One of the ways that they do this is with attractive and bright colors. The screens on your phones are amazing as they display millions of colors with crystal-clear clarity. The colors are attractive and draw your attention and your brain enjoys the experience. Along with the attractiveness, certain colors will create responses in your brain. The color red grabs your attention, and if that is tied to a desired action the company wants from you, it can be a very effective tool to get you to look at your phone. Remember, their goal is to grab your attention and keep it and the use of colors is a very effective tool in their arsenal.
Fortunately, there is a way to combat the powerful impact the colors have on your brain and it is referred to as “going grey”. Most people do not know this but your phone (and other devices) has the ability to view in greyscale, which then removes the power of the colors on your brain. You still see everything but the colors do not attract and influence your brain as much. This can be done on the iPhone/iPhone/iTouch, as well as Android/Samsung phones:
It is also possible with these devices to make going back to color a simple step with your home button so that if there is a picture or video you need to see in color you can switch back and forth quickly. With the iPhone it is under general>accessibility>accessibility shortcut>color filters. With the android phone it is Settings -> Personal -> Accessibility -> Direct Access and turn both Direct Access and Greyscale ON. Once you do this with your phone, a triple tap of the home button will toggle greyscale on and off.
I would encourage you to try going grey for a day or two and see what type of impact it has on how many times you look at your phone and how long you stay glued to it. For some people this simple step has been a very positive move for them in decreasing the amount of time spent on their phone or personal device. Give it a try and maybe you will decide to go grey for good.]]>
We are just now starting to ask some very important questions about these wonderful, little devices that make our lives so much “easier”. What impact are they having on us? More importantly, what kind of impact are they having on our kids? There are some pretty alarming statistics about smartphones as this generation wrestles with how these machines are changing our lives:
So today, what we have is huge companies with millions of dollars at their disposable and brilliant minds working on ways to try and get you hooked on your phones, apps, or social media networks. There is literally an “arms race” by these companies to develop ways to keep you interacting with the device. The statistics point to the fact that they are winning as more and more of our time every year is spent with our heads down looking at our phones.
If you click on the title of the book, it will take you to Amazon.com where you can read a brief description and several readers’ opinions. My hope is that maybe out of this list there might be one that you decide to pick up and read. When you do, you will be ready to answer the question “So what are you reading now?”
If you read a great book, let me know. It may show up on a future list.]]>
One of the main reasons is that so much about life (education for life) can be learned through these activities that take place outside of the classrooms. There is so much about life that cannot be learned in a book. They have to be experienced. Recently I came across a list of skills that transfer from sports to the working world:
This list is not even complete. I can think of another 5-6 ways in which sports develops life skills in its athletes. But this is not just an article about sports. The fact of the matter is that very similar lists can be made for drama, forensics, boy scouts, music, student leadership, etc, etc. We might call these activities “extra” but in reality that are not extra, they are vital for a well rounded education. Encourage your children to get involved in all the extra’s that are a part of Dalat.]]>
Michael Jr is a comedian who has made a name for himself and is quite famous in America. He is unique in that he is one of very few comedians who keeps his routine and humor clean. His shows can be watched by families and enjoyed by younger kids.
In this video, Michael Jr talks about a paradigm shift in his perspective on life in which he switched from trying to get laughs to wanting to give laughter and he explains how this changed his life. He continues by explaining the concept of life from a comedian’s perspective. That humor is about what is referred to as “the set up” and then the punchline.
Please do take the time to watch this video clip. It is about 10 minutes long. The link takes you to the midpoint of his Ted Talk to where his presentation applies to our theme. Some of you may want to watch the whole thing, but without a doubt, if you watch the clip from where the link starts, you may gain a new perspective on life and our theme.]]>
There were the obvious answers related to being a school, but one of the most fundamental answers we landed on is that Dalat exists to teach children that they have value and worth.
See we live in a world that does not value you if you are not pretty, smart, rich, powerful or a combination of one or more of these. Without at least one of them, you are pretty much disregarded and overlooked by the world. It is why people pursue money with such passion, spend so much money on makeup and clothes, attend incredibly costly universities and pursue positions of power. Simply, these are the things the world tells us over and over again are important. If we want to matter and if we want purpose and meaning it is found in these four things.
At Dalat, however, we fervently want to teach a very different message to each child that walks on to our campus. We want our students to know that who they are right now is special and important. We want them to know that they have meaning and value and that they were born for a purpose. We want our students to know that we love them, care about them, and want the best for them.
This is one of the key reasons we exist and I personally would not want to work at a school that does not have this value as a guiding principle]]>
Considering the amount of time e-mail is a part of our lives and work, it is amazing that most of us have taken very little time to learn how to be more effective with it. We make the assumption that since email is just the writing of a short note that there is not much to it and that doing it, well, is intuitive.
A “movement” called Random Acts of Kindness has sprouted up around the world. A “RAK” is simply an act of kindness for a stranger that encourages him or her or makes the person smile. The randomness of it is that it is not for someone you know personally well and the person who experiences the kindness would probably consider it to be “random.”
Here is a list of 10 ideas for a RAK that I took from a couple different websites:
Since we know that acts of kindness are literally contagious, the RAK you do can inspire the person who receives it. Additionally, there is also a pretty good chance the person will tell his or her friends about it and that will inspire a RAK ripple effect throughout our community. I would challenge those in our community to do a RAK in the next week and if you do, shoot me an email and tell me about it.]]>
When you observe someone performing an act of kindness there is a physiological response called “moral elevation.” The brain responds in a way that provides you with something similar to a natural high, or in non-scientific terms, “the warm fuzzies.” It is not fully understood yet why this phenomenon occurs and it is being studied more in depth by experts, but the physiological response to seeing kindness is a proven fact.
Here’s what happens with that “warm fuzzy” you get from your brain; it inspires you to be more altruistic. In other words, it simply makes you want to do something kind as well. Through numerous studies, this has been proven repeatedly.
So much like the common cold, which starts with one person in your community and then spreads to three others who then spread it to another three and so on and so on, kindness can act the same way. When you do an act of kindness and it is witnessed by a handful of people they then are encouraged to do something kind, which then inspires the people who see them as well. The power of multiplication means that your one act of kindness can make a huge difference in your community.
Here is a short video that illustrates this life principal extremely well. My hope is that by watching it you will be inspired to look for opportunities to do small acts of kindness. If you do, your little selfless act may go viral, and in this case, unlike the cold you recently spread to others, this would be a good thing.]]>