The path to personal and professional fulfillment is rarely straight. Ask anyone who has achieved his or her biggest goals or whose relationships thrive, and you'll hear stories of many unexpected detours along the way. What separates those who master these challenges and those who get derailed? The answer is agility - emotional agility.
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On March 11, 2011, an earthquake large enough to knock the earth from its axis sent a massive tsunami speeding toward the Japanese coast and the aging and vulnerable Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors. Over the following weeks, the world watched in horror as a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe: fail-safes failed, cooling systems shut down, nuclear rods melted.
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With the possible exception of Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch, very few of us have the luxury of being able to be completely and utterly ourselves all the time at work. The rest of us are called upon to perform what psychologists call "emotional labor" - the effort it takes to keep your professional game face on when what you’re doing is not concordant with how you feel. We do this outside the office too, but it is perhaps more important at work .
Susan David, author of "Emotional Agility" and psychologist at Harvard Medical School, on learning to unhook from strong feelings.
Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Emotional Agility by Susan David, read by Claire Gordon-Webster. Every day we speak around 16,000 words - but inside our minds we create tens of thousands more. Thoughts such as 'I'm not spending enough time with my children' or 'I'm not good enough to present my work' can seem to be unshakable facts. In reality they're the judgemental opinions of our inner voices.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.
We often hear tips and tricks for helping us to "control" our emotions, but that's the wrong idea: strong emotions aren't bad, and they don't need to be pushed down or controlled; they are, in fact, data. "How to Manage Your Emotions Without Fighting Them" is from hbr.org, published on November 28, 2016.
You can’t go more than five minutes these days without hearing about stress: stress tests, stress management, how everyone’s eventual cause of death will probably be - you guessed it - stress. We humblebrag about stress, we complain about it, we take yoga classes and meditate to get rid of it. We’re obsessed. But I’m about to propose something that might sound crazy: You don’t need to get rid of stress to live a happy, fulfilling life.
This edition of CatoAudio features David Boaz and Susan Chamberlin previewing the 108th Congress; Ron Faucheux on lessons from Election 2002; Charles Rounds on the semantics of Social Security; David Kopel on the risks of undermining The Posse Comitatus Act; New Zealand Ambassador John Wood on free trade and agriculture; and William Saletan on "Framing the Debate".
"Read It and Weep" by Adam Gopnik; "Tear, Slap, Clack" by Susan Sheehan; "The Risk Pool" by Malcolm Gladwell; "Manifold Destiny" by Sylvia Nasar and David Gruber; and "Borderlines" by Anthony Lane.
Writer David Stewart has a collection of valuable paintings by the impressionist painter Claude Monet. And he has a team of international curators taking care of them. That's because they're stored not in Stewart's private gallery, but in museums all over the world. Wherever he travels, he visits one of "his Monets", personal favorites that he makes a point of spending time with on each trip. That way, he comes to know them intimately, in his gallery of the mind.