How many of us are just acting our way through life, adapting to different settings like chameleons? Situational elasticity lends its hand to the collaborative truth, that people inject each other with signaling serum. We try to demonstrate to others ‘this is who I am and this what I do.’ All life is a stage, […]
Twitter’s removal of millions of fake accounts reminds us that not everything is what it seems. The internet is full of bots, replicating humans, even programmed to act more human than the humans themselves. We too are conscious automata, no more authentic than the droids themselves. People are just savvy editors. We present our best […]
Behavioral economists explain why the mid-life crisis is only temporary. Happiness increases with old age. “Life satisfaction tends to decline gradually after early adulthood, bottom out in middle age [or 40s], then gradually rebound after.” Study: Is well-being U-shaped over the life cycle? In short, life gets better after 50.
When you can think aloud your own thoughts, you will strip the mind of its own disfluency. The brain’s pen will be mighter than the sword. “Protect yourself from your own thoughts.” — Rumi At which point it’s too late.
The brain is an empty void. It waits to remember until we give things meaning. Otherwise, it clings to the instincts of the amagdyla for its main sensory perception. Thankfully, our brains are large processors. It knows that survival depends on exchanging information with others. Information is quid pro quo. But the problem with oral […]
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. — Helen Keller, The Story of My Life
As digital technology colonizes our mind, self-reflection will become ever more important. But not just any reflection. Reflection in terms of boredom, gratitude, and mental processing. Blogging = Therapy 👇 Boredom No one ever died sitting and doing nothing or staring out into space. These are precious moments where the mind has no choice but […]
If humans didn’t have an amygdala — the two tiny almond-shaped nuclei in the temporal lobes of the brain — we wouldn’t have any fear. We wouldn’t know how to process risk, thereby letting us go hug a bear or climb the highest cliff. But we do feel fear and in most cases, we’re smart […]
In Japan, adults are wrapping themselves up in a tight blanket like a baby (or a burrito) to help them relax in an always-on world. The practice helps alleviate muscle stiffness, especially along the spine. Now that’s one way to rest up!
According to Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor’s book [easyazon_link identifier=”0307591557″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]The Happiness Advantage[/easyazon_link], it is happiness that begets success and not the other way around. And one of the quickest ways to boost your mood is to start by sending someone a quick email every morning. The simplest thing you can do is a two-minute email […]
Lifehacker published an interesting piece on How to avoid a life of regret: According to psychologist Tom Gilovich, lead author on “The Ideal Road Not Taken,” published in the journal Emotion, our regrets that bother us the most involve failing to live up to our “ideal selves.” Basically, we’re not as bothered by the mistakes we’ve made or […]
We have become a plastic society, with celebrities (not leaders) running the world stage and ‘geniuses‘ creating culture. While social media gives everyone a microphone, it also permits mediocrity to rise up to the professional level. When these influencers take public responsibility, they can further colonize large parts of our mind. To echo Hannah Arendt […]
Time is moving at warp speed. But is it time or our habits that permit time to slip into the future? Today’s perception is irreality. We spend more time looking into our devices than we do looking up at the world. What seems like 2 minutes pecking at the phone turns into 20 minutes of […]
Novelty is what keeps us coming back for more. It is the sugar of our existence. Updated iPhone models, fresh tweets, a new day — novelty keeps us interested. Of course, novelty is designed to keep us hooked. We pull the lever at a casino or refresh Instagram because of the variable rewards. We watch […]
How fantastically great and rare it is to immerse ourselves in something (a job, a concert, our art) that removes the friction of anxiety and doubt? The plethora of digital choice impedes the aura of experience and human connection. With so much stimuli, it’s easy to miss the pleasures of a laughing flower, the beauty […]