November 2019 Newsletter

The Power of Gratitude

GratitudeWe might know how important it is to express thanks to the people who help us. What we might not be aware of is that practicing gratitude can improve our overall well-being. Recent scholarly studies show that:

Gratitude supports healthier lifestyle and spreads happiness. We can practice paying attention to what we feel thankful for. The daily little things, the daily little moments, they might not be so little. Gratitude transcends toxic emotions.

Practicing thankfulness helps us embrace change. It is easy to notice bad things. We should train our brains to notice the good things, too. If we do this daily, we can become more flexible and accepting.

Keeping gratitude logs enhances well-being. Simply taking a minute to write down what we are grateful for three times a week can boost our happiness. 

A Simple Mindful Gratitude Exercise:
Stop by the HSU Brain Booth on the 2nd floor of the Library. Take a moment to pause and reflect on something you are grateful for and write or draw it on the Gratitude Log. 

Practice Gratitude – it is good for us, it is good for our relationships, and it is good for humanity!

Katia G. Karadjova, The Brain Booth Librarian

Featured Tech Skills Course

Tech Skills

Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Basics

This course introduces the navigational features of Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 including the toolbars and tabs, workspaces, and rulers and guides. You'll learn about using basic tools and some of the new features.

Even though this is a course for an older version of Photoshop, the basic concepts remain the same.

Course time: 57 minutes


In The Flow: How To Master Your Brain's Peak Productivity

Flow State
Flow is that magical time when you're working on something challenging, the outside world is shut off, and you're so deep in concentration that time seems to disappear.

Once thought to be a mysterious talent of artists and geniuses, we now know that anyone is capable of inducing such a state of deep productivity and creativity.

Flow lies in the intersection between enjoyment and challenge, and if we take a moment to understand it, it can hugely increase our life satisfaction, as well as our productivity.

Flow is made of 6 parts:

  1. Intense concentration on the task at hand.
  2. A merging of action and awareness - “being and doing become one 
  3. A loss of reflective self-consciousness
  4. Agency, or  a sense of personal control over the situation
  5. A distortion of the perception of time 
  6. Autotelic experience, or the activity itself is intrinsically rewarding, rather than the expected outcome

This article by Michael Metcalf appeared on Trello.

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Prepare for the Next Power Outage

Power Outage
Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy.  Here are some tips to be prepared before the power goes off.

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

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Featured Soft Skills Course

Soft Skills

Positive Atmosphere: Establishing and Engaged Workforce

An engaged workforce creates a positive work environment that boosts productivity, encourages creativity, and helps you engage and retain talented employees. This in turn will make your organization more profitable and innovative, and will strengthen your employees' work ethic. In this course, you'll learn about the benefits of engaging your workforce and of establishing a positive work culture. You'll learn how to recognize common qualities of engaged employees, understand what drives employee motivation, and recognize commitment challenges. You'll also learn how employee engagement links to the bottom line by reducing turnover.

Course time: 23 minutes


On the Bookshelf


Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

by Shawn Achor

Most people want to be successful in life. And of course, everyone wants to be happy. When it comes to the pursuit of success and happiness, most people assume the same formula: if you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you'll be happy. The only problem is that a decade of cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology has proven that this formula is backwards. Success does not beget happiness. Based on the largest study ever conducted on happiness and human potential (a survey conducted by the author of more than 1,600 students), Harvard lecturer Shawn Achor shares seven core principles of positive psychology that each one of us can use to improve our performance, grow our careers, and gain a competitive edge at work. He reveals how happiness actually fuels success and performance, not the other way around.

Find the Book at the HSU Library 

Understanding Employee Leave of Absence Programs

Out of Office
The CSU has many leave of absence programs available to its employees. Come learn when a formal leave is necessary, eligibility factors, how various leaves work together to benefit our employees, and the department/supervisor's role when an employee is on leave.

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HSU Conflict Management – The Role of Empathy

Empathy is a Superpower

There's no getting around it: we all have to live and work with other humans. Some make perfect sense and do exactly what we expect. And others... don't. Join this session to better manage conflict by strengthening your power of empathy toward those you don't understand, those you do - and yourself. You will also learn the challenges to empathy, and when empathy may have gone too far. Empathy is a path to managing conflict, expanding our understanding of others, and healthier relationships.

Register Here

CSU's Got Talent

Don't You Know Who I Am?

“Don't You Know Who I Am? How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility" - November 19 @ 10:00

Dr. Ramani Durvasula, Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles

Group Viewing and Discussion Opportunity

Join HR representatives to watch the webinar together, and then open it up for questions and conversation

Library Fishbowl, November 19 from 10 - 11:30 AM

Register to Join the Group

If you prefer to watch it at your desk, please register below the day of the event.

Register the Day of the Webinar

Upcoming Classes

Dec 3 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dec 4 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dec 11 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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HSU Green Zone Spotlight

Veterans Day

Please join the HSU Office of Human Resources in honoring all of our active and veteran students, faculty and staff as well as all of those within our community on November 11, 2019. 

The HSU Green Zone program offers training for staff and faculty to become Green Zone Advocates. Highlights from the program includes: how to identify student veterans and understand their demographics, military experience and the cycle of deployments as well as understanding the strengths and challenges veterans may experience in the classroom. Becoming and Green Zone Advocate, among other things, provide their availability for listing and assistance student veterans and their families as well as help with referrals to appropriate services available to them. For more information about the HSU Green Zone visit

For information on how you can become a Green Zone Advocate, please contact Kim Hall in the Humboldt State University VETS Office at or visit their office located in Module 8 at the HSU Campus Events Field on Campus.

Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Tech Tips

Do you want to know more internet slang words as QAP?

  1. DIKY: Do I Know You?
  2. IDK / IDKE: I Don't Know / I Don't Know Either
  3. HBU: How About You?
  4. LMK: Let Me Know
  5. NVM: Nevermind
  6. SNMP: So Not My Problem
  7. TTP: To the Point

Now, YGTI?

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