Essential Reads

To Spark Genius, Read Outside Your Comfort Zone

Reading works very different from what you're writing and has multiple benefits for your brain. Here are six that will pay off immediately.

Body Thinking and the Wobble Effect Behind Brain Pickings

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on May 30, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
How do we sedentary tribes plug in our bodies for creating and thinking?
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Working Better: Brain Science in Business

There are many brain science lessons that can be applied in organisations from sleep hygiene to managing stress to fostering creativity.

A (Metaphorical) Bridge Between Semantic Order and Chaos

Walt Whitman once asked, “Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?” Research on the neural networks involved in metaphor processing justifies that feeling of pride.

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A Non-Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences: Part 5

Coincidences can alert us to new patterns about how the world works.

What a Body Knows—and What I Can Not

The title of this blog—and the book that inspired it—is What a Body Knows. The sentence seems straight forward enough, but is it? What can I know about what my body knows?

Trump Tag

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Play in Mind
Playing politics on the playground

Get Your Head in the Clouds

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Problem solutions like to play hide and seek. We seek. And they hide. The harder we search, the more they hide. Here are 3 steps to help you find creative solutions.
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Why We Need Positive Education 2.0

Education is a global challenge that requires a global approach.

500 Hours of Happiness

By Susan Hooper on May 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
As a volunteer music therapy aide at a busy urban hospital, I have learned firsthand the power of a piano to lift spirits and ease cares—at least for the length of a song or two.

6 Ways Reading Fires Up Your Writing Brain

Our brains are amazing thinking, dreaming, imagining, and producing machines, reliant upon their masters to program, nurture, guide, and direct them. Luckily, reading does wonders.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 in Memory Medic
Start your thinking project with pen or pencil. Then use the keyboard for final production.

The Territory of Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on May 27, 2016 in On Having Fun
Moving images of children at play—images that capture their spontaneity, creativity, community—are profound reminders of who and how we are when we are free.

Are Musical Genres Outdated?

Is it hard for you to identify what music you like? A little insight into your personality may help.

Art Set Him Free: A Former Prison Inmate's Story

One man explains how art helped him get through prison.

We Need to Talk About Books!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Are you a reader of ‘light’ or ‘heavy’ books? Why do so many of us love books set in war time, yet that is the last place we would really want to be?

Six Honest Answers About Writing and Publishing Your Book

On my bulletin board at work, I’ve posted a small clip that reads: “Of the 86,000 new titles published in the UK in 2009, 59,000 sold an average of 18 copies.” Publishing is hard.
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Have You Ever Been Made Happier by a “Modest Splurge?”

I remind myself that sometimes, it makes me happy to indulge in a modest splurge—to buy something that I don’t absolutely need, but that makes my day brighter in some way.

Queer Couch for the Straight Girl

A queer therapist describes therapy with a straight woman, and how the therapist being out helped the client to create a new story for her life.

Do You Have a Micromanaging Boss?

Are you feeling overwhelmed at work? You may have a micromanaging boss.

Feel the Singularity

By Moses Ma on May 12, 2016 in The Tao of Innovation
In an age of exponential growth that is rapidly approaching a technological “singularity”, what we need to do is a little quantum thinking about the economy...
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Writing Naked for Change

Letting go of our baggage during the writing process can help you on your journey to self-discovery and ultimately transformation.

Depth Psychology of Art

The transformative powers of artistic expression are found in diving into the depths as well as the reflections of its surfaces.

Life—Best Taken With Salt and Pepper

Do you “savor” your life as much as possible?

Margaret Cho Wants You to Embrace Your Darkness

There would be no contrast in your existence if the bad and dark parts didn’t exist.

The Art of Patient Persuasion

By Jean Kim M.D. on May 11, 2016 in Culture Shrink
It's important to understand the patient's reality.

10 Ideas for Wise Decision-Making

High intelligence is not enough for successful decision-making.

Awe and Awareness in Motherhood: An Interview

A hesitant adventurer's search for wonder in the natural world and how she keeps the phenomenal alive in her everyday life.

5 Steps to a More Creative You

Three recent works on creativity and innovation suggest similar approaches to a more creative you.

What’s Your Mental Health Resilience Playlist?

By Julie K. Hersh on May 10, 2016 in Struck By Living
Has anyone measured the impact of playfulness on mental health? Be a kid, make your playlist and dare to sing and dance out loud. How do you measure the power of the human spirit?

How Are Digital Devices Changing the Way We Think?

A new study from Darmouth College has pinpointed when it's best to read something printed on paper—and, other times, when it's better to read something from a digital device.

The Practice of Life

Shakespeare was wrong. The world is not a stage and life is not a performance. Life is practice.

Music for Productive Creativity

Can music help you get in a creative flow? Here's one writer's strategy and why it may work.