Researchers say obesity is not only caused by genes, but by overweight people being part of social networks of obese individuals. Investigators say the finding helps explain an epidemic of obesity over the past 30 years. VOA’s Jessica Berman reports. Continue reading →
Blinks: A Phenomenon of Distractibility in Attention Deficit Disorder
by James Reisinger, MBA, CLU, CFP, ADD
Where do ADDers go when they space out and why can’t they just say, “I’ll think about that later?” I offer an answer to this question and a glimpse inside the head of a person with ADD. My hope is that this insight may spark a new look at the existing research and prompt confirming studies. I named this peculiar experience a “blink,” an identifiable characteristic that distinguishes the blink phenomenon as an experience unique to ADDers. Others with ADD have called them “skips,” “thoughts racing,” “spacing out,” “tune outs,” “static,” “thoughts,” or “gaps,” because the person skips over, tunes out, or has gaps in awareness of events going on around them.A blink occurs as the ADDers attention involuntarily shifts focus from what is relevant to something irrelevant. This shift from a ‘local” situation (such as talking, reading, or working) to some other internal mental content (e.g., a thought, picture memory, or plan) blocks the local information.People blink their eyelids without noticing the moment of darkness. A “lid closing” during a sneeze is noticeable, more so if driving or doing some action (try keeping your eyes open the next time you sneeze). If a deaf student sat in a lecture and closed his eyes for a few seconds or minutes, it would reduce what he could learn. Continue reading →
Abraham Lincoln said, “People are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.” I agree with Lincoln and think Dan Gilbert has useful and impart on the subject of happiness and contentment.
Dan Gilbert talks about happiness. On TED/WNYC – New York Public Radio
Psychologist Dan Gilbert challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel real, enduring happiness, he says, even when things donâ€™t go as planned. He calls this kind of happiness “synthetic happiness,” and he says it’s “every bit as real and enduring as the kind of happiness you stumble upon when you get exactly what you were aiming for.”
As James Allen wrote in his book, "As A Man Thinketh" Men are the creators of themselves. It is possible to be the conscious and intentional creator and it is possible to be the unconscious and unaware creator of ourselves.
Conscious creation works better for the vast majority of humanity. Conscious creation allows a choice about what it is we will become and strive to become. Without a destination, a goal and a plan on how to arrive at that destination it is unlikely to be achieved.
James Allen, also in his book, "As A Man Thinketh" says nothing comes from nettles but nettles and nothing from corn but corn. I interpret this to mean that if a person sows corn seed corn is the only plant which will grow from that seed.
If a man sows negative thoughts, thoughts of failure and of scarcity it is failure and scarcity which the individual will harvests from that planing whether of actual seed or of thoughts. It is at least as easy to decide what to harvest and plant that seed, think that thought, plan that plan, take that action as it is to focus on the fallacy of a lack of abundance and opportunity.
Life is what a person makes of it. If a person determines to pursue a life of abundance and opportunity that is the life which will present itself and it will present itself as a direct result of thoughts which are the seeds planted in the garden of the mind. The harvest is a choice determined by the each person.