Category Archives: Relations

How to Know When to Give Up on a Debate That’s Going Nowhere

Patrick Allan

How to Know When to Give Up on a Debate That’s Going Nowhere

Some debates seem to explode into mindless arguments where nobody is willing to even try and see eye to eye. To avoid wasting your time with these kinds of debates, here are some red flags to keep an eye out for, and how you might be able to salvage the discussion before backing out. Read more »

How to Control Your Temper Before You Lose It

Patrick Allan

How to Control Your Temper Before You Lose It

We all get angry sometimes, but if you’re prone to rage bursts that rival The Hulk, it can really damage your relationships and even ruin your career. Here are some tips for keeping your cool when your temper feels like a short fuse burning. Read more »

The Definitive Guide to Winning an Argument

Patrick Allan

The Definitive Guide to Winning an Argument

Winning isn’t everything, but it sure is nice. When you don’t see eye to eye with someone, here are the best tricks for winning that argument.

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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

Dr. Travis Bradberry

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.

Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus—an important brain area responsible for reasoning and memory. Weeks of stress cause reversible damage to neuronal dendrites (the small “arms” that brain cells use to communicate with each other), and months of stress can permanently destroy neurons. Stress is a formidable threat to your success—when stress gets out of control, your brain and your performance suffer.

Most sources of stress at work are easy to identify. If your non-profit is working to land a grant that your organization needs to function, you’re bound to feel stress and likely know how to manage it. It’s the unexpected sources of stress that take you by surprise and harm you the most.

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The secret to making your personal mantras stick

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We all live by a set of philosophies and beliefs. They guide the course of our lives and our careers. They give us meaning and purpose and they help us make important decisions.

But could you articulate these principals if someone asked you what they were?

For many, the answer is probably not. Our own accumulated wisdom is central to our selfhood and yet few of us rarely wrestle with, or consider it, in a tangible, useful way.

Without realising it, you have probably assembled a book’s worth of maxims, mantras, koans, axioms and philosophies that are core to who you are or want to be.
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