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7 Ways to Enjoy the "Positive Effect"

Author: Paul Wolf

A positive temperament, the very thing that drives optimism, high energy and creativity , could also lead you to make a risky investment in the stock market or have an affair with your intern.

 

Advice on Optimism

Exercise will boost your mood.
Manage stress through meditation, prayer or yoga.
Be sociable and be with positive people.
Sometimes you need to see a therapist.  
 

But it's still a good thing.

The theory of positive and negative affects (or temperaments) holds that our long list of emotions and attitudes all stem from one of two basic or predominating moods: positive affect and negative affect.

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3 Ways to Manage Conflict When Your Brain is Hooked on Being Right

Author: Judith E. Glaser

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I'm sure it's happened to you: You're in a tense team meeting trying to defend your position on a big project and start to feel yourself losing ground. Your voice gets louder. You talk over one of your colleagues and correct his point of view. He pushes back, so you go into overdrive to convince everyone you're right. It feels like an out of body experience — and in many ways it is. In terms of its neurochemistry, your brain has been hijacked.

In situations of high stress, fear or distrust, the hormone and neurotransmitter cortisol floods the brain. Executive functions that help us with advanced thought processes like strategy, trust building, and compassion shut down. And the amygdala, our instinctive brain, takes over. The body makes a chemical choice about how best to protect itself — in this case from the shame and loss of power associated with being wrong — and as a result is unable to regulate its emotions or handle the gaps between expectations and reality. So we default to one of four responses: fight (keep arguing the point), flight (revert to, and hide behind, group consensus), freeze (disengage from the argument by shutting up) or appease (make nice with your adversary by simply agreeing with him). Read More

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Great Questions for the New Year

Author: Success Television

As we look to a brand New Year, it give us an opportunity to re-invent ourselves. There’s always something we want more of or to fix in our new year's questions for self improvementlives.  While many people want to lose weight or get more fit, we know that the best way to unearth great ideas for improvement is to ask ourselves good questions. Charlie O'Donnell, founder of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, offers some ideas for what he wants to accomplish in the New Year. Try this out for yourself:

  • Three people I’m actually friends with that I would like to be better friends with.
  • Ten people I should know, but don't.
  • Five people I’d like to help be successful.
  • Three things I’d like to learn.

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