What a Slush!

What a terrific experience! Thank you Slush and all the people that visited our booth.

We got a lot on interesting feedback, lots of positive media attention, and many initial steps of cooperation were taken with companies in the health&well-being  market.

We had a constant queue for the demo and competition, which turned out to be even more exciting than we thought. The lowest emotional intensity score was reached by Hannu Hamari with an amazing result of 2/100. Congratulations!

The highest score was certainly reached by myself when entering on Black stage for the product launch. The stage was huge and what I could see from the spotlights was a large crowd of people interested in health and wellbeing. Thanks to our director Jonathan Clabburn for the great launch video, and Ella, Jaakko, Mikeal and Vesa who brought the film to life in front of the camera!

Road to Slush #4: Mood for Slush

 

Looking very bright indeed! It has been a huge amount of work done by the whole team to have everything ready for Slush, now after final checks the things seem to be in order. It all requires ups and downs of emotions as every bigger task in life, but finally the feeling is satisfaction over a great achievement.

See you all in Slush!  At our booth 2.09 on Wednesday you can try the Moodmetric Ring, measure your Mood Metrics and participate in a competition, please be welcome!

See here is my mood data from today, surprisingly calm up until now:

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Road to Slush #3: Back stage pass

 

I posted today the following to Protomo Tampere facebook group:

PRODUCT LAUNCH: MOODMETRIC
Black Stage, Digital Health
Wednesday 19.11.
15:45 – 15:55

Toni from Headsted at first glance saw this would be happening at back stage. Which brought me thinking that I have actually never been at back stage of any kind. There might not be too many fans this time, but for sure a lot of excitement – maybe too much. Will there be a screen with digital numbers counting down seconds to go..

Not to get the stage fever yet I did some excel work and fine tuning of the competition we´ll have at our booth. Thanks to Aleksi the newsletter went out just right and only one bigger task now remains done. Which is cool, because only 3 days to go!!

Road to Slush #2: Big things and small details

 

My mailbox is filling up with Slush related material. Got to be careful not to pass anything important. Have to say, things have improved in past ten years in this – some while back all these emails would have been titled “Slush”. Title setting nowadays is extremely informative, saves a lot of trouble.

Setting up meetings with investors has been the one big and important thing and seems to be well in track now. The video´s final edit uploaded to system, just waiting for confirmation that the encoding really is the right one.

Other equally important things: the dress for entering the stage – check! (Thanks to Milla). Here a picture of another detail, that might be small but surprisingly useful:

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Mood and Myself

Am I entitled to good moods or doomed to endless worries and stress? Many times it feels I can´t enjoy my time too much, because people and the things around me are not in a optimal state. The car needs repair, the pile of work deliverables is too high, mother´s birthday party is yet to be organized – and the kids – their needs are acute, end-of-the-world type and expressed very loudly.

Where can the happy me be in the middle of this? How to switch to a good mood after someone spilled juice on clean laundry – or even stay in good mood while it happens. Impossible. And as to having a wider scope; there is so much suffering in the world, I do deserve to have my daily load of cry, being late, having trouble of all sorts and as a consequence – bad mood. The most I can do is to hope the next day will be brighter.

But what if those seemingly happier people are right when their advice is to find the things you enjoy, bring them into your life, take a moment to yourself and stand above the little nuisances that will evidently happen? Should I give it a try?

The sun just started shining (it really did), I take it as a sign and decide to apply some new approaches today: I will walk outside for at least 20 minutes, not hurrying. I will enjoy a good lunch – in peace, if possible. If things at work do not go well, I will regardless find two positive things that day. If the kids get a hysterical attack, I will sneak out to my chocolate stash and have a small piece. Then I hold them and sing them their favorite songs until they calm down.

Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.

Friendliness, empathy and striving to understand the thoughts of others is natural to us as humans as we do not develop without social relationships.

Recent research shows that emotions are more important to both individuals and societies than previously thought.

Emotions are needed for:

– when under threat (fear, suspicion)

– when there is a need to stand up for oneself or others (anger, furiosity)

– prioritising tasks and people (liking, dislike, irritation)

– making right decisions (we are at our sharpest when emotional charge is biggest)

– improving memory (all positive feelings)

– to connect with others (love, caring)

Emotional intelligence was first brought up in scientific discussion by American researchers Peter Salovey and John Mayer. It became widely known with a book by Daniel Goleman, published in 1995: Emotional Intelligence – Why it can matter more than IQ.

Emotions reveal how you are doing

People tend to start analysing themselves and their behaviour most often within a state of crisis, not after a pondered decision. When the surroundings became unbearable and the person can no longer adapt, an analysis process starts. During this anguish hasty decisions are made that might be regretted afterwards: getting a divorce, quitting a job, selling the house.

On the other hand, positive decisions often follow when one´s feelings are analysed with intelligence. This thinking can be improved by literature, courses or discussions with people trained on the subject.

Analysis of one´s feelings need to take into consideration both the physical and mental dimension. What happens when I get furious? Do I feel like bursting to pieces? What about when I feel happy – how does that feel? Regulation of feelings means the possibility to knowingly affect how long and how strong the feeling is. We can get rid of, or reduce the power of unpleasant feelings and find ways to increase the occurrence of positive ones.

Feelings need to be felt, not suppressed. However, understanding one´s feeling mechanism the emotions can be tackled when they are just about to rise to the surface: Do I let myself get raving mad now?

Emotional intelligence does not equal logic-rational thinking: a person might be a famous mathematician and still unable to start a discussion with a stranger. Western thinking inclines to recognise only certain types of intelligence and this is enforced in schools. A Pre-schooler would name a housewife as an example of an intelligent person, later possibly a director of a big company.

What are the benefits of developing one´s Emotional intelligence?

– understanding emotions of yourself and others

– reacting correctly in social interaction

– coping in surprising or unpleasant situations

– finding concensus

– building a better life with your partner

– helping development of your children´s socio-emotional skills

A high performing person needs a wide set of skills and emotional intelligence is a powerful tool in pursuing any goal.

Based on a book by Mikael Saarinen, Marja Kokkonen: Tunneäly (Emotional intelligence)

 

How can the Moodmetric ring support development of Emotional intelligence?

Recognizing feelings can start with the help of the Moodmetric ring.  Simply by understanding the moments of the day when emotions are the strongest and calmest can help in building emotional intelligence. The Moodmetric ring shows current emotional state and records your emotional past for later review. Understanding how certain times of the day or situations affected your emotional levels help towards further development of emotional intelligence.

 

Science behind the Moodmetric ring

Emotional sensations such as excitement, happiness, anger and joy often involve a physical response, such as the heart pulsating with fear or the stomach lurching from anxiety.

Many of these physical reactions are controlled by the sympathetic nervous system, a branch of the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary body responses such as blood flow and digestion. The sympathetic nervous system is activated with controlling the body’s fight-or-flight reactions. When facing a threat, these responses automatically prepare your body to flee from danger or face the threat head-on.

When experiencing an emotion the sweat glands in the palm react and skin conductance increases. This phenomenon can ne measured and is known as electrodermal activity (EDA), skin conductance response (SCR) or alternatively as galvanic skin response (GSR). The Moodmetric ring detects the changes in skin and shows the emotion level changes in relation to user´s personal threshold values.

The measurement has been used in scientific study for over a hundred years. The Moodmetric ring data has been verified against scientific equipment, indicating high correlation and thus the ring is a reliable EDA measurement device.