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Greatest NHL Player: Gretzky vs. Lemieux


By | source: Jun 17th, 2011

The recent riots in Vancouver have made headlines lately putting the Canadian city and its residents on trial. The majority of those from Vancouver didn’t take part in the riots. The city blamed the uprising on a mixture of young people and alcohol. With that logic one could wonder why college towns don’t have a riots every weekend.

Hockey is important in Canada, its like football in Texas and its a very serious thing. Losing to America must suck. We don’t appreciate the sport of hockey over here. It is pretty obvious when there are only three players on the championship team the Boston Bruins that were actually born in the states. Almost the entire team is made of up Canadians. Vancouver should be celebrating, not lighting police cars on fire.

Gretzky and Lemieux are some of the biggest names in hockey. With Gretzky pulling in around 200 million dollars during his career compared to Lemieux’s 45 mill makes it seem like Gretzky won in some sense. Although $45 million will get you through a lifetime pretty easily too.

I’ve never been a big fan of hockey, and I’m not sure if America is ready to really get into the sport. I know I’ve picked up on watching soccer, maybe I’ll throw some NHL in there too. [Via]

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Blog Posted In Education, Lifestyle

How To Learn Something New Everyday In 15 Minutes (Or Less)


By | source: Nov 15th, 2017

As children and up into early adulthood, we were encouraged to learn something new every day.  We did experiments at school, took part in extra-curricular activities, and joined cultural and activism groups during our college years.

Then something happened:

Adulthood.

We went from being curious children to adults dedicated to a 9-5 job (which the majority of us find unrewarding), adopting routines that rarely ever change.

Benedict Carey, author of the book How We Learn, says that routine limits our brain’s ability to learn new skills and knowledge.  This is worrisome because learning new things is important for our happiness.

 

Why Learning New Things Is Crucial for Happiness

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You may have heard that the “brain is like a muscle.”  Just like other muscles, you have to exercise the brain by learning new things.  Yes, there is ample research which shows that learning helps build neuron connections and can stave off diseases like Parkinson’s. But there is a lot more to learning new things than just making the brain stronger.  The act of learning actually makes us happier.

As Belle Beth Cooper writes about in her post on “Why New Things Make Us Feel So Good”, there is a section in the brain known as the SN/VTA.

The SN/VTA part of the brain is linked to the learning and memory parts, but it is best known as the “novelty center” because it lights up when exposed to new stimuli.  You experience a rush of dopamine, which is one of the chemicals that motivates us towards rewards.

Here is what happens:

  • You experience something new.
  • The “novelty center” of your brain is activated.
  • You get a rush of dopamine.
  • Dopamine motivates you to follow through with the new thing.
  • You get another rush of dopamine when you finish the activity.

It is no surprise then that research has found dopamine is closely linked to the learning process. In short, learning new things stimulates happiness chemicals brain.

 

Other Benefits of Learning Something New

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  • Learning Makes You More Interesting to Others: You’ll always have something to talk about at parties.
  • Can Relate to More People: The more you know, the more likely you are to find something in common with others.  Empathy also helps bridge gaps in communication.
  • Builds Self-Esteem: Practice makes perfect, and when we see ourselves mastering new knowledge and skills, we build self-efficacy.   Self efficacy is our own faith that we can succeed at a given task, which closely overlaps with self-esteem and confidence.
  • You’ll Make More Friends: Because of the benefits of learning listed above, you’ll find it easier to meet people and make friends. Social interactions are essential for our happiness, so learning really does pay off in the long run!
  • Sets a Good Example: If you want your kids and loved ones to reap the same benefits of learning, lead by example!
  • Earn More Money: Depending on what you learn, you might build both technical or soft skills to advance your career.

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  • Find a More Rewarding Career: It isn’t money which motivates us –having a sense of purpose motivates. Learning new skills makes you better-rounded so you can more easily find what you love to do.
  • Empowering: Learning gives you the information you need to make better informed decisions in life.
  • You’ll Learn Easier and Faster: The more you practice learning, the denser the myelin white matter of your brain becomes and the stronger your neural pathways become.
  • Learning Fuels Creativity: As Positive Psychology champion Vanessa King says, ideas come from seemingly unrelated things. Learning new things can trigger ideas in other areas.

How to Learn Something New Right Now

Learning can be broken down into short-term and long-term learning.  If you don’t necessarily want to embark on a big endeavor (such as learning to play an instrument), your brain can still benefit from learning smaller bits of information on a daily basis.  Here are some ways to do that.

1. Follow Daily Infographic

No brainer right? Humans process visuals quickly: It takes less than 1/10 of a second for your brain to get a sense of a visual.  Absorbing new information using infographics is a quick and easy way to learn.  Visual learning not only decreases comprehension time, but sticks around longer in our memories.   On Daily Infographic you can spend 15 minutes per day perusing an infographic on a topic of your choice.

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2. Watch Ted ED

Ted Talks are famous for bringing a huge amount of topics by innovative thinkers.  Ted Ed takes learning a step further with engaging video lessons.  Topics range from “the scientific way to cut a cake” to “how money laundering works.”

 

3. Play GeoGuessr

Americans are notoriously bad at geography, but the rest of the world probably isn’t too much better.  The game GeoGuessr takes a unique approach to learning geography.   You are shown a Google Maps photo and have to guess where it is.  You might just find yourself saying things like, “Huh, I didn’t know that Afghanistan has such green forests!”  It’s free to play.

 

4. Train Your Brain at Lumosity

Brought to you by scientists and game developers, Lumosity has a great collection of cognitive games you can play. You might not learn a concrete fact, but your brain will be challenged and grow!

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5. Follow Curiosity

Curiosity is a website which inspires people to get smarter.  They do it by finding the most interesting news on a variety of topics.  Just click what topic you are interested in learning about and you’ll find fascinating articles and videos.

Ways to Learn a Skill

Ready to take on a bigger challenge? Learning new skills that require a longer-term commitment can be even more rewarding and stimulating for the brain.  Every day, you build on what you learned the day before until you reach a level of mastery.  Here are just some ideas of things you can start learning and where to start.

 

6. View Instructables

Not sure what you want to learn today? Just visit Instructables and view any one of the great DIY tutorials to learn a new skill.

 

7. Learn First Aid from the Red Cross App

First aid is something that everyone should know and refresh regularly.  The American Red Cross has come up with a great app to help.  It isn’t a substitute for an in-person course, but it does have bite-size courses on basics accompanied by videos and instructions.

8. Learn a New Language with Duolingo

Duolingo is an app which makes it easy to learn a new language thanks to its interactive method and how it breaks down lessons into small chunks. There are dozens of languages to choose from and the app is free to use!

Screenshot from Duolingo app where you can learn a new language

 

9. Become a Better Writer with 750 Words

Writing is fundamental cornerstone of communication and remains one of the most in-demand skills that employers look for. The app 750 Words helps you become a better writer by having you write a minimum of 750 words of stream of conscious writing per day – a practice which is said to improve writing fluency and also help you learn about yourself in the process.

 

10.  Learn Coding at Udacity

Udacity is one of the most popular places to learn coding for free.  They have videos, quizzes, and instructions so you can earn a “Nanodegree.”  The courses are made by expert programmers and big companies like Google so they are definitely relevant to today’s job market and tech trends.

 

11. Build Your Vocabulary

A large vocabulary is not only impressive, but it allows you to express yourself better.  Remember the book 1984 and how they started cutting words from the language as a form of mind control?  Well, that’s the power of vocab!  The website Vocabulary.com has come up with an adaptive learning game to help you learn more words easily.

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12. Master New Skills at Udemy

On Udemy, you can find over 55,000 online courses on topics ranging from web development to music training.  Many basic level classes are free but there are paid courses as well.

 

13. Learn Digital Marketing with Primer

All small business owners and entrepreneurs need to know digital marketing techniques if they are going to stay relevant.  Created by Google, Primer teaches marketing skills and delivers them in digestible 5-minute segments.

 

14. Take Online Courses at Coursera

Coursera is one of the best places to find free online courses in higher education on just about any topic.  The courses are offered by top universities in the US, helping you to extend your education from the comforts of your own home.  Certificates are available for a fee.  As an alternative, Iversity.org provides development courses from experts all over Europe. usually on very specific topics.

 

15. Learn Leadership Skills at MindTools

Today’s top companies aren’t just looking for skills like coding.  They want people with soft skills like leadership, team management, creativity, and decision-making.  MindTools has a great collection of mini courses which teach you these skills.

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16.  Learn Gratitude with Mojo

Gratitude is key for happiness in life.  What a lot of people don’t realize is that gratitude actually has to be learned and worked on.  The app Mojo helps you rewire your brain to be more grateful by encouraging you to write at least five good things per day, rate the day, and add photos.

 

Why 15 Minutes a Day?

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It doesn’t have to be 15 minutes a day that you dedicate to learning something new.  It could be 30 minutes, one hour, or even as little as 5 minutes per day.  What matters is that you:

  1. Dedicate a specific amount of time daily for learning new things.
  2. Hold yourself accountable.

The reason the time-frame unit is so important is because people are more likely to stay motivated and succeed if they break goals into smaller units.

 

Implement What You’ve Learned!

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Using these tools to learn something new every day is a great start.  But the reality is that we are already bombarded with information on a daily basis.

How much?

According to Niklas Goeke, we consume 74.92 gigabytes of data every day. That’s enough to fill 9 DVDs with data – or 74 pickup trucks filled with paper!

All of the information we consume isn’t helping us achieve happiness or wellbeing in life.  Instead, excessive info consumption drains us and fries our brains.

Of course, most of this info consumption is done during our (brain-killing) routines.  Simply by breaking routine and making a point to learn new things is going to help you retain and utilize the info better.

But, to really reap the life-changing benefits of learning new things, follow this one important tip:

Share what you’ve learned with others.

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It can be on a daily learning blog.  Or on social media. Or just make a point to tell your spouse what you’ve learned that day while you eat dinner together.

To reinforce your skills, utilizing specific techniques can help you learn faster.  These include testing yourself regularly, finding ways to gain practical experience, rewarding yourself, and teaching others.

It may be difficult to find all that time.  But the simple act of sharing your new knowledge and insight will help it stick and make the benefits of learning even more life changing.

 

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What Is an Infographic? The History and Evolution of Data Visualization


By | source: Oct 23rd, 2017

Whether you work in marketing, research, education, or the non-profit sector, infographics are likely a part of your everyday life. Even if your sector hasn’t jumped on the infographic bandwagon, it is likely that you see infographics as you scroll through social media and blogs.Read More

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100+ Ways To Inspire Creative Thinking [Infographic Examples]


By | source: Sep 20th, 2017

As a writer, I am in constant search for inspiration. Sometimes it comes to me out of the blue, but for the most part, I have to work hard for it.   If only the solution were as simple as flipping a switch!  Having creativity exercises on deck might just serve to unleash your creativity.

Science Behind Creativity: Why It Matters To Everyone

Creativity isn’t just for artists.  Studies have shown mental and emotional health benefits to creative arts.   Research even points to artistic activities preventing or delaying dementia in the elderly.  Exercises that can foster creativity, like making a point to talk to 3 people every week who are totally different from you, might even help you make new friends.

In the workplace, creativity finds its roots in the right environment.  Whether it’s giving employees more freedom over their schedule, adding diversity to a team, or playing games, managers have many tools to spur out of the box thinking.

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21 Ways to Get Inspired

But just how do you try to find inspiration?  This roadmap provides hints and tips that you can follow to unlock your creative genius. Hard work is certainly the foundation to worthwhile endeavors, and being creative requires practice as well.  Your path is going to have twists and turns just like this infographic.  Being open to new possibilities , as these strategies suggest, might help you through the next roadblock.
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How To Be More Creative

Step-by-step guides are usually reserved for DIY projects like building a table or cleaning your car. However, here we have a guide just like that, but it’s all about igniting your creativity.

All too often, we assume creativity is a trait that we have to be born with.  How to be creative is a skill that can be learned and practiced.  If you don’t think that you are “naturally” creative, focus on the process, and try a few of these proven tools and strategies.

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9 Simple Ways To Improve Your Creativity Infographic

The fact that creativity appears inversely related to age, may seem slightly disappointing at first.  But spend 5 minutes with a 5 year old and you will see that creativity in overdrive.  We were all 5 once, so that spark must still be there!  It just might take a bit of work to unearth.    These are tactical tools to help you get unstuck.
Infographic from Spiritbutton about 9 exercises to improve your creativity

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5 Challenges to Awaken Your Creativity

Sometimes tips, suggestions, and scientific studies just aren’t enough to spark your creative thinking. This infographic also points to the creative juices that were flowing when we were 5, but what did it come down to?  10x more questions asked and 50x more creative tasks undertaken each day as a 5 year old, vs a 44 year old.

Creativity training can be approached from both mental and physical angles, whether it’s centering your thoughts to open up the possibility of creativity, or using mental exercises. Challenging your limits with these exercises will help you flex those creative muscles.
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How You’re Killing Your Own Creativity

Personally, I really like this one because it talks about both good and bad ways of creative thinking. On the road to producing creative work, we often get stuck.  That creative block may be a result or our own mental blocks, whether it’s using repetitive thinking, or trying to brainstorm on no sleep.   Sometimes we need a reminder of what is killing our creativity so that we can gain it back.

Figuring out what the greats have done is another way to load up on inspiration.  You may not need to copy their exact schedules, but there might just be a template that works for you.
Infogrpahic from Entrepreneur about dos and donts for your creativity

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10 Scientifically Proven Facts About Creativity

To me, the idea that “all people experience moments of ‘ordinary creativity’, which permeates daily tasks”, is a fundamentally important one.  If we ignore the status quo and try to be creative about everyday problems, collectively we have hope of solving seemingly insurmountable issues.  Travel, vodka, and meditation also all sound like reasonable triggers to add to our lives (in reasonable quantity).

Infographic about 10 scientifically proven facts about creative thinking

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40 Ways to Stay Creative

Sometimes when we’ve run out of ideas, we need ideas to trigger ideas! Here are 40 simple things you can try, like read books, sketch more, watch films, be curious. And sometimes that is all we need; a reminder that even simple changes can spark creativity.

Most of these tactics can be practiced by anyone with the will and of course time.  To dedicate yourself to creativity, you will have to make the time for it.  You might find the process itself can be quite enjoyable and varied.

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40 Ways To Get Rid Of Creative Block

When you feel stuck it may seem as though you have to move mountains to restart your project.  It is irritating, stressful, and an overall unpleasant situation especially if you have deadlines.  Having 40 tactical strategies in your toolkit increases your chances of getting out of the rut.  Be crafty, try new experiences, change your environment, use that notebook.  Have we left any stone unturned?

40 Things You Can Do To Break Your Creative Block
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Set Your Creativity Ablaze! 7 Ways to Generate New Ideas

At the end of the day, fostering creativity in the workplace or at home starts with the right habits.  These are the types of habits that you rinse and repeat regularly, setting up the foundation for even more ideas.  As this infographic mentions, ideas aren’t generally plucked out of thin air but are based on known facts.  By building up that knowledge via teaching, chances are you can generate well informed ideas.

Using more metaphors sounds like a novel way to practice creativity.  Speaking metaphorically would certainly be an interesting way to spice up conversations (or send away someone you don’t want to speak to at a party).  In general by comparing situations, even if they seem unrelated, you might find a new context to evaluate your problem.
Infographic on how to improve your creative thinking and avoid creative blocks

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 Conclusion

There are common threads in many of these ideas.  Seek inspiration both internally and externally, open yourself up to new possibilities through experiences, study what brilliant minds do, take a walk, and get enough rest.

Perhaps the first step is knowing that we all have access to tools to inspire creativity.  Just remember to work for it. The goal is always to push forward, no matter how deep in the mud you’re stuck.  As Jack London said, “We can’t wait for inspiration, we must go after it with a club.”

Which strategies help inspire your creativity?

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The 7 Chakras Explained In Infographics


By | source: see below Jun 27th, 2017

Email.  Whoosh.  Facebook notification. Poke. Instagram notification.  Ding.  My life has become a never ending adrenaline rush of alerts, breaking up the day into fragments of cat videos, urgent chats, and pings.  Finding a true retreat away from that chaos has required searching far corners of the earth for calm.

Mindfulness

Growing up in the West, venturing into Eastern philosophy hardly seems natural and may even be counterintuitive.   Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga are all examples of similar practices adopted by Western culture over time.

Research has indicated a reduction in stress levels following mindfulness therapy.  Instilling mindfulness even changes the brain, rivaling the effects of antidepressants in those with anxiety.

In urban areas filled with traffic and urgency, yoga studios have become a popular respite from a long day of work.  Beyond straining to hold yoga poses, yoga at its highest level is a form of mindfulness meditation, listening to your own body and being present with yourself. Few beginners realize that the foundation of yoga lies in the chakras.

Chakras Defined

Chakras were first discussed 2000 years ago in Hindu texts.  Each individual chakra serves as a focal point for energy within the body.  In Sanskrit, Chakra actually means “wheel”, particularly fitting since the chakras amount to a network of connected energy centers throughout the body.

Blocked chakras interfere with functions of the body, leaving the body out of order and potentially causing physical or emotional imbalances.

The 7 chakras

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The above infographic shows an easy breakdown of the 7 chakras in the body.

The 7 chakras are otherwise known as:

  • 7th Chakra: Sahasrara
  • 6th Chakra: Ajna
  • 5th Chakra:  Vishuddha
  • 4th Chakra:Anahata
  • 3rd Chakra:Manipura
  • 2nd Chakra: Svadhisthana
  • 1st Chakra: Muladhara

Colors

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As highly visual people here at Daily Infographic, we appreciate the color representations for each chakra.  The colors mostly follow the colors of the rainbow, inspiring the gemstones that are linked to each chakra.

Having practiced long term yoga and meditation, I personally like to think of this having to do with research showing visualization techniques improving meditation.  Adding colors strengthens our ability to visualize and focus.

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Location and Meanings

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The 7 chakras are aligned in the center of the body from the crown of the head to the pelvis. The influences those chakras have and their corresponding locations make sense intuitively.  As much as we tend to think of our physical and emotional well being as separate, this system brings that relationship back together.

  • Top of the Head: The Crown Chakra = Consciousness
  • Forehead: The Third Eye = Inspiration, Intelligence
  • Throat:  The Throat Chakra = Self expression
  • Lower Abdomen: The Heart Chakra = Love, relationships
  • Stomach:The Solar Plexus Chakra = Self confidence, ego
  • Lower Abdomen: The Sacral Chakra = Emotional identity, creativity
  • Base of the Spine: The Root Chakra = Physical identity, survival

The 7 chakras in the human body and the Get to know your chakras infographics both offer descriptions of the potential impact of a weak or blocked chakras.  Reading through the list can be a bit daunting – Chakras can influence physical maladies ranging from sleep problems, swollen glands, and hearing issues to ulcers, constipation, lower back pain, and even immune disorders.  Emotionally they can influence anger, self-esteem, anxiety, hopelessness, and mood swings, to name a few.

Living a life free of any of the ailments listed would be a tall order – According to WebMD nearly 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point.  With the increasing use of computers neck and shoulder pain seems increasingly common also, and professionals often try yoga to combat the pain.

Goal of Yoga

Ever caught yourself in a yoga class frustrated by the poses that require Olympic training to hold, unable to stop the thoughts racing through your head?  Yoga is ultimately a practice to find inner peace, though of course many students want to benefit from the physical intensity, improving flexibility and endurance.

Few beginners actually consider the concept of opening their chakras as the basis of yoga.  But yoga was created as a means of balancing the chakras, while challenging the body and mind.

What exactly does it mean to balance the chakras?  We all may have been born with open chakras, but if some of them became closed or inactive, others became overactive to compensate, creating an imbalance.

Take for an example the Sacral Chakra, which is located below the belly button.  It can influence emotions, pleasure, and sexuality.  Problems with this chakra can cause lower back pain, digestive problems, or intimacy issues.

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Pigeon pose, goddess pose, and round angle pose can all help to open this chakra.    The Chakras in the Modern World infographic offers an overview of commonly used poses to open those chakras.

Even Nickelodeon has offered a simplified explanation of opening chakras:

Conclusion

Whether or not you decide to use this theory, the general idea of opening up areas of the body and stretching has a meaningful physical impact. At home you can use this 20 minute full body yoga workout guide.

I do believe in the power of the visualizing goals to achieve them.   If yoga has just become something you do to tick the box, it’s worth spending some time understanding its purpose.  The clarity that comes with it is breathtaking.

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Win An Infographic Poster: Daily Infographic Sweepstakes!


By | source: Jun 11th, 2017

This month, we’re celebrating our 7th birthday by giving away a free infographic poster!

Our lucky winner gets “The Charted Sandwich Board” by Pop Chart Lab.  To enter, like or comment on our Facebook sweepstakes post.  The sweepstakes will run from now to Wednesday June 21, 6pm PT with a winner chosen at random. 

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Infographic Poster For Our Winning Fan

“Lettuce introduce you to our most impressive sub-mission yet: A savory chart of sandwiches! Featuring an internationally inspired, mouthwatering menu of nearly 90 hand-drawn heroes, gyros, and much, much more—from the basic Bologna to the revered Reuben to the veritable food-pocalypse that is the gut-busting Gatsby—each enticing edible has been deconstructed into its various components and sorted by primary ingredient, along with notations for country of origin and serving temp. An open-faced love letter to the super-heroes of lunchtime, this delectable diagram makes for delightful decor no matter how you slice it.

Using 100 lb. archival stock certified by The Forest Stewardship Council, this poster is pressed on an offset lithographic press with vegetable-based inks in Long Island City, New York.”

-Poster description from Pop Chart Lab

 

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