links to 5 helpful articles

1. What Great Listeners Actually Do

“While many of us have thought of being a good listener being like a sponge that accurately absorbs what the other person is saying, instead, what these findings show is that good listeners are like trampolines. They are someone you can bounce ideas off of — and rather than absorbing your ideas and energy, they amplify, energize, and clarify your thinking. They make you feel better not merely passively absorbing, but by actively supporting. This lets you gain energy and height, just like someone jumping on a trampoline.”

2. These jobs have highest suicide rates in the United States, according to the CDC

“Men who work in construction and extraction had the highest rates of suicide in the United States … For women, suicide rates were highest among those who work in arts, design, entertainment, sports and media. From 2000 to 2016, the suicide rate among the US working-age population — people 16 to 64 — increased 34% …”

3. Fear, more than hate, feeds online bigotry and real-world violence

“The most dangerous hate speech is apparently no longer broadcast with ethnic slurs or delusional rhetoric about white supremacy. Rather, it’s all over social media, in plain sight, carrying hashtags like #WhiteGenocide, #BlackCrimes, #MigrantInvasion and #AmericaUnderAttack. They create an illusion of imminent threat that radicals thrive on, and to which the violence-inclined among them have responded.”

4. Avoid These Roadblocks to Progress by Jim Martin

“Life is hard. However, it can become even more difficult when we put up roadblocks to our own progress.”

5. Watch out for these clever holiday scams

“Here are some tips to help you stay vigilant when shopping online this holiday season.”