Monday, November 29, 2010

Kaizen!

Kaizen! Breaking tasks down into small, incremental steps…

Kaizen is a Japanese management concept for incremental (gradual, continuous) change (improvement); breaking tasks into small, manageable steps. Kaizen is also a way of life philosophy based on making little changes on a regular basis. Kaizen is about finding new, creative, and effective ways to improve one’s life…from tackling the mundane to managing our stress, to attaining our life vision.

Learn how to put Kaizen in action in your life... Live A Flourishing Life.

Have a joyful day everyone...
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

*From Live A Flourishing Life

Words of Wisdom

Human flourishing involves the rational use of one’s individual human potentialities, including talents, abilities, and virtues in the pursuit of his freely and rationally chosen values and goals.
~ Edward W. Younkins

From Live A Flourishing Life

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Practice Gratitude

Psychological research finds that people's happiness levels are remarkably stable over the long-term. A possible explanation comes from studies in the psychology of gratitude. Yes, you read that correctly — being thankful just may be the secret to happiness.

The study* cited that people who were in the gratitude condition felt fully 25% happier — they were more optimistic about the future, they felt better about their lives.

The words "gratitude" and "grace" share a common Latin origin — gratus, meaning "pleasing" or "thankful." When you are in a deep state of gratitude, you may feel the presence of grace. Reflect on this. As we become more mindful of the present moment, we begin to recognize the things around us that we may have taken for granted.

Learning to practice gratitude is one of life's most valuable lessons. As Aristotle taught us, all virtues have value and the virtue of gratitude helps to increase feelings of satisfaction with our lives and keeps us from falling into the excess of a greedy or entitled frame of mind.**

There are many simple, yet powerful ways to practice gratitude on a daily basis.
  • Thank, separately, both the cashier and the bagger at the grocery store.
  • Send a hand-written thank you note when you receive a gift, however small.
  • Make "thank you" a common phrase in your vocabulary.
  • Keep a gratitude journal. Each night write 1-3 things for which you were grateful during the day.
Have a joyful Thanksgiving everyone. And remember to live a gracious and flourishing life.
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

*Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389

**Excerpt from Live A Flourishing Life

Sunday, November 21, 2010

About Conflict

Conflict is a critical event in the course of a relationship. Conflict can cause resentment, hostility, and perhaps the ending of that relationship. However, conflict can be productive and lead to deeper understanding, mutual respect, and closeness.

Do you shy away from conflict? Which of the following statements may reflect your approach to conflict?
  • My underlying anger may get out of control.
  • To me, conflict is an all-or-nothing situation.
  • I find it difficult to face conflict because I feel inadequate.
  • I have difficulty positively asserting my views and feelings.
*Excerpt from Live A Flourishing Life

Have a joyful day everyone...
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Characteristics Of Resilient People - 2

Adopt a "Where there's a will, there's a way" attitude

Resilient people have a penchant for learning. They have the ability to reflect upon and recognize objectively their strengths and weaknesses. This self-reflection helps them gain insight into their current circumstances, opening them to new ideas and new tactics for dealing with crises.

Resilient people have the ability to look at critical situations in a new way, finding creative approaches towards solving a problem. They recognize that life is a series of good times and not so good times, and that you need the bad to appreciate the good. Hard times build character, creating positive lessons that better equip us to cope in the future.

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

*Excerpt from Live A Flourishing Life

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

2010 APA Stress in America Findings

Since 2006, the American Psychological Association has commissioned an annual nationwide survey as part of its Mind/Body Health campaign to examine and understand the impact of stress on Americans. The results of the Stress in America survey draws attention to the serious physical and emotional implications of stress.

Yesterday (11/9/10), the APA released its findings, cautioning "stress may become a public health crisis." The survey is an indicator about the long-term impact that chronic stress may have on Americans' physical and emotional health. Psychologist Norman B. Anderson, PhD, the APA’s chief executive officer and executive vice president stated, "America is at a critical crossroads when it comes to stress and our health."

His statement is not a broad stroke. Since 2006, nearly 75% of Americans say they experience stress at levels that "exceed what they define as healthy." Stress is related to numerous chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and depression, and is a contributing factor to many leading causes of death.

"People are also saying they have difficulty implementing the changes they know will decrease their stress and improve their health," Anderson said. "Yet, our health care system is not adequately addressing this issue or providing the behavioral health treatments that can help Americans. All of us, including the medical community, need to take stress seriously since stress could easily become our next public health crisis."

To learn more about how you can decrease stress in your life, please visit my web site, www.liveaflourishinglife.com.

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

Monday, November 8, 2010

Characteristics Of Resilient People - 1

It is the very nature of life to strive to continue in being.
Since this continuance can be secured only by constant renewals,
life is a self-renewing process.
~ John Dewey
The ability to bounce back

How quickly we bounce back from crises and tragedy is dependent on how resilient we are. Sometimes, however, our lack of understanding about our life experiences — or habits that don’t serve us — keeps us from adapting when new stresses affect us. As we reflect upon and come to terms with our personal history, and take steps to adjust the undermining attitudes and habits, the greater will be our ability to bounce back quickly.

*Excerpt from Live A Flourishing Life

Have a joyful day everyone...
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What Do We Mean By "To Flourish..."

To live a flourishing life is to live in the mean, to live in balance between the excesses and the deficiencies. We do this by:
  • uncovering and embracing the attitudes and habits that serve us
  • identifying and eliminating those habits that do not
  • recognizing signs our body is under stress
  • discovering our stress triggers
  • acquiring, developing, and honing our resilience skills and attitudes
To learn more about how you can live a flourishing life, please visit my web site,
www.liveaflourishinglife.com.

Have a joyful day everyone...
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Process of Change

To successfully develop and implement a stress management and resilience-building plan, one must be committed to the change process. Change is not easy; old habits die hard. Change is especially hard when a behavior or attitude is longstanding, or involves an addictive substance. (Just ask anyone attempting to quit smoking.) And change is stressful.

Change requires:
  • thinking differently
  • acting differently, and
  • commitment.
*Excerpt from Live A Flourishing Life

Have a joyful day everyone...
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

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