Your brain on social media

Can Social Media Literally Expand Your Mind?

Your brain on social media

There’s this teeny tiny part of your brain – it sits at the base – that apparently reveals a lot about your friends. It’s called the amygdala.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that people with a bigger amygdala have more friends. This almond-shaped area is more than twice the size in people who are more social.

Perhaps the most striking part of this research was the difference between the two groups:

  • Less social people had less than 15 people with whom they had regular contact
  • People with a bigger amygdala had as many as 50 acquaintances

The researchers aren’t sure of the direction of the relationship. Does a bigger amygdala lead to more friends or do more friends lead to a bigger amygdala?

The lead researcher said that the brain is a “use it or lose it organ.” So she postulated that it expands with the number and the nature of your relationships. You can expand your mind…literally!

A simple way to have more friends

The thing we found most interesting was a BIGG tip about how to get more friends:

People with more friends tended to have more complex relationships. In other words, they mix business with pleasure!

And yet we’ve heard our whole lives – don’t mix business and pleasure. Wrong! You should mix the two.

It’s consistent with the BIGG idea behind BIGG success – synergy. We used to think it was essential to separate people into two camps – professional and personal.

However, many people miss a lot of opportunities by drawing this line between work and play. You can have better relationships with more people if you erase that line.

The relational power of social media

While the researchers didn’t look at online connections, we think this actually highlights one of the best things about social media. We get to see the whole person now.

We may meet someone in a business setting. But once we connect online, we can learn about their families, their hobbies, their interests and more.

Social media will help you keep track of what’s going on in the lives of more people. By watching status updates in your stream, you know what’s on their mind. You can bring it up when you see them in the real world.

It deepens the relationship instantly. The people in your life know you’re genuinely interested in them.

It helps create synergy which leads to more fun AND better results. Now that’s BIGG success.

Have you found that social media helps you keep up with more people?

Thanks so much for reading this summary of our show. If you found this helpful, would you share it with your friends?

Until we “meet” again, here’s to your BIGG success!

– George & Mary-Lynn

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How Social Media Stole Christmas

How Social Media Stole Christmas

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Did social media steal Christmas? We did something special on The BIGG Success Show today to answer that question. It’s a twist on an old familiar fable. We hope you enjoy! Click the player below to listen. Here’s the transcription…

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They share every moment in many ways.
While Santa calls out…on Dasher and Dancer,
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Hear about Santa’s personal branding expert on The BIGG Success Show Podcast. Click PLAY for some fun holiday sounds.

You may not know it, but Santa keeps a personal branding expert on his staff. The funny thing is we knew about this expert’s colleagues for years before we heard of him.

That’s right – he labored in obscurity.

He was never popular with his colleagues. In fact, they really treated him poorly.

They laughed at him. They called him names. Worse yet, they never invited him to join them in any of their activities.

He felt all alone at work. Like the last kid picked on a schoolhouse playground, he just didn’t fit in.

But all of sudden, things changed.

The economy took a nose dive. Like any good businessperson, Santa tried to understand how it would affect his business.

But the future was foggy. A disruptive force made Santa uncertain that he would be able to deliver on all of his orders. What was he to do?

Santa remembered his personal branding expert. Sure, the expert’s colleagues made fun of him. But only because he was different.

However, it was his singular difference which made all of the difference to Santa.

You see, this expert had an unusual ability to shine light on the path ahead. None of his colleagues could do that.

When the situation looked dim, Santa turned to the one member of his staff who could guide the team through the dark, cloudy times.

Rudolph – Santa’s personal branding expert – came through with shining colors! Santa was able to fulfill his promises. All his customers got just what they wanted, right on schedule.

Thanks to Santa, Rudolph discovered that his uniqueness was an asset, not a liability. It was a cause for celebration, not despair.

All he had to do was to find opportunities where his talent matched the conditions. Then he could serve others in a way no one else could duplicate.

Santa lived up to his brand image thanks to Rudolph. All his colleagues – his fellow reindeer – loved him.

And as we all know, he went down in history, to become the most famous reindeer of all. Now that’s BIGG success!

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