Why being busy is a modern sickness

We have to practice doing nothing more often.

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  • Constantly being busy is neurologically taxing and emotionally draining.
  • In his new book, Jon Kabat-Zinn writes that you're doing a disservice to others by always being busy.
  • Busyness is often an excuse for the discomfort of being alone with your own thoughts.
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10 common traits of self-actualized people

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is updated for the 21st century in a new study.

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  • Maslow's famous "Hierarchy of Needs" describes different levels of human motivation.
  • A new study updates the hierarchy through modern methods.
  • The research shows that self-actualized people share 10 specific traits.
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How hands-on learning fires up your brain

To strengthen your mind, work with your hands, says former astronaut Leland Melvin.

  • Learning is a mental and physical pursuit, says retired astronaut Leland Melvin.
  • Recalling his childhood, Melvin explains how working with his dad to turn a $500 bread truck into a family RV camper ultimately made him a better astronaut, able to maneuver the $2-billion dollar Columbus Laboratory out of the payload bay of a shuttle and attach it to the International Space Station.
  • Experiential learning — like hands-on DIY, engineering kits, and Duplo games — wires your brain for problem solving from a young age. It's a leg-up we can all give to the children in our lives.
  • "[W]hen we let [kids] build and create and it's meaningful and it helps them solve a problem, that gets them thinking about how they can be change makers themselves and how they can be scientists and engineers," says Melvin.

Multitasking actually does boost performance. Wait, what?

A new study re-assesses multitasking.

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  • Multitasking may have some value after all — as a useful illusion
  • A new study shows that simply believing you're multitasking helps performance
  • Try this for yourself and see what happens
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How 'creativity sprints' can get your creative brain going

Need to kick-start your creativity? This technique can really help.

  • The best way to become more creative? Exercise your creativity like you would your body.
  • Set realistic expectations. Nobody is going to become the best immediately and write an amazing novel, or what have you, in a week.
  • Curiosity is the fuel that drives creativity. Pick a big goal and find out every small aspect about it to break it down.
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