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Happiness

Mindfulness – The Key To Resilience

In our daily lives, we are faced with innumerable challenges – personal and professional. We as a team have had challenging days and weeks – preparation for meetings, completion of assessments, loss of a colleague and so on. How do we deal with these challenges? Do we perceive these challenges as major setbacks or moments of growth? How do we stay balanced? How well do we recover? How do we learn to increase our R.E.S.I.L.I.E.N.C.E? The World Happiness Report 2015 describes how well-being (happiness) is a skill and how it can be cultivated and trained by working on four areas:

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Stop To Email

Mailing allows us to get work done quickly with people across cities, across buildings, across work-stations (J), across geographies. However, without the emotional signs and social cues of face-to-face or phone interaction, it’s more possible to be misunderstood. Also, mindless emailing overstuffs everyone’s inboxes. Let us try Mindful Emailing. With a few mails during the week. Or all of them. COMPOSE an email. STOP to take one long deep breath. Pay attention to the breath. (count of 5 on the inhale and 5 on the exhale, if you like) THINK of the person to whom the email is going and

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Be Nice

In a study called ‘Project Aristotle’, Google wanted to know the secret to building a productive team. Their data-driven approach concluded that the best teams: respect one another’s emotions; and are mindful of one other. It has less to do with who is in a team; rather it is about how the team interacts with one another. At the heart of Google’s strategy is the concept of ‘psychological safety’ a model of team work in which ‘members have a shared belief that it is safe to take risks and share a range of ideas without the fear of being humiliated’.

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Mindfulness @ Work

We have an open-office policy at work. While this  conveys collaboration and transparency, they are difficult on ears and concentration. …Printers. …Photocopiers. …Chats. …Corridor Discussions. …Ringing phones. …Speaker phone conversations …Voices in the cubicles. …Sounds generated by co-workers. There is no getting away from these sounds and other ‘white noise’ that constantly and consistently intrude into one’s flow of thought. There are ways we can create sound buffers – listen to music or use apps that help obscure distracting sounds. The best thing however that we can all do: let us remember that we, too, generate sounds that intrude on

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Tick Tock. Tick Tock.

There was a farmer who lost his watch in the barn. This watch was given to him by his father and there was a sentimental attachment to the watch. He searched high and low, but could not find it. He enlisted the help of  a group of children, promising them a reward. They couldn’t find the watch either. But one little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance. “Why not” the farmer thought, “After all, this kid looks sincere enough.” So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn. After a while the

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IKIGAI – The Reason for Being

Ikigai (生き甲斐) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki (生き?), referring to life, and kai (甲斐?), which roughly means “the realisation of what one expects and hopes for”. It lies at the centre of the interconnecting circles of Passion, Mission, Profession and Vocation. It refers to mental and spiritual circumstances under which we believe our lives are valuable. It is the process of allowing the self’s possibilities to blossom. It is not necessarily linked to one’s economic status or the present state of society. Behaviours that make us feel ikigai are natural & spontaneous actions

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Happiness

Make The Ordinary Come Alive

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself. ~ William Martin

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Listen & Silent are spelled with the same letters

There was a farmer who lost his watch in the barn. This watch was given to him by his father and there was a sentimental attachment to the watch. He searched high and low, but could not find it. He enlisted the help of  a group of children, promising them a reward. They couldn’t find the watch either. But one little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance. “Why not” the farmer thought, “After all, this kid looks sincere enough.” So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn. After a while the

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Home Is Where the Heart Is at Home

Being houseless is one thing; being unseen and lonely is another thing altogether. There’s more than one way to be homeless. Have You Ever Been Lonely? Have you ever had something to say, something so important that your heart would burst if you didn’t share it? Have you ever wanted someone to listen? And has your hidden heart ever cracked when the ears that mattered most were too full of other noise to take in your treasure? Have you ever revealed your work to the only people who matter, and have they ever simply glanced and grunted? Have you ever

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Life

Success & Happiness

Ashok Soota was invited by the Ananta Aspen Centre in August 2015 to speak at their CEO Series. He spoke on Success and Happiness in a session that was facilitated by Anuj Poddar, Viacom 18 Media. Watch him in “The CEO Series : Leading in the 21st Century with Ashok Soota” In his words, some suggestions to be happy: Pursue your Passion Create a Mindset of creating a problem into an opportunity A sense of Well-being Honest self-assessment and self-awareness “Truthfulness, Love, Forgiveness, Passion & Resilience are characteristics to develop &  emotions to nurture for Happiness. Similarly, Envy, Greed, Anger

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