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Behavioral contagion

Behavioral contagion

The ultimate social influence, it’s what causes us to pursue certain behaviors merely because we’re close to someone doing the same. 

This can be physical proximity or psychological relatedness through the media, for example.


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Show up to your emotions, even the bad ones

 Forced optimism can’t be sustained, which means it’s only a temporary solution to a permanent problem.

That’s because even negative emotions can have positive consequences, as long as you face them directly and draw the right conclusions. So don’t smile when you don’t feel...


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Set want-to goals, not have-to ones

  • Have-to goals are goals set for you by others in the form of pressure, for example, your doctor telling you you must lose weight.
  • Want-to goals are those you set out of conviction and after careful reflection of you...


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Your values will lead the way

Values are what helps you make the small, conscious decisions that add up to a life well-lived.

To help you identify your values, each day habitually ask yourself, “As I look back at today, what did I do that was actually worth my time?”


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Emotional agility

Emotional agility

It means being aware and accepting of all your emotions, even learning from the most difficult ones.

It also means getting beyond conditioned or preprogrammed cognitive and emotional responses to live in the moment with a clear reading of present circumsta...


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“The most effective way to transform your life, therefore, is not by quitting your job and moving to an ashram, but, to paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, by doing what you can, with what you have, where you are.”



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“The ultimate goal of emotional agility is to keep a sense of challenge and growth alive and well throughout your life.”



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“Courage is not an absence of fear; courage is fear walking.”



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"Emotionally agile people are dynamic… able to tolerate high levels of stress and to endure setbacks… to act according to their most cherished values and pursue big, long-term goals."



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Mentally create distance by imagining going above or far away from the thought you are having.



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Bottling and brooding

Bottling and brooding

  • Bottlers ignore, push aside, and avoid—sometimes getting repaid with unexpected outbursts.
  • Brooders complain, wearing out their friends, spouses, or themselves as they rehearse what might have been or what will be—but never moving on.


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