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SUBJ: Conscious mind #2 from consciousness investigator Roc
Here’s some holiday cheer in my Consciousness Newsletter for December:
Science 28 Oct pg 430
Sci Am Mind Jan 2017
Pursuing happiness by looking inward or acquiring wealth has not helped most Americans. Fostering intimate bonds and close community ties makes people happier.
Exercise is the best cure for depression; Most effective, least expensive, and safest! High intensity exercise 45 to 60 minutes 3 to 5 times a week lessened depression 47%, while low intensity lessened it 30% after 3 months. If you can talk on the phone, you should work out harder. Habitual exercise rewires the brain and immune system to cope with physical and mental stress. But it is hard for patients to think of exercise as a form of treatment.
Going to bed soon after drilling foreign vocabulary helps consolidate what you have learned. Nightmares are associated with suicide, and can be reduced by imagery rehearsal therapy. Women prefer the scent of men who eat diets rich in carotenoids and garlic! The best way to treat PTSD is Ecstasy (MDMA). The root of 20-30% of addictions is undiagnosed ADHD. Addreral and Ritalin are addictive, and newer long-acting versions are safe and effective.
Moral character is key in predicting job performance and leadership potential. That includes honesty-humility, conscientiousness, and guilt proneness. For most people, these increase dramatically from age 20 to 60.
An encouraging text message from the boss or gift coupons boosted productivity more than a cash bonus - personal connection is more important than money.
MAKE THEM SMART: Spatial ability in children plays a major part in creativity and technical innovation. Accelerating fast learners by skipping grades is beneficial, with kids 60% more likely to advance to PhDs and patents. IQ 120 is considered gifted. Practice is important, but our society encourages this in athletics rather than intellectual skills.
MAKE THEM HEALTHY: Growing up in poverty can leave a mark on the brain. By age 3 those kids have a thinner cortex. 14.5 million kids in US live below the poverty line. 77% of well-off kids complete college by 24, vs. 9% of those in poverty. That degree doubles average hourly pay.
Happy holidays. Remember fostering intimate bonds and close community ties makes people happier, not the stuff they have.
- Roc, Nutrition Investigator