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  1. List of 2013 Golden Globe Winners and Emotional Intelligence

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    Celebrities are often considered to be charismatic creatures with big personalities and an uncanny knack for empathizing with the characters they play.  Emotional intelligence factors into this equation too – self-awareness is fundamental to charisma and acting.   We’ve ranked this year’s nominee based on our estimate of their emotional intelligence.

    2013 Golden Globe Winners                                  Emotional Intelligence Quotient               

    Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)                                               Moderate EQ

    Richard Gere (Arbitrage)                                                    Lower EQ

    John Hawkes (The Sessions)                                            Moderate EQ

    Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)                                        High EQ

    Denzel Washington (Flight)                                              Very High EQ

    As nominees win or lose, handle the media and make their acceptance speeches examine how they carry themselves and answer questions.    Do you find them likable?  Do they seem sincere, gracious and in touch with the crowds?   Here is a quick list of emotional intelligence factors to consider when you watch the 2013 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

    Self-Awareness –   Does the Golden Globe nominee appear confident?  Do they have a funny self-deprecating sense of humor?

    Self-Regulation – Do they appear trustworthy?  Do they get their speech wrapped up before the music cuts them off on stage?

    Motivation – Do they seem like the Golden Globe matters when they win?   Personally, we can’t stand it when the actors get dressed up, come to the awards show, win and then act like they could care less about the award.   If you don’t care – stay home.

    Empathy –   Are they sincere in recognizing their fellow nominees?  Do they seem to appreciate the award while also recognizing that there are big world problems going on that are much more important than they are?

    Make a point as you sit down to watch this year’s Golden Globe Award show to view it through the lens of emotional intelligence.   It might just make it a more entertaining award show.

  2. The Fork versus The Treadmill

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    When time is short… it can be tempting to skip working out.  We don’t have time. We get bored with the same exercise program. An unexpected event happens, and we’re left feeling drained.

    Sound familiar?

    When faced with these scenarios remember:  The fork is more important than the treadmill. You heard right.  When you miss a few workouts, your nutrition program becomes a key factor in determining whether you start heading down a slippery slope or just encounter a small stumbling block.

    What we put in our mouths affects our energy level, mood, and sleep patterns.  Most people gravitate toward sugar, salt and processed food when they fall off the exercise wagon, making their derailment much worse.  They develop an “all or nothing” mentality.

    Sticking to protein, good fats, and plenty of vegetables will keep you in check during these times.  And when you feel good about your food choices you will be more likely to get back up on your “horse” (or treadmill, bike, weights, yoga, etc.) again much sooner.

    Article by Lisa Lineberg, Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist,  BS in Exercise Physiology

  3. Brain Benefits of Sweating

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    The business world is driven by stress.  The more pressure to succeed, the more stress seems to accompany it.  Research consistently indicates that exercise combats stress and is a key component to sound physical and mental health.  It’s clear to see how exercise helps us physically; while the mental benefits of exercise are not always tangible, it is important to understand that your brain benefits from sweating.

    Sweating through an effective exercise program provides wonderful health benefits for your brain, these include:

    *  Relieving Stress and Depression.  Research confirms that 30 to 40 minutes of daily exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, hormone that lifts depression and minimizes the harmful mental and physical effects of stress.

    *  Making You Smarter.  In addition to lifting stress and depression, sweating increases your brain capacity, actually making you smarter.  During exercise, growth hormones are released throughout the body.  These hormones stimulate connection pathways in the brain, making it easy to recall, retain and store important information.

    *  Improved confidence, mood and self-image.  While sweating improves your physical and mental health, it also improves your emotional health too.  Simply sweating for 30 minutes each day leads to improved self-esteem; a happier, more peaceful disposition; and a healthier overall outlook on life.  These mental and emotional improvements result in a more effective, more productive and happier you!

    Article by Michael Healey