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Los jóvenes a menudo luchan con todo tipo de problemas de comportamiento, como la agresividad, la falta de motivación, problemas en la escuela, depresión y la ansiedad. Los consejeros capacitados pueden ayudar a nuestros jóvenes con problemas a resolver sus problemas y volver al camino del éxito e integrarse dentro del mundo laboral. Estos formadores están capacitados para interactuar con jóvenes y entender sus problemas, necesidades y deseos únicos. Para convertirte en un consejero y orientador de jóvenes con problemas, es necesario el entrenamiento y la experiencia de trabajo para la carrera. Para ello, estamos trabajando dentro del proyecto Big Bang con un manual formativo adaptado a las necesidades actuales. Podéis seguirnos también en twitter: @BigBangLLP
The secret to lasting happiness might be neatly summed up in a cheesy neuroscience joke: "The neurons that fire together, wire together."
"It’s a classic saying, and it’s widely accepted because it’s very true," neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science Of Contentment, Calm and Confidence, tells The Huffington Post. “The longer the neurons [brain cells] fire, the more of them that fire, and the more intensely they fire, the more they’re going to wire that inner strength –- that happiness, gratitude, feeling confident, feeling successful, feeling loved and lovable.”
But on a day to day basis, most of us don’t stay with our positive experiences long enough for them to be encoded into neural structure (meaning there's not enough wiring and firing going on). On the other hand, we naturally tend to fixate on negative experiences. Positive and negative emotions use different memory systems in the brain, according to Hanson, and positive emotions don’t transfer as easily to long-term memory.
Hanson argues that the problem is we're wired to scout for the bad stuff -- as he puts it, the brain is like velcro for negative experience and teflon for positive ones. This "negativity bias" causes the brain to react very intensely to bad news, compared to how it responds to good news -- research has even shown that strong, long-lasting relationships require a five to one ratio of positive to negative interactions in order to thrive, by virtue of the fact that the negative interactions affect us so much more strongly. The brain has evolved to be constantly scanning for threats, and when it finds one, to isolate it and lose sight of the big picture, according to Hanson.
"We've got this negativity bias that's a kind of bug in the stone-age brain in the 21st century," he says. "It makes it hard for us to learn from our positive experiences, even though learning from your positive experiences is the primary way to grow inner strength."
The way to "hardwire happiness" into the brain, then, is to take in the good -- being present to life's tiny, joyful moments.
“[Lingering on the positive] improves the encoding of passing mental states into lasting neural traits," says Hanson. "That’s the key here: we’re trying to get the good stuff into us. And that means turning our passing positive experiences into lasting emotional memories."
Hanson shared some of neuropsychology's best secrets for overcoming your negativity bias and hardwiring happiness into the brain, optimizing your potential for joy.
Take in the good.
We all encounter positive moments each day, and no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they are, they can be instrumental in changing our perspective. But in order to do so, we must take the time to appreciate these moments of joy and increase their intensity and duration by lingering on them for longer, effectively "wiring" them into our brains.
"People don't recognize the hidden power of everyday experiences," says Hanson. "We're surrounded by opportunities -- 10 seconds here or 20 seconds there -- to just register useful experiences and learn from them. People don't do that when they could."
When you appreciate and maximize the small, positive experiences, he says, “increasingly there’s a sense of being filled up already inside, or already feeling safe inside, or already feeling loved and liked and respected. So we have less of a sense of striving ... Insecurity falls away because you’ve got the good stuff inside of yourself.”
Focus on the positive experiences with the greatest personal impact.
Certain experiences will have a greater positive effect depending on your individual negativity bias at the time. For instance, if you're worried about a health scare, you need experiences that address this worry -- so rather than seeking success or praise at work, you'd want to look for things that gave you a sense of safety or a feeling of wellness.
"You want experiences that are matched to your problem, like matching the medicine to the illness," Hanson says.
We have three fundamental needs for safety, satisfaction and connection, he explains. So if you have a safety-related issue like a health scare, you'd want to seek positive experiences that boost your feelings in that sector. If the issue is connection-related, you should focus on small moments of positive interaction with others. And if you're anxious and feeling threatened, it would help to feel stronger and more protected inside.
Be on your own side.
An essential ingredient of happiness, as research has recently reaffirmed, is setting an intention for joy and then insisting upon it.
"We don't get on our own side; we don't take a stand in which we are for ourselves, and that's foundational," says Hanson. "There's a joke in the therapy world: 'How many therapists does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one, but the lightbulb has to want to change.' It's lame, and it's profound, because right there is square one."
He explains that if someone we love is upset or worried, we try to help them move beyond that state of mind. But when we are upset or worried ourselves, we often don't help ourselves the same way. Instead, we tend to stay upset and ruminate over things longer than we need to.
Maintain a sense of wonder.
Einstein once said, "He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle." And when it comes to taking in the good, a sense of wonder is key. Experiencing moments as fresh and new, with a childlike awe, allows them to stick in the brain for longer, potentially becoming part of our lasting emotional memory.
“The more that things seem fresh and new, the more that you’re looking at them with beginner’s mind or child’s mind, that’s going to increase brain structure because the brain is always looking for what’s new,” Hanson says.
Open your eyes and look around.
The secret to bliss could be as simple (and extraordinarily difficult) as paying attention. Mindfulness -- the cultivation of a focused awareness on the present moment, developed through practices like meditation and deep breathing -- is perhaps our greatest tool when it comes to increasing our capacity for happiness.
“I think of attention as the combination of spotlight and vacuum cleaner: it illuminates what it rests upon, and then shuuup! It sucks it into our brain.," Hanson says. "The problem is, most people don’t have very good control over that spotlight, and they have a hard time pulling it away from what’s not helpful.”
It can be very difficult to pull our attention away from the negative, which can take the form of rumination, self-criticism, obsession and anxiety, according to Hanson. But one way to change this, and to create more lasting positive memories in the brain, is to make a concerted effort to notice those little, everyday pleasant encounters: A smile from a stranger, a small gesture of caring from a friend or a little personal victory.
"Mindfulness is a great way to get control over your spotlight," explains Hanson, who is also a longtime meditation teacher and author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. "It can help you stay with -- for 10 or 20 seconds at a time -- these positive experiences, and it can help you be present in your own life, so that you're showing up for the good experiences that are here for you."
Via Jim Manske
What’s the weirdest souvenir you have ever bought? Arguably one of the most iconic things about traveling is acquiring mementos by which to remember the traveling experience. Some souvenirs are your typical t-shirt, magnet, or statue. However, there are some souvenirs that break the mold of conventionality and offers the traveler a unique keepsake that can be as memorable if not more than the trip itself. From Troll dolls to Kangaroo Scrotum bottle openers (seriously), these are 25 Of The Wackiest Souvenirs From Around The World.
25 Stuffed Cane Toad
A full-size stuffed cane toad can be used as a “Good Luck Toad” or “Money Frog” which is rumored to bring good fortune. You can find these in Australia.
24 Voodoo Dolls
In most Western countries these creepy-looking dolls usually scare children and adults alike, but in Haiti you see them everywhere since they are one of the country’s most popular souvenirs.
23 Used Race Horseshoes
Where can you find muddied and used race horseshoes as souvenirs? At the Louisville airport in Kentucky of course, where the most famous horse race (The Kentucky Derby) takes place every May.
22 Tuttuki Bako
Straight from Japan, Tuttuki Bako is the perfect toy souvenir for people of all ages. All you have to do is stick your index finger into the device’s hole which will enable you to poke the little creature inside, virtually.
21 Troll Dolls
Coming from beautiful Scandinavian countries these guys are the perfect mementos…if you enjoy nightmares.
20 Old-school Communist Gas Mask (Soviet model)
Since the late 1960s a factory in Bulgaria has been producing these gas masks and currently sells them as souvenirs to visiting tourists. Who doesn’t want a set of Soviet model BSS-MO-4u gas masks in their house, right?
19 Old Testament Harp
In Israel you can have a piece of old testament history with these beautiful biblical harps. Fashioned in the likeness of the same harp used by King David while playing for the ailing king Saul. Don’t get too excited though because they are kinda pricey.
18 Communist-Era Posters
You have to give credit to the Russians for finding a way to make money from these classic, unusual posters that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Well, maybe in Cuba and North Korea a few decades from now.
17 Pink Ushanka Hat
The authentic Russian fur hat with ear flaps, known as Ushanka, has been widely used in Russia from times past to today. It is very practical and utilitarian in that the hat protects you well from the cold climate. You will definitely not wear it if you’re from a warm country, but it will serve you as a unique souvenir that will always remind you of Mother Russia.
16 Merino Possum
Merino Possum clothing is a New Zealand souvenir that friends and family will be grateful you brought back for them. Possum fur is known for being extremely soft and eco-friendly.
15 Llama Fetuses
On Bolivian streets the tourists amble up and down buying woven bags, hammocks, and alpaca sweaters at extremely cheap prices. But if you look closely you’ll find something more than the usual tourist fare: llama fetuses. Llama fetuses are one of the most important parts of an offering to Pachamama, Mother Earth, who has a tremendous following in Bolivia. It is also believed they bring good fortune to everyone who buys one.
14 Handcrafted Devil Puppet
The art of Czech marionette and puppet making goes back to the eighteenth century. They are traditionally hand-carved from wood or made from plaster. They usually represent all kinds of characters from devils, witches, and wizards to clowns, kings, and princesses.
13 Green Tea Kit Kats
Green Tea Kit Kats have quickly become the most sought-after snack from Japan. These epic treats have a sweet matcha flavor mixed with creamy white chocolate on a crispy wafer that Nestle has perfected. Next time you’re in Japan, you know what to buy.
12 Gold Bars
If you’re rich enough and happen to vacation in the United Arab Emirates pretty often then you’re probably aware of this super-rich souvenir that you can find in the Dubai airport. So, if you can afford it then you should spoil yourself and spend a few thousand dollars on twenty-four carats of pure gold as a souvenir.
11 Elephant poop
You read that right. Good ol’ 100% natural elephant poop is available for a most memorable keepsake of your trip to the Natural History Museum in London. It even comes with ten sunflower seeds!
10 Elephant Dung Coffee
But wait! There’s more! In the beautiful hills of northern Thailand, a herd of twenty elephants is excreting some of the world’s most expensive coffee. Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. Such an exquisite souvenir.
9 Elephant Dung Beer
And you thought we were done with elephants…we’re not. Straight from Japan (shocker) Japanese brewery Sankt Gallen has gifted the world with Un, Kono Kuro, an expensive (and surprisingly popular) brew made from coffee beans that have passed through an elephant. Yes, just like the ones we just talked about. OK, now we’re done with elephants…moving on.
8 Deep Sea Water
MaHaLo Hawaii Deep Sea drinking water comes to you from the island paradise of Hawaii; three thousand feet below the ocean surface, where the water is naturally clean, pure, cold, and filled with healthy minerals and nutrients. They say it has magical effects on the human body.
7 Scorpion Lollipops
These sugar-free lollipops, which you can find all over Arizona, feature a 100% real scorpion. Don’t worry though; it won’t bite back.
6 Scorpion Chocolate
If a scorpion-featuring lollipop is not thrilling enough for you, visit Thailand and try this “delicious” chocolate candy that includes oven-roasted scorpions covered in delicious dark chocolate. Mmmmm, no thanks!
5 Snake Wine
Do we really need to explain why Vietnamese bottles of wine are weird and strange? These bottles include pickled snakes (often a cobra) inside!
4 Canned NYC Air
The idea of paying ten bucks for some of the free stuff that keeps us alive may seem like a ludicrous waste of money (and it probably is). But we’re talking about New York air here. If you’ve been to this marvelous city you know there’s just nothing quite like it.
3 Male memorabilia
This whole penis fascination thing in Greece goes back to ancient times when the Greeks honored the phallus and celebrated phallic festivals. Nowadays most souvenir shops in Athens follow the tradition and sell wooden penises for various uses such as bottle openers, little statues, and more. Satyrs with boners are considered the best-selling pieces, but you can also find penis-shaped glass bottles that “pee” ouzo.
2 Alligator Head
Savannah, Georgia, is known for its swamps and vicious alligators. A large number of tourists have a crush on these wildlife creatures for some odd reason and so the locals came up with a boutique that sells various items shoppers can take home, such as the jaw-clenching reptile itself (its head at least).
1 Kangaroo Scrotum Bottle Opener
This is a great gift for a friend who has pretty much everything or just likes to drink beer. This genuine product is harvested and processed in accordance with Australian National Parks & Wildlife Service rules and regulations so don’t worry, they don’t kill kangaroos just to make bottle openers.
Via Daniel Kelley
Henrietta Rose-Innes’ Ninive, the French translation of Nineveh, was recently awarded the François Sommer Literary Prize. Books LIVE’s Jennifer Malec chatted to the author about the award, the process of translating Ninive – and its very classy French cover – as well as her eagerness to see the – and we quote – “animatronic, French-speaking, taxidermied albino boar-head” at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, where the award ceremony will be held.
Via Charles Tiayon
March 9, 2012 Living On Earth
The numbers of Beluga whales are dramatically down. But at their resting place in Hudson Bay, Canada, writer Mark Seth Lender was lucky to have a close musical encounter with a group of Beluga whales, and one in particular... http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=12-P13-00010&segmentID=8
National Geographic: All You Need to Know About Beluga Whales
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CONTROVERSY OVER IMPORTING 18 WILD BELUGA WHALES TO U.S. MARINE PARKS (AQUARIUMS) http://sco.lt/8TPeWf
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Social media isn’t just for consumer brands. In fact, more and more B2B brands are waking up to the power that comes from being able to connect with their customers and potential customers through social media. More importantly, they’re seeing results from it.
Did you know that 83% of business marketers say that they’re using social media? Or that 75% of customers of B2B business customers plan on using social media to connect with and learn more about vendors? With numbers like that, it’s hard to ignore.
So where does one start when using social media for the B2B space? Well, lucky for you, we’ve put together an infographic to help you get started.
Below you’ll find our infographic with three tips to get get started in B2B social media, along with some pretty interesting facts about the space.
Via Russ Merz, Ph.D.
Everything you hear about these days is mobile-app this and mobile-app that. But what does the mobile-app market look like? What do people want from apps? And what does the competitive landscape look like when you compare iPhone to Windows to Android?
Via Carisa Kluver
let's investigate this systematically ... Back in 2005, I helped put together a 'quick guide to ICT and education challenges and research questions' in developing countries. This list was meant to inform a research program at the time sponsored by the World Bank's infoDev program, but I figured I'd make it public, because the barriers to publishing were so low (copy -> paste -> save -> upload) and in case doing so might be useful to anyone else. While I don't know to what extent others may have actually found this list helpful, I have seen this document referenced over the years in various funding proposals, and by other funding agencies. Over the past week I've (rather surprisingly) heard two separate organizations reference this rather old document in the course of considering some of their research priorities going forward related to investigating possible uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to help meet educational goals in low income and middle countries around the world, and so I wondered how these 50 research questions had held up over the years. Are they still relevant? And: What did we miss, ignore or not understand? The list of research questions to be investigated going forward was a sort of companion document to Knowledge maps: What we know (and what we don't) about ICT use in education in developing countries. It was in many ways a creature of its time and context. The formulation of the research questions identified was in part influenced by some stated interests of the European Commission (which was co-funding some of the work) and I knew that some research questions would resonate with other potential funders at the time (including the World Bank itself) who were interested in related areas (see, for example, the first and last research questions). The list of research questions was thus somewhat idiosynscratic, did not presume to be comprehensive in its treatment of the topic, and was intended meant to imply that certain areas of research interest were 'more important' than others not included on the list. That said, in general the list seems to have held up quite well, and many of the research questions from 2005 continue to resonate in 2015. In some ways, this resonance is unfortunate, as it suggests that we still don't know answers to a lot of very basic questions. Indeed, in some cases we may know as little in 2015 as we knew in 2015, despite the explosion of activity and investment (and rhetoric) in exploring the relevance of technology use in education to help meet a wide variety of challenges faced by education systems, communities, teachers and learners around the world. This is not to imply that we haven't learned anything, of course (an upcoming EduTech blog post will look at two very useful surveys of research findings that have been published in the past year), but that we still have a long way to go. Some comments and observations, with the benefit of hindsight and when looking forward The full list of research questions from 2005 is copied at the bottom of this blog post (here's the original list as published, with explanation and commentary on individual items). Reviewing this list, a few things jump out at me:
Via Ana Cristina Pratas
The overall black male dropout rate has declined appreciably from 12.5% in 2003 to 8.3% in 2011. Unfortunately, the Hispanic male dropout rate remains too high. In 2011, 14.6% of eligible Hispanic males did not finish high school. That was down from 26.7% in 2003, but, still, completely unacceptable in an advanced capitalist democracy, where failure to graduate high school is often a pathway to poverty, crime, malnutrition and substance abuse.
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La llamaron Lucy por la canción de los Beatles (Lucy in the sky with diamonds) que sonaba en el campamento poco después de su descubrimiento, en 1974. Esta famosa homínida de 1,20 metros de altura, que caminaba erguida, vivió en el territorio que hoy es Etiopía hace 3,2 millones de años y cuyo esqueleto constituye uno de los grandes hallazgos de la paleontología, perteneció a una especie bautizada como Australopithecus afarensis. Y según sostiene una investigación publicada esta semana en la revista Nature, Lucy y el resto de miembros de su especie, de la que se cree que proviene el género humano, no estaban solos. Convivieron en el mismo espacio y tiempo con, al menos, otra especie distinta de Australopithecus, cuyos restos han sido encontrados a unos 30 kilómetros de distancia de Hadar, el lugar donde el equipo de Donald Johanson desenterró el esqueleto de Lucy hace cuatro décadas.
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They are software developers from Silicon Valley and lifestyle gurus from Sydney. They are freelancers and crowdfunders, engineers and artists, MBAs and high school dropouts. The stories of individual "digital nomads" are as unique as their...
Guest Opportunity: Dr. Clete Bulach- Education Expert and author of Creating a Culture for High Performing Schools: A Comprehensive Approach to School Reform and Dropout Prevention, and Bullying Behavior The dropout rate in many large city school...
The same week as my piece in The New Yorker on the political culture of Silicon Valley came two big stories from the tech world: Tumblr, a blogging platform founded by a high-school dropout (now all of twenty-six) named David Karp, was bought by Yahoo for $1.1 billion; and a Senate report revealed that Apple has pushed tax avoidance to its most creative outer limits, incorporating three ghost subsidiaries in Dublin to hide billions of dollars—almost a third of Apple’s profits over the past three years—from the United States Treasury.
Together, these stories tell us that Silicon Valley continues to create hugely popular products that generate fantastic wealth at the top; and that there is no such thing as tech exceptionalism. The technology industry remains another special interest, as intent as the oil and pharmaceutical sectors on maximizing profits and minimizing its obligation to pay taxes.
Why is this surprising? Because, as I wrote in the piece, millions of people seem to take technological innovation for a social and political revolution (“Think Different”), a confusion encouraged by many tech leaders. Even Senator John McCain, after chiding Apple’s C.E.O. Tim Cook for doing his best to cheat America out of its share of the company’s patents and intellectual property, gushed to Cook, “You managed to change the world”—thereby echoing a common Silicon Valley mantra, as well as the title of my piece.
(By the way, other Senate Republicans, such as Rand Paul, actually praised Apple for starving the public sector of revenue—more evidence of the institutional collapse that’s at the heart of my new book “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.”)
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Trustees representing 19 districts and two-thirds of Alberta students stood shoulder-to-shoulder Monday to collectively object to a provincial budget they believe will damage instruction quality, cripple supports for vulnerable students, and lead to a rise in high-school dropouts. The showing…