Five @ Free Flow Friday!

Today’s Five @ Free Flow Friday is brought to you by the word BRAIN.

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That’s right, peeps. This weekend, in between miniature Snickers and 3 Musketeers, have yourself a read at the articles posted below. While your stomach may not like it, your brain will be so glad you did!

Have a GREAT weekend!

#1. 7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should be Reading Books by Laura Schocker 

Stressed out? Pick up a paperback. Research conducted in 2009 at Mindlab International at the University of Sussex showed that reading was the most effective way to overcome stress, beating out old favorites such as listening to music, enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and even taking a walk, The Telegraph reported when the findings were released. It took the study participants just six minutes to relax (which was measured by evaluating heart rate and muscle tension) once they started turning pages.

I’ve been telling you – READ MORE BOOKS!

#2. Hijacking Back Your Brain from Porn by John Piper

God wove together physical nerves and supra-physical spiritual affections — desire, fear, joy, anger, pity, admiration, trust, cherishing, love. Instead of letting this connection discourage you, take it by the horns and make it serve your holiness. This is what the Bible calls you to do.

Don’t think the Bible is silent on this all-important question of mind and body — thinking and brains, affections and chemicals. God made these connections between physical and supra-physical, and God has wisdom for living in them.”

We are to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, souls, MINDS, and strength.

#3. What Multi-Tasking Does to Your Brain by Drake Baer

When we multitask all day, those scattered habits literally change the pathways in our brains. The consequence, according to Nass’s research, is that sustaining your attention becomes impossible.

‘If we [multitask] all the time–brains are remarkably plastic, remarkably adaptable,’ he says, referencing neuroplasticity, the way the structures of your brain literally re-form to the patterns of your thought. ‘We train our brains to a new way of thinking. And then when we try to revert our brains back, our brains are plastic but they’re not elastic. They don’t just snap back into shape.’

Yikes. 

#4. How to Avoid the Power of the Drift by Michael Hyatt

Wake up. Where are you in relation to where you know you should be? Don’t beat yourself up. Simply acknowledge your current reality. You can’t go somewhere else until you acknowledge where you are right now.”

Anybody out there wanting to live more intentionally? 

#5. Two Lists I Make Every Morning by Donald Miller

“IF I COULD LIVE TODAY OVER AGAIN I’D”

&

“THINGS I GET TO ENJOY TODAY”

Simply liberating. Want intentionality? Get to know Michael Hyatt and Donald Miller.

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2 thoughts on “Five @ Free Flow Friday!

  1. Rodney Wimberly says:

    Thank you for “7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books”, we, as a society, do not read nearly enough. Speaking of reading books, I do not mean books on a reading device, I enjoy mine don’t get me wrong, but never forget, the reading device can be turned off or emptied with the flip of a switch, but physical books can be hidden.

    p.s. Multi-tasking means you are messing up more than one thing at a time.

  2. Ilene Harral says:

    Matt, I’m still your fan and read your blogs faithfully! Thanks for giving us your thoughts and ideas and caring about us and helping us in the name of Jesus.

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