Twilight Moon, 2017

"We've always known that sleep is good for your brain, but new research from the University of Rochester provides the first direct evidence for why your brain cells need you to sleep (and sleep the right way). The study found that when you sleep your brain removes toxic proteins from its neurons that are by-products of neural activity when you're awake. Unfortunately, your brain can remove them adequately only while you're asleep. So when you don't get enough sleep, the toxic proteins remain in your brain cells, wreaking havoc by impairing your ability to think—something no amount of caffeine can fix."

--Dr. Travis Bradberry

Cambria Sunset, 2014

      "The larger the island of knowledge, 

       the longer the shoreline of wonder."

—Ralph W. Sockman

Rippling Clouds, 2017

  Have A Growth Mindset

"People’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. With a fixed mindset, you believe you are who you are and you cannot change. This creates problems when you’re challenged, because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed. 

People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. This makes them happier because they are better at handling difficulties. They also outperform those with a fixed mindset because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new."

—Dr. Travis Bradberry

Twilight Clouds, 2016

"Knowing yourself is the beginning 

of all wisdom." 



Cirrus-Molecular Clouds, 2017

The Reward Molecule

"Dopamine is responsible for reward-driven behavior and pleasure seeking. Every type of reward seeking behavior that has been studied increases the level of dopamine transmission in the brain. If you want to get a hit of dopamine, set a goal and achieve it.

Many addictive drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, act directly on the dopamine system. Cocaine blocks the reuptake of dopamine, leaving these neurotransmitters in the synaptic gap longer. There is evidence that people with extraverted, or uninhibited personality types tend to have higher levels of dopamine than people with introverted personalities. To feel more extroverted and uninhibited try to increase your levels of dopamine naturally by being a go-getter in your daily life and flooding your brain with dopamine regularly by setting goals and achieving them."

—Christopher Bergland

Summer Stem, 2014

"The experience of life should mature you. It is your choice to transform a memory 

into a wound or wisdom."


Sunset Washes, 2015

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts."

—Henry David Thoreau

Morning Dewdrops, 2017

"Poetry, music and art have something 

in common with the contemplative 

experience. But contemplation is beyond 

aesthetic intuition, beyond art, beyond poetry....

Contemplation is always beyond our 

own knowledge, beyond our own light, 

beyond dialogue, beyond our own self."

              —Thomas Merton

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