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The Secret to Creativity

The Secret to Creativity | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
The secret to creative thinking is to start with good problems. Then you need to turn those problems into thought provoking challenges. After that, great ideas will almost invent themselves.


Almost every creative idea is a potential solution to a problem.


Einstein's theory of relativity was about solving a discrepancy between electromagnetism and physics. Post-its were about finding a use for not very sticky glue...


Read more: The Secret to Creativity - DesignTAXI.com http://bit.ly/zsWKeV

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7 Ways Zen Buddhism Can Change Your Life

7 Ways Zen Buddhism Can Change Your Life | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Zen Buddhism caused me to have a mental breakdown of sorts. I understand how that sounds, but let me explain. It wasn’t quite the crazy eyed, hair pulling, stress-induced brain collapse you might envision when hearing the phrase “mental breakdown”, but it was a mental breakdown in the sense that I felt like my entire mind was broken down. Zen led me to question so much of what I believed at the time:

I tried to find every way possible to save time, speed up and become more productive. Zen suggested I slow down.
I (thought I) wanted to be successful, powerful and make a lot of money. Zen told me I just wanted those things in order to be happy and at peace and that I’d never discover true peace and happiness from attaining those things.
I judged others and didn’t easily forgive. Zen said I should practice compassion and understanding. It suggested I forgive everyone because we’re all intrinsically connected. What I do to others I do to myself.
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If You Drink Coffee Then Exercise, This Is What Happens

If You Drink Coffee Then Exercise, This Is What Happens | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
You know that girl, the one with a Starbucks cup stashed in the cup holder of the elliptical during her a.m. sweat sesh? Admit it: you’ve judged her. But, turns out, she might be on to something. Drinking a couple cups of coffee before a workout could actually make it feel more enjoyable, according to new research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. 

The study basically simulated your average morning: a mug of coffee to wake up, a little gym time, another cup with breakfast, followed by lunch. Fourteen participants completed two moderate workouts on a stationary bike: one where they took caffeine (equal to two 8-ounce cups of coffee or 4 cups of black tea) 90 minutes before the workout, and one where they took a placebo. When caffeinated, the participants reported the ride as way easier than it was without the stimulant.
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The Zen of Friends: 5 Tips for When You Feel Let Down

The Zen of Friends: 5 Tips for When You Feel Let Down | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
the situation but thought about it.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Has this ever happened to you?

Something happens, some kerfuffle or other, like sickness, loss, or unexpected change. And just when you need it most, a friend—whom you considered true and dear—doesn’t stand by you.

You feel betrayed.

Painful, isn’t it?

Painful like the stabbing of 1,000 knives that each bears 100 tiny knives. (So, 100,000 knives in total)

This happened to me a few years ago. I’d just graduated from college when I became unwell with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

One of the benefits of CFS is that you have plenty of time to work through things. I was angry with many friends, and disappointed. But gradually, I came to see that they weren’t the problem—I was.
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4 Ways You're Making Yourself Invisible To Others

4 Ways You're Making Yourself Invisible To Others | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

Do you sometimes — or often — feel like you're invisible to others? I felt this way for many years, wondering why others didn't seem to see me or hear me. Then I discovered I was invisible to myself, and that others were treating me the way I was treating myself.

 

If you are doing any or all of the following, you're making yourself invisible to others.

 

1. Ignoring yourself. Do you often ignore your feelings? That's not a good idea, because our feelings are a source of inner guidance, letting us know whether we are taking loving care of ourselves or abandoning ourselves...

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5 Practices for Calming Racing Thoughts

5 Practices for Calming Racing Thoughts | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Racing thoughts can be overwhelming, confusing and distressing. Various strategies, thankfully, can help to calm and quiet racing thoughts.

 

Racing thoughts may be a daily reality for you or an occasional annoyance. Racing thoughts are common for people with anxiety when they’re facing a stressor. They’re also common in bipolar disorder, ADHD and other medical conditions, according to Marla Deibler, PsyD, a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders.

For instance, anxious thoughts may be a string of worries. Deibler shared this example:


“I don’t have a date for the party tomorrow. I can’t go by myself. What will everyone think? What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I have a date? That’s it. I’m not going. But everyone will wonder where I am. I should go. Oh, I don’t know what to do.”

- See more at: http://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/5-practices-calming-racing-thoughts#sthash.ZSAgsaWD.dpuf

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Stay Calm... Have a nice weekend

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This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"When we don't have enough of something — love, time or money — we spend extraordinary effort worrying about how to get by, research shows. The stress of poverty changes the way people think."


In a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 1 in 3 people making less than $20,000 a year said they'd experienced "a great deal of stress" in the previous month. And of those very stressed-out people, 70 percent said that money problems were to blame.

For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family
Scientists have long recognized that poverty can aggravate health problems. Now they're also beginning to understand that the stress of too little income actually changes the way people think.

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How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"No matter what your age or your life path … it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.

 

“Art is not a thing — it is a way,” Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question ofwhat that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the stages of creativity, its essential conditions, and the best technique for producing ideas.

 
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What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain? | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

 

"As you read this, wiggle your toes. Feel the way they push against your shoes, and the weight of your feet on the floor. Really think about what your feet feel like right now – their heaviness."

 

If you’ve never heard of mindfulness meditation, congratulations, you’ve just done a few moments of it. More people than ever are doing some form of this stress-busting meditation, and researchers are discovering it has some quite extraordinary effects on the brains of those who do it regularly.


>Originally an ancient Buddhist meditation technique, in recent years mindfulness has evolved into a range of secular therapies and courses, most of them focused on being aware of the present moment and simply noticing feelings and thoughts as they come and go.

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Why Some People Always Seem to Push Your Buttons

Why Some People Always Seem to Push Your Buttons | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
The people who push your buttons are a gift. They help you find the source of your deepest wounds, which hold you back in life.

 

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” ~Buddha

I always felt invisible whenever my husband and I got together with a certain couple.

Every time we saw them, it triggered feelings of rejection because they would go on and on about themselves and never ask about how I was doing or feeling. I went home feeling invisible and sad every time.

Finally, after a number of years of putting up with this non-reciprocal relationship, I decided that it was best for us to break free from it. 

For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why this self-absorbed behavior bothered me so much.

Eventually, the light bulb went off and I realized I kept hoping and hoping that one day this couple would validate me, in the same way that I kept hoping and hoping that one day my father wouldvalidate me.

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The Blessing of a Broken Heart: How Pain Can Lead to Healing

The Blessing of a Broken Heart: How Pain Can Lead to Healing | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
If we take it upon ourselves to see what inside of us they are pointing toward, all grievances become opportunities for healing and loving ourselves.

 

“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” ~Ruth E. Renkel

 

My last break-up was on April 16th, 2012.

I remember the date because on the evening of April 17th, as I sat with a blotchy red face and tears in my eyes, my dad told me I soon would remember that day and be glad I was no longer sad. “Men are like buses,” he said. “If one leaves you behind, rest assured another will come.”

I found his support very touching, but it did little to console me. If this guy was a bus, it was the bus I wanted to be on, period. That day, on my dad’s couch for the second night in a row, I slept a total of an hour and cried for about eight.

 

I found the break-up pretty surprising and abrupt. After not more than a strange feeling, and a day during which I sensed an uncomfortable distance, I said to my then boyfriend, “I feel that you might not be in love with me,” to which he responded, “Maybe.”

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PAT NOVAK's curator insight, May 15, 12:22 PM

A relationship break-up can be a real shock to your belief system  and self-image, 

 

Its even harder when we have abandoned ourselves.during the relationship.

 

One of the biggest lessons I learned from a break-up, was the importance of  Self Care.

 

I had been programmed to take care of others and not myself.

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Trying Not to Try: How to Cultivate the Paradoxical Art of Spontaneity Through the Chinese Concept of Wu-Wei

Trying Not to Try: How to Cultivate the Paradoxical Art of Spontaneity Through the Chinese Concept of Wu-Wei | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"Our modern conception of human excellence is too often impoverished, cold, and bloodless. Success does not always come from thinking more rigorously or striving harder."

 

“The best way to get approval is not to need it,” Hugh MacLeod memorably counseled. We now know that perfectionism kills creativity andexcessive goal-setting limits our success rather than begetting it — all different manifestations of the same deeper paradox of the human condition, at once disconcerting and comforting, which Edward Slingerland, professor of Asian Studies and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia and a renowned scholar of Chinese thought, explores in Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity (public library).

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"Wu-wei literally translates as “no trying” or “no doing,” but it’s not at all about dull inaction. In fact, it refers to the dynamic, effortless, and unselfconscious state of mind of a person who is optimally active and effective."

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The Ways to Control Dreaming

The Ways to Control Dreaming | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
The science of lucid dreaming—in which the sleeper is aware she is dreaming—and how it could affect waking life

 

In 2008, Isaac Katz, a civil service officer, passed away just before reaching his 78th birthday. He had been struggling with cardiovascular problems for some time. His son, Arnon Katz, now a 47-year-old tech entrepreneur, was beside himself with grief, and frustrated by the fact that he would never speak to his father again.

 

At the time, the younger Katz had been training himself to lucid dream—a phenomenon in which the dreamer becomes aware they are dreaming and can potentially control their actions as well as the content and context of the dream. But despite keeping a dream journal and diligently practicing other techniques, hadn't had any success. All that changed, though, a year after his father’s death.

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7 Ways to Be More Optimistic (but Still See Things As They Are)

7 Ways to Be More Optimistic (but Still See Things As They Are) | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"The other day a friend of mine said, “I’m just over everything. What’s the point?” She was referring to love, but also life in general. “I just don’t care anymore, nothing ever comes of anything anyways.” Of course we’re going to feel off kilter sometimes and unsure if anything good will ever happen, especially if we’ve been hurt or gipped in the past. But, believe it or not, for good things to happen, we have to believe that they will. “If you assume in favor of yourself and act as if it is possible, then you will do the things that are necessary to bring about the result,” says Jack Canfield in his book The Success Principles.  What that means is that the more we believe we are capable of achieving our dreams, the more right actions we take to make them happen. The belief that good things will happen is also known as optimism."

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Sabah El Tafaol... Very Good morning dear friends... 

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8 Things Happy People Do Every Morning

8 Things Happy People Do Every Morning | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

'For many of us, mornings begin in a rushed panic. We allow our alarm clocks to buzz at least a dozen times before we decide we have to get out of bed. We then rush around our homes half-awake trying to get ready for our day. In a hurry, we stub our toe on the bedpost, forget to put on deodorant, and don't pack a lunch because we simply do not have time.

It's no wonder that so many folks despise the thought of being awake before 9 am!

So it may not surprise you to know that happy individuals tend to actually enjoy their mornings. They appear to thrive on waking up with the sun and look forward to a new day or possibilities. These happy people have humble morning rituals that increase their own sense of well-being and give their day purpose.

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No...you don't need to spring out of bed singing Good Morning Sunshine! But even trying one if these suggestions will help your day improve.

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12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence

12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"Intellect and emotional intelligence are very different things. The former is the cognitive ability to synthesize and analyze data; to problem-solve and make associations based on available information. The latter is a set of innate and learned skills which facilitate relationships and enable a person to negotiate more easily through all areas of life."

 

Intellect can be measured by standardized IQ tests but there is no actual measure of the “EQ,” or Emotional Quotient. Even without a test, it’s obvious when someone has a high IQ and it’s just as obvious when someone has a high EQ. Rather than try to measure it, though, it’s more useful to look at the various elements that go into emotional intelligence.

 

While the IQ remains stable over a person’s lifetime, the EQ can be developed. Acquiring and practicing the following elements will enable you to boost your EQ.

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5 Ways to Start Taking Care of Yourself (Because It’s Hard)

5 Ways to Start Taking Care of Yourself (Because It’s Hard) | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

" I have always been a fan of letting myself fall by the wayside. I have no idea, and I mean literally, not a clue on Earth, how to look after myself. But I am slowly trying to remedy that, because I've finally realized that if I don't start doing better for myself, I will never stop thinking the worst of myself. This is a tricky truth and it's easy to miss."

 

"Sometimes you forget that if you don't look after your body and your needs, you won't be able to help your mind feel nourished, and your soul feel strong. You will begin to think that if you can't even be good enough to yourself and keep flourishing, how can you be good/strong/clever enough for (enter purpose or person here)? Though obviously untrue, I guess logically, it makes sense: the insides can't be great when the outsides aren't. When was the last time a beautifully furnished and decorated house was considered well-kept and upscale, when the outside was crumbling walls and shattered windows?"

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10 Important Life Hacks That Are Increasing People's Brain Power Above Average

10 Important Life Hacks That Are Increasing People's Brain Power Above Average | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Do humans really fail to use their brain’s maximum potential?

 

Movies like Limitless and Lucy try to show how humans don’t use 100% of their brain capacity, and these movies obsess on showing what happens when humans do reach its full potential. They make it seem like we become superhumans if do end up maximizing our brain power. 


There’s no known drug that can turn us into Super Humans, but there are habits that can at least help us achieve more in our daily lives. We may not be able to fly or to last for days without sleeping, but there are some life hacks that can help us remember names or perform at work better. 

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15 Steps to Mindfullness And A Better Work Day

15 Steps to Mindfullness And A Better Work Day | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"Mindfulness and Focus are hot topics right now among the Leadership and Management communities. I get questions now and again from clients and colleagues who recognize the value but don’t know where to begin."

 

I understand. The word “mindfulness” can conjure up all kinds of images, usually involving people in business attire sitting cross-legged on boardroom tables.

 

Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but crossing that chasm from myth to fact can be a bit much to overcome in one giant leap. Luckily, there are some small, deceptively simple steps you can make toward becoming more mindful at work that don’t involve a yoga mat 15 Steps to Mindfullness And A Better Work Day:

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Just 25 Minutes Of Mindfulness Meditation Can Significantly Alleviate Stress

Just 25 Minutes Of Mindfulness Meditation Can Significantly Alleviate Stress | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"American scientists studied the effects of mindfulness meditation on stress levels and came to the conclusion that just three consecutive days of 25-minute meditation can significantly alleviate stress."


The technique of mindfulness meditation has helped many people to improve the overall state of their mind and body. However, until now, most studies have been mainly focused only on the therapeutic effects of the long-term meditation practice.

 
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Nermeen Hassan's curator insight, August 18, 5:40 AM

I found out different places have different kind of stress sources... and have it own magical stress releases as well.... For me, nothing better than sitting in balacony looking over beautiful huge and old greeny trees, with cup of coffee at Dawn time or sunset.... :))))  

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The Perfect Quote to Help Cope with Life’s Fallbacks.

The Perfect Quote to Help Cope with Life’s Fallbacks. | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
We are never rejected. There are no mistakes. No could haves. No should haves.

 

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.” ~ Steve Maraboli

This is the quote of the year.

Read it. Read it again.

Let it sink in.

We are never rejected. There are no mistakes. No could haves. No should haves.

Everything that happens comes along because it simply needs to.

Fallbacks are crucial parts of the puzzle.

Not getting what we want can be a huge step towards reaching a bigger dream.

So relax. Release control. Let’s learn from our mistakes and see the bigger picture.

We’re not rejected. We’re redirected. 
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Get Uncomfortable! 15 Unusual Ways That’ll Blast You From Your Comfort Zone

Get Uncomfortable! 15 Unusual Ways That’ll Blast You From Your Comfort Zone | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"No one makes the state of discomfort a goal. We don’t welcome friends into our homes by saying, “Make yourself uncomfortable.” In fact, much of our time is spent avoiding people, places, and situations that challenge our comfort zone. But we all know that getting shoved from our complacency can produce astounding improvements in our lives."

 

Yet, we also know that facing our fears and questioning our ruts and well-ordered beliefs can seem as impossible as my teenagers awakening to my unfathomable wisdom. Yeah, not likely..

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What are you willing to do to make your life better?

What are you willing to do to make your life better? | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"I was faced with this question during my morning reading and meditation.

 

On one level it seems very straightforward.

Most of us hope to make our lives better or at least it would appear that way given the volume of self improvement titles in circulation.

So, the premise is simple. Right? To get better you need to be willing to do what it takes.

Yet if you are like me, that’s a lot easier said than done.

Questions like this usually start the dialogue rolling in my head, painfully reminding me that, in some areas as least, I still don’t seem to be willing…enough.

 

But as I started to peel back the layers more questions surfaced that challenged this experience."

 

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How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life

How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"It's not just for Oprah devotees. Recent studies show that practicing gratitude can positively impact your life--and researchers believe it may help.us break our bad habits."

 

YOU’RE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE.

Gratitude is about focusing on other people, says Dr. Jo-Ann Tsang, a psychology professor at Baylor University, who led a study which will appear in the July 2014 issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

 

“Previous research that we and others have done finds that people are motivated to help people that help them--and to help others as well. We’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” Tsang said in a statement.

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Nermeen Hassan's curator insight, April 24, 12:07 AM

Alhamdullah... many of my friends and students told me in the past few days, keep repeating their own gratitude mantra helps them a lot through out life ups and downs... mine is "Alhamdullah for opening my heart" or just simply  "Alhamdullah" = "Thank God"

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Gratitude is about giving back, or giving thanks, to someone. It is an action that has a positive reaction; Happiness and Well-Being.

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Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions

Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask themselves about creativity."

 

In a previous post, I shared questions that can help in overcoming fear of failure. But sometimes, there’s an even more basic problem that can stop us from pursuing bold challenges and ambitious goals: not knowing which challenges or goals to pursue. These days, you're urged to “follow your passions” and “lean in”--but what if you’re not sure where your particular passion lies? What if you don’t know which way to lean?

 

The following is the second in a three-part series of posts adapted from Warren Berger’s new book,A More Beautiful Question(Bloomsbury), for which he spoke with top designers, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading creative thinkers to explore the art (and innovative potential) of asking the right questions.

 

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What is Your Tennis Ball?

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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?

 

It has increasingly become accepted that emotional intelligence is an important factor in our success and happiness, not only at work, but in our relationships and all areas of our lives.

 

So what sets emotionally intelligent people apart? Here are seven habits that people with high EI have:

1. THEY FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE

 

While not ignoring the bad news, emotionally intelligent people have made a conscious decision to not spend a lot of time and energy focusing on problems. Rather, they look at what is positive in a situation and look for solutions to a problem. These people focus on what they are able to do and that which is within their control.

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