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Andrew Burke-Hall The Really Fabulous Event Co. 11 Ways to Make yourself Smarter T 5 COLLABORATE WITH SMART COLLEAGUES 1 6 STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZOnE 7 READ 8 CHAnGE YOUR ROUTInE 9 LEARn A nEW SKILL his list is intentionally presented in no particular order (see No. 8)! Follow what resonates with you OR, even better, go in the opposite direction and try exploring what makes you feel uncomfortable or what you typically avoid. You may see the greatest success and the greatest results that way. ExERCISE Medical science has now concluded that as little as 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day is enough for "Brain Training" most adults; but even 10 minutes of vigorous exercise will result in the release of endorphins that make us think more clearly and perform better. Studies have shown consistent exercise can assist you in stimulating both sides of your brain! 2 SLEEP 3 SHARE On SOCIAL MEDIA 4 DIET We all know it - sleep recharges and rejuvenates - but did you know that sleep spindles (short, synchronized bursts of electrical activity) can occur 1,000 times per night during NREM sleep. People who had more of these spindles showed the most refreshment in learning capacity after their nap. Author and journalist Clive Thompson says big ideas only come into the world when we share our thinking with others. Bouncing around thoughts and sharing knowledge can boost our brains. Never before have we been able to disseminate our ideas with so many people all over the world. Certain foods can help give your brain and body a boost by helping to narrow focus, improve memory, relieve stress, and reduce fatigue. Broccoli and other greens contain a healthy dose of choline, which studies suggest may help combat memory loss. A recent study found a link between eating more blueberries and strawberries and a reduced rate of cognitive decline. People bore easily if not challenged. When surrounded by smart people, your first impulse may be to hide your ignorance, but that's the wrong way to go. If you don't ask questions, you'll never learn. Working with great peers will help you up your game. As we push ourselves outside of our comfort zone into optimal anxiety, our 'growth zone' challenges become easier and our comfort zone expands. Eventually, things that previously scared us will become part of our growth zone, then move into our comfort zone, thus helping us achieve more than we previously thought possible. Reading reduces stress, which makes us feel better about ourselves, and increases all three types of intelligence - crystalized, fluid and emotional. That helps with problem solving, putting different pieces of knowledge together to better navigate everyday life, detecting patterns, understanding processes and accurately interpreting and responding to other people's feelings. If you talk with the same people every day, sit down at the same place every day and do the same things every day, then by definition you aren't learning anything. Start changing your routine. Instead of taking showers in the morning, take them at night; choose a different route to work; rearrange the items on your desk, etc. It doesn't mean you have to ditch your old habits completely but by changing your daily routines you force your mind to actually think. Scientists have now proven that we can actually increase our potential and enjoy ourselves in the process! By learning new skills the brain creates new neural pathways that make it work faster and better. Playing music 28 * MEETING | May/juNE 2016 | LINkEdIN: MPI ToroNTo ChaPTEr

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2016

President’s Message
Editor’s Word
Welcome, New Members!
Upcoming Events
What’s in Your Back Pocket? Essential Tools to Elevate Your Planner Tool Kit
Beyond the Job Description – The Unwritten Attributes that Hiring Managers Look For
The Do’s and Don’ts of Mentoring
Sharpen Your Skills with the MPI Academy
Destination Spotlight: Golden Horseshoe
Chapter Speaks: How Do You Recharge to Get Back on Track?
Member Spotlight: Finding Your Calling
11 Ways to Make Yourself Smarter
Learning Styles: Fact or Fiction?
Investing in Employees is The Best Investment for All
Online Learning: Friend or Foe?
iSpy MPI
Advertiser Index

Meeting MPI Toronto - May/June 2016