The Dr. CK Bray Show is a 20-minute science and research-based podcast that aims to provide the information you need to create a better life and career. Dr. Bray shares the latest research findings in the areas of business, personal excellence and achievement, resilience and thriving, career, learning, leadership, change, and health. He also provides a one-stop resource for actionable advice and tools to cover every aspect of your life. Be prepared to be simultaneously educated and entertained.
EPISODE 369 How Your Brain Creates a Meaningful Life
What makes your life meaningful? The answer to this question has strong implications to both your physical and mental health. Recent studies have highlighted some of the mechanisms that create meaning in your life and Dr. Bray shares them in this week’s podcast. Discussing research from the University of Sussex Dr. Bray highlights three important factors to a meaningful life, at what age individuals find most meaning and how ordinary, everyday experiences and routines may be the place to look for meaning. Dr. Bray also discusses the blockers to a meaningful life and how he was reprimanded by his 7-11 convenience store friend for what he said in a recent podcast. You don’t want to miss this episode!
EPISODE 368 Jump Starting Your Brain Into Wellbeing
I snuck into a new (and AWESOME!) Harvard course called “The Psychology of Eating (Culinary Psychology)” Well, to be honest, I didn’t officially sneak in, my wife is finishing up her master's, and she was attending class via zoom and I couldn’t help but listen in. The professors repeatedly taught how food can affect us in so many different ways. I agreed wholeheartedly as my lunch of Thai food with rice was causing a downturn in my energy and quickly sending me into a sleep coma. The Harvard class reminded me of all the small choices and events in our lives that can make a drastic difference in our day. I decided to share (or maybe remind you) of six evidence-based ways to change your brain for a good day. Tune into today’s podcast to learn about the six ways to jump start your brain and what research is teaching us about each of these factors. A few of them may sound familiar, but it is important to understand the new insights into why you should focus more on your brain health. I also share new neuroscience research on how caffeine effects the structure of your brain. This research was released February 15, 2021, so it is hot off the press! References for the article -- “Daily Caffeine Intake Induces Concentration-Dependent Medial Temporal Plasticity in Humans: A Multimodal Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial” by Carolin Reichert et al. Cerebral Cortex -- Theconversation.com: Six scientifically proven ways to help improve brain and mental health. 2020
EPISODE 367 Average is Over
For decades society has taught we are to be measured against the average. How successful we may be in life depends on how we compare to the average in our college admissions test, grade point average, performance reviews at work and personality assessments. It is being like everyone else, only doing a bit better. Dr. Bray doesn’t believe that and research is backing him up. In today’s episode Dr. Bray shares examples and personal stories on how comparing yourself to the average can limit your success, fulfillment and happiness. Utilizing research from Todd Rose, a Harvard Professor, and his fantastic book, “The End of Average” Dr. Bray shares why the science of individuality is always your best bet. If your life is feeling average this is the episode for you!
EPISODE 366 Hitching a Ride on Someone Else's Coat Tail
During a time of career upheaval, several listeners have asked if they should follow a boss or another leader to a new job. What a perfect way to advance your career, or is it? In this week’s podcast, Dr. Bray talks about the benefits and possible pitfalls to be aware of when you follow someone else to a new job. Dr. Bray will discuss six areas to assist you in making the right decision when leaving a job for a new job. Dr. Bray also shares new research that won’t be published until February of 2021. You don’t want to miss the inside scoop of the latest brain research and be the last to know! *Manager Tools – Following Your Boss to a New Job.
EPISODE 365 The Power of the Underdog
Everyone loves an underdog, the dark horse who has been overlooked because they did not fit the standard notion of a champion, yet beyond all odds emerges a winner. If you have ever looked in the mirror and realized, "this is not who I am or who I want to be, or there is more to me than this," you may be a dark horse. In today's episode, Dr. Bray talks about what a dark horse is and why most of us fit into this category. He also shares several stories of dark horses and what contributed to their success. Dr. Bray shares how an underdog utilizes life's experiences to increase their success and the dark horse's secret of happiness and achievement. You don't want to miss this episode. *Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment by Todd Rose.
364 Pandemic Interviewing and Identifying Layoff Signs
2021 is going to be a year of change and adapting. Dr. Bray is a big believer in being prepared, so today, he answers two questions that have repeatedly been asked over the last few months.
“How do I have a great zoom interview?”
“What are the signs that a layoff may be coming?”
Both topics are critical to securing or maintaining your career in 2021. Join today’s podcast and learn how to have a phenomenal zoom interview (or even how to better show up for zoom meetings) and what signs to look for that may indicate an upcoming layoff. You don’t want to miss this crucial information.
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Terrific Energy, In-Depth Knowledge
Chris Bray brings terrific energy and in-depth knowledge to the advice he offers in this podcast about careers. He draws on his own time in the workplace as well as academic research and his experience working with corporate clients. Typical episodes run 20 minutes or less, about the length of a TED talk. And you get insights useful for both job seeking and dealing with office issues.
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Smart Drugs at work
I was waiting for a part of this segment that you would discuss the positive effects of using an ADHD medication under a doctors care I felt that the way you described the person they were a habit riddled drug user breaking the law ...slinking into work with dark glasses on ... what then would you recommend for an adult diagnosed with ADHD in today's demanding results in the work place ..And please get real ...