For Better Brainstorming, Tell an Embarrassing Story

My colleagues, Elizabeth Ruth Wilson and Brian Lucas, and I decided to explore whether people could also be primed for better brainstorming before the idea generation even starts. In our first experiment, we asked one set of participants to describe a time they’d felt embarrassed in the previous six months; we asked a second group to describe a time they’d felt proud. We then asked each individual to spend 10 minutes thinking of new uses for a paper clip.

Source: Research: For Better Brainstorming, Tell an Embarrassing Story

Five Reasons to Make Self-Care a Priority 


Self-care care has never been more important than now. For the first time since the test was created in 2007, Americans broke the Psychologists’ Stress Record in a January 2017 survey. The devastating events in the world means there’s no shortage of reminders of things to be stressed about with stories everyday online about the most stressful places to live or work.With stress everywhere we turn, self-care is the most fundamental way to cope.

First, you must silence that nagging little five-letter word: guilt.

Source: Feeling Stressed? Five Reasons to Make Self-Care a Priority | MyFitnessPal

Group exercise improves quality of life, reduces stress far more than individual work outs 

Researchers found working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent and significantly improves quality of life, while those who exercise individually put in more effort but experienced no significant changes in their stress level and a limited improvement to quality of life, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Source: Group exercise improves quality of life, reduces stress far more than individual work outs | EurekAlert! Science News

How to Stop Mundane Tasks from Interfering with Creativity


Try to Stay on Task in the Morning

It’s inevitable that things will come up during the day, things you hadn’t counted on or allotted time for. Instead of stopping what you’re doing to deal with them, save them for the afternoon. In general, people tend to be more the most productive and creative in the morning, so you want to get as many priority items as possible dealt with before noon.
Source: How to Stop Mundane Tasks from Interfering with Creativity

Belonging is a superpower – Patterns for decentralised organising | P2P Foundation

The event took place at the always inspiring Newspeak House, with roughly 30 participants split into groups. Rich warned us he would be delivering a lot of condensed information and I wondered if he would live up to the promise… 4 slides and 20 minutes later I was reeling with new ideas. It’s not that his patterns for working in groups are entirely novel – it’s that he’s thought about it, and clearly lived by the rules he so passionately espouses…

Source: Belonging is a superpower – Patterns for decentralised organising | P2P Foundation

Overcoming Our Biggest Obstacle to Creating Habits

The steps themselves might be deceptively simple: pick one habit, keep it small to start with, and remember to do it every day. But it’s not always so easy — there are a number of forces that can stand in the way: People in our lives create resistance to the habit. Our environment itself creates resistance (i.e. Internet distractions get in the way of writing). We forget. A crisis or other disruption comes into our life unexpectedly.

Source: Overcoming Our Biggest Obstacle to Creating Habits : zen habits

Why There’s No “Mindfulness Movement”

But like so many conferences, it was more about the traffic, about drawing a crowd: lots of like-minded, predominantly white middle-aged folks gathering to share inspiration and congratulations. It featured serial, one-directional communication—sages from the stage—and left no time for questions, discussions, or for people to meet and talk with each other. Perhaps the most irritating element was the tech sector speaker who was on the stage more because he was a tech legend than because he had anything….

Source: Why There’s No “Mindfulness Movement” – Mindful

Researchers discover which brain region motivates behavior change | EurekAlert! Science News

Platt and his colleagues recorded neuron behavior in the posterior cingulate cortex. Neural activity there built up until it peaked, at which point the animals changed course, revealing correlational evidence that this spike in brain function leads to the divergent thinking and action rather than happens because of it.

“If you increased activity in the area exogenously, if I put an electrode in there and stimulated, then you would break off from the routine, you would become more exploratory,” Platt said.

Source: Researchers discover which brain region motivates behavior change | EurekAlert! Science News

The Incredible Progress of Daily Practice 

Make sure it’s fun. Doing a chore is boring and hard, and you’ll put it off, even if it’s just a 10-minute session. Instead, don’t make it a chore that you have to get through. Make it a game that you look forward to doing. Or a mini-meditation session that brings peace to your life, a time to relax. Or a moment of magic and loveliness. Create an activity that you’ll look forward to.
Source: The Incredible Progress of Daily Practice : zen habits