The Benefits of Unplugging

Guest Post by Rebecca Temsen of Self-Development Secrets  The first thing that is likely to come to our mind when we hear the word technology is the world of gadgets and electronic systems. It is not entirely accurate as technology could be more precisely defined as the driving force behind the successful functioning of these electronic items. There's a high percentage of technology lovers because it always keeps changing and people like to stay up to date with the latest advancements. But for others, technology is too fast to keep up with. Because of these reasons, technology has gained mixed perceptions from people belonging to different fields across the globe. Many people use technology to create extra sources of income while some use it as just a way to kill spare time. But one positive aspect of it is the fact that there could be an infinite amount of knowledge in all the fields that could be attained. It was not possible before the technology revolution. Technology and People If we look at the positive aspects, there are infinite ways technology could benefit people. All the substantial involvement of manual efforts in the past have now been replaced by … [Read more...]

Like Songs, Leaders Can Produce Earworms

I woke up today with an earworm. It’s driving me nuts. No doubt you’ve experienced annoying earworms too. You know, that “little fragment, often a bit of the chorus of the song, that just plays and replays like it's stuck on loop in your head,” explains Elizabeth Margulis, director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas and author of On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind. Researchers have found that over 91% of us get a song stuck in our minds—earworms—at least once a week. The term "earworm" originally comes from a translation of the German word 'Ohrwurm'. If you’re a songwriter, earworms are the stuff of dreams. You want your song to stick in people’s minds. Songs like "What Does the Fox Say?" by Ylvis, and The Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out?" are tunes researchers say generate earworms. I've noticed that Meghan Trainor’s "All About That Bass" seems to catalyze earworms in old and young alike. But alas, (most) leaders are not songwriters. If we’re not careful, repetition of catchphrases or buzzwords become earworms that can blow our chance to inspire others or worse, close followers' ears completely. Earworms at Work As an entry-level employee, I … [Read more...]

Jane Austen’s Top Ten Quotes for 21st Century Women

She writes about women and money. She illuminates how difficult it is to be female in a male dominated world. She’s a celebrity without a memoir. She certainly didn't need a sex tape or a reality t.v. show. In fact, she was never even interviewed. Jane Austen attracts readers (and re-readers) like no other. She also attracted her share of haters among the literari–both women and men—like Virginia Woolf and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Much as I love Mark Twain, he was the nastiest: “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin bone!” Seriously. Shame on you, Mr. Twain. You can’t stop us, nothing can. We women love Jane Austen. No, it isn’t because we are all looking for a Mr. Darcy. (Though I have to admit, Darcy’s 10,000 pounds a year is now worth at least $600,000 U.S. dollars annually today, a sum I believe I could live on.) Rather, its Austen’s quick wit and sharp insights that stick with us. That and her incredible ability to reveal truths about human behavior that ring true today. You don’t have to be an Austen fan to appreciate the lessons on how we should expect to be treated, who we need to surround ourselves … [Read more...]

5 Gentle Happiness Reminders

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that “the purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Martin Seligman, considered the father of positive psychology, theorizes that 40% of happiness is really up to us – 60% is determined by genetics and our environment. So what do we do with our 40%? How do we live in state of more purposeful happiness? Here are five gentle reminders, happiness tips drawn from research and life... Get your Zzzzzs Earlier this week on a work call, I heard my colleague’s 3-year old daughter saying, “Don’t be talking on the phone, Mommy, you need to be coloring.” Funnily, within a couple of minutes I could no longer hear her fevered “let’s color” pleas. She’d fallen asleep. Her Mom explained that typically, her daughter gets pretty loud and wound-up just before crashing. I had to admit—sometimes so do I! The director of sleep medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Raymonde Jean, says that a good night's sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety. That’s not just true for 3-year olds, it is definitely true for me too. Let’s allow ourselves more pillow time so that in our waking hours, the choice is be happy is an easy one. Use … [Read more...]

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