Recently, I read an article in Runner’s World about how running actually makes a person smarter. And, as you probably know, a smarter brain leads to improvement in performance and productivity. Here are a few excerpts from this article by Denise Schipani, as well as a link to the full article.
Is it true that people are born either optimistic or pessimistic? In other words, are some people just naturally happier than others?
The debate on natural happiness has been going on for centuries, but according to Dr. Robert A. Emmons in the book Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, people can become happier by practicing gratitude. As Emmons states, “The evidence on gratitude contradicts the widely-held view that all people have a set-point of happiness that cannot be reset by any known means: in some cases, people have reported that learning gratitude led to transformative life change” (from page 3).
If you want to raise your happiness set-point, especially during this Thanksgiving season, take some time to reflect on the following quotes on gratitude taken from this great book.
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When Your Greatest Strength Becomes Your Greatest Weakness
If you’ve taken a personality test, you’ve likely learned a lot about your strengths. But did you know your greatest personality strength, taken to an extreme, becomes a weakness?
For instance, when these four personality types are taken to the extreme, notice how their primary strength becomes a weakness:
- A driven and results-oriented personality, taken to an extreme, becomes a bully who walks all over people.
- An outgoing and expressive personality, taken to an extreme, becomes a flake who can’t get anything done.
- A laid back and easygoing personality, taken to an extreme, becomes a wimp who allows people to walk all over him or her.
- A detailed and precise personality, taken to an extreme, becomes a control freak.
If you want to live it forward and become a great leader, you have to dare to be different. The reason? Most worthwhile goals require you to swim upstream. And let’s face it, swimming upstream is more challenging than floating downstream. That’s why the word “dare” fits so well with “different.” It takes guts to live it forward. But not just guts. Effort. Push. Drive.
Is there an area in your life you want to see improvement? An area where you want to show up and shine so that you stand out from the crowd? Then ask yourself the following three questions…