Modern versions of a sabre-toothed tiger

Modern versions of a sabre-toothed tiger In the last blog: Our old-fashioned stress response, we discussed how our stress alerts can keep us in constant state of alert disproportionate to the situations we find ourselves in. This can lead to problems with our health and well-being. This time we are sharing a story taken from Anger Kills by Redford and Virginia Williams page 25. This is a very useful book on hostility—one of Redford Williams main subjects of research. The story charts what happens in a person’s body when they suffer irritation...

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Being able to imagine yourself in the other person’s wheelchair

In the last couple of months, trouble with first one knee and then the other necessitated a period of needing airport assistance when I fly. It’s a delicate situation where it is possible to feel quite vulnerable, even exposed and it has been a real discovery to meet the people whose job it is to deliver this kind of support. Basically, you get put into a wheelchair, or on to a buggy and are zipped through passport control and security at top speed with minimum inconvenience—unless you feel being delivered like a package to your plane count...

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Finding someone difficult at work? Try smiling at them!

[tube]P-cJdQ6swWo[/tube] There are friends of mine who would make a big deal out of saying how yucky the idea is of walking around with a big photo of your smile and showing it to people but I would challenge them to watch this video and not feel moved by the responses that the artist Claire Lemmel inspires with her photo. It brought home to me how easy it is to forget to smile when we get absorbed at work. There’s always so much to do in such short amount of time, as well as worrying about all the things to be done once we get out of work...

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