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Self-esteem consists of three elements

Schiraldi The Self-Esteem WorkbookSelf-esteem consists of three elements: unconditional love, unconditional worth and growth This means a deep, quiet inner security that is not easily shaken under duress or after a disappointing performance. Individuals with healthy self-esteem are humble and recognize all people’s worth, according to Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D., author of The Self-Esteem Workbook.

His good news are that there are these successful strategies for strengthening self-esteem.

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How positively do we see others?

Rohm Positive Personality ProfilesDid you ever watch yourself when you speak about others?  The kind of how you speak about others and how you see others reveals more about yourself than about the persons.

How positively you see others is linked to how happy, kind-hearted and emotionally stable you are.  A person’s tendency to describe others in positive terms is an important indicator of the positivity of the person’s own personality traits.

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Happiness without TV

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“TV doesn’t really seem to satisfy people over the long haul the way that social involvement or reading a newspaper does,” says University of Maryland sociologist John P. Robinson. “It’s more passive and may provide escape – especially when the news is as depressing as the economy itself. The data suggest to us that the TV habit may offer short-run pleasure at the expense of long-term malaise.”

 

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Facebook lowers self-esteem and well-being

Facebook LogoutI mean who is really surprised by the impact of Facebook on self-esteem? In Europe the activities in Facebook are declining, which is widely discussed in books, ebooks and articles.

A study made by University Michigan social psychologist Ethan Kross confirms that Facebook use predicts decline in happiness. Ethan Kross says: “On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result—it undermines it.”

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Exercise for your self-esteem

Penn State researchers found that people’s satisfaction with life was higher on days when they exercised more than usual. So extending your normal exercise routine by a few minutes may be the solution how to boost your self-esteem.

Satisfaction with life is just another expression why a high self-esteem is so important. Are you satisfied with your life? If not, this could be your solution.

“We found that people’s satisfaction with life was directly impacted by their daily physical activity,” said Jaclyn Maher, graduate student in kinesiology. “The findings reinforce the idea that physical activity is a health behavior with important consequences for daily well-being and should be considered when developing national policies to enhance satisfaction with life.”

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“Emerging adults are going through a lot of changes; they are leaving home for the first time and attending college or starting jobs,” said Maher. “As a result, their satisfaction with life can plummet.”

“Shifts in depression, anxiety and stress would be expected to influence a person’s satisfaction with life at any given point in time,” said David Conroy, professor of kinesiology. “In addition, fatigue can be a barrier to engaging in physical activity, and a high Body Mass Index associated with being overweight may cause a person to be less satisfied in a variety of ways.”

The researchers were able to determine that the amount of physical activity a person undertakes in a particular day directly influences his or her satisfaction with life. Specifically, the team found that by exercising just a little more than usual a person can significantly improve his or her satisfaction with life.

Esteem for the biodiversity on our planet Earth

Arizona State University’s International Institute for Species Exploration announces a top 10 new species list each year as part of its public awareness campaign to bring attention to biodiversity.

Check out the Top 10 new species list 2013. My personal favorite is the Lesula Monkey with the human-like eyes. It was discovered in the Lomami Basin of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Lesula Monkey CongoThe day of the announcement is not an accident. Every year it is made on or near May 23 to honor Linnaeus, the initiator of the modern system for naming plants and animals. Almost 2 million species have been named and classified. Scientists estimate though that there are 10-12 million living species on our planet Earth, not included the unknown millions of microbes.

The goal of the mission of the scientists is huge. “We are calling for a NASA-like mission to discover 10 million species in the next 50 years. This would lead to discovering countless options for a more sustainable future while securing evidence of the origins of the biosphere,” Quentin Wheeler, founding director of the International Institute for Species Exploration at ASU, said.

Esteem for animal welfare – or how to ask pigs if they’re optimistic about their lives

Our daily mood affects our judgement of ambiguous events.  We experience this for example at our job. If we’re having a bad day and we’re presented with an ambiguous cue such as our boss calling us into his office, the first thing that goes through our head is what have I done wrong? We call this a negative cognitive bias. But on a good day we greet the same ambiguous event far more positively, we might look forward to a pay rise.

Experts from the Newcastle University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development have shown for the first time that a pig’s mood can lead to similar reactions showing that pigs are capable of complex emotions which are directly influenced by their living conditions. Pigs living in an enriched environment (more space, freedom to roam and play) were optimistic toward an unknown noise. While pigs placed in a smaller, boring environment showed pessimistic reactions toward the same unknown noise.

Dr Catherine Douglas, leader of the research team explains: “We can use this findings to finally answer important questions about animal welfare in relation to a range of farm environments, for pigs and potentially other farm animals.”

Quality of life of our farm animals is becoming increasingly important. The study is part of ongoing research at Newcastle to further our understanding of animal welfare and improve the lives of farmed stock.  For consumers as well as for scientists and government it is important to acknowledge the welfare of farmed stock.

Nobel prize, a strong sign of esteem

If you’ve visited the Nobel Prize website recently you’ll notice that almost each day a new Nobel Prize winner is announced.  There is hardly another prize which draws more public attention to itself and embraces so many parts of society, art and science like the Nobel Prize.

Each year we like to follow the announcements of new winners and mention them when we can.  The prize is a huge public sign of esteem for work that is most often the result of lifelong dedication.

Nobel Prizes are given to selected personalities who demonstrated knowledge, perseverance and success in their efforts.

While we give esteem toward these Nobel Prize winners through public attention we can also give esteem to the numerous people who work behind the scenes.  A Nobel Prize winning success is always the result of the work and enthusiasm of many people.  They all deserve esteem for their efforts.

Esteem for dolphin assisted therapies

Animal therapy is an established treatment in modern medicine.  The positive impact of animals on humans is widely accepted.

Dolphin assisted therapies have the same effects.  Contact with dolphins may not cure ailments but it can help alleviate some symptoms.  Dolphin assisted therapy works similar to that of sound therapy.  EEG tests confirmed that dolphins’ signal frequencies can have a profound effect on the human brain.

Dolphin assisted therapy is worthy of our esteem.  Humans assisted by dolphins provide therapy for thousands of individuals around the world.  These dolphins, as well as their human handlers deserve our esteem.

Elephant Appreciation Day

 On Saturday, September 19, 2009 the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida will celebrate their first annual Elephant Appreciaton Day.

Visitors are invited to experience a rare behind-the-scenes self-guided tour of the elephant barn to see where the elephants sleep and play.

 

Scheduled events include the opportunity to witness paintings done by the elephants themselves.

Elephant Appreciation Day is a great opportunity to get to know more about elephants and at the same time about their life in the zoo.  We can give esteem toward elephants and their zookeepers when we visit events like this.