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Reclaiming a preoccupied, ‘checked-out’ spouse

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"How does a woman deal with a husband spending hours each evening alone with books or games?.......

 

......."It’s about quantity and attitude, not about the thing itself. A person can emotionally check out of a relationship by nurturing the kids, scrapbooking the very relationship that’s being neglected, getting in shape, saving the world, playing the banjo, knitting, or knitting a banjo. If you’re not listening, caring, making eye contact, noticing your partner’s needs or valuing the other person’s place in your life, then you’re emotionally checking out.

 

If you are doing those things, then you can nurture, scrapbook, work out, save the world, play the banjo or knit one without taking a risk that your partner will feel neglected. Unless your partner is insecure, but that’s a whole other bowl of nuts."

 

 

"Hers has never been a typical advice column. From the start 15 years ago, countless readers of The Washington Post and about 200 other papers have turned to Carolyn Hax for refreshingly frank, at times funny, and always heartfelt words of wisdom. Clever cartoons by Nick Galifianakis drive home her insights. We talk to the duo about their unique collaboration, and the challenges and rewards that come with writing and illustrating an advice column.

 

Listen to Carolyn and her ex husband who still illustrates her posts here.

 

http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2012-07-30/carolyn-hax-and-nick-galifianakis-tell-me-about-it

 

http://thekojonnamdishow.org/audio-player?nid=21799

 

The transcript:

http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2012-07-30/carolyn-hax-and-nick-galifianakis-tell-me-about-it/transcript

 

Nick's drawings

 

http://nickandzuzu.com/category/cartoons/

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I love Carolyn Hax advice column. I find most of the advice she gives quite wise, sensible & logical. Good reading & vocab in context. Could be used a a topic for discussion or writing or presentation. Ex: Choose one of her column and give your opinion. the topics are motivating because about human  family, friendship, love and work relationships. Most people, women  will probably relate to one or the other I think.

 

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Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

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Based at UC Berkeley, Greater Good reports on groundbreaking research into the roots of compassion, happiness, and altruism.
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Using social media to think beyond ourselves, to foster compassion, kindness empathy.& sharing

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Everyone is connected today. Everything is personalized. What does that mean for kids and preparing for their future? Barbara writes about how to go beyond ourselves.

 

I came out to my car with my groceries and the car next to me was so close that I couldn’t get in from the driver’s side. I looked at their car to see why they did this? It was obvious. They wanted more room for themselves on their driver’s side. It was all about them. They were oblivious to what another driver might need. So I climbed in on the other side and had to jump over the stick shift. Yes, I drive a manual. I got in and then thought about how people live now. It is all about them. “Me” not “you.”

 

This is one reason why social media works. Facebook is about “you” building and connecting to “your” friends. It’s about sharing what you like, liking what others do, and showing off what you do. Twitter is even more about “you.”

 

Yes, you can use these tools to think beyond yourself. You can use these tools to promote and share. ..............

 

Interpersonal relationships mean more to most kids than their own families. They check their phone often. This is why texting why driving is such a problem. Smartphones alert you when there’s a text, a tweet, or some other response or nudge about almost anything. You are “always” connected to your network unless you turn your phone off. If they turn off their phones, they lose their connections. They have to answer right away or their friends will keep texting and eventually call. They are thinking “there must be something wrong if you are not answering ME.”

Personalized is more than the phone though. ........

 

If we want to reach our kids and help them become global citizens, we need to use the tools they are used to. But we need to demonstrate how to use these tools effectively and guide them so they think beyond themselves.

 

If we ban smartphones, we lose our kids. It’s like the old saying “if we can’t beat them, join them.” But it’s really not about kids only. I have a smartphone and text. I’m connected to my children and my friends. But I would never park my car so close that someone could not get into their driver’s side of their car.

 

It is about our mindset. We can focus on learning that is personal, but we need to teach and model compassion, kindness and empathy. We need to demonstrate what it is to be part of a social  network and how to look beyond yourself. We also need to use these tools so kids can learn the way they learn best. Take advantage of them. But we also need to show them that they need to look up and out at the world.

 

Connect with others to not only build connections but to share what you learn and learn from others. Teach the skills to recognize bias, validity and authenticity. Help them to be able to articulate intelligently and thoughtfully. This is their future and right now I’m a little concerned if they are ready for it.

 


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I just had an epiphany last night and wrote this. Curious what you think about kids, smartphones, and being prepared for their future.

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Social isolation kills more people than obesity does—and it’s just as stigmatized.

Social isolation kills more people than obesity does—and it’s just as stigmatized. | Wisdom, lifehacks, mindfulness resources for learning English | Scoop.it

"Over the winter I moved from New York City to Portland, Ore. The reasons for my move were purely logical. New York was expensive and stressful. Portland, I reasoned, would offer me the space and time to do my work.

 

Upon arriving, I rented a house and happily went out in search of "my people." I went to parks, bookstores, bars, on dates. I even tried golfing. It wasn't that I didn't meet people. I did. I just felt no connection to any of them.

 

Once social and upbeat, I became morose and mildly paranoid. I knew I needed to connect to people to feel better, but I felt as though I physically could not handle any more empty interactions. I woke up in the night panicked. In the afternoon, loneliness came in waves like a fever. I had no idea how to fix it.

 

Feeling uncertain, I began to research loneliness and came across several alarming recent studies. Loneliness is not just making us sick, it is killing us. Loneliness is a serious health risk. Studies of elderly people and social isolation concluded that those without adequate social interaction were twice as likely to die prematurely.

The increased mortality risk is comparable to that from smoking. And loneliness is about twice as dangerous as obesity.

Social isolation impairs immune function and boosts inflammation, which can lead to arthritis, type II diabetes, and heart disease. Loneliness is breaking our hearts, but as a culture we rarely talk about it.

Loneliness has doubled: 40 percent of adults in two recent surveys said they were lonely, up from 20 percent in the 1980s.

 

All of our Internet interactions aren’t helping and may be making loneliness worse. A recent study of Facebook users found that the amount of time you spend on the social network is inversely related to how happy you feel throughout the day.

 

In a society that judges you based on how expansive your social networks appear, loneliness is difficult to fess up to. It feels shameful.

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UCLA neuroscientist's book explains why social connection is as important as food and shelter - Video - Article

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UCLA neuroscientist's book explains why social connection is as important as food and shelter / UCLA Newsroom

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ZEN PENCILS - Archives

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 What is Zen Pencils?

It’s a website of inspirational quotes from famous people  adapted into cartoons. It was launched in February, 2012.

Who the hell are you, anyway?

My name’s Gavin Aung Than. I’m a freelance illustrator living in Melbourne, Australia.

After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years, I quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on my true passion, drawing cartoons.I launched Zen Pencils at the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and haven’t looked back since.

 

Zen Pencils has been featured by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Slate, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Gawker, The A.V. Club, News.com.au, ProBlogger and The Design Files. You can read the articles or contact Gavin via the PRESS page.

 

 

 

 


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Livre blanc de l'intelligence collective (1er cru 2013) et gratuit

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L'institut Francophone d'intelligence collective (IFIC)  vous annonce la sortie du premier livre blanc de l'IC. Résultat d'un travail collaboratif. A télécharger sans fin.


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Véronique Campillo's comment, September 30, 2013 9:36 AM
Merci à l’IFIC de promouvoir le travail de recherche et de rédaction effectué par Colligence et les 20 auteurs de « Intelligence collective : Livre blanc ». Pour retrouver des ouvrages de références sur l’Intelligence Collective, consultez http://www.colligence.fr.
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Merci Aude de ce commentaire, l'organisme Colligence et les 20 auteurs du Livre blanc sont expressément mentionnés dans le document. Il ne nous en faut pas plus. Merci pour la promo.
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DEAR AMY: If this particular pool is populated by aqua bullies, then by all means find a different place to swim.

DEAR AMY: Much of our community life revolves around a swim team for kids and teenagers. During the summer, the team dominates activities at the pool, and most of the neighborhood children end up joining it at some point.

 

Our son has been very slow to learn to swim and has not shown an interest in the team. As a result, our family has been ostracized at the pool, despite efforts on my part to organize “moms’ nights out” with neighbors and invite kids over to our house for play dates.

 

My son is progressing and may join the team someday, but it breaks my heart to see the other kids excluding him because he can’t join them in the deep water. How can we enjoy our pool in the meantime? This feels like high school all over again. -- Exasperated

 

DEAR EXASPERATED: The obvious answer is for you to encourage your son to swim for the right reasons — for joy (and safety) — not to join this team (which he doesn’t seem interested in, anyway). A day camp with a more diverse program of activities might be a better fit for him.

 

Do not try so hard to jump into the neighborhood shark tank, and instead gravitate toward like-minded and more inclusive parents. If this particular pool is populated by aqua bullies, then by all means find a different place to swim.

 

It occurs to me that you are more socially needy than your son. Imagine the pressure this puts on him. You might have a nicer summer if you grab a good book rather than try so hard to cozy up to these mermaids.

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What is Emotional Intelligence? Its 4 Fundamental Pillars -

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Usually when we think of “intelligence” we associate it with things like logic, math, and science. However, according to psychologists such as Daniel Goleman, “emotional intelligence” (EQ) is another aspect of intelligence that is often overlooked.

 

The basic view of emotional intelligence is that emotions aren’t necessarily the opposite of thinking, but a different way of thinking about different types of problems that exist in our world.............

 

Emotional intelligence is about being more aware of our emotions and what they are signaling to us..... Below you’ll find descriptions of the 4 fundamental pillars that make up emotional intelligence as a whole and how you can apply them to your .....

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Jon Kabat-Zinn: "Il faut accepter l'anxiété" - L'Express

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Jon Kabat-Zinn: "Il faut accepter l'anxiété"
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La pleine conscience, une pratique d'origine bouddhiste, consiste justement à concentrer son attention sur les sensations qui se présentent sur le moment.

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Guillaume Rodolphe's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:58 AM

La dernière interview de JKZ:

 

Extrait : Les résultats de sa thérapie de "réduction du stress fondée sur la pleine conscience" sont si probants, dans l'anxiété et la dépression, que la Sécurité sociale britannique la prend désormais en charge. 

 

A quand en France ???

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Une interview par le fondateur de la méthode de relaxation par la pleine conscience, Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

Un article profond... à méditer. 

 

Je vous souhaite un beau week-end, plein de bonheur.

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New Habit? Make the Smallest Change Possible

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Finding a new normal is the key to habit change.

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New Habit? Make the Smallest Change Possible“Once you take that first step, you have a bit of forward momentum. And it’s much easier to be consistent and stick with something for a long time.” - Leo Babauta

Habit change is usually at the core of any personal or professional development. At its simplest level, it’s simply the process of changing what is “normal” behavior for yourself.

Leo Babauta shares his process for changing his normal:

Start smallGet startedEnjoy the changeStick to the changeAdjust again

The most important idea is to focus on making the smallest change possible. Trying to make too big of a change will cause your mind to rebel and the habit change to stall before it really gets going. By keeping it small you give yourself the constant progress that will result in a new habit being developed.

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The Key to Getting Motivated: Give Up

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Motivation advice for people who can't stand positive thinking.
.............."Trying to “get motivated” can often make matters worse. Fortunately, there’s a powerful alternative, crystallized by the psychology writer Julie Fast in a pithy eight-word phrase: “Don’t wait until you feel like doing something.” When you’re mired in negative emotions about work, resist the urge to try to stamp them out. Instead, get a little distance — step away from your desk, focus on your breath for a few seconds — and then just feel the negativity, without trying to banish it. Then take action alongside the emotion. Usually, the negative feelings will soon dissipate. Even if they don’t, you’ll be a step closer to a meaningful achievement. This approach is one aspect of what’s known in Buddhism as “non-attachment”, and it’s no surprise that one of its foremost practitioners, the Japanese psychiatrist Shoma Morita, was heavily influenced by Zen. As James Hill, a contemporary practitioner of Morita Therapy, points out, many of our most significant achievements get done despite the absence of enthusiasm: “Is it accurate to assume that we must ‘overcome’ fear to jump off the high dive at the pool, or increase our confidence before we ask someone out for a date?” he asks. “If it was, most of us would still be waiting to do these things.” Morita himself had some startling advice for those afflicted by procrastination and other woes: “Give up on yourself.” He meant that trying to stop being “a procrastinator” or ” a lazy person” was a distracting waste of time; what mattered was action. “Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be,” he went on, “and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die.” Don’t worry about getting motivated. Just get going.
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Why Learning and Multitasking Don’t Mix

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' (...) evidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention.'...

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But evidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention. They understand and remember less, and they have greater difficulty transferring their learning to new contexts. So detrimental is this practice that some researchers are proposing that a new prerequisite for academic and even professional success—the new marshmallow test of self-discipline—is the ability to resist a blinking inbox or a buzzing phone

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"(...) So here’s the takeaway for parents of Generation M: Stop fretting about how much they’re on Facebook. Don’t harass them about how much they play video games. The digital native boosters are right that this is the social and emotional world in which young people live. Just make sure when they’re doing schoolwork, the cellphones are silent, the video screens are dark, and that every last window is closed but one."

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The Geography of Youth, an excellent project that documents the experiences of millennials worldwide.

The Geography of Youth, an excellent  project that documents the experiences of millennials worldwide. | Wisdom, lifehacks, mindfulness resources for learning English | Scoop.it
"Two photographers are riding bicycles around the world and documenting through photographs and multimedia the lives of twenty-somethings in more than 50 countries." "When we first became interested in photographing our own generation around the world, we wanted to give our peers an opportunity to speak for themselves. We designed The Geography of Youth, a project where we would travel around the world interviewing Millennials about their lives, making their portraits and sharing their stories online, and later in a public art show. In early 2011 we ran a Kickstarter campaign, secured some sponsors, wrote grants and hit the road. We traveled mostly by bicycle from Alaska to Argentina, then in a loop around Europe and Morocco. Now we’re traveling by mini-camper-car around the United States. We’ve slept on restaurant floors and in haunted forests. We’ve eaten rat and mystery meat and street food and (so far) have only had food poisoning three times. In the grand tradition of travel we’ve learned as much about ourselves as we have about the world around us. You can follow our journey here and on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages." millennials "Now you can add your story to The Geography of Youth.Click to read stories from around the world and add your own."
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"Our deepest fear" a powerful poem by Marianne Williamson

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12 Types Of Social Media Users

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When you’re using social media, are you an Ultra? Perhaps you’re more of a Dipper, or a Peacock. You might be happier being a Ghost or a Lurker. There Are 12 Types Of Social Media Users – Which One Are You INFOGRAPHIC


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 17, 2013 1:24 PM

I'm not sure it's news; it's rather the way of the Internet use in general.

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10 Ways To Be More Creative - Edudemic

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What inspires you? What gets you wanting to find ways to be more creative? This print-worthy visual details 10 awesome ways to get inspired.

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Marta Torán's curator insight, April 12, 2013 3:29 PM

Un gran dibujo para estimular la C R E A T I V I D A D

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Good Life Project: Leo Babauta On Bad Habits and Massive Results "Zen habits" A great blog

SUBSCRIBE TO DOWNLOAD THE MP3 at http://www.goodlifeproject.com - Good Life Project(tm) founder, Jonathan Fields, interviews Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. If yo...

 

Zen Habits is one of the most visited blogs on the Internet with 240,000 subscribers,[1] and Alexa ranks it as 5,706th popular website in the US,[2] and covers simplifying, living frugally, parenting, happiness, motivation, eliminating debt, saving, eating healthily, successfully implementing good habits, and achieving goals.

 

Zen Habits http://zenhabits.net/

 

was created by Leo Babauta (born April 30, 1973), a  US blogger, journalist and published author.. who presently lives in San Francisco.

..In February 2009, Time Magazine named Zen Habits one of the Top 25 Blogs for 2009,[4] and in June 2010, it named Zen Habits at the top of its list for the Top 25 Blogs for 2010.[5]

... In a post titled "Toss Productivity Out", published 6 September 2011, Babauta explicitly encouraged his readers to focus on simplifying their lives rather than getting more things done.[6]

Babauta also has a blog focused on simplicity called mnmlist.com

 

. He brought attention to The 100 Things Challenge,[7] which is a powerful method of working toward Simple living. The challenge is to reduce personal possessions to 100 items or fewer. There is some wiggle room because collections such as books may be counted as a single list item. Babauta subsequently set the 50 Things Challenge.[8]

 

On November 6, 2007, an e-book called Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System was made available to purchase.[9] It is composed of some of Zen Habits' popular blog posts.

 

On January 7, 2008, the Zen Habits blog and Zen to Done e-book were dedicated to the public domain.[10]

 

On December 30, 2008, Babauta's first print book, The Power of Less, was published by Hyperion Books. It reached the Amazon best-seller list on its first day[11] and remains one of the top business motivation books on Amazon.[12]


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ZEN PENCILS - Archives: Inspirational quotes from famous people adapted into cartoons

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 What is Zen Pencils?

It’s a website of inspirational quotes from famous people  adapted into cartoons. It was launched in February, 2012.

Who the hell are you, anyway?

My name’s Gavin Aung Than. I’m a freelance illustrator living in Melbourne, Australia.

After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years, I quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on my true passion, drawing cartoons.I launched Zen Pencils at the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and haven’t looked back since.

 

Zen Pencils has been featured by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Slate, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Gawker, The A.V. Club, News.com.au, ProBlogger and The Design Files. You can read the articles or contact Gavin via the PRESS page.

 

 

 

 


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Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

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Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics...

 

The provocative idea — that psychiatric woes can be solved by targeting the digestive system — is increasingly reinforced by cutting-edge science. For decades, researchers have known of the connection between the brain and the gut. Anxiety often causes nausea and diarrhea, and depression can change appetite. The connection may have been established, but scientists thought communication was one way: it traveled from the brain to the gut, and not the other way around.

 

But now, a new understanding of the trillions of microbes living in our guts reveals that this communication process is more like a multi-lane superhighway than a one-way street. By showing that changing bacteria in the gut can change behavior, this new research might one day transform the way we understand — and treat — a variety of mental health disorders.


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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, September 1, 2013 10:56 AM

What we eat, and when and how we eat it, influences our health and happiness in so many ways.

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Cool Comic Posters &"3 Awesome Posters on Multiple Intelligences for Teachers & learners"

Cool Comic Posters &"3 Awesome Posters on Multiple Intelligences for Teachers & learners" | Wisdom, lifehacks, mindfulness resources for learning English | Scoop.it

"Multiple Intelligences is a theory advanced by the cognitive psychologist Howard Gardner in his popular book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences .

 

Gardner argues that human possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways. According to this theory, "we are all able to know the world through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of ourselves.

 

Where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligences - the so-called profile of intelligences -and in the ways in which such intelligences are invoked and combined to carry out different tasks, solve diverse problems, and progress in various domains."

 

"COMICS WORKSHOP" has these two awesome posters to share with you. They illustrate  in a comic way the theory of multiple intelligences as conceptualized by Howard Gardner... ..."

 

And also:

"3 Awesome Posters on Multiple Intelligences for Teachers"

"Important as it is for us in education, I deemed it important to provide you with these awesome posters featuring in a  VISUALLY ATTRACTIVE WAY the 7 intelligences Gardner postulated in his theory of 1983. Knowing that our students have different strengths and weaknesses can help us better meet their learning needs."

 

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/03/3-awesome-posters-on-multiple.html

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/intelligences-multiples

 


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Technology Use Before Bed Linked with Increased Stress

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Using technology before bed may be stressing us out.

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9 Questions To Ask About Your Social Media Addiction

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Are you missing out on the details of your life because of your fear of missing out?

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Social media teaches us to take a reactive stance. Just log onto Twitter or Facebook and the information streams in incessantly. You could spend your entire lifetime (and then some) just replying to other peoples’ updates. But if we want social media to truly serve us, we need to start taking a more mindful approach to how we use it.
In our new 99U book, Tiny Buddha’s Lori Deschene offers up a handful of hard-hitting questions we should all be asking ourselves:

   * Is it necessary to share this? Will it add value to my life and for other people?
   * Can I share this experience later so I can focus on living it now?
   * Am I looking for validation? Is there something I could do to validate myself?
   * Am I avoiding something I need to do instead of addressing why I don’t want to do it?
   * Am I feeling bored? Is there something else I could do to feel more purposeful and engaged in my day?
   * Am I feeling lonely? Have I created opportunities for meaningful connection in my day?
   * Am I afraid of missing out? Is the gratification of giving in to that fear worth missing out on what’s in front of me?
   * Am I overwhelming myself, trying to catchup? Can I let go of yesterday’s conversation and join today’s instead?
   * Can I use this time to simply be instead of looking for something to do to fill it?

This is an excerpt from Manage Your Day-to-Day, the new book from 99U, with contributions from Lori Deschene, Gretchen Rubin, Scott Belsky, Seth Godin, and many more.
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Meaningful owerful essential questions to ask oneself when carried away in any addiction. What is the underlying  need I am trying to fullfill? How could I fullfill it differently, in a more satisfying gratifying way?

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Bring Sanity to Your To-Do List With the 1-3-5 Rule

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Prioritize your work by picking 1 big thing, 3 medium things, and 5 little things each day.
" Prioritizing work is like making a sandwich; everyone does it slightly differently and everyone thinks they know best. If your go-to strategy hasn’t been working recently or you’ve never settled on a way to prioritize the multitude of things you have to do in a day, you should try the 1-3-5 rule. The basic idea is that you pick 1 “big” task, 3 “medium” tasks, and 5 “little” tasks to accomplish in a day. One of the biggest causes of work stress is dealing with long-term projects that suddenly end up behind schedule because they were never urgent enough to get on your radar. By prioritizing ahead of time and making sure some of those long-term projects that just love to go forgotten get on the list you can make major strides in reducing your stress at work. At the very least, you’ll know what to work on each day and 9 tasks a day, every day, is a whole lotta forward progress. by Sam Spurlin on Apr 29, 2013 - 10:01am
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Smile in Each Moment : zenhabits

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There’s a tendency to get caught up in the tasks of our day, the urgency of what’s coming up, the distractions of being online.
And we forget to smile.


In the rush of the day, the stress of wanting things to happen a certain way, we lose the enjoyment of each moment.


In every moment, there’s the capacity for happiness. It’s not that we need to be ecstatic, full of pleasure, excited or even joyous each and every second of the day. Who needs that kind of pressure?

 

And it’s not that we can never feel sadness or anger or stress. It’s that we can feel happiness, in some form, any moment we like, even in the midst of stress or sadness.


And it’s exceedingly simple. We just need to remember to smile.
You can smile in each and every moment.


OK, maybe you don’t need a smile on your face all day long — your cheeks will feel tired. But we can smile more, and in between physical smiles, we can have an internal smile.


Try an internal smile now: have a calm, unsmiling face, but..........

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What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

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Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school.

 

What does this picture of plastic frogs have to do with productivity?  As we are increasingly interconnected, not all connections to technology and social media are healthy or effective.  This article suggests ways to be more productive, including "Eat the Frog."  Read Twain and see that it means to tackle the hardest challenge of the day at the beginning.


Via Seth Dixon
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Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness

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Today's young adults, facing huge challenges and dwindling opportunities, choose the medium chill by necessity -- and show us all a better way to live.
Extracts: " So what are millennials known for, so far? can we miserable millennials make it in the Real World? — sort of moot. Rather, it begs a new question: Just what is the “real world” anymore?.. ... Indeed, it seems that millennials are ahead of the curve in our embrace of what Grist’s David Roberts calls the medium chill, or the decision to forgo the rat race — where “there will always be a More and Better just beyond our reach, no matter how high we climb” — in pursuit of more authentic and lasting happiness. I don’t think my generation’s interest in this kind of sustainable, small-scale living is a phase. We’re not all going to rush out and buy cars and houses as soon as we turn 30, not only because we still won’t be able to afford them, but because we recognize that these fundamental shifts are good for society as a whole, that they represent a rejection of the mindset that got us into this mess. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we still have very little power in this country, and until those in charge stop seeing us as shiftless rogues, we’re going to be on our own in creating the life we want. Help turn the Geography of Youth into a crowdsourced, global public art project and share your story. http://www.geographyofyouth.org/
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