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8 TED talks that will change how you think about human psychology

Some of the talks deal with happiness and success, and others with memory and motivation. But all of them provide an important window into what makes us tick.<p>Here are a handful to get you better-acquainted with the organ between your ears.

Self-improvement

Seriously, Who Doesn't Want to Fall Asleep Faster?

The lights are off, phone silenced, and pillows perfectly propped—there’s just one small thing keeping you from drifting off into much-needed …

Scientists Think They've Pinpointed The Group of Brain Cells That Respond to Meditation

A physical link between deep breathing and a calm mind.<p>For centuries, people have slowed their breathing to calm their minds. For some of us, this …

Sway is a slick meditation app that makes sure you relax

Sway is a smartphone-based meditation (kind of) game, that comes from Ustwo, the company behind acclaimed mobile hit <i>Monument Valley</i>. No, this isn't a dreamily designed puzzler, but the same gentle aesthetics and attention to detail are definitely found in this app's DNA. I got to test Sway a few …

Apple Watch

12 Best Books for Your Positive Psychology Reading List

Oleg Krugliak/Shutterstock.com<p>Start here for a well-rounded understanding of the science of happiness<p>Martin Seligman, Ph.D., defines the positive …

Happiness

A Surprising Way to Let Go of Painful Feelings and the Past

The past.<p>We all get stuck there at some point or another and it can be a tough hole to climb out of. The pain of the past can linger for quite some …

Wake Mode Convinced My Child to Go to Bed

iOS/Android: If you didn’t sleep well last night, you’ll be tired today. Duh, right? Wake Mode shows your tiredness as a battery level for your body. …

Intense and personal, 'This Close to Happy' is a fresh, harsh look at depression

Depression is intensely personal, but it has inspired some of the most exhibitionist literature out there. Among the standout memoirs that describe …

Books

Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Is Only 'Slightly Less Awful' Than Heroin. Science Says He's Wrong

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in remarks prepared for delivery this week that he believes marijuana is “only slightly less awful,” than …

Cannabis

A Demeter Kitten Perfume Now Exists, Smells Exactly Like Kitten Fur

Practically <i>everyone</i> loves kittens—and one fragrance company is betting on that general truth with their latest scent. Demeter Fragrance Library has just released a Demeter kitten perfume that they claim smells exactly like, yes, you guess it "kitten fur." And they mean that in the very best …

Beauty

Osho Reveals the Ultimate Secret to Calming Your Mind and Reducing Stress

When anxiety and stress hits, it can be hard not to let overthinking get the better of you. However, I came across a great piece of advice from …

Mysterious ‘rogue planet’ is spotted floating through space near solar system

Picture ShutterstockDon’t panic, but scientists say that a strange ‘rogue planet’ wandering through space near our solar system may be even more …

HTC teases "unexpected surprise" on March 20, perhaps the HTC 11

HTC is teasing some kind of announcement for March 20. The company’s Taiwan Facebook page posted an image saying ‘Spring is coming,’ along with a caption that Facebook translates to “HTC will give you an unexpected surprise.”<p>It’s logical to think the announcement may be a successor to the excellent …

HTC

Cancer Drug That Might Slow Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Headed For Bigger Tests

Scientists are hoping that a single drug can treat two devastating brain diseases: Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.<p>The drug is nilotinib, which is approved to treat a form of leukemia.<p>In late 2015, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center found that small doses of the drug appeared to help a …

Dementia

So You Think You Can’t Meditate?

It happened sometime recently — maybe in the last six months, or a year — that everyone I know started meditating. Or at least they talked about the desire to meditate. Some used apps like Headspace; others just put on trippy music and zoned out. A few went to events put on by Medi Club, a kind of …

Meditation

These 7 TED talks have completely changed how I make decisions

Psychologists have found decision-making is fraught with hidden influences, tricky nuances, and the ability to make us happy in the short-term but unhappy in the long-term.<p>Some of my greatest insights into this aspect of human behavior have come from TED talks, which break down research findings …

Self-improvement

Supermassive Black Holes: How Did They Form In The Very Early Universe?

Black holes that form due to the collapse of massive stars typically have masses 5-20 times that of the sun, but supermassive black holes — found in …

This Is a 7-Minute Yoga Routine That Will Actually Relax You

It sucks when office anxiety spills over into time you want to spend relaxing. In an attempt to combat post-work stress, I tried this quick yoga …

Yoga

5 questions from Buddhism, Stoicism, and neuroscience that will make you emotionally stronger

When we're anxious, angry, or sad, we rarely do the smart thing. And that can seriously mess up our lives.<p>At work, in love, or pretty much anything we do, we need emotional strength to stay cool and do the right thing.<p>Now dealing with the ups and downs of feelings isn't anything new. And nor are …

Self-help

This guide will take your hair from dull and brittle to healthy in just 4 weeks

<b>WEEK 1</b> <b><br>GET A TRIM</b> <br>Be prepared to shed at least two, maybe even three inches. Blunt cuts with scissors create the healthiest-looking ends. Razors and …

Hair Care

Try This Meditation Technique to Quiet Your Inner Critic Once and for All

Practicing lovingkindness can help you become kinder to yourself (and your enemies too). Here's how to get started.<p>Want to develop more kindness for …

Meditation

Why "Om" Is More Than Something You Say At The End Of Yoga Class

If you've attended a yoga class before, you've probably been led through a round or two of "Om" chanting at the beginning or end. Unless you practice …

Spirituality

Sleep Experts Say This Salt Lamp Will Help You Sleep Better

These products are "sleeper hits."<p>We get it, you’re exhausted. You were probably tired even before daylight savings time meant the clocks sprang …

Urban Outfitters

There's a New Kind of Moisturizer, and Sephora Can't Keep It in Stock

If I have little patience for marketing gimmicks, it's because as an editor, I'm plagued by <i>so</i> many on a regular basis. (Sorry, but I'm still not …

20 Profound Quotes From a Japanese Zen Master That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Ever heard of Kodo Sawaki? If not, then you’re in for a treat of wisdom today.<p>Kodo Sawaki is considered to be one of the most significant Zen masters …

Meditation

Mars Colonists Might Need to Radically Alter Their Bodies and Minds

In 2016, two astronauts finished nearly a year of work on the International Space Station. NASA's Scott Kelly and Russia's Mikhail Kornienko were …

Space

Scientists discovered crystals that defy physics, and we don't know what to believe anymore

Today in your daily dose of science, scientists discovered crystals that defy physics. Prepare to have your mind blown, because we have no idea what …

5 Positive Ways Yoga Affects Your Mind

Although many individuals relish in their yoga practice for physical health benefits, there is just as much of a reason to love yoga for its mental …

Everything You Need To Know About Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a little like Julia Roberts: a seasoned vet beloved by all, highly dependable, always up for awards, but rarely found at the heart …

Skin Care

Guided Meditation For Clearing Negativity and Increasing Positivity

Today’s guided meditation for clearing negativity uses powerful guided visualization, deep relaxation, and creative imagination techniques. …

Meditation