Personal Development Trends

Forcing a Positive Attitude Can Backfire

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We are often told to think positively and our lives will be better, happier. This new research seems to say staying optimistic isn't such a great idea after all. It is TRUE that it is not a good idea to ignore your negative emotions - they are giving you valuable input! This is different from approaching each days LOOKING for positive aspects rather than focusing on negativity. Two different concepts.
A new series of studies suggests ignoring negative emotions to remain optimistic may not be the best approach in the long run. UC Berkeley researchers discovered embracing your darker moods.... Read more...

How to Win in Life Every Day

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If you want to have a better life, consider these 5 tips to help you come out of autopilot and become the true captain of your ship. Practicing mindfulness is one of the ways you can stop just going through the motions. Read the whole post to find out more!
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In witnessing the brain's 'aha!' moment, scientists shed light on biology of consciousness

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Does this latest research by Columbia Scientists get us one step closer to understanding consciousness? Read the research and decide (your own AHA moment!).
There is a mechanism in the brain that says "enough is enough." "For us, this then begged a question," recalled Dr. Shadlen, who is also a professor of neuroscience at Columbia University Medical. Read more...

7 Things You'll Never Hear a Successful Person Say

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Successful people do not focus on negativity and they rarely make excuses. You won't hear them saying that they cannot do something nor will they talk about not knowing how to do something. Find out what else successful people do not say!
Remarkably successful people build a powerful mindset that refuses to say or believe these seven things..... Read more...

5 Things Productive People Do Every Night

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How can you end your day in a way that will set you up for restful sleep and a great start to the next day? Getting organized for the next day with clothes and lunch, unplug from your devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime, investing in a good quality mattress, reading an actual book rather than a short article or social media, and meditation. We might throw listing a few things you are grateful for as your day comes to a close!
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Arguably The Best Way To Start & End Every Day of Your Life - Collective Evolution

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The power of gratitude is amazing. It can help you tune your life to be amazing. The author of this article recommends starting off every day like she does - listing at least 10 things that she is grateful for. While it may be difficult at first, soon it will be a breeze. How much better would your days be if you started them off with feelings of gratitude and appreciation? And end it that way as well. You may be amazed how much better you start to feel - try it today! What do you have to lose?
Arguably The Best Way To Start & End Every Day of Your LifeDo you enjoy uplifting self-help content like this? I'm on a mission to make personal development more interesting for all of us. Be. Read more...

You Might Think You're Highly Sensitive, When Really, You're This

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A highly sensitive person is tuned to notice more than most people do, and as a result life can feel pretty overwhelming. More sensitivity to many things in our environment requires some strategies to deal with what goes on around us. If you or someone you know is ultra-sensitive, here are 3 keys that can help you have a greater sense of freedom.
It’s time to acknowledge your incredible gifts. You have an insight into life and unseen realities that most people don’t begin to understand..... Read more...

OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been tied to a higher level of inflammation in the brain, so says a recent study from Canada. The study was small, comparing 20 OCD patients with a 20 person control group that did NOT have the condition. Inflammation was found to be higher by 32% in the OCD patients when looking at 6 brain regions playing a role in OCD.
Breakthrough could spur better treatments for anxiety disorder, researchers say.... Read more...

Losing Fat, Gaining Brain Power, on the Playground

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Children that are overweight - particularly if they have excess visceral fat deep within the abdomen - are at risk of a higher level of inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is believed to be unhealthy for the brain. This type of fat is also linked to increased risk for diabetes in children as well as adults. When children are active (at least an hour a day) they show reduced visceral fat AND improved test scores!
In children, exercise may help to improve cognition by first improving waistlines..... Read more...

5 Habits That Improve your Mental State, Motivation and Productivity

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As an entrepreneur, or anyone that devotes a lot of their time to making a business successful, you know that some of the most valuable habits for both your well-being and that of your business are unrelated to business knowledge and skill. Here are 5 habits that will not only make you feel better but will boost your productivity and motivation.
Most entrepreneurs have an intuitive understanding that mental health is important to the success of their business..... Read more...

Doctors Are Now Fighting Depression by Targeting the Brain’s Wiring, Not Its Chemical Balance

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15 million adults in total suffer from depression in the United States alone, and it is on the rise in young people. Traditionally depression has been treated with medication, but transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is showing promise as an alternative treatment!
Researchers have developed a revolutionary treatment that pulses magnetic waves into the brain, treating depression by changing neurological structures. It has been shown to be extremely effective. Read more...

50 Inspirational Quotes To Motivate You

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." —Mark Twain. The other 49 inspirational quotes are really good too!
No one can deny the power of a good quote. They motivate and inspire us to be our best. Great quotes have an incredible ability to put things in perspective. Here are 50 of my absolute favorites: If. Read more...

Brain Architecture: Scientists Discover 11 Dimensional Structures That Could Help Us Understand How the Brain Works - Newsweek

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This amazing research sounds more like science fiction than 'anatomy!' Groups of neurons randomly grouping in very specific ways and then, after processing is complete, disappearing. If you are fascinated by how brains operate, this article is a must-read!
Brain Architecture: Scientists Discover 11 Dimensional Structures That Could Help Us Understand How the Brain WorksScientists studying the brain have discovered that the organ operates on up to 11. Read more...

Omaha violinist with synesthesia, the ability to see notes as colors, lands on TV contest ‘Superhuman’

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There are actually many people that have some form of synesthesia - many aren't even aware of their ability! Statistics show that 1 out of 23 people have some form of cross-sensory experience.
The Omaha violinist who sees musical notes as colors has played with Michael Bublé and Mannheim Steamroller. She’s earned a neuroscience degree and built her own social network. Now she’s. Read more...

The Best Way to Prevent Stress From Corroding Your Brain

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Find out why exercise is one of the best things you can do to protect your brain from the effects of stress. It doesn't only do good things WHILE you are exercising, there are far more benefits post-exercise.
We tend to lump stress into one big “bad” category. But in actuality, stress comes in many shapes and sizes and is not all bad. Some stress can accompany a positive event, for example. Read more...

How Dr. Daniel Amen Repairs the Brain with Healthy Living

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Dr. Amen's plan to repair the brain focuses on diet and exercise. In a series of images that were captured as part of these changes, Dr. Amen shows several shrunken brains that expand to a healthier mass in only months by making better lifestyle choices
In this informative talk about brain health, Dr. Daniel G. Amen makes a powerful case for preventative living through healthy habits. In a time where bodies are.... Read more...

How to Get People to Make Good Decisions

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When we see people we care about struggling with issues and circumstances, most of us want to help them. It may seem that pointing out what they are doing 'wrong' is helping them, but this strategy can backfire. There is a better strategy that can help far more!
When we witness people in our lives headed down the wrong path — it’s a natural instinct to correct them, educate them about what’s wrong with what they’re doing, and.... Read more...

Brain Scans May Help Predict Autism in High-Risk Infants

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Children are considered to be at high risk for autism when an older brother or sister has autism. A recent study was performed on 59 high-risk 6-month old infants. Their brains were scanned, and subsequent results showed that the scans correctly picked 9 of 11 children who later were diagnosed with autism.
“If future studies confirm these results, detecting brain differences may enable physicians to diagnose and treat autism earlier than they do today,” said Dr. Diana Bianchi, director of the. Read more...

A Study Says Moderate Drinking May Affect the Brain, but Don't Panic

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The results of this study say that even moderate drinking can result in hippocampal atrophy. This is a memory-loss condition that occurs in Alzheimer’s disease, so there has been a lot of reaction to these findings! It does raise questions, but does not say that moderate drinking harms the brain.
Topiwala also says she’s not totally sure why even moderate amounts of drinking might impact a person’s brain, but her team wants to investigate this further. Still, Dr. Sachdev says he’s. Read more...

DARPA's TNT Program Aims To Train The Brain To 'Download' New Skills Instead Of Learning Them - MobiPicker

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Maybe The Matrix wasn't so far off after all! What if we could get our brains into such a receptive learning state that it became effortless?
DARPA's TNT Program Aims To Train The Brain To 'Download' New Skills Instead Of Learning ThemUnder this program, safe neurostimulation methods are used to activate synaptic plasticity, which is the. Read more...