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Left Brain Right Brain – The Debate Continues

The debate continues – some believe in the left brain, right brain split, and others don’t.  Is the left brain the logical side of our mind and the right creative?

Check out these articles and make up your own mind:

Despite What You’ve Been Told , You Aren’t ‘Left-Brained’ or ‘Right-Brained’.

Beyond The ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ Brain

Researchers Believe Brain Functions Split Between Top And Bottom Not Left And Right

Debunking The Left Brain Right Brain Myth

10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets

Read this article and kick your weekend off to an inspiring start. It’s a brilliant summary of all we need to remember to keep us motivated and happy.

10 Obvious Truths

The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

Kids learning to play on instruments made from recycled materials. Exceptionally inspiring.

This little Youtube Clip is just under four minutes long, and well worth watching.

This link was sent to be by a friend and I would like to dedicate this post to my old workmates – Joel, Graham, and Sorin.

 

Facebook: Friend Or Foe

Let me begin with one simple question. How much time do you spend on Facebook each day?

No really, how much time?  Write it down, then multiple the amount by seven days of the week.  Now how much time it is?

It seems that everywhere I go these days people are on Facebook. And it doesn’t matter which country, what time of day, or whether people are at work or home – they’re on Facebook.

I had a very bizarre experience of the Facebook epidemic in December last year.  I was in Africa for work, and while traveling between two African nations, and at border control, I was able to see all the customs staff (there were only about six of them) at their workstations through a glass window.  The first thing I noticed was that all the computers were showing Facebook Pages.  They weren’t checking passports or doing customs administration, they were all on Facebook. It was quite surreal.

I do wonder if some of us are using Facebook as an escape from our lives, our work, and possibly from even from having to think at all.  As if we’re not living in enough confusion already, we’re now adding another layer of unreality.

Some things to consider:

1.     The fakeness factor

Have you noticed that posts on Facebook are almost always positive. Some people are so positive that you have to wonder what drugs they’re taking. No one ever shares when they are having a bad day. It’s all good news. This is not real life.

2.    The time factor

How much time are you spending on Facebook each week?  What other things could you be doing with that time?  You want more free time – cut out some Facebook time.

3.    The connection factor

A lot of people feel connected by being on Facebook.  They like one of their friends’ post or write a brief comment.  This is not much of a connection. How much genuine connection are you having with other people?  How often are you meeting people face to face?  How long has it been since you sent a decent length email to a friend overseas or a family member.  And yes, you can use Facebook to do this.  I am all for using the messaging service as an alternative to email.

4.    The comparison factor

Facebook has become just another means for people to compare themselves to their ‘neighbours’.  The meaning of the phrase ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’ has recently risen to new heights.  We are now able to compare ourselves to others on a daily basis.  And it’s not just a comparison of the house and the car.  It’s now in relation to travel, eating out, babies, work success, etc.  This is not a good thing.

A recent article in the economist tells how Facebook is bad for you.  The article covers a study published by the Public Library of Science that has shown that the more someone uses Facebook, the less satisfied he is with life. Have a read:

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21583593-using-social-network-seems-make-people-more-miserable-get-life

Look, I’ll be honest.  I’m not expecting you to stop using Facebook.  I use it, and there are some genuine positives to this social media tool.

I guess the best question is – are you in control of Facebook or is Facebook in control of you?

And here is another recently published article on the subject:

How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy

10 Simple Ways to Raise Your Level of Consciousness

Want to raise your level of consciousness – it’s not as difficult as you might think.

10 Simple Ways

A Dream House for only $11,000.

I am so inspired by the increasing number of people who are ensuring they can live a full and abundant life even when they don’t have a lot of money. As many items become more and more expensive, in particular housing, people are taking the time and the energy to create their own space and at prices that are affordable.

After going through a divorce and losing her home to foreclosure, this gutsy lady built her dream home for only $11,000. And it’s damn nice too.

Dream House

Death and Dying

I know, I know, you are wondering how on earth I could consider death an inspiring topic. But it can be, really!

The following three articles inspired me, and I hope that they also inspire you.

Are You Living Your Eulogy Or Your Resume? – Written by Arianna Huffington

Have you noticed that when people die, their eulogies celebrate life very differently from the way we define success in our everyday existence? Huffington Post is just one media agency that is redefining success beyond money and power to include well-being, wisdom and our ability to wonder and to give. This article is a reminder not to get so caught up in work that you forget the things and people that are most important.

What A Wake Means

This blog post by Pandit Bhikku inspired me this week. Pandit asks you to consider whether you are living a life that is having a positive or negative impact on others. And are you considering how far reaching your actions can be? Definitely worth a read.

Top Five Regrets of the Dying

When people are faced with their own mortality they become very clear about what is and isn’t important in life. And it seems that the regrets of those nearing their end are very similar. This article includes five reminders of what is important in life.

 

Amazon’s Best Selling Holiday Items

What people buy for Xmas presents is generally not something that interests me. However, this little article about Amazon caught my eye. It summarizes the best selling items in the USA this year. And you may be very surprised by the items. Check it out.

Best Selling Items

Are We Losing Our Focus?

This article reviews Daniel Goleman’s new book – Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence.  It interestingly covers the importance of mindfulness and the dangers of too much online time.

Are We Losing Our Focus?

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here’s How To Tell

“What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don’t tell the whole story. Our emotional intelligence — the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others — can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success.”

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