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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 »

How Brains Wire for War or Prepare for Peace

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Are you wired for anger, anxiety or payback when clashes strike on an ordinary day? Or do instant reactions for you tend to bring others together, find common ground or share assets? Remembrance Day is the perfect day to inventory our comebacks to personal assaults. A time to check our… Read more »

Our Brain’s Ability to Heal a Broken Heart

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Have you ever felt a grief over loss so invasive that it tends to topple any upbeat move you attempt to escape it’s throbbing ache? Jamie Anderson said it best, “Grief is just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All that love gathers up in… Read more »

Brain Based Tasks for Older Learners

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While we now know that students retain less from lectures, we question how to cultivate brain based cultures that trigger observable and impressive growth. Good news! It’s actually easier than most realize – to get older students active and growing in any class! Enter six little namungos with big brainy… Read more »

Snip your Amygdala Before you Snipe Back

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Did you know that emotions survive after memories vanish? Or do you wonder what moods and behavior heads or hearts control? Yesterday,  on a walk in the woods with a gifted young leader, I once again saw his ethics, openness and willingness to become vulnerable in order to learn new… Read more »

Expect Peace in Brain Based Bits

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Imagine a climate of peace, with language that inspires, and people who cheer on your talents. Would you agree that peace would have been a better plan than war in most cases you’ve observed? Not a passive peace, but a robust plan where many angles from different viewpoints move forward… Read more »

Question to Refuel Finances Past Media Fears

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If you listened lately to the media’s constant streams of financial fears, you likely fail to shop much for loved ones over giving times such as Christmas. Not that buying less detracts from the magic of Christmas. Yet sadly,  gloomy news turns into poor proceeds for business, just as fear… Read more »

Lighten Up – the SAD Story

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During my two years on Baffin Island, up near Greenland, while teaching for McGill University, I both slept more and ate more during dark months where we saw no sunlight at all. Likely your shifts from light to dark are less extreme, but nevertheless, the brain’s reactions to daytime darkness… Read more »

A Brain on Perfect is Often Late too

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Your hardest hitting efforts fall short of others’ expectations.  Fun melts away like ice cream on a scorching afternoon. It’s too cold, or too hot for, but rarely right. Health suffers and anxiety spikes. Would peers describe you as perfectionist? If so, you’re likely habitually late, and likely armed with… Read more »

Drugs of Choice! Bullied or Brain-powered?

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We’ve all been there. You wake up feeling full of energy – with mental resources and a will to conquer the world. Then out of the blue you feel bullied, your fate shifts, and you lapse into anxiety that douses your flame and snuffs out any zest for living with… Read more »