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What is the one common attribute that's consistently found among wildly successful people? Money? High education? Lucky breaks? According to Adam Grant, a psychology professor, best-selling author, and researcher in the realm of originality, a love of learning is the key to finding success. It all starts with curiosity. To challenge what is already the norm. To go against the grain and put our energy toward invention and discovery, requires a fascination with the unknown. It requires trying again and again, until originality in a world full of conformity can be found. What about risk-taking? Should we also teeter on the edge of uncertainty and instability? Some interesting evidence suggests otherwise. Success and creativity don't have to mean huge risks. For the full conversation on non-conformity, creativity and success, read on.
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: January 19, 2018, 1:30 pm
When we give, we receive. Altruism is something that humans feel the benefit of. We can be incredibly empathetic. But what about the times when we aren't? Science has the answer. The brain actually puts certain limits - boundaries - on our expressions of good-natured giving. Learn about these 5 heart blocking brain responses. Awareness of these limits may allow us to stretch beyond them, and outside of ourselves, to deepen our capacity for generosity.


Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: January 18, 2018, 1:30 pm
In this interview from "Insights from the Edge," grief counselor Patrick O'Malley discusses "closure," his journey, and his approach to grief, which diverges from the traditional five-stage grief model created by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: January 17, 2018, 1:30 pm
Have you ever wondered what makes it easier for some folks to bounce back from difficulties than others? Resilience, or the ability to overcome adversity, includes 5 core components: resourcefulness, help-seeking, the belief that they can do something to help manage their feelings and to cope, availability of social support, and connections with others. But there's more to the stories of those who cultivate Wholehearted lives despite the stress, anxiety, and trauma they face. In this article, psychologist Brene Brown discusses how spirituality ultimately shapes our ability to bounce back from life's greatest challenges. "Without exception, spirituality the belief in connection, a power greater than self, and interconnections grounded in love and compassion emerged as a component of resilience."
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: January 16, 2018, 1:30 pm
There is a difference between using nonviolent tactics and having nonviolent principles. That difference matters even more today. Kazu Haga, a Kingian Nonviolence trainer based in Oakland, California and founder and coordinator of East Point Peace Academy, explains that nonviolent tactics have victory as the goal and define people as opponents. Nonviolent principles have reconciliation as the goal and define people as being in relationship and part of a beloved community. The core of principled nonviolent action is the unwavering faith in the goodness of human nature. People are not the enemy. Violence and injustice are. A nonviolent revolution binds strategies in principle.
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: January 15, 2018, 1:30 pm
Marsha Onderstijn is a Dutch animator who studied at St. Joost Kunstacademie, a fine arts university in the Netherlands, specializing in 2D animation. In her hand-drawn piece, "Life of Death," Marsha follows a day with Death, who paradoxically learns to fall in love with life. This moving short animation paints Death as a warm character, interested in the goings on of the living, and even feeling remorse for accidentally killing a flower. Marsha invites the viewer to question any fear of death, with old age happily giving into the release and quiet of the next phase of existence. After all, what is death, but the next phase of life?
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: January 14, 2018, 1:30 pm
"I'd gone to the Elko, Nevada Cowboy Poetry Festival at the invitation of some friends. I'd been having a great time. "You've got to visit Capriolas," my friend said - Elkos famous vendor of cowboy gear. It's where I ran into the first black cowboy I'd seen at the festival. I didn't know it was Jim Brooks, a legendary figure. But I didn't need to know that. He was such a striking figure, I immediately inserted myself into the little circle of people he was talking with. This was someone I had to learn more about. I figured it was now or never, and a remarkable experience lay ahead."
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: January 13, 2018, 1:30 pm
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