Starting a new year, made me think about adages or idioms and where they came from. The newspaper is an interesting place to find adages and how they were developed. Of course, the Internet is a great place to quickly find idioms and meanings. Just like these: Where did “a penny saved is a penny earned” come from? https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-penny-saved-is-a-penny-earned.html Meaning: It’s [...]
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One last thing on laughter, the next presentation requires you to laugh at least some of these T-Shirt sayings. Make sure you count how many you laugh at – the more you laugh, the less you are stressed.
Authors, Robin Ferner and Jeffrey Aronson reviewed 785 research papers published since 1946 and determine 15 unfortunate side effects from laughing. Altough Ferner, a clinical pharmacist, did say, “Most of the time it makes people happy, but every now and again it kills them.” *adapted from http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/12/16/thats-not-funny-15-reasons-why-laughing-is-bad-for-you/ Let’s take a look at these 15 reasons why laughing can be bad. Weakened resolve Fainting [...]
How long has it been since you laughed? Really belly laughed? Until you thought you were snorting? Been awhile? I’ve been thinking about this, so I looked up some interesting facts about laughing. Did you know? …we laugh up to 30 times more when we are with others than we are alone. …laughter is contagious. …laughing often and enthusiastically helps our body fight [...]
Receiving Feedback to Understand and Improve: Don’t Do 1. Ignore the feedback 1. View feedback as an opportunity to obtain useful information for reducing conflict, improving productivity, collaboration, etc. 2. Assume the words are an attack; listen with objectivity 2. Assume feedback is offered with the best intentions 3. Just assume you know what they mean or intend 3. Ask for specifics for [...]
Giving Feedback: Don’t Do 1. Hint 1. Offer specific behaviors 2. Talk to others about that person 2. Go to the right person (the one involved) 3. Make personality assumptions 3. Offer pinpointed behaviors 4. Words and actions don’t matter 4. Apply congruent words and nonverbals 5. Forget your tone of voice 5. Watch others’ response to your tone; listen to your tone [...]
Here are the remaining pieces of advice and additional from others: Conversation Rule: Let each person talk about the same time. (Example: if there are 4 people, each should get to talk about 25% of the time). If only one person is doing all the talking, 3 others are bored. Don’t tell your friends when you want to buy shoes. Change the oil [...]
Continuing with the Pieces of Advice, here are some more. Do any of these prick your thoughts about giving advice to others? Tell people you love them (only if you mean it). Wear water-proof mascara. Dye your hair roots. Keep friends of all ages. Improve every day (from DeWitt Jones; photographer for National Geographic). Don’t let an old person into your body. Don’t [...]
Several years ago, a girlfriend attended a party of another friend turning the age of 60. She had everything she needed and didn’t want gifts, so we continued to ponder what fun thing we could give her that would be unique. We came up with “60 pieces of advice”. Over the years, we continue to add more. Here are 15 pieces of advice [...]