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4 Leadership Lessons From Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer may be the most famous reindeer of all, but not too many people know the reasons behind his enormous success. Rudolph’s experience offers a number of lessons for leaders at all levels.

If you aren’t familiar with Rudolph’s story, here’s the Reader’s Digest version: Rudolph was a reindeer with a red nose. None of the other reindeer had red noses so Rudolph was frequently ridiculed and ostracized for being different. One foggy Christmas eve, Santa asked Rudolph if he could join the sleigh team and use his red nose to light the way through the fog. Rudolph took the challenge, was a big success, and became loved and admired by all the other reindeer.

Despite how it might sound when Bing Crosby croons about Rudolph’s achievement, that little red-nosed reindeer wasn’t an overnight success. He worked for years preparing himself for his opportunity, and when it…

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The days shorten: living fully

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Most of us have spent our lives caught up in plans, expectations, ambitions for the future; in regrets, guilt or shame about the past.

To come into the present is to stop the war.

Jack Kornfield

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Breathe and Focus: How Practicing Mindfulness Improves Mental Health as We Age

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As we age, it’s natural to worry about possible declines in our mental and brain health. Many older adults are concerned about things like memory loss and poorer attention, forgetting names, and taking longer to learn new things. As a result, as we get older we may feel more distress, sadness, and/ or anxiety that can decrease our quality of life. However, we can do something to address these concerns. The answer is mindfulness. Research shows that it can improve brain functioning, resulting in thinking and feeling better as we get older (e.g., Chambers et al., 2007; Chiesa et al., 2010; Prakash, 2014).

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an Eastern meditation practice that originates from Buddhism (Baer, 2003). It involves directing our attention to the present moment. Mindfulness can help block irrelevant information and enhance emotional control which in turn can improve the mental health of older adults. For instance…

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4 Ways to Create Happiness

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We all want to live happier lives, but happiness is not something that is acquired through getting what you want. Happiness is something that we create.

Feeling happy is a choice that we get to make every day. In just the same way, feeling unhappy is also a choice we get to make every day.

While some days don’t warrant feelings of happiness, if we find ourselves continually choosing unhappiness day after day, eventually we may find ourselves leading a life that is unfulfilling and unrewarding.

The good news is that all of us have the ability to create happiness in our lives no matter what situation we are in.

Here is your recipe to create happiness in 4 ways:

1. Take Responsibility for your Actions and for your Life

Everything that has happened in your life you have agreed to, whether it be consciously, subconscious or in the spirit…

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What Is Positive Psychology?

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A Brief Overview of the Field of Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is one of the newest branches of psychology to emerge. This particular area of psychology focuses on how to help human beings prosper and lead healthy, happy lives. While many other branches of psychology tend to focus on dysfunction and abnormal behavior, positive psychology is centered on helping people become happier.

Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describe positive psychology in the following way: “We believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise that achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving in individuals, families, and communities.”

Over the last ten years or so, general interest in positive psychology has grown tremendously. Today, more and more people are searching for information on how they can become more fulfilled and achieve their full potential. Interest in the topic has also increased on college campuses. In 2006, Harvard’s…

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4 Scientifically Proven Tips to Improve Your Happiness

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Everyone wants to be happy in their lives, but it isn’t always easy. You may take drastic measures — try to buy new things, meet new people, uproot your life, but nothing changes. But being happy starts in your mind, so you have to give your mind what it needs first. If you’re looking for some foolproof ways to improve your life, here are 4 scientific tips on how to boost happiness, starting in your brain.

EXPERIENCE GRATITUDE
Studies have shown time and time again that expressing gratitude and humility for the good qualities in your life can make you happier on a chemical level. Gratitude stimulates the brain to create dopamine and feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin. By expressing your gratitude to people you are grateful for, you in turn create a positive social relationship with those around you that keeps on giving.

EXPRESS YOUR EMOTIONS
Whether it’s through verbal language…

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Four Leadership Attributes

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What inspires employees to do their best?  I think there are many things, but one is to be lead by someone who is doing their best and invites them to work side-by-side with them.

There are so many great leaders today, and in history from whom we can glean knowledge to improve our management and leadership skills from.

Great leaders who have not only move others forward,  but have moved them further than they ever thought possible.

These leaders possess the following four attributes:

1. They aspired to reach beyond what was thought possible.

2. They had a plan.

3. They inspired others to follow them.

4.They were able to execute what was necessary  to achieve the goal and then more.

Managers are given the privilege to oversee the group assigned to them.  It is their responsibility to become a manager/leader that is capable of inspiring and motivating their co-workers…

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