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Don’t let power go to your head: practise empathy

Donald Trump seems to flash all across the mind’s eye when you think of one whom power has left bereft of human decency and compassion. Maybe he wasn’t always like that. Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at Berkeley, University of Californiafound from a series of experiments that people in powerful …

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Make stress your ally for peak performance

Stress is not all that bad, it’s how you perceive stress that works against you.  Psychologist Kelly McGonigal explains that Stress Belief is the 15th cause of death in the US — not stress itself.Individuals who both perceived that stress affects their health and reported a large amount of stress …

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Surrender all your cares to the gentle green

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks- John Muir Urbanisation has grown at an unprecedented rate, and with over half the world’s population now residing in cities, many people don’t have access to the green landscapes in which the human species evolved. Urban greenspaces are …

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Time suckers: eliminate and rejuvenate

Time is our most precious commodity. Our lives have become a minefield of distraction. Between email, slack, text messages, social notifications, mobile alerts, and loud folks, we’re constantly bombarded with potential time wasters.A UC Irvine study revealed that office workers are interrupted every 11 minutes. And it takes around 25 …

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Elders: a treasure trove or a liability

In indigenous cultures around the world, we see the significance of elders in strengthening families and communities. Here in Canada, indigenous communities have a revered place for elderswho teach the vision of life contained in indigenousphilosophies.It is common practice forrespected elders to be called upon to help communities with decisionsregarding …

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Humans: a threat or a treat to our planet?

Earth is home to millions of species. Just one dominates it. Us. Our cleverness, our inventiveness and our activities have modified almost every part of our planet. Indeed, our cleverness, our inventiveness and our activities are now the drivers of every global problem we face. And every one of these …

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