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Art And Soul - The Art of Better Living: Inspiring Positive Change

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For 40 years Bob Quinn has been interested in change - Positive change.

He's a professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, the author of 18 books and one of the co-founders of the University of Michigan's Center for Positive Organizations.

According to Quinn, we all love and hate change.  If it's something we want, it's easy and we're all for it.  If it's something that requires hard work we often have second thoughts.

"We are trained by our culture when we're born to scan for threats, and live in fear more than we admit," says Quinn. "It blinds us to the many resources around us that we don't see."

I spoke with Dr Quinn about how we can live a better balanced, self aware life:

Good things happen when people begin to grow through their traumas and make discoveries about themselves that they didn't know previously, according to Dr Quinn. He adds that down deep inside, there are good things in all of us, and when we get in touch with this part of ourselves we transform. We look at ourselves more positively and we see potential in other people that we didn't see before.

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University of Michigan
Dr Bob Quinn is a professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business

There is a lot of research these days on becoming mindful. Dr Quinn says "there is great power in becoming mindful."

He says the research on gratitude is exploding, and the outcome from practicing gratitude is extensive. Gratitude can re-wire your brain and improve your immune system.

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University of Michigan
One of several books written by Dr Bob Quinn.

Dr Quinn says research has shown when feelings become more positive the brain functions better and we perform at a higher level. He used this thought to demonstrate how great leaders pay attention to emotions and people's feelings in the workplace and in life in general.

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Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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