glibbrain.jpg Earlier we talked about why the fast-talking guy sounds smarter than the guy who understands more than he can say. We talked about how wrong that is, and how if the glib always win, we all lose. But the more important battle is not between articulate vs. less-articulate people… it’s between the articulate vs. non-articulate parts of your own head.

Your brain has both a quick-talker and a quick-thinker, but the good-talker “know-it-all” gets the glory.

In other words, there’s a smart part and a dumb part of your brain, and the problem is…the dumb part talks (while the smart part thinks).

title_mntlogo.jpg When people are made to think quickly, they report feeling happier as a result. They also say they are more energetic, more creative, more powerful, and more self-assured. In short, they reported a whole set of experiences associated with being “manic.”

Fast thinking, or “racing thoughts,” is most commonly known as a symptom of the clinical psychiatric disorder of mania (and of the manic part of bipolar disorder or “manic-depression”).

But, according to Princeton University psychologist Emily Pronin, most healthy people also have experienced racing thoughts at some point in time–perhaps when they are excited about a new idea they have just learned, or when they are brainstorming with a group of people, or even when they lie in bed unable to fall asleep.

Pronin and her Harvard colleague Daniel Wegner decided to explore whether inducing people to think fast might lead them to feel some of the other experiences also associated with the manic experience.

Martin-Seligman-small.jpg Dr Martin Seligman is the founder of Positive Psychology, a new branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.

Dr Seligman’s research has demonstrated that it is possible to be happier – to feel more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and probably even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances.

Positive psychology interventions can also lastingly decrease depression symptoms. Authentic Happiness has almost 700,000 registered users around the world.

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