Sometimes I’d just like to tie my brain to a chair and beat it with a hose;* the movies have taught me the effectiveness of such methods, but now science is telling me. This movie is getting complicated. Turns out, treating our brains kindly and letting it do its own thing can be a very good thing.
Let’s be honest, you’ve probably wanted to make your brain your bitch at least 5 times today. And like a regular lame human, you thought threats (You will do nothing fun or interesting until you complete this project) deprivation (You will get no sleep until you remember the name of that stupid movie that I want to tell people on the internet not to watch) and insults (Why do you have to be so unfocused and stupid all the time) would bring it to acquiescence.
Stop it. Stop running your brain like your mean third grade teacher or your older cousin who swore he grew chest hairs every time he was left to babysit. You’re better than that. And treating your brain more kindly- a radical idea- will make it more likely to come along with you without a fight. You’ve heard the old saying, you attract more flies with honey than vinegar, now let’s explore how we can all get more brains. Ted is coming along.
Here is my curated list of Ted Talks to encourage brain productivity, creativity and peace of mind.
This is a short little list, but I think it’s a great one. Every video gave me new knowledge, inspiration and needed reminders to take care of my brain and myself, and I know that you’ll find the same encouragement and insight. Of course, the value is more in the doing than the hearing, so be sure to do and reap the benefits of a better life. It won’t cost you a thing.
My favorite (I’m biased as a writer) was Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk on the workings of the creative mind. I loved her inclusion of historical info, humor, and writer’s language. And the habits of original thinkers, wow. Enjoy!
Which topic are you most looking forward to exploring?
*see Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins (one of my favorite poets)
My name is Lyz-Stephanie and I want to inspire you to be more connected to yourself and the world, to find beauty in simple pleasures, and to have more adventures. Every day we can do something to make our lives happier and richer, make our minds more active and engaged. I’m on the journey. Will you join me?