8 Tips to Fight Fake News online

Fighting Fake News: 8 Tips to Navigate Information on the Internet

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Do you find it hard to trust the information that you get online? Do you get weary of scores of fake news that gets spread with such ease? In this post, we will give out 8 essential tips on how to spot fake news and navigate information on the internet. Read on.

 

This is the age of instant information. We are bombarded by news, information of various kinds from different spheres – especially on the internet. But this has led to the rise of false information and fake news being propagated easily to rile up people’s sentiments and fooling them.

Hence, it is very important to know how to sift out the real from the fake. It is important because misinformation leads to false beliefs and false realities. While there’s always room for subjected ways of living but false information, which is actually leading to deaths in certain cases is extremely wrong and doesn’t bode well for democracy.

So, it is not only our duty to be a well-informed citizen but also imperative for us to expose false information. Here are 8 tips to navigate information on the Internet.

 

Fact-Checking

You might have heard this phrase “fact-checking”, it is a very recent phenomenon. There are actual people who are working as full-time fact checkers. These fact-checkers debunk every false misinformation that gets viral on the internet.

In India, you can check out sites like “Alt-News”, Boomlive, “Smhoaxslayer”, which conduct through fact-checking and help expose misinformation. So, whenever you get that forward on your WhatsApp about something that seems odd, better to fact-check it first.

 

Lateral Reading

 

One key method you should adopt while navigating the internet is the concept of Lateral Reading. Lateral reading simply means that whenever you want to search for any kind of news on the internet, do not focus on one source of information. Rather, open up another site on a new tab and search for more credible sources of information on the same thing.

For example, if you want to know about climate change in detail, don’t stick to just one website for information rather open up more websites. This helps you in sifting out what is being said across the board on an issue, in this case, Climate Change.

 

Going to Trustworthy Sources

 

You also need to have a bunch of trustworthy sources for news and information that are credible. Although almost everyone has some kind of bias involved despite the prevalence of bias there are certain news websites and news agencies that you know you can trust.

For example, my trustable sites are – The Hindu, Indian Express, BBC, New York Times, Reuters.

 

Using Wikipedia

 

Now, we all have heard it from almost everyone – that we should not use Wikipedia for our source of information. Their reasons come from the fact that Wikipedia can be edited by almost anyone.

But that’s not really the case. Wikipedia is actually a pretty good source of information of one thing as a lot of contributors contribute to it. You should use Wikipedia as a part of the lateral reading we suggested. There are various pages in Wikipedia, that are actually locked that can’t be edited by anyone and is moderated by moderators.

The trick of using Wikipedia is to check the sources, which every page has at the end of it. The credibility of the sources gives credibility to that particular wiki page.

 

Evaluating Evidence

Now, suppose if you were to find some information about Climate Change which says that is not happening and it gives certain evidence. The best way to check is to verify that evidence – by doing a lateral reading.

You open up other credible websites to see if that information or evidence is credible or not. So, by doing this you will eventually find out that the evidence given is fake.

 

Evaluating Photos

 

So, you encounter a photo on your WhatsApp or Facebook which seems highly implausible. How do you check the veracity of it? How do see if it is a fake or not?

Well, the simplest way is to do a reverse google search of that image. You take that photo and go to Google images and upload it and search it. It will reverse search to see where that image has been previously used or not. This way you can check the veracity of that photo.

 

Evaluating Data and Infographics

 

You often hear or read on the news about some research conducted on chocolate being healthy for your body. Then you try to find things on the internet to check and you find various kinds of data and infographics. How to know what is reliable?

Well, this is the trickiest part to do but there are ways to check it. First, you will need to go the study cited in that news or in that infographic. Second, after finding that study – go through their methodology and sample size. You can also check it by in which journal is it published and the level citations.

Now, these all are rather tricky to for a normal individual but if you can follow this technique then you can see the way people use statistics to fool people. As it is said there are “Lies, then there are damned lies, and then there are damned statistics”.

 

Click Restraint

 

Finally, you need to practice Click restraint. This means don’t jump to clicking every salacious websites out there. The google search that you do has a lot of options on the page, and we have a habit of clicking the very first two links.

Which is a wrong way as just because they are the first links, doesn’t mean that they are the most reliable or even worth the click. They have sensational headings or sub-headings made in a way to make you click them. These are called Click-baits.

The best way is to go through the entire first page of google search and then decide on what to click and what not to. You can also go to the second page, although I know you may have never done that.

 

 

To Conclude

 

So, these are 8 essential tips to use while navigating information in the age of the internet. It is very important as we all need to aware of actual information and need to stop falling to fake news and false information online. This is a battle we all must face and fight. Till then cheers, and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

 

 

Studying Abroad or in India: 7 Things to Consider Before Making the Decision

Studying Abroad or in India: 7 Things to Consider Before Making the Decision

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Are you confused about your studies as for whether to continue it in India? Or are you considering doing it from abroad? In this post, we will talk about some tips which will help you in making that decision. Read on.

 

In today’s globalized world educational opportunities are limitless. It has become easy to travel and apply to Universities in foreign countries. But it still is a very big decision to make and a lot of things come in the mind.

In this post, we will talk about some things to consider which will help you decide whether to continue studying in India or going abroad. There are a lot of things that come to the mind and it can get confusing. But don’t worry as we are here to help you decide.

 

Interest is Essential

First of all, a keen interest in knowledge and education is essential in order to be sure whether to continue studying or not. Education in foreign universities require a determination as the environment there is extremely competitive.

In fact, even getting admission in many of the universities is a task in itself as they have very steep requirements. So, it is essential to have focus and interest in what you want to study. Without this focus, you’d be wasting huge amounts of money.

Don’t think about going to a foreign university just because you’ll get to travel or because your friends are going there. Think about going to a foreign university only because if it serves your interest and long terms goals.

 

Long Term Goals

Another important thing that is important for consideration for applying abroad is what exactly are your long-term goals. If your long-term goal is to be at the forefront of the field you aspire to be in, then going abroad for higher education is necessary.

For many, it is not clear where they see themselves in the next 5 or 10 years, for them exploration is key in life. But there are some who are focused and want to be high achievers in the whatever field they want to apply in. For them, going abroad is extremely important as there is immense exposure.

 

Interested in Research

One important thing that also can help clear your confusion is whether you want to pursue higher research – in any field. One of the tragic states of Indian education is that the focus and funding are limited for those who want to pursue higher research. That is why we have the phenomenon of ‘Brain Drain’ in India.

Sadly, that is a reality as foreign universities not only have the infrastructure but also have funding support to pursue new research. If you plan to get into research then going to abroad is a very lucrative option.

 

Cost Analysis

One important consideration that one has to think if of course – Money. Studying abroad is a very costly affair as the expenses can go up to multiple of lakhs of rupees or at times up to 1 Crore!

So, you will have to do a cost-benefit analysis whether the money invested is right and you’ll be getting something equal if not more in return. As you don’t want to be drowning in loans after your education abroad.

There are of course various scholarships that are available across different countries and they will help. But in case if you don’t get one then the money factor will play a big role in your decision.

 

Adaptability

You might not think about it but a greater degree of adaptability also plays a huge role while considering going abroad for higher education. The environment abroad varies from country to country and is largely welcoming.

But don’t expect it to be hunky and dory as it is very challenging to go and to adapt to a new setting in a foreign land. If you have a hard time fitting into new and challenging settings then you will have to think very hard.

But unless you have that enterprising and highly adaptable personality which likes a new adventure than going abroad in a different setting would be a thrill ride for you.

 

Degree Recognition

Another important thing for consideration is the ranking and value of the degree that you plan to do from abroad. There is no point going abroad to do a flaky degree from a dubious university.

So, it is better to do proper research first and preparing a list of credible universities and doing degrees that will help you make a better future.

 

Political Situation

Another consideration is of the political situation of countries. Now you don’t want to go to a politically unstable country for your higher education. Whenever you are considering your options always do a thorough research of the country’s political status.

 

To Conclude


So, these are some of the important considerations to think about if you are confused about where to study further. If you take into consideration each thing thoroughly, then we’re sure you will come to the right decision. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

 

How to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

How to Boost your Emotional Intelligence

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Did you know that there’s another intelligence to us that we don’t explore much? That’s right, we are talking about Emotional intelligence and it is a very important component of our personality. In this post, we will discuss how to boost your emotional intelligence. Read on.

 

Emotional intelligence is an important component of our overall personality. It can be defined as the ability to understand and manage and express effectively one’s own feelings. EQ or EI also helps us navigate emotions in daily conversations and activities.

It is absolutely essential in the development, formation, and maintenance of relationships and interpersonal connections. And unlike IQ, which is believed to be static over the course of our lives, our EQ actually evolves and increases as our desire to learn to grow.

In this post, we will talk about certain ways to boost your emotional intelligence so that you can have meaningful conversations and make strong bonds in your daily lives.

 

Managing Negative Emotions

We all get sometimes negative emotions – depending on the circumstances that surround us. And sometimes these emotions can overwhelm us beyond despair. In order to navigate and manage these feelings, we need to change the way we think about them.

  1. Reducing Negative Personalisation – The first way you can do that is try avoiding jumping to negative conclusions. For instance, if someone is not replying or behaving in a weird way – do not think straight away it has something to do with you or something bad has happened. Instead, look at that situation from multiple points of views before reacting.
  2. Managing the Fear of Rejection – One of the difficult negative emotion that always engulfs it the fear of rejection or failure. Navigating this is often tricky and the fear itself – and not the actual rejection or failure – can bring you down.

 

The best way to navigate these feelings is to think and working towards strong alternatives and having multiple options. This helps because no matter what happens you will have options nonetheless. As they say, you should never put your eggs in one basket.

Managing Stressful Situations

Our daily lives have become hotbeds of stress and anxiety. It is important for us to know how to handle such situations. When under pressure or extreme stress, the most important thing you can do it keep calm and keep your cool.

If in case, the stress getting too overwhelming then you can do certain things to calm yourself down: 1. Put cold water on your face and get some fresh air; 2. Try avoiding caffeinated beverages; 3. You should also try doing aerobic exercises which will help you feel energetic.

 

Being Assertive and Expressive

There are times when we want to set boundaries or be outright about our emotions so that the other person does not take undue advantage. That is what being emotionally assertive means. This could mean by practicing our right to disagree or saying “NO” without feeling guilty about it.

It is all about setting the right priorities and able to express how we feel. This also means effective means of communication with the people around you. Better communication and effective expression of emotions often lead to a congenial environment.

 

Being Proactive and not Reactive

We all face sometimes unreasonable people in our lives. Be in the workplace or someone in your class and it can be challenging as that person can severely affect your mood.

If you are in such situations and feeling aggravated and feel that you may be about to burst open, you can do certain things remain calm. 1. Take a deep breath and try counting backward to ten. Usually, you will calm down and you will not react to the other person. 2. Another way is that you can try putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. Even though that does not excuse unacceptable behavior, but still the idea is to remind yourself that people may be acting because of certain personal situations themselves.

 

Bouncing Back from Adversity

We all know that life often gets tough and we have to face tough situations, often setbacks. But it will depend on how we think and feel and act towards’ life’s constant challenges. The way we think and feel in such situations can be a difference between optimism and pessimism.

In order to escape unscathed from these challenges is to keep asking yourself questions – how to learn from this experience or what can be done now. The more insightful questions you can ask at these situations – the more you will optimistic about the future.

 

Practicing Empathy

Most of us, when we hear the sad news about someone else, feel pity or sympathetic towards them. However helpful, that is not what desired but being empathetic is the key towards building strong interpersonal relationships.

Practicing empathy means trying to feel what the other person is feeling and then helping them get through it. This not only helps in building a strong relationship but also strengthens your ability to understand people more effectively.

 

To Conclude

Emotional intelligence has the ability to evolve over time. It is up to you as you need to have the desire and will to keep improving. Improving EQ is very helpful and by these techniques, you can easily increase your EQ and be a stronger and better person.

So, what are you waiting for, start using these techniques and be a better version of yourself? Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

 

Fellowships You Can Do in the Social Work Sector

9 Fellowships You Can Do in the Social Work Sector

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Feeling confused about what to do after your Bachelors? Do you feel like doing some volunteer work for a limited time? This post will cover some of the most prestigious short time fellowship programs. Read on.

 

Many of us feel a certain sense of unease during the final years of graduation. If you are from a technical background, then many of you may get enrolled in some internship programs or even get placements in the corporate sector.

But for students from a non-technical background, which are a big number, the last year of graduation is of confusion and unease. While most of them end up preparing for competitive exams like – Bank POs, SSC, Civils etc – there are some who do not want to be part of that line.

They want to do something different and still want to explore other avenues that exist beyond the mainstream career paths. This post caters to these people who want to work in the social sector.

In this post, we will talk about the various volunteer-fellowships programs in India that cater to social work. These are short term programs intended to instill a sense of leadership qualities among the youth of India.

These are some of the most prestigious fellowship programs out there and are highly competitive in nature. So, let’s get started!

Teach for India

Do you feel that there’s something wrong with the Indian education system? If yes, do you feel that you have some ideas to do things differently? Then this program is for you. Teach for India programme (TFI) is a 2-year program, which intends to give the brightest youth opportunities in the education sector.

In the program, you will serve as a teacher in some of the most under-resourced schools in India. And in the process of teaching in these classrooms, you will be working key stakeholders – principals, students, and the parents.

The fellows get to experience the ground realities of India’s education system and in the process cultivate skills and mindsets of leadership.

The program runs for 2 years and it has no age limit. There are 3 steps in the overall application process, which comprises of a test and an interview. There is a monthly stipend given to the fellows and it varies from city to city. The deadline for this year’s program is 24th March 2019.

 

Young India Fellowship

Next up, is a unique program which exclusively caters to those who want to become leaders and initiate social change. Young India Fellowship, funded by the Ashoka University, is a unique multi-disciplinary one-year Post-graduate diploma programme in liberal studies.

During the course of a year, the candidate is taught by some of the brightest minds in the world of academics. The fellowship brings around 300 young bright individuals, who have exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential.

The course is fully funded and highly competitive. The age limit is 28 and a good academic record is desirable. The application process consists of tests for critical thinking, communication skills, and telephonic and personal interviews. The deadline for this year’s program is 30th March 2019

 

LAMP – Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament

If some of you want to experience the ground realities of how policy and lawmaking actually happens in India, then his fellowship program is for you. LAMP or Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament fellowship program is a unique chance for individuals to work along with MPs and experience the workings of the government at the ground level.

Successful individuals will be assigned to MPs for a duration of the given year. The program starts from the Monsoon session of Parliament till the end of the Budget Session. The main work of a LAMP fellow is to provide extensive research support to his/her MP for their parliamentary work.

So, if you are interested you will have to wait till the end of the year as this session’s deadline is gone. You will need to be a graduate degree and age limit is 25 years. It’s a funded program and you will get a monthly stipend.

 

Gandhi Fellowship

Another fellowship program that aims to develop young leaders who are keen on bringing in a change in the society. Fellows facilitate the process of school change by working closely with the Principals engaged in the Principal Leadership Development Program (PLDP). They provide on-ground training and coach them in various aspects of pedagogy, institutional leadership, and administrative efficiency.

The fellowship is open to graduates and post-graduates across all disciplines. The age limit is 26 years old. The tenure of the fellowship varies but till 2 years maximum. This program also supports aspiring social entrepreneurs through special idea incubation, business mentorship, and start-up funding support up to Rs. 20 Lakh after fellowship. The last date for application for this year is 31st March 2019

 

Azim Premji Foundation

Another fellowship program that seeks to work in the education sector is by Azim Premji foundation which offers One-year full-time Fellowship programme. It provides opportunities to study issues in the education sector at the ground level.

Selected fellows will learn from through hands-on teaching experience, engaging in educational dialogues. They also learn by engaging in different activities which are designed to bring in change.

The age limit is 35 years. The candidates should either have a post-graduate degree (MBA, M.Sc., M.A.) or a professional degree (B.Tech., L.L.B.). He or she needs to be proficient in English and any of the local languages. The application cycle will open again by the month of September 2019.

 

Transforming India Initiative

As the name suggests, this fellowship program focuses on the challenges that India faces in today’s world. It is a two-year fellowship program that would help fellows establish enterprises that will tackle and solve the most pressing challenges faced by our country.

There is no age limit for this program. You will need to be a graduate in any stream. The application process will commence again at the end of this year around October end. So, those who are interested keep a lookout.

 

Acumen Fellowship

If your passion however lies on tackling the issues of poverty then this fellowship program might appeal you the most. Acumen Fellowship program aims to fight poverty and help improve millions of lives around the world.

This is a great opportunity for those who want to give back to society by helping the most who are in need. There are no specific academic requirements. Knowledge of English language is necessary. And there is also no age limit in this fellowship. Applications usually open in August, so those interested keep a lookout.

 

Clinton Fellowship

The William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is an immersive, 10-month volunteer service program matching young professionals with development organizations. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, and public health.

The fellowship aims to shape the next generation of leaders committed to positive change and strengthening civil society associations both in US and India. Selected fellows serve on an annual basis from September 1st to July 2nd with various organizations across India.

The age limit is between 21-34 years. The candidates need to have a bachelors degree in any field. The next set of applications will commence in October 2019.

 

India Fellow

Another fellowship program that encourages social leadership among the youth is the India Fellow program. It is an experiential social leadership for young Indians, including full-time, for a year with a partner organization.

The host organizations are linked up to work on specific projects and fellows work along these projects. They learn together through peer learning and mentoring.

The age limit is 21-28 years of age. You need to be a graduate in any stream. The fellowship program is for 13 months’ time and each fellow will receive a monthly stipend.

 

To Conclude

 

So, here you are friends, some of the most prestigious fellowship programs running in India focusing on the social sector. These fellowship programs are excellent launchpads for your career and also help you realize your true calling.

So, what are you waiting for? Check these out and pursue what interests you. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.  

 

 

Which Game of Thrones Character Are You

Which Game Of Thrones Character Are You?

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Can’t wait for the final season of Game of Thrones? I for one is dying to know who will live and who will – Die! Till then, we at Brainpundits have made the Ultimate Game of Thrones Quiz to let you know which Game of Thrones character are you. So, take our quiz to know whether you are Jon Snow or Cersei Lannister or even Khaleesi herself!

 

Game of Thrones Persona Quiz 

 

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You find out your close friend has shoplifted, you:

You have trouble thinking about tough situations without experiencing them:

You prefer using any means necessary to reach a desired outcome:

You prefer working alone rather than in a group:

You have some work but you want your friend to do it for you, you:

You are more likely to hold a grudge if someone harms you.

grudge

The film you are watching is starting to bore you, you:

You have a tendency to make decisions without giving much thought.

You are more likely to lose your temper when forced to do something unwanted.

You see a burning building, you:

You are in the middle of argument and realise that you may be wrong, you:

You usually cry while watching movies.

Your friends ask you to join them in sky-diving, you:

Someone keeps bullying you in school, you

Which Game Of Thrones Character Are you?
You are Jon Snow

You are extremely proud and with high morals. You are a strong leader and have a never-give-up attitude. You are also caring. For you means used are more important then the overall result.
You are Jamie Lannister

Jamie Lannister GOT Persona Quiz

You are always ready to fight when challenged. You are also impulsive and can change your mind depending on the circumstances.
You are Tyrion Lannister

tyrion lannister GOT Persona quiz

You are practical and have a persuasive personality. You love working with people and guiding them. You have a witty sense of humor as well.
You are Samwell Tarly

Samwell Tarley

You are conscientious and very thorough. You tend to avoid conflict and are a sensitive person. You are also extremely loyal.
You are Arya Stark

Arya Stark GOT Persona Quiz

You are the lone wolf and looking to do things on your own. You are patient when it comes to doing the right thing and take your time while planning something.
You are Sansa Stark

You are smart and diplomatic. You are also a survivor and mentally strong. You are also far-sighted and take decisions carefully.
You are Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen GOT Persona Quiz

You are an idealist and a righteous person. You fight for what's right and help others in need. You are also instinctive when making decisions.
You are Cersei Lannister

You are sharp and volatile at the same time. You are also strong-willed and can do anything if your mind to it. For you ends justify means, which means you are very pragmatic.

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Ways to Cope with Failure

6 Ways to Cope with Failure

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Have you ever failed at doing something? Do you feel the dread of failing at something? This post will help you deal with failure and in the process show, it is an essential part of life. Read on.

 

We all face the fear of failing. It is a terrible feeling to have and can lead to stress and anxiety. The act of failing, under these circumstances, can lead to even depression and suicidal tendencies. For example, in India suicide rates is among the highest to a youngster who fails a certain exam.

This is an extremely sorry state of affairs, where failure at one event or task in life can lead to such sad events. It is therefore very important to change the way we think and handle the idea of failure.

But how to do it? We would like to share our tips on how to cope with failure and re-think of it as an important part of life.

6 Ways to Cope with Failure

 

Accepting How You Feel

The first and most important thing that you should do, if you have failed at something, is to accept it openly. It is very important to embrace your emotions and feelings. One method you can do that is by either writing them down in a diary.

Writing down how you are feeling is a great way to get things out. It also gives you a perspective on how are you able to handle it.

Talking with Your Friends and Peers

The next thing you should do is talking about it with your close friends or family. Do not wallow in despair all alone, as that could spiral into further depression. Talking with friends and family not only helps you feel better but also makes you realize that it is not such a big thing.

Friends and family help you realize that the act of failing is something normal and not a big deal. This helps you deal with your emotional health, which is necessary at that vulnerable point.

Failure Does Not Define You

Another important thing to know is that one moment of failure does not define your life or who you are. You can always try again or move on to other things. Failing at a task or an exam does not mean you are a failure, it means you did not prepare well for that exam or took a big risk and did not plan it well. Failing at something never defines you, but rather it helps you realise your flaws, which we all have.

 

Rethinking the Idea of Failure

But probably the most important thing that you should do is the change the way you think about “failure”. The problem with our society in today’s world is that we are trained to believe from the start not to make any mistakes. Making mistakes is close to sin and that fuels our anxiety of ‘failing’.

Failing at something is a mistake that you have made while doing a particular task. So, the need of the hour is to think of failing as just another mistake, from which you can learn. It is just another step towards your goals or dreams.

Find Inspiration from examples from the world

One way to feel better is to seek out other examples of people and how they dealt with failure in their life and used it for greater success later. There are many famous personalities who initially failed but later learned from it and became successful.

For example, big names like Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, in their early careers made many mistakes but now they are extremely successful people.

Moving Forward

Last but not least you need to look at the failure with a critical eye in order to know your weaknesses. After doing this you can reassess your strategy for the next attempt at the task or an exam.

So, a failure, in the end, is nothing but a part of a step towards the bigger success.

To Conclude

I’ll end with a famous quote by the celebrated playwright Samuel Becket,

“Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.”

So, remember friends’ failure is nothing but a step and part of life and it helps you be a better person. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

The Power of Puzzle

The Power of Puzzle

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We all love a good puzzle. Be it in the shape of a maze or a word-twisting statement – we love solving puzzles. Everyone has come across this problem-solving game in their childhood.  

Even adults pursuing it as a hobby. It doesn’t matter if it’s a math puzzle or blocks or simple wooden or cardboard puzzle, as long they are solving puzzling problems.

I can even name one personality who’s a favorite hobby is puzzle solving. He’s none other than Wolverine, Hugh Jackman. You can check on his Instagram profile where you would find him solving his Wentworth wooden puzzles. Recently he just completed the Vincent Van Gogh puzzle which took him 4 months.

Even I have some childhood memories related to puzzles. My first puzzle was a dinosaur puzzle. I am pretty sure you have the same kind of memories too related to puzzles. So, let’s be a little nostalgic today and relive them again.

Here I’ll tell you how puzzles can improve your mental capabilities like problem-solving skills, planning, and strategy, eye-hand coordination, concentration. Even puzzles can increase productivity at work.

 

The Power of Puzzle

 

 

Problem-solving skills

When you are solving a puzzle, you come across a lot of challenging situations – whether it’s a picture puzzle, Sudoku or crosswords. In order to solve these problems, you develop a strong problem-solving skill in this period.

As the level of difficulty increases, the problem-solving skill gets sharper and more versatile. It promotes logical and thinking skills in a child. That’s the reason why in most of day care centers and creches you will find puzzle games. You will be surprised to know that when you are solving a puzzle a lot of processes are happening in our brain. These include:

 

  • Perceptually recognizing a problem.
  • Representing the problem in memory.
  • Considering relevant information that applies to the current problem.
  • Identify different aspects of the problem.
  • Labeling and describing the problem

So, find a puzzle book or a cube or similar things like that without wasting time.

 

 

Planning and strategy

You can’t imagine even your single day without planning or strategy. So, this makes it a very important skill in our day to day life. The more polished and refined it is easier it is for a person to handle a number of stressful situations.

At workplaces, strategic planning is one of the most sought-after skills for managers. Moreover, planning gives clarity. Clarity is key as you have to be clear about your objectives and what you want to achieve.

Puzzles play a big role in refining and polishing these skills. Not just for adults introducing a child to puzzles is good too as it increases their skills.

The child has to be able to strategize how all the parts fit together to form the whole picture. This requires concentration, focus, reasoning, and memory; by using all of these his thinking skills are being developed.

 

Eye-hand coordination

Maybe you have heard gamers or artists have good hand-eye coordination, but they are not the only ones. Puzzles have the power to improve your hand-eye coordination too as while solving a puzzle, the child has to manipulate the pieces and their hands, eyes, and fingers have to work together in a direction to solve the puzzle.

Position and direction are used as part of fine sensory-motor co-ordination as well as visual discrimination. He has to identify the shape, color, and size of the pieces in order to correctly match the pieces together.

 

 

Concentration and productivity

To solve a puzzle, whether it be a picture puzzle or sudoku, simple crosswords or a mathematical one you have to be very precise and sincere to convert your efforts into success. To achieve this kind of precision, concentration is a must as without it you can’t achieve much.

As soon as you put a wrong number in sudoku or a wrong piece in your cardboard puzzle it can turn it from upside down. And I am sure you don’t like a dinosaur with tail on its head as it really looks pathetic.

So, while doing these activities your concentration improves a lot. From concentration comes better productivity. Concentration means the power to focus all your attention on one single objective. And it’s this single-minded attention that can help boost productivity and improve your ability to learn, to remember, and to recall information far more quickly and easily.

 

To Conclude

So, if you reached this far by reading all the facts that you know about puzzles then I am definitely sure you understood the power of puzzles which I want to convey in this blog. So, go to your nearest store, or order it on Amazon or just solve sudoku in the everyday newspaper. Just get back to solving puzzles and improving your mental capabilities. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

How to Motivate Your Employees

How to Motivate Your Employees

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If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or running a small local business around you then this post is for you. Every manager wants productivity and the thumb rule to increase productivity is that your employees have to work hard for the growth of the company.

As they say, there is no substitution for hard work which is not a deniable fact. We have to work in the area to increase motivation, commitment, satisfaction, and productivity of each person in the organization so that they will work hard. So, in this post, I’ll mention some factors through which you can motivate your employees and increase yield.

 

How to Motivate Your Employees

 

 

Welcoming Environment

The most important thing in is work environment. By providing them with a welcoming working environment you are able to eradicate clumsiness, hesitation, and stress due to a new environment in their life.

From a welcoming environment, I mean well-lit cabins, good temperature, a fragrance according to them is an additional add-on. Make it more habitable by making a warm environment with little humor and less formal so that they can open up and speak.

Coffee or tea with some snacks gives them a little break from continuous stress of 3-4 hours. According to research in an organization, two third of the conflicts happen that happens is due to emotional conflicts rather than technical. And they arise because of the lack of breaks in between.

Moreover, if you want to keep staff on track, you’ll need to provide a space where they can relax and bounce back from stressful work demands. So, a happy jolly warm environment is a must.

 

Trust and value them

Trust is a big factor in every kind of relationship – especially in an employer-employee relationship. Having your trust in them gives them a sense of worth and make them feel responsible. This intrinsic motivation will, in the end, work in your favor and motivated them to work harder.

It’s not a deniable fact that people work harder when they know that they are appreciated for the work they did. To keep your staff inspired, it’s very important to make them feel like they are an integral part of your company, not just an employee picking up salary on every first week of the month

 

Safer work environment

 

After creating a welcoming environment, the next step is developing a safer work environment. According to researchers a safer work environment gives employees the feeling of satisfaction and give them the freedom to work without stress.

Most of the manufacturing sectors that are working with heavy machinery, any accident at a work site can injure or even take the life of your valuable employees. This is highly recommended to create a safer work environment for them as they are an asset to you and moreover to their families.

 

 

Enhance leadership in them

 

Motivating employees is not just about giving them a long vacation time-it’s also about showing them they can make a difference by their own unique skill set and ideas that are cooking in their heads. Every time you have a meeting with them, whether large or small, let a different team member lead the conversation or the topics to be discussed.

Not only will they share their opinions and be heard this way, but they are motivated to make their words and ideas happen. This feeling, in the end, motivated him or her to work in the betterment of the organization as now he or she is the person on which people are counting upon.

 

Transparency

 

Being more transparent to your employees will increase your credibility among them. This credibility will lead to trust and belief in the organization. This environment of trust and believe will lead a healthy corporate environment and in the end, result in productivity.

Moreover, if you keep your employees behind the screen about the operations of your business, they’ll start to feel excluded and under-valued in their eyes. In order to build a reliable, stable team that want to work for you, maintaining open communication is an important and most crucial thing.

 

To Conclude

 

By following motivational tips like these, you stand to boost morale, achieve a higher staff retention rate and improve performance – all of which is good news for your bottom line. So, keep these tips in your mind while trying to improve the productivity of the workforce. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

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7 Tricks to Know and Influence People

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Do you know there are certain tricks that you can use to influence people? This post will talk about certain psychological tricks that you can use or know how they are used to influence you. Read on.

 

Human beings are very impressionable and can get easily influenced by little things. There are various ways we are tricked into things that we don’t know about. Sometimes we use them and sometimes people use against us.

Some of these things are biological in nature and while others are psychological. But the underlying idea is that little things play a big role in our daily conversations and interactions.

In this post, we will talk about certain tricks and tips you can influence others. Also, you get to know if people are using them to influence you.

 

The Tap on the Shoulder

If you want to convince a person or persuade them into following advice, then research has shown that if you tap the shoulder of that person and look him/her in the eye, then they are more likely to heed your advice.

As this shows mental intent with physical signals signifying a bond of trust between the two individuals. This is important if you want to influence others, as establishing trust is necessary.

 

Dilated Pupils

If you want to know if a person is confused or uncertain when it comes to making a decision, then you can get a hint by looking at their eyes. Research has shown that dilated pupils are linked to the degree of uncertainty of someone while making decisions.

This happens because when someone is less sure about their decision, they tend to get certain arousal, which leads to dilated pupils in the eyes.

 

Cheek-Bone Assertion

Have you ever noticed that people with bigger cheekbones tend to be more assertive? Well, this is because, research has shown that people who have bigger cheekbones have high levels of testosterone.

High levels of testosterone mean the tendency to be more aggressive and having assertive personalities.

 

The Colour Red

What is the first feeling you get when you see the color red? Sign of danger or dominance? Well, you are not far off if you to feel the same way, as research has shown that association of the color red with dominance and aggression is hard-wired into our brains.

Furthermore, a survey of boxers found that those assigned the red kits were 5% more likely to win their bouts than the blues.

 

The Price is Wrong

This is a trick used by almost all salespersons and e-retail outlets. They have mastered the art of tricking us into buying things and controlling our ideas how much does a thing value.

A classic trick that is used by showrooms, and now e-retail sites, is that to raise the price of one product among other similar products. What this does is confuse us into thinking the cheaper ones are of good value but that was the intent of the store to begin with. That is trick you into buying a product at the price they wanted to sell it.

 

To Laugh is to Bond

 

Laughter, they say, is the best medicine. But studies have also shown that laughter is a very strong social emotion. This means it brings people together and helps them to bond. When you laugh with someone it means you like them, agree with them or have similar levels of understandings.

Research has also shown that if you laugh at even bad jokes of people, they are more likely to be more open and candid about secretive or confidential things. So, if you want to get that information from the other person, laugh it up and make them trust you.

 

Spotting a Lie

 

While the most commonly perceived suggestion is to see the body language. But experts say the best way to catch a lie is to ask for more detailed information. As that would mean for the other person to make up more lies and more often than not his or her lie will be caught.

Unless the other person is a sociopathic liar and is an expert in telling detailed lies, you will most likely catch that lie.

 

To Conclude

 

So, how many have you used or how many you feel were used to influence your behavior. These are very subtle things and we hardly notice them in our daily conversations. But these little things matter a lot as they shape our interactions and decision makings.

In case you haven’t used such tips, then maybe you can think about them the next time you want to catch a liar or get that information out of someone. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with BrainPundits!

Improve Your Mental Capabilities

Awesome Tips to Improve Your Mental Capabilities

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Ever wanted to improve the abilities of your mind? With some easy tips, you can increase your mental capabilities. Read on.

Our brain is one of the most complex organs of our body. In order to keep it sharp we need to keep doing certain exercises, yes you read it right, exercise to keep our brains sharp. It is very easy to lose the sharpness of the mind, hence it is necessary to make efforts to keep it sharp.

Here are some tips that you can do help improve your mental capabilities.

 

Awesome Tips to Improve Your Mental Capabilities

 

Keeping it Busy

 

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The key is the consistent hustling of your brain. You should keep using it and don’t give it a big break. By doing activities like solving puzzles, playing chess, solving riddles or playing some specific card games like bridge,  can significantly help you to increase your mental abilities.

These game and puzzles help you to increase your problem-solving skills and induce strategy making in you, as result of that you are able to see a significant increase in your mental capabilities which In the end will help you to tackles your daily problems in a more simplified way.

 

Meditate

 

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Meditation is like an elixir to your brain. After going through a day which is full of stress and hotchpotch, mediation will help you to revive your brain. The benefits which mediation gives are widely accepted and backed by a various number of sciences and psychological researches.

By meditation you can go into a state which is full of serenity and peace and this state will help you make decisions in a better way. By taking a decision in a better way I mean to see every pros and con of the situation and you could only do that when your mind is a certain peace and relaxation levels.

 

Mental Exercises

You can increase your concentration and focus through several exercises specifically designed for this purpose like tratak, a famous eastern technique in which you have to focus on a bright point or source of light continuously and stay in the present moment. This will give you a sharp edge to your mind and you are able to understand and react to situations around you in a better way.

There are other few techniques like yoga or some herbs. Ginseng is a  herb used widely in South Asian countries promote healthy brain function. Skullcap, valerian and gingko biloba are also recommended to increase concentration and focus.

 

Making Maths Your Friend

 

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Now, don’t get afraid now and please don’t press the back button on your screen. I know for some Maths isn’t the subject that they have fond memories of. But when it comes to increasing your mental capabilities Mathematics is the tool which you can’t take lightly.

Mathematics always give you opportunities to delve and jump into the ocean of problems which will surely provide your brain oxygen as you going to increase your proximity to this subject. Through problem-solving which you are facing during mathematics, sessions will increase your ability to see the problems in different perspectives and help you to be more effective and productive in your day to day life.

 

Don’t take longer breaks

Most of the times during summer vacations or when our semester ends a big break is there. While our brain is used to the day to day activities, but during this break, our brain is not used that much, which in the end contributes to the rusting process of your mind.

The reason behind this is irregularities due to these long breaks. So if you are off from the schedule for a long time keep add activities like newspaper reading or read some novels or keep your brain active mentally, during this break, to keep it in shape.

 

Exercising and Stretching

 

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Not only hustling is the way to increase your mental capabilities, relaxation and cutting yourself from the regular schedule is the other side of the coin. By indulging into yoga, stretching and other physical exercises will increase your blood flow up to 30% in different parts of the brain.

According to a study Exercising actually helps increase learning capacity, after exercise the brain picks up vocabulary words 20% quicker. So, all in all, you need to keep a balance between the two.

 

Reading Books and Novels

 

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Reading books and novels are also a novel way to help keep your brain afresh. By reading books and novels you can keep practicing your concentration skills even when you are off.

The thrilling plots and characters help your brain to keep running and guessing what is going to happen next. So, grab a book today and start reading!

 

To Conclude

 

So, there you have it, some very essential and easy tips to keep that brain afresh of yours. Well, not only fresh but also these tips will help you improve your mental capabilities overall. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.