As Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert points out, most of us make three important decisions in our lives: where to live, what to do and with whom to do it. But the reality is that we’re really the first human beings to make those decisions.

For most of recorded time, people lived where they were born and they followed their parents’ jobs. Millers milled, smiths smithed, carpenters hammered, and coopers made barrels. All of them associated with people who did the same. They married whom and when they were told.

The agricultural, industrial and technological revolutions changed everything, producing personal liberties, opinions and a dizzying number of choices. For the first time, happiness became our responsibility and we had the element of control.

While economists are now looking at such happiness-related concepts as the “indifference curve” and measuring utility in “utils”, the trouble is most practitioners of the dismal science seem clueless when it comes to basic psychology.

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It’s on right now. WEB 2 in San Francisco is the biggest web gathering abut the web and history is in the making. Our own web guru, Simon Chen, is there and blogging furiously live. If you can’t be there (like me) then Simon’s your man in SFO. By the way, if you’re into the web and the power of Google you should be a member of Simon’s blog anyway. He also makes me laugh 🙂

While in Sri Lanka recently, working with Marie Stopes International, the Founder, Dr Tim Black CBE, introduced me to TED. Tim said, “I promised to send you the details of the TED–Technology Entertainment Design–web site that I think you should contribute to. See for example the brilliant talk by Sir Ken Robinson on creativity .”

Each year, TED hosts some of the world’s most fascinating people: Trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. The talks they deliver have had had such a great impact, we thought they deserved a wider audience. So now – with our sponsor BMW and production partner WNYC/New York Public Radio we’re sharing some of the most remarkable TED talks with the world at large. Each week, we’ll release a new talk, in audio and video, to download or watch online. For best effect, plan to listen to at least three, start to finish. They have a cumulative effect…

As we yawn and open our eyes in the morning, the brain stem sends little puffs of nitric oxide to another part of the brain, the thalamus, which then directs it elsewhere.

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Like a computer booting up its operating system before running more complicated programs, the nitric oxide triggers certain functions that set the stage for more complex brain operations, according to a new study.

In these first moments of the day, sensory information floods the system–the bright sunlight coming through the curtains, the time on the screeching alarm clock–and all of it needs to be processed and organized, so the brain can understand its surroundings and begin to perform more complex tasks.

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When it comes to training, continuity gets the best results. The great Samurai, Musashi, wrote, “The essence of strategy is to train day and night”. Most of us don’t need to be trained at the level of the Samurai but in a competitive world we do need some edge. The best way to secure that ‘unfair advantage’ is daily training.

Even 10 minutes a day, every day, will put you on top. If you have a continuous training system that gives you the opportunity for daily training you have a guaranteed strategy for success. The School of Thinking’s daily training system is a simple example of continuous training.