Gemma Fagan

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The Five Things You Were Taught About Grammar in School That Are Totally Wrong

<i>This story originally appeared on</i> The Conversation.<p>Do you remember being taught you should never start your sentences with “And” or “But”? What if I …

Children's futures sacrificed for positive school PR: secret teacher speaks out

Too many students in year 12 are graduating with neither an ATAR score or a VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) at a school where I have …

7 Habits That Will Significantly Enhance Your Day

Socrates once said, “The soul, like the body, accepts by practice whatever habit one wishes it to contact.” You are what you put energy into. If you focus on developing good daily habits, it can lead to a more positive and fulfilling life. But when you’re lost in the hustle and bustle of the world, …

Want a Younger Brain? Forget Sudoku and Do This | Inc.com

Nobody wants to lose cognitive function, especially when so much of business--and life in general--depends on being "on top of it" to stay ahead of the competition. But statistically speaking, the reality is, you have to fight to stay sharp. Doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles isn't going to hurt. …

The Brain

3 Ways to Better Understand Your Emotions

Dealing effectively with emotions is a key leadership skill. And naming our emotions — what psychologists call <i>labeling</i> — is an important first step in dealing with them effectively. But it’s harder than it sounds; many of us struggle to identify what exactly we are feeling, and often times the most …

9 mind-expanding documentaries to increase your intelligence

Be honest, now and then we all spend our free time watching various TV series, don’t we? And while some may consider it to be a rather meaningless …

Black Mirror

7 Mental Blocks Preventing Your Success

You don't have to let self-doubt, fear and lack of focus complicate your life and stagnate your business growth.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Unless our brains get involved. Then we’ll find a way to roam the …

How To Reshape Your Brain and Improve Your Life in Just 5 Minutes a Day

<b>Everyone from Google to the NFL is using this practice, and you should too.</b><p><i>How do you typically start your morning?</i><p>For many of us, starting off on "the right side of the bed" involves almost immediately checking a smartphone or email, and then diving headfirst into a day of hyper-connectedness and …

5 Powerful Habits That Make Your Mind Sharper and Stronger

Give yourself permission to grow.<p><i>How do I grow stronger mentally and change my perspective for good? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Nela Canovic, Productivity hacker, writer, entrepreneur</b> …

Morning Yoga Poses That Will Wake You Up

If you want to establish a consistent yoga practice, one of the first steps is to find the time of day that works best for you and make sure to be on …

Yoga

I may be a chicken but I'm no bird brain

The common chicken isn't as dumb as you might like to think. Researchers who looked at a wealth of scientific literature on the bird found that …

From date night to cold showers: 20 habits that changed readers' lives

Small changes can sometimes make the biggest difference. Here our readers suggest the hobbies or routines that might make 2017 that bit brighter<p>“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” If it’s good enough for Aristotle, it’s good enough for us. So what rituals …

High Blood Pressure

Good manners: not just for Christmas

It’s surely the Christmas present every parent longs for: to hear a friend or relative remark on what beautiful manners their child has.<p>But if you want to bask in reflected glory, you need to start early. We must get it right as soon as children start school. It’s so much harder and more …

Parenting

Eye Contact Can Be Really Intense For Your Brain

No, it's not just you.<p>If eye contact has always felt a bit overwhelming for you, it’s not all in your head.<p>Maintaining direct eye contact really is strenuous for the brain, according to new research, and it uses up scarce cognitive resources that we need for things like reasoning and verbal …

Humanity

Breathing modulates brain activity and mental function

New research shows that the rhythm of breathing directly impacts neural activity in a network of brain areas involved in smell, memory and emotions<p>The rhythm of breathing co-ordinates electrical activity across a network of brain regions associated with smell, memory, and emotions, and can enhance …

The Brain

10 Things to Try When You’re Feeling Lonely

Although my writing often focuses on chronic illness, anyone can feel the pain of loneliness. I hope the tips in this article will be helpful for …

Researchers think they finally know why we get migraines

But a new study published by the International Headache Genetics Consortium found that these awful headaches are probably caused by vascular and muscular problems.<p>In other words, the cause has to do with how well blood is supplied throughout the body.<p>This study involved 59,674 migraine patients and …

18 Things Mentally Strong People Do | Inc.com

As the author of <i>13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do</i>, I usually spend my time talking about the bad habits that can rob you of mental strength. After all, it only takes one bad habit to hold you back from reaching your greatest potential.<p>In addition to giving up those bad habits, however, it's …

Self-help

Here's what 8 weeks of mindfulness training does to your brain

What are the neural correlates of these effects? A new systematic review in <i>Brain and Cognition</i> has looked at all studies published prior to July this year that investigated brain changes associated with eight weeks of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.<p>The …

Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps - Expert Tips & Advice . PBS Parents | PBS

In a GPS world, where synthesized voices tell us when to turn to get from point A to point B, do kids really need to learn how to read a …

Data Visualization

Teach Your Kids To Roleplay With These $3-ish Games

Any seasoned roleplayer knows that getting kids into roleplaying games is such a great way to help their development. It encourages children to work …

Teaching Our Children to Have Complex Thinking During this Election Week

During this election week, as a psychoanalyst it is apparent to me that children and their parents are facing this week's voting day with much anxiety. Children mimic their parents' words and who they say they are voting for. Teens may have their own opinions, but what are they based on?<p>It's our …

Exactly What You Should Eat if You’re Trying to Build Muscle | Women's Health

<b>How to Use Food as Fuel</b><br>Rule number one: Don't skimp on calories. When you strength train, you're burning cals during and after your workout. (Post-sesh, your body is working hard to repair and rebuild the muscle fibers broken down during your lifts, says Cohn.) In order for your body to recover, …

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

Research suggests we may be predisposed to speak more than one language and that doing so brings health benefits, such as delaying the onset of dementia<p>In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more …

Language

6 Books to Change Your Life for the Better

Great books with a powerful message that will improve your business and your life.<p>Reading will set you free. Reading will challenge your intellect. Reading will inspire you, stimulate you and keep you growing. Reading can be the secret to your success, and the wise north star guiding you to …

What the Most Successful People Do in the Evening | Inc.com

The importance of good morning habits is a no-brainer. It's common sense that if you wake up early and do good things to ramp your body and mind up for the day, those things will pay off. How we spend our evenings gets a lot less attention, but it's just as important--the time that bridges one day …

Success

How Little Can You Own and Be Happy?

How to live a happy life? This question has been pondered by the billions of people that came before us and very likely will be the root of human …

Minimalism

5 Ways Clutter Hurts Your Health (and How to Fix It)

<i>By: Diana Kelly</i><p>Spring cleaning isn't just about organizing your home and workspace but also improving your overall health. Here's how tidying up may help you lose weight, breathe easier, sleep better, and more.<p>You might think that a few piles of clothes here, stacks of books and magazines there, …

10 Ways To Teach Mindfulness To Your Kids Without Even Trying

Mindfulness with kids doesn’t have to mean 20 minutes of quietly sitting on a meditation cushion. In my time as a teacher, therapist, and parent, …

Mindfulness

Parenting: How to Reduce Sibling Rivalry

"Every time we play this game you like to cheat."<p>"No I don't."<p>"Yes you do."<p>"No I DON'T" yells the youngest child. Next thing you know, it's a full-blown war between the siblings. "Mommy, she's not being fair because when I--" as she is abruptly cut off by the older sibling, "NOOOOOOOO THAT'S NOT …