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Fun Facts (November 2010)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Monday, November 1, 2010
Updated: Friday, December 28, 2012

Here is a great way to discover some fun facts about yourself! The University of Pennsylvania offers a free Authentic Happiness inventory online. The inventory is connected to the book Authentic Happiness by Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D. The online test will help each individual who completes it to identify his or her top strengths. The idea is…if we know our top strengths, we can capitalize on them to grow into the people we are supposed to be.

Along with the Authentic Happiness Test there are several other tests online to help individuals get more in touch with themselves. Self awareness is defined as understanding what is important to you, understanding how you experience things, knowing what you want, knowing how you feel, and knowing how you come across to others (Weisinger, 1998).

Why is being self aware so important?

  • Self-awareness is the building block to which all elements of Emotional Intelligence are built upon.
  • It is important to gain a full understanding of your emotions and how they relate to others in order to effectively make decisions both in and out of the workplace.
  • By developing self-awareness, you will be more prepared to make decisions that will not only increase your emotional satisfaction, but also the satisfaction of the people you interact with.
  • Emotional intelligence is based on the idea that you must first become aware of your emotions before you are able to alter your behavior for better results. Studies show that managers who maintain a high level of self-awareness are rated as more effective by both superiors and subordinates than those who are not self-aware (Harvard Business Review).
  • Knowledge about the nature of your personality is vital to making sound decisions.

Understanding personal emotions can be difficult, but worth the process. Dr. John D. Mayer, a psychologist at the University of New Hampshire, has identified three categories that he believes people fall into when it comes to identifying and dealing with their emotions.

  1. Self-aware. These people are aware of their moods as they are having them. Their mindfulness helps them manage their emotions. When they are in a bad mood they don't obsess about it, and are able to get out of it sooner.
  2. Engulfed. These are people who often feel swamped by their emotions and helpless to escape them, as though their emotions have taken charge. They are not very aware of their feelings, so that they are lost in them rather than having some perspective. As a result, they do little to try to escape bad moods, feeling they have not control over their emotional life. They often feel overwhelmed and emotionally out of control.
  3. Accepting. While these people are often clear about what they are feeling, they also tend to be accepting of their moods, and so don't try to change them. There seem to be two branches of the accepting type: those who are usually in good moods and so have little motivation to change them, and people who, despite their clarity about their moods, are susceptible to bad ones but accept them with a laissez-faire attitude, doing nothing to change them despite their distress- a pattern found among depressed people who are resigned to their despair (Goleman, 1998).

Shortcomings in Emotional Intelligence come from habit learned early. Self-awareness is the first step to identifying and changing your behaviors. In order to change a habit, you must first notice when you're falling into it, and second, practice a different response.

To discover more FUN FACTS about yourself visit: Authentic Happiness

Works Cited

Goleman, D (1995). Emotional Intelligence. Why it can matter more than IQ. New York, NY: Bantam Books.

Goleman, D (1998). What makes a leader? Harvard Business Review, 76(6). 224-231.

Goleman, D (1998). Working With Emotional Intelligence. New York, NY: Bantam Books.

Weisinger, H. (1998). Emotional Intelligence at Work. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers.

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Quotes (December 2010)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Friday, October 1, 2010
Updated: Friday, December 28, 2012

December Quotes are dedicated to winter as a good time to slow down, recap, and consider what comes next. The Buddha will be our guide for this process.



Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.

With gentleness overcome anger. With generosity overcome meanness. With truth overcome deceit.

Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you.

Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you as your shadow, unshakable.

In this world hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace. Better than a thousand hollow verses is one verse that brings peace.

There is no fire like passion, no crime like hatred, no sorrow like separation, no sickness like hunger, and no joy like the joy of freedom…

You too shall pass away. Knowing this, how can you quarrel?

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

You are the source of all purity and impurity. No one purifies another.

It is better to do nothing than to do what is wrong. For whatever you do, you do to yourself.

To share happiness and to have done something good before leaving this life is sweet.

Master your words. Master your thoughts. Never allow your body to do harm. Follow these three roads with purity and you will find yourself upon the one way, the way of wisdom.

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

The mind is everything; what you think you become.

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.

On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest property.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

The greatest prayer is patience.

Never speak harsh words for they will rebound upon you. Angry words hurt and the hurt rebounds.Like a broken gong.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

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