5 Reads: Choosing Empathy, Studying Your Successes, Asking for Help and More

Here are five articles that have me thinking…

The Most Courageous Self-Care Act: Learning to Say, “I Need Help”
Shelly Tygielski. Mindful

Key Quote: “Admitting that you need help or a moment to yourself requires courage in its starkest form: vulnerability. For a lot of us, this is a terrifying realization. After all, if we embrace our vulnerability, we run the risk of appearing needy or insufficient. We expose ourselves to rejection. We admit to the world that we’re not indestructible forces. Vulnerability means baring your truth to another and removing that “I’ve Got It All Together” mask we often present to the world. This takes guts.” Read the rest here.


To Become Your Best Self, Study Your Successes
Laura Morgan Roberts, Emily D. Heaphy and Brianna Barker Caza. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “Research stemming from this work shows that people benefit significantly from positive feedback about their strengths and contributions. It fosters healthy emotions, builds personal agency and resourcefulness, and helps to strengthen the quality of our relationships with colleagues, friends and family members. Sharing information about our reflected best selves with new colleagues as a part of onboarding processes also increases job satisfaction and reduces employee turnover.” Read the rest here.


What Mindfulness Can Do for a Team
Lingtao Yu and Mary Zellmer-Bruhn. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “The most important thing organizations can do to increase team mindfulness is to encourage present-focused attention, non-judgmental processing, and respectful communication, as well as an openness to collecting and understanding information before processing it. This helps reduce emotional or reflexive responses, leaving room for teams with diverse knowledge and different functional backgrounds to reach a greater potential.” Read the rest here.


Resilience is the new happiness
Ephrat Livni. Quartz

Key Quote: “For adults, developing resilience might make all the difference between keeping a job or burning out. A small May 2018 study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, published in Frontiers for Psychology, found that as little as two weeks of “compassion meditation” made subjects more resilient in the face of human suffering, meaning they were able to look at struggle non-judgmentally and respond with compassion rather than becoming distraught themselves.” Read the rest here.


In a Divided World, We Need to Choose Empathy
Jamil Zaki. Greater Good Magazine

Key Quote: “Our collaborative flair stems from empathy: the capacity to share, understand, and care about what others feel. Individuals who feel empathy in abundance experience greater happiness and less stress and make friends more easily. These benefits ripple outwards—patients of empathic doctors are more satisfied with their care, spouses of empathic individuals are more satisfied in their marriages, children of empathic parents are better able to manage their emotions, and employees of empathic managers suffer less from stress-related illness.” Read the rest here.


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