Think Fast - Be Happy

Don't worry, be happy--by thinking fast! - A new study out of Harvard and Princeton suggests that "thinking fast" can help your mood. In the study, subjects were encouraged to "think fast" by generating as many problem-solving ideas as possible in 10 minutes; by reading a list of ideas on a computer screen at a brisk pace; and by watching a video clip of I Love Lucy--in fast-forward!

When compared with other study subjects who performed the same tasks at a "relaxed speed," the fast thinker reported feeling more happy and, to a lesser degree, more energetic. So fast thinking activities, such as racing through an easy crossword puzzle or quickly brain-storming ideas, can boost energy and mood.

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How to Use a Napkin - Dan Roam - Six-by-Six Rule

The Back of the Napkin author Dan Roam gave a wonderful Google Talk where he described his Six by Six Rule of problem solving. In his consultant work with corporate execs, Roam's "value proposition" is...

"We can solve your problems by using pictures."

He supports this assertion with the observation that humans are fundamentally visual creatures -- over 75% of the sensory processing going on in the brain is visual processing. Further, the brain seems to process information using at least six "pathways"...

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Mind Mapping With Free Mind

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Freemind resources
Writing an essay with FreeMind
Flash browser - FreeMind - free mind mapping software
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"So you want to write a completely new metaphysics? Why don't you use FreeMind? You have a tool at hand that remarkably resembles the tray slips of Robert Pirsig, described in his sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance called Lila."

I'm becoming enthralled with mind maps. Where an outline is linear, a mind map is two (if not three) dimensions. That extra dimension adds enormous perspective to the ideas in view. Entries (called nodes) can be easily rearranged to test relationships between nodes. There's just something profound in that extra level of perspective. Something profoundly missing from a linear outline. Here's an example.
Ideas for using Mind Maps better
What Can You Do With Mind Mapping ?
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Fascinating concept. I tried this a few years ago and didn't get it...Now I do. Incredible tool for following threads of thought into new directions. Something about the way it forces you to ask the question "What is this related to?" and the freedom to move nodes around, change relationships, create new's not perfect, but certainly a wonderful tool. Just need to figure a way to embed it into my website. No success yet.

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