“If you can raise somebody’s level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise.
In fact, we’ve found that every single business outcome improves. Your brain at positive is 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral or stressed. You’re 37% better at sales.”
Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage
Mindfulness is the science and art of calming the mind and emotions to be able to engage in work and life with greater ease and awareness. You gain focus, the ability to relate to others better, increased emotional and mental regulation and a greater sense of well-being.
Mindfulness and awareness have been shown to have significant benefits for the workplace:
- Increased productivity and clarity
- Reduced stress and increased happiness and engagement
- Better relationships and ability to collaborate
- Authentic leadership
Mindfulness at Work
Mindfulness increases self-awareness, resiliency and the ability to respond to uncertainty and change.
Without mindfulness, people (and therefore, organizations) tend to be stuck in reactivity, on autopilot, with little freedom or choice. Mindfulness empowers you. Your emotional intelligence increases and you become less likely to get hijacked by your emotions and thoughts. You begin to peel away limitations – stuff that’s not useful to you. That awareness gives you more choice over who you want to be and what you want to be doing.
Overwhelm, health impacts, decreased productivity, loss of creativity, eroding of interpersonal relationships… those are a few of the costs of stress.
Researchers estimate stress costs corporate America over $300 billion – in lost productivity, absenteeism, burnout and turnover – and even more if rising health costs are factored in.
Teaching people about taking back control from stress is critical to creating resilient individuals who retain their zest for life and work.
- Learn critical and practical information and tools for understanding and relieving stress.
- Discover skills to achieve goals with greater clarity of mind – and without losing your sense of humor or health along the way.
- Find ways to tap back into your inner strength.
If your company is new to mindfulness, the stress course is a great place to dive in.
Health and Wellness: Bringing Mindfulness to Health
It’s obvious that illness-caused absenteeism significantly affects corporate productivity. But companies may be losing 32 times as much productivity from ‘presenteeism’ – health problems that prevent employees from functioning optimally. Problems like fatigue, brain fog, pain and low mood rob people of productivity and engagement every day.
Unhealthy employees are the root of increased corporate health care costs. Organizations can reduce costs both by preventing disease and by helping employees manage and eliminate current health challenges.
80% of health care costs are from preventable chronic diseases.
- We’re seeing significant increases in most illnesses including asthma, type 1 diabetes, food allergies and autism.
- Autoimmune Diseases (such as thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, inflammatory bowel disease, pernicious anemia, etc.) are costing people their quality of life. And they’re one of the top 10 leading causes of death of women under age 65. Health costs for AD are over $120 billion a year (for cancer, it’s $70 billion).
- Weight issues plague 75% of US adults. Adult obesity has more than doubled since the 1960’s. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
Senior citizen homes used to be for people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or older. Now it’s becoming increasingly common to find people in their 30’s and even 20’s. Today’s children are the first generation predicted to live shorter lives than their parents.
What’s going on? Why are people getting sicker and at earlier and earlier ages? What can you do to protect you and your loved ones?
You need the bigger picture. The health issues we’re facing are complex. The Health and Wellness seminar provides a systems approach to empower you to take back your health.
The explosion of scientific research on meditation is revealing a long list of benefits –
– from the physical such as lowering your blood pressure, boosting your immune system –
– to the emotional and mental – increasing mindfulness so you stop blindly reacting to events and even rewiring your brain for happiness.
But the practice of meditation is another matter. It can be confusing, difficult and sometimes frustrating. People talk about meditation as though it’s one thing. In actuality, there are many kinds of meditation and each produces different results.
This course is about using meditation in real life; no lotus positions or shaved heads required:
- Explore what meditation is and how you can benefit.
- Dismantle some of the myths surrounding meditation and the practice of it.
- Remove barriers around practicing meditation.
- Learn quick and easy-to-implement tools based on what you want to accomplish.
Eliminating Workplace Toxicity and Politics
Relationship problems are at the base of most problems and stress in the workplace. Corporations lose tons of money due to difficult work environments every year – to the tune of more than $200 billion in the U.S. alone.
Research has uncovered some unexpected findings about toxic workplace relations:
1. Traditional ‘solutions’ rarely work (and, in fact, often further harm victims).
2. The people most targeted are the emotionally intelligent and high performers. In other words, your best people are at risk: they’re repeatedly thwarted from delivering their finest for your company. And toxic workplace issues are probably the biggest reason good people leave their jobs.
3. This problem is called the ‘invisible epidemic.’ All of this can happen right under your nose with you having little awareness of it.