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Pay Attention to Yourself First for More Creative Thought

Pay attention.

In a noisy, distracting world, you often give your attention away. Sometimes it’s taken away. Either way, you’re paying.

Consistent with a financial fundamental, pay yourself first. Invest more of your attention into yourself. You’ll appreciate the benefits.

Per science (easy read, better read), spending more time in the absence of noise and distraction will:

  • Grow new brain cells that become functioning neurons
  • Increase self-reflective thought that’s deeper and more creative
  • Reduce overall stress and tension
  • Improve cognitive performance (reading attention, memory, problem solving)

But competition for your attention is high.
Especially when your awareness or will is low.

Here in this post: one new trend that further increases that competition, a fundamental concept behind creative thought, and a caution to be intentional about silence and reflection.

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Neuroeconomist Paul Zak on Morality in Market Economies

Neuroeconomist Paul Zak studies, writes, and speaks about the role oxytocin plays in trust. Trust, of course, is fundamental to productive societies and economies.

Below, find a 2009 episode of On Being with Krista Tippett featuring Zak, followed by a transcription of one of its many interesting passages.  The episode is especially interesting because the conversation took place during the market collapse often called The Great Recession.  The passage was chosen for its closing lines’ use of Aristotle’s virtue of magnificence and angle on prosperity and its “refudiation” of the idea that financial transactions and economic pursuits are unbecoming and base.

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