where power and influence are asymmetrical. Trust is possible – but there isn’t a simple formula to build it, nor a silver bullet to restore it. Leaders must think and behave differently if their own leadership, companies and/or brands are to be trusted.

http://www.jerichochambers.com/lecture-trust-and-the-fall-of-public-relations/    

"What a Wonderful World"

A delightful visual message from David Attenborough

http://www.youtube.com/embed/auSo1MyWf8g?rel=0    

"Compassion and Happiness"

Compassion plays a central role in sustainable happiness. John F. Schumaker finds that happiness is elusive but obtainable.

http://newint.org/columns/essays/2006/07/01/happiness-conspiracy/    

"Kindness is The Pale Blue Dot"

This short film, from the Sagan Series, explores the possibility that we can be kind to our planet because it’s the only home will have in the universe.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=923jxZY2NPI&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D923jxZY2NPI    

"Survival of the Nicest"

A new theory of evolution based on the human species learning to survive and thrive through building collaborative environments.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/how-cooperatives-are-driving-the-new-economy/survival-of-the-nicest-the-other-theory-of-evolution    

"The Positivity Blog"

Happiness & Awesome Tips that Work in Real Life

http://www.positivityblog.com    

"A Leader's Kind Heart Is Good For Business"

What’s the secret to Shari Arison’s success? Spreading kindness, in the workplace and the world.

http://www.womenworking.com/leaders-kind-heart-good-business    

"The Slow Movement"

The Slow Movement aims to address the issue of ‘time poverty’ and poor health through making connections.
If we think about the following trends. Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in the world today. People are turning to organic food in droves. Schools are in turmoil.
How slow can you go? Home schooling is becoming commonplace. People are downshifting. The Slow Food movement is gaining popularity with 811 convivia worldwide.

http://www.slowmovement.com/    

"Words of Peace Global"

“Words of Peace Global (WOPG) is an international charitable foundation which promotes Prem Rawat s message of peace by making it available to audiences around the world through Live Events, Webcasts, LifeStreams, Broadcasts, and a variety of other communication channels. We invite you to explore this site, where you can find a variety of materials, including videos, articles, news, and more.”

www.wopg.org    

"Free Hugs Campaign"

One person’s vision to spread Kindness as a way of Life…

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PeaceOnEarth123    

"Bruce Mau Design: An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth"

Written in 1998, the Incomplete Manifesto is an articulation of statements exemplifying Bruce Maus beliefs, strategies and motivations. Collectively, they are how Bruce Mau and his team approach every project. They may be of use to you in your life journey.

http://www.brucemaudesign.com/incomplete_manifesto.html    

"In Search of Courage"

The core message of this thoughtful article from “Fast Company.com” is that courage is the enforcing virtue, the one that makes possible all the other virtues common to exceptional leaders: honesty, integrity, confidence, compassion, and humility. In short, leaders who lack courage aren’t leaders.

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/86/mccain.html    

"Glastonbury, Somerset, England"

There are many web sites about this ancient town – this is one of them.

http://www.gothicimage.co.uk/books/sacredengland2.html    

"Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States"

The town of Glastonbury was recreated in the United States, amazingly with a very similar culture.
Wikipedia describes Glastonbury, Connecticut as “Glastonbury is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 31,876 at the 2000 census. The town was named after the English Glastonbury. Glastonbury is located on the banks of the Connecticut River, south east from Hartford. The town center is also defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated place (CDP).”

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