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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v9

The latest installment (v9) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature has arrived with my newest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring change-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme.  You are such a wonderfully engaged group. I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced for you. What do you find interesting?


What’s Interesting? . . .


1. Interesting Read – Positive Change

Happiness researcher and expert on positive communication, Michelle Gielan writes about the science of igniting and sustaining positive change in her book, Broadcasting Happiness. She says, “…by changing the stories we transmit, we can create positive change.” Creating a positive mindset can change your life and those around you. Current research from the neuroscience and positive psychology fields identify that “small shifts in the way we communicate internally and with others can create big ripple effects on business outcomes, including 31 percent higher productivity, 25 percent greater performance ratings, …and 23 percent lower levels of stress.”  



2. Interesting Experiment – Mood Change

Have you ever wondered if certain simple daily activities can help to improve your well-being? Dr. Margaret L. Kern from the University of Pennsylvania wondered too. Her ongoing Positive Intervention Study asks, “Can you increase your own well-being through a simple activity?” I recently participated in her study and you can too. I chose two affective or emotional states to focus on- inspiration and self-confidence. After selecting my focus areas, I was asked to create a digital or paper Positivity Portfolio and spend some time every day for two weeks reviewing and savoring the photos, letters, writing, and quotes that I selected. In addition, I answered questions before creating the portfolio and at the end of the two weeks. The daily engagement with my Positivity Portfolio changed my outlook. I felt even more positive and grateful.



3. Interesting Product – Wardrobe Change

Flexibility is an essential ingredient in navigating change. I discovered a new product, which is the essence of that. The metamorphic wardrobe was created by Studiomama to “create more storage, and at the same time having a flexible room divider.” If you need to easily and quickly change a space, this metamorphic wardrobe could be the perfect solution.



4. Interesting Fact – Color Change

According to Poppin, manufacturer of happy, functional organizing products, “Color coding isn’t just efficient; it also lights up the creative side of your brain, making it easier to spark new ideas.” If you’re ready for a change, introduce color into your environment to activate your creativity. Poppin’s gorgeous color-coordinated products are an excellent source of inspiration.



5. Interesting Resource – Clutter Change

Does the clutter in your life effect your daily experience? If clutter and change are on your mind, try out the Clutter Quality of Life Scale (CQLS). This tool was created by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) to help people assess for themselves the personally felt impact that clutter has on their well-being. The scale includes 18 statements to read and respond to. After you complete the form, if you supply your email address, you’ll receive a copy of your responses along with the scale description and scoring information. Before change comes understanding. The CQLS is a great place to begin. 



6. Interesting Thought – Expect Change

Wanting change and creating change are two different things. Change is possible when belief is accompanied by action.







I’d love to hear your thoughts. What are your interesting finds? Do any of these resonate with you?  Come join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (20)

What a great quote you share. Changes come from actions don't happen spontaneously. Let's go to do something that fuels the change.
Also I'll go an check that scale from ICD because sounds very interesting.

February 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

@Nacho- Glad you like the quote. I did too. Some change is unexpected. But the changes we "hope" for will only happen if we add action to the mix. Love your idea of "fueling" the change. That's a great call to action. Let me know your response to the ICD Clutter Quality of Life Scale. It's a useful tool to use for ourselves, family, friends and organizing clients.

February 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Wow - this is one of your best round-ups yet, Linda! So many great things. I love all things Poppin... color matters! The wardrobe is so perfect for many of my young, recently graduated followers. I love when innovation meets a previously overlooked need! And of course, the shout-out to my alma mater makes me smile:)

February 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- Thanks so much. This is a fun feature. I love collecting interesting finds to share. Great to hear that you're a Poppin fan too! I love their color options and products. I can see the wardrobe/divider working really well for recent graduates. Good thinking! I didn't know you went to U of Penn. Nice!

February 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love this focus on positivity. I am looking forward to reading Broadcasting Happiness. Thanks for sharing!

February 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- You're welcome. Positivity is one of my favorite focuses or subjects. Especially as you enter your new leadership role with NAPO (congrats again, Ms. Prez-Elect!), I know you're going to discover some great and useful gems in Broadcasting Happiness. Michelle Gielan shares practical tips and great questions (and the science behind it) for developing and internal and external culture of positivity.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I think it is even more than just broadcasting happiness, we cant be happy all the time but we can certainly tell ourselves to suck it up and plow through what ever negative feelings we are having that day. That is why reading blogs like yours or inspiration quotes Linda, may not make us happy but make us think and therefore review what we can do to change our attitude. I also agree with colour making the difference in how we feel. That reminds me it is time for flowers on my table again. :)

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

@Jill- You're absolutely right that we can't be happy all the time. However, adopting a positive mindset is useful, especially when we're facing challenges. And if we're human, which we all are, we WILL face our share of challenges. Thank you for saying how my blog plays a part in changing perspectives in a positive way.

I'm with you on the color. We have a lot of color in our house. Nothing quite like fresh flowers to lift our spirits and bring color and life into our spaces. I can see your beautiful bouquet gracing your table now.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm with Jill. I'm all about putting a positive spin on things but everything is not always happiness. Having said that, I'm generally a happy person and love to smile. I've found that when I smile at people they smile back and that makes me happy!

February 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

I always look forward to these posts Linda! Not only do I learn a few things, I feel inspired and happy after reading them! I have to admit that I do love the Poppin isle at Target! :)

February 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn Leopold

@Diane- Smiling is one of life's great gifts - both giving and receiving. I agree with both you and Jill that everything isn't always happy, but finding the positive even during the dark times is helpful if you can do it.

@Autumn- Thank you so much. I'm glad to know that some positive feelings resulted in you being with us. Poppin products, no matter where you find them, are just happy! I've seen them in stores (like Target, Staples and The Container Store), but mostly I buy them online directly through their website. Even their packaging is happy.

February 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

#6 really resonates. So many times we want to change but if we don't do the work to make that change happen, it just doesn't happen. I try to instill that in my children that they have to put in the work to see the results. Thanks, Linda!

February 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

#6 reminds me of the saying, "If ya keep on doin' whatchyer doin', yer gonna keep on gettin' whatchya got."

February 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

@Andi- For the "What's Interesting?" feature, I always select one theme-related quote. This time, I had many "change" quotes to choose from, but like you, this one, in particular, spoke to me. It's often the starting point for my clients. They want change. They hope a change is possible. But they feel stuck with moving forward and taking action. That is usually the point that I'm invited in. So together we work on that other ingredient. It's an exciting place to be.

@Hazel- Love it! To the point and funny too. Change occurs when something different happens. While most of us understand that intellectually, it takes thought, planning, and sometimes help from others to make it happen.

February 28, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I like the tidbit about color coding sparking creativity. I'm a pretty neutral gal myself, but maybe I need a little purple every now and again! Come to think of it, I did just buy a red purse; does that count?! Thanks for the neat post, Linda.

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

@Sarah- You're funny. Any color "counts!" I suspect that neutrals do too, especially if they call to you. My "neutral" is black, and I tend to have a lot of it as a base color in my wardrobe. But I love adding pops of bright color (and sparkle) to it. My work area is a whole other story. I'm surrounded by my favorite colors (purples and blue violets.) The colors definitely stimulate my creative process. Click here to see/read about it: Bet your red purse it awesome!

February 28, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love this post. There is so much to mull over. This quote: “Color coding isn’t just efficient; it also lights up the creative side of your brain, making it easier to spark new ideas.” really caught my attention. Not only does colour encourage creativity, but it is hugely influential on our moods. When I need a pick me up, I put on my favourite colour - blue. There have been numerous studies done on the influence of colour. One that sticks out for me was Dr. Alexander Schauss; he was the first to report the suppression of angry, antagonistic, and anxiety ridden behavior among prisoners: "Even if a person tries to be angry or aggressive in the presence of pink, he can't. The heart muscles can’t race fast enough. It’s a tranquilizing color that saps your energy. Even the color-blind are tranquilized by pink rooms." ( Some places have painted their drunk tanks pink as a result of this study.)

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Borg

@Cathy- Ahhhhh. Love knowing another color-aware person. What a fascinating study by Dr. Schauss. I didn't know the effects that the color pink has on us. Incredible. Like you, I also will wear certain colors to lift my mood. Purple is my favorite and always works. But I'm also a huge fan of blue and hot pink (not light pink, as the Schauss study mentions.)

February 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

You always find such interesting resources! I am curious to know if Gielan's book and Kern's study would be relevant to someone with a mood disorder, or if they're more for healthy people who would just like a more positive outlook on life.

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- Thanks so much. That's an excellent question. Someone with a mood disorder would benefit from seeking professional help because the professional would understand the physiological and emotional aspects of their situation. They could provide the best council. However, I'm sure that in addition to getting professional help, the book and the study could be useful resources.

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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