Tag Archives: Psychology

TED Talk: Why 30 is not the new 20

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine this morning and she told me about this really interesting TED Talk she had watched about “Why 30 is not the new 20″. She warned me that after watching this video, I might feel a greater urgency to get going on defining my twenties.

For anybody who is in their twenties or knows somebody in their twenties. Watch this video! I took 3 pages of notes from this 14 minute talk and I think the ideas are incredibly relevant.

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Lumosity Update – Part 1

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the effectiveness of brain training games like Lumosity. At the time, I’d be using the Lumosity iPhone app on a daily basis to see if I could measure a noticeable difference in the key areas that the Lumosity games are supposed to improve.

I’ve been continuing to use the Lumosity iPhone app as well as the Lumosity website games to train my brain. So far, my scores have been improving on a weekly basis. At first, the scores increased dramatically, and now they are increasing incrementally.

So the real question is, how are the brain training Lumosity games actually helping me in real life? Well, first off, I’ve been using Lumosity in the mornings to exercise my brain before getting to work and I notice that my creativity and “awakeness” has improved. Some of the Lumosity games actually stress me out a little bit so that helps for waking me up.

I’ve also noticed a slight improvement in my focus, especially in brainstorming and project work. Another added benefit I’ve noticed is that I feel like i’m sharper in terms of thinking quickly on my feet.

Finally, my memory in terms of recalling facts from reading or conversations has improved as well. I’ve definitely noticed this as I’ve had tons of meetings over the last little while and there is often a lot of little details to remember.

I’ve only been using Lumosity for six weeks now, so we’ll see what happens at the end of 90 days. The challenge is that although I am noticing an improvement in the areas I mentioned above, I’m not sure if this can be directly attributed to Lumosity or to other factors that i’m not thinking about.

I’ll check back with you at the end of my 90 trial period!

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Shawn Achor and the Happiness Advantage

A good friend of mine forwarded me this very informative and inspiring TED Talk by Shawn Achor. Shawn Achor is one of the leading researchers in the field of positive psychology. I heard about Shawn’s work a few years ago when he did an interview with Success Magazine.

This video is fantastic and includes some interesting stats including:

– Only 25% of job success is attributed to intelligence.

– 75% of job success is attributed to external factors such as optimism, social support and the ability to see stress as a challenge and not a threat.

– 90% of our happiness comes from what’s going on in our internal world and not our external environment.

If you like this TED talk, I would highly recommend Shawn’s book the “Happiness Advantage” (book review to come) and “Happier” by Tal Ben-Shahar.