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Effective praise can be given using these three methods:

  1. Defining your intention and providing praise. This involves being mindful of the consequences of your words.
  2. Instead of plain flattery, try to encourage them to move forward and take up further challenges. This also encourages them to keep learning.
  3. Focus the praise on their effort, not their ability. If the trait is not fixed, the person cannot be vain about it. By praising efforts, we are motivating them to push further and get out of their comfort zone.
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Communication

The Praise Paradox
  • Defining Praise requires two different components: What is being praised and the amount of praise.
  • Talent and abilities can be praised, and the degree of praise is based on the language used.
  • Inflated or exaggerated praise can backfire, lowering a young person’s motivation or self-worth when there are eventual setbacks.
  • It fosters a fixed mindset by adding pressure on the person(who is praised) to behave accordingly.
  • Humans trust other humans more than they trust algorithms or bots, most especially those in our own social circle. Stand up against misinformation publicly.
  • This is not to say to aggressively argue with the person or mock them but rather to approach them firmly with specific reasoning and providing counterevidence about how the information being shared is fake.
  • The additional benefit to this is that when one publicly debunks a shared link other viewers will be discouraged to share it.

People share things on social media because of their emotions mindlessly all the time. Those who view their accounts in an emotional mindset, mainly anger and anxiety are the culprits, are more likely to share misinformation than those with a rational state of mind.

Research says that people who underestimate their biases are actually more vulnerable to being misled than those who acknowledge their biases.

There is a thing we call "confirmation bias" and this happened when a person is biased towards believing information that is already aligned with what they believe in may t be politically, religiously, or by ethnicity or nationality.

Before sharing something online, consider the consequences of doing so and ask yourself whether the link you're sharing is true; has it been fact-checked? 

Misinformation is shared quickly and without much thought to be conscious of your actions and your behaviors and control your impulses.

False information is shared by many people who intentionally want to mislead people, and many unaware people fall for this.

In order to avoid the further spread of misinformation, we should learn the tricks they use to manipulate us.

  • Prebunking - this is a type of debunking that happens before you hear myths and lies.
  • Play games dedicated to teaching you the tricks headline baiters use.
Stand with other people

Allowing misinformation to spread only makes it more likely for people to start believing it, so when you see someone stand up against a person for sharing misinformation, join in on the conversation.

Every post you share is not only for yourself but it will be seen by other people. Make sure to double-check your sources with other contents that have low biases and high fact ratings in order to find sources you can actually deem trustworthy.

Written communication during the BCE Years

The Kish tablet is dated to 3500 B.C. and is considered by some experts to be the oldest form of known handwriting. It features proto-cuneiform signs - symbols that resemble a physical object. The Egyptian hieroglyphs are similar to this form of writing and date back to 3200 B.C.

Written language seems to have come about around 1200 B.C. in China and around 600 B.C. in the Americas.

  • The Greeks used messenger pigeons to deliver the results of the first Olympiad in the year 776 B.C. They also established a library in 530 B.C.
  • Near the end of the B.C. period, systems of long-distance communication became more commonplace. In Egypt and China, messenger relay stations were built. They used human messengers on foot or horseback.
  • In the year 14, the Romans established the first postal service. Mail delivery systems were already established in India and China.

In 1835, inventors Joseph Henry and Edward Davey independently demonstrated electromagnetic relay, where a weak electrical signal can be amplified and transmitted across long distances. Cooke and Wheatstone invented the telegraph shortly after.

A few years later, Samuel Morse developed a version that sent signals from Washington D.C. to Baltimore. Afterwards, he developed a system of signal-induced indentations that correlated to numbers, special characters, and letters of the alphabet, known as the Morse code.

The next idea to explore was finding a way to transmit sound to far distances. Alexander Graham Bell laid out the underlying technology for electromagnetic telephones and was granted a patent in 1876 for his improvements in telegraphy.

This introduced a new problem: what if you were not available if someone tried to call you? At the turn of the 20th century, Danish inventor Valdemar Poulsen invented the telegraphone, a device for recording and playing back the magnetic fields produced by sound.

  • In 105 China, an official Cai Lung suggested using "the bark of trees, remnants of hemp, rags of cloth, and fishing nets" for writing on instead of heavier bamboo or costlier silk material.
  • The Chinese followed that up with the invention of the first clay moveable type for printing paper books between 1041 and 1048.
  • Between 1436 and 1450, Gutenberg's printing press was developed. It introduced key innovations such as oil-based ink, mechanical movable type, and adjustable moulds.
  • The phonetic system does not use pictorial signs but symbols to refer to spoken sounds. Modern alphabets that many people in the world use today represent a phonetic form of communication.
  • Remnants of these systems appeared either around 19th century B.C. from the early Canaanite population, or the 15th century B.C. from a Semitic community that lived in central Egypt.
  • Over time, various forms of the Phoenician system of written communication began to spread. By the 8th century B.C., the Phoenician system reached Greece, where it changed to the Greek oral language.
  • A good subject line of your email is the gatekeeper, the title of your story, something that tells the recipient what is going to be available when the email is clicked. Don’t just write a subject line, craft it.
  • The main body of the email should be a narrative that answers the question ‘why?’. This is the space to include the characters, the setting and the conflict. It can be a bit longer if the story is compelling.
  • The ending has to be a call to action, where we offer a deadline, a bulleted summary and a get-set-go finale which ensures the recipient knows the what, why and how.
Our Brains Love Stories

Stories engage people visually, auditorily and even cognitively, as they include words, experiences and feelings.

You can use the age-old hook of storytelling as a way to engage your email recipients at office, and present your content in a manner that sets it apart.

  • Setting: Data, trends and insights to provide context.
  • Characters: The participants of the message (sender, recipient and other stakeholders).
  • Conflict: The problem that is being solved.
  • Resolution: The way the conflict would hopefully be solved.
  1. Why: The main goal or purpose of our practice of journaling. We need to decide whether it is just an outlet to remove mental clutter or do we seek to be more creative or at peace.
  2. How: Deciding how we need to practise journaling and how convenient and easy it would be for us. We can opt for writing on a small gadget or notebook to increase accessibility and maintain a routine.
  3. When: Most people opt out of journaling as they see it as a huge time and energy commitment, something that can be avoided if we decide using the ‘why’ and the ‘how’.
  4. Let Go Of Perfectionism: Don’t feel pressured to write the perfect journal. Make adjustments and enjoy the process to reap full benefits.
Journaling: One Act Many Benefits

Journaling enhances our state of awareness and assists in self-reflection, acting as a compost bin for our mental clutter.

Reading and writing require attention. Journaling, the act of putting your thoughts on paper, is a key to the foundation of mindfulness, and our presence of mind. One doesn’t have to be a great writer to start journaling, and can opt for gratitude journaling, creative journaling, mindful journaling, or simply keeping a diary.

  1. Improved mood.
  2. Better feeling of well-being.
  3. Physical and emotional healing including strengthening of immunity.
  4. Improvement in mental sharpness.
  5. Better emotional health.

A few minutes of journaling, whether on the laptop or by using pen and paper(considered a better option) can boost our creativity and increase our wisdom and insight.

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