Think Happy

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryMaking slight changes in the way you think can have a cumulative, positive effect on your outlook. Be mindful of your thoughts. Encourage those that are positive and optimistic. This will help you create perpetual patterns of thought that are more deeply rooted in happiness. Move Past Negativity Remember that everyone has personal struggles and you can never know for sure what motivates other people.

Exercise: Good for the Body, Good for the Brain

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryIn popular culture, the term “muscle head” gets applied to people who seem to be more about the physical than the mental. For fun and engaging ways to build tiny exercise habits into your daily routine, check out this exclusive CONCERN newsletter As if lifting heavy objects and doing heavy thinking had to be mutually exclusive.It

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Exercise: Good for the Body, Good for the Brain

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryIn popular culture, the term “muscle head” gets applied to people who seem to be more about the physical than the mental. For fun and engaging ways to build tiny exercise habits into your daily routine, check out this exclusive CONCERN newsletter As if lifting heavy objects and doing heavy thinking had to be mutually exclusive.It

Mind Your Emotional Intelligence

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library What do 90 percent of high achievers have in common? It may surprise you, but it’s not high IQ. It’s high EI, or emotional intelligence. Recent studies suggest that people who have developed strong EI skills tend to earn more and enjoy more success in general compared to those who rely on their IQ alone. The theory of EI starts with brain structure and chemistry. Consider a scenario where a colleague asks a tough question.

Mind Your Emotional Intelligence

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library What do 90 percent of high achievers have in common? It may surprise you, but it’s not high IQ. It’s high EI, or emotional intelligence. Recent studies suggest that people who have developed strong EI skills tend to earn more and enjoy more success in general compared to those who rely on their IQ alone. The theory of EI starts with brain structure and chemistry. Consider a scenario where a colleague asks a tough question.

Give the Gift of Compassion to Yourself and Others

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library Are you your own worst critic? Do you beat yourself up over perceived flaws, setbacks, and inadequacies? Harsh self-criticism can sabotage us, making us feel isolated, unhappy, and even more stressed. A healthier response is to treat yourself with compassion—that is, extend the same kindness and sympathy toward yourself as you would a family member or good friend.

Give the Gift of Compassion to Yourself and Others

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library Are you your own worst critic? Do you beat yourself up over perceived flaws, setbacks, and inadequacies? Harsh self-criticism can sabotage us, making us feel isolated, unhappy, and even more stressed. A healthier response is to treat yourself with compassion—that is, extend the same kindness and sympathy toward yourself as you would a family member or good friend.

Can’t Escape a Funk? Breathe in to It.

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryBeing in a low mood every now and then is a normal part of life’s ebb and flow, and, can even help us to adapt and build resilience.

Cope with Stress & Become More Resilient

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryDespite what your social media feeds might show, life has its challenges. If you'd like to be able to handle what life throws at you with greater ease, the following steps can help:Get the Right Attitude. It is so tempting to assume a "victim mentality" and blame others, especially when it really does seem like it was someone else's fault.

Creating a Grateful Perspective

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library Sometimes we may look outward for fulfillment. We may work to have "more" or look to others for validation. While it's great to seek growth, sometimes in our efforts to attain, we forget to pause and recognize the good already in our lives. Studies show that finding little ways to recognize the good in your life and incorporating that gratitude into your daily routine can help you find a fresh, happier perspective.

Five Ways to Build Relationships at Work

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryWhile relationships can sometimes seem like a source of conflict ("Mom, I can't call you every day!"), "), relationships with family, friends, and colleagues are often our most important resiliency assets. Spending time with people and sharing our feelings and experiences helps us to meet challenges in a healthier way.

Ritualize It

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library Research indicates that humans evolved to feel calmed by repetitive behavior and that performing daily rituals can help us to build emotional and mental resilience. Rituals can be an effective and convenient tool for balance, especially in environments or situations that make us feel stressed or pressured in some way.A

Your Silver Linings (Pocket) Playbook

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library. Sometimes our minds drift to the things that we perceive as disappointing in our lives—a slip of the tongue, a day that didn’t go as smoothly as we’d hoped. Although it can be useful to remember these moments in order to learn from them, if we focus on them too much they have a way of bringing us down.Finding the bright side of a less than ideal situation is an important part of developing an optimistic outlook.

Your Silver Linings (Pocket) Playbook

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library. Sometimes our minds drift to the things that we perceive as disappointing in our lives—a slip of the tongue, a day that didn’t go as smoothly as we’d hoped. Although it can be useful to remember these moments in order to learn from them, if we focus on them too much they have a way of bringing us down.Finding the bright side of a less than ideal situation is an important part of developing an optimistic outlook.

The Happiness Factor: Cultivate a Positive Outlook

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryHappiness and health go hand in hand. Research shows a correlation between happiness levels and overall wellness with those who cultivate a more positive outlook enjoying richer and more fulfilling lives.While it’s not realistic to expect every day to be the happiest day of your life, taking simple, thoughtful steps can add up to a greater sense of overall happiness and well-being. Happiness shouldn’t be forced or fabricated.

The Happiness Factor: Cultivate a Positive Outlook

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryHappiness and health go hand in hand. Research shows a correlation between happiness levels and overall wellness with those who cultivate a more positive outlook enjoying richer and more fulfilling lives.While it’s not realistic to expect every day to be the happiest day of your life, taking simple, thoughtful steps can add up to a greater sense of overall happiness and well-being. Happiness shouldn’t be forced or fabricated.

Ritualize It

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library Research indicates that humans evolved to feel calmed by repetitive behavior and that performing daily rituals can help us to build emotional and mental resilience. Rituals can be an effective and convenient tool for balance, especially in environments or situations that make us feel stressed or pressured in some way.A

Cope with Stress & Become More Resilient

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryDespite what your social media feeds might show, life has its challenges. If you'd like to be able to handle what life throws at you with greater ease, the following steps can help:Get the Right Attitude. It is so tempting to assume a "victim mentality" and blame others, especially when it really does seem like it was someone else's fault.

Keep Excited and Carry On

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library How do you approach a situation that makes you anxious? If your standard response is to tell yourself to calm down, you’re in good company. When hundreds of people were polled as part of a Harvard Business School (HBS) research experiment, over 91% of them thought the same way. However, the research itself didn’t agree, giving surprising insight into anxiety and performance.In

Keep Excited and Carry On

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library How do you approach a situation that makes you anxious? If your standard response is to tell yourself to calm down, you’re in good company. When hundreds of people were polled as part of a Harvard Business School (HBS) research experiment, over 91% of them thought the same way. However, the research itself didn’t agree, giving surprising insight into anxiety and performance.In

Setbacks Are a Big Part of Success

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryDid you know that accomplishing new things and failing at them can both contribute to your success? Every accomplished task is a learning opportunity and something to celebrate. Even the small wins give you confidence and motivation to move forward.The same is true for those efforts that don’t go as well. Setbacks give you the opportunity to build resilience and learn new ways to approach a challenge.

Setbacks Are a Big Part of Success

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryDid you know that accomplishing new things and failing at them can both contribute to your success? Every accomplished task is a learning opportunity and something to celebrate. Even the small wins give you confidence and motivation to move forward.The same is true for those efforts that don’t go as well. Setbacks give you the opportunity to build resilience and learn new ways to approach a challenge.

Mood Lifting Tips for a Quick Pick-Me-Up

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryFeeling a bit sad? We all feel this way occasionally. Next time you need to turn around a bad day, try one of these proven tips to lift your mood and help you feel better.Honor your feelings. Allow yourself to feel your emotions without judgment. Make time for family and friends. Spending quality time with people you care about is beneficial to your wellbeing and can make a big difference when it comes to happiness. Get moving.

Create Happy Habits

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryThose who are consistently happy tend to follow a set of habits that generate a more lasting sense of contentment in their lives. Introducing impactful, happy habits into your day can help you build a fulfilled future. Here are some guidelines for building small habits incrementally.Start small and be specific. Pick the tiniest step that moves you toward your goal. Make it SO tiny that it sounds ridiculous.

Create Happy Habits

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryThose who are consistently happy tend to follow a set of habits that generate a more lasting sense of contentment in their lives. Introducing impactful, happy habits into your day can help you build a fulfilled future. Here are some guidelines for building small habits incrementally.Start small and be specific. Pick the tiniest step that moves you toward your goal. Make it SO tiny that it sounds ridiculous.

Learning How to Forgive and Let Go. The Power in Putting the Past Behind.

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryHolding Grudges, Holding TensionForgiveness has been a staple of positive psychology for a long time. The popular proverb, “To err is human; to forgive, divine,” has roots in a poem written by Alexander Pope way back in 1711. More recently, behavioral science has explored the physiological and psychological effects of holding a grudge.

Don’t Forget to Forgive

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library As the old saying goes, forgiveness may be divine, and if recent research is right, it may also be healthy.Recent studies indicate that holding a grudge can trigger a prolonged physical stress response—one that can lead to health complications and inhibit emotional and physical healing.

Mental Wellbeing: It's Good for Your Mind and Body

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library An ancient Latin saying goes, “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” For hundreds of years, it’s been the motto for athletic clubs and sporting associations, which often use it to emphasize that physical exercise and health are essential for mental wellbeing. But, if you dig back to the original, it appears that the author was referring more to the way mental and physical wellness are equally important and inextricably connected.

An Anytime, Anywhere Relaxation Technique

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library Ah, relaxation. It can provide a needed break from stress and anxiety, and yet at the same time thinking about it can touch off those very same feelings. How many times has the phrase “Just relax” triggered the opposite response in you? Some stress in certain doses can be put to productive use, but if it persists, it can have undesirable side effects.

Mental Wellbeing: It's Good for Your Mind and Body

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library An ancient Latin saying goes, “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” For hundreds of years, it’s been the motto for athletic clubs and sporting associations, which often use it to emphasize that physical exercise and health are essential for mental wellbeing. But, if you dig back to the original, it appears that the author was referring more to the way mental and physical wellness are equally important and inextricably connected.

Resolve Wavering? Try Thinking Differently for Renewed Motivation.

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library Motivation often comes without a thought—like when you’re hungry, you eat, or when you’re cold, you grab a sweater. Other times it can feel like an epic struggle—like when you are trying to choose an evening jog over the couch and your streaming video subscription. Sometimes it can feel like no matter how inspired you are to change it’s nearly impossible to find the motivation to begin.

Resolve Wavering? Try Thinking Differently for Renewed Motivation.

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library Motivation often comes without a thought—like when you’re hungry, you eat, or when you’re cold, you grab a sweater. Other times it can feel like an epic struggle—like when you are trying to choose an evening jog over the couch and your streaming video subscription. Sometimes it can feel like no matter how inspired you are to change it’s nearly impossible to find the motivation to begin.

Find More Time by Giving Some Away

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library “Help one another. With our jam-packed schedules and ever-growing list of obligations, finding the time to volunteer is a legitimate concern. There’s no time like the present, and no present like the time.” – James DurstHave you ever thought about volunteering? There is always a need for service and more helping hands. Volunteering offers vital help to worthwhile causes, the community, and to people in need.

Creating a Grateful Perspective

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library Sometimes we may look outward for fulfillment. We may work to have "more" or look to others for validation. While it's great to seek growth, sometimes in our efforts to attain, we forget to pause and recognize the good already in our lives. Studies show that finding little ways to recognize the good in your life and incorporating that gratitude into your daily routine can help you find a fresh, happier perspective.

Five Ways to Build Relationships at Work

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryWhile relationships can sometimes seem like a source of conflict ("Mom, I can't call you every day!"), "), relationships with family, friends, and colleagues are often our most important resiliency assets. Spending time with people and sharing our feelings and experiences helps us to meet challenges in a healthier way.

Find More Time by Giving Some Away

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library “Help one another. With our jam-packed schedules and ever-growing list of obligations, finding the time to volunteer is a legitimate concern. There’s no time like the present, and no present like the time.” – James DurstHave you ever thought about volunteering? There is always a need for service and more helping hands. Volunteering offers vital help to worthwhile causes, the community, and to people in need.

Learning How to Forgive and Let Go. The Power in Putting the Past Behind.

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience LibraryHolding Grudges, Holding TensionForgiveness has been a staple of positive psychology for a long time. The popular proverb, “To err is human; to forgive, divine,” has roots in a poem written by Alexander Pope way back in 1711. More recently, behavioral science has explored the physiological and psychological effects of holding a grudge.

Finding Mindfulness in Surprising Places. It’s not just about meditation.

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library How often do we think we’re in control of our attention when it’s the other way around? We want to focus during a meeting, but our attention wants to think about lunch. We want to listen intently to what our significant other is saying, but our attention wants to drag up an unrelated emotional hurt from a years-old conversation.

Finding Mindfulness in Surprising Places. It’s not just about meditation.

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library How often do we think we’re in control of our attention when it’s the other way around? We want to focus during a meeting, but our attention wants to think about lunch. We want to listen intently to what our significant other is saying, but our attention wants to drag up an unrelated emotional hurt from a years-old conversation.

Don’t Forget to Forgive

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From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library As the old saying goes, forgiveness may be divine, and if recent research is right, it may also be healthy.Recent studies indicate that holding a grudge can trigger a prolonged physical stress response—one that can lead to health complications and inhibit emotional and physical healing.