Posts by Stephen Shandera

3 Surprising Insights About Negative Emotions

Josh Davis, in his book Two Awesome Hours discusses how paying attention to our emotions can help us be more productive and effective. He points out that many of the tasks we perform have an emotional component or elicit emotions—mild or strong, positive or negative. Since emotions greatly affect how we perform, understanding them a…

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4 Keys to Train Your Brain For Well-Being

Well-being—that subjective quality of how each of us experiences our life, has long been of interest to philosophers.  With advances in neuroscience over the past decade or two, it has also become a hot topic for scientists.  And the good news from research findings:  Well-being is a skill that can be cultivated! At the outset,…

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The Science of Well-Being

Well-being is the subjective quality of how each of us experiences our life. This idea has long been of interest to philosophers. With advances in neuroscience it has also become a hot topic for scientists. And the good news from research findings: Well-being is a skill that can be cultivated! At the outset, let’s go a…

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Negativity, Threat and Spiders

I recently read a Facebook post that asked the question, “Why is negativity so much stickier than positivity?”. The short answer is because we have a brain. Yes, blame it on your brain. After all, the brain’s primary operating principle is “Safety First”. The brain is wired to continually scan the environment in search of potential threats.…

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Get Started

With summer coming to an end, students everywhere are starting back to school. My grandson, a sophomore in college, told me he’s not ready. Even though I’m not heading back to school, I found myself reflecting on the challenge I sometimes have with getting started. How about you: What are you ready to start before…

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