compassion_commCompassionate Communication (often also referred to as Non Violent Communication) is a process of communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s and 70s. One its primary applications is for conflict resolution, but the process is also very helpful in developing a greater awareness of both your own needs and feelings and the needs and feelings of others. It also helps people move away from judgement and absolutes and instead towards observations and solutions.

What is Emotional Intelligence ? In this quick video, Daniel Goleman, psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence, introduces the concept and importance of emotional intelligence:

Dr. Daniel Siegel, UCLA professor and author of The Whole Brain Child and Parenting from the Inside Out, among many other titles, offers great insight into nurturing your child’s developing mind. Check out the free resources on his website to help nurture both your child and you!

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset – discussed by Dr. Carol Dweck, Stanford professor and author of Mindset offers important insight on fostering growth, versus fixed, mindsets. Check out her site for more information on her research.

How to Be Creative – By PBS OffBook. Creativity has always been essential for our cultural growth, but there are still many misconceptions about this elusive process. Not the left-brain/right-brain binary that we’ve come to believe, being creative is considerably more complex, and requires a nuanced understanding of ourself and others. Being a powerful creative person involves letting go of preconceived notions of what an artist is, and discovering and inventing new processes that yield great ideas. Most importantly, creators must push forward, whether the light bulb illuminates or not.

Institute of Heartmath offers free techniques that can be used to help calm down and shift from negative to positive emotional states (different exercises targeted to different age groups).

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