Feel and think

Gregoire Alexandre©NellyRodi
Gregoire Alexandre©NellyRodi

Everyone’s talking data because, to an ever-increasing extent, it’s enriching what we do on the web, on our mobile and in our everyday life. In other words, the brain is receiving more and more stimuli, e.g. visual and audio information. How should we handle this increased sensory load to get maximum benefit at various levels – intellectual, cultural and creative – while avoiding a nervous breakdown?

 Boosting productivity and brainpower

New ways of thinking and taking action can help us take in this new lifestyle, both physically and mentally. Specialized in productivity and design thinking, massive open online courses (MOOCs)  are gaining popularity among many businessmen and work teams. Besieged non-stop by data and messages received consciously or unconsciously, they want to revamp their modus operandi. To improve workplace efficiency and ramp up our brainpower, the first thing to do is start the day off right, for instance, by applying the precepts of Miracle Morning or the #30daychallenge and maintaining good physical discipline to stay efficient longer. Sharing (e.g. favorite mantras) with one’s social communities is a way to stimulate/share creativity and increase energy.

Hal Elrod, Change Your Morning Routine
Hal Elrod, Change Your Morning Routine

Use emotions to push the limits of intelligence

The goal is to come up with the right “emotions + intelligence” equation to maximize one’s mental abilities and reap all of the benefits.

Alma Haser, The Eureka Effect
Alma Haser, The Eureka Effect

In this context, emotional intelligence (E.I.) is gaining ground. It isn’t a gift from heaven, but must be learned and practiced. Emotion and flair are among the individual personal qualities that people have, allowing them to trust their presentiments in addition to facts, acts and indicators. Mayer and Salovey, two American researchers, developed an emotional intelligence model used to assess the ability to perceive and understand emotions. This tool is a major asset for anyone interested in gaining reaping the benefits of E.I..

Amy Brann, Engaged : the neuroscience behind creating productive people in successful organizations
Amy Brann, Engaged : the neuroscience behind creating productive people in successful organizations

The scope of emotional intelligence has yet to be defined. Today, it has reached the workplace, creative sectors and collectives. What if, some day emotional intelligence were to make its way into politics?

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