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Mind-wandering may help enhance creativity, job performance and general well-being, studies show

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When writ­ing a song or a piece of prose, I often choose to let my mind wan­der, hop­ing the muse will strike. If it does, it not only moves my work along but feels great, too!

That’s why I was trou­bled by stud­ies that found an asso­ci­a­tion between mind-wan­der­ing and prob­lems like unhap­pi­ness and depression—and even a short­er life expectan­cy. This research sug­gests that focus­ing one’s thoughts on the present moment is linked to well-being, while spac­ing out—which I per­son­al­ly love to do—is not.

Now, new stud­ies are bring­ing nuance to this sci­ence. Read the rest of this entry »

Forget the Oscars — the Greater Goodies honor Ten Films that Highlight the Growth Mindset, Resilience, Purpose and more

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Everyone’s talk­ing about yesterday’s Acad­e­my Awards—and so we thought we’d give out our own ver­sion of the Oscars, the Greater Good­ies.

Where­as the Acad­e­my of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences rec­og­nizes achieve­ments in act­ing, direct­ing, edit­ing, and so on, the Greater Good staff picked our win­ners for their abil­i­ty to illus­trate spe­cif­ic keys to human well-being, such as growth mind­set, resiliencepur­pose, and for­give­ness.

Some of the movies are action-filled block­busters, like Won­der Woman or Star Wars: The Last Jedi; oth­ers are qui­et inde­pen­dent films like The Flori­da Project and Lady Bird. We hope the Greater Good­ies help you see all of these films in a new light—and per­haps you can apply their insights to your own life.  Read the rest of this entry »

Our health starts and ends with brain health” — Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Improve edu­ca­tion, pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and health via brain enhance­ment from Sharp­Brains

Experts at the lead­ing edge of brain sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy shared best prac­tices to link brain health and men­tal health with wider pri­or­i­ties such as edu­ca­tion­al out­comes, work­place per­for­mance and resilience, life­long learn­ing, gen­er­al hap­pi­ness and well-being. Read the rest of this entry »

Our health starts and ends with brain health” — Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Improve edu­ca­tion, pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and health via brain enhance­ment from Sharp­Brains

Experts at the lead­ing edge of brain sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy shared best prac­tices to link brain health and men­tal health with wider pri­or­i­ties such as edu­ca­tion­al out­comes, work­place per­for­mance and resilience, life­long learn­ing, gen­er­al hap­pi­ness and well-being.

  • Chair: Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer of Ban­ner Health
  • Dr. San­dra Bond Chap­man, Founder and Chief Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Dal­las
  • Scott Paw­son, Sr. Prod­uct Man­ag­er, New Prod­uct Lead at Pear­son Clin­i­cal Assess­ment
  • Dr. Ken­neth Kosik, Co-Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Research Insti­tute at UC-San­ta Bar­bara

This pre­sen­ta­tion took place at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Rein­vent­ing Brain Health in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 6–8th, 2016).

Improving brain fitness literacy in Japan

Shoukei Matsumoto and Alvaro Fernandez. Courtesy of Newsweek Japan

– Shoukei Mat­sumo­to and Alvaro Fer­nan­dez. Cour­tesy of Newsweek Japan

Newsweek Japan just pub­lished this great arti­cle to dis­sem­i­nate lat­est think­ing and research about med­i­ta­tion, brain fit­ness and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, based on Alvaro Fer­nan­dez’ trip last week to dis­cuss How is our soci­etal obses­sion with tech­nol­o­gy chang­ing our health and well-being at the World Forum on Sport and Cul­ture in Tokyo.

Key insights dis­cussed, com­ing from The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­nessnow in Japan­ese!–, includ­ed:

1) We are smarter and health­i­er than ever, so it is not true that tech­nol­o­gy (or Google) is killing our brains.

2) But it’s true is that we are fac­ing grow­ing health and brain chal­lenges. Why? Because, even if we are smarter and health­i­er, our fit­ness is not keep­ing up with the demands on our brains and minds in our increas­ing­ly com­plex work and life envi­ron­ment. Read the rest of this entry »

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