Your Hurry Up, Beta Brain Life Style Is Changing You – And Not in a Good Way

In the book BIG IDEAS, we explain the main differences between the beta and alpha brain states. • The beta brain state is the conscious working brain. It gathers information, makes decisions, deals with problems, pays focused attention, and gets things done. The beta brain state is fast, requires lots of oxygen and glucose, and tires after a few hours. Most people spend much of their awake time...
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What Mindfulness Has to do With Happiness, Problem-Solving, and Getting Bigger and Better Ideas

Mindfulness, a form of meditation, is the mental act of being keenly aware of the present moment. It is enjoying a tremendous surge in popularity, both in the popular press and in psychotherapeutic literature. Mindfulness has moved from a Buddhist practice that originated about 2,600 years ago to mainstream psychotherapy. Among the benefits of mindfulness are heightened creativity, greater...
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Gratitude and Creativity

We often say that creative thinking makes us feel happy, but what if it’s also the other way around? What if being happy makes us more creative and better thinkers? Research by Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough validates that acts of gratitude increases productivity, produces better thinking, improves relationships and has a number of other psychological and emotional benefits. They also...
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Happiness and Creativity

In 1964, following a very stressful overseas trip, Dr. Norman Cousins, a longtime editor of the Saturday Review, a global peacemaker, and recipient of the UN Peace Medal, was diagnosed with a degenerative disease which left him with intense, unending pain. His doctors reluctantly told him that he had only one chance in 500 of recovery and that he would likely be dead in a few months. His...
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