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August 13, 2019

Research has created a road map for all runners – and artists, chess players, rock climbers, etc. – who seek the exhilaration you feel when completely absorbed in the pursuit of something difficult. So exactly how do you reach “the zone”?

  • Focus externally on the task – what note comes next in the composition or what slim edge to grip on the rock face – and don’t fret about what other people are thinking or whether your body is moving perfectly.
  • Confidence is essential or “expecting good things to happen.” Often confidence requires believing that a talent is learnable rather than innate. Researchers believe “positive feedback is absolutely critical.” Negative motivation does not work, including the messages we send to ourselves.
  • Embrace autonomy. Choosing when you want feedback or instruction, such as one more demonstration of a dance move, helps you perform better. The simple act of choosing is empowering.
  • Don’t analyze what you’re doing. Quiet your mind.
  • Prepare so you have less to think about. For example, most artists sketch out a drawing before formally composing it.
  • PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE to transcend both boredom and anxiety. More expertise helps you to obtain “flow.”

SOURCE: Washington Post, 4/11/19

April 30, 2019

People tend to be overconfident about . . .

  • Using a computer
  • Being a reliable friend
  • Being a good husband or wife
  • Avoiding falling for a fraud
  • Getting an animal to like them
  • Controlling their emotions when it’s useful to do so
  • Driving
  • Having interesting conversations
  • Winning a game of trivia
  • Kissing

People tend to be underconfident about . . .

April 30, 2019
  1. Instead of heading to Orlando for Disney World, travel to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for Dollywood. Dollywood is cheaper and also has the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster.
  2. While Nashville, Tennessee, is known for its country music, consider Memphis, Tennessee, instead. Memphis is home to Elvis’ famous home, Graceland.
  3. Las Vegas can get expensive, so head to Atlantic City, New Jersey, instead. Vegas may have its famous strip, but Atlantic City has an iconic boardwalk that overlooks a great beach.
April 30, 2019

Happiness in American is declining, according to the latest data from the General Social Survey, one of the longest-running and most highly regarded public opinion research projects in the nation.

April 30, 2019

Pavol Durdik added another Guinness world record to his collection in Puchov, Slovakia by extinguishing 62 lighted matches with his tongue within one minute, according to United Press International.

April 30, 2019

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