resilience

How Adults Can Support the Mental Health of Black… – Happiness Article

With his last breaths, George Floyd called out, “Momma!” before he was killed in Minneapolis. He was one of nearly 1,300 black people have been killed by police in the last five years. They are two times more likely to be killed by police than white Americans. Riana Elyse Anderson, University of Michigan Facing destructive policies and attitudes in the United States, mothers and fathers try to safeguard their black children from racism. This often takes the form of preparing…

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I’m all out of synonyms for unprecedented — Lynn Carroll, Career Coach – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

As we navigate uncharted waters…And face unparalleled challenges…So, hey. I haven’t blogged for a while, because I’ve been tired. My last post back in January, entitled Rest, feels like it was posted a lifetime ago. And I haven’t blogged because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say.I’m watching people I care about go through tough stuff – some related to COVID-19, some nothing to do with the virus – and I’ve realized something.I actually do have something to say.…

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How Reading Science Fiction Can Build Resilience in Kids – Happiness Article

Young people who are hooked on watching fantasy or reading science fiction may be on to something. Contrary to a common misperception that reading this genre is an unworthy practice, reading science fiction and fantasy may help young people cope, especially with the stress and anxiety of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. I am a professor with research interests in the social, ethical and political messages in science fiction. In my book Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction,…

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Face to Face February: Making Meaningful Connections – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

In the corporate world, many organisations embrace ‘Face to Face February’ as a way to encourage staff to spend quality face to face time with their clients. Here at CFCD we believe it’s just as important (if not more) for managers and leaders to invest in quality face to face time with their team members, without a set business agenda. Here’s why and some tips to help with the how: Why invest in making meaningful connections? There has been a…

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How to Support Teachers’ Emotional Needs Right Now – Happiness Article

At the end of March, our team at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, along with our colleagues at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), launched a survey to unpack the emotional lives of teachers during the COVID-19 crisis. In the span of just three days, over 5,000 U.S. teachers responded to the survey. We asked them to describe, in their own words, the three most frequent emotions they felt each day. The five most-mentioned feelings among…

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Grit. Grace. Gratitude. 21 – The Positive Psychology People – Positivity Article

Do you know how much we can get done with 21 days in staycation? Lock down? Social distancing? Physical distancing? SO MANY things! In 21 days, we can kick a sugar addiction ~ knit a blanket for a friend ~ write a novel ~ change the trajectory of our goals ~ befriend new people to the point of sharing and caring. In 21 days, we can pay kindness forward only once a day and help 21 people. We can create…

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How to Be Resilient in Tough Times – Personal Development Article

It is, and we’ve got expert advice to help you do just that. In this episode, we’re joined by Amy Alexander, LMFT, executive director of The Refuge Center for Counseling. She shares five self-care tips to help you and your team cope with the stress and emotion of this crisis. In this episode, you’ll discover— The variables that can affect how you respond to the current crisis—and what to do about it. What happens when you slip outside of your…

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Be Bold for Change – CFCD – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

On Wednesday 8th March it will be International Women’s Day with this year’s campaign theme ‘Be Bold for Change’. At CFCD we believe diversity and inclusion are key for thriving workplaces. One way in which we support this is through mentoring and coaching for women. We see a successful mentoring relationship is one in which women grow, develop and learn new skills under the advice and guidance of an experienced professional, either male or female. Our approach to coaching is…

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Champion’s Mojo Podcast with Kelly Parker Palace and Maria Parker – February 13, 2020 – Positivity Article

Caroline Adams Miller visited with champion swimmer, Kelly Parker Palace, and her co-host Maria Parker, a world record holder in distance cycling, to discuss the impact of happiness and love on performance on the Champion’s Mojo Radio show on February 13, 2020 . Because the show was started to showcase the excellence and mindset of champion swimmers and their training/performance, there is an emphasis on swimming in their early comments, but Caroline and the co-hosts also talked about their personal…

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Three Ways to Boost Your Resilience as a Parent – Happiness Article

Self-care isn’t about being self-centered or selfish. If you’re a parent, taking time away from your usual schedule is one of the best ways to boost resilience and strengthen your capacity to nurture your children. Too often parents are stressed by the demands of raising children—helping with homework, getting them to after-school activities, keeping track of doctor’s appointments. But being overwhelmed isn’t part of the job description. Give yourself permission to reduce stress and be happy—in whatever ways work for…

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Mental Health – Prevention is Better than Cure – Positivity Article

‘Prevention is better than cure’ so the old adage goes…and it was never truer than with mental health. Fortunately, there are actions that we can take in order to keep ourselves psychologically well and resilient. It concerns me that the focus for some organisations is on providing Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA’s) rather than ‘Wellbeing Advocates’ Mental Health First Aid is about responding to someone exhibiting signs of distress or changed behaviours. It is, by its very nature, the equivalent…

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Changing Career – Start With Purpose – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Here at CFCD, we thrive on helping people change career when it’s right for them. Through our deep experience in this area we have found starting with purpose helps make the change right and meaningful. A great example of this is documented in HBR post ‘From Accountant to Yogi: Making a Radical Career Change’ exploring Leah Zaccaria’s career transition. One of her lessons learnt is ‘Nourish your roots – stay connected to your purpose.’: “Quit being the person people think…

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Spreading Awareness About Mental Illness by Joining the ‘Bell Let’s Talk Day’ Initiative – MegSoper – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Thank you for an awesome presentation! Your connection with the audience, the upbeat and humourous presentation and professional review of the different working styles resonated with everyone. It was great to see staff, faculty and residents engaged in the exercises, sharing their perspectives and… Read More – Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University, Kingston ON Diane Cross,Clinic Manager,Queen’s Family Health Team “We had great feedback from participants on your session.  They enjoyed your dynamic personality and the humor!” – Great…

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Our Best Education Articles of 2019 – Happiness Article

Looking for inspiration to start the new decade off on the right foot? Our most popular education articles of 2019 explore how children develop purpose, how we can best support our students’ mental health and social-emotional development, why we benefit from listening to each other’s stories, and more. And…if you want to put the scientific findings from these articles into practice, check out our new website for educators, Greater Good in Education (GGIE), officially launching on February 20, 2020. In…

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What You Can Learn About Changing Your Habits from… – Happiness Article

On almost every episode of the GGSC’s Science of Happiness podcast, we invite a guest to try out a different research-tested happiness practice, drawn from another GGSC site, Greater Good in Action. Our guests have discovered that choosing the right goals—not to mention sticking with them—is a challenge. Over the years, they’ve stumbled upon obstacles and insights along the way—and in the process they have provided lessons for all of us. Here are staff-picked highlights from the Science of Happiness…

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5 Practical Tips on How to Find Meaning and Purpose in your Work – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Last month, we explored the power of starting with purpose when changing career. We challenged you to think, ‘why’ do you do what you do and is there something with a bigger, more purposeful ‘why’ calling you? This month we offer 5 practical tips to help you find meaning in your existing work. Meaning and purpose at work should never be just defined by a job title or your next promotion.  It is about experiencing something meaningful and of value…

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A Merry ‘Resilience-filled’ Holiday! – MegSoper – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“On behalf of the Committee, we would like to thank you for your amazing session. It was so interactive and fun and people had a great time. As I looked around people were not on their phones and were actually paying attention. We had a lot of fun while learning about each other’s personalities…. Read More – Planning and Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton ON Timothy Lee, Senior Planner, Policy Planning and Zoning Bylaw Reform “Thank you very much…

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The Curiosity Quotient: Insights from the Sydney Writers’ Festival – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Last week I attended the Sydney Writers’ Festival and was fortunate enough to hear Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer prize-winning author and New York Times columnist about the age of acceleration in his new book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. He made a very compelling argument that in order to equip ourselves well for future work, we need to adopt five mindsets; First: think like an immigrant, because we are all immigrants to the age of acceleration.…

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Want to be resilient? Then Forget the Crowd and Follow Your Truth – Positivity Article

You know that feeling when you’re doing something or being somewhere and your heart’s just not in it? It might be your job, your relationship, a family event or a social gathering. Whatever it is, you know deep down that you don’t really want to be there but, you felt like you had to do it because that’s what everyone else was doing. You felt like you didn’t have any other options. You felt like you just couldn’t say no.…

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What Helps Kids Thrive Under Extreme Adversity? – Happiness Article

Preschoolers’ ability to regulate their attention, behavior, and emotions has been linked with their capacity to cope with difficult situations and thrive in the classroom. But most research into how children develop these skills—known as “executive functions”—has taken place in high-income countries like the United States. A new study led by Stanford Graduate School of Education professor Jelena Obradović identifies several factors that appear to promote these skills in children from parts of the world with high rates of poverty,…

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How can a Leader Cultivate a Culture of Curiosity in the Workplace? – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Curiosity is what makes leaders, managers and employees stay relevant in their respective roles. Look at any business that is underperforming, they are likely to have a mindset that doesn’t foster curiosity which in turn prevents innovation and new ideas to flourish. As written about on CIO.com’s article “Why curious people make better employees”,, hire people who are curious as they are very likely to want to learn and improve things. These people too probably have better relationships as the…

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Finding Paths to Resilience – The Positive Psychology People – Positivity Article

Looking back at my own life journey, particularly over the last decade, I see my personal path to resilience as a series of blue sky days with golden sun-rays with some very grey days flooded by thundery showers. Yet despite some stormy times, I generally find myself celebrating life and walking a path of joy and gratitude. My discoveries and observations of resilient behaviours in myself and those around me, led me to become interested during my academic studies, in…

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Can You Spell G-R-I-T? What the Scripps National Spelling Bee Teaches Us About Passion, Persistence and Purpose – Positivity Article

  Can You Spell G-R-I-T? No, it’s not football or baseball or women’s World Cup soccer that millions of fans will watch this week on ESPN. Starting on May 27th and finishing with the final round on May 30th at National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C., is the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Although it’s not a physical contact sport, preparing for the Bee takes years of rigorous work, usually starting at a young age. And because the…

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