Mindculture for Kids and Adults – New Facebook Page

Mindculture for Kids and Adults - My New Facebook Page

Mindculture for Kids and Adults – My New Facebook Page

Dear All, I started a new Facebook page, Mindculture for Kids and Adults.

Your mind is your greatest asset.
This page is dedicated to sharing info on the art and science of mind culture from cradle to grave.

If your focus in self improvement is business oriented, you may also want to visit my Business Trainer Sri Lanka Facebook page.

Please visit, like and follow. And share the good news with your friends and family.

Thanks

Nilooka

 

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3 Things You Can Do to Improve Happiness and Well-being

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Here’s what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a leading expert on well-being and author of Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience says you can do to improve happiness and well-being:

  • Be attuned to what gives you genuine satisfaction. Although many people assume that popular activities like watching TV are enjoyable, their own reports generally indicate that they feel more engaged, energetic, satisfied and happy when doing other things.
  • Study yourself. To better understand their own happiness, Csikszentmihalyi says, people should systematically record their activities and feelings every few hours for a week or two. In recording your observations, try to focus on how you actually feel, rather than what you think you ought to be feeling or what you expect to feel. Afterwards, note the high points, particularly, and the low ones. Then try to adjust how you spend time according to your findings.
  • Take control. Repairing unhappy conditions requires active effort. People often assume external conditions will change for the better or let chance determine their response. That’s a mistake. “Get control,” Csikszentmihalyi says. When things aren’t right, “you have to put in the same effort you would if your business were in trouble. Just as markets move, life changes too.”

The above is an excerpt from a Time magazine article. Click on link for the original article, Getting Serious About Happiness, by Jeremy Caplan.

 

Rewiring Your Emotions (via Mindful.org)

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Think you’re destined to respond the same way emotionally to the same old triggers?

Not necessarily so, says Sharon Begley. With a little mind training, you can chart new pathways. 

Here’s the full article: Rewiring Your Emotions

 

 

Neuroscientists and psychologists find links between handwriting and learning (NYT article)

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Have you entirely given up on handwriting? Do you still believe it helps you organize your thoughts even if you work on a computer to put together a document? Well, you may be right.

Here’s what a New York Times science article, What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades, says:

“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain.

“And it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn’t realize,” he continued. “Learning is made easier.”

You can read the complete article at the above link.

Here are a few more links you’d find interesting:

Please don’t let your kids give up on cursive altogether. And try writing something yourself, especially if it has to do with learning important things.

What are your character strengths?

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Shown above in visual format are what researchers in the field of positive psychology call character strengths. There are 24 and each of us have many of these to some degree. What are yours?

There are online tests to see where you stand on each one. How far or lower they are ranked.

Here’s one link (for which you must register, but its free):

I am nearing the end of a Coursera online course by the RELAY Graduate School of Education. While the  course is about Teaching Character and Creating Positive Class Rooms the course content is very useful for everyone. Many of us participants are benefiting personally in terms of figuring out our real character strengths and also weak areas.

The discussion forums are brimming with great ideas on how to use this info with kids in classrooms, outside, and at home.

Even though it may be too late to take part in the course, you may want to check out the videos and understand the concepts. There are lots of resources for you to check out as well. The course ends in a week or so.

But you can download the content for future reference provided you register in the course. Hopefully it will run again sometime.

The course is led by Dave Levin whose work with KIPP academies is mentioned in the book How Children Succeed. Other people I read about in that book, like Dr Angela Duckworth and Dominic Randolph, another educator like Dave Levin, are interviewed.

There are real case studies from real class rooms in action.

Researchers into relevant topics are also interviewed. These include:

As I’d read many things about the course content, including the above books, I found it even more interesting. Especially the explore section with additional resources.

Check this out. You’ll thank your self and your kids will thank you too.

Responding positively to provocative people and situations

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We all come across these; annoying or provocative situations and people.

Often we lose our cool and do or say things we regret later. Is it possible to avoid that? To keep our cool? Here’s a booklet on Positive Response – How to Meet Evil With Good
It is based on Buddhist texts translated and explained by Acharya Buddharakkhita.
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