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Focusing on the positive can bring positive change- What's working well in your organization? 
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We're changing this newsletter and would love your input...

We want to make this newsletter as useful as possible for you, so we are:

1) Experimenting with new content and formats (see below)
2) Inviting your quick input on what would make this newsletter as useful as possible for you. 

Below you'll find:
  • A quick tip to boost happiness--and effectiveness--at work.
  • The 5 most popular Happy Brain Science blogs of all time.
We love feedback, so if you choose to share your thoughts we would appreciate it very much. You can always simply reply to these emails, and your reply will come to me. Thanks in advance for reading and sharing.

- Scott Crabtree
Chief Happiness Officer

Happy Brain Tip: Ask "What's Working Well?"


Do you have a difficult situation at work that you need to address?

Science suggests our "negativity bias" means we will focus on what's wrong. But science also suggests a better way. Rather than focusing on the negative and what hasn't worked, try instead to ask positive questions to focus on what’s already working well. Then work with colleagues to come up with ways to maximize those things that are already working well as a way to help solve the problem.

When you identify what is working well, you aren't speculating; you are finding what actually works for you and your team.
 
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Walking our Talk:


As we approach our 100th blog post, we've paused to ask ourselves: "What has been working well in the blog?"

To help us answer that question we first looked at the top 5 HappyBrainScience.com blog posts of all time: 
  1. Mindsight Mindfulness techniques to boost focus and happiness
  2. GO Beyond SMART to SMARTEST Goals How to maximize goals
  3. Increase Employee Engagement How to apply the SCARF Model
  4. The Elements of Great Managing 12 performance-driven questions
  5. Your Brain at Work Surprises about the brain and techniques to try 
Now we'd love to hear from you! If you're willing and able, we'd greatly appreciate you taking the time to answer this 2-question survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/askwhatsworkingwell

We are excited to maximize those things that are already working well in this newsletter and on our blog to offer you even better tips and tools to boost thriving in in your workplace!

With gratitude, 
   - The Happy Brain Science Team
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This Month's Events

Below is the list of organizations and events where we will be teaching people to apply the science of flourishing over the next month. Please note several of these are open to the public with registration; we would love to see you there!

Clark College, Vancouver, WA
The Science of Being Happy and Productive at Work
Friday, October 7th
Presented by Ayla Lewis

National Speakers Association, Portland, OR
What Speakers Can Learn From Game Designers 
Monday, October 10th 

Presented by Scott Crabtree
Open to the public, register here

ATD Conference, Portland, OR
Remember This! The Science of Learning and Memory
What Trainers Can Learn from Game Designers
Thursday, October 13th
Presented by Scott Crabtree
Open to the public, register here

Lane County Human Resource Association, Eugene, OR
Engaging Employees to do Great Work, Happily
Tuesday, October 18th

Presented by Scott Crabtree and Ayla Lewis
Open to the public, register here

Oregon Judicial Department, Salem, OR
Truly Tapping Your Strengths--And Those of Your Team!
Wednesday October 19th 

Presented by Ayla Lewis

Leadership Oregon, Salem, OR
Presenting the Essential Story
Wednesday, October 19th

Presented by Scott Crabtree

InnSight Hotel Management Group, Springfield, OR
Empower Your Inner CEO with Mindfulness; Choose Happiness @ Work
Friday, October 21st
Presented by Scott Crabtree

We Communications, Portland, OR
The Science of Subduing Stress
Thursday, October 27th 
Presented by Scott Crabtree

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