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<3 The heart and mind are connected, but +Scott Barry Kaufman explains it so much better in the +The Creativity Post! 
Merely alleviating anxiety and stress don’t necessarily lead to better life outcomes. Positive characteristics, such as optimism, vitality, meaning, and subjective life satisfaction are immensely important in their own right and can lead to better cardiovascular health.
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"It is important to take risks. Most of Thomas Edison's stuff is really crap. He actually had in his generation some of the worst ideas; he just happened to have one or two things that were the best of all time. So it’s okay to have lots of horrible stuff if you can eventually get it together."
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+Scott Barry Kaufman I was going to comment on a post about unconscious racist behavior and thought better of it. But your post here reminds me I was going to admit I have an internal voice that has to be actively suppressed. I dread the thought of being in a nursing home someday and unable to edit myself. On a good day I don't filter bad language well. On the other hand, when I'm unhappy I can produce good poetry and when I'm really happy, I can come up with several novel research topics per happy period. Perhaps not highly productive, but not too shabby.
Right now I'm trying to figure out how to frame questions for researching why younger students tend to use image search in preference to text. It's puzzling. :)
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My entire childhood I felt as though everyone other than me– parents, teachers, other students– were all in on some great secret. Once I grew older, and started challenging assumptions about myself and the world, I started to realize that it was I, who in fact, was in on the great secret. The great secret is that there is no great secret. There is no secret formula, secret gatekeeper, secret key to universal success. While some people in a position of authority and expertise may act as though they are in on the secret, they aren’t. We are all just trying to make our own meaning out of this world, and there are many paths to fulfillment. Once I realized this, it freed me up to explore the world on my own terms. It was one of the most freeing realizations of my life. Thought I’d share the secret.
My entire childhood I felt as though everyone other than me-- parents, teachers, other students-- were all in on some great secret. Once I grew older, and
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Study Maps Extroversion Types in the Brain's Anatomy

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/mri-gray-matter-brain-extroverts-1804/.

Everyday experience and psychological studies alike tell us that there are two different types of extroverts: The gregarious "people-persons" who find reward in sharing affection and affiliation with others, and the ambitious "go-getters" who flash those bright-white smiles in their pursuit of achievement and leadership agendas. A new study shows that these overlapping yet distinct personalities have commensurately overlapping yet distinct signatures in the anatomy of the brain.

The research is in Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

Research: "The neuroanatomical delineation of agentic and affiliative extraversion" by Erica N. Grodin and Tara L. White in Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience doi:10.3758/s13415-014-0331-6

Image: Voxel-based morphometry allows researchers to detect the volume of gray matter in different regions of the brain. Areas marked in red are associated with higher volumes in people exhibiting the personality trait of agentic extroversion. Image credit: White lab/Brown University.

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...we shape our own attention systems in our brains
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Dreaming Big! Thank you Peter for the gift and reminder to dream often and dream big. @peterhreynolds 
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The Creative Life may not always be pleasant, but stick with it, because it can ultimately lead to a deeper and more meaningful sense of well-being.
The Creative Life is full of new possibilities, discoveries, exploration, experimentation, self-expression, and invention. It's a habit, a way of being, a style of existing. But ...
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LATE FOR WHAT?! CBS Sunday Morning segment on late blooming can be viewed here!
There ARE second acts in American lives, in spite of a cultural ageism that favors early achievers
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want to know the first myth about positive emotions before you pursue happiness or try to help others on the quest to well-being?
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Infants regulate positive emotions through gaze aversion.
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Look what I resurrected from the dustbin of my youth.
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University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Professor and bestselling author Adam Grant presents some heartening research on how being a giver can lead to success. In this episode we chat about a plethora of topics, including the meaning of friendship, introversion, takers, and fakers, and the importance of challenging dogmatic science.
 
University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Professor and bestselling author Adam Grant presents some heartening research on how being a giver can lead to success. He and Scott chat about a plethora of topics, including the meaning of friendship, introversion, takers, and fakers, and the importance of challenging dogmatic science.
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Other person    You        Word
happy               happy    mudita
sad                   happy    shadenfreude
happy               sad        envy
sad                   sad        sympathy*

*technically, "sympathy" can also be applied to happy/happy, but the common usage is for sad/sad.
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