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Another great session from LAST Conference!

This was about Happiness Science: how it holds awesome clues for ‘deep’ agility and how individuals and teams can apply it.

Mindfulness refers to being present and paying attention non-judgementally. Here’s how you do it:

  • Daily mindfulness time
  • Make a habit of being present
  • Less task switching
  • Remove distractions
  • Design for flow

How does it help?

  • Balances view: reduced emotional reactivity
  • Mental Capacity: Boosts working memory
  • Reduces stress
  • Resilience: More cognitive flexibility

Positive emotions create a ‘Broaden and Build’ effect.

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‘Thriving’ was discussed: Research in positive psychology and related organizational disciplines shows that thriving is the key. When we are able to be our best selves, we are our most adaptable, we perform at our best and we are at our most resilient and happy.

Character strengths are a powerful route to thriving.

  • Develop a culture of strengths: strength spotting, share strengths and allocate tasks by strengths.
  • When we focus on using our strengths, we:
    • Are happier
    • Are more confident
    • Have higher levels of energy and vitality
    • Experience less stress
    • Are more resilient
    • Are more likely to achieve our goals
    • Perform better at work
    • Are more engaged at work
    • Are more effective at developing ourselves and growing as individuals

The team culture checklist

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C. R. Snyder’s Hope Theory:

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Then we did this activity to show how mental state affects our thoughts.

Attendees were divided into two groups. One group was given a colorful picture and the other was given a black and white picture.

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They were asked to pick a character and file the story in two minutes.

The number of actions from both the group was counted. Not surprisingly, the maximum number was from the someone from the group with the colorful picture.

Lot of other interesting topics like the ‘Growth Mindset’ and PERMAH survey were touched upon which are worth a read!

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