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Emotional Contagion

Emotional contagion

This week’s newsletter is about how to cultivate the right atmosphere at work.  It’s an essential read for anyone working in a team who wants to improve individual and group efficiency, trust and wellbeing. The summary takes two minutes to read.

How emotions spread at work

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Developing attention at work and overcoming biases

In this article we look at the importance of attention.  It takes about one minute to read.  There is also a great TED Talks about the neuroscience of attention by Jean-Philippe Lachaux, which takes 17 minutes to view.

A student asked a Zen master what the most important thing in life is.  He replied “attention”.  The student replied “there must be something more!”  The master replied “attention, attention”.  “Surely there is more master?” the student replied to which the master said “attention, attention, attention”.

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Positive psychology and mid life "crisis"

Mine hit when I was about 30.  Hopefully that’s not midlife. 

It was a glorious warm autumn evening.  I was walking back to my beautiful apartment in the W Hotel in Woolloomooloo, Sydney.  I’d just had an exhilarating swim in the Boy Charlton Pool.  The USS Nimitz , docked next to our wharf , dominated the harbour

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Using mindfulness to unpick old habits

How mindfulness helps us overcome self-defeating thoughts

In our mindfulness courses we talk about how we often misperceive things (partly because of the biases that we develop over a lifetime and partly because of our emotional state). 

Rather than viewing what is actually in front of us we often see the world through a prism of past experiences.  We replay events again and again and react in habitual ways. It’s as though we are actors playing a part and we are not allowed to deviate from the script. 

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The benefits of mindfulness

Lots of my clients say that they don’t have time for even a minute to spend meditating and yet the average person  in the UK  spends (during 2014) 3 hours, 44 minutes, 30 seconds a day watching TV……………..3 hours, 44 minutes and 30 seconds a day !!!!  And in Australia the average person spends one entire month in a year watching TV or about 3 hours per day.  The average global Facebook user spends about 20 minutes a day, but in the US its more like 40 minutes and overall back in 2014 the average person spent 1.72 hours per day on social networks.

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