Three Kick-ass Things I like - The Blog Post:

Three Kick-ass Things I like - The Blog Post:

1. Decisions decisions:

I recently listened to the Hidden Brain podcast: You 2.0: Decide Already.

Despite the intro below, what resonated for me is the evidence that once we COMMIT to a decision, our brains get to work on convincing us that it was the right decision.

Here we are, spending so much time weighing up what is the best thing to do, when in reality, just taking action - messy action, even - is the best thing to do.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

How great would it be to win a new car? How horrible would it be to get laid off from your job? Research by psychologist Dan Gilbert at Harvard University suggests the answers are: not that great and not that horrible, respectively.

Among the many things Dan Gilbert studies are our predictions about how we'll feel about future events. One of the most important questions we ask when making any decision is, "How will this make me feel?" But no matter how much time we spend thinking about the future, we don't get any better at predicting it. That's why, as Gilbert writes in his book Stumbling on Happiness, divorce lawyers and people who remove tattoos continue to have a steady stream of customers.

This week, Shankar talks to Dan Gilbert about where we go wrong in making our predictions and how we can use this research to lead happier lives.

2.  Reticular Activation System and Google

Ever noticed that once you type something into Google, it thinks you immensely like that thing?  For example, I recently went vegan, so a lot of my searches are related... and now every second news item in Google is about something or other vegan.  As if this is all I'm interested in.  Ever stop to wonder how much more stuff is going on in the world besides what you are being shown on Google, FB, Insta... What would you be aware of without the filters and algorithms of the world's largest search and social engines?  

but... also interesting, is that our Reticular Activation System - the thing that biologically helps us to focus on what is important, filters out stuff that our brain decides we don't need to see.  Or rather, highlights what it thinks is useful because it's what we've been thinking about it.  Ever notice that when you want new white trainers, all of a sudden everyone is wearing white trainers?  

Think about this: 

Every time you say, I can't... your brain is hearing that and making it a reality.  What happens when you start to say, I CAN?  

3.  Our brains continue to amaze me. 

Did you know there is evidence we can grow our brains and create our realities?  The basal ganglia [I like saying that!] helps with creating a routine and making things easier and shifting out of effort and into automatic.  

Think about this:  How can we make our intentions into reality?  

Hmmm... I'm sensing a theme here that I didn't notice before, and I'm off to master my mind. 

Which of these pieces of science resonate the most with you? Let me know in the comments or hit reply.

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