With nine weeks remaining of this year I’m entering the holiday ambivalence zone. I’m impatient for a break from work and responsibilities. I long for languorous summer days with a novel and no agenda and I’m excited about the possibilities and fresh start that a new year brings (untouched yearly planner anyone?).
Does your personality change over time?
Why are some people panicked by certain sounds?
Where do gender differences really come from?
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Do you plan for a new year? Or for January alone?
There’s a structure in the human brain about the size of a brussels sprout. It’s called the lateral frontal pole and it’s uniquely human*. It gives us a super power that no other creature has. It allows us to plan into the future, be flexible in our decision making and to learn from our past experience.
The New Year is the perfect time to put your lateral frontal pole to use. Many of us start the year with a sense of something new that we want to achieve. Get fit. Find a new job. Save money.
It's reading season!
I love summer reading. It's one of the few periods of the year that slows down enough for me to pick up a book. These holidays I have an array of novels stacked by my bed but I also have some inspiring and insightful non-fiction to devour in readiness for a big, productive and satisfying 2018!
A question for you...
Looking over the year so far, what accomplishment or achievement makes you most proud? Which bit of life have you won at so far? Write it down.
Have I got you thinking?