Posts Written By Chloe Meshel-Wood

Using neuroplasticity to our greatest advantage

It is compelling to think of how our lives fall into place.

We wonder why or how we got so “lucky” to have met certain people and done certain things, and why at some times we get so “unlucky”. Growing up I always told myself that everything happens for a reason, and recently I have found that it really does. In many ways we control what happens to us, and we can in fact shape our own future. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne explains this phenomena otherwise known as “The Law of Attraction”. This is the idea that a person attracts what they think about. Philosophers, theorists, entrepreneurs and even neuroscientists in The Secret explain how altering our focus can truly alter our lives for the better. Once this book was released in 2006, the law of attraction concept exploded in the media and started to affect the lives of people all over the world. It became a lifestyle and even a religion for so many individuals.

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Do time management apps help or hurt our productivity?

Modern day society values the qualities of a well-rounded person.

Universities and jobs are constantly looking for someone who did well in school, excelled in athletics, participated in an internship, and is an active volunteer. How does one balance all of these expectations? Is it even possible? It’s no wonder that society is constantly struggling to manage time and stay happy.

Time management apps have recently become very popular. However, there are over a thousand of these free apps that promise to help its users relieve anxiety and be more productive. This is when we face some tough questions, such as, how do we find the right app and how many of these apps are enough? Do they become more of a distraction or an excuse to use our phones? The apps range from daily planners to time management apps specifically for adults with ADHD to health apps that manage the amount of water you drink a day.

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Where Craig Dodson found his inspiration

Have you ever felt like you needed to do something more in life?

Craig Dodson, a semi-professional cyclist decided that biking for himself just wasn’t cutting it. In 2005 Dodson was asked to give a speech to a group of teenagers in Richmond, Virginia. He realized that his motivational words about trying your best and staying away from drugs were completely useless to the kids in this neighborhood. He realized that if his speech affected these students at all, it was probably not in a positive way. In comparison, he was a privileged white man, and these children were trapped in Richmond public housing, known to be one of the most challenged and limiting community projects in Virginia. It was from that moment that an epiphany was sparked. He knew he needed to do something to help these kids succeed, something beyond talking about it.

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