On deep, compassionate listening.
Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
Read on for some tips: How to Fight Stress with Empathy | Greater Good
This is from a year ago, and it feels important to post it once again today.
The new book “The Happiness Track” explains how to use the science of happiness to preserve your energy and be more productive.
In The Happiness Track, Seppälä tries to untangle one of the knottiest problems of the modern age: our burned out, overscheduled lifestyle. We are stuck in a jumble of feeling overwhelmed yet never accomplishing enough, trussed up by the underlying assumptions that we hold about productivity:Success requires stress. We have to compete with others. We can’t cut ourselves any slack. “We have simply accepted overextension as a way of life,” she writes.
To combat this problem, the typical advice is to manage your time better: Prioritize. Make better to-do lists. Delegate unnecessary tasks. If that hasn’t worked for you, don’t be surprised; nature abhors a vacuum, and so do we. If we give ourselves an extra hour, we’ll find some task to fill it with. So time is not the commodity we should be tracking and managing, Seppälä argues. Instead, we need to manage our energy.
Seppälä outlines six qualities to cultivate that will contribute to both our productivity and our happiness. In effect, they’re also ways to boost energy without making big changes to our schedules.
Read about these six qualities here: Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time | Greater Good
One of the greatest barriers to altruism is group difference: we feel less motivated to help someone if they don’t seem to belong to our group. This exercise from the Greater Good in Action platform can help expand your sense of shared identity with others to boost your inner altruist. Learn more, accept the challenge, and read the “Why You Should Try It” page here: Shared Identity | Practice | Greater Good in Action.
Many Asian Americans fail to see this systematic violence as related to them, when in fact history has taught us that white supremacy is a revolving door that deems different groups of marginalized folks as “unsafe” based on what benefits white people at the time. White people will always find new reasons to profile people of color as criminals, spies, terrorists, and so forth, and Asian Americans are not immune. When the tide of favorability turns against us, I would hope that other people of color would stand in solidarity — just as Asian American folks need to stand in solidarity now.
Read the whole essay here: I’m Chinese American and I Think This Weekend’s Peter Liang Protests Were a Problem, and an Opportunity