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…

The Top 10 Songs to Get You to Your Happy Place

Everyone has one song that triggers a specific emotional response. It might be the song that you danced to at your wedding or a song that takes you right back to your high school cafeteria. The reason we have a such a deep connection to music because it is hardwired in our brains.  In fact, scientists have…

Unleash Your Inner Kindergartner for a More Creative You

Ask 25 kindergartners how many of them are artists and you’ll likely see 25 hands in the air.  While most kids in the single-digit age range will easily identify themselves as creative, that number drops to 50% by the 5th grade and plummets by adulthood.  And yet, Fortune 500 leaders cite creativity and innovation as…

Surprise Yourself to a Happier You

Whether love surprises or hate them, it’s not that complicated to make them work for you and your brain. Here are four ways to both inspire and embrace surprise.