Saturday, March 24, 2012

Boost Your Memory!

7 Simple Ways To Improve Your Memory :

1. Write about your problems.
A more efficient working memory contributes to better learning, planning, reasoning and more. One way to increase working memory capacity indirectly is through expressive writing.

2. Look at a natural scene.
Nature has a magical effect on us. In one study people who walked around an arboretum did 20% better on a memory test than those who went for a walk around busy streets.

3. Say words aloud.
A study found memory improvements of 10% for words said out loud or even just mouthed : a relatively small gain, but a tiny cost.

4. Meditate ( a bit )
In one recent study, participants who meditated for 4 sessions of only 20 minutes, once a day, saw boosts to their working memory and other cognitive functions.

5. Predict your performance.
When Meier et al (2011) tested people's prospective memory ( remembering to do something in the future ), they found that trying to predict performance was beneficial. On some tasks people's performance increased by almost 50%.

6. Use your body to encode memories.
We don't just think with our minds, we can also use gestures to encode memories.

7. Use your body to remember.
Since our bodies are important in encoding a memory, they can also help retrieving it. We are able to retrieve positive memories when we are happy.

Probably the best way of improving your overall cognitive health is exercise. Studies regularly find that increasing aerobic fitness is particularly good for executive function and working memory.

" Tell me and I'll forget,
Show me and I may remember,
Involve me and I'll understand "
~ Chinese proverb ~


credits: wikipedia, psyBlog

Saturday, March 17, 2012

You're The Boss Of Your Own Art . . .Be Creative!

" To draw, you must close your eyes and sing " ~ Pablo Picasso

Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new that has some kind of value. To be creative is a fun way to get things done. Being creative is a positive mental attitude. It is an attitude that opens door to vast opportunities.

Ways to develop your creativity :

1. Solving problem.
It is the best way to exercise your creativity.

2. Do it your way.
Express yourself with your own style . . Different from others.

3. Attention to details.
Pay attention to each step of your work. Discover new ideas and improve upon.

4. Manifest your imagination.
Take action to work your ideas.

5. Change.
Be proactive. Take risks. Do things that you have not done to seek progress and improvement.

6. Be productive.
Efficient and effective. Be innovative.

7. Read, see and observe.
Be inspired.

8. Work on it mindfully.
Do it with all your heart and soul.

9. Take a break.
Take time to relax.

10. To simplify.
Do less and get more done.



credits : wikipedia,,

Friday, March 16, 2012

" Discover, Analyze & Solve it . . . . . Problem Solving "

" It's not that I'm so smart,
It's just that I stay with problems longer "
~ Albert Einstein ~

Problem solving is a mental process which is the concluding part of the larger problem process that includes problem finding and problem shaping where problem is defined as a state of desire for the reaching of a definite goal from a present condition that either is not directly moving toward the goal, is far from it or needs more complex logic for finding a missing description of conditions or steps toward the goal.

There are seven main steps to follow when trying to solve a problem. These steps are as follows :

1. Define and identify the problem.
Clearly understand the problem.
~ Develop a problem statement : Make sure the problem is limited in scope so that it is small enough to realistically tackle and solve.
~ State the goal : Stating the goal provides a focus and direction.
~ Considerations.

2. Analyze the problem.
In this stage of problem solving, questions should be asked and information gathered and

3. Identifying possible solutions.
" The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas " ~ Grift Niblacks
~ Brainstorming
~ Buzz groups
~ Nominal groups
~ Delphi methods
~ Fantasy chaining
~ Focus groups
~ Methaphorical thinking
~ Considerations

4. Selecting the best solutions.
6 steps to decision making.
" Decision making can be seen as bringing one into an ambivalent relationship with both power and responsibility " ~ Michael Lerner

5. Evaluating solutions.

6. Develop an action plan.

7. Implement the solution.


credits : wikipedia,,

Monday, March 12, 2012

"The Early Bird Catches The Worm"

~ Success comes to those who prepare well and put in effort ~

~ Whoever arrives first has the best chance of success; some opportunities are only available to the first competitors ~

~ If you start something early, you stand a better chance of success ~

If we want to achieve our goal, we must get an early start. If we do something early or before anyone else, we will have an advantage and be successful. This proverb teaches us that Procrastination leads to lost opportunities.
If you are a student, it is best to study early and in small Increments well before your test. Don't "Drag Your Feet" in preparation! Don't Cram the night before the exam.

Vocabulary :
Procrastination - to delay doing something
Drag your feet - to delay, to do something too slowly
Cram - to prepare hastily for test
Increment - a small change by which something is made larger




Sunday, March 4, 2012

" We Are Born With Certain Needs "

" Life is about being yourself.
Someone only you can be ...
Someone only you can understand ...
Someone that is unlike everyone else.
Someone that doesn't copy others to look the same.
Someone who is extremely unique.
Because You Are You "

~ Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs ~

Abraham Maslow believed that we are aware of our motives and drives for the most part and that without the obstacles of life, we would all become psychologically healthy individuals with a deep understanding of ourselves and an acceptance of the world around us.

Maslow's most well known contribution is the hierarchy of needs and this is often used to summarize the belief system of humanistic psychology. The basic premise behind this hierarchy is that " we are born with certain needs ". Without meeting these initial needs, we will not be able to continue our life and move upward on hierarchy.

The final level in the hierarchy is called the need for self-actualization. Self-actualization refers to a complete understanding of the self. To be self-actualized means to truly know who you are. Where you belong in the greater society, and to feel accomplished all that you have set out to accomplish. It means to no longer feel shame or guilty, or even hate, but to accept the world and see human nature as inherently good.

Many people likely tried to place themselves on one of the five levels of the pyramid. This may be an easy task for some, but many struggle with the ups and downs of life. For many of us, life is not that straight forward. We often have one foot in one level, the other foot in the next level, and are reaching at times trying to pull ourselves up while making sure we don't fall backward at the other times.

The goal of mankind, however, is to keep an eye on the top of pyramid and to climb as steadily as possible. We may stumble at times and we may leap forward at times. No matter how far we all backward, however, the road back up is easier since we already know the way.

" Strength and growth come only through continues effort and struggle : KEEP STRUGGLING "