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The Unexpected Benefits of Compassion for Business

Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress—and research has shown that high levels ...
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The Brain's Ability to Look Within: A Secret to Well-Being

The Two Paths of Attention: Outward & Inward What’s the difference between noticing the rapid beat of a popular song on the radio and noticing the rapid rate of your heart when ...
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The #1 Shortcut to Greater Productivity

Why Adderall and stimulants backfire for productivity—and what to do instead. Get more done faster and better. That seems to be everyone’s modus operandi these days. You too may ...
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How to Conquer Your Inbox Without Letting It Take Over Your Life

Do you get a sinking feeling whenever you open your inbox? Does answering emails take up hours of your time? Is email that one thing on your to-do list that always seems to sit ...
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In a Difficult Conversation, Listen More Than You Talk

When Jared walked into a meeting to discuss a new marketing approach for a product, the conversation didn’t play out well. Five minutes into the dialogue, the product manager, ...
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Self-Compassion Outweighs Self-Esteem for Resilience and Empowerment

Strive for more, work even harder, aim to be the best! We live in a society that regularly sends us such messages. Meanwhile, most of us don't stop to consider whether our goals ...
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13 Science-Backed Reasons of Gratitude

Want to be happy, healthy, and have great relationships? Sure, we all do! And we’ve hear a million times about the obvious ways to take care of ourselves: exercise, diet etc.
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Why Compassion Is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness

Stanford University neurosurgeon Dr. James Doty tells the story of performing surgery on a little boy’s brain tumor. In the middle of the procedure, the resident who is assisting ...
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