Problem Solving

Problems can consume us or they can be a fun challenge, whether in our personal, family, school, societal, or work lives. The heart of strong problem-solving skills is realizing there is rarely any problem for which there is one perfect solution. Excellent problem-solvers are ones who can come up with a wide range of possible solutions, then boldly make a judgment call on one that will best fit the circumstances. We can expand our usual problem-solving strategies through puzzles, strategy games, and meditation exercises, taking advantage of our natural brain plasticity to make new mental connections and learn new skills. Collaborating to solve problems can take advantage of on another’s unique perspectives, thought patterns, and experiences to find unexpected—but rewarding—approaches.

The Math Revolution

Children should see math “for what it is: a tool for critical thinking. If their teachers can’t help them do this, well—it is a betrayal.”

The Power of Humor in Ideation and Creativity

Laughter can help people solve problems that demand creative solutions, by making it easier to think more broadly and associate ideas/relationships more freely.

How Mindfulness Can Help Engineers Solve Problems

New research shows that by promoting divergent thinking, mindfulness can help engineers strengthen their ability to generate new ideas, leading to new ways of thinking and better solutions.

Why Giving Up Is Sometimes the Best Way to Solve a Problem

"The real problem, we finally realized, wasn’t the one we were trying to solve. It was that we were so focused on finding a solution that we never stopped to question whether we should even be doing the thing causing us problems in the first place."

Albert Einstein’s Problem-Solving Formula, and Why It Still Works Like a Charm

When asked how he would spend his time if he was given an hour to solve a thorny problem, Einstein said he’d spend 55 minutes defining the problem and alternatives and 5 minutes solving it.

Creative Problem Solving

Creative problem solving (CPS) is a way of solving problems or identifying opportunities when conventional thinking has failed. It encourages you to find fresh perspectives and come up with innovative solutions, so that you can formulate a plan to overcome obstacles and reach your goals.

Are You Solving the Right Problem?

“If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it,” Albert Einstein said.

How to Solve Common Family Problems

In every family, there will be problems. No matter how positive and empathic parents have been, kids will still argue and misbehave, and ask for more than they can have. The demands of our daily lives -- and of theirs -- will inevitably create conflict and misunderstanding.

8 Things Really Great Problem Solvers Do

Life is full of problems and challenges. Most people become proficient at working through small issues or at least skirting them. But those who are exceptionally good at solving problems have a distinct advantage on the path to success. They often become leaders among their peers.

What Great Problem Solvers Do Differently

Most people assume that what it takes to be a great problem solver is simply raw intelligence. However, while intelligence helps, it’s not the only important element.


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