War or Peace – Our Brain’s Perspective

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Type the word PEACE into Libby.com audio books and their vast library collection showcases only 55 audio titles. Type WAR into the same data base and a whopping 986 titles bounce back. My case for peace is made. We may talk peace but we teach, re-enact, celebrate and push war!… Read more »

Risk, Regret or Run!

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If we agree that safety’s an illusion, or if we crave a challenge here and there to expand the stuff we’re made of, we’ll not take risks lightly. If we lack awareness of our brain’s wheelhouse for making life-changing risks however, we’ll sense danger lurking, and may miss its handmaiden… Read more »

10 Brain-Friendly Bad Habit Busters

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We may take comfort in the fact that nobody is perfect. Yet when our imperfections become annoying or harmful habits, it’s time for a brain busting coping mechanism to kick a practice or pattern that’s doing us in. Fortunately our brains come fully equipped to bust bad habits, and we… Read more »

Thankfulness beyond Differences for Thanksgiving Fun!

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When we start fun discussions at Thanksgiving Day celebrations, we often generate mind-bending results for all at our table. One well crafted question can turn a table of diverse dinner guests from dwelling on problems in the past to focus instead on a few possibilities going forward. Ask, “What’s one… Read more »

Lead insults or ideas?

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More and more we must endure fights between leaders with few facts from either, in what’s billed as debate yet illustrated as brawls. It happens in US politics and also among Canadian leaders. Why lead with insults to the other side and miss innovational opportunities on ours? Sadly the brain… Read more »

Judge me … Judge me not …

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Have you ever felt judged harshly or have you seen a friend or family member bowed down by blame? Or have you made an effort to see past a person’s weaker traits and offer kindness simply for who they are? Some say hate and division exchanged daily by leaders ramp… Read more »

Replace Stress with Emotional Survival Skills

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Rarely have we struggled against more anxiety and stress and without adult models, our youth are especially left abandoned in need. It’s the perfect time to respond with social strategies and emotional boosts that toss cheer and hope back into our day! It’s also time to hit pause periodically. Time… Read more »

Go Meaningful or Go Mad!

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If you are among the 75% of workers claiming to dislike their jobs, you may also be the person Fyodor Dostoevsky had in mind when he said: “Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.” We can all use more meaning… Read more »

Why build brain friendly communities?

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Increasingly we walk into uncertain times. We face the thick and thin of life’s challenges, often when we feel least ready. People fail us and we fail others. In it all though, we tend to count on community to reach beyond our differences and bring us together around shared interests…. Read more »

How are you smart? Roundtable 60

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How we think about intelligence has a lot to do with how we take advantage of our abilities to expand our lives. What if we are asking the wrong question, though, if we hope to discover a wider range of capabilities or intelligences? Do you know the original purpose of… Read more »