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Positive | brain, how your mind works

Who Do You Think You Are?: Epigenetics - How Your Brain Works #3

Our genes are inherited. They are a part of our nature. They determine who we are. They’re our blueprint. But are we limited by them? Well, the dispiriting idea that our genes are unalterable has received significant re-evaluation over the… Read more
Positive | brain, how your mind works, neuroplasticity

Sculpting Positivity: Neuroplasticity - How Your Brain Works #2

‘Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.’ – Santiago Ramon y Cajal He is heralded as the father of modern neuroscience, but Santiago Ramon y Cajal is mostly reserved to the unglamorous… Read more
Positive | hearts and minds

A ‘Thank You’ Goes a Long Way - Hearts and Minds #4

It’s your birthday, or Christmas. A day of pleasantries and presents. Uh oh. You rip open the wrapping paper only to find a pair of socks from your earnestly smiling relatives. This rouses an awkward feeling of disappointment and a… Read more
Positive | hearts and minds

Why We Don’t Do What We Know We Should Do And Why We Do What We Know We Shouldn’t - Hearts and Minds #3

“To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.” – Mark Twain “I can resist anything except temptation.” – Oscar Wilde Thinking of… Read more
Positive | data and measurement

Small Steps Towards Giant Leaps - Data and Measurement #1

So you’re in the pub and this guy to your right is telling you about his astronaut sister who flew to the moon and he’s uber-excited about it, showing real energy and enthusiasm, but he ends up stuttering and stalling… Read more
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The Winner Who Doesn’t Think About Winning - Hearts and Minds #2

‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…’ – Rudyard Kipling Have you ever felt overburdened by a deadline, or a presentation, or the prospect of a job interview? In each case, you’re desperate to… Read more
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Learning to Climb – Transitions #1

“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” – David Foster Wallace You go to school. You do pretty well. You go to a capital ‘U’ University. You do pretty… Read more
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Madelaine, Memory, and Maddening Bosses - How Your Brain Works #1

‘And suddenly the memory returns.’ – Marcel Proust, À la Recherché du Temps Perdu We can all remember that time a teacher chastised us, or a boss admonished us, or the first time your parent told you that eating the… Read more
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Hearts and Minds Divided - Hearts and Minds #1

‘And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays’ – William Shakespeare Where are we? Nowadays. An interesting but undervalued word; not the first that strikes you in ole’ Bill’s lament. But, mind you, that… Read more