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Acts of Service

Acts of Service

Helping others benefits the giver as much as those on the receiving end. 

Caring for others triggers the biology of courage and creates hope.

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Mindset

Our beliefs about ourselves and the stories we tell ourselves as a result of those beliefs have a profound effect on our happiness and relationships.

What stories have you been telling yourself about yourself? If they are not moving you toward your goals, it’s time to choose a new story based on your ability to grow.

Optimism

Optimism isn’t about wearing rose-colored glasses. It’s about choosing how you interpret the events in your life. 

Research has shown that when we look at life through a lens of positivity, we are more likely to enjoy better mental and physical health. It’s also a key component when it comes to business success.

Gratitude

The simple act of looking for things to be grateful for attunes our brains to the good. Gratitude is closely linked to our sense of well-being and makes us more resilient in the face of adversity. 

Expressing gratitude reduces toxic emotions, diminishes depression, increases happiness and enriches relationships.

Connection

Having friendships and a sense of belonging is considered a core psychological need and has a big impact on our physical health.

Studies show that loneliness is toxic—it’s more harmful to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.

Humor

Finding ways to laugh at challenges, stressful situations, and even personal tragedy is one way resilient people cope and grow through misfortune.

Being able to laugh at challenges provides distance and perspective, but does so without denying pain or fear.

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  • Relying on others. Resilience has a lot to do with leaning on the people around you and with developing strong, supportive connections.
  • Trust your own abilities. Keep a list of accomplishments you’re proud of to serve as a reminder of the times you’ve been resilient before.
  • Be kind to yourself. Give yourself permission to set physical, mental and emotional boundaries.
  • Change your outlook. While you can’t always control the situation, you do have control over how you respond to it. Cultivate optimism in the face of adversity.
  • Take the next step, even if it’s small. Build hope. Make a list that includes a goal, steps to achieve it, potential obstacles and strategies to overcome them.

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Each of us is the protagonist of our own life. Our goals feel like the most important thing in our world.

But every now and then, a moment of awe challenges our understanding of the world. We feel insignificant yet connected to the whole world, which helps us to step back and gain a better perspective.

The negativity bias

You’re much more likely to focus and dwell on something that’s gone wrong than on things that have gone well. 

Behaving in this way every day means that you ultimately adopt an excessively negative and unbalanced way of thinking. 

Gratitude is the antidote.