Take it easy * with emotional intelligence at work

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* 19 June is World Sauntering day.  “The purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it.”

Jeremy Marchant
Slow down and get in the flow
Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow".   Worth getting into the flow of this video [18:55]  Transcript
Why women don't relax
Men may spend their free time relaxing but, for women, it's just another form of work, says Germaine Greer.
How to ask open questions confidently
A surprising number of people believe they can’t ask open questions, so their conversations, as a manager or a service provider, don’t get the best contribution from the interviewee.  Here are some tips.
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How to stay calm
Travis Bradberry gives ten sensible suggestions (we all know we should do them, but do we?)
What would you sing in a German train station?
The vocal group, Árstíðir, sing an Icelandic hymn "Heyr himna smiður" at the train station in Wuppertal.  Written by Kolbeinn Tumason (1208), music by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1970s)  [3:37]
Quotations of the day
I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant.  They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity—all I hope for in my clothes. 
Yves Saint-Laurent (1936-2008), French fashion designer
To saunter is a science; it is the gastronomy of the eye. To take a walk is to vegetate; to saunter is to live…
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist
I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping,
turns a casual look upon you and then averts his face,
Leaving it to you to prove and define it,
Expecting the main things from you.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892), American poet and journalist 
Blog of the week
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