Word Association Exercise

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The Word Association Exercise is a discovery exercise. It is designed to help you explore and uncover your unconscious connections between certain concepts. It is especially useful if you find yourself resistant to a task you know will help you achieve a goal or procrastinating on an idea you believe will make your life better in some way. It can also be used when you feel compelled to do something that you believe would have a negative impact on your life. It can also be useful as a journaling prompt or writing exercise.

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The Why Exercise: What’s My Motivation?

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The Why Exercise examines your automatic assumptions, bias, and programming. If you aren’t getting really annoyed or uncomfortable, it’s a good sign you need to keep digging. Knowing why you believe something or are pursuing a goal is increases your motivation. We’re far more likely to exercise because we believe it will reduce the chance of dementia or to reach our goal of completing the London Marathon than if we plan to exercise because our doctor says we should.

This is a great exercise to use whenever you are thinking of buying something or investing time or money in something especially on impulse or if it increases your debt. The Why Exercise causes you to slow down and examine your motivation — and your priorities.

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Do This One Thing to Change and Protect Your Brain For Life

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Sorry but the One Thing to improve brain health is not the clubbing, but the aerobic dancing.

I know. It sounds like click-bait. But I really, really wanted you to check out this post because brain health is very important to me. And if I’d titled this —

 “30-minutes of aerobic exercise 3-4 times a week can elevate your mood, improve your focus, and protect your brain from age-related degeneration

— you wouldn’t be reading it. But it’s true.

Check out the funny but informative 11-minute TED Talk below.

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Why You Need Enough Sleep (In 18 Minutes or Less)

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You probably aren’t getting enough sleep, or getting enough good sleep.

I know I wasn’t — and still struggle at times to get enough. In my twenties and early thirties, I bragged about sleeping only 5 hours a night and about the times I’d abuse my body with things like 76 hours without sleep or only 12 hours in a week.

In his eye-opening TED Talk, neuroscientist Russell Foster debunks some common myths about sleep and calls us to take sleep seriously as a society. Continue reading “Why You Need Enough Sleep (In 18 Minutes or Less)”

Isolation Is the Dream-killer, Not Your Rotten Attitude

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Social isolation damages our success as well as our mental and physical health. And I speak from personal experience. I’m  terrible at networking — online or in person. So please, take just 18 minutes to watch this delightfully inspiring TEDx talk by Barbara Sher about the power of connection — with strangers.

And discover how you can make your dreams come true.

I’m not kidding.

This is not woo-woo. As a matter of fact, Barbara Sher is going to trash-talk “positive thinking.” (And I’m pretty certain she’d have a few things to say about “The Secret” as well. She apparently doesn’t take any nonsensical guff.)

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