Happy Friday! It’s time for our weekly link-round up, where we bring you the most interesting, useful, informative, or cool stuff we find on our travels across the Web. This week: increasing your mental toughness, is group brainstorming worth it, and more!
- The Army, which I already think of as The Land of Toughness, is instituting a plan to help their soldiers be as mentally tough as they are physically. It’s an initiative to help reduce veterans’ vulnerability to post-traumatic stress, and it holds lessons for anyone who can use a little boost in their daily battle against life’s stresses.
- Scientists have identified the “cocktail party effect”—how well we can zone out everything around us and focus on one thing at a time, which means we’re not as good multitaskers as we think. This article in the WSJ has more about this fascinating phenomenon, and some tips on how to focus.
- Group brainstorming is a frequently used technique for group projects, but some studies are showing that while it can increase positive group dynamics, the best ideas don’t always come from big noisy groups.
- Brevity is important, but sometimes a big word has the weight and power that a small, less interesting word lacks. Here’s an argument for busting out all those fancy vocabulary words you know.
Sara Nelson is the Social Media Guru for Stevens-Henager College, overseeing the college’s profiles on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and more. She is also a student in the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program, and she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to good music, and eating freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
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