Shawn Achor on happiness

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:00
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Shawn Achor defines happiness as “the joy you feel moving towards your potential.”  It is not pleasure which is short-lived; joy invests more deeply.  In fact, you may feel joy even in those moments that are not pleasurable.  For example, have you felt joy at the conclusion of a tough, nail-biting team sport?  Whether you were watching or playing?  Have you felt joy at the end of robust workplace conversations that have resulted in growth, development and other positive outcomes for the parties involved?

A couple of reflection questions for you:

  • How do you define happiness?
  • What moments have you experienced that were not pleasurable but have brought you joy?

If you’d like to see Shawn’s talk, you can find it here; it runs for less than 1.5 minutes:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/big-myth-about-joy_us_56743dd9e4b0b958f65667d4?utm_content=27400667&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook    

Another TedTalk from Camille Seaman

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 00:00
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We thought you might enjoy the short (3mins 26 secs) TedTalk by Camille Seaman (we blogged about another of her TedTalks "Haunting Photos of Ice" recently).  Camille's photos are amazing, and in this TedTalk she shares a story about "everything is interconnected," and thoughts such as "the clouds are lovely monsters."
 
As you watch and listen, you might like to think about
  • What are the "interconnections" for you?
  • What memories and stories are you reminded of?
  • Where do these photos take your imagination?
  • What are the emotions that are evoked for you?  Why these emotions?
 
We'd be interested to hear what comes up for you.  Please feel free to get in touch with us to let us know.  Enjoy!

TedTalks - Camille Seaman

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00
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Attached is a link to a short TedTalks (~4 mins) that we thought you might enjoy.  Amongst other messages, Camille Seaman talks about "we're all interconnected" ... as I watched this talk, I thought about collaboration amongst teams/departments and more;  

http://www.ted.com/talks/camille_seaman_haunting_photos_of_ice

Additional thoughts and ideas that came up for me included:

  • "continuation of the past" ... honouring the work that has been done before and building upon it
  • "some icebergs are 1,000s of years old, some 100's of years old" ... regardless of the amount of time in an organisation/team, we all bring new skills, knowledge, experiences and strengths
  • "a different side of its' personality" ... we are all different and we all adapt

What comes up for you as you watch and listen?

There are awesome photos and an amazing video of an iceberg rolling.  Enjoy!