Researchers create formula that predicts happiness

The Globe and Mail

Are you happy? Scientists suggest they can compute the answer.

A team of researchers at University College London have come up with a new one-line equation to predict people’s happiness from moment to moment.

Their work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers a mathematical solution to explain a fickle and elusive human emotion.

Researchers create formula that predicts happiness – The Globe and Mail.

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Anxiety Symptoms: 10 Common Signs To Watch Out For

By HUFFPOST LIVING CANADA

According to Statistics Canada, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the country and is usually chronic and generally lasts at least six months.If left untreated, anxiety can get worse over time and people may not feel comfortable doing day-to-day routines like going to work or openly communicating with their partners.

While there are several symptoms of anxiety, Masand says they can be broken down to psychological and physical ones. Everything from irregular sleeping patterns to constantly fearing something in your life may be signs of anxiety disorder.

Masand says there are also several misconceptions about anxiety in the medical world. He believes not all forms of anxiety can be harmful, but rather they can help us stay focused and productive when we’re dealing with fears, for example. People suffering from anxiety, however, are also aware of the stigma. Telling someone to“calm down” or relating to them with your own stress, can all be viewed as annoying and unhelpful to someone with anxiety.

Anxiety Symptoms: 10 Common Signs To Watch Out For.

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The 7 worst body language mistakes job seekers make

Yahoo Finance Canada

Is failing to smile a mistake?. Smiling demonstrates confidence, openness, warmth, and energy. “It also sets off the mirror neurons in your listener instructing them to smile back. Without the smile, an individual is often seen as grim or aloof,” Expert Reiman interprets what your body language tells to an employer…

The 7 worst body language mistakes job seekers make | 7 worst body language mistakes job seekers make – Yahoo Finance Canada.

Could WiFi in schools be harming our kids?

– The Globe and Mail

Students in Lindsay Freedman’s split Grade 3/4 class at Red Willow Public School are working away on tablets, laptops and iPods. It’s Bring Your Own Device day, a regular occurrence here, and supplementing the devices brought from home are 20 school-owned iPads. Freedman walks around the classroom, marvelling at her students’ instant embrace of the online presentation app she’s just introduced. “They’re an instant motivator,” she says, referring to the tools in their hands.

Could WiFi in schools be harming our kids? – The Globe and Mail.

Job Training Goes High-Tech For People With Autism

-Disability Scoop

A computer-based program offers individuals on the Autism spectrum the opportunity to conduct a simulated job interview with a virtual human resources representative named Molly Porter. Equipped with voice recognition technology, this software is designed to assess the appropriateness of responses and provide feedback via an on-screen job coach.

Those with autism who practiced their job interviewing skills with the software — which ispublicly available — were able to apply what they learned when interviewing with a real person, substantially improving both the responses they provided and their self-confidence, according tofindings published online this week in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

“Adults with an autism spectrum disorder tend to have difficulties with social communication, which may interfere with them having a successful job interview,” said Matthew J. Smith of Northwestern University who led the study. “Our program helps trainees learn to talk about their ability to work as a team member so they sound easy to work with. They also learn how to sound interested and enthusiastic about a potential job, as well as convey that they are a hard worker.” 

Job Training Goes High-Tech For People With Autism – Disability Scoop.

Mindfulness: What’s non-judgmental awareness got to do with it?

http://www.heartfulmind.net

Mindfulness isn’t about stopping the mind, it’s not about relaxing, it’s not about achieving a state of happiness, it’s about being aware of our thoughts, emotions and sensations from moment to moment. Mindfulness is the ability to monitor the content of our awareness without judgment. Is that so? And if it is, what’s non-judgmental awareness got to do with it?

People are distracted 47% of the time. There’s one exception to this overall trend and that’s when we’re having sex. We’re only distracted 5% of the time. Just imagine you’ve just stubbed your toe. There’s a split second when you are completely focused on the sensations of pain before you curse...

With the strong sensations of pain or an immediate threat to life or limb, or the pleasure and the connection that makes us feel loved and safe in an intimate embrace, we’re fully focused. Some other activities, like surfing, enable us to experience flow, fully absorbed in what we are doing. There’s a common theme to these activities; they capture our attention, have strong sensory inputs and power to engage.

http://www.heartfulmind.net/1/category/nonjudgmental-awareness/1.html

Heartfulmind.net is a web resource with mindfulness at its heart

Canadians’ digital lives are becoming more complicated….

How Canadians are using the Internet differently – The Globe and Mail

As some of the most active members of the global digital community, Canadians spent more than 34 hours online per month in 2013, on average; outpaced in the top 10 countries only by the U.S. and the U.K., at roughly 36 hours. But increasingly, that digital lollygagging is shifting away from computers and on to mobile devices. And the challenge for advertisers to find the best way to communicate with consumers in the mobile space, is becoming more urgent.

According to a new report from research firm comScore Inc., last year saw a 17-per-cent drop in total minutes Canadians spent online on their personal computers, and a 21-per-cent decline in total pages viewed from computers. But those numbers do not indicate less time spent online; they reflect a shift in people’s digital lives, which are increasingly migrating to smartphones and tablet devices.

How Canadians are using the Internet differently – The Globe and Mail.

Challenging the notion of PDE (Public Display of Emotions) Why Chinese parents don’t say I love you?

Why Chinese parents don’t say I love you – StumbleUpon.

Like many Asian families, we’d become incredibly proficient at reading cryptic emotional signs. There may not be big hugs and open praise, but once in a while, mum would put an unexpected fried egg in our noodles or dad would try and make conversation by asking us to pronounce, then spell every street name he’s ever had trouble remembering. Those, as we’d try to explain to our friends, are their ‘affectionate’ sides.

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here’s How To Tell

Based on Huff Post feed By 

What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don’t tell the whole story. Our emotional intelligence — the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others — can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success.

Plato said that all learning has some emotional basis, and he may be right. The way we interact with and regulate our emotions has repercussions in nearly every aspect of our lives. To put it in colloquial terms, emotional intelligence (EQ) is like “street smarts,” as opposed to “book smarts,” and it’s what accounts for a great deal of one’s ability to navigate life effectively.

“What having emotional intelligence looks like is that you’re confident, good at working towards your goals, adaptable and flexible. You recover quickly from stress and you’re resilient,” Daniel Goleman, psychologist and author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, tells The Huffington Post. “Life goes much more smoothly if you have good emotional intelligence.”

The five components of emotional intelligence, as defined by Goleman, are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social skills and empathy. We can be strong in some of these areas and deficient in others, but we all have the power to improve any of them.

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here’s How To Tell.

The Signs of a Leader’s Empathy Deficit Disorder

 

By Daniel Goleman, Author of FOCUS: The Hidden Driver of Excellence on LinkedIn

There are three kinds of empathy. First, cognitive, where you sense how the other person thinks about the world, which means you can put what you have to say in terms they will understand. Second, emotional, where you instantly resonate with how the person feels. And third, empathic concern, where you express the ways you care about the person by helping with what you sense they need.

The signs of a leadership empathy deficit in any or all of these varieties can best be detected by how a leader’s actions impact those he or she leads. Some of the common signs:

1. Directives or memos that make no sense to those receiving them are a sign that a boss does not understand how employees think about their world, and fails to tune in to the language that would make most sense to them. Another sign of low cognitive empathy: strategies, plans or goals that make little sense or seem off-point to those who are to execute them.

The Signs of a Leader’s Empathy Deficit Disorder | LinkedIn.