I firmly believe that chronically ill people should not have New Years resolutions. This is because we have goals throughout the year to benefit our health in some way that we carry on with. Many goals. Not one. How lame it would be to say as a resolution 'I am totally going to exercise... oh,… Continue reading New years resolution
Blink is by Malcolm Gladwell The blurb: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell is a non-fiction book about the unconscious mind. In particular, though the part of the unconscious mind we automatically use to make split-second decisions, what he calls 'thin-slicing'. We like to believe our rational mind weighs facts and… Continue reading Book Review: Blink
Can a Great Read Affect Your Brain Chemistry? Researchers began the 19-day study by performing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on the students’ brains while they were in a resting state for the first five days of the study, before the subjects read Pompeii. Then, over the next nine days, the students read sections of… Continue reading Is that awesome book affecting your brain? Looks like
Wandering minds are associated with creativity. Popular wisdom tells you to live in the moment.
So is it better to be unfocused or focused?
Let’s look at the research.
The Upside of Mind Wandering
You spend up to 8 minutes of every hour daydreaming. Your mind will probably wander for 13% of the time it takes you to read this post. Some of us spend 30-40% of our time daydreaming.
Do you remember what the previous paragraph was about? It’s OK, I’m not offended. Chances are that your mind will wander for up to eight minutes for every hour that you spend reading this book. About 13 percent of the time that people spend reading is spent not reading, but daydreaming or mind-wandering. But reading, by comparison to other…
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I admit I have watched the movie Pride and Prejudice several times... but Never read the book. Normally I would read the book first before ever watching the movie. It is just one of those books that I never had any desire to read to be honest. Then after watching the movie I was going… Continue reading I admit it….
You know you are a writer when even your dreams are consumed by characters... not you. By plot-lines and magic and fictional lands and mystery. I love dreaming for that. However, even awake I am consumed by these plots and ideas. I will start daydreaming at the oddest of times. Have these mini conversations in… Continue reading Half in the parallel universe
I am reading Jason (An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novel) by Laurell K. Hamilton which is a novella I picked up at the pharmacy because I have read her books before. I love the early Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. I admit as the series turned from urban fantasy to more erotica I was a… Continue reading Book: Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton
I imagine my life is full of missed opportunities, but as someone with chronic illness and chronic pain it does not do well to linger on them or the past. We often have a problem thinking a little too much about times when we were 'better' and what we 'could have accomplished'. The road of… Continue reading Writing prompt: Missed that
“Out with the old; in with the new.” This is the way that one of the best-known photographers on Instagram, Richard Koci Hernandez, chose to announce that he will delete all of his images from the photo-sharing social media platform on Dec. 6.
But though the move may surprise some, it has been brewing for some time in Hernandez, and ties in with his firm desire to start fresh.
“What I really wanted to do was a lot more dramatic,” he told TIME. “I wanted to delete the originals as well and move on. I was kind of standing on this photographic cliff and my wife and friends pulled me back from that cliff.”
Nourished by the idea that photography should have a finite lifespan, Hernandez says he felt dismayed that the Internet didn’t “really respect time in the way I think it should.”
“Of course, who am I…
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We know how most people spend their time. What can research tell us about the best way to spend our time?
- Maybe you’re a night owl. You don’t want to get out of bed. There’s a way to get out of that habit. And it’s important because your mood in the morning affects your entire day.
- Is it Monday? Don’t worry, it won’t be as bad as you think. (On the other hand, Fridays aren’t that great, either.)
- There are many reasons why a shower in the morning makes you feel so good and it might even make you more creative.
- Don’t skip breakfast, it can lead to murder. Then again maybe starving is better for your health. Have some coffee — here’s everything you need to know about it, including the best way to use it.
- Commuting makes everyone…
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It is the start of that time of year where there are a lot of social obligations. Not really the sort of time as an introvert that really excites me. I enjoy some gatherings, if small and of people I know well. Large ones, not so much. And they are draining unless you can get… Continue reading Remember to take your introvert out this holiday season
I love to procrastinate. It is a hobby of mine. To get out of it I ‘just do it’ to get it done and off my mind. Because I hate to worry.
I meant to write this piece two weeks ago. I created a Word document and fully intended to start banging away on my Mac. But I had to contact some experts for advice, and that can be time-consuming, so I decided it might be better to push the story to the side for a day, and tackle something a little easier. The next day, unfortunately, I kind of had a brain freeze—that happens sometimes—so I figured I’d put it off for another day, when I had a little more mojo. Thing was, I wasn’t all that inspired the following day either. And then my allergies kicked in, I popped a Benadryl, and…well you get the picture, right?
So here it is, a week and change later, and I’m finally rolling up my sleeves to work on this story about—wait for it—procrastination.
Embarrassed? You betcha. But while I may not be…
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