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Reading literary fiction boosts readers’ emotional skills

By | 2016-10-21T12:51:52+00:00 October 16th, 2016|Categories: Personal Success, Relationships|Tags: , |

If you read literary fiction, it boosts your emotional intelligence.

Although the genre of fiction in general didn’t improve emotional skills.

There is no strict distinction between literary and genre fiction. But we include in literary fiction, for instance, Lydia Davis, George Orwell, and Kazuo Ishiguro.

For instance, romances, or books by Rosamunde Pilcher, Tom Clancy, and Stephen King belong to genre fiction.

This was true even when accounting for demographic variables. These included age, gender, educational achievement, undergraduate major, and self-reported empathy.

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Many parents made the mistake of giving love to their children

By | 2016-10-02T03:20:20+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , |

Many parents made the mistake of giving love and approval to their children only when their children did something that they wanted them to do. A child who has grown up with this kind of conditional love tends to seek for unconditional approval from others all his or her life.

When the child becomes an adult, this need for approval from the parent is transferred to the workplace and onto the boss. The adult employee can then become preoccupied with the opinion of the boss. This preoccupation can lead to an obsession to perform to some undetermined high standard.

Brian Tracy, “Attitude vs. Aptitude‏”, newsletter

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Religion or spirituality has positive impact

By | 2016-09-05T16:13:54+00:00 September 5th, 2016|Categories: Healthy, Personal Success, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

on romantic/marital relationships, child development, research shows.

Adolescents who attend religious services with one or both of their parents are more likely to feel greater well-being while romantic partners who pray for their “significant others” experience greater relationship commitment, according to research.

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Religion and Well-being

By | 2016-09-05T15:54:47+00:00 September 5th, 2016|Categories: Healthy, Personal Success, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

“Results showed that among people who were more genetically predisposed toward social sensitivity (i.e., G/G genotype), Koreans had greater psychological well-being if they were more religious; however, European Americans with the G/G genotype had lower psychological well-being if they were more religious.”

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Expressive writing is used to diminish difficult life experiences.

By | 2016-08-28T06:44:14+00:00 August 28th, 2016|Categories: Healthy, Personal Success, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

For example “in an experiment with 63 recently unemployed professionals, those assigned to write about the thoughts and emotions surrounding their job loss were reemployed MORE QUICKLY than those who wrote about non- traumatic topics or who did not write at all.

Expressive writing appeared to influence individuals’ attitudes about their old jobs and about finding new employment rather than their motivation to seek employment.”

Besides, expressive writing can improve immune system and lung function, enhance relationships and social role functioning.

The Writing Cure: How Expressive Writing Promotes Health and Emotional Well-Being” Crisis The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention 23(3) · September 2002

Expressive Writing and Coping with Job Loss” Stefanie P. Spera1, Eric D. Buhrfeind2 and James W. Pennebaker2 / Academy of Management Journal

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Smiling helps boost your mood and increase happiness

By | 2016-08-22T16:38:57+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Healthy, Relationships|Tags: , |

Whereas other studies have examined effects of emotional expression on immediate emotional experience, this study investigated the more lasting influence of practised  expressions.
Participants repeatedly produced the facial expressions and postures associated with either Happiness , Sadness or Anger. Subsequently, participants responsive to their bodily, personal cues felt more of the emotions they practised, even though they were no longer performing the expressive behaviour.
In a separate procedure, they recalled more life events with an emotional content associated with their training. No mood changes occurred for participants responsive to situational cues.
Do you want to be happier? It’s simply- smile.

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