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Resilience - Part 1

Resilience – Part 1When I was in grade school, I played the clarinet.  On the day of my first music competition, I prepared to play a piece that I had been practicing for weeks.  The room was packed.  I took a deep breath and started playing.  Instead of notes, only loud honking noises, and my clarinet sounded like a flock of geese.  Not having any additional reeds in my clarinet case, I had to excuse myself and travel back to school to get a fresh supply.  When I returned, still red-faced with embarrassment, the judge let me play my song. …

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Balance at the Bar

We’re only a few months into 2010, and if you’re like many people, your New Year’s resolutions have been pushed aside as work and life again compete for your time. If you find yourself living life at an unsustainable pace, it’s not too late to make balance a priority. These five steps can help:1. Lead with an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude is more than “saying thank you.” It’s looking on the bright side of a setback; it’s savoring; it’s not taking something or someone for granted; and it’s appreciation. What are you thankful for? Can you think of someone you…

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How Do You Respond to Good News?

How many of you have heard some good news recently?  How did you respond to it?  Seems like an odd question, but did you know that what distinguishes good and poor relationships is not how you respond to disappointments, but how you respond to good news?  That means that there is a right way and a wrong way to respond when you hear good news.  The best way is called “active constructive responding,” and researcher Shelly Gable created a matrix showing the different response styles.  Here is an example of the different response styles using the good news of a…

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