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Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

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Visualization Can Help You Succeed Advertisers spend millions of dollars to motivate us into purchasing things that we probably don't even need. Think about automobile commercials. In them, you virtually experience the speed, smell, and luxury associated with owning the car of your dreams. This kinesthetic experience may be very real, even pleasurable, for the 30-second duration of the commercial. But if you continue to think about owning that pricey vehicle it will create something in your brain called cognitive dissonance.

Men's Journal Magazine - Men's Style, Travel, Fitness and Gear I hate the gym. At least, I hate "the gym" as imagined by the modern American health club: the mindless repetitions on the weight machines, halfhearted crunches, daytime TV during the treadmill. Such a sad, unimaginative excuse for a life, when I could be out rock-climbing, surfing, or, hell, even just scrubbing the bathroom floor. But I love working out the way I've come to understand it, and two big discoveries made all the difference. Motivation is a Luxury My heart sank. I couldn’t believe my alarm was ringing. It can’t be 5am already, it can’t. I really don’t feel like this.

100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!) Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Among them: “hlizifikh,” a wild but powerful strike; “hrakkarikh,”a quick and accurate strike; and “gezrikh,” a fake-out or decoy strike. But you won’t find these words in George R. R.

Faster than a Speeding Text: “Emotional Contagion” At Work Photo: Creative Commons: Flickr/seanb Social media content found online is part of our lives, especially when it goes “viral” as funny cat videos, the MS “bucket” challenge or taunting tweets. This viral material which is shared as quickly as it’s viewed, can make us laugh or feel inspired or even angry. Managers should keep in mind that moods can also "go viral," distributed around the office like a group text message. My research reveals that emotions, both positive and negative, actually spread among your employees like viruses.

Mind Performance Hacks Mind Performance Hacks: Tips and Tools for Overclocking Your Brain is a self-help book using psychology and mnemonic techniques to improve thinking skills such as memory, creativity, mental math, and other cognitive abilities by Ron Hale-Evans, who wrote and researched approximately 80% of the book material.[1] It is also notable in its use of Perl programming scripts to supplement a few of the hacks. Inspired by the Mentat Wiki, also created by Ron Hale-Evans, the book was published by O'Reilly Media in February 2006 as part of the O'Reilly Hacks series. It is considered an unofficial sequel to the earlier Mind Hacks. Content[edit] Chapter 1 - Memory Includes detailed instruction on how to memorize lists of items, mnemonic techniques to remember large amounts of data, and retrieving memories.

7 Words For Starting Your Day Off Right A few months ago, a friend shared their favorite mantra on Facebook and I immediately took it on as my own. The phrase was ‘I am letting go of all resistance’ (FYI those aren’t the 7 words). Resistance being any fear-based emotion, eg. worry, jealousy, hate and fear itself. See how quickly a society can shift its sexual attitudes At TEDGlobal 2013, Shereen El Feki shared how her research in the Middle East revealed more conservative attitudes about sex than existed in the 10th century. Photo: James Duncan Davidson “The political and the sexual are intimate bedfellows,” says Shereen El Feki in yesterday’s talk. “That is true for all of us, no matter where we live and love.” Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensualityFor five years, El Feki talked to people across Middle East about their bedroom behavior, and what she found over and over was a seemingly deep-rooted conservatism — in which any sex outside of heterosexual marriage is unacceptable. But as she shows, Arabic literature is rich with proof that the regional culture was once far more sexually open; erotic writing was produced even by religious scholars.

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