Want to feel more optimistic? A new book called “Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain” suggests that you can rewire your brain to feel more positive and less negative. Try the following four measures to alter your outlook on life.
Kids are not ambivalent when it comes to video games: They love them. Young boys, especially, have been pouring quarters into slots since Computer Space, the first commercial arcade video game, appeared nearly thirty-five years ago. While pixelated hits like Pong, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong first stole gamers' hearts, less glamorous educational titles, like Oregon Trail (1974) and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985), have held their own.
But there's one kind of game that nobody's succeeded in making for the insatiable throngs of game groupies: a blockbuster hit for the classroom.
Instead, school districts, eager to be perceived as plugged in and afraid of being penalized for low test scores, have bought into expensive drill-and-kill software -- the kind that costs a fortune and displays a silly animation of fireworks or cheering crowds for every five correct answers -- with only minimal improvements on test scores and scant evidence of long-term progress among students. Most administrators approach new game-software purchases with skepticism and a reluctance to spend money.
Meanwhile, the video game world has blossomed into a gargantuan $7-plus-billion-a-year industry. Kids (and their teachers, it turns out) spend more time per week blowing up aliens than watching television or (no surprise) doing homework. Although the so-called edutainment software titles, like the Blue's Clues and Dr. Seuss series, make up a relatively small portion of the market, academics, teachers, and entrepreneurs are working to transform a couch potato pastime into a curriculum staple. They're almost there.
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Mindfulness therapy is a meditation-based treatment with foundations in Buddhism; it has become popular in many private practice and mental health settings around the world. It's something that I infuse into almost all of my ...
Managing the "cycle of sacrifice and renewal" begins with prioritizing well-being. You can start by cultivating practices that allow you to re-engage with yourself, focus optimistically on the future and connect compassionately with other people. You can start with mindfulness -- tuning in to yourself, your environment and others.
Utne Reader OnlineReinventing the Meal: A Path to Mindful EatingUtne Reader OnlineIn Reinventing the Meal (New Harbinger Publications, 2012), you'll learn how to reconnect with your body, mind, and world with a three-course approach to mindful...
Meditation Appears to Produce Enduring Changes in Emotional Processing in the Brain (Science Daily): A new study has found that participating in an 8-week (10–12 hours of meditation training can improve daily-life emotional regulation
If ever two words were meant to go together Mothering and Mindfulness are it. For me mothering has brought about many personal challenges, changes and growth. It has offered me more than I ever could have imagined, ...
“After using the app myself,” Brice explained. “I’ve learned some interesting things about my good and bad days. For example, due to poor sleeping habits on Thursdays, I normally have slightly less positive days. I never would have noticed that before looking at my mood history in DayBreak.”
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