Category Archives: Creativity

Fascinating TED Talks That Will Make You Think

Have you heard of TED Talks? TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a nonprofit organization that puts on conferences featuring inspiring speeches from experts. These speeches help to spread interesting and unique ideas that can change the way that you see the world. From the simplest topics to the most complex, TED Talks are a great way to enrich your day and give you a chance to think about questions that you might not have considered otherwise. We’ve put together a collection of some of the most thought-provoking TED Talks ever made. They’ll make you gasp, they’ll make you laugh, but most of all: they’ll make you think!

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, explains how your body language can help make you seem more confident – even if you don’t feel confident!

Brian Greene: Making sense of string theory.
Brian Greene, a physicist, explains the mysteries of the universe in a mind-blowing way!

Isabel Stenzel Byrnes: The art of saying goodbye. Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, a social worker, explains how her diagnosis with a terminal illness changed her life.

Reggie Watts: Beats that defy boxes. Reggie Watts, a musician and comedian, showcases a stunning blend of poetry and music that is as fun as it is entertaining.

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroscientist, talks about her personal stroke experience from the perspective of a brain scientist.

Apollo Robbins: The art of misdirection. Apollo Robbins, a pickpocket and magician, shares an entertaining demonstration that will leave you guessing!

Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music. Benjamin Zander, a conductor, shows how classical music is so much more than you think it is.

Mark Ronson: How sampling transformed music. Mark Ronson, a producer and DJ, takes us on a musical journey through the history of sampled music.

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Shower Thoughts

Why We Get Our Best Ideas in the Shower

Have you ever realized that you get your best ideas while lathering on soap in the shower? It seems a little strange…why would your brain be producing such great ideas while you’re in the buff? You may think that your time in the shower is a time for you to shut off, but it’s actually when your brain is the most active.

When you’re doing something monotonous such as bathing, it activates your brain’s default mode network. Your mind then begins to wander, making it more likely for you to have a creative epiphany. Have a difficult problem that you’ve been trying to solve? It’s likely you’ll solve it in the shower.

Standing under nice, warm water relaxes you so much that your brain also releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Just a small dose of this can boost your creative juices. This is why the ideas you have in the shower are so much better than those you have at work. You’re in a nice, warm, relaxed setting with no external pressures or distractions to interrupt your thought process.

So, how can you capitalize on this time in the shower? If you’re coming up with ground-breaking ideas and you want to remember them, consider getting a water soluble pen to write your ideas on the glass or wall. In the shower, you have no judgment or analysis from others, which should allow your ideas to flow without you second-guessing. Use this time to solve problems and brainstorm so you can begin your day (or the next day) feeling empowered to follow through on your ideas.