Screen time linked to lower brain development in preschoolers

November 6th, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

Screen time use by infants, toddlers and preschoolers has exploded over the last decade, concerning experts about the impact of tele­vi­sion, tablets and smart­phones on these crit­ical years of rapid brain devel­op­ment. Read full article: Fox2now​.com, “Screen time linked to lower brain devel­op­ment in preschoolers”

The Importance of Doing Nothing: Art of Relaxation

August 5th, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

A visit to Italy will soon have you embracing the concept of dolce far niente or “sweet­ness of doing nothing.” It does not mean being lazy; instead, it’s the idea of finding plea­sure in idle­ness or relax­ation. It is the ability to savor an expe­ri­ence, relishing the feeling of whole­ness as it fills what is empty. This is a different sort of doing nothing, much more than … Continue reading


July 15th, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

Similar to how LeBron struc­tures his training to win NBA cham­pi­onships, knowl­edge workers should train to build skills, complete projects, and increase their produc­tive power. Armed with an effec­tive system, we’ll learn faster and have more fun doing it. Read full article, David Perell, “Learn Like An Athlete.”

This Is Your Brain on Silence

May 13th, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

As it turned out, even though all the sounds had short-term neuro­log­ical effects, not one of them had a lasting impact. Yet to her great surprise, Kirste found that two hours of silence per day prompted cell devel­op­ment in the hippocampus, the brain region related to the forma­tion of memory, involving the senses. This was deeply puzzling: The total absence of input was having a … Continue reading

Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain

March 5th, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

The point isn’t to get you off the internet, or even off social media — you’re still allowed to use Face­book, Twitter and other social plat­forms on a desktop or laptop, and there’s no hard-and-fast time limit. It’s simply about unhooking your brain from the harmful routines it has adopted around this partic­ular device, and hooking it to better things. Read full article, The New … Continue reading

Let Children Get Bored Again

February 22nd, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amuse­ments. More impor­tant, it spawns creativity and self-suffi­­ciency. Read full article: The New York Times, “Let Chil­dren Get Bored Again”

The Single Most Important Thinking Skill Nobody Taught You

February 11th, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw said that. And Einstein also said, “The measure of intel­li­gence is the ability to change.” Life is neither static nor unchanging, it’s fluid. Nothing stays the same. Elastic thinking (experts may call it cogni­tive flex­i­bility) allows us to shift gears and think about some­thing in more than one way. Flex­ible thinkers consider a range … Continue reading

Falling for Sleep

February 6th, 2019 - By jen in Sleep, Uncategorized

In Evelyn De Morgan’s numi­nous painting, Night and Sleep (1878), Nyx, the mighty Greek goddess of night, hovers across a dusky sky with her beloved son Hypnos, the sweet-natured god of sleep. The painting and the Greek gods it captures depict a radi­cally different way of under­standing and relating to sleep. In antiq­uity sleep was person­i­fied, tran­scen­dent, even romantic. Read full article: aeon — Pocket, “Falling for Sleep.”

Kids Can Eat Free if Parents Don’t Use Their Phones at This Restaurant

December 10th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

Parents who give up their phones during dinner will be rewarded with free meals for their kids at one U.K.-based restau­rant chain. For the first week of December, Frankie & Benny’s is running its “no-phone zone” campaign in an attempt to improve family inter­ac­tions at the dinner table. Read full article: Fatherly, “Kids Can Eat Free if Parents Don’t Use Their Phones at This Restau­rant”