How Emotional Intelligence Fuels Employee Happiness and Productivity

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Apr, 01, 2024

Great leaders know that taking care of their team is just as important as achieving great results. But finding the right balance between productivity and avoiding burnout can be tricky. Luckily, Daniel Goleman, an expert on emotional intelligence, has developed a compelling framework to help leaders navigate this terrain effectively.

Goleman, the author of the influential book 'Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ' and his latest work 'Optimal,' shares insights on how leaders can use emotional intelligence to create work environments where employees thrive. His teachings are particularly relevant for leaders looking to boost morale, enhance team dynamics, and build a culture of resilience and satisfaction.

In this article, we'll explore the essential elements of emotional intelligence, its significance in the workplace, and techniques for leaders to foster an emotionally attuned workforce. 

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

The Science Behind Junk Food Cravings

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Mar, 25, 2024

Ever wondered why foods like ice cream, cookies, chips, chocolate, and pizza are just so darn irresistible? It's like these foods have a magnetic pull, drawing us in with their powerful charm.

The secret behind their allure?

They're hyperpalatable. This means they've been crafted with a perfect storm of ingredients that elevate their taste to an almost irresistible level. The synergy between sugar, salt, and fat creates a flavor explosion that's hard to beat, making each bite more tempting than the last. Scientists have uncovered that these junk foods are designed to hit all the right notes in our brains, sparking a kind of pleasure fireworks that makes them nearly impossible to resist.

This spells a daily challenge for employees everywhere, as the workplace becomes a battleground against these tempting treats. But here's the twist: overcoming this temptation isn't about sheer willpower. It's about understanding the science that makes us crave these foods and devising smart strategies to outwit our cravings.

Below, we'll explore the world of addictive junk foods. We'll unravel the mysteries of their appeal and arm you with practical tips to help you navigate away from their grasp.

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces, Wellness at Work

10 Fun Ways to Weave More Fiber into Your Workplace Wellness Program

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Mar, 04, 2024

Even though keto, intermittent fasting, and carnivore diets are all the rage these days, let's not forget about the unsung hero of nutrition fiber. 

This humble nutrient might not make headlines like the latest diet fads, but trust us, it's the superhero your body has been waiting for.

A staggering 95% of Americans fail to meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommended daily fiber intake. This oversight has led to the widespread "fiber gap," a nutritional shortfall with significant implications for our health.

Read on to learn all the amazing benefits of fiber and discover effective strategies to educate your employees to ensure they are incorporating this superhero nutrient into their diet.

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

Manifestation: The Secret to a Healthier You

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Feb, 26, 2024

In the world of wellness and self-improvement, the concept of "mind over matter" has taken a tangible form through the practice of manifestation.

This ancient technique involves focusing your thoughts and energy on manifesting the things you want to achieve in life. It has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, where the hashtag #Manifestation has gained billions of views.

While the idea of manifesting material possessions and wealth may be appealing, there is a deeper question at play: Can we use this technique to manifest a healthier version of ourselves?

Let's dive into the research and explore how manifestation may help us boost our health and well-being. 

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

15 Ways to Instantly Feel Better

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Feb, 12, 2024

Elmo. As a therapist.

We certainly didn't have that on our 2024 BINGO card.

Elmo, the much-loved Sesame Street character, unintentionally became a therapist when he asked his social media followers how they felt. This simple question prompted an enormous response, with thousands of people sharing their emotional struggles and emphasizing the collective need for coping mechanisms in the midst of life's chaos.

The response was so overwhelming that the Sesame Street account had to provide mental health resources to assist those who were struggling with emotional issues.

Elmo's recent social media post is a poignant reminder of the importance of mental health and a call to action to check in on loved ones and colleagues. Inspired by Elmo's unexpected role, we've compiled some of our favorite ways to feel better instantly.

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

Wellness Made Easy: 8 Tips to Jumpstart Your Health

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Feb, 05, 2024

$5.6 trillion.

Yes, you read that right.

The global wellness industry has ballooned into a $5.6 trillion behemoth, according to the Global Wellness Institute. Mind-boggling, isn't it? With every scroll through our feeds, we're bombarded with the latest diet trends, must-have fitness gadgets, an endless supply of supplements, and influencers telling us how we should live our healthiest lives. It's enough to make anyone's head spin.

But here's a little secret: Getting healthier, boosting your vibe, and feeling like a million bucks doesn't have to be a maze of complexity and confusion. We've distilled the noise down to eight straightforward, no-nonsense tips that anyone can start using today. And we're not just talking the talk; we're going to walk you through how to weave these life-changers into the fabric of your everyday life.

And what's even more awesome? These tips aren't just for your personal benefit. Spread the wellness love in your workplace, too. Trust us, nurturing a culture of health and happiness at work is the ultimate win-win.

Ready? Let's go!

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

Steering Clear of PUFAs: The Hidden Risks of Polyunsaturated Seed Oils

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Jan, 29, 2024

Do you remember what you ate yesterday? Were your food choices healthy? Did you happen to consume any foods containing polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs)? If you are eating in America, you likely consumed PUFAs at some point in your day.

Seed oils have been getting a lot of attention lately, being praised as the champions of heart-healthy cooking. However, like low-fat yogurts that contain hidden sugars, these oils also have a less glamorous side. They contain high amounts of PUFAs, which may sound like a good thing, but there's a catch.

PUFAs are like the fickle friends of the fatty acid world. They are sensitive and tend to cause drama. When they mix with omega-6 fatty acids, they can cause inflammation and a host of health issues.

Below, we spill the beans (or should we say seeds?!) on everything you need to know about seed oils. From their high-maintenance nature to their potential to cause health problems, we're serving up the essential info.

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

8 Awesome Podcasts That Can Change Your Life

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Jan, 22, 2024

Are you on a quest to enrich your life and broaden your horizons? 

Look no further!

The world of podcasts is brimming with insights, inspiration, and endless opportunities for personal growth. Whether you're on your daily commute, jogging, or tidying up, these audio gems are your ticket to a world of knowledge, shared by experts and enthusiasts alike.

What's fantastic about podcasts is their sheer convenience. Forget about allocating special time to read a book or watch a video. Podcasts fit into your life seamlessly, allowing you to absorb wisdom while engaging in your daily activities. With millions of episodes just a click away, a new discovery is always at your fingertips.

Navigating the vast sea of over five million podcasts can be overwhelming. But fear not! We've scoured the podcast universe to bring you the crème de la crème, focusing on personal growth and well-being. From self-help and spirituality to mental health and productivity, we've curated the best for you.

So sit back, relax, and let us guide you in discovering the best podcasts to help you achieve your goals and improve your overall well-being. 

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

How to Build a Shared Purpose in the Workplace

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Jan, 08, 2024

In an era where the term "work-life balance" often garners skeptical chuckles rather than nods of agreement, forward-thinking companies are carving out a new path in employee wellness and engagement. They are not just offering free gym memberships or throwing some healthy snacks in the break room and calling it a day. Instead, they're developing something far more impactful: a shared purpose.

At the heart of this revolution is the understanding that employees are not just cogs in a corporate machine but individuals seeking meaning and connection in their work. Companies leading the charge recognize that a paycheck, while necessary, doesn't quite quench the thirst for purpose.

Below, discover why fostering a shared purpose is crucial for improving employee well-being and learn how to help your employees connect with a sense of purpose.

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

Balance Like a Pro: Top 5 Mantras for Achieving Work-Life Bliss

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Tue, Jan, 02, 2024

Oh, hello, 2024! The air is buzzing with resolutions and new beginnings in workplaces everywhere.

High on the list of these resolutions? The ever-challenging yet essential task of establishing clear boundaries.

We've all been there, haven't we? Trying to draw those elusive lines in the professional sand, attempting to master the high-wire act of work-life balance. And in those moments when the scales tip too far, when burnout lurks just around the corner, remember to grant yourself a moment of reprieve. It could be a relaxing walk, a brief mindfulness session, or even some quality time with a furry friend.

But balancing work and life isn't just about tactics and strategies to navigate the blurred boundaries between professional and personal realms. It's also about cultivating a state of mind that fosters balance and well-being.

To help you foster that state of mind, we're sharing our top five mantras that we absolutely adore. These are more than mere phrases; they are tools to align your thoughts, to help you regain focus, and to instill a sense of harmony in both your work and personal life. Embrace these mantras and stride towards achieving that elusive yet attainable work-life bliss.

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces



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