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I am exploring how one can create their own happiness. This will look into plasticity of the mind, and the effects of meditation.
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Neuroplasticity Studies Reveal Your Brain's Amazing Malleability

Neuroplasticity Studies Reveal Your Brain's Amazing Malleability | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
Neuroplasticity or brain plasticity is the ability of your brain to adapt in response to experience -- a new study shows your brain can quickly rewire itself.
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Brain grows new neurons...

I just read this off the Lumosity site.  Today is my first day on it.

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Did you know?“The human brain continues to create new neurons throughout life. Exercise and cognitive stimulation can impact the number of new cells created in your brain.”

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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain | Greater Good

Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain | Greater Good | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom. ... Forgot your password? CORE THEMES: Gratitude · Altruism · Compassion · Empathy · Forgiveness · Happiness · Mindfulness ....
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FEARLESS LIVING!: Mindsets and the negative impact of praise

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More and more research in psychology and neuroscience supports the growth mind-set. We are discovering that the brain has more plasticity over time than we ever imagined (Doidge, 2007); that fundamental aspects of ...
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Bodybuilding for the brain: John Pelley at TEDxTexasTechUniversity

John attempts to show his audience how action and sleep are used to build a strong brain as well as a strong body. Bodybuilding requires action for muscular ...
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Why the Growth Mindset is the Only Way to Learn | Edudemic

Why the Growth Mindset is the Only Way to Learn | Edudemic | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
“You’re too old to learn a foreign language.” “I couldn’t work on computers. I’m just not good with them.” “I’m not smart enough to run my own business.” Do you know what these statements have in common? They’re all examples of the fixed mindset- the belief that intelligence, ability, and success are static qualities that …
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Right Brain/Left Brain Thinking

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Not unlike many media outlets, The New York Times recently reported about President Obama's call for "a multiyear research effort to produce an 'activity map' that would show in unprecedented detail the workings of the human brain."...
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Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose

Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
Misconceptions surround the practice of mindfulness, which is part meditation and part a greater awareness of the things around you.

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, March 23, 2013 10:04 AM

There must be something to this mindfulness; it keeps showing up in number business related articles. All humor aside, mindfulness needs to be a tool in the basic leadership toolkit. The biggest hurdle for my coaching clients is to let go of the the thought, "I'm not getting to what is important by sitting still!" After a few weeks they typically say, I'm really getting to what matters most."

CatherineT's curator insight, March 27, 2013 11:19 AM

Un bon article sur la pleine conscience, en anglais.

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Train Your Brain to Overcome Fear

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Three tips to help you get over your fears and take bigger risks.
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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:42 PM

A few simple advices...

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Do the Brain Benefits of Exercise Last?

Do the Brain Benefits of Exercise Last? | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
Exercise bolsters the structure and function of the brain. But if someone stops exercising, does the brain revert to its former state, much like unused muscles slacken?
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Praise children's effort, not their intelligence - Telegraph

Praise children's effort, not their intelligence - Telegraph | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
Parents who tell their children how clever they are may be doing them more harm than good, according to a study which found it is best to praise the effort rather than the child.
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Relax! You’ll Be More Productive

Relax! You’ll Be More Productive | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
To be at your peak, don’t work so much.

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, February 10, 2013 12:51 PM

This information in this article hightlights and supports the need to renew one's energy to improve the quaility and quanity of our performance. It has many similar concepts to my Rituals of Renewal, Which can reference on my blog and on this page.

Mario Maresca's curator insight, February 11, 2013 6:33 AM

L'importanza di rilassarsi per essere produttivi

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10 Big Ideas in 10 Years of Brain Science

10 Big Ideas in 10 Years of Brain Science | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
Scientific American Mind reflects on the major discoveries of the past decade that have transformed how we think about the brain
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Creative Vitality for the Midlife Body & Brain | Psychology Today

Creative Vitality for the Midlife Body & Brain | Psychology Today | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
In fact, unless we have a mechanism for regularly checking in, monitoring, and adjusting how we feel physically and emotionally, the body's storehouse of irrational impulses and feeling states can constantly run the show.
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Stop Trying to Be Perfect and, Instead, Strive For Excellence ...

Stop Trying to Be Perfect and, Instead, Strive For Excellence ... | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
holidays · Leadership · mindset · behavior · Happiness · attitude · motivation · thoughts · Belief · Purpose · self-confidence · self-image · perception · Success ... For growth, continuing to learn new things is vital.
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Top 15 Insights About Neuroplasticity, Cognition, Emotions and ...

Top 15 Insights About Neuroplasticity, Cognition, Emotions and ... | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
What does brain and cognitive science have to offer to improve education, health and quality of life?
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The Keg’s founder built a legacy

The Keg’s founder built a legacy | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
BC Restaurant Hall of Fame gives tribute to B.C. restaurateur for changing the face of dining in Canada
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The Meditating Brain

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We live in a time when scientific research is finding the same results that the meditative traditions have clearly explained, advocated and shared with humanity through the ages.

 

An encouraging finding in many of these studies is that the measureable benefits of meditation are available to use with relatively short training, and positive effects remain well after each meditation period. In fact, certain ways of being and thinking can become lifelong.

 

Meditation increases concentration. It leads to better decision-making by removing emotions that may cloud clarity. Self-awareness is boosted because meditation works in the area of the brain associated with it. Several studies have shown that there’s a greater activation in the left prefrontal cortex as a result of meditation. This area is linked to positive emotions and greater responsiveness to negative events.


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Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, April 13, 2013 2:14 PM

Another post from my own Reiki Help Blog with many links to other scoops here, and on the blog itself...

Randy Bauer's curator insight, April 14, 2013 3:25 PM

Positive effects of meditation and mindful awareness of self, and the present moment. Positive emotions for greater Well-Being.

Mark Johnson's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:03 AM

Meditation is one of the most productive and healthy exercises you can do.

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7 Questions You Will Ask at the End of Your Life

7 Questions You Will Ask at the End of Your Life | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Uplifting music can boost mental capacity | ZeitNews

Uplifting music can boost mental capacity | ZeitNews | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
The findings, which are published in this month’s Experimental Psychology, show that the uplifting first movement, in particular, is capable of enhancing attention and memory.

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Linda Allen's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:00 PM

Thank you for confirming my love of music!

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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it

 

The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Virginia Tech is sponsoring "contemplative practices for a technological society," a conference for engineers who integrate contemplative disciplines into their work. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga

 

Aetna, Merck, General Mills--the list goes on--all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills...And there is science behind such claims.


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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:15 PM

When top business schools highlight the importance of mindfulness with courses for future leaders, we now have precedence for including it in educational leadership training.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2013 7:01 PM

I like the ideas that mindfulness is combined with Peter Drucker's work and that large companies are looking at meditation as something that will benefit employees.

Lauran Star's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:43 AM

What really happens when we meditate? How can such a simple act of sitting still actually cultivate agile, talented leaders? Read this article to learn more.

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Sequences - train your brain professional

Get Sequences - train your brain professional on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Your Brain is Amazing

How fast do thoughts travel? Who's got the biggest brain in nature? How many neurons are you toting around? Just a few mind-blowing facts about your mind. Th...
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Chewing Gum May Help Reduce Stress According To New Research

Chewing Gum May Help Reduce Stress According To New Research | Positive Psychology - Happiness now | Scoop.it
Study presented at the 2008 10th International Congress of Behavioral MedicineWHAT: An investigation into the effects of gum chewing on mood and cortisol levels during psychologi
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