What Happens Inside a Grateful Brain?

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, gratitude will once again be part of many conversations, classroom projects, family traditions, religious practices and community service initiatives. Somewhere between the chestnut stuffing, football, and shopping, most of us make time to take inventory of those things for which we’re grateful. But by Cyber Monday, many tend to put…

A Lesson in Humility (and Fundamental Attribution Error)

In the research world, reliability has to do with the quality of measurement. According to the basic theory of reliability, one cannot calculate it; one can only estimate it. In addition, there are a variety of different types of reliability that each have multiple and unique estimation methods. It’s complicated. In the human world, the concept of…

Stuck? 6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Get Unstuck

The clock is ticking, the deadlines are looming, and the stress is mounting. We’ve all been there. Persistence, inertia,  determination, or a combination of the three keep you trapped in the hamster wheel. Sadly, the harder you try to get ahead, the more overwhelmed and behind you feel. Pretty soon, you’re just plain stuck.  However, the plan…

Cheer up, Chill out, and Get Smart About Chocolate

Did you know that happiness has a direct correlation with effective brain function? Research shows that your brain is 31% more effective when you’re positive than when you’re feeling negative, stressed, or even neutral.  When you feel a genuine sense of happiness, dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins are released. When your brain is flooded with these…