Malou Jacques

Welcome, I am Malou Jacques, I am passionate about exploring human behavior and discovering new and better ways to live a richer and more fulfilling life. With a deeper understanding of the inner workings that govern our values and beliefs, we can improve the quality of our lives.

The Value of the Concept of ‘Good Enough’ in a Highly Complex World

Many of the personal, social, and environmental ills we face are rooted in our obsession with "greatness" as a value. This mindset is based on the premise that only outperformance and excellence are acceptable, when in reality they can sometimes prove irrelevant or counterproductive.

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Stalking Hubris, Before It Leads To A Fall

In a constantly evolving environment with hybrid work arrangements, the danger is real that some executives will lose touch with reality or cultural norms. A leader plagued by hubris is a major source of toxicity at work.

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Where is the Global Economy headed?

Inflationary pressures are improving, spiraling costs of living are beginning to ease - and as expected and desirable - the pace of economic growth is slowing.

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Putin’s aggression in Ukraine Echoes Hitler’s actions in the late 1930s

Historical parallels indicate that both despots used the same playbook, but the forceful and decisive interventions of the Western states suggest a very different outcome this time around.

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Is it time for the ‘American Dream’ v2.0?

The American Dream evolved to mean different things to different generations and people – though it usually includes some promise of opportunity. It is part of the American ethos and likely always will be.

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‘Quiet quitting’ is the Latest Buzzword in the Workplace

It means ditching the ‘hustle’ culture mindset. The term ‘Quiet quitting’ is a misnomer; we reframe it as ‘healthy working’ which is about restoring a healthy work-life balance

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Does Success in Business and in Life rely on Similar Strategic Approaches?

The same basic management concepts that drive business success may also be applied to make better choices in life

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Creating a Work Culture Intentionally Designed to Support an Organization's Purpose and Strategy is a Key Priority when Transitioning to a Hybrid Work Environment

Culture often receives less attention than purpose and strategy, yet it plays a huge role in an organization’s success. Culture happens – whether by design or by default – so why not design it intentionally based on how we want the organization to operate?

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How Serious is the Threat to our Democratic System today? What are the Major Challenges? What can be Done?

The current crisis of the democratic system poses a serious risk to the stability of multicultural societies as well as to free market capitalism.

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With the Current Level of Inflation, are there Signals that a Pernicious Visitor from the ‘70s and early ‘80s is Back?

There is little indication that a future recession is looming. However, skyrocketing demand and supply shortages are stretching the economy to the limit.

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Coping With the Unprecedented Challenges of Taking Care of Aging Parents

Rapidly aging populations and demographic shifts underscore the reality that aging will affect all of us personally and require care and support for those close to us.

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At Least 6 Extra Years of Higher Quality of Life for Everyone is Within Reach

It's time to set more ambitious goals for our health. It's not just about adding years to life but also adding life to years. 

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The Merits of Long-term Value Creation for All Stakeholders

It is time for capitalism to keep pace with the evolving needs of society and respond to the new ways of how the world operates. The shift from shareholder capitalism to stakeholder capitalism is not only about adjusting the metrics of success, but also about redefining the rules that govern the world.

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When Life Spirals Out of Control: Self-compassion as an Alternative to the Relentless Pursuit of Self-esteem

Why? We are more likely to develop emotional resilience by being gentle with ourselves than by boosting our ego with harsh self-criticism.

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How Can We Use The Power Of Our Intuition To Improve The Accuracy, Confidence, And Efficiency Of Our Decision-Making?

Intuition is a "special sense" – an ability to recognize patterns – that, if well developed and cultivated, can be a valuable complement to effective decision-making.

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The Consequences of Negativity Are Prevalent in Failing Relationships

Positive behaviors (words, attitudes, interactions) make a difference, but it is crucial to avoid negativity that irrevocably damages the health and sustainability of a relationship.

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The Relentless Pursuit of Success – Addiction to Success – Is Source of Dissatisfaction and Unhappiness

For many people, success is addictive, and many will sacrifice their lives and relationships to keep getting hits of success.

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The Culture of Overwork: A Distinctly American Tradition

The concept of workism is the belief that work is not only necessary for economic production but is also the centerpiece of our identity and the purpose of our lives; and that any policy to promote human well-being must always encourage more work.

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How Can We Lead with Compassion and Care while Dealing with Daily Pressures and Stress During a Crisis ?

The more compassionate we are as leaders, the deeper we connect with people and address their daily concerns, the sooner we will set the stage for business recovery and success.

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When the previous (older) version of you no longer resonates with you

The concept of outgrowing old versions of ourselves isn’t new: we grow out of old beliefs as our worldview expands; we grow out of habits or routines that no longer make sense for our lives.

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Parallels Between The Annual Cycle Of Nature And The Moments When Life Knocks Us Down

Mastering life’s challenges starts with revisiting our perception of time. We mistakenly think that our life is linear, but it is in fact cyclical and mirrors the cycle of nature.

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Discover How Persuasion Tactics Influence Human Decision-Making Almost Automatically

Have you ever wondered how persuasion works? How are salespeople, fundraisers, and politicians able to lure us into compliance – without even realizing that we’re being manipulated?

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The Benefits of Physical Activity on Preserving Cognitive Function in the Aging Brain

Preserving cognitive function, especially executive cognitive function, is key to continued independent living for seniors, as it improves mental flexibility, working memory and inhibitory control. These functions rely on neurobiological mechanisms that support the relationship between positive health behaviors and cognitive abilities.

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How Good Are We At Predicting What Will Make Us Happy In The Future?

Our imagination is not reliable in helping us to figure out what will make us happy in the future or even what has made us happy in the past. Because of logic-processing errors our brains tend to make, we misestimate our future satisfactions. However, we find ways to adapt to circumstances and create our own happiness.

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We Have the Power to Influence our Emotional Well-being in More Ways than We Realize

Have you ever wondered where your emotions come from? We have much more power over our feelings than we imagine. This awareness alone is a powerful tool to reclaim control over what is getting us down or holding us back.

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The Essential Role of a Growth Mindset and Neuroplasticity in Facilitating Lifelong Learning

The awareness that the brain is malleable and can evolve empowers anyone who makes deliberate and repeated learning efforts to rewire their brain for maximum benefit.

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Neuroplasticity: Harness the Power of Neuroplasticity for Greater Health and Well-Being at Any Age

The structures and functional capabilities of our brain are not fixed; the brain can reorganize, develop, and change in response to new experiences. A healthy lifestyle, combining diet and exercise, promotes neuroplasticity and improves our memory and cognitive performance.

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Uncovering the Mind-Body Connection: The Mind and Body Interact in Powerful Ways that Affect our Physical and Mental Health.

Mind-body interactions are a two-way street. Our mental health or distress affects our physical well-being, while our physical health or discomfort may influence our mental health.

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Does Passion Always Drive Performance and Emotional Well-Being?

We often believe that passion is an essential component of success and well-being. However, researchers differentiate between two qualitatively distinct types of passion; harmonious passion and obsessive passion, both intended to improve performance, but with opposite results.

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Early Childhood Adversity Is a Key Risk Factor for Substance Abuse

Early adversity, manifested by insensitive, unpredictable, and unresponsive caregivers, leads to numerous neurobiological abnormalities in the developing brain and an inappropriate response of our body to stress, which is believed to be implicated in the development of substance abuse.

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Our Early Life Experiences Shape Who We Are, how We Think, how We Feel, how We Process Stress and Inform Our Beliefs and Behaviors (Part II)

In "What Happened to You?", Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry explore the crucial role of early childhood experiences in shaping the people we become: our strengths, weaknesses and unique responses to daily events reflect what happened to us. They conclude that the power of meaningful connections with others is essential to offset the impact of early trauma.

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Our Early Life Experiences Shape Who We Are, how We Think, how We Feel, how We Process Stress and Inform Our Beliefs and Behaviors (Part I)

In "What Happened to You?", Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry explore the impact of early childhood experiences on the biology of our brains and the people we become. Their scientific and emotional insights help us understand how our personal journey influences the development, organization, and functioning of our brain – determining how we deal with stress, make decisions, and relate to others. To defeat the effects of trauma and adversity, they advocate shifting the focus from "What's wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?” This is a subtle but fundamental shift in our perspective on trauma that opens the door to resilience and healing.

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Freedom of Choice, a Sense of Control, Autonomy and Happiness Are Closely Related

Life is an individual adventure: discover how freedom of choice, a sense of control and autonomy can significantly increase your happiness.

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Building Resilience in a Hostile World: Survival, Adaptability, and Transformability are All Required for Growth.

In an uncertain and ever-changing world, the art of survival is not to resist, but to adapt and transform. Would you agree that change - no matter how painful – can act as a catalyst for continued growth and renewal?

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Delayed Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood: an Expected Response to the Economic Conditions at Entry into the Workforce.

When young adults delay reaching adulthood, it does not mean that something has changed about them; but that the economic context in which they grew up has changed.

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Our Emotions Play an Essential Role in our Decision Making and Actions. It Takes More than Willpower to Exercise Self-Discipline.

Working with emotions, not against them, is essential to creating the willpower needed to overcome obstacles and setbacks.

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Neoteny – The Secret to Being a Lifelong Leader

The successful application of a biological concept to leadership practices.

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Six Common Fallacies in Critical Thinking

Every day we are inundated with information; some useful, some worthless or worse, misleading. Being critical allows us to triage the information we receive. Spot the most common fallacious arguments right at the outset of a conversation.

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It’s Been a Year – Things are Looking Up, So Why Haven’t We Adjusted to COVID?

In the aftermath of the Covid pandemic, millions of people maxed out their disaster quota and are eager to move on from the pandemic. But emotional wounds still run deep and will take time to heal.

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Happiness is the Ability to Relate to Emotions with Greater Granularity and Depth - The Benefits of Practicing "Emodiversity".

Learning how to discern and experience the full range of our emotional landscape comes with huge rewards. Do you embrace all your emotions – positive and negative?

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Is There an Influence of Era on Leadership Values and Behaviors?

A fascinating study that started in 1938 continues to give us insightful information, in particular: “Does the era in which a person lives ultimately influence his or her worldview and overall aspirations?”

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The Power of Personal Leadership – It Starts with You!

Results of a landmark study describing a magical process by which ordinary people of all ages become leaders.

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Lift Your Spirits Through Social Connectedness – The Power of “Weak Ties”

Research shows that casual interactions with strangers or acquaintances are equally important in restoring our sense of well-being and belonging as connecting with family and friends.

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Covid-19 Pandemic-Induced Loneliness

Research confirms that loneliness is multidimensional and that its resolution requires a multifaceted therapeutic approach.

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Self-Actualization – Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

As human beings, we have basic psychological needs for personal growth and development throughout our lives. By achieving self-actualization, we are able to find meaning and purpose in our lives and lead a more fulfilling life. What are six essential characteristics of a self-actualized person?

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Aging – Is Living by Subtraction!

Aging affects all of us. Understanding the dynamics of aging, its impact on our daily lives and a few tips to stay in control is the topic of this post.

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About Free Speech on Social Media!

Freedom of speech has been a recurring topic on the internet and social media platforms lately. What are the objectives pursued by social media? How do they work? This blog attempts to answer the question: "Is online freedom of expression a myth or a reality?”

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What Makes A Good Life? – Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

Having “meaningful interpersonal relationships”, more than money or fame, is what keeps people healthy and happy throughout their lives. Discover the evidence gathered over eight decades that supports this affirmation.

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The Benefits of Living Purposefully at Every Life-Stage!

To thrive we need a direction and goals to look forward to; a clear sense of purpose allows us to find meaning in our lives. Finding and Reinventing Life’s Purpose Indefinitely is critical.

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Retired – Who Am I Now?

Life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. What are the consequences of this change on daily life? A new study offers valuable insights on how to effectively navigate the transition to retirement.

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Don’t Fall Prey to Validation by Social Media!

Research shows that we are wired to seek social acceptance – Self-awareness and reconnecting with oneself, are the first steps in overcoming the constant need for recognition.

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Living Impactfully – Applying the 80/20 Rule

Focus on the activities that are most critical to your happiness!

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