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Take a deep breath, slow down to navigate into a richer more fulfilling life.
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Give Gratitude. Your Brain Will Thank You!

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The emerging science of positive attitudes like gratitude and appreciation leaves little doubt that giving thanks is good for you and good for those around you.  So what are you waiting for?  Also see:  5 Ways to Keep the Gratitude
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Gratitude is contagious!

 

Whether we are conscious of it or not, "the heart radiates an electromagnetic field", affecting yours and others' moods, attitudes and feelings.

 

 

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Why Your Brain Can't Handle An All-Day Schedule

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Never taking a break is the surest way to get ahead right? Not if you need to do anything creative says science.
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Annette Swann's curator insight, December 22, 2013 6:06 AM

Key to successful leadership - relearning how to rest!

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There Is No Left Brain/Right Brain

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You are hardly alone if you believe that humanity is divided into two great camps: the left-brain and the right-brain thinkers — those who are logical and analytical vs. those who are intuitive and creative. It seems to be natural law. Except it isn’t.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Wow!  This is news to me!  There is no Left Brain/Right Brain divide.

 

For as long as I can remember, human beings were either left-brain thinkers (rational and analytical) or right-brain thinkers (intuitive and creative).  Come to find out, that's not the case at all, and apparently scientists have known this for a very long time.

 

While the "left and right halves of the brain do function in some different ways, these differences are more subtle than is popularly believed."  In addition, the halves of the brain do not work in an isolated way.  Instead they work together as a whole system.  Finally, "people don't preferentially use one side or the other."

 

A brain myth busted!

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Lawrence Lanoff's curator insight, December 29, 2013 4:16 AM

Oops. I did it again. 

Miguel Garcia's curator insight, December 30, 2013 5:16 PM

great!

Eero Karvonen's curator insight, May 9, 2014 11:59 AM

Not left and right, but bottom and top…

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Is There a Downside to Mindfulness?

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Science Codex Mindfulness inhibits implicit learning—the wellspring of bad habits Medical Xpress This outcome might be surprising until one considers that behavioral and neuroimaging studies suggest that mindfulness can undercut the automatic...
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We are hearing it now -- perhaps for the first time.  There may be a downside to Mindfulness.

 

According to recent research at Georgetown University, "studies suggest that mindfulness can undercut the automatic learning processes."  In short, implicit learning -- the "automatic" learning that occurs without awareness -- was affected.  In this study, distracted people actually scored higher in implicit learning than their "mindful" counterparts.

 

Based on these findings, will you continue (or begin) your mindfulness practice?

 

 

 

 

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Multitasking and Distractions: The Web's Effect on Our Brains, Our Memories, and Our Time

Multitasking and Distractions: The Web's Effect on Our Brains, Our Memories, and Our Time | Unplug | Scoop.it
Multitasking is a common practice that many think increases their productivity but it really means that you have constant interruptions ... from yourself.


"Multitasking:  Some questions for you to ponder …

  • How do you relate to the internet?
  • What impact do you see its distractions, large and small, having on your attention, your recollection … and your life?
  • Do you ever unplug?
  • If you do, how does it feel?"
craig daniels's insight:

Oh no not another post about multitasking!  Yes indeed, thoughts and studies about multitasking abound in the media and especially in blog posts of the internet.


In spite of what you coworker tells you multitasking still does not create an army of super efficient workers, what it does create is lots of tasks that are only half done or worse, completed at a low level.


On her blog Paula Eder shares her thoughts about multitasking and I think you find them well worth reading. She also includes a snappy short video about multitasking and our brains. Check it out.

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Why You Should Unplug

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Taking the occasional digital fast could improve your focus.


"Psychotherapist Lisa Brateman, LCSW, says that being overly tuned in to smartphones and laptops causes over-stimulation, anxiety and stress. "People are often in the quick-to-respond mode, which undermines their ability to calm down and relax, taking a toll on their emotional state," she says. "

craig daniels's insight:

Robin Madell has put together an quick and easy to read of the benefits of disconnecting on a regular basis along with some of the pitfalls of not unplugging.


It's a good thing to clear your head and regain your focus from time to time, your brain as well as your friends will thank you.

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5 Things Your Brain Needs More Of Every Day

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Eat more chocolate get more sunlight. You're going to like this list of things your brain needs to perform at its best.
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Justin Daining's curator insight, January 30, 2014 11:23 AM

More chocolate? Yes please!

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The Empathy Zone

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The Empathy Zone - http://t.co/GUQEjaKMQ4 - via KR CONNECT
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Do you often find that others are not on the same emotional plane as you are?  That is the question European researchers asked as they devised a test to identify the part of the brain that deals with empathy. 

 

It turns out that our brains are actually trying to help us be more empathetic.  And it is the hope of Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi and the author of this blog, that research will continue to go towards finding ways to improve our empathy levels...Without it, we're not human.

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Choose Experiences that Positively Retrain Your Brain

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I often hear people say, "I'm the kind of person who…" or, "I'm not a people person.” These seemingly off-the-cuff comments suggest they’re resigned to not changing their self-perception – regardless (Seek Experiences That Positively Reshape Your ...
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Dr. Richard Davidson suggests that "using our experiences to positively shift our self-perception" will retrain your brain.

 

Did you know that playing just 2 hours of a video game can structurally change your brain?  Imagine that!  Just 2 hours with a joystick can actually change the structure of your brain.  This "underscores how extraordinarily dynamic our brains are, constantly being shaped this way and that."  And it happens so fast.  Studies show that an average adult generates 5,000 to 10,000 new brain cells every single day.

 

Most people are not very willing to shift their worldview.  And most often, we are unconscious of how our brain is being shaped by the forces around us. But in knowing that the brain changes in response to our experiences, actions and relationships, we can take advantage of this knowledge and "actually play a more intentional role in shaping our own brains in ways that may be heath promoting and in ways that can cultivate well-being".

 

 

 

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Check Out Your Brain On Tech Overload

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Your device isn't evil unto itself, of course. But the more you can become aware of your own habits and the effect your screen time is having on you, the more in control of your attention you can be.
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Today we consume 3 times as much information on a daily basis as we did in 1960. Think about that, in just 50 years the amount of information being consumed by each person has tripled.


My question is, with all this new information being consumed each day are we 3 times more competent at living our lives as those who lived in 1960?  Are we 2 times better?


Check out the whole infographic and post from Jan Bruce...


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Information Overload

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of information that surrounds you? We're bombarded incessantly with high-speed streams of data, trivia, minutiae. But how do we navigate it without drow...
craig daniels's insight:

Overload is an interesting choice of words when talking about all the information at our finger tips. I have a question, if we unplug are we still in the middle of information overload?


I think information overload is a simple construct of our brains not something that really exists. What do you think?

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Attention Is Precious Every Interaction Counts

"Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks is a 10-minute film and accompanying TED Book from award-winning Director Tiffany Shlain and her team at The Moxie Institute."

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Attention Is Precious Every Interaction Counts... The film compares the internet to a child's brain with connections growing and being pruned at every moment.


What we put on the internet and what we put into our brains is hugely important.


Check out Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks - It's 10 minutes that might change your brain...

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