Sunday, December 31, 2017

Future of Storytelling: Empathy, Neurochemistry, and the Dramatic Arc

This is a short video about the neurochemistry of storytelling and what happens in your brain (the chemicals that are released, the areas of the brain that light up) when the drama of a story engages your attention and even provokes distress while there is also an empathetic reaction where you use your imagination to connect with the characters in the story. You can find out more about the brain chemicals cortisol and oxytocin at Wikipedia if you are curious to learn more!




Future of Storytelling: Empathy, Neurochemistry, and the Dramatic Arc

This is a short video about the neurochemistry of storytelling and what happens in your brain (the chemicals that are released, the areas of the brain that light up) when the drama of a story engages your attention and even provokes distress while there is also an empathetic reaction where you use your imagination to connect with the characters in the story. You can find out more about the brain chemicals cortisol and oxytocin at Wikipedia if you are curious to learn more!




Do It Anyway

This beautiful graphic comes from Contessa.Rocks.


People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends, and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spent years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Given the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the end, it's between you and mirror. It was never between you and them anyway.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Louis Schwartzberg: Gratitude, with David Steindl-Rast

Gratitude and happiness are profoundly intertwined, as you can learn in this Louis Schwartzberg video from Everyone Matters, featuring the words of Brother David Steindl-Rast:


Reading is Magic

The words come from the astronomer Carl Sagan, who was also a great writer; here is an extended quote as reported in BrainPickings:
What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.



(the image is from Pixabay)



Thursday, December 28, 2017

Brand-New Week

Here is some advice for Monday... or for any day of the week:

Guess what? You have a brand-new week ahead of you to slay dragons, achieve goals, sweat more, gripe less, and ditch the fear! Go!


Real Heroes

I really like this graphic from StoryPeople:

Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me,
but try waking up every morning
and loving the world all over again.
- Brian Andreas




Something Good Every Day

I found this piece of good advice at Twitter: Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.


Cat Lessons

I really like this cartoon from IntrovertDoodles. Napping and soaking up the sun are both very good for your health, for example!


Everybody, Not Just Us

This lovely graphic comes from QuoteMirror.com.



Turn on the Light

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
Albus Dumbledore


Importance and Urgency

This is a nice 2x2 diagram for helping to identity what things are urgent and/or important and how to focus your attention based on those four categories: Important / Urgent.

Important AND Urgent: Manage these short-term crises and problems.
Important NOT Urgent: Focus on long-term strategic goals.
Urgent NOT Important: Avoid distractions and interruptations.
NOT Urgent NOT Important: Limit time-wasting activities.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

What People Think

This quote from Brene Brown helps capture the paradox of connecting with others while still going your own way: When we stop caring about what people think, we lose our capacity for connection. When we become defined by what people think, we lose our willingness to be vulnerable.

You can find out more about Brene Brown's work at her website: BreneBrown.com.


When things go wrong...

Here is a graphic from TinyBuddha.com about the power of gratitude: When some things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for the many things that are going right.


Untold Story

More wisdom from Lori Dechesne at TinyBuddha.com:

Everyone has a story left untold, so never judge someone as if you know their entire story because the truth is, you probably don't.


Helping one person

Here's a lovely graphic from Chibird: Helping one person might not change the whole world... but it could change the world for one person.


Compare the Lists

I found this very good piece of advice at Twitter:

Make a list of things that make you happy
Make a list of things you do every day
Compare the lists
Adjust accordingly


Tomorrow I Will

Some wise words from L. R. Knost:

When you've lying in bed at night and regrets from the day come to steal your sleep... "I should have... If only I'd... I wish I had..." grab one of them and turn it inot an "I will." Then sleep peacefully, knowing that tomorrow will be a better day.




The World as 100 People

It seems very appropriate that you can find this infographic available in different languages here: JackHagley.com. It shows what the world is like if you imagine that the world consists of 100 people. How are you like those 100 people? How are you different?

Click here for a full-sized view.


Shake it off

Movement is good for the body... and good for the mind too: if you have some worry, just shake it off!


(by Molly Hahn at Buddha Doodles)

Today I will do nothing

Grant Snider has a wonderful new comic on the power of boredom, and you can learn more about the connection between boredom and creativity here: How boredom can lead to your most creative ideas.


Never stop hoping!

Here is some important advice from Grant Snider at Incidental Comics: never stop hoping!

Your hopes get higher... and higher. You get carried away. Will you become a glimmer of hope for others? Will your hopes keep rising? Will you disappear into a bright cloud of hope? Or will you collide with reality... and fall? Hope is a foolish thing. The only thing more foolish... would be to quit hoping.


Loved and supported

Here's an important message from Molly Hahn at Buddha Doodles: don't forget that you are loved and supported.


A day at a time

You can find out more about Jack Kornfield at his website: JackKornfield.com.

The path through trouble is always made
a step at a time,
a breath at a time,
a day at a time.


Find Your Purpose

You will see lots of variations on this graphic online, and I especially like this colorful version by Lauren Panepinto:


Three Kinds of Empathy

I thought this was a very useful graphic for exploring empathy; you can find out more about Daniel Goleman at Wikipedia, and here is some background about Michele Borba at Edutopia.


Meditation Apps v. Meditating

I thought this was a great graphic; research is good, and apps are good... but eventually you have to stop researching and downloading, and get around to the practice!


You Big Beautiful Cup of Coffee

And here's something you can say to your big beautiful cup of coffee in the morning:


Yesterday you said...

Here's another one for the procrastination files: you can find this graphic in many forms!


What You Do Today

Some words of wisdom from TinyBuddha.com:






Procrastinating Ghosts

I thought this was a hilarious take on procrastination projected into the afterlife by Reza Farazmand at Poorly Drawn Lines:


Time for coffee

Here's a fun take on time... and time for coffee!


Reasons to procrastinate

Here's what happens when you procrastinate... about procrastinating! And if you're interested in a real list about reasons to procrastinate (NOT), here it is: Top 10 reasons to procrastinate.


Sleeping on a bed of lies

Here's a funny cartoon from Sarah Anderson about sleeping... on a bed of lies.



No Rush.

Here's another lovely one from Molly Hahn of Buddha Doodles:

No Rush.


The Loudest Sounds

I often wish for exactly the day described here in Aaron Caycedo-Kimura's graphic:




Let us read, and let us dance

Laissez lire, et laissez danser; ces deux amusements ne feront jamais de mal au monde. — Voltaire, in "Liberty of the Press," Dictionnaire philosophique (1785-1789)

Let us read, and let us dance;
these two amusements
will never do any harm to the world.



Room for a story

There's always room for a story
that can transport people to another place.



I don't always sleep on your book...

Yes, I made this at cheezburger:

I don't always sleep on your book...
but when I do, I make sure
it is the book you want to read.



I was inspired by this one... but I wanted a cat who was seriously lying on the books. :-)




Escape from Reality... Into New Worlds

Two beautiful graphics from Caro Martini:





A book, too, can be a star

From Madeleine L'Engle's Newberry speechyou can listen to the audio here: American Library Association.

A book, too, can be a star,
a living fire to lighten the darkness,
leading out into the expanding universe.



A book that changes your life

Happiness is...  from HaroldsPlanet.com: The Last Lemon. Is there a book that changed your life? Mine would be: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, which I first read when I was sixteen. I've lost track of how many times I have re-read it since then, always finding something new, time and time and time again.




The Last Lemon: On reading

Some lovely graphics from HaroldsPlanet.com: The Last Lemon.












The Frozen Sea

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. 
— Franz Kafka (Wikiquote)



All I want in life is... books.

Fellow bookworms will understand this one:



What to read next

This is a "Keep Calm" poster I can definitely relate to!

Keep calm,
and wonder what to read next.