Creative potential will be greater upon completion of moderate aerobic exercise than when not preceded by exercise.

By |2016-09-10T11:43:58+00:00September 10th, 2016|Categories: Learning|Tags: |

“Sixty college students participated in an experiment consisting of three regimens varying the time when a Torrance Test of Creative Thinking was taken in relation to exercise completion.

The results supported the hypotheses that creative potential will be greater upon completion of moderate aerobic exercise than when not preceded by exercise (immediate effects), that creative potential will be greater following a two hour lag time following exercise than when not preceded by exercise (residual effects), and that creative potential will not be significantly different immediately following exercise than after a two hour lag time following exercise (enduring residual effects).” (more…)

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The critical difference between success and failure was contained in the habit of taking the initiative.

By |2016-09-10T06:13:58+00:00September 10th, 2016|Categories: Personal Success, Productivity|Tags: , |

“The American Management Association reported on a study of managers who had been divided into two groups, those whose careers has flattened out and those whose careers were moving upward and onward at a rapid rate. They interviewed both groups to try to determine the differences that accounted for their relative levels of success and failure.

What they finally concluded was that it was not education, experience, background, networking or intelligence. The critical difference between success and failure was contained in the habit of taking the initiative. Managers and executives who were on the fast track were constantly moving out of their comfort zone and taking the initiative to try new things in new areas.

On the other hand, managers who were being continually passed over for promotion were continually waiting for someone to come along and tell them what to do. Once they had been given clear instructions, they seemed to be quite competent at carrying out their responsibilities. But the idea of initiating in the first place was alien to them.” (more…)

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Green tea and mushrooms diminish risk of breast cancer

By |2016-09-08T15:45:09+00:00September 8th, 2016|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , |

“To investigate effects of dietary mushrooms and joint effects of mushrooms and green tea on breast cancer, a case-control study was conducted in southeast China in 2004-2005. The incident cases were 1,009 female patients aged 20-87 years with histologically confirmed breast cancer. The 1,009 age-matched controls were healthy women randomly recruited from outpatient breast clinics. Information on frequency and quantity of dietary intake of mushrooms and tea consumption, usual diet, and lifestyle were collected by face-to-face interview using a validated and reliable questionnaire.(…)”

women who consumed an average of more than 10 g of fresh mushrooms every day had 64% less risk of developing breast cancer than those who did not eat mushrooms. Those who ate 4 g of dried mushrooms saw their risk diminish by 47%.

“We conclude that higher dietary intake of mushrooms decreased breast cancer risk in pre- and postmenopausal Chinese women and an additional decreased risk of breast cancer from joint effect of mushrooms and green tea was observed. More research is warranted to examine the effects of dietary mushrooms and mechanism of joint effects of phytochemicals on breast cancer.”

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Save Half of Your Future Increases

By |2016-09-08T11:03:21+00:00September 8th, 2016|Categories: Personal Success|Tags: |

“It is much easier for people to commit to saving money that they have not yet received than it is to get people to agree to save money by cutting back on their current standard of living

“… you will be able to increase your income by 5%, 10% and even 25% per year. To become wealthy, you must develop the habit, starting today, of saving fully 50% of these future increases. You can still spend the other 50% on whatever you like, but you must agree to save half of the money that you don’t even have yet. This should not be hard for you.” -Brian Tracy”

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The financial experts did worse than the laypeople in predicting the stock prices!

By |2016-09-07T15:39:17+00:00September 7th, 2016|Categories: Personal Success|Tags: |

In two studies, stock market professionals (N1 = 22, N2 = 21) and laypeople (N1 = 29, N2 = 34) provided thirty-day forecasts for twenty stocks and estimated the size of their own errors as well as their own and the other group’s mean errors.

Both groups predicted that the errors made by professionals would be half the size of the errors made by laypeople. In reality, the errors of both groups were about the size predicted for the laypeople.

Participants also estimated their ability to pick the best performing stock from two options. Both groups proved to be overconfident.

Professional predictions were only successful 40% of the time, a performance below what could be expected from chance alone. Self reports and correlations between forecasts and price movements suggested that the professionals based their predictions on specific information of the stocks without sufficient awareness of the unreliability of this information, while the laypeople used simple heuristics based on previous price movements.

During the recent worldwide stock market turbulence, fortunes were rapidly made and just as rapidly lost. The great majority of participants did not anticipate either the magnitude or the pace of these events. The bewilderment has been hard to hide.

This paper addresses two questions raised by more than a few people in the aftermath: “How much do stock market professionals really know about the future development of stock prices, and how much do they think they know?”

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Religion or spirituality has positive impact

By |2016-09-05T16:13:54+00:00September 5th, 2016|Categories: Healthy, Personal Success, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

on romantic/marital relationships, child development, research shows.

Adolescents who attend religious services with one or both of their parents are more likely to feel greater well-being while romantic partners who pray for their “significant others” experience greater relationship commitment, according to research.

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Religion and Well-being

By |2016-09-05T15:54:47+00:00September 5th, 2016|Categories: Healthy, Personal Success, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

“Results showed that among people who were more genetically predisposed toward social sensitivity (i.e., G/G genotype), Koreans had greater psychological well-being if they were more religious; however, European Americans with the G/G genotype had lower psychological well-being if they were more religious.”

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