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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!

An offer from insium for your wellbeing! Newsletter January 2016 Featured

Written by Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00
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We're at the end of January and I hope you've had a great start to 2016 ... however you define great!

 

This great start may have been serendipitous for you or may have been planned.  We know that if we plan and have goals, we are more likely to achieve these and celebrate success ... however success is defined for you.  

 

So what plans and goals do you have for your success in 2016?

 

2016 - wellbeing and looking after "self"

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:00
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The start of a new year often sees people considering what lies ahead for the upcoming 12 months.  At insium, we'd like to see people consider their own well-being and how they can look after "self" in 2016.  With this in mind, we'd like to share some Wellbeing apps (available on both iOS and Android) that we find useful:

  • Values Ink helps identify values; if we live to values we are more aligned, authentic and hence, more resilient
  • Buddhify 2: this is a quite targeted mindfulness app
  • Mood Meter: helps identify emotions, thereby building emotional vocabulary which helps in emotional management
  • Smiling Mind: a meditation app

Check them out - we hope that they may be of use to you.

Merry Christmas from insium

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 00:00
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Santa's helpers are another twelve months older!

  We wish you all the best for a successful and fun-filled 2016.

Dina & Geoff

 


 

This year, insium chooses to make a donation to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital.  Lort Smith is the largest not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia with over 60 vets and 80 nurses.  Built on its current site in North Melbourne in 1936, its founder Louisa Lort Smith was passionately committed to caring for the animals of poor and disadvantaged people.  The hospital has 11 wards including an Exotic and Native Wildlife Unit. Its Adoption Centre cares for animals undergoing medical treatment and also provides shelter, adoption and fostering services for abandoned and relinquished animals.

Positivity Practices

Thursday, 10 December 2015 00:00
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Gratitude:  What went well today …

Every night, for 1 week, before you go to sleep, write down 3 things that went well that day and why they went well (and the writing down is important;  whether in a journal/on laptop/other).  These things don't have to be earth-shattering - may be as simple as "my partner cooked my favourite meal tonight";  or may be as important as "my sister had a baby today."  The writing of why the instances went well is important too and may be as simple as "I happened to be talking to my partner about dinner and my favourite food" or "my partner is thoughtful and looks out for me."

Writing about positive events will help maintain positive mood;  it will make you happier ... and you might even like doing this exercise!

Adapted from “Flourish,” by Martin E.P. Seligman

Unconditional Positive Regard

Thursday, 03 December 2015 00:00
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Unconditional positive regard is primarily associated with Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987), American psychologist and one of the founders of the humanistic approach/client-centred approach to psychology.  Rogers believed that unconditional positive regard is essential to healthy development.

 It is:

About valuing a person as doing their best;  about respecting that person

Basic acceptance and support of a person regardless of what he says or does (as long as it does not cause harm)

The belief that everyone has the potential to improve, to change

Consciously seeking to find the best in others

 It does not mean:

You need to like the person nor approve of what they do

You just smile and nod

 “Just putting up with him”

 

Unconditional positive regard:

Provides the best possible conditions for personal growth

Needs to be genuine … “if you are not genuine, your conditional regard will always leak out”

Brings out the best in others and the best in self

 

Adapted from the work of Carl Rogers, David Myers, Alex Lickerman, Stephen Joseph    

A Few Simple Mindfulness Practices

Thursday, 26 November 2015 00:00
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The simple mindfulness practices that follow are aimed to centre you and to connect you with your environment.  These can be practised anytime throughout the day; you might like to use one of these practices when you want to clear your head and focus; when you find yourself getting caught up in your thoughts and feelings.

 

Take Ten Breaths:  

  1. Take ten slow, deep breaths.  Focus on breathing out as slowly as possible until your lungs are completely empty—and then allow them to refill by themselves. 
  2. Notice the sensations of your lungs emptying.  Notice them refilling.  Notice your rib cage rising and falling.  Notice the gentle rise and fall of your shoulders. 
  3. See if you can let your thoughts come and go as if they’re just passing cars, driving past outside your house. 
  4. Expand your awareness:  simultaneously notice your breathing and your body.  Then look around the room and notice what you can see, hear, smell, touch, and feel. 

 

Drop Anchor:    

  1. Plant your feet into the floor. 
  2. Push them down—notice the floor beneath you, supporting you. 
  3. Notice the muscle tension in your legs as you push your feet down. 
  4. Notice your entire body—and the feeling of gravity flowing down through your head, spine, and legs into your feet. 
  5. Now look around and notice what you can see and hear around you.  Notice where you are and what you’re doing. 

 

Notice Five Things: 

  1. Pause for a moment.
  2. Look around and notice five things that you can see. 
  3. Listen carefully and notice five things that you can hear. 
  4. Notice five things that you can feel in contact with your body (for example, your watch against your wrist, your trousers against your legs, the air on your face, your feet upon the floor, your back against the chair). 
  5. Finally, do all of the above simultaneously.

Dr Russ Harris, www.actmadesimple.com

 

insium's newsletter on leadership: November, 2015

Written by Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00
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Similar to our third newsletter, our final newsletter about the World Congress of Positive Psychology focuses on a number of key messages shared by a variety of speakers.  With each of these key messages, questions are posed for you to consider.  Again, we suggest that you might ponder one key message with the associated question(s) at a time and at a pace that is beneficial for you:

 

“The single greatest strength may be uncovering a (unrealised) strength in another person.”  Tom Rath

§  How often do you take the time to observe and inform others of their strengths?

 

“You can’t have two books (your personal and professional life is integrated).”  John Kim 

§  How well integrated is your book?  How authentic are you?