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Live Well is Network Seven’s new health and wellbeing series going to air May 2014.  Live Well will be the TV you turn to for an honest and open discussion about health and wellbeing, inspiring people to a more positive outcome. Engaging, informative and entertaining, this  10 x one hour series will champion and celebrate good health …  helping people stay active, live better and reach their lifestyle goals. 

One of the topics Live Well is keen to look at is winter happiness. Do you find it difficult to motivate during the winter months? Are you always working, but never playing? Do you find yourself feeling flat most of the time? Do you just want a little push to get that extra edge of happiness in your life?

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We are looking for an individual who feels they could be happier, with more motivation and energy to enjoy their life. We are seeking an individual who is stuck in a bit of a rut, and wants to do something about it.   

 

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Live Well is Network Seven’s new health and wellbeing series going to air May 2014.  Live Well will be the TV you turn to for an honest and open discussion about health and wellbeing, inspiring people to a more positive outcome. Engaging, informative and entertaining, this  10 x one hour series will champion and celebrate good health …  helping people stay active, live better and reach their lifestyle goals. 

GET INVOLVED WITH THE SHOW.

One of the topics Live Well is keen to look at is screen addiction. Is your family addicted to screen devices ? Is technology always on in your house, robbing your  family of time together …. do your children become, irritable and frustrated when deprived of their iPads or laptops ?  Do you stay online longer than originally intended ?

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Welcome to the September edition of the newsletter. 

Last couple of months has seen me single handedly prop up Qantas share price, launch a new research project with Deakin University around understanding the psychology of transitions within HR professionals (detail on this later in the research section of the newsletter) and battle sleep deprivation with a new born baby in the house. Add to this I have become an ambassador for the White Ribbon foundation and we are progressing on the research looking at how the Third Space can be used to reduce the incidence of violence against women.

One of the most exciting things of late has been presenting at the Happiness and It’s Causes conference in Melbourne with the Dali Lama. After spending 3 days with the leading researchers from all over the globe here is what I learnt about happiness. 

 

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You only get one chance to make a first impression! This has been the catch cry of many a self help book for, .... well for forever. Some even get very technical and give you clear metrics to adhere to, “People make their minds up about you in 1/10 of a second so make that time count”. But psychology shows us that there is a simple and more powerful formula to winning people over?

 

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One of the biggest killers of productivity is not a lack of innovation, productive systems or visionary thinking, its politics. UK studies show that the average manager wastes one and a half days a week on dealing with politics. When people focus on internal petty issues it is incredibly distracting and they spend less time executing and getting work done. Also politics results in a tremendous amount of negative emotion in the organisation leading to poorer performance.

 

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One of the biggest killers of productivity is not a lack of innovation, productive systems or visionary thinking, its politics. UK studies show that the average manager wastes one and a half days a week on dealing with politics. When people focus on internal petty issues it is incredibly distracting and they spend less time executing and getting work done. Also politics results in a tremendous amount of negative emotion in the organisation leading to poorer performance.

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Innovation Pessimism

- Wed Jan 23 2013

Just read an interesting article in The Economosit and thought you might find it interesting. It is built around a paper by Tyler Cowen (an economist from George Mason University) where he claims that innovation and great ideas are slowing down and not driving growth. The Economists article presents arguments on both sides of the fence. There are some fascinating points made, in particular about how effective is R&D is today compared to 60 years ago and have really big ideas that change the way we live come to an end.

Hope you enjoy it.

 

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I was recently asked by Australian Women’s Weekly to write an article on my top tips to get people out of a rut. It got me thinking about new years resolutions and how very few people stick to them. One of the reasons is that we often feel daunted by the goals or actually we struggle to accurately set effective goals. Rather than set goals this year could you focus on introducing some new behaviours. Here are some behaviours guaranteed to raise your mojo in 2013.

 

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Law of Attraction

- Tue Dec 18 2012

 

As we move through life I think we collect multiple personalities. Well I certainly have. When I left high school I developed a personality that was a bit of a hippie. I call him Willow. Willow wears comfortable shoes, is into alternative medicine, green tea and meditation. At parties he is a ‘close talker’ and lives by the mantra ‘a stranger is a friend I just haven’t met yet’. However as I moved through university and became a scientist Willow was starved of oxygen. A new personality began to rise up. I call him Gordon. Gordon has elbow pads on his jacket, enjoys the witty humor of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and lives by the mantra ‘if you cant measure it doesn’t exist’. 

 

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Often we turn to athletes as our source of inspiration to help uncover the secret to reaching your peak performance. While they can provide some sound advice, it can't always be applied to the business world.

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Dr Adam Fraser examines some commonly held beliefs about happiness and well-being and lists some easy changes you can make for a happier and and healthier life.

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