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Jeanine Joy, Ph.D. teaches people to use their brain more intelligently. She is a lateral thinker who aggregates research from diverse disciplines to create practical solutions that help people increase success, reduce stress, and improve relationships at work and home. Jeanine began researching resilience with one goal: to find out what makes some humans thrive in spite of adversity. She discovered that resilience shares a root cause with every area that affects human thriving including relationships of all types, physical, mental, behavioral, and emotional health, and success in academics, career, and sports. Her purpose in pursuing this knowledge was always to help other people so she began teaching pieces of the solution to groups as soon as the hypothesis worked for her and friends who were willing to apply the strategies. She developed an engaging way of sharing complex subjects that seem simple. She creates ah-ha moments that frequently lead audiences to wonder why they hadn't seen what is now so clear before. She makes complex information easy to understand and apply. Jeanine has read over 6,500 scientific journal articles while writing nine books that cover topics that include: employee engagement, burnout prevention and recovery, resilience and retention, positive health promotion, maintaining, suicide prevention, primary prevention, and restoring mental health. Her work is not silo'd in a single scientific discipline which affords her a deeper understanding of factors that contribute to whether a life is full of fun or suffering. Dr. Joy is the founder and CEO of Happiness 1st Institute, a Thrive More Now Company. In 2019, Dr. Joy will walk 2,800 miles across America giving speeches to spread the word about life-changing strategies you can learn from her book today. (JoyWalk.org) FAQ What inspired your work? A psychiatrist told me that people with histories like mine didn't put themselves through college, have successful careers, and they weren't good mothers right before he asked me how I'd done it. I didn't know I was more resilient than most but I figured if I was, I ought to be able to figure out why and once I did, I'd be able to help other people. Why are you walking 2,800 miles across the United States next year? It takes almost twenty years for information from research to reach the public. When new knowledge can literally save lives, that's unconscionable to me. When it is a new drug or new technology, it gets to market fast because there is a profit motive. We need a pathway that brings new information that helps people live the lives they want to them faster. I don't think the path should be profit driven because that just puts the best marketers, not the best information, in front of people. If people are aware of the problem, we'll create a brilliant solution that will do things like stop the school-to-prison pipeline. It's wonderful to have solutions but not using them once they are known isn't okay. What is the biggest mistake most people make? They don't understand how toxic stress is. If they knew, they'd take the time to learn better ways to manage stress. A lot of people wear the amount of stress they can take like a badge of honor. The solution isn't doing less. The solution is to use your mind more intelligently. Stress isn't situational. Individual responses vary. Something that stresses Sue out may not cause Courtney any stress at all because Courtney has healthy coping skills. How does stress harm people? Stress has a direct effect on every important aspect of our mind and body. Immune function, digestive function, cognitive function, and central nervous system are all negatively impacted by chronic stress. We are smarter when we are less stressed and not as smart or able to find solutions to our problems when we feel more stressed.

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Reviews for Dr. Joy's other books: Book: Empowered Employees Become Engaged EmployeesTitle of Review: Actually Achieving Employee EngagementBy William McPeck on September 28, 2016As a student of employee engagement, I was naturally attracted by this book's title. The issue of employee engagement has emerged as one of the key issues in today's workplace.The employee engagement literature suggests that attempts to address employee engagement up to now have met with little significant success. Despite the efforts, according to Gallup's employee engagement surveys, the level of employee engagement has held steady at approximately 30%.In this book, Dr. Joy makes the argument that little has changed in employee engagement because efforts to date have failed to target the root cause of the problem - the emotional state of employees. The book is based on the premise that employees can learn how to feel better on purpose and therefore be in a position to better tap into their own personal intrinsic motivation and make better use of skill based empowerment techniques.In the Introduction, Dr. Joy states the book's purpose is to "help managers understand how to improve employee engagement." Each chapter of the book specifically addresses an area researchers have identified as being important to employee engagement. The chapters include such important areas as: PerceptionCognitive ProcessesResiliencePsychological FlexibilityHappinessAs a student of employee engagement, this is the first book I have read devoted exclusively to linking employee emotional state to employee engagement. I believe this book makes a significant contribution to the literature on employee engagement.The book reflects a combination of the published research literature, exercises, self-help tests, an extensive bibliography and, of course, Dr. Joy's own ideas, perspectives and experiences as well. Despite the book's containing a heavy dose of the research science, I found the book to be engaging and easy to read.This book certainly achieved its stated purpose and has greatly contributed to my knowledge of and thinking about employee engagement. I am sure it will do the same for you. If you have any interest in the subject of employee engagement, this book should be on your "Must Read" list.Book: Empowered Employees Become Engaged EmployeesBy RGB on November 13, 2016This book is an excellent examination of a critical factor in the success of any business or organization. As any knowledgeable business owner/leader knows, the commitment of employees/workers is a critical factor in customer satisfaction which in turn is the primary driver of market share.The book can be somewhat technical in some sections and is clearly written for the human resource professional. However, I believe it is worthwhile for anyone who is interested in motivating a workforce.I recommend it highly.

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