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Isaac Newton's Relaxed Brain

The story is legendary.  Sir Isaac Newton, father of modern physics, discovered the law of gravity after being pelted by a falling apple.  He was at his family's farm in the English countryside, fleeing Oxford due to an outbreak of…

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Teenage Girls, Stress, and Depression

Adolescent girls are at greater risk for depression than their male counterparts.  A new study suggests that interpersonal stress is an important contributor to this sad reality.  Teenage girls tend to harbor negative thoughts more frequently than teenage boys when…

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Mindset: Fixed vs. Growth

Here's an infographic laying out the differences between the fixed and growth mindsets as described by Carol Dweck. Her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, has had a significant impact throughout our culture.  It was also very helpful…

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Music and Big Ideas

Our kids need to learn how to develop their creative sensibilities in order to design the safer, more prosperous, and more sustainable future we want for them.  It turns out that music facilitates this process.  By listening to music, our…

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Our Kids Can Get Smarter

The central concept of the growth mindset is the idea that we can improve over time, even with regards to our intellectual abilities.  In other words, we can become smarter with practice.  What a beautiful message to communicate to our…

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Struggle and Happiness

How we view struggle has a great deal to do with our happiness.  If we see struggle as a natural part of the learning process, we are more likely to embrace it.  We will carry on through difficulty and achieve…

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How To Have A Happy Workplace

Back in January of last year, CareerBliss released its list of America's 50 happiest companies.  What factors make a happy workplace?  One is related to the growth mindset.  When people are able to improve over time they are much happier…

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Why Do We Work So Hard?

A recent Business Insider article discusses something that plagues many of us.  We're working too hard and not devoting enough attention to enjoying our lives.  "Overearning" - toiling excessively to accumulate resources we don't really need - is widespread.  Is…

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Promote Design Thinking

As best-selling author Daniel Pink points out in A Whole New Mind, design thinking is imperative these days.  Modern technology and cheap labor abroad drive manufacturing costs to the floor.  Low price, therefore, isn't the only way for products…

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Creativity = happiness

A recent study from UNC-Greensboro links creative behavior with happiness.  The more time we spend engaging in creative pursuits, the happier we're likely to be.  This is great news.  The path to a brighter future must be paved with creative…

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The Importance of Involved Dads

A recent article in The Atlantic magazine outlines the benefits children receive when their fathers are actively involved in their lives.  Kids of dedicated dads have better problem-solving skills, are more creative, and they learn more and perform better in…