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Ep. 32 – The Brain Boost of Giving Thanks

There is a crushing consumerism to buy in order to give. This short episode explores how the act of giving thanks returns a gift back to your body and brain. Gratitude is a multiplier. The more that you actively give

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Ep. 30 – How to (Quickly) Make a Connection

As we get back to more people-y activities, there are a few quick tools you can try to turn an interaction into a connection. From extending a quick compliment to posing a curious (but easy) question, never underestimate the

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Ep. 29 – The Secret Productivity Hack: Sleep

Sleep is one of the most overlooked and underrated productivity hacks that we can take in our daily lives. It’s also the thing we often trade in our pursuit of productivity. A recent study showed that two consecutive days of

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Ep. 28 – Brain Food: Recoding Negative Thoughts

Your brain processes 70,000 thoughts each day. These thoughts create patterns that get encoded in our brain. How much of what is encoded is outdated and/or negative information? Like any software system, it’s possible to update our cognitive code

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Ep. 27 – Productivity: Cost Per Distraction

The average adult gets interrupted about every 6 minutes. Each distraction comes with a cost – some that we willingly pay and others that cost more than we initially realize. This conversation looks at the quantity & quality of the

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Ep. 24 – Indecision Is a Decision

The brain, just like the day, is full of activity. Some research has indicated that the average person makes more than 35,000 decisions a day. This episode focuses on the decisions you are not making, and how that

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Ep. 23 – Productivity: The 7 Day Sprint

Odds are you’re more likely to keep promises to others before you keep one to yourself. And that’s from research, not just popular psychology. There is a neural component to promise keeping and promise breaking. When looking at promises related

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Ep. 32 – The Brain Boost of Giving Thanks

There is a crushing consumerism to buy in order to give. This short episode explores how the act of giving thanks returns a gift back to your body and brain. Gratitude is a multiplier. The more that you actively give thanks, the more the brain is programmed to look for positive experiences in your daily life. It’s also a gift with purchase as each effort extended to others rewards you with feel-good hormones. Give thanks, get happy.

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Ep. 31 – The Case for Space: Less Stuff = Happy Brain

We all have places and spaces that have too much stuff, either physically or digitally. A recent experience led me to explore the scientific and psychological impact of more space. This episode also offers three simple tactics to help your brain shift to action vs. indecision to make room for space.

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Ep. 30 – How to (Quickly) Make a Connection

As we get back to more people-y activities, there are a few quick tools you can try to turn an interaction into a connection. From extending a quick compliment to posing a curious (but easy) question, never underestimate the big importance of small things. This episode shares some of the psychology and brain science behind making conversations memorable.

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Ep. 29 – The Secret Productivity Hack: Sleep

Sleep is one of the most overlooked and underrated productivity hacks that we can take in our daily lives. It’s also the thing we often trade in our pursuit of productivity. A recent study showed that two consecutive days of getting less sleep can affect you for up to six days. This conversation looks at how you can power up your productivity by improving how you power down.

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Ep. 28 – Brain Food: Recoding Negative Thoughts

Your brain processes 70,000 thoughts each day. These thoughts create patterns that get encoded in our brain. How much of what is encoded is outdated and/or negative information? Like any software system, it’s possible to update our cognitive code in a way that better serves us.

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Ep. 27 – Productivity: Cost Per Distraction

The average adult gets interrupted about every 6 minutes. Each distraction comes with a cost – some that we willingly pay and others that cost more than we initially realize. This conversation looks at the quantity & quality of the costs of when our attention is scattered, and how to make investments in our attention bank along the way.

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