The Light Side: Defeating Adversity with the Three Cs

January 17, 2014

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When you are in an extremely bad stretch and feel like nothing's going your way, do you stress out and falter? Why do some people step up when the chips are down? Researchers pin the difference between defeat and perseverance to what they call a person' s hardiness.

Hardiness is the key to resiliency and not only surviving but thriving under pressure. Hardiness enhances performance, leadership, conduct, mood, and both physical and mental health, according to the American Psychological Association. It turns a negative event into an advantage.

The research into hardiness dates back more than 30 years, actually. In 1981 psychologist Salvatore R. Maddi was conducting a study of 400 employees at Illinois Bell Telephone when the company downsized nearly half of its employees in one year. He subsequently documented the paths of those who survived the layoffs but were under extreme stress and found two-thirds of them suffered performance, physical, and mental issues while one-third maintained their health, happiness, and enthusiasm.

The common characteristics among those who stayed positive were dubbed the commitment, control, and challenge attitudes. Commitment allows a person under duress to strive to keep involved as opposed to isolating himself. Control leads someone to try and influence outcomes rather than fall into passivity and powerlessness. Challenge influences a person to grab stress as an opportunity to overcome it.

Maddi's research led him to found the Hardiness Institute (yes, that's the name) and create the HardiTraining program. In fact, this program is used by corporations to improve worker performance and health, and the institute helped the U.S. Navy develop an assessment test to screen applicants in its SEALS program. Hardiness and resiliency research today is also used to teach children and adults how to battle adversity.

So next time you are dealt a tough blow, remember the three Cs of commitment, control, and challenge, and you will rise to the occasion.

It's a Golf Club... No, It's a Toilet!

File this one under "Why didn't I think of that?"

The UroClub is solving golfers' biggest problem: no, not how to get their swings down to mechanical-like precision with consistency, but where to go to the bathroom when nature calls on the green. When a Florida urologist heard from (retiree) patients suffering from urinary frequency that they didn't know where to relieve themselves on the golf course, the good doctor invented the portable urinal disguised as a golf club.

Credit: MATCO

The UroClub looks like a 7 iron. On the grip, a "triple-seal, leak-proof" cap can be unscrewed, and the golfer clips the supplied "privacy towel" to the UroClub and his belt or waistband for discrete relief. The portable urinal has a capacity of more than 0.5 L, "twice the volume commonly urinated," according to MATCO, the manufacturer. Its construction is of "non-porous material."

Not only is MATCO marketing the UroClub in B2C, it is targeting golf club makers to place the product in their accessory lines.

The clever gadget is no doubt a godsend for those with urinary conditions, when they're on the back nine and it's either skipping back to the clubhouse or scooting behind the trees. But the UroClub does pose some interesting situations for caddies:

  • They would be carrying heavier golf bags by the end of the round.
  • Is it their responsibility to empty UroClubs, and if so, do they get tipped or paid a little more for their trouble?
  • Does a caddy get tired of fielding other caddies' questions about the extra "club"? "It's not a real club; it's his toilet."
And isn't the privacy towel a dead giveaway for the UroClub?

No matter. After a few beers, burgers, and hot dogs before a round of golf, anyone with a UroClub (and a pair of Shreddies) is good to go and likely the envy of others.

Pup Thinks Her Way to the Chicken Nuggets

Dogs are smart (ok, cats are, too). After 100,000 years of socialization with human beings, they've picked up on a few things by watching us, yet they don't cease to amaze with their cognitive abilities. This video of a chicken-nugget-stealing beagle named Lucy is just more proof.

Owner Rob Scheinerman catches his four-legged thief in the act by installing a video camera. In the video, Lucy is baited by the scent of chicken nuggets cooking in a toaster oven that's deliciously just out of reach. She paces around a bit and even jumps onto the dining table and kitchen island to get a better taste of her master's problem-solving challenge.

You can practically hear the gears turning in Lucy's head, as she plots out a method to get her treats. Once she is able to get to the toaster oven, opening it is easy for this smart little pooch.

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