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Are You Feeding on Your Pain... Past Its Expiration Date?

Nancy Colier | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

The shelf life of most intense feelings is quite short. A strong feeling, which is not fed by our thoughts about it, can pass through us in a rather short time. It is our mind that, counter-intuitively, does not want us to let go of our pain.

The Big Lesson About Jealousy I Learned From My Daughter

Doug Zeigler | Posted 03.28.2014 | Parents
Doug Zeigler

Jealousy can be lots of things. It can be a show of how much you love someone and desire to protect them. It can also be a horrid thing where you envelop them instead of trusting them and letting them grow into themselves.

There Are No More Tables for Two

Nancy Colier | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

These days, when couples go out to eat together, the first thing they do is pull out their devices, if they are not already in their clutches, and place them on the table between each other.

Introducing Micro Content

Adrienne Becker | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Adrienne Becker

There is one law in the media industries today from which all others derive: Attention is the currency of our culture. With attention, you can move markets. Without it, you blip and fade -- at best.

Awareness Bound and Unbound

David Loy | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion
David Loy

In place of the usual Buddhist warnings about clinging and attachment, many of us now have the opposite problem: an inability to concentrate on one thing.

Kids, Tech and Those Shrinking Attention Spans

Diana Graber | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

It's convenient for those of us who can remember a time when there were no distracting digital devices clamoring for our attention to place the blame for shortened attention spans squarely on the shoulders of technology. But that doesn't really get us anywhere, does it?

Is Information a 21st Century Value?

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 02.24.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

A few years back, I came across a fascinating article about the impact that the Internet has had on the way that people read. The author, Nicholas Car...

The 30 Second Habit That Can Have a Big Impact On Your Life

Robyn Scott | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Robyn Scott

Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds -- no more, no less -- to write down the most important points.

But Really... What's in a Name?

Natalie Bounassar | Posted 04.14.2014 | College
Natalie Bounassar

The simple act of acknowledging someone by name fuels them -- tasks on the lower level are done with more enthusiasm, with more precision, with greater desire for accuracy, with a refusal to disappoint. It's an exchange of value.

Mental Health on the Go

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.09.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Severe, debilitating anxiety has afflicted Scott Stossel his entire life, a life he describes in his morbidly fascinating new memoir, My Age of Anxiety. His case may be especially tormenting, but he is far from alone in this plight.

Addicted to Online Video Games? Don't Worry, You're Far From Alone

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

You may have heard about the cognitive benefits of video game playing for middle-aged and older adults.

Relationships in 2014: Ours Is A Society That Could Use a Hug

Robert Hall | Posted 03.24.2014 | Weddings
Robert Hall

Distrusted, disengaged, lonely -- it is what you would expect from a society increasingly going it alone.

What James Franco Taught Me About Selfies as a Tool for Self-Actualization

Schuyler Brown | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Schuyler Brown

Perhaps, I thought, the fact that we live our lives in public now is not just a quirk of social media, but a chance for us to step into the limelight, to push ourselves beyond our own comfort zones.

The Sneaky Trap That's Hurting Your Decision-Making

Francesca Gino | Posted 02.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Francesca Gino

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOur thinking is hindered by an overly narrow focus on the problem at hand. The result? We miss information that could help us make better decisions.

Our Powerful And Fragile Attention

Linda Stone | Posted 02.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Stone

What if I told you that the way we are talking about attention is part of the problem? Our conversation about distraction, multitasking, and the stern command to focus, actually creates a level of stress, anxiety, and shame.

Paying Attention In Digital Times

Daniel Herwitz | Posted 02.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Daniel Herwitz

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLost in distraction, we exist on autopilot and habit. Paying attention creates an opportunity for change.

If You Could Control Someone's Attention, What Would You Do With It?

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
Mark Bertin, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLost in distraction, we exist on autopilot and habit. Paying attention creates an opportunity for change.

Yoga And The Brain: How To Be Attentive Through Spirituality

Elena Brower | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
Elena Brower

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAnd in our experience of a lazy brain, somehow it all seems as though it's 'happening' to us, rather than an inner state we've (subconsciously) created. Time to train our brains, by educating the guards at the gates.

Is Free Will A Magic Trick?

Melissa Burkley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
Melissa Burkley, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgExternal forces whittle down our choices in unconscious ways; tricking us into thinking we have more free will than we really do

WATCH: Keep A Close Eye On What This Master Thief Does Next

TEDTalks | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

apollo robbinsWhat can a pickpocket teach us about the art of getting people's attention? A lot - if you can keep up with him. Watch expert thief Apollo Robbins in action and see if you can figure out how he does it.

How Smartphones Behave Like Children

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Technology
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

We all know that kids like smartphones. But in some important ways, smartphones are like kids.

The Only Advice You'll Need To Start Meditating

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

Meditation isn't a one-size-fits-all kinda thing. I always recommend that you start somewhat loose. Commit without overcommitting or feeling like to you have to force it.

Mindfulness for Fathers: Giving Your Child Secret Space

Matthew Remski | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents
Matthew Remski

Our son Jacob is thirteen months. From dawn till dusk he treads the threshold between the togetherness we share with him and the secret space he is beginning to find in himself. At this age -- all ages pass so quickly! -- the contrast between the two is most visible in his relationship to books.

Be Impeccable When You Speak and Your Children Will Be, Too

Maureen Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

Learning how to speak well won't guarantee your little pumpkin will get into an elite college or land a great job when he graduates. But I can't think of a single thing in life that's made more difficult by effective communication.

Why We Should Stop Doing So Many Things At Once

Michael Taft | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Taft

The antidote to doing too many things at once, is of course, to only do one thing at a time. That's the most basic definition of concentration: doing one thing at a time.