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New Study Finds That LSD Could Boost Your Creativity

The researchers tested people's abilities to describe pictures and found some very interesting results.<p>In April of this year, renowned drug researcher David Nutt and the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme team confirmed what many ravers already knew to be true: listening to music enhances the …

7 Simple Life Hacks That Will Make You Smarter

Looking to perform better mentally? Do the following.<p><i>Do you want to be smarter?</i><p>You can't boost your IQ overnight, but you can get a little smarter every day.<p>With enough motivation and determination, anyone can expand their mental capabilities and become smarter.<p>Integrating new habits into your …

Productivity

Your Self-Consciousness Is Killing Your Creativity (And What to Do About It)

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all creative expressions.<p>We are all naturally creative. The human race's creative power is distributed in all of us, not concentrated in selected few. Every object or product you know today, however old or new, however simple or sophisticated, holds the stories of …

Creativity

What Happened When I Got Rid Of Everything In My House That Doesn’t Spark Joy

Do socks really “spark joy?” This writer went through (nearly) every item in her house with some surprising results.<p>I hate clutter. Growing up, my favorite book (and the only one I kept from my childhood) was <i>The Boxcar Children</i>, a story of four orphans who live in an abandoned train car with few …

Minimalism

Spanking, caning and consent play: how feminist porn frees women from shame

Creators focus on a healthy environment for actors as they subvert mainstream expectations – and nothing is off-limits in the world of fantasy<p>Can a feminist have rape fantasies?<p>According to feminist pornography producer Pandora Blake, who runs the fetish porn site Dreams of Spanking and frequently …

Feminism

Why sex is better in a long-term relationship

The best sex arrives after 15 years together so enjoy the long haul, says Anna Moore<p><b>1 Time to explore</b><p>This may come as a surprise but it takes years to get really good at sex. In fact, the award-winning, much-celebrated sex guide Enduring Desire (by marital and sex therapists Michael Metz and Barry …

Long Haul

My Dad Is Dating a Woman My Age—and It Has, Weirdly, Inspired Me

An emotional rollercoaster I wasn't expecting.<p>A little while ago, my father called me from the opposite side of the world to tell me he had a new girlfriend.<p>"I'm in love!" he said, giddy on the other end of the phone, sounding like a teenage girl riding the waves of a new crush. "I haven't felt …

Relationships

23 Hacks From Instagram That’ll Make You Say “That’s Genius”

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See Inverted Landscapes Captured in Perfectly Reflective Puddles

Photographer ponders silents moments with his lens.<p>Puddles act as windows to the sky, in a series of paintings which present themselves as the perfect, natural vignette right after a rainshower. The photograph of a peary oil slick does double duty, maximizing the reflective nature of the puddle, …

Landscape Photography

Cannabis and Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans Offer the Right Kind of Caffeine Buzz

The amount of caffeine in a single espresso bean is actually relatively small, especially for someone who’s no stranger to pulling all-nighters. Each …

Coffee

3 Simple Ways to Stay Motivated All Day Long

Learn how to create an environment that cultivates success.<p>Motivation is important. <b></b>Most successful people have the drive necessary to continue their journey of self-growth. However, even the most achievement-oriented people come to a point when their motivation levels are depleted.<p>In order to …

Motivation

Sneak your wine wherever you want with a new devious tote bag

Wine is now here for you more than ever.<p>Genius hero Tracey Luebbers looked into all of our souls and created a Wine Dispensing Travel Tote that …

What You Should Know About Dating Someone With A Mental Health Problem

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.<p>"Depression," Eva Recinos tells me, "is the third wheel in my relationship." Recinos has been with her boyfriend for three-and-a-half years and lived with him for one-and-a-half. Even as their relationship has flourished, her depression and anxiety have always featured in …

The company that pays its staff to sleep

<b>For staff at insurance group Aetna, it pays to get a good night's sleep. Specifically $300 (£225) a year.</b><p>Such is the US firm's concern about the impact of sleep deprivation on employee performance, that it encourages its workers to sign up to a scheme that rewards them for getting at least seven …

Mural Artwork on Acid: Surreal Optical Illusion Architecture

From a well-framed photographic perspective it is clear that this incredible wall-to-wall, ground-to-roof, full-building mural is compelling (and …

Art

The Feminist Porn Website Helping Sexual Assault Survivors Reclaim Their Bodies

How do you get your sex life back when sex has been used as a weapon against you?<p>If you watch porn, you've probably experienced it; browsing for something that appeals to you sexually, and instead opening up something way more sinister. For victims of rape or sexual assault, the risk is even …

What Your Go-To Sex Move Says About Your Personality

It reveals more than you'd think.<p>"You're such a doggy style!" is probably not something you get very often (or ever), but your personality and your spirit sex position might go hand-in-hand.<p>Whether you're all about the connection (read: missionary) or always looking for your next adventure (hats …

Mental and physical effects of magic mushrooms

There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind.<p>Several small studies have linked the psychoactive ingredient in shrooms (which are illegal) with several purported health benefits, including the potential to help relieve anxiety and depression.<p>But, as with any drug, …

How to Get High Without Drugs: Holotropic Breathwork, Hypnagogia, and Eye Contact

<i>This article was originally posted on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Jacqueline Ronson</b><p>People take mild altering drugs -- everything from Tylenol to LSD -- because the effects are useful, interesting, or pleasurable. In altering the way we process stimuli, drugs facilitate a change in our thoughts and behaviors. This …

Ernest Hemingway's Best Tips on Writing

Write what you know, leave out unnecessary words, and don't do it to be famous.<p>Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. His most popular work, <i>The Old Man and the Sea</i>, earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and in 1954 Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for Literature …

Creative Writing

30 Most Adorable Baby Animals Found in the Wild

Every living thing has to grow up—you know newborn animals can’t stay babies forever! Fortunately for you (and anyone who has a weakness for baby …

Notes for Young Writers

<i>The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of talks Ms.</i> …

This Artist Makes the Coolest Paintings Out of Wine

Last week, we introduced you to Matteo Sa, the Italian artist using pizza as his medium, and now, we’ve uncovered yet another food-dabbling artist: Say hello to Alfonso Aguirre, a Spanish artist who paints with… wait for it… <i>Vino</i>!<p>Yep, you read that right — this guy paints with wine. In this new …

Here's how an artist built a 2,000-gallon lake in an art gallery

Toronto-based artist Steve Driscoll has 25 solo exhibitions to his name, but only one that requires a pair of wellies. <i>Recovered Shores,</i> on now until …

Art Galleries

9 Different Takes on How Creative People Really Work

What exactly is this mysterious thing we call creativity? Experts offer thought-provoking answers.<p>"If you can just release yourself from the anxiety and burden that might be associated with the word 'creativity,'" Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling author of <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> has written, "you'll see, …

Creativity

How to Make a Long-Term Relationship Work in Your Twenties

Some handy tips for dealing with the issues every long-termer will go through.<p>There are exactly two types of long-term relationship. The first: where you're best friends who can make each other orgasm without it getting weird. And the second: where you both know that all you're really doing is …

Art History Movies Everybody Needs to Watch

Woman in Gold (2015)<p>Let’s start the list with a recent achievement directed by Simon Curtis. With Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in the main roles, …

Art

The American Hiking Trails You Must Do Before You Die

Shutterstock<p>Panorama Trail<p><b>Where it is:</b> Yosemite National Park, CA<b><br>Distance:</b> 8.5 miles<br>Have your GoPro ready—you're definitely going to want to capture …

Read Poem 10-Year-Old Wrote Explaining What It’s Like to Live With Autism

“I am odd, I am new.”<p>That’s how 10-year-old Benjamin Giroux started a poem he recently authored about what it is like for him to live with autism.<p>“I hear voices in the air. I see you don’t, and that’s not fair,” Benjamin added. “I want to not feel blue.”<p>Image source: Facebook<p>Benjamin’s father, …