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More Technology, Less Feeling Lonely?

1 day ago by SamMix_Admin

More Technology, Less Feeling Lonely?

With the touch of a button, we can be connected to our friends, family, co-workers, and people we’ve never even met. Today, we have such immense potential for social interaction, for connection, and for exchange with one another. So, in theory, this should mean that we are feeling more surrounded by community, more supported, and acting more socially than ever, but are we?

For many of us, an increased feeling of community and support does happen when we use technology, but these feelings are often short-lived and increased connection through technology does not meaning we feel less lonely overall. There is still a disconnect between our “real lives” and our “tech lives,” which can also be felt as our short-term lives and our long-term lives.

 

Technology helps us in the moment, catering to our desire for instant gratification. There are so many ways for us to constantly “connect” with one another, from around the globe to right next door, without ever leaving our homes. Because we have such access to one another, many of us are now overcommitting. Where relationships were once based upon when we saw each other or wrote a letter, our relationships now require more time and a constant investment.

 

So, is technology part of the problem or part of the solution? Many of us look around and see people distracted by cell phones, ignoring what is happening around them, allowing us to think that our society is growing more dependent upon technology while becoming more isolated. Nearly 80% of our members tell us that they feel we live a “lonely society,” despite the technology available to us.

 

While it is important to recognise the risks and potential pitfalls of technology replacing genuine human interaction, we also must realise the potential opportunities. Technology is a vast and powerful tool and should be treated as such. It only has the capability to shape our lives as much as we let it. We can choose how and when we will use our technology, but we can also choose how it will work to benefit our social needs.

 

If we think that technology might not be the core solution, how can we begin to feel more connected to others?

 

  1. Try unplugging- I know, this tends to be incredibly difficult for us these days, but it’s important. See what your life feels like without your mobile tied to your hand.

  2. Practice listening- do your best to be present with others, forgive missteps (in others and in yourself.) We can’t edit or curate real-life and that is the beauty of it.

  3. Engage in the community around you- volunteer, join a club, talk to strangers! Look directly around you, find the spaces you can fit.

  4. Practice conversation- take small steps, even if that means just making eye contact more or replying to the grocer. Stretch your social comfort zone!

  5. Find like minds- get to know people who share similar interests to you, broaden your horizons and your social circle

  6. Reconnect with old friends- take stock of your relationships and see if there are any you might like to revisit.

  7. Invite people over! Sharing a casual meal, drink, or just night-in with new friends can allow you to get to know people on a level you otherwise might miss. Branch out, take a leap. Others are looking for connection and community just as much as you are.

 

Let us know your thoughts about tech and community in the comments below!

 

Happy sharing!

 

-Sam

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Celebrating All Kinds of Mothers

4 days ago by SamMix_Admin

Celebrating All Kinds of Mothers

This Sunday, March 26th, is the one day in each year that we in the UK have devoted to celebrating the mothers and motherly figures in our lives. This celebration extends far beyond the women who birthed us and allows us to reflect, bringing our attention and our gratitude to the different faces and roles people play in supporting us.

While we can (and should) show this gratitude every day, providing a specific day to recognising and celebrating the power, strength, and love that the mothers around us provide, is well worth doing. This day gives us the opportunity we sometimes need to slow down and remind ourselves of where we come from and what we truly value in our lives.

 

The mothers around us tend to play a crucial role in setting up the support, love, and guidance we feel throughout the rest of our lives. These mothers often teach us the art of living, how to experience the world, and how to understand our role within it. Mothers show us how to give selflessly, how to love unconditionally, and what it means to be human. The characteristics we see in our mothers tend to stay deeply embedded in who we are and how we understand others.

 

The many forms of mothers:

 

It is important to recognise, on this Mother’s Day and every day, that there is not one singular version of what a mother is. Mothers come in a multitude of forms and many of us have multiple figures in our lives that we can look towards for the support, guidance, and love that is mothering.

 

Sometimes, it is also important that we take the time to celebrate the moments of mothering in ourselves, even if we are not mothers. Regardless of our ability to bear children, every single one of us has the capability to care for, protect, and support others. These moments and characteristics deserve celebration and recognition as well.

 

Right now, our world needs more mothering, from all of us. We all have the capability to take care of one another in deeper and more meaningful ways. This Sunday and every single day, we can celebrate the moments of mothering and caring around us; we can bring a little more mothering love into our world.  

 

How can we begin to do this?

 

  1. This weekend, make sure you celebrate! Show the people around you (espcially the mothers,) how much you value their efforts, love, and support in your life.

  2. Show gratitude- take a look at these 20 little ways to show your appreciation

  3. Do it, don’t just say it- take action, show that you care, put forth the effort

  4. Be mindful- take the time to reflect upon how you are treating others, how you are treating yourself, and how you would like to see this evolve in the future. Taking stock of where we are and where we want to be is crucial

  5. Show yourself love- how we feel about ourselves is reflected in how we treat others. We can only draw from what is within us, so make sure that your well of self-care is overflowing! This will allow you to bring love and deep care into every interaction

 

Let us know your thoughts about this Mother’s Day in the comments below!


Happy Sharing!


-Sam

 

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Happy March Equinox! What Does It Mean?

1 week ago by SamMix_Admin

Happy March Equinox! What Does It Mean?

Today signifies great change, rebirth, and growth. It is the day in our year where we shift from darkness into light, cold to warmth. Today is the Spring Equinox for those of us in the northern hemisphere, a day that has great meaning, but is rarely given much thought on its own.

What does it actually mean? Today is one of two days in the year where the length of daytime and nighttime will be nearly the same 12 hours all over the world, as the earth is positioned so the sun shines directly on the equator. The time we spend in the light and the dark will now transition into greater amounts of daytime, as we move toward summer.  

 

Today truly marks the duality between light and dark, turning away from a cold, harsh winter and into a light-filled, blossoming spring. The change between these two seasons is stark and usually brings a lot of significance, both culturally and personally.

 

Collectively, we celebrate new beginnings around this time, across religion or borders, we look at this period as a time of rebirth, letting go, opening to new life. With holidays like Easter, Passover, Holi, Nowruz, Shunbun no Hi, Mother’s Day, and many others around the world.

 

In our personal lives, many of us feel this seasonal change as a time for great inner growth and a time to shift out of our old ways, into patterns that are more beneficial for us. As humans, we are constantly searching for growth and ways to better ourselves. This time is the embodiment of those aspirations, allowing us the motivation and push we oftentimes need.

 

So, how can we harness the power of this day and our own potential power to fully prepare and excel in this new season?

 

  1. Celebrate the earth- spring reminds us how powerful and supportive our world is. When everything around us bursts into life, revitalised and renewed, we are inspired to do so as well. Today, take a few moments to show gratitude for the world around us, the earth that gives us life.

  2. Allow more light in- literally, there will be more daylight today, so take advantage of it! Get some sun, open your blinds, be near windows, take a stroll.

  3. Celebrate the mothers in your life- though it is not quite mother’s day, today can be a warm-up, spending a few moments in gratitude for those who have mothered us, those who bring guidance, love, and light into our lives, in whatever role or capacity.

  4. Celebrate your own ability to grow. Take a look at how far you’ve come, how resilient and strong you are. Celebrate yourself and your capacity for re-birth.

  5. Revisit your intentions for 2017. How are you feeling about your goals or intentions? Were they misguided? Have you come off course? Are you right on track? Were they truly the intentions you needed to set? Take a moment to re-evaluate. You may be on a different path than you anticipated, and that is okay.

  6. Take stock of relationships- are all of the relationships in your life bringing in love and growth or do some drain you? Take note of the people and energy you are surrounding yourself with

  7. Make Space! “Spring cleaning” definitely has its merits beyond organisation. De-cluttering in our physical world allows us to let go of what no longer serves us, allowing space for all that is to come in our lives.

    1. In the home-

      1. Open the windows as often as possible

      2. Go through your home from top to bottom- look at every space

    2. In life-

      1. Try meditation (or mindfulness!) Allowing space for reflection and understanding of ourselves is one of the best practices in self-love, allowing us to grow into our potential  

      2. Move your body! Clear away winter debris in your physical life, bring in more energy for this new season

  8. Re-align your self-talk. Be mindful of how you think of yourself- and how you speak to yourself. Are you the kindest, most loving person to yourself? Try reminding yourself that:

    1. You are loved

    2. You are worthy

    3. You are forgiven

    4. You are inspirational

    5. You are a great ____ (whatever it may be that you need to hear)

  9. Tell your Story! Today is also World Storytelling Day. Take time to think about your story and share it with others! You never know who you might inspire, help, or heal.


 

Let us know your Spring Equinox plans and thoughts in the comments below!

 

Happy sharing and happy growing!
 

-Sam

 

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Would You Start Your Own Business?

1 week ago by SamMix_Admin

Would You Start Your Own Business?

When it comes down to it, it is safe to assume that we all want to be able to follow our dreams, our true passions, and do what makes us happy. It is also safe to say that we also want a way to sustain ourselves financially. When these goals coincide with a way to make a living, it can be pure magic. The meeting point between these two ideals is where we can find ourselves considering the possibility of starting our own business, where we can follow our passions while making the money we need to live and even thrive. So, why don’t we?

The potential future of a business is what stops many of us in our tracks when thinking about opening our own. We can trust ourselves, we can be true to our passion, but if we are realistic, we know that businesses can fail, particularly new, small businesses. We care about our dreams and efforts feeling successful.

 

When taking failure out of the equation, asking members if they would start a business they knew would be successful, around 70% of our members said yes. Many of those answering "no" were of the mindset that it is too much stress and hassle, telling us they would like to enjoy stress-free time instead. Others still did not agree with this perspective on challenge versus opportunity, with andrew57815 stating “Surely if you KNEW it would succeed, everyone would?” It appears that while we see the challenges, many of us feel the rewards could be far greater. So, is it just the fear of failure stopping us?

 

There are invaluable lessons to be learned from starting your own business, or even being a part of a small, start-up. We understand just how vital our thoughts, opinions, and talents truly are when they are the driving force behind a business and when they are being shared with others. Starting our own business could not only impact our growth, it could also help to directly shape the community around us.

 

Over the past few decades, we have been building up and supporting the rise of massive corporations. These organisations have held great power and have a large hand in making decisions for our communities and communities around the world. We have seen many small, local, and family-run businesses being pushed out of the spaces they were once key. Where starting a business was once commonplace, now it is easy to feel unsure of ourselves, the market, and the future that is possible in a self-run business.

 

Let’s face it, starting and running your own business is potentially one of the most challenging tasks to take on and it is not suited for everyone. As much as we might like to dream about being our own boss, making all of the decisions, and following through on all of our ideas, many of us would find the realities a little different than we expected. Another side to this coin is that many of us have great jobs already! We find community, support, and satisfaction in the jobs that we already have, leaving little room or need to create an alternative. Even if we have no intention to start our own business, it is still incredibly important to support those that do exist within our own communities.

 

So, how can we support small businesses in our everyday lives?

 

  1. Learn about the local businesses around you- ask questions, meet the store owners, learn about where you’re buying from and who is around you! Do a little research before you shop.

  2. Shop locally- make these businesses a part of your routine. While they can be more expensive at times, that is not always the case.

    1. Try setting aside a budget just for local goods each month, track how much you spend and how much you would like to spend, in your community!

    2. Go local for services. While goods may be more expensive, services are typically cheaper!

  3. Eat locally- go to farmer’s markets, meet the people who grow, harvest, and sell your food! Ask questions, make more informed decisions on what you want to be eating

  4. Bank locally- you will most often find lower costs, better service, and that you’ll be supporting the local economy

 

Let us know your thoughts and experiences with small businesses!


 

Happy Sharing!


Sam

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Does Your Monday Need More Music?

2 weeks ago by SamMix_Admin

Does Your Monday Need More Music?

Many, if not most, of us can recognise how important music is to our daily lives, to our mindset, and to our overall wellbeing. Music has the magical ability to instantly shift our mood, change our environment, and bring us closer together. So, are we getting enough of it?

 

In many developed countries around the world, our educational systems have been straying from artistic expression and understanding, focusing more on the “harder” and the seemingly more career-applicable STEM subjects. In many areas, we have gone so far as to remove musical curriculum and programs altogether. Are there benefits to this path that we should be expanding upon or are we ignoring the costs?

 

The early introduction to music has been proven to have tremendous lifelong benefits, improving physical, mental, and emotional development. Unfortunately, these benefits have traditionally been reserved for the privileged few. There have been attempts to expand access to music programs, but many have not been comprehensive or widespread enough to have true impact.

 

In most instances, we can recognise how important music is in our lives, but when it comes to the education of our next generation, there is a disconnect. Viewsbankers are a prime example of this support, with nearly 80% saying that music is important to teach in schools, with many noting the real-life benefits and skills of these programs. Cbb947 points out, “Yes, I think music is very important. Not only is it good to learn a skill, either singing or playing music, but it also encourages youngsters to work together and quite literally to harmonise with each other. When a choir is formed, it can also teach performance skills, and give confidence to youngsters. Learning to read music is a skill I wish I had learned.”

 

The benefits of an education infused with music are incredible and wide-reaching. Artistic and creative education truly transforms how we think, how we interact with others, and how we see ourselves. This not only allows us to broaden the scope of what we are passionate about, but also to prepare for a dynamic and changing world. Children who are able to think critically and problem-solve in creative ways, are likely to be the adults who have true, lasting impact upon our society. Shouldn’t we be encouraging a creative education rather than defunding it, for our own future’s sake?

 

We know how important music is to kids and their future, but what about those of us who have passed childhood?

 

As children, we can feel how important music is. We instinctively know how to move our bodies, we feel the joy in music, and we easily connect with others through music. As adults, we learn to appreciate the value of music in our everyday lives, occasionally including our careers, but many of us have forgotten the deep, childlike appreciation of the music around us. Diving deeper into an understanding and appreciation of music also means diving into creativity, empathy, and self-acceptance. We could all use these attributes in our lives, to help us feel healthier, happier, and more aware of ourselves and others.

 

Today, music is everywhere, all we have to do is listen. Bringing more music into our lives can positively impact our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. We can live more stress-free, be more motivated, reduce pain, and feel happier. We can all use at least a few of these steps to bring more music into our lives today!

 

  1. Wake up to music- make your morning as painless as possible and set your alarm to a song that brings you joy, motivating you for your day!

  2. Integrate music into your morning routine

  3. Play or listen to the music during your commute- with headphones, the natural sounds around us, or the musicians on the street and in the train stations! However you listen, try to expand your horizons on the way to work!

  4. Make routine chores fun with music

  5. Play music as you exercise- this helps to both distract and motivate you, making working out more fun!

  6. Play music at work! While you are working, having a stream of music tailored to your task can increase your speed and accuracy!

    1. If you need attention to detail, listen to classical music

    2. If you are working on data entry, listen to pop

    3. If you are solving equations, listen to ambient music

    4. If you need to problem solve, listen to dance  

  7. Take music breaks- whether you work in an office or at home, taking a break to listen to music and move your body boots creativity and productivity! Give it a shot!

  8. Listen to music before bed- studies show that music with a slow tempo help us fall asleep more easily!

  9. Use music strategically to shift your mood or emotions- make a note of how certain music, songs, or artists make you feel and use that information well!

  10. Learn to play a musical instrument - take a look at Learn to Play Day happening in June!

  11. Choose music venues on your nights out

  12. Create a music bucket list- make a list of life goals around music

 

We could all use a little more creativity, a little more joy, and a little more movement in our daily lives!

 

Let us know how music impacts you in the comments below!


 

Happy sharing!

 

-Sam

 

 

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Is Your Garden Beginning To Feel Like Spring?

2 weeks ago by Loxley_Admin

Is Your Garden Beginning To Feel Like Spring?

Many of us are starting to feel the sunshine, blue skies, and hints of warmth that tell us it’s finally beginning to feel like spring! In only 10 days, on March 20, we will have reached the first official day of spring, moving out of winter worries. What better way to embrace this season than to get our hands into the nature around us?

 

 

 

The benefits of gardening, being outside, and touching the earth, are deep and immeasurable. As humans, we are meant to explore, interact, and constantly reside within nature. Over the years, we have moved away from this state of being into our protective, technologically-filled homes. Many of us have lost our connection to nature without even realising it. For many of us, we don’t even know what exactly we are missing until we find ourselves outside appreciating a sunset, a forest, or the stars. Rather than listening to these moments and to ourselves, we tend to think of these natural occurrences as rare.

 

Not only have most of us lost our connection to being in nature, we have also lost our understanding of where our food comes from. Many of us do not know how to grow a vegetable, and have little interest in doing so. In becoming so disconnected to what we put into our bodies, we tend to miss the multitude of opportunities to healing naturally, to listening to the earth around us, and listening to ourselves.

We know nature is good for us, but how good is it really?

 

Just looking at nature improves our cognitive function, our mood, our ability to heal, and increases our level of patience and empathy. We not only receive vital nutrients from being outdoors, we also build long-term health. Gardening can effectively reduce risk of stroke, help to manage weight, reduce the risk of heart disease, decrease risk of osteoporosis, reduce stress, lower risk of dementia, and strengthen our immune systems.

 

We can also see clear social benefits in gardening as well, improving relationships and compassion, allowing us to be in a meditative state with others, and allowing us to feel a profound connection to the land around us, providing us with deeper meaning within our lives.

 

We all naturally want to be outside and in the nature around us. Our members are great proof of this, when asked if their gardens are ready for spring, the vast majority at nearly 87% have already started or will be starting soon, even when the weather had felt much like winter.

 

There are many, varied ways to bring more nature into our lives that have an immense and immediate positive impact. Even walking barefoot for 5 minutes each day can change the way our minds and bodies feel. You will have to do what feels best for you, but just being aware that nature is a vital part of our lives and should be included more, is a great first step!

 

Even when we do not have access to a garden of our own, there are many ways to still be a gardener, as our member lynneac tells us, “I don't have my own garden, but I volunteer at a gardens at the weekend and we've been preparing for the spring/summer since the autumn…” Finding a community garden is a wonderful way to not only get your growing fix, but also to build a community, share knowledge, and learn from others!

 

No matter where you are, your skill level, or budget, you can begin a garden- this year! Here are a few steps to get you started. Remember to trust yourself, to ask questions, and to have fun! Being in nature and growing something is a powerful combination. Give it a try this spring!

 

  1. Get an idea- vegetables? Herbs? Flowers? You decide!
  2. Pick a place- figure out how much sun each of your plants needs, then plan accordingly! 
  3. Clear the ground- get rid of any sod or other covering plants in this area (leaves/mulch is good to keep!)
  4. Improve/ take note of the soil- sometimes, soil needs a boost, so add some compost, mulch, hay, leaves, etc.!
  5. Dig (or don’t!) Dig to loosen the soil for roots to grow deeply, but only dig when the soil is moist enough to form a loose ball in your fist, but dry enough to fall apart when you drop it
  6. Pick your plants- choose the plants that excite you, making sure they’re good for your climate and your garden’s sunlight 
  7. Put them in the ground- be sure to read the planting information on the seed packets or do some research on the seedlings you buy
  8. Water- seedlings should never be dry, but taper the watering down as they get bigger. Water slowly and deeply- and in the early morning to decrease evaporation
  9. Mulch- to keep weeds out and water in, cover the areas around your plants with a few inches of mulch
  10. Keep it up! Get excited! Continue watering, weeding, and caring for your plants- you will soon reap the rewards!

 

Share your thoughts and experiences on gardening and this upcoming spring in the comments below!

 

Happy sharing!

Sam

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Should You Change Your Job?

3 weeks ago by Loxley_Admin

Should You Change Your Job?

On average, we spend about one third of our lifetime at work, without even taking a commute or the work done outside of the office, into account. Many of us recognise the importance of work and the value it can play for ourselves and for our communities, but are we in the right space or position for us? Are we truly spending our time to its fullest potential? Should we really think more seriously about a change?

 

 

 

Work is a core pillar of how our society continues to function, and a primary way for how we feel connected to one another, to ourselves, and to our talents. When we align our passions, skills, and a profession that supports the kind of lifestyle and future we want, it can be truly magical.

 

Sadly, it is estimated that around 80% of working people are dissatisfied in their jobs. So, why don’t they just quit? Leaving a job can be one of the most stressful and overwhelming experiences. Leaving the familiar people, habits, expectations, and tasks to start all over again can feel incredibly daunting. Our jobs become a large part of our identity and deciding to make a change can seem tremendously risky.

 

No matter the reason for staying, when we spend our time doing something that does not fulfil or inspire us, we lose parts of our lives and ourselves that we can never get back. While it is incredibly important to feel secure in our financial and social futures, it can be even more important to feel secure within our own talents and contributions. In not fulfilling our potential, we are doing a disservice to ourselves and others.

 

Our members show us that the amount of time spent at one job is varied and that holding one job for a lifetime is becoming increasingly rare, with around 3% being in a position for over 40 years and around 40% having a job for less than 10 years, at the majority. These numbers are in line with recent career trends, where it has become both necessary and encouraged for people to change jobs, career paths, companies, and positions frequently. We are now seeing that these changes allow people to grow and understand how they can effectively contribute, while feeling fulfilled in their work.

 

Change can be incredibly scary, but also has the potential to be the most rewarding decision. If you need further convincing, take a look at 10 Great Reasons to Change Jobs as well as Why People Change Jobs Now More Than Ever

 

So, how can we decide whether or not we need a change? First, it’s important to listen to yourself and to not feel rushed. Know that the exact position you’re looking for exists (and keep in mind, that it may come from your own creation!) We could all start with these questions, evaluating where we’re spending our time- even if you don’t have a job as a form of work!

  1. Am I drained or uninspired? Do you look forward to Monday mornings or dread every second? This is time in your life that you’re trading- are you happy with how you’re spending it?
  2. Have I done anything new? If you want to grow, it won’t happen from doing the same thing every day. Do you see the space to change and grow where you are now?
  3. Have I gotten a raise lately? (Or increased benefits- whatever they may be) Consider whether you feel that what you give is in line with what you get.
  4. Can I make a change? Do you have the power to affect change upon your work if you feel dissatisfied in any way?
  5. Is the grass really greener? - Is your dissatisfaction internal or due to your surroundings?
  6. Do I have a future here? -It is important to ask yourself if what you are currently doing could take you to where you want to be.

 

We have the potential to change the world with our work. When we follow our passions, we discover how we can contribute in the ways that are completely unique to us, in ways that no one else possibly could. What drives great work and success is the passion and commitment behind it. If you’re feeling stuck in your job, take a breath, and begin to re-evaluate. The world is waiting to learn and benefit from your passion-inspired work!

 

Let us know your thoughts and experiences with work in the comments below!

 

Happy sharing!

Sam

Share Your Wisdom: This Wednesday and Every Day!

If you don’t already know, at Viewsbank, we’re very interested in hearing from you! We want to know more about your experiences, your thoughts, and your knowledge. Our community only grows better when we all interact and share! As individuals, sharing is a primary way for us to learn more about ourselves and others while also helping those around us to learn and grow as well. It’s a true win-win situation and we want to help you become a bigger part of it!
 
 
One of the newer ways we’re doing this is through #WednesdayWisdom posts, where we ask you to share the tips, tricks, or bits of wisdom you think others might find useful. If you haven’t seen these posts, be sure to check out our Facebook page and read the amazing, insightful, and quite funny comments people have been sharing so far.
 
So, why is this important?
 
Most of us have a select number of areas that we might consider ourselves truly experienced and knowledgeable in, because of our consistent devotion and interest. While we typically have a vast amount of information and potential support to provide others within the areas we are most passionate about, it is important that we reach beyond what is familiar to us. By reaching past our comfort zones, we broaden our knowledge of the world around us as well as our understanding of ourselves.
 
We have enormous potential to learn from others with different skillsets and areas of experience. As humans, a lifelong devotion to learning is a major part of who we are and what makes our lives worthwhile. We have enormous amounts to share and learn with one another, and this sharing is what makes our lives more enriched.
 
Taking a look at more concrete and applicable reasons for sharing our knowledge more readily and easily, we can look to some best practices in business environments, with 10 Reasons To Share Knowledge
 
  1. It helps you grow, true sharing requires continuous development
  2. It helps you stay motivated, pushing you to become the best version of you
  3. Getting top talent access - everyone has their own set of skills to bring to the table, the people around us can help us where we need it and vice versa
  4. Recognition - by sharing your talents more readily, you give your skills more exposure, allowing people to see and access them more easily in the future
  5. Generating new ideas - “two heads is better than one,” with a wider array of experience and information, we can do truly great things
  6. Future leader discovery is easier when people openly and readily share what they are best at with others, helping an entire business to succeed
  7. Limiting the skill gap - when everyone shares, it makes it easier for everyone else to pick up skills and benefit the community in the long-run
  8. Team cementing and silo breaking with everyone involved and sharing openly, individuals feel that everyone is working together towards a common goal
  9. Sense of purpose, when people feel their work is of value towards a goal, it no longer becomes “doing a task for work,” it becomes “accomplishing the goal with my work”
  10. Operational efficiency - sharing knowledge increases the productivity of a team, benefitting everyone!
 
If we never share our stories, lessons, and skills, we are doing a disservice to ourselves and to those who could have benefitted. Through sharing our meaningful lessons and the things that truly matter to us, we are effectively opening and bringing a little more understanding into the world, which is something we could all use a little more of.
 
We can’t wait to hear what you have to share. Start now in the comments below and share some wisdom this coming Wednesday!
 
Happy sharing,
 
-Sam

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Do We Need More Play or Discipline?

4 weeks ago by Loxley_Admin

Do We Need More Play or Discipline?

While every single person’s childhood is completely unique, no matter where or how you grew up, one thing we all have in common is a universal existence and need for play. This happens beyond cultural, religious, circumstance, and even though many of us may acknowledge it less as we get older, age. As human beings, we are all inclined to explore our world through play. We are all curious and inquisitive by nature. The power of children’s play is incredible and has been shown to largely benefit adults as well. So, do we encourage play enough?

 

 

Many of us have grown up with the ideology that play and silliness do not usually coincide with good discipline, thinking that if children cannot consistently listen to the authority figure and obey instruction, they will grow into unruly and disastrous adults. Most of us have grown up with the mentality that schools are for learning, not for playing. This can be clearly shown by a recent poll, telling us that over 80% of Viewsbank members think discipline in schools is not strict enough! With many members telling us that there is “zero effective discipline in schools or homes today…” slatea

 

While this may be the case, for many, the problem is multifaceted. We are losing positive discipline in our schools and homes, while we are also leaving out spaces for play. Many children today are not encouraged to use their imaginations, to explore outside, and to trust themselves in their own learning. We are not doing enough to highlight the importance of creative learning in schools, and this is a problem.

 

Don’t get me wrong, we do need discipline. Setting supportive limits with explanation supports play and positive development in children. However, the ways we have thought about roles of teaching and learning as the knowledgeable adults versus the unruly children could use some tweaking and broadening. Adults have a great deal to learn from the children around us- or even our childhood selves. Play can teach us incredible amounts as adults, we really should be listening.

 

Aside from the freedom and joy that come from allowing ourselves to play and explore, there are tangible health and social outcomes that play can bring to our lives. Play helps us to relieve stress, improve our brain function, stimulate our minds and boost creativity, and helps us to feel younger and more energetic! When we open up and play with the people around us, we strengthen our relationships and broaden our communities. Play helps us to develop and improve social skills, teaches cooperation with others, and has the potential to heal underlying emotional wounds. We learn how to be truly at ease with ourselves and others while growing and learning together.

 

How to play more:

  1. Host a regular game night
  2. Arrange nights out with work colleagues- bowling, karaoke, miniature golf, etc. (see play at work section here)
  3. Schedule time in a park or a beach with friends
  4. Play with a pet
  5. Surround yourself with playful people
  6. Joke with strangers
  7. Visit a magic store- or invest in art supplies, crafts, science kits, or construction materials!
  8. Play with children- they’ll give you a whole new perspective each and every time

 

Let us know your thoughts on play in the comments below!

 

Happy playing!

 

Sam

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Submitting Polls

1 month ago by Loxley_Admin

Submitting Polls

Member created polls are getting more and more popular, and members are frequently asking what it takes to make the polls the most popular. I thought it would be a good idea to run through what we think it takes to make a good poll. Plus, a little housekeeping to keep your polls from getting removed.

 

The Basics

Its seems obvious to most, but remember to use the correct spelling and punctuation. Polls without capital letters or MAYBE TOO MANY tend to look childish, and are often ignored by the rest of the community. Some people a prone to using spaces incorrectly.

 

For example, instead of:

  • WHat isyour favourite colour ?.

Try:

  • What is your favourite colour?

 

If you’ve made a mistake, just let us know and we can edit it.

 

The Question

Writing a question that grabs people’s attention can be tricky. Too much information and it won’t get read properly. Too simple and people won’t think it’s interesting.

It’s very important to keep the question as neutral as possible. Whilst we don’t want people to hide their opinions, too often we see polls that are worded towards the creators point of view. This becomes more obvious when talking about current events, especially politics.

 

So instead of:

  • Sam Jenkins says we can’t write polls the way we want anymore !!!

Try:

  • Do you agree with the proposed changes to the polls?

 

I know it’s not always easy, especially when it’s an issue you care about, however it’s important to remember that people have different perspectives, otherwise all you’re doing is finding out how many people agree with you.

 

The Answer Options

Answer options should be as short as possible. And there is no need for full stops. For example:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral
  • Disagree
  • Strongly disagree

As with the questions, try to keep answer options neutral.

Instead of:

  • Yes! These changes are amazing.
  • No.
  • The changes are pretty good.
  • Don’t know / don’t mind.

Just keep it simple

  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure

 

Reporting

With the number of polls submitted, we can’t get to every single one. If you see any polls or comments have mistakes - or are offensive or abusive - send us a message with the link/URL and we’ll get to it as soon as we can.

 

Hope you find this helpful. Any questions or issues with anything I’ve said please let us know

Sam Jenkins