Media and Research: Topic: Joy

Most of the time on this blog, we’ve been posting about rather depressing topics. Here’s one that is quite the opposite… joy. Check out the videos and research links for thought. It’s so little talked about in our modern society, that we felt that we needed to define it for our readers. Here are some definitions from Webster’s Dictionary.

JOY, noun

1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by success, good fortune, the gratification of desire or some good possessed, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exultation; exhilaration of spirits.

1. A delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good.
2. Gayety; mirth; festivity.
3. Happiness; felicity.
4. A glorious and triumphant state.
5. The cause of joy or happiness.
6. A term of fondness; the cause of you.
JOY, verb intransitive To rejoice; to be glad; to exult.
JOY, verb transitive To give joy to; to congratulate; to entertain kindly.
1. To gladden; to exhilarate.
2. To enjoy; to have or possess with pleasure, or to have pleasure in the possession of. [Little used. See Enjoy.]


Aragón, O. R. (2017). “Tears of joy” and “tears and joy?” personal accounts of dimorphous and mixed expressions of emotion. Motivation and Emotion, 1-23.

Ball, J., Ball, J., Barnes, D. C., & Barnes, D. C. (2017). Delight and the grateful customer: beyond joy and surprise. Journal of Service Theory and Practice, 27(1), 250-269.

Beattie, G., & Ellis, A. W. (2017). The psychology of language and communication. Routledge.

Ben-Shahar, T., & Ridgway, A. (2017). The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact (and Make You Happier) in a Challenging World. John Wiley & Sons.

Burnham, J. J., Potts, C. A., Chirino, C., & Black, B. L. (2017). Intersecting Psychology and Art: Reflections from a Transdisciplinary Journey Abroad. The Alabama Counseling Association Journal, 25.

Dieser, R. B., & Christenson, J. (2017). Integrating Positive Psychology, Behavioral Activation, and the Serious Leisure Perspective in Mental Health Counseling: a Case Report. International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 1-12.

Jena, L. K., & Pradhan, S. (2017). Joy at work: Initial measurement and validation in Indian context. The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 20(2), 106.

Moylan, R. (2017). Using Emotional Core Therapy to Help Psychiatrists and their Patients. Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Disorders, 1(4), 203-207.

Roberts, R. C., & Pelser, A. C. (2017). Emotions, Character, and Associationist Psychology. Brill.

Swensen, S. J., & Shanafelt, T. (2017). An organizational framework to reduce professional burnout and bring back joy in practice. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 43(6), 308-313.

Tasker, D., & Higgs, J. (2017). Constructing Mindful Dialogues in Healthcare. In Community-Based Healthcare (pp. 11-24). SensePublishers.

de Vries, D. A., Möller, A. M., Wieringa, M. S., Eigenraam, A. W., & Hamelink, K. (2017). Social Comparison as the Thief of Joy: Emotional Consequences of Viewing Strangers’ Instagram Posts. Media Psychology, 1-24.

Walker, C., Hart, A., & Hanna, P. (2017). The Joy of Sex. In Building a New Community Psychology of Mental Health (pp. 155-172). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Zeng, X., Chan, V. Y., Oei, T. P., Leung, F. Y., & Liu, X. (2017). Appreciative Joy in Buddhism and Positive Empathy in Psychology: How Do They Differ?. Mindfulness, 1-11.

Zeng, X., Chan, V. Y., Liu, X., Oei, T. P., & Leung, F. Y. (2017). The four immeasurables meditations: differential effects of appreciative joy and compassion meditations on emotions. Mindfulness, 1-11.

Zeng, X., Liao, R., Zhang, R., Oei, T. P., Yao, Z., Leung, F. Y., & Liu, X. (2017). Development of the appreciative joy scale. Mindfulness, 8(2), 286-299.


12 Blog Roundup for the Week

This week’s blog roundup is short, but packed with interesting content. Feel free to check out these blogs.

-Enjoy Your Vacation (Really Enjoy It!)

2. Good clinical care takes more than medical acumen

3.TEDMED Blog The Healing Power of Art

4. carolinegourlay -Passing the baton – a succession-planning guide

5. Kamila Fakhra Fahima, The Business Epiphany -The Psychology Behind Irrational Decision

6. Rory Quinn, The business of business blog  -The Entrepreneur’s Wound

7. Nino, Lead Utah -Connection is Required for Creation

8. stellanoel, notanothertckblog -Reverse culture shock

9. brainstorming101blog, Brainstorming 101-Testing times

10. Jennifer Huber, Scientists Talk Funny – New study intervenes to help female collegiate distance runners eat enough

11. Thomas, Colorado Center for Orthopaedic Excellence -What You Need to Know About Achilles Tendon Tear and Repair

12. Medicine by Alexandros G. Sfakianakis,Anapafseos 5 Agios Nikolaos 72100 Crete – The 7 C’s of Success: a Strong Confidence


Media, Tools and Research: Topic: Worldviews

Today’s topic surrounds the concept of “Worldviews”. We define “Worldview” as the lens through which an individual sees the world.

Here’s one person advocating a fact based worldview:

For more interesting information on worldviews, feel free to read these articles:

Åhs, V., Poulter, S., & Kallioniemi, A. (2017). Preparing for the world of diverse worldviews: parental and school stakeholder views on integrative worldview education in a Finnish context. British Journal of Religious Education, 1-12.

Schwartz, L., & Belcher, C. (2017). Scholarly Praxis at the Edges: Why Responsible Academic Leadership Matters in Developing Faculty Scholarship. In Handbook of Research on Administration, Policy, and Leadership in Higher Education (pp. 46-62). IGI Global.

Bindlish, P., Joshi, A., Dutt, P., Verma, P., & Arora, S. (2017). Researcher Preparation for Indigenous Fundamental Research Through Collaborative Participation. In Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education (pp. 107-129). Springer Singapore.


Thurlow, A., Kushniryk, A., Yue, A. R., Blanchette, K., Murchland, P., & Simon, A. (2017). Evaluating excellence: A model of evaluation for public relations practice in organizational culture and context. Public Relations Review, 43(1), 71-79.

Francis, V. F. (2017). Infusing Dispute Resolution Teaching and Training with Culture and Diversity.

Worldview quote:

A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundations on which we live and more and have our being.


Marketing Tips That Don’t Work and a Few Other Thoughts…


Let’s face it. Traditional marketing and advertising is going out of style… period.

Today ,we’ll share some things that don’t work with marketing.

Things that don’t work:
1. An overload of media and advertising bombards everyone  daily. This is sometimes known as over saturation. This can and often does desensitize the viewer to the ads they see regularly.
2. Too much sex marketing is useless. Sex appeal has often been a big seller, but now it’s overused. Instead of stimulating the viewer to buy, it’s not grabbing the audience in the same way nowadays. Again, this is the concept of TOO much input.
3. E-mail marketing doesn’t work either, unless you are personally connected to people.
4. Social media marketing doesn’t work a well as it formerly worked in earlier times. There is no guarantee that people will see your posts, and you can’t rely entirely on these outlets to grow you followers. Grass roots marketing and personal connections are very important. Pick only the social media tools that you really need.
5. If you promote yourself only, and don’t tell a good story, people won’t take you seriously. They may also think you are arrogant.
6. Marketing a product that is not exceptional, unique or not high quality won’t sell, unless you are crafty.
7. Traditionally , cold calls, direct mail, and elevator pitches ruled the day. This doesn’t work anymore. Now, salespeople do less selling and MORE “consulting and coaching” to help validate what the buyer has already discovered through their research.
8. TV, Radio and Print media that interrupts what the potential customer is doing to hopefully make them pay attention, is NOT worth people’s time. In fact, 60% of ads run during major sporting events don’t lead to an increase in purchase or buying interest. This is even the true online. In fact, the potential buyer tends to move away from the product if it’s intrusive.
9. Telling doesn’t work as well as showing. Young people in this generation in the Western hemisphere don’t want to be TOLD what to do or what to buy. They want to be included in the conversation.
10. Fly by night marketing won’t work.
11. People who try marketing without doing much research, generally get nowhere.
12. A lack of delegation gets the CEO nowhere. If you are not great at something or don’t have time to do it, make sure you outsource as soon as possible.
13. A person who doesn’t create good systems and processes to automate marketing will have a hard time making it in this competitive environment.
14. People who rely on one channel for marketing, tend to have a harder time with marketing. Do your research. What does your market want? Don’t be too proud to adjust to what your market needs.
15. Companies that really fail to engage their audiences aren’t spending enough face time with people.
16. Make sure all of your marketing content is the highest quality you can afford. People often skimp on their marketing budget, and experience poor results.
17. Wording is key. People who don’t use the right words or show how they are different from the pack, really don’t make a difference.
18. People lacking goals and passion, don’t generally do well…
19. Using the wrong technology will cause setbacks.
20. People without a niche tend to waste time and money by being generalists.

Those are just a few things we’ve learned over time. With that being said, we are still revamping and remodeling our company’s brand and marketing. Stay tuned as we begin to roll out the new model.

FAQ’s About Us

Dear Readers,
Today we thought we’d address some common FAQ’s about us. For more information, please visit our website:

Here are some answers below:

How Do Your Sessions Work?
A. Our Approach

1. Our approach is primarily an alliance between the coach/consultant and the Client in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the client to maximize personal and professional potential.
2. We value aspects of both coaching, which involves the coach drawing out the client’s full potential and consulting, where the consultant brings expertise to the client’s situation.
3. Our coaching/consulting relationship is a partnership which:

Unlocks a potential to maximize performance.
Allows the client flexibility
Encourages Accountability
Helps clients learn by doing
Inspires creative thinking, growth, and strategies.
Provides structure, advice and guidance.

4. Finally, the “answers” that you are looking for come about through the work done in our joint partnership.

B. Quick Definitions for Your Consideration

1. Coaching: Coaching develops leadership, strategy, relationships and communication through facilitation, accountability, listening, and challenge.
2. Consulting: Giving expert advice, strategies, expertise, and experienced opinions to clients on decisions and situations of importance. Consultants are specialists in their field.
3. Counseling: Helping people resolve psychological or mental health problems, through licensed mental health counseling. We do not offer psychological or mental health counseling or therapy in our sessions?

What are the responsibilities of the Consultant/Coach and Client?

A. The Basics

1. Clarify and encourage you to set the goals that you really want.
2. Help you and your team focus better in order to produce results more quickly.
3. Provide you with the tools, support and structure to accomplish more of your goals.

B. The Coach’s Focus

1. The main focus is on helping each client navigate and enhance cross-cultural relationships, improve communication with peers and patients, and work towards reducing burnout and enhance well-being in their department.

C. Other Responsibilities of the Coach:

1. Ask questions, encourage, advise, challenge, make requests and listen.
2. Keep you on track with your goals, values and vision.
3. Value clarification, identifying plans of action, and examining modes of operating.
4. Giving feedback and empowering actions.
5. Provide and facilitate sessions.
6. Customize sessions to fit each client’s need.
7. Demonstrate 100% commitment to the process.

D. Responsibilities of the Client

1. Expect Your Best – Give Your Best Effort.
2. Be Willing to Change and Take Action.
3. Be Open to Feedback.
4. Do the Required Homework.
5. Let Your Coach Know How You Feel About the Process.
6. Be Committed and Focused.
7. Request Adjustments as Needed to Help Your Learning.
8. Understand That You Will Grow.
9. Be Willing to Step Up to Face the Challenge.
10. Come Prepared. Fill out the Coaching Preparation For

Where Can I Find a PDF Version of Your Forms, Policies and Contract?
A version of our contract, terms, and policies are available for download here

Will coaching really help my team?

Check out this helpful article from the Harvard Business Review for more information: .

More about us:

A Few Things of Interest: A Weekly Roundup: Topic = Physician/Surgeon Suicide

Since we couldn’t post recently, we’ll post one longer post now.

Weekly Roundup: Physician Suicide (in order of publication)

MacDonald, H. (2017). Crossing the Rubicon: Death in ‘The Year of the Transplant’. Medical history, 61(1), 107-127.
Rothenberger, D. A. (2017). Physician Burnout and Well-Being: A Systematic Review and Framework for Action. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 60(6), 567-576.
Currie, J., & MacLeod, W. B. (2017). Diagnosing expertise: Human capital, decision making, and performance among physicians. Journal of Labor Economics, 35(1), 1-43.
Shanafelt, T. D., & Noseworthy, J. H. (2017, January). Executive leadership and physician well-being: nine organizational strategies to promote engagement and reduce burnout. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Vol. 92, No. 1, pp. 129-146). Elsevier.
Kuhn, C. M., & Flanagan, E. M. (2017). Self-care as a professional imperative: physician burnout, depression, and suicide. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia/Journal canadien d’anesthésie, 64(2), 158-168.
Damasceno, K. S., de Sousa Barbosa, É., Pimentel, J. V. C., Júnior, A. G. T., de Meneses, A. C. P., Júnior, J. G., … & Biruel, E. P. (2017). Suicide among Physicians and Methodological Similarities of MEDLINE/PubMED and BVS/BIREME Open Access Bibliographic Databases: A Systematic Review with Metanalysis. Health, 9(02), 352.
Ho, C., Siegfried, J., Remo, K., & Laskin, J. (2017). P1. 05-060 Adherence to Surveillance Guidelines in Resected NSCLC: Physician Compliance and Impact on Outcomes. Journal of Thoracic Oncology, 12(1), S651-S652.
Shorter, E. (2017). Doctors and their patients: A social history. Routledge.
Stain, S. C., & Farquhar, M. (2017). Should doctors work 24 hour shifts?. BMJ, 358, j3522.


Dr. Pamela Wible

Our apologies for the low quality video.

Here’s another helpful  video by Dr. Wible:

Tools / Tips

What to do when your coworker tells you that they are suicidal:

  1. If the situation is serious, call 911  (or  the emergency number in your country). If you aren’t comfortable with that, or at least the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: tel:1-800-273-8255:  More information here:
  2.  Do some research. Here are some examples:

3. Check in with the person, and invite them to have a conversation. Make some excuse to engage them.

4. Don’t ignore signs of trouble and assume HR will intervene.  Research whether your workplace has an employee assistance program. Some people with depression feel too emotionally exhausted to take these kinds of steps to help themselves, so just doing this can help them immensely.

5. A goal oriented approach often helps more than a problem-based approach, when helping people overcome depression.

6. Call your Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) phone number for advice.

These are only a few ways to help. We recommend that you research other ways to help and seek expert guidance as needed.