5 Things to Know About Working With Highly Sensitive People

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Being sensitive tends to have negative connotations, especially in the workplace. This, however, is a huge misconception.

Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. first researched the traits of high sensitive people back in the early ’90s, finding that as many as one in five people can identify with being highly sensitive. Traits include reflecting on things more than others, worrying about how others feel and preferring quieter environments. Aron authored The Highly Sensitive Person and has even developed a self-test (which you can download here) to determine if you are a highly sensitive person.

Aron and Ted Zeff, Ph.D., author of The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide, recently provided The Huffington Post with a list of habits of highly sensitive people. Below are the habits that relate to work life and productivity.

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3 Ways Exercise Benefits Your Brain

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Exercise isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your brain. Actually, exercise isn’t just good for your brain, it makes it better. Recent research has found new, complex ways that exercise not only affects but also activates different parts of your brain.

“When we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain,” Justin Rhodes, associate professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign wrote in Scientific American (as quoted by Fast Company). “More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better.”

Researchers have long since known that physical activity helps the hippocampus, a region on both sides of the brain that helps with learning and creating memories. Recent studies have found that this isn’t the only part of the brain that is affected through exercise. Here are a few other benefits:

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Change Your Commute for a Happier Life

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Commuting is one of those aspects of your life that will either bring you hours of misery a week, or can help give your mood and energy a little boost. A recent study from British researchers found that spending long periods of time in your car is making you unhappy. They also found that those who opted for walking or cycling to work instead of driving had improved wellbeing, including better concentration and minimized strain. Additionally, experts have found that using public transportation is also better for your psychological wellbeing when compared to driving.

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More Proof That Sitting All Day is Bad for You and 3 Ways to Stop It

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Looking for the latest anti-ageing technique? All you have to do is spend less time sitting. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that standing helps to protect your DNA from ageing. Sitting down shortens telomeres, which are protective caps at the end of chromosomes. These shortened telomeres can lead to premature ageing, disease and early death.

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