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  • A lot of the 2018 Academy Award races have been hotly contested, but Best Animated Feature hasn’t been high on the debate lis
  • Coco wins Best Animated Feature at the Oscars
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  • , after Coco won the Best Animated Feature award for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Unkrich specifically cited his wish to help contribute to a world where children of all races can see believable versions of themselves on-screen. “Representation matters,” he said, before ceding the microphone to Coco voice star Anthony Gonzalez, who gave his own quick acceptance speech in Spanish.
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  • Not sure if we’ve mentioned this already, so here it is: influencer marketing is about building real personal relationships between people. This means meeting and having a laugh, or if geography doesn’t allow a physical meeting, getting on a phone call, preferably a video conference. Have a simple conversation, find common interests, get to know who they are, what they care about, what they do in their spare time. Whatever you do in real life to build new relationships with friends and colleagues, is what you have to do with influencers.
  • . In most cases there’s no need to go down the DM route, definitely not at first, as it would most likely get swallowed and neglected along with all those auto DMs we are all getting.
  • Write something casual or witty. Join a conversation they are having, respond to a tweet. Read through their feed and reply with a genuine thought. Remember you are a person, forget you work for a brand, and whateve
  • Ask yourself one question: What value can I offer?
  • 2. Not on the first dateDon’t push your brand into the conversation until you have a basic relationship going. No matter what, don’t do it on the first message.
  • Remember, be casual, be friendly. You are a person, forget about the brand you work for.    
  • Professional historyInterests, hobbiesWhat type of content works for themWith whom do they communicate the mostDo you have any shared connections
  • Most often the one best thing you can and should offer is access to your product. Early access - even better. This closes the loop. Not only are you giving huge value, you are making sure they experience the brand, the products, the qualities.
  • 3. Don’t automatePeople hate auto-DMs. They are spammy, out of context and over-promotional. They are everything you shouldn’t do. Influencer marketing is personal. Make it so from the first step.
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  • vity Accessing the mind’s default mode Posted Mar 06, 2015 SHARE TWEET EMAIL MORE SHARE SHARE STUMBLE SHARE There is a story about the maestro Michelangelo when he was working on the David. It’s
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  • Neuroscience describes the default mode network as a collection of brain regions active when an individual is not focused externally, and the brain is in a wakeful resting state. This corresponds to something called task-independent introspection, which is similar to the brain states associated with certain kinds of meditation and mindfulness practice.
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  • There is a story about the maestro Michelangelo when he was working on the David. It’s said he sat in his studio for months looking at the giant piece of marble that would
  • Mindfulness and Cultivating Creativity
  • It is in these periods of unfocused, wakeful rest that we have the opportunity to see things in a different way, make new associations and strike upon new ideas.
  • . This headspace, it turns out, has a firm foundation in neurobiology. It’s something called the default mode network.
  • Mindfulness comes in two general flavors. The first is
  • Creativity, or at least the space that allows for creative thinking, arises out of the default mode.
  • These distractions can prevent us from engaging even small efforts of creativity, like a programming workaround or a marketing
  • For us it means putting down our smartphone, sitting in the park or going for a drive with no particular destination in mind.
  • When distractions intrude, the brain can’t switch from task-positive to default mode, so we end up feeling blocked or creatively stuck.
  • , one of the greatest obstacles to creativity is distraction.
  • These distractions can prevent us from engaging even small efforts of creativity, like a programming workaround or a marketing strategy. The bottom line is that, in order to access our creativity, we need to find the silence within ourselves to create a space of allowing. This is where mindfulness can give us an opportunity to find that silence.
  • . The second kind of mindfulness is
  • There is a story about the maestro Michelangelo when he was working on the David. It’s said he sat in his studio for months looking at the giant piece of marble that would
  • There is a story about the maestro Michelangelo when he was working on the David. It’s said he sat in his studio for months looking at the giant piece of marble that would
  • For most of us, creativity is not something we can turn on and off. It is, for lack of a better term, a headspace that we have to enter into
  • With that in mind, accessing our creativity is not so simple as being in one state or the other.  Similarly, it’s not just about the right brain/left brain dichotomy. It’s a process that involves various areas of the brain working together to bring us through nested and recursive stages of creativity that include including preparation, incubation, illumination and verification. The kind of mindfulness that brings us into the default mode is the bridge between incubation and illumination. It can be the silence that allows us to find our true voice.
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  • The idea is that focusing internally helps people to become more aware of their thoughts. Mindfulness also helps people to create a habit to think without imposing judgments or values on thoughts.
  • A central aspect of creativity is divergent thinking, which refers to the ability to come up with lots of different ideas. Divergent thinking is important, because many studies demonstrate that the people who come up with the most creative ideas are typically those who come up with the most ideas overall. That is quantity leads to quality.
  • The aspect of mindfulness that helps people reserve judgment on thoughts was more strongly correlated with divergent thinking than the aspect that helps people become aware of their thoughts.
  • Because of the success of mindfulness techniques in many areas, many people in practical settings and in the psychology research community have wondered whether mindfulness enhances creativity.
  • y. On the surface, of course it would seem that mindfulness ought to help make people more creative. Anything that supports the free flow of thought without immediate evaluation ought to help people to generate new ideas. An obvious barrier to creativity is that many people edit their ideas and reject off-the-wall possibilities before exploring them to see if they have any merit.
  • Mindfulness and Creativity Do mindfulness meditation techniques make people more creative?
  • . In the past 20 years, there has been a growing recognition that spending some time in meditation and contemplation is a valuable part of people's lives.
  • A central part of meditation exercises is a focus on mindfulness.
  • . First, reserving judgment about thoughts is helpful for creativity, because it allows people to pursue new ideas further than they might otherwise. Second, the awareness of thoughts often decreases mind-wandering. Mind-wandering is bad for tasks that require focused attention, but can actually be good for divergent thinking
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  • Try this: when you feel triggered in any way, use this short breathing exercise to get yourself back into the control zone.
  • Try this: in your next meeting, try to give your full attention to your colleague. Try to be open and interested in what they are saying. If your mind wanders off bring your attention back to the speaker. When they stop talking, ask them an open questions and resist the desire to immediately give your opinion.
  • when it comes to business, a team’s creativity will ultimately decide a company’s success or failure when navigating through these challenging times.
  • 1. Quality questions
  • Try this: challenge your assumptions. Ask questions and listen. Mindfulness practice encourages openness and curiosity to what is arising in the present moment.
  • Google recently carried out research which found the secret to best-performing teams was psychological safety.
  • 3. Process orientation
  • Try this: notice if you have a tendency to want to control everything and everyone around you. Mindfulness practice encourages letting go, by observing what arises in the present moment, without being attached to it.
  • Using mindfulness in your workplace can help you create a culture which allows creativity to blossom. But perhaps even more importantly, it will allow your team to be more flexible in the process.
  • . Whenever we’re dealing with setbacks or the unknown people tend to enter “caveman” territory. It is the leader´s job to keep the process going.
  • 2. Value listening
  • A common obstacle to creativity is prioritising results over processes.
  • Five ways mindfulness can help you to be more creative
  • Try this: instead of just being focused on the end goal, get interested in the process and see what you can learn from it. Continue asking questions throughout the process.
  • 5. Letting Go
  • 4. Manage your nervous system
  • With one person micromanaging the creative process, there’s no room for anything unexpected to develop. Sometimes an unusual mash-up of personalities gives rise to creativity as it shakes up our everyday thinking.
  • . As a leader you need to do this or you’ll suffocate your team’s creativity.
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  • Does Meditation Boost Creativity? Research shows that some key elements of meditation stimulate creativity, and others may not.
  • What Colzato and her team discovered was that open-monitoring meditation was far more effective in stimulating divergent thinking, a key driver of creativity. Not surprisingly, the study also showed that focused-attention meditation was more strongly related to convergent thinking, which is important for narrowing options and formulating a workable solution. (Note: Most common forms of mindfulness meditation use a blend of both approaches.)
  • : 1) open-monitoring, which involves observing and noting phenomena in the present moment and keeping attention flexible and unrestricted, and 2) focused attention, which stresses concentrating on a single object, such as breathing, and ignoring other stimuli.
  • According to Baas, the ability to observe is closely related to openness to experience, a personality trait that several studies have shown to be one of the most robust indicators of creative success.
  • These studies also found that acting with awareness, a skill enhanced by focused-attention meditation, had a negative impact on some cognitive processes related to creativity, such as activities that demanded broad attentional scope and mind wandering.
  • But it had a positive impact on working memory and in-depth survey of only a few categories or perspectives. Meanwhile, the results showed that the other mindfulness skills—description and accepting without judgment—were unrelated to creativity.
  • To be creative, you need to have, or be trained in, the ability to observe, notice, and attend to phenomena that pass your mind’s eye.”
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  • How can mindfulness help?
  • Incubation
  • . Creativity requires the presence of divergent and creative thinking. We can’t have one without the other to innovate. Convergent thinking culminates in one answer. This is the part where you begin to standardise your idea into something that can be utilised. It requires cognitiv
  • Illumination
  • How can mindfulness help? The practice of mindfulness develops awareness. If you miss out the second stage or your mind is cluttered and noisy you may miss the Aha! stage. Practising mindfulness on a regular basis will allow you to slow down and quieten the chaos, to slice through the mental clutter, allowing you to bring awareness to illumination and spot that nugget when it surfaces.
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  • How can mindfulness help? Already feeling twitchy about the incubation stage? This is the part we typically find hard. Do you know that letting it go for a while will drive you up the wall causing additional anxiety and stress? Here’s where mindfulness comes in. Employ mindful breathing to relax you and bring the anxiety down a notch or try mindful walking, mindful painting or a mindful run to manage the very necessary stage of incubation which requires you taking a step back.
  • Divergent thinking requires silencing the cognitive control network (CCN). This is the constant chatter that goes on in our minds, the voice that judges ideas and throws them away as useless before they’ve had time to gestate. Quietening the CCN lets the creative default mode network (DMN) loose. Try meditating before pop corning to increase your focus and the quality of your ideas during brainstorm sessions.
  • The elusive muse. Creativity. H
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  • Four stages of the creative process
  • Preparation:
  • This is the part where you begin to standardise your idea into something that can be utilised. It requires cognitive control and the use of attentional networks
  • V
  • . This stage is about trial and error, failing your way to success without becoming demotivated.
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  • One increasingly popular solution is mindfulness meditation. Google, Goldman Sachs, and Medtronic are among the many leading firms that have introduced meditation and other mindfulness practices to their employees.
  • One increasingly popular solution is mindfulness meditation. Google, Goldman Sachs, and Medtronic are among the many leading firms that have introduced meditation and other mindfulness practices to their employees.
  • enabling you to mitigate stress, regulate emotions, and have a more positive outlook so that you can bounce back from setbacks. It helps you develop the ability to switch off reactive fight-or-flight responses and engage in a more thoughtful mode that’s crucial for making balanced decisions.
  • Regularly doing it boosts your resilience,
  • In more and more occupations, creativity is part of the job description. Whether you are trying to reconcile conflicting stakeholder priorities, finding a solution to a customer’s issue, or launching a new product line, your solution probably won’t come out of a textbook. But it’s hard to keep having great ideas day after day. What do you do when you run out of good ideas? How do you “get your mojo back”?
  • , “Mindfulness will make your life work better and your work life better. It’s a win-win!”
  • Find a place where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Second, mindfulness practice improves attentio
  • Mindfulness mediation works to enhance creativity and innovation. Many executives have taken up meditation because they find it helps them switch gears when stress piles up.
  • . First, mindfulness switches on divergent thinking
  • And finally, mindfulness nurtures courage and resilience in the face of skepticism and setbacks,
  • Sit in a comfortable position
  • Ask yourself what you are currently experiencing, and observe your feelings, sensations, and thoughts.
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  • Don’t provide all the answers. You should provide a detailed framework for solving a problem through information that’s useful and actionable. But, you should leave room to include firm calls to action that entice visitors to learn more or gain further assistance by completing your desired action – whether that’s making a purchase, downloading a freebie, signing up for a free trial, or even just joining your mailing list.
  • 1. Know your audience
  • . Ask yourself, or take steps to find out: Age Gender Marital status Profession Interests And the golden question … Problems and challenges they face
  • Build positive relationships with your readers.
  • Need –
  • Format for skim readers
  • Initial research
  • Purchase
  • you want your content to be so persuasive and instill so much confidence in your audience, that the post takes them through the final research stage and straight to a purchase
  • Monetize on emotions
  • 1. Be bold with your CTAs
  • they create content that appeals both in language and subject matter to them and to their peers – but not to their audience.
  • Final research
  • . For example, you might target visitors who want to: Make more money Improve customer service Boost self-confidence
  • Use language that evokes positive emotions in your readers.
  • Create content according to buying cycle
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  • The rules are pretty standard: Write in short paragraphs – no more than three sentences is generally advised. Use subheadings, bullet points, and numbered lists wherever appropriate. Choose a font and size that’s clearly legible. Use images to break up the text and illustrate your key points.
  • . Most of us will begin the buying cycle wearing our logical hat. We’ll have a reasonable idea of what we want and how much we want to spend – but ultimately, our feelings will wind up trumping logic and become the factors that dictate our final decision.
  • the “fear of missing out” (FOMO) and it’s a highly effective sales tool.
  • The idea that something we want (or think we want) is only available for a short time or will soon go up in price can be enough to drive us to buy something we were never sure we wanted in the first place.
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  • The truth is that building an engaged and sizable email list is hands-down the most long-term, profit-generating investment you can make.
  • , a McKinsey study reveals that email is a whopping 40 times more powerful at acquiring new customers than Facebook and Twitter combined.
  • , focus on the payoff for your subscriber
  • . This free content could be how-to guides, reports, webinars, white papers, e-courses, or even discounts and coupons. The goal of your opt-in content is to improve your subscriber’s life by solving a problem.
  • Carrot content – also known as lead magnets or bribe-to-subscribe offers – provide immediate value to your subscriber. This free content could be how-to guides, reports, webinars, white papers, e-courses, or even discounts and coupons. The goal of your opt-in content is to improve your subscriber’s life by solving a problem.
  • Get rid of any and all “Submit” or “Sign up” buttons. Instead, you should:
  • Use first-person language – at the very least try “Sign me up” or “Send me update
  • When creating exit pop-ups, be honest and conversational in your copy.
  • It identifies the highest converting traffic sources for each piece of content. It also tracks conversions over time to learn about their continued engagement and if they buy.
  • Use active language: “Give me access” or “Start discovering today.” Give concrete previews of what the subscriber will receive. Detail the ultimate payoff such as, “Make me a better marketer.” Tell the people exactly what signing up will really give them. Hint: It’s not a weekly email.
  • “Write button/CTA copy that completes this phrase: I want to ________________. The underlined part becomes the button copy.”
  • Remember that there can be hazards associated with going from a single opt-in method to using double opt-ins. Most notably, adding steps can discourage some people from completing the CTA. However, the key benefit of double opt-ins is that they create far more qualified and engaged subscribers.
  • s pop-up drove 1,375% more sign-ups than her sidebar alternative.
  • When crea
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  • “Some studies show that people who do mindfulness meditation gain as much as 10 IQ points
  • t meditation does seem to quickly bring on a sense of quiet and clarity. Still, being creative is not as simple as being relaxed. It also involves the ability to make unexpected connections, to move fluidly among concepts, to consolidate past memories, ideas, or impressions and arrive at new insights
  • s.
  • Meditate Your Way To A More Creative Mind
  • “Mindfulness helps you to build what I call ‘mind strength,’
  • t meditation does seem to quickly bring on a sense of quiet and clarity. Still, being creative is not as simple as being relaxed. It also involves the ability to make unexpected connections, to move fluidly among concepts, to consolidate past memories, ideas, or impressions and arrive at new insights.
  • “What that seems to indicate is that it works on the ability to screen out irrelevant information, to clear out the mind of distractions, and to focus intently on relevant stimuli, which frees up resources to solve problems.”Subjectivel
  • “Intuition, creativity, and innovation are quite often hidden.”
  • “What that seems to indicate is that it works on the ability to screen out irrelevant information, to clear out the mind of distractions, and to focus intently on relevant stimuli, which frees up resources to solve problems.”Subjectively
  • Where could the company go next? Walt Disney’s Imagineers, the company’s goofily named creative design and development arm, took an unusual step. They called in a therapist and meditation teacher
  • “What that seems to indicate is that it works on the ability to screen out irrelevant information, to clear out the mind of distractions, and to focus intently on relevant stimuli, which frees up resources to solve problems.”
  • . “Your awareness and consciousness become really toned. This is an excellent strategy for becoming successful in your profession, as well as the bigger game of transforming yourself and the people who work with and for you.”
  • . The mind is like a muscle. If you don’t keep exercising it, it will atrophy.”
  • t meditation does seem to quickly bring on a sense of quiet and clarity. Still, being creative is not as simple as being relaxed. It also involves the ability to make unexpected connections, to move fluidly among concepts, to consolidate past memories, ideas, or impressions and arrive at new insight
  • . “What that seems to indicate is that it works on the ability to screen out irrelevant information, to clear out the mind of distractions, and to focus intently on relevant stimuli, which frees up resources to solve problems.”
  • “What that seems to indicate is that it works on the ability to screen out irrelevant information, to clear out the mind of distractions, and to focus intently on relevant stimuli, which frees up resources to solve problems.”Subjective
  • , for those with a little patience, there’s promise in slowing down long enough to let the creative spark emerge
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  • key to optimizing the creative process is balancing the brain networks.
  • Four Stages of the Creative Brain
  • Incubation:
  • Balance is everything
  • . Divergent thinking relies on quieting the cognitive control network, which allows the default mode network—the brain’s virtual reality system—to roam more freely. This is the time to use the imagination, gather information and not be shy about being messy and random.
  • We need our control networks, too: a total lack of frontal brain control is linked to schizophrenia, substance use, and depression. Mindfulness practice is the key to this balance.
  • Balance between the ‘freestyle’ and ‘control’ networks is extremely important, and not just for creativity
  • Preparation: Mindfulness meditation boosts divergent thinking. This part involves a lot of learning. Try meditating before your brainstorming and ideation sessions so that you are less distracted, fully focused and can produce higher quality initial rough ideas.
  • The brain is like an orchestra, with different sections playing in synchrony at different times. Balance is everything—too loud, too soft, out of sync or out of tune, and it doesn’t sound quite right. The key to optimizing the creative process is balancing the brain networks.
  • which detects and immediately catches that small twinkle in our ocean of thoughts. Verification:
  • How to Apply Mindfulness to the Creative Process The key to optimizing the creative process is balancing the brain networks.
  • : creativity requires both freedom and constraint in our thinking.
  • Balance is everything
  • , there are actually scientific ways to apply mindfulness to the creative process. First, let’s look at the key ingredients for the creative process.
  • Illumination: Then, the Aha! moment comes suddenly and inexplicably. This is the true moment of creative insight when unrelated and subconscious ideas are suddenly linked together, brought to our consciousness ever so briefly by the salience network, which detects and immediately catches that small twinkle in our ocean of thoughts.
  • Meditation strengthens both the freestyle and control networks, but more importantly, it also strengthens a third network—the salience network—which maintains balance of the first two networks by deciding which is activated and when.
  • The brain is like an orchestra, with different sections playing in synchrony at different times.
  • . Balance is everything—
  • Try meditating before your brainstorming and ideation sessions so that you are less distracted, fully focused and can produce higher quality initial rough ideas.
  • divergent thinking. This part involves a lot of learning. Try meditating before your brainstorming and ideation sessions so that you are less distracted, fully focused and can produce higher quality initial rough ideas. Incubation:  Mindfulness is particularly useful for this important and often
  • The point is, don’t try to make it happen—it will occur naturally. Sleep and any form of mindful practice that doesn’t involve active thinking of the creative task is helpful. Walking meditation is great for reducing stress and anxiety that may arise when ‘doing nothing’.
  • Try meditating before your brainstorming and ideation sessions so that you are less distracted, fully focused and can produce higher quality initial rough ideas.
  • Try meditating before your brainstorming and ideation sessions so that you are less distracted, fully focused and can produce higher quality initial rough ideas.
  • Illumination:
  • Preparation: Mindfulness meditation boosts divergent thinking. This part involves a lot of learning. Try meditating before your brainstorming and ideation sessions so that you are less distracted, fully focused and can produce higher quality initial rough ideas. Incubation:  Mindfulness is particularly useful for this important and often
  • Try meditating before your brainstorming and ideation sessions so that you are less distracted, fully focused and can produce higher quality initial rough ideas.
  • Try meditating before your brainstorming and ideation sessions so that you are less distracted, fully focused and can produce higher quality initial rough ideas.
  • underemphasised phase.
  • Many people find it hard to go offline, relax, and stop obsessing. Even a short mindfulness meditation can calm your distracting thoughts, reduce anxiety or stress, and help you enter a truly chilled state.
  • mindfulness increases awareness.
  • balancing the art of the creative process also becomes a process of balancing our minds.
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  • “I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains along with the imprints of coral and plants and seaweed usually found in the sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than that which causes it, and why immediately on its creation the lightning becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone, and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engage my thought throughout my life.”
  • If an idea is the seed of strategy, experience is the seed of an idea.
  • The more familiar you are with a situation–or you perceive that you are with a situation–the more quickly you will experience it.
  • This is an argument for varied experience–a predictor of creativity–but it is also an argument for mindfulness.
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  • His emphasis on observation was so great that he would reconceive the way we perceive perception.
  • It is a matter of attending to your experience, or staying curious about the world. The less we’re wrapped up in our thinking, the more we notice about the world.
  • Many people look, he said, but few people see–and that mindful seeing is the foundation of direct experience, itself the foundation of direct knowledge.
  • That is the power of curiosity and of observation: under examination even the most respected received wisdom can give way.
  • How Curiosity Cultivates CreativityA lesson from the life of Leonardo da Vinci about how observing the world around you can lead to creative breakthroughs.
  • It
  • As Einstein famously said that he had no special talent beyond being passionately curious, which means there is no other avenue to cultivating creative work aside from impassioned curiosity.
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  • Where Creativity Comes FromStudies of humans and other animals indicate that inventiveness often stems from factors other than need
  • Studies of humans and other animals indicate that inventiveness often stems from factors other than need
  • The old adage about inventiveness, of course, is that it stems from necessity.
  • . “Trying
  • Research on humans faced with scarcity echoes van Schaik’s orangutan findings.
  • “Rather than the product of individual innovators, these inventions can be thought of as the product of our societies. Innovations rely on individuals learning from others—in that way, human society functions like a collective brain.”
  • “When food is scarce, orangutans go into energy-saving mode. They minimize movement and focus on unappealing fall-back foods,” he observed. Their strategy in this scenario is quite the opposite of innovation, but it makes sense. “Trying something new can be risky—you can get injured or poisoned—and it requires a serious investment of time, energy and attention, while the outcome is always uncertain,
  • reminding people with a low income of their financial trouble reduced their capacity to think logically and solve problems in novel situations. A subsequent study found that Indian sugarcane farmers performed much better on the same cognitive performance test after receiving the once-a-year payment for their produce, temporarily resolving their monetary concerns.
  • ) People will do whatever it takes to survive, of course, which may occasionally lead to innovations. But as these and other studies suggest, if one’s mind is constantly occupied with urgent problems, such as finding food or shelter or paying bills, there will not be much capacity left to come up with long-term solutions to better one’s livelihood.
  • : if an animal avoids approaching any new objects, innovations become rather unlikely
  • w individuals that are more eager to explore new things tend to be the most innovative ones.
  • . Most of the things we use every day are inventions that no single human being could ever design within her lifetime,”
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  • There is outer stillness, which is relatively predominant in this room, except that we’re making a little noise, but there’s also inner stillness. The real question is how can you integrate those two?
  • start to become a better human being so that you can serve others better and not be distracted by trying to make everyone perfect on the way. That’s the job of the Buddha, not your job.
  • Want to be happy? Slow down
  • The more we run from a problem, the more we’re actually running into it.
  • What struck me about both Matthieu and the Dalai Lama is they present happiness not as something peculiar to Buddhists or monks, but available to everyone whenever you want.
  • We don’t mind spending 15 years on education, why not the same to become a better human being?
  • Many of us remember a beautiful TED Talk by Brother David Steindl-Rast [Want to be happy? Be grateful], and he had a very simple piece of advice for those seeking happiness, which was to express and to feel gratitude on a daily basis.
  • Skills don’t just pop up because you wish to be more compassionate or happier. It needs sustained application.
  • It’s only by stepping back that we can see what the screen is communicating.
  • “It so often happens that somebody says ‘change your life’ and you repaint your car rather than re-wire the engine.” Pico Iyer
  • “Enlightenment is eliminating mental confusion, eliminating hatred, jealousy, mental toxins, cravings. That’s very simple and straightforward. Whether you can do it or not is another matter.” Matthieu Ricard
  • “The greatest weapon we have against stress is to choose one thought over another.” And of course, stress has been called the single biggest epidemic of the 21st century. But to choose one thought over another has to do with mind training.
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  • . As all creatives know there is a quiet thrill in the challenge of solving ‘the answer’ to the puzzle a design brief poses
  • 2. Sometimes Our Emotions Get In The Way Of Our Thinking
  • Mindfulness meditation is a great technique to learn to help improve creativity. It has side effects which have been shown to reduce the reactivity of the reptilian brain, increase resilience, stimulate the neocortex, as well as improve emotional intelligence. All these assist in getting ideas flowing directly to your best creative thinking brain: the neocortex.
  • How Mindful Meditation Boosts Creativity and Innovation
  • So as you can see, what we think is a simple creative thought process is actually conditional to a lot of neuro-chemistry being aligned!
  • Meditation has been a core part of my life for over 19 years. It’s part of my daily routine and for years I just took it for granted that it helped my work as a ‘career creative,’ but new studies have been emerging which show how and why my mindful practice actually innovated my thinking and made me more creative.
  • 1. We Do Creative Thinking With Our Neocortex
  • The Walt Disney Company was an early adopter of meditation in the workplace, as they noticed a dramatic increase in creativity after employees meditated on creative solutions. General Mills is another company which reports improved innovation as a result of sitting in stillness and has meditation rooms available to their staff. Google has an in house mindfulness program called ‘Search inside Yourself’ and has built a labyrinth for mindful walking meditations.
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  • r a mindful experience right now listen to this Creativity Booster — 12 Minute Power Meditation to get your juices going. To your success! Be inspired and bliss out! <div class="advertisement sharebox_260x60" data-placement="sharebox_260x60"> <div class="ad_share_box"> <div style="display:none;line-height:normal;font:0.6em sans-serif;color:#909090;" class="sharebox-label">ADVERTISEMENT</div> <style>#ad_sharebox_260x60 img {padding:0;margin:0;}</style> <div id="ad_sharebox_260x60" class="ad_wrapper" style="padding:0;background:none;"><div id="adtech_sharebox_260x60" class="adtech-adspot ad-sharebox_260x60"></div> <script> (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_sharebox_260x60'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415650'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["sharebox_260x60"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; } var args = ['260', '60']; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.sharebox_260x60'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'sharebox_260x60', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); </scr+ipt></div></div> <script> (function(){ var box = document.getElementById('ad_sharebox_260x60').parentNode; var label = box.querySelector('.sharebox-label'); function resize() { var ifr = box.querySelector('iframe'); if ((!ifr && box.offsetWidth > 10 && box.offsetHeight > 10) || (ifr && ifr.offsetWidth > 10 && ifr.offsetHeight > 10)) { box.style.paddingBottom = '5px'; box.style.marginRight = '20px'; label.style.display = ''; } else { label.style.display = 'none'; box.style.marginRight = box.style.paddingBottom = ''; } } for (i=0; i<10000; i+= 500) { window.setTimeout(resize, i); } }()); </scr+ipt> </div> Download Follow Bianca Rothschild on Twitter: www.twitter.com/secretlyfamous Bianca Rothschild Tech Entrepreneur turned Meditation Hustler. MORE: Creativity Blissonomics Mindfulness Design Meditation window.HP.modules.smarten.selector('.js-entry'); if ( "function" === typeof(adSetSyncDelay) ) { adSetSyncDelay('125'); } (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_right_rail_flex'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415696'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["right_rail_flex"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "f"; break; } var args = ['RR', 'RR' ]; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.right_rail_flex'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'right_rail_flex', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); Subscribe to The Morning Email. Wake up to the day's most important news.
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  • There have been studies done specifically to measure the cognitive rigidity of people who meditate and their ability to solve problems in novel ways. The research shows non-meditators had greater cognitive rigidity than regular meditators, and they also had a tendency to apply difficult or outdated solutions to easy problems based on their past experiences, this was not the case for people who meditated
  • he best test is, “Does it work for me?“ So next time you find yourself stuck on a creative problem take some time out to be quiet and allow your stress to subside by focussing on your breath for a few minutes. Starting a regular meditation practice will help you learn new skills and actually train your mind and get your emotions to calm down to allow your creative genius to flow! For a mindful experience right now listen to this Creativity Booster — 12 Minute Power Meditation to get your juices going. To your success! Be inspired and bliss out! <div class="advertisement sharebox_260x60" data-placement="sharebox_260x60"> <div class="ad_share_box"> <div style="display:none;line-height:normal;font:0.6em sans-serif;color:#909090;" class="sharebox-label">ADVERTISEMENT</div> <style>#ad_sharebox_260x60 img {padding:0;margin:0;}</style> <div id="ad_sharebox_260x60" class="ad_wrapper" style="padding:0;background:none;"><div id="adtech_sharebox_260x60" class="adtech-adspot ad-sharebox_260x60"></div> <script> (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_sharebox_260x60'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415650'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["sharebox_260x60"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; } var args = ['260', '60']; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.sharebox_260x60'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'sharebox_260x60', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); </scr+ipt></div></div> <script> (function(){ var box = document.getElementById('ad_sharebox_260x60').parentNode; var label = box.querySelector('.sharebox-label'); function resize() { var ifr = box.querySelector('iframe'); if ((!ifr && box.offsetWidth > 10 && box.offsetHeight > 10) || (ifr && ifr.offsetWidth > 10 && ifr.offsetHeight > 10)) { box.style.paddingBottom = '5px'; box.style.marginRight = '20px'; label.style.display = ''; } else { label.style.display = 'none'; box.style.marginRight = box.style.paddingBottom = ''; } } for (i=0; i<10000; i+= 500) { window.setTimeout(resize, i); } }()); </scr+ipt> </div> Download Follow Bianca Rothschild on Twitter: www.twitter.com/secretlyfamous Bianca Rothschild Tech Entrepreneur turned Meditation Hustler. MORE: Creativity Blissonomics Mindfulness Design Meditation window.HP.modules.smarten.selector('.js-entry'); if ( "function" === typeof(adSetSyncDelay) ) { adSetSyncDelay('125'); } (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_right_rail_flex'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415696'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["right_rail_flex"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "f"; break; } var args = ['RR', 'RR' ]; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.right_rail_flex'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'right_rail_flex', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); Subscribe to The Morning Email. 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  • . To me the best test is, “Does it work for me?“ So next time you find yourself stuck on a creative problem take some time out to be quiet and allow your stress to subside by focussing on your breath for a few minutes. Starting a regular meditation practice will help you learn new skills and actually train your mind and get your emotions to calm down to allow your creative genius to flow! For a mindful experience right now listen to this Creativity Booster — 12 Minute Power Meditation to get your juices going. To your success! Be inspired and bliss out! <div class="advertisement sharebox_260x60" data-placement="sharebox_260x60"> <div class="ad_share_box"> <div style="display:none;line-height:normal;font:0.6em sans-serif;color:#909090;" class="sharebox-label">ADVERTISEMENT</div> <style>#ad_sharebox_260x60 img {padding:0;margin:0;}</style> <div id="ad_sharebox_260x60" class="ad_wrapper" style="padding:0;background:none;"><div id="adtech_sharebox_260x60" class="adtech-adspot ad-sharebox_260x60"></div> <script> (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_sharebox_260x60'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415650'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["sharebox_260x60"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; } var args = ['260', '60']; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.sharebox_260x60'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'sharebox_260x60', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); </scr+ipt></div></div> <script> (function(){ var box = document.getElementById('ad_sharebox_260x60').parentNode; var label = box.querySelector('.sharebox-label'); function resize() { var ifr = box.querySelector('iframe'); if ((!ifr && box.offsetWidth > 10 && box.offsetHeight > 10) || (ifr && ifr.offsetWidth > 10 && ifr.offsetHeight > 10)) { box.style.paddingBottom = '5px'; box.style.marginRight = '20px'; label.style.display = ''; } else { label.style.display = 'none'; box.style.marginRight = box.style.paddingBottom = ''; } } for (i=0; i<10000; i+= 500) { window.setTimeout(resize, i); } }()); </scr+ipt> </div> Download Follow Bianca Rothschild on Twitter: www.twitter.com/secretlyfamous Bianca Rothschild Tech Entrepreneur turned Meditation Hustler. MORE: Creativity Blissonomics Mindfulness Design Meditation window.HP.modules.smarten.selector('.js-entry'); if ( "function" === typeof(adSetSyncDelay) ) { adSetSyncDelay('125'); } (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_right_rail_flex'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415696'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["right_rail_flex"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "f"; break; } var args = ['RR', 'RR' ]; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.right_rail_flex'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'right_rail_flex', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); Subscribe to The Morning Email. 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  • ing on your breath for a few minutes. Starting a regular meditation practice will help you learn new skills and actually train your mind and get your emotions to calm down to allow your creative genius to flow! For a mindful experience right now listen to this Creativity Booster — 12 Minute Power Meditation to get your juices going. To your success! Be inspired and bliss out! <div class="advertisement sharebox_260x60" data-placement="sharebox_260x60"> <div class="ad_share_box"> <div style="display:none;line-height:normal;font:0.6em sans-serif;color:#909090;" class="sharebox-label">ADVERTISEMENT</div> <style>#ad_sharebox_260x60 img {padding:0;margin:0;}</style> <div id="ad_sharebox_260x60" class="ad_wrapper" style="padding:0;background:none;"><div id="adtech_sharebox_260x60" class="adtech-adspot ad-sharebox_260x60"></div> <script> (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_sharebox_260x60'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415650'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["sharebox_260x60"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; } var args = ['260', '60']; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.sharebox_260x60'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'sharebox_260x60', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); </scr+ipt></div></div> <script> (function(){ var box = document.getElementById('ad_sharebox_260x60').parentNode; var label = box.querySelector('.sharebox-label'); function resize() { var ifr = box.querySelector('iframe'); if ((!ifr && box.offsetWidth > 10 && box.offsetHeight > 10) || (ifr && ifr.offsetWidth > 10 && ifr.offsetHeight > 10)) { box.style.paddingBottom = '5px'; box.style.marginRight = '20px'; label.style.display = ''; } else { label.style.display = 'none'; box.style.marginRight = box.style.paddingBottom = ''; } } for (i=0; i<10000; i+= 500) { window.setTimeout(resize, i); } }()); </scr+ipt> </div> Download Follow Bianca Rothschild on Twitter: www.twitter.com/secretlyfamous Bianca Rothschild Tech Entrepreneur turned Meditation Hustler. MORE: Creativity Blissonomics Mindfulness Design Meditation window.HP.modules.smarten.selector('.js-entry'); if ( "function" === typeof(adSetSyncDelay) ) { adSetSyncDelay('125'); } (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_right_rail_flex'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415696'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["right_rail_flex"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "f"; break; } var args = ['RR', 'RR' ]; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.right_rail_flex'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'right_rail_flex', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); Subscribe to The Morning Email. Wake up to the day's most important news.
  • the best test is, “Does it work for me?“ So next time you find yourself stuck on a creative problem take some time out to be quiet and allow your stress to subside by focussing on your breath for a few minutes. Starting a regular meditation practice will help you learn new skills and actually train your mind and get your emotions to calm down to allow your creative genius to flow! For a mindful experience right now listen to this Creativity Booster — 12 Minute Power Meditation to get your juices going. To your success! Be inspired and bliss out! <div class="advertisement sharebox_260x60" data-placement="sharebox_260x60"> <div class="ad_share_box"> <div style="display:none;line-height:normal;font:0.6em sans-serif;color:#909090;" class="sharebox-label">ADVERTISEMENT</div> <style>#ad_sharebox_260x60 img {padding:0;margin:0;}</style> <div id="ad_sharebox_260x60" class="ad_wrapper" style="padding:0;background:none;"><div id="adtech_sharebox_260x60" class="adtech-adspot ad-sharebox_260x60"></div> <script> (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_sharebox_260x60'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415650'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["sharebox_260x60"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; } var args = ['260', '60']; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.sharebox_260x60'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'sharebox_260x60', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); </scr+ipt></div></div> <script> (function(){ var box = document.getElementById('ad_sharebox_260x60').parentNode; var label = box.querySelector('.sharebox-label'); function resize() { var ifr = box.querySelector('iframe'); if ((!ifr && box.offsetWidth > 10 && box.offsetHeight > 10) || (ifr && ifr.offsetWidth > 10 && ifr.offsetHeight > 10)) { box.style.paddingBottom = '5px'; box.style.marginRight = '20px'; label.style.display = ''; } else { label.style.display = 'none'; box.style.marginRight = box.style.paddingBottom = ''; } } for (i=0; i<10000; i+= 500) { window.setTimeout(resize, i); } }()); </scr+ipt> </div> Download Follow Bianca Rothschild on Twitter: www.twitter.com/secretlyfamous
  • e the best test is, “Does it work for me?“ So next time you find yourself stuck on a creative problem take some time out to be quiet and allow your stress to subside by focussing on your breath for a few minutes. Starting a regular meditation practice will help you learn new skills and actually train your mind and get your emotions to calm down to allow your creative genius to flow! For a mindful experience right now listen to this Creativity Booster — 12 Minute Power Meditation to get your juices going. To your success! Be inspired and bliss out! <div class="advertisement sharebox_260x60" data-placement="sharebox_260x60"> <div class="ad_share_box"> <div style="display:none;line-height:normal;font:0.6em sans-serif;color:#909090;" class="sharebox-label">ADVERTISEMENT</div> <style>#ad_sharebox_260x60 img {padding:0;margin:0;}</style> <div id="ad_sharebox_260x60" class="ad_wrapper" style="padding:0;background:none;"><div id="adtech_sharebox_260x60" class="adtech-adspot ad-sharebox_260x60"></div> <script> (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_sharebox_260x60'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415650'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["sharebox_260x60"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; } var args = ['260', '60']; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.sharebox_260x60'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'sharebox_260x60', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); </scr+ipt></div></div> <script> (function(){ var box = document.getElementById('ad_sharebox_260x60').parentNode; var label = box.querySelector('.sharebox-label'); function resize() { var ifr = box.querySelector('iframe'); if ((!ifr && box.offsetWidth > 10 && box.offsetHeight > 10) || (ifr && ifr.offsetWidth > 10 && ifr.offsetHeight > 10)) { box.style.paddingBottom = '5px'; box.style.marginRight = '20px'; label.style.display = ''; } else { label.style.display = 'none'; box.style.marginRight = box.style.paddingBottom = ''; } } for (i=0; i<10000; i+= 500) { window.setTimeout(resize, i); } }()); </scr+ipt> </div> Download Follow Bianca Rothschild on Twitter: www.twitter.com/secretlyfamous Bianca Rothschild Tech Entrepreneur turned Meditation Hustler. MORE: Creativity Blissonomics Mindfulness Design Meditation
  • me the best test is, “Does it work for me?“ So next time you find yourself stuck on a creative problem take some time out to be quiet and allow your stress to subside by focussing on your breath for a few minutes. Starting a regular meditation practice will help you learn new skills and actually train your mind and get your emotions to calm down to allow your creative genius to flow! For a mindful experience right now listen to this Creativity Booster — 12 Minute Power Meditation to get your juices going. To your success! Be inspired and bliss out! <div class="advertisement sharebox_260x60" data-placement="sharebox_260x60"> <div class="ad_share_box"> <div style="display:none;line-height:normal;font:0.6em sans-serif;color:#909090;" class="sharebox-label">ADVERTISEMENT</div> <style>#ad_sharebox_260x60 img {padding:0;margin:0;}</style> <div id="ad_sharebox_260x60" class="ad_wrapper" style="padding:0;background:none;"><div id="adtech_sharebox_260x60" class="adtech-adspot ad-sharebox_260x60"></div> <script> (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_sharebox_260x60'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415650'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["sharebox_260x60"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; } var args = ['260', '60']; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.sharebox_260x60'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'sharebox_260x60', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); </scr+ipt></div></div> <script> (function(){ var box = document.getElementById('ad_sharebox_260x60').parentNode; var label = box.querySelector('.sharebox-label'); function resize() { var ifr = box.querySelector('iframe'); if ((!ifr && box.offsetWidth > 10 && box.offsetHeight > 10) || (ifr && ifr.offsetWidth > 10 && ifr.offsetHeight > 10)) { box.style.paddingBottom = '5px'; box.style.marginRight = '20px'; label.style.display = ''; } else { label.style.display = 'none'; box.style.marginRight = box.style.paddingBottom = ''; } } for (i=0; i<10000; i+= 500) { window.setTimeout(resize, i); } }()); </scr+ipt> </div> Download Follow Bianca Rothschild on Twitter: www.twitter.com/secretlyfamous Bianca Rothschild Tech Entrepreneur turned Meditation Hustler. MORE: Creativity Blissonomics Mindfulness Design Meditation
  • solve problems in novel ways. The research shows non-meditators had greater cognitive rigidity than regular meditators, and they also had a tendency to apply difficult or outdated solutions to easy problems based on their past experiences, this was not the case for people who meditated. To me the best test is, “Does it work for me?“ So next time you find yourself stuck on a creative problem take some time out to be quiet and allow your stress to subside by focussing on your breath for a few minutes. Starting a regular meditation practice will help you learn new skills and actually train your mind and get your emotions to calm down to allow your creative genius to flow! For a mindful experience right now listen to this Creativity Booster — 12 Minute Power Meditation to get your juices going. To your success! 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  • To me the best test is, “Does it work for me?“ So next time you find yourself stuck on a creative problem take some time out to be quiet and allow your stress to subside by focussing on your breath for a few minutes. Starting a regular meditation practice will help you learn new skills and actually train your mind and get your emotions to calm down to allow your creative genius to flow! For a mindful experience right now listen to this Creativity Booster — 12 Minute Power Meditation to get your juices going. To your success! Be inspired and bliss out! <div class="advertisement sharebox_260x60" data-placement="sharebox_260x60"> <div class="ad_share_box"> <div style="display:none;line-height:normal;font:0.6em sans-serif;color:#909090;" class="sharebox-label">ADVERTISEMENT</div> <style>#ad_sharebox_260x60 img {padding:0;margin:0;}</style> <div id="ad_sharebox_260x60" class="ad_wrapper" style="padding:0;background:none;"><div id="adtech_sharebox_260x60" class="adtech-adspot ad-sharebox_260x60"></div> <script> (function() { var adsDiv = document.querySelector('#adtech_sharebox_260x60'); adsDiv.removeAttribute('id'); window.modulousQueue.add(function(){ waitForGlobal('htmlAdWH', function() { adsDiv.reloadCount = 0; var recoveryId = ''; var needsRecovery = recoveryId && recoveryId.length && kraken__adBlock && kraken__adBlock.active; var adId = needsRecovery ? recoveryId : '93415650'; try { adId = io_c3sd.ads["sharebox_260x60"] || adId; } catch(e) {} // Override adtech_call_type var delivery_type = "default" || ""; var adtech_call_type = ""; switch (delivery_type) { case "by_request": adtech_call_type = "ajax"; break; case "text": adtech_call_type = "text"; break; case "iframe": adtech_call_type = "iframe"; break; case "iframe_proxy": adtech_call_type = "f"; break; case "collapsed": adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; default: adtech_call_type = "fc"; break; } var args = ['260', '60']; if(needsRecovery) { waitForGlobal('readyToRecover', function() { adsDiv = document.querySelector('.sharebox_260x60'); //htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], "fileless", adsDiv); }); } else { htmlAdWH(adId, args[0], args[1], adtech_call_type, adsDiv); } if (typeof debugadcode == 'function') { debugadcode('AdTech', {placement: 'sharebox_260x60', mnid: adId}, adsDiv); } jQuery(document).on('reloadAd', function(ev, elem) { if (elem && !elem.contains(adsDiv)) { return; } var refreshRate = 1; adsDiv.reloadCount++; if (adsDiv.reloadCount % refreshRate === 0 && typeof adsReloadAd === 'function') { adsReloadAd(adsDiv); } }); adSetInView('0'); }); // wFG:htmlAdWH }); }()); </scr+ipt></div></div> <script> (function(){ var box = document.getElementById('ad_sharebox_260x60').parentNode; var label = box.querySelector('.sharebox-label'); function resize() { var ifr = box.querySelector('iframe'); if ((!ifr && box.offsetWidth > 10 && box.offsetHeight > 10) || (ifr && ifr.offsetWidth > 10 && ifr.offsetHeight > 10)) { box.style.paddingBottom = '5px'; box.style.marginRight = '20px'; label.style.display = ''; } else { label.style.display = 'none'; box.style.marginRight = box.style.paddingBottom = ''; } } for (i=0; i<10000; i+= 500) { window.setTimeout(resize, i); } }()); </scr+ipt> </div> Download Follow Bianca Rothschild on Twitter: www.twitter.com/secretlyfamous Bianca Rothschild Tech Entrepreneur turned Meditation Hustler. 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  • n. Americans still purchase approximately 1.6 billion Christmas cards a year.
  • Cultures have enjoyed sharing written New Year’s greetings for centuries. The English-speaking ritual of sending holiday cards, however, dates back only to the middle of the 19th. Some sources say it originated with Thomas Shorrock, of Leith, Scotland, who, in the 1840s, produced cards showing a jolly face with the caption “A Gude Year to Ye.” 
  • artistic tradition. As technology continued to improve, holiday-card manufacturing became an increasingly lucrative—and competitive—venture. By the late 1920s, the industry employed more than 5,000 American workmen at as many as 40 factories. Each year’s new designs were produced by well-paid artisans and closely guarded to prevent imitation by rival firms.
  • Christmas cards are, at their core, an artistic tradition. In 1930, the New York Public Library hosted an exhibition to highlight the variety of techniques used by American artists to express good tidings, including etching, wood engraving, linoleum cutting, and lithography. Although not all cards rose to the level of Great Art, the exhibit’s tone was celebratory.
  • The practice of sending cards became further entrenched in American culture when it was embraced as a charitable gesture. By the 1940s, many nonprofits were raising money by selling special sets of Christmas cards that carried their institution’s logo or an image inspired by its mission. The most widely known use of holiday cards for fundraising is likely the UNICEF annual holiday card sale, which raises money to provide at-risk children around the world with essential services, such as vaccines and clean water. UNICEF’s first card, issued in 1949,
  • . He commissioned an artist to create 1,000 engraved holiday cards in 1843. Cole’s greeting featured a prosperous-looking family toasting the holidays, flanked on both sides by images of kindly souls engaging in acts of charity. A caption along the bottom read, “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.”
  • By the end of the 20th century, the task of sending holiday cards remained largely relegated to women, many of whom carried a new array of personal and professional responsibilities. As noted in Micaela di Leonardo’s 1987 study, women were increasingly busy dealing with pressures from work, caring for elderly relatives, and attending to “their own desires for freedom.” Were there enough hours in the day to continue sending Christmas cards?
  • With advances in printing technology and mail service, the practice of sending commercially produced Christmas cards caught on. By the 1880s, it was an integral part of the holiday season for many American families as well.
  • As relatives spread out geographically, women assumed responsibility for “the work of kinship” and became caretakers of extended family connections. Christmas cards were a convenient way for them to nurture relationships among their husbands, children, and distant relatives.
  • German emigrant Louis Prang, who produced attractive and reasonably priced chromolithographed cards for the mass market. He is often referred to as the father of the American Christmas card.
  • . Highly personalized cards can be produced with a few clicks of a mouse and emailed without a bothersome trip to the post office. Or you can forget about the cards altogether and remain guilt free by reaching out to loved ones through social media or various other forms of digital communication.
  • Sentiment also helped the tradition take root. The year after the New York Public Library exhibit, The American Journal of Nursing discussed the pleasures of receiving holiday greetings. “Everyone has within her life and experience certain things which represent her to her friends,” the author writes. “The card is a sketch ‘from life’ of an expression of these experiences, characteristics, or interests in another’s Christmas remembrance that makes the latter a joy to receive.”
  • Perhaps most importantly, buying holiday cards may satisfy deep-seated subconscious needs. In 1947’s “Art and Cultural Symbolism: A Psychological Study of Greeting Cards,” William E. Henry analyzed cards as tools people used to convey “feelings and wishes” to one another through “symbols which stand for these feelings.” In a communal context, Henry noted, Christmas cards are widely understood to represent “a formal celebration of ideas of personal warmth and home feelings, visions of the return to a protected childhood status, and an opportunity to formally assuage parent-directed hostilities.” His study detailed how the choices consumers make in selecting cards often result from their individual desires and personalities. For one buyer, a card may satisfy “unmet affiliation” needs and in another bolster “feelings of self-respect.” In other words, sending cards is not only a gesture of goodwill but also an act of expression for oneself.
  • The greeting-card industry adjusted to the changing dynamic. New printing methods allowed mass-produced cards to be easily customized with family names, photographs, and news updates. Senders no longer needed to spend precious time composing notes or signing their names over and over. Those who owned a home printer did not even have to address the envelopes by hand. While this assembly-line-style approach arguably defeated the purpose of sending cards in the first place, at least the job was getting done.
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  • Silence has a surprising number of social functions as well. It can be a way of showing respect, attentiveness or consideration to someone else. Silence can be affectionate or intimate, or, in the form of a pause, can bestow import, emotion or gravitas on those words we do say.
  • And it can equal cowardice; as Martin Luther King once observed, “We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
  • . The World Health Organization has identified noise pollution as a global health hazard affecting both developing and developed nations. The impact includes hearing impairment, sleep disturbance, mental-health effects, hypertension and increased blood pressure. People surrounded by noise are often in constant states of stress, which can degrade their immune systems. Children who are exposed to noise — like the New York City kids featured in the film whose school abuts train tracks — are at risk of having their cognitive learning abilities impaired. A 2011 WHO report concluded that in Europe at least 1 million life-years are lost every year from the long and short-term effects of traffic-related noise.
  • Despite the exalted place silence holds in many religions, there seem to be more sayings in favor of speaking up than shutting up — the squeaky wheel gets the grease, to name but one. Silence can mean something feels wrong, like the awkward silence in a conversation
  • , “The high one is your nervous system in operation and the low one is your blood circulating.” And Cage realized how subjective, how nebulous and how abstract the idea of silence really was.
  • the “silent treatment” is a slippery act of passive hostility.
  • “What we’re looking for, I came to believe, is really more for a kind of balance in our environment. It’s the particular balance of sound and quiet that maximizes our perceptual awareness of where we are.”
  • . “Time away has given me perspective on what I should allow back into my life,” he writes in the film. “Many people wanted a reason for the silence. I tried to explain that we can come up with reasons for doing anything, but only in doing it can we really understand it. My intuition was that it was a good thing to do, that silence is important in many ways and should be explored, not explained.”
  • Silence is most often tied to tranquility in nature, like a quiet sunset, a still forest. The hushed contentment of a sleeping baby pleases parent and child alike.
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  • . It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain,
  • . In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain.
  • , two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees.
  • During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
  • . Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. Because of these efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century.
  • . Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.
  • Of course, whether we’re asking for romantic advice or trying to avoid seven years of bad luck, each one of these Halloween superstitions relies on the good will of the very same “spirits” whose presence the early Celts felt so keenly.
  • Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).
  • The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives.
  • , celebrated their new year on November 1.
  • . Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
  • . The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.
  • In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally.
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