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Essential Life Skills for Personal Development and Growth

Essential Life Skills for Personal Development and Growth
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17 creative websites to bookmark (unless you are dumb)! At the risk of having you never come back to this site, I have compiled a list of 17 other sites to feed your creative appetite. Dozens more could have been added to this list (perhaps there will be a sequel to it). Most of the sites included here do not get the credit they deserve, and even the popular ones deserve even more attention. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 20 x 200 – When 20×200 first started prints were available in runs of 200 for the bargain basement price of $20. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. So there’s the list! Remembering More of Everything: The Memory Palace “When information goes ‘in one ear and out the other,’ it’s often because it doesn’t have anything to stick to.”— Joshua Foer That’s a quote from the book Moonwalking with Einstein, the fascinating account of Joshua Foer’s journey investigating memory. What starts as a routine piece of writing ends with his participation in the USA Memory Championships. The journey started by researching memory and its physical effects on the brain. Foer found research where MRI was used to compare the memory specialists’ brains to those of a control group. Surprisingly, when the mental athletes were learning new information, they were engaging regions of the brain known to be involved in two specific tasks: visual memory and spatial navigation. It turns out the mental athletes were purposefully converting the information they were memorizing into images, and then placing these images into a mentally constructed “palace” — thus the involvement of visual memory and spatial navigation. The Memory Palace

Happiness Self Awareness | Change Core Beliefs | Express Love | Control Emotional Reactions | Happy Relationships with Love and Respect creativelinks Leslie Owen Wilson 1997, 2005, restrictions on usage See companion course WebPages Creative Thinking and Living "Niente Senza Gioia" (nothing without joy) Of all my pages and parts of this website, the biggest surprise was the traffic I have received in the creativity section. Everyone has a story, a question, a comment, and yet this is a sorely neglected area in schools, in our children's training and education. I already know, so I will let you ask yourselves the same question, and then ask teachers, school administrators, and politicians. If you try to reach a site that has been hyperlinked and get an error message or a "page not found message," try again later. Have fun browsing and many blessings! Other sites on creativity BellaOnline - The voice of women - This site is quiet comprehensive and has a internal sections, each with an array of topics within a heading. Born to Explore - about the relationship between ADD, ADHD, creativity and personality type. Women and Creativity

16 Audio Books That Will Improve The Way You Live, Work And Love If there's an area in your life that could do with some improvement, a good audio book might be able to steer you in the right direction. Best of all, they can be readily absorbed while driving or multitasking, which makes them perfect for people with busy schedules (i.e. - nearly all of us.) We asked Amazon's digital audiobook arm Audible to share some of its best-selling self-improvement titles. Here are their picks. Audio book picture from Shutterstock The following audio books cover a wide gamut of topics, from mastering creative thinking to maneuvering the corporate ladder as a woman. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell "Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. Mastery by Robert Greene "What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

by How to Exercise an Open Mind Edit Article Edited by Sam Rawlins, Krystle C., Richd, Erika Altek and 105 others One hour of increased brain activity via innovative thinking or experiencing new stimuli can make you smarter, more energetic, more creative, more sociable, and more open to new experiences and ways of thinking. The key ingredients are to be open to new experiences and to make changes in previous ways of thinking about these experiences. Ad Steps 1Don’t allow yourself any dead time. 20Browse something that you are not familiar with the internet. Tips Become more like an inquisitive child. Warnings Exercising an "open" mind and "stimulating" your mind are different.

Four Simple Positive Psychology Interventions That Could Change Your Life | The Huffington Post Positive Psychology (PP) is generally considered to be a subfield of psychology. Refreshingly, PP focuses on what is positive about human beings, instead of what our deficits are. The PP movement is global and at the moment flourishing, with an abundance of newly researched positive psychology interventions (PPIs) and master degree courses popping up across the globe (the last count being 12 different programs). Every year I delight to watch PP’s continued growth. We can see how its theories, research and practices are filtering into all areas of our society, policy and culture. From the way we think about eduction to what we value as a community, PP is everywhere! I am reminded of the recent statement by the progressive officials from South Australia (SA) who declared their region, a ‘state of wellbeing’ for its millions of citizens. This can be achieved through the practice of one or many PPIs. 1) Best possible self - We often are are too busy to really stop and focus on what we want.

12 Most Debilitating Hiring Mistakes Small Businesses Make Hiring is hard. When you are a business owner and you don’t have an HR department to help you or a boss to train you, you can make a lot of terrible hiring mistakes. Here are 12 that we’ve seen over and over… 1. This is actually two mistakes rolled into one. 2. If you’ve done the first thing right and advertised thoroughly to attract a rich pool of candidates, then you should have about 100 — 200 submissions. 3. Once you’ve screened the pile, you will likely still have 10 – 20 good candidates; too many to efficiently meet face-to-face. 4. If you go into the face-to-face interview without questions that you plan in advance and write down for yourself, the interview has as much predictive value as a coin flip. 5. There are some things that are easy to assess in an interview, and others that are hard. 6. The second interview is somewhat awkward, what should I ask in that second interview? 7. You need some other eyes and ears on the candidate too. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Brad Farris

Creativity Challenges - Table of Contents THE RATIONALIST ASSOCIATION OF NSW INC. End Self-Limiting Beliefs | Stop Limiting Beliefs What Do You Mean I Can Choose My Beliefs? When someone asks you about the meaning of success, or happiness, or joy in your life, do you ever stop to think about your beliefs behind them? Most of us immediately think about what we should “do” or how we should “feel” or what we should “say” to be happy, joyful and successful. Not what we believe. Funny how little we think about what actually we believe to be true. It took me a lot of years to realize that I could actually choose my beliefs about anything and everything, from God to family to marriage to children to friendship and to success and work. Of all those, the last one gave me the biggest joy: I can choose to believe what is meaningful and joyful work and what is a waste of my time on this earth. This realization alone kickstarted my transformation from unhappy frustrated soul into a blessed out joyful one. Don’t believe me? And I am about to show you how to do just that. First, back to choosing your beliefs. - I’m just a bad writer.

Understanding (and Refuting) the Arguments for God Michael Shermer has made a career of skepticism — he is the founder of Skeptic, for one — but in his 2000 book, How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, he does not come across as the hardcore atheist you might expect. (He prefers "nontheist.") One can appreciate his honesty and integrity. In a media that both champions and lambasts the so-called "New Atheist" movement, Shermer says one thing: Show me the evidence. Certain fundamentalists and atheists alike see the question of God as an either-or proposal, not content on the murky speculations presented by the other "side." As Shermer points out, what we consider "miraculous" simply means what we do not currently understand. 1. / 2. This argument results in an infinite regress. 3. Shermer borrows from Martin Gardner by stating that this is a "mysterian mystery" — the idea that nothing is unknowable is due to our minds being unable to process the thought of it. 4. 5. 6. 7. Obviously there is no proof in this argument. 8.

10 Ways to Live Your Truth & Create Emotional Healing “If you shut up truth, and bury it underground, it will but grow.” Emile Zola Do you know that feeling of walking through life trying to function and look okay, but on the inside being a complete mess? That was me during most of 2009. Of course, a select few knew my secret but, at that point, I wasn’t ready to publish my truth to the world. I was just trying to get through each day, if not each minute, the best I could. That February, a breast cancer diagnosis had gone off like a bomb blast in my life. No such luck. That summer we were invited to friends’ house for dinner and I finally confessed to my husband that I was exhausted emotionally from telling people I was fine when I wasn’t. His answer, “Tell the truth.” It was a radical idea and, when the inevitable question came up, I took his advice and was surprised by the empathy and compassion I received. Show Up to be Supported: No one knocked on my door to offer support during my early days of covering up and acting strong. Debbie