Ty Wilson Law - March 2020

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MARCH 2020

FROM THE DESK OF Ty Wilson Make every day a celebration with these odd March holidays. 1. Peanut Butter Lovers’Day 17. Tea for Two Tuesday

18. Goddess of Fertility Day

2. Old Stuff Day

3. If Pets Had

19. Poultry Day

Thumbs Day

20. Extraterrestrial Abductions Day

4. Holy

Experiment Day

21. Credit Card

5. Multiple

Reduction Day

Personality Day


22. National Goof Off Day

6. Dentist’s Day

7. National Crown Roast of Pork Day

23. National

Puppy Day

8. International Women’s Day

24. National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

For thousands of years, pi (π) has been a source of inspiration andmystery. On March 14, International Pi Day, you can share that inspiration with your family! This holiday is often overlooked, but it’s actually a fantastic educational opportunity. Here are some fun ways to engage your kids’mathematical and creative curiosities.

9. Panic Day

25. Waffle Day

10. Middle Name Pride Day

26. Make Up Your

Own Holiday Day

11. Johnny

Solving the Unsolvable Pi is a constant number, meaning it continues for infinity—or does it?

27. National“Joe”Day

Appleseed Day

28. Something on a Stick Day

12. Plant a Flower Day

That’s the question. Nobody has ever calculated the exact ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter; we just get new approximations. Your childmight ask why we can’t find the answer with computers or your smartphone, but a Japanese mathematician used technology to help solve the mystery. In 600 hours and by using a HITACHI SR8000/MPP supercomputer, Yasumasa Kanada has revealed nearly 1.2411 trillion digits of pi, but the number still remains unresolved. For many, pi is a symbol for an essential truth: There are some things we can only get closer to knowing. Your childmight be intrigued by the idea that every circle they’ve ever seen has an unsolvable mystery. Seeing Pi Math affects the real world and howwe define it. There’s no better way to show this than with pi! Take a piece of string andmeasure the diameter of a circular object with your child. Use that

13. Blame Someone Else Day

29. National Mom

and Pop Business Owners Day

14. National Pi Day

15. Everything You

30. I am in

Think isWrong Day

Control Day

16. Everything You Do is Right Day

31. National

Crayon Day

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length andmultiply it by 3.14. If your child is old enough, they can do the math themselves. With the results, measure out a new thread of string, and place it in a circle around the object you measured before. It should fit the circumference almost perfectly! Seeing howmath concepts operate can help your child realize how tangible math really is and become less intimidated by it. Exercising Memory With Pi You alsomight want to try teaching your kids the numbers of pi with“The Pi Song”onYouTube! Your childmight even surprise themselves. One hundred digits of pi are included in the song, and it’s quite memorable, so you can see howmany digits they can remember! It’s great practice for future quizzes at school about pi. Plus, rewarding themwith circular treats like cookies or pie will make the activity evenmore fun. Exploring Pi With Pie Bakingmakes any holiday more fun, but on Pi Day, it can even be educational. Bake a pie or pizza with your children to teach them the steps of baking, but emphasize the mystery of pi while

your children in the kitchen for Pi Day, youmight not only be influencing their mathematical and creative curiosity but also giving them long-term positive memories associated with that activity. If you ever feel particularly festive about National Pi Day, Amazon carries actual pi- shaped (as in the symbol π) baking pans and pizza slicers that might amuse your kids. If you get creative, you can spend Pi Day with your family in many ways and enjoy all of its mysteries, fun, and even a slice of pie.

you do it. Nomatter how big youmake the pie or pizza, the ratio of the circumference to diameter will always be pi. Baking with your child has other benefits, as well! Cooking and eating, especially with loved ones, tend to create the most powerful memories because they evoke almost every function of our hippocampus, which is the part of our brain that specializes in our emotions, memories, and the hormones that regulate appetite, digestion, and eating behavior. By spending time with

HEADS OR TAILS? The Scientifically Smarter Way to Make Business Decisions

a conscious decision that agrees with the subconscious solution of your basal ganglia, your brain gives off a subtle reward. The decision doesn’t have to be logical to feel right — that’s your gut feeling. However, if the conscious and subconscious parts of your brain don’t agree, your insula detects the discrepancy and registers a threat. It’s the “I have a bad feeling about this” response. Fabritius and Hagemann note that gut feelings “represent the most efficient use of your accumulated experience.” According to the authors, flipping a coin is the best way to really listen to your basal ganglia and insula. Your subconscious brain has already made a decision; flipping a coin helps you test your intuition about each option.

You have two options in front of you. They both sound great, are backed by research, and could transform your business for the better, but you can only choose one. Which do you commit to? When you’re faced with two equally worthwhile options, science says the best way to make a decision is to flip a coin. When you flip a coin, you’re not really leaving the decision up to chance; you’re actually calling on your intuition to guide you. The practice is often regarded as unscientific, but there’s a lot of research to support making intuitive decisions. Friederike Fabritius and Hans W. Hagemann, authors of “The Leading Brain: Neuroscience Hacks to Work Smarter, Better, Happier,” explain how we develop that “gut feeling.” Intuitive decisions are driven by two structures in your brain: the basal ganglia and the insula. The basal ganglia are connected to movement and building habits. The insula, part of the cerebral cortex, becomes engaged when you experience pain, feel love, listen to music, or even enjoy a piece of chocolate. Neuroscientists believe the insula is responsible for self-awareness, particularly for recognizing changes in your body.

If the coin lands on heads and you feel relieved, then heads is the right choice. However, if the coin lands on tails

and you’re uncertain or want to flip again, then that’s your intuition saying the other option is the better choice. So, the next time you’re caught in a pickle, grab the nearest quarter and put your intuition to the test.

When you have to solve a problem, your basal ganglia start working on a solution, even if you aren’t consciously thinking about it. If you make

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As one of the most popular gaming consoles, the Nintendo Switch draws the attention of gamers and nongamers alike. It offers hundreds of games for people of all different ages and preferences. If you’re thinking about adding to your family’s game collection, take a look at these five family- friendly options everyone can enjoy. Switch It Up THE FAMILY FEUDYOUWANT TO BE A PART OF Super Mario Party and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe If you’re looking for fun multiplayer games, look no further. Super Mario Party and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe allow up to eight players to get together and play against each other, giving people the chance to race, fight, and compete in a friendly atmosphere. The games offer a number of terrains and game boards to play through, each with unique challenges for players to overcome. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate There’s nothing like grabbing a group of friends to fight it out with your favorite video game

characters. The Smash Bros. games have been around since 1999, making it possible for Link to fight head-on with Mario or Samus Aran to take on Fox McCloud. With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you can choose

online connectivity to other real-world players, letting trainers battle and trade globally.

your favorite Nintendo, Sega, or Square Enix characters and see who comes out on top!

Splatoon 2 This game offers a fun and colorful twist on a typical shooter game. Up to eight players can battle it out with one another and attempt to paint the other players with their own colors. Splatoon 2 can also be played online, making it a great family game. No matter how far away you are from one another, you can always play Splatoon 2 together for as long as you’d like.

Pokemon The Pokemon franchise has lasted for over two decades and continues to be a source of entertainment for people of all ages. With Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, players can take on trainers, face gym leaders, or even play with other Pokemon trainers throughout the Galar region. Both games are capable of

Take a Break!

Green Velvet Cheesecake Bars


1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs 1 stick butter, melted 1 oz green food coloring (gel works best)

3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened

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2/3 cup sugar

3 eggs

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1/2 tsp vanilla extract Green sprinkles, optional

DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat oven to 350 F, and line a 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, combine crumbs, butter, and food coloring. Press into the baking pan. 3. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together.

4. Add eggs one at a time and stir in vanilla. 5. Pour mixture over the packed crumbs. 6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the center is set. 7. Let cool completely before adding sprinkles and slicing.




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Inside This Issue From the Desk of Ty PAGE 1 Celebrating Pi Day With the Family PAGE 1 The Science Behind Gut Feelings PAGE 2 Switch Up Family Game Night PAGE 3 Green Velvet Cheesecake Bars PAGE 3 Take a Break! PAGE 3 Meditation and Pain Relief PAGE 4

PRACTICE PAIN RELIEF The Benefits of Meditation

mind is in a meditative state. This supports the accounts of those who have reported better functionality after meditative sessions. With the ongoing tragedy of the opioid crisis, there is a dire need for pain management strategies that are noninvasive and not habit-forming, such as physical therapy. Meditation is easily accessible and can be used in conjunction with other pain relief strategies. Whether you sign up for

Meditation has different meanings for different people. Traditionally, the act of focusing one’s mind has been used in religious and spiritual practices around the globe. More recently, it’s become a popular method of relaxation. Now, new research shows that this ancient practice may have yet another benefit: pain management. In 2008, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that over 100 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain due to conditions like arthritis and debilitating injuries. Because of this, care providers have become focused on finding ways to help patients manage these persistent aches. The sensation of pain is caused by a complex interaction of biological and cognitive factors, leading scientists to study how mental exercises like meditation can aid in pain relief. Anecdotal evidence regarding meditation’s ability to reduce pain has existed for as long as the practice itself. However, modern technology has given researchers the means to accurately measure the effectiveness of this age-old tradition. The Department of Health and Human Services has cited MRI brain scans as proof that meditation can lead to moderate pain reduction. These scans revealed that the same areas of the brain stimulated by painkillers are activated when the

guided meditation sessions, download one of the many mindfulness apps on the market today, or simply make time to sit and clear your mind for 30 minutes, it’s easy to add meditation to your normal routine.

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