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Just as we go to the gym, head out for a run, and go on diets to improve the health of our bodies, our minds too require us to take care of them. Without proper maintenance, they will decline in many facets, our mental capacities will suffer. Certain activities can not only keep our brain in good shape, they can improve upon it, making us better thinkers.

Is Your To-Do List Corrupting Your Mind?

“To attain the lofty heights of our society, one must possess nearly-psychotic focus. This focus comes at the cognitive expense of being able to see novel relationships among unrelated concepts.” —Andrew Smart, Autopilot We’ve been imbued with a notion that if we’re not doing something, and doing it in the most efficient way possible, we’re…

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Brain Training—Apps Don’t Work, Here’s What Does

For serval years now brain training applications for smartphones and computers have claimed to improve our mental abilities. The purported benefits include a better working memory, improved problem solving abilities, and greater focus. What research has found, however, is that these games really don’t do that much. They might be enjoyable, but in terms of…

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The Psychology of Sticking To Your Diet

When it comes to dieting we often choose to rely on our self-control–a notoriously fragile construct. It’s not easy walking past processed foods in the supermarket without picking up a snack. It’s not easy mustering the strength to cook a proper meal after a long day at the office. It’s not easy to order a…

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Relinquish Control and Embrace Uncertainty

In every moment of every day, we’re making predictions. Those predictions are mostly unconscious–we expect to see our bed when we walk into the room, we expect to get running water when we turn the tap, we expect our partners voice to sound the same as we remember it. As Benedict Carey writes: “The brain…

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Setting Goals With Hunter S. Thompson and Jean-Paul Sartre

We set goals with the best of intentions, to improve upon our lives. But we’ve never really given enough thought to how we set them, and perhaps more importantly, how we go about achieving them. There are two underlying problems we can run into: We set our goals as end points, as things to achieve rather…

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The Importance of How We Frame Our Self-Control

“The ant in Aesop’s fable instinctively knows what it has to do to prepare for the future, and when summer comes it drags off the food it will need for the winter. But we don’t have the ant’s instincts, and evolution has not yet adapted our brain for dealing concretely with the distant future.” — Walter…

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How To Make Both Your Selves Happy

“Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi makes the distinction between enjoyment…

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A Quick Guide To Knowledge And Intelligence

“Beauty fades, dumb is forever.” — Judge Judy What constitutes knowledge? I know that I have two hands, I also know how to make them type on my keyboard, and I know the language in which I’m typing. Are these all the same forms of knowledge? They’re likely all stored as unique patterns of neurons that fire…

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