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Power Thinking

Organizing information according to new hierarchies

Going Mental

The Upside of Suffering

Paula
over 1 year ago

A few years ago, at mile 20 of my second marathon, I promised myself I would never again run a 26.2 mile race. I had trained impeccably, ran my first mile a little slower than goal pace, as everyone advises, and was primed to shave seven minutes off my previous time and traverse the five boroughs ...

Going Mental

Happiness Favors the Prepared Mind

Happiness_rewards
over 1 year ago

What's the Big Idea? The markers of success in adult life include getting married, having children, making money and finding professional satisfaction. These achievements also have their corresponding failures, such as divorce and financial ruin.  We tend to have misconceptions about all of ...

Going Mental

Lessons in Mindfulness from Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock
over 1 year ago

Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes doesn't suffer fools gladly, but at least he is polite about it. If his behavior appears antisocial, we have to forgive him for it. After all, Sherlock is simply trying to optimize his brain, and the people around him aren't always helpful to that end. What's ...

Going Mental

Power Up Your Brain: Myth vs. Reality

The%20brain
about 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Forget coffee and crosswords. If you want to supercharge your brain, you have to change your lifestyle. But only a few things about it. Here, we lay to rest some of the well-worn myths of power thinking, and give you the facts on what you can do to actually improve mental ...