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The Best Apps for Boosting Brainpower
by On March 29, 2017

The Best Apps for Boosting Brainpower

Did you ever think that playing computer games could improve your memory and cognitive function? If so, you’re not alone. Studies have shown that with daily use, some apps may increase your brainpower. There are various different reasons why someone would want to boost their brainpower. For instance, keeping your mind sharp is a great way to reduce the chance of getting Alzheimer’s with old age. Boosting your brainpower won’t necessarily change your life, but it can improve your mental state and decrease stress. Take a look through some of the most popular brain boosting apps.

Lumosity

First of all, Lumosity may be one of the most well known and popular apps that claim to increase brainpower. The app itself is split into different sessions of games, which you can tailor to your particular goals. Some categories you can pick from are, memory, attention, problem solving and so on. Each game you play is against the clock and continually changes each time. Simply playing one session a day is said to improve your mental skills. Plus, you can track your progress and even compare that with other people.

CogniFit Brain Fitness

As the name implies, this app will help you enhance your cognitive abilities like memory and concentration. The games are designed by neuroscientists, but don’t let that scare you away. They are highly addictive, and super fun so you’re sure to boost your brainpower playing them. Plus, you can check in on your progress and challenge friends. In the beginning, you’ll take a quiz, so the games are geared towards your and your difficultly level.

Personal Zen

Sometimes, boosting your brainpower isn’t all about solving a series of puzzles. In Personal Zen, you follow the story of two cartoon characters. One is a happy go lucky character, while the other is angry. Interestingly, this app was developed to train your brain to focus on the positive and reduces anxiety. Especially if you’ve got a stressful event coming up, this app could be very useful.

Brain Trainer Special

Next, Brain Trainer Special helps with memory. In fact, the games are very similar to those in Lumosity and focus on memorizing sequences and solving math problems. There are different degrees of difficulty, which can range from pretty easy to omg that’s difficult. An added benefit is that this app can be downloaded for free.

Happify

Now, this is an app I can really get behind! Research has shown that certain activities can actually help you to lead a happier life. The goal of Happify is to teach users to conquer negative thoughts through games, quizzes, and a gratitude journal. Plus, they boast a whole community that focuses on positivity.

Food for thought: Nourishment for a Healthy Brain
by On March 22, 2017
The food that we eat on a daily basis can affect how we feel, not just physically but mentally as well. Over time, our bodies will inevitably age. But with the right diet, you can ensure you have a healthy brain for a very long time. In fact, it’s been shown that antioxidant-rich foods, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals are essential for a healthy brain. These foods will provide energy and work to prevent certain brain diseases. However, not all health food is created equal. This list is some of the best foods to keep your brain in tip-top shape.

Blueberries

Who doesn’t love blueberries? They are such a tasty little treat, some people refer to them as “nature’s candy”. Plus, they are incredibly good for you because they are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. As a matter of fact, there have been studies that show incorporating blueberries into your diet decreases short term memory loss. In addition, blueberries can help reduce the effects of Alzheimers or dementia.

Egg Yolks

Poor egg yolks have gotten a bad rap in the health world. For years it’s been the belief that only the whites of eggs should be eaten to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But, that’s slowly been changing as we’re becoming more aware of what yolks can offer us. Choline is the main ingredient found in egg yolks, which is especially good for pregnant women. Choline helps aid in the development of a fetus’s brain. Also, egg yolks are important for a healthy brain and can make you happy. It’s true, they break down chemicals that produce hormones linked to happiness.

Salmon

Next, fans of seafood rejoice! Salmon is one of the best foods for a healthy brain. It’s filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which have gained good traction in the health community. Good fats keep your brain running as smoothly as possible, and increase your memory. If you consistently have brain fog, it may be due to a lack of omega-3’s. Plus, wild caught salmon can also help prevent cancer.

Nuts

Similarly, many nuts have omega-3’s in addition to vitamin E. Nuts are another one of those foods that help prevent cognitive decline. That means less chance of getting Alzheimer’s in the future. Additionally, nuts or nut butter is super easy to snack on during the day.

Avocados

Lastly, avocados are up there with blueberries in terms of healthy brain foods. While it’s true that avocados are full of fat, it’s monounsaturated fat which is the healthy kind. The fat found in avocados help with healthy blood flow. Also, they lower blood pressure which is good for a healthy brain.
This is only a short list of the most brain healthy foods. When planning meals, try to get a healthy balance of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and antioxidants.
Successful Women in Business
by On March 15, 2017

Meg Whitman

In the business world, women are making themselves known. But it’s not easy to make it to the top, especially for a woman. The gender gap still plays a huge role in today’s world whether we like to admit it or not. However, that doesn’t stop these incredible business women. In honor of International women’s day last week, we decided to highlight just a few business women.

Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman has been a huge part of the business realm since the 1980s. She held higher up positions in companies such as Disney, Dreamworks, Proctor & Gamble, and Hasbro. What’s more impressive is that she executed a very high-profile split at Hewlett-Packard, where she was CEO. Now, there are two companies, HP Enterprises which is software and tech services, and HP Inc. whose main focus is on personal computers and printers. Currently, she is the CEO of HP Enterprises and serves on the board for HP Inc. But that’s not all, she is also very political and ran for governor of California in 2010.

Indra Nooyi

With multiple bachelors degrees, an MBA, and a masters degree, Indra Nooyi is a force to be reckoned with. She first joined PepsiCo in 1994 and gradually worked her way up. As a matter of fact, she was named CFO and president by 2001. A mere 6 years later she was named the CEO. In addition, PepsiCo has seen a 72 percent increase in revenue since 2001. Indra Nooyi was the driving force behind acquiring companies such as Tropicana, Quaker Oats, and Gatorade. Plus, she has consistently made lists for the most powerful women.

Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty started her career in business at General Motors Institute after she graduated in 1979. Shortly after, in 1981 she became a systems engineer for IBM at the Detroit office. She has climbed the corporate ladder at IBM, and in 2011 Rometty became the first woman CEO there. Also, the next year Samuel Palmisano retired as chairman, and Rometty took that role as well. She’s been ranked on the top of the 50 most powerful women in business for 10 years.

Abigail Johnson

Last but not least, we’ll take a look at Abigail Johnson, the current CEO, chairman, and president of Fidelity. It’s known that her father Edward, the previous CEO, groomed Abigail from a young age. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that she’s an all around powerhouse. When she first became CEO in 2014, she swiftly cut costs and fired incapable managers. Oh, and did I mention she is one of the wealthiest women in the world?

Left Brain or Right Brain. Which is Better?
by On March 8, 2017

For the most part, the two sides of our brain work differently in the way that information is processed. In fact, most people lean towards one way of thinking more than the other. However, that doesn’t mean that one way is better than the other. But what exactly does it mean to be “left brained” or ” right brained” anyway?

The Lefties

Interestingly, it is said that people who are more logical and analytical favor their left hemisphere. Do you love making lists and planning things out? I know I do. That’s also a characteristic of the left side. Typically, if you’re left brained it means you are skilled at math or science and like sequencing ideas. Also, you’d be more prone to rational thought and make decisions without getting feeling or emotions in the way. Everything has to be well-documented and the left brained likes to read directions. Another interesting trait is that they are dog people. Although, I don’t know how much merit there is to that one. In addition, the lefties also have a different learning style. They enjoy learning in order, or sequences and are very realistic. In a classroom, they like to work by themselves.

The Righties

On the other hand, it is said that those who favor the right brain are the creative ones. And, there is some truth to that. When it comes to planning, they definitely prefer to live more spontaneously. Perhaps the right brained are more disorganized, even. They tend to think and act on their feelings rather than rational thought. In general, they are much more emotional. But, like I said they are more creative. Usually, they’re good at sports, enjoy writing non-fiction, and love music. Not to mention most enjoy creating art in some form or another. A right brained person probably doesn’t like reading directions and solves problems intuitively. Additionally, they are said to be cat lovers. When it comes to learning, they thrive with hands-on activities and with visuals. They love working on projects in groups and interacting with others. Also, they think more about the big picture than the small details.

Two Become One

Reading both lists, I definitely have characteristics of both and wouldn’t necessarily say I’m one or the other. The same is probably true for a lot of people. The key is to strengthen the side of your brain that isn’t favored. Who says you can’t write a non-fiction story if you’re a left brainer. Just like anything, the more you practice the better you’ll become.

Fun company outing ideas
by On March 1, 2017

Team building exercises or the annual company outing doesn’t have to be a drab affair. Does your staff need a little pick me up? Long gone are the days of dreading quality time with your coworkers. Especially since a lot of companies are seeking different and more creative ways to inspire their staff. Not only does a good company outing help your employees bond, but it can help reduce stress around the office. Plus, they’re just plain fun! For some great ideas, check out the list below.

Volunteering

First of all, offering up your services to a cause that may really need it feels spectacular. But sharing that experience with other people is a really great way to bond. In addition, there are so many different organizations out there that you’ll never run out of ideas. For instance, activities that require people to work together include building a house for habitat for humanity. Or, for those animal lovers consider helping out at a local animal shelter.

Who Dun It?

Secondly, a really fun company outing is a mystery dinner. Depending on the size of your company, you may need to go in groups. The idea is that your employees enjoy a great meal, sometimes up to 4 courses, while trying to solve a murder mystery! This is just all around a great company outing, and sparks interesting conversation.

Escape

Next, escape rooms are gaining so much popularity lately. The idea is that a number of people go into a room. There are clues and puzzles that have to be solved within a certain time frame in order to “escape the room”. An escape room is a great bonding experience because you have to work together to solve everything. To up the ante, give a prize to the fastest time!

Kayak

For the outdoorsy type, a kayaking trip can be a great way to work together. In fact, it takes a lot of effort to paddle the right way, and prevent your team from going in circles. Encourage people to kayak with those they don’t normally interact with at work. If you’re interested in something not as fast paced, a canoe might be your cup of tea.

Become a tourist

Yes that’s right, get out there and doing something ultra touristy. Your city may have some great things to offer and you should embrace it. For instance, duck tours are really fun and slightly embarrassing but you’ll probably learn something new. Inspire your staff to be goofy and laugh at themselves.

Get Cooking

Additionally, nothing brings people together quite like food. Instead of making a company outing to a restaurant or bar, have everyone cook for themselves. I’m talking about taking a cooking class! It entails following directions and working together to create something delicious. And, the best part is that when you’re done you get to eat.

Sweat

Get that blood pumping. Organize a company wide yoga session, day hike, or workout. Exercising helps alleviate stress and you feel great afterwards. Also, you’ll find that your staff will encourage each other to succeed and reach their goals.