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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

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Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Discover the Secrets of Happy Families

November 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." So writes Tolstoy in the famous opening lines to Anna Karenina. It is well then that Bruce Feiler offers 200 new ideas on how to make a happier family in his new book, The Secrets of Happy Families.

Of course, nobody can attempt to try all 200 ideas, and, following the Anna Karenina principle, not every solution works for every unique problem. So Feiler, in a workshop on Big Think Mentor, has structured his lessons into small, simple and actionable plans. 

"To me, the biggest takeaway is you don’t need some master plan," Feiler says. "You don’t need some big, new scheme that’s going to be hard to set up and impossible to follow. You need to take small steps and accumulate small wins.  What’s the secret to a happy family? Try."

In the video below, Feiler shares examples from his own family, backed up by the latest research that shows that kids who plan their own schedules, or create their own rewards systems, "are actually building up their brains," Feiler says. "Their cortexes are getting bigger and they are taking more control over their lives."

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