Love life, travelling, people, nature. Good times are having a plane ticket, camera and good friends to share a meal and conversation with. Work is supporting others to get the best from their lives - coaching and delivering workshops on self development, inner knowledge and developing mindfulness
Happy @ Work - The Secret Society of Happy People. Why do you care if employees are happy at work?
Employees impact not only the atmosphere of the workplace and other co-workers — they also impact the bottom line — the reason you’re in business in the first place. If you wonder how much, consider these numbers from Fast Company‘s post: Happiness Secrets from the Staff of Delivering Happiness at Work: 33% Higher Profitability (Gallup)43% More Productive (Hay Group)37% Higher Sales (Shawn Archor)300% More Innovative (HBR)51% Lower Turnover (Gallup)50% Less Safety Incidents (Babcock Marine Clyde)66% Decrease in Sick Leave (Forbes)125% Less Burnout (HBR) If part of your job includes motivating others … then sign up below to get a free copy of the Secret Society of Happy People’s Happiness Happens @ Work Guide. It has activities, including quotes to share, that you can implement in the workplace.
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Mindfulness is Political. Pin ItMindfulness practice is sometimes presented as a way of coping better with what society throws at us.
But the implicit message is more radical and more political. What does mindfulness tell us about our society and how we might change it? The recent cover of Time Magazine encapsulated the image that mindfulness is acquiring in our society: an attractive, blonde young woman, seemingly turns her attention inwards to find peace. The strap line reads ‘The Mindful Revolution: the science of finding focus in a stress, multi-tasking society.’ The implied message is, if you want to be part of this culture and be happy, you need to take control of what’s going on in your mind. I have no argument with that message, nor with putting attractive faces on magazine covers – that’s just what magazines do. As a mindfulness trainer I hear the thoughts and feelings of many people from all walks of life, from serious criminals to senior executives.
The Physical Effects of Long-Term Stress. Chronic stress can have a serious impact on our physical as well as psychological health due to sustained high levels of the chemicals released in the ‘fight or flight’ response.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on. The Role of the Nervous System The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is a vast network of nerves reaching out from the spinal cord, directly affecting every organ in the body. It has two branches, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic, which have opposite effects. The sympathetic ANS helps us deal with stressful situations by initiating a ‘fight or flight’ reaction. In healthy people, the two branches of the ANS maintain a balance — action followed by relaxation. Mind and body are inextricably linked and the interaction between them can produce physical changes. The human body is designed to withstand occasional extreme stress, so can survive quite a lot of pressure. Heart Problems APA Reference Collingwood, J. (2007). Mindfulness is Political. Annie Leonard: The Story of Cosmetics: What's Really in Your Personal Care Products?
As a mother, I want to be sure that the shampoo, sunscreen, bubble bath and other personal care products my daughter uses are safe.
If I stick to products in the children's aisle at the drugstore -- stuff that's made and marketed specifically for kids -- those should be OK, right? The labels are reassuring: "Gentle. " "Pure. " "Natural. " "Free of Harsh Ingredients. " But when you turn the bottles around, get out a magnifying glass and read the fine print on the back (and get online to do some research) it's a different story: sodium laureth sulfate, diazolidinyl urea, ceteareth-20, PEGs, quaternium-15 -- all these are typically contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals like formaldehyde or 1,4 dioxane. Carcinogens in baby shampoo? I asked some scientists what was going on, and what they told me was scary, and not just for our children. I got so mad about this I joined with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to make a new video, The Story of Cosmetics. Today, Reps.