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A Path To A Purpose

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

In the newest episode, Dr. Phil and Dr. Charles Sophy draw a clear connection between optimism and living a longer, healthier life. Learn how to build positivity through neuroplasticity, good habits, getting and giving social support, and attitude monitoring. The doctors also debunk a dangerous myth and offer powerful tools to help you stay calm, present, balanced and productive throughout the year.

Dr. Charles Sophy is a board-certified psychiatrist in three clinical specialties, Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Family Practice. Before he retired he was medical director of the Department of Child and Family Services for Los Angeles, which is the largest agency in the country.


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S.W.E.E.P. - Dr. Sophy's Key Areas

S: SLEEP - Are you getting enough quantity and quality of sleep? When you wake up do you feel good?

W: WORK - Are you fulfilled enough at work, even if staying home is your work, to be happy at the end of the day?

E: EATING - Are you using food to stay healthy and energetic? Is meal time a time for relaxation and communication?

E: EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION - Do you let the important people in your life know how you are feeling? Do you allow yourself physical and emotional intimacy?

P: PLAY- Are you letting yourself enjoy life? Do you have a way to let go of worry and direct your energy to a positive place?


The Cost of Multitasking: How Much Productivity Is Lost Through Task Switching?

By Ian Haynes, October 9, 2020 Read the full article:

When we jump from task to task, we aren't really getting more done. In actuality, we're forcing our brains to constantly switch gears, working harder to do things at a lower level of quality and exhausting our mental reserves.

There are three types of multitasking:

  1. Performing two tasks simultaneously. This includes talking on the phone while driving or answering emails during a webinar.

  2. Switching from one task to another without completing the first task. We've all been right in the middle of focused work when an urgent task demands our attention; this is one of the most frustrating kinds of multitasking, and often the hardest to avoid.

  3. Performing two or more tasks in rapid succession. It almost doesn't seem like multitasking at all, but our minds need time to change gears to work efficiently.

The 4 most common multitasking personalities

To be fair, some of us have a harder time avoiding the multitasking menace than others. The University of Utah study referenced earlier identifies four types of people with a greater tendency to multitask:

  1. You're approach-oriented or reward-focused. You consider the possible benefits to multitasking and are attracted to the higher potential rewards it represents.

  2. You're a high-sensation seeker. You need constant stimulation and enjoy the novelty of switching to new tasks.

  3. You're convinced you’re part of the 2%. Those who think they're good at multitasking are more likely to engage in the behavior more often than those who believe they are just average at it. But our perceptions of our own abilities are usually inaccurate.

  4. You have trouble focusing. If you're prone to distraction or have difficulty blocking out external stimuli, multitasking may be harder for you to shake.


Want To Be More Productive? Stop Multi-Tasking

By Lisa Quast, Feb 6, 2017,

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  • It turns out that 98% of the population doesn’t multi-task very well. Only about 2% are good at multi-tasking and these “supertaskers are true outliers.”

  • For most of us, we’re not really multi-tasking – we’re actually shifting back and forth from one task to another, such as typing an email and then listening to that conference call conversation, then back to our email and so on.


Shawn Achor CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology.

Positive Intelligence

by Shawn Achor

From the Magazine (January–February 2012) Read the full article

  • Most of us assume that success will lead to happiness. Shawn Achor, founder of the corporate strategy firm Good Think, argues that we’ve got it backward; in work he’s done with KPMG and Pfizer, and studies he’s conducted in concert with Yale’s psychology department, he has seen how happiness actually precedes success.

  • Happy employees are more productive, more creative, and better at problem solving than their unhappy peers. In this article,

  • Achor lays out three strategies for improving your own mental well-being at work. In tough economic times, they’re essential for keeping yourself—and your team—at peak performance.

Develop New Habits

Training your brain to be positive is not so different from training your muscles at the gym. Recent research on neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to chan