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 »

Lonely yet not alone – Roundtable 59

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Do you look at all that you are, or do you see only all that you are not? Research shows loneliness as a top predictor of those of us who will end up depressed and even in hospital. It signals low intrapersonal IQ, which we can grow and improve in… Read more »

Two footed questions – Roundtable 58

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Would you agree that we tend to ask more questions with predictable answers than we ask questions to open doors into discovery? If questions bore you to boot, consider asking questions to yourself and others that we most like to answer! Two-footed questions drive curiosity and they can  convert even… Read more »

Social networks – Roundtable 57

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Social networking reshapes our brains in several significant ways. It’s not only because we may get hacked online one day or helped on another. Social media changes how we live and influences how we interact. Researchers suggest that social media can harm our brains, and few would disagree. Either way,… Read more »

Mental molecules of joy – Roundtable 56

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We can increase serotonin joy and delight in ways that leave us prepped and content when stressors strike. Our basic beliefs hold enormous powers to transform our psychology and impact our lives, in spite of winds that blow against us. Research suggests we can expect at least 22 stressors on… Read more »

Limbic system – Roundtable 55

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The limbic system is equipment in our brain that controls emotions and memory. It regulates our responses to emotional stimuli and reinforces behaviors we act on. Change often feels anything but easy … Ever ask with that popular poster, How can you fly with eagles when you work with a… Read more »

Dendrite nerve cells – Roundtable 54

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Our chemical and electrical circuitry sparks innovative change or deepens ruts through its dendrites, cell bodies, and axons. How so? Have you seen good ideas crushed by bullies, cynics or naysayers whose stories rely of fixed ideas of smart and dumb?  Before Michael Merzenich became the world’s leading researcher on… Read more »