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How to Read Intelligently and Write a Great Essay: Robert Frost’s Letter of Advice to His Young Daughter

“The sidelong glance is what you depend on.”<p><i>“Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays,”</i> E.B. White wrote in the foreword to his collected essays. Annie Dillard sees things almost the opposite way, insisting that essayists perform a public …

Trying Not to Try: How to Cultivate the Paradoxical Art of Spontaneity Through the Chinese Concept of Wu-Wei

<i>“The best way to get approval is not to need it,”</i> Hugh MacLeod memorably counseled. We now know that perfectionism kills creativity and excessive goal-setting limits our success rather than begetting it — all different manifestations of the same deeper paradox of the human condition, at once …

The Psychology of Trust in Work and Love

<i>“When you trust people to help you, they often do,”</i> Amanda Palmer asserted in her beautiful meditation on the art of asking without shame. But what does it really mean to “trust,” and perhaps more importantly, how can we live with the potential heartbreak that lurks in the gap between “often” and …

Artist Anne Truitt on Vulnerability, the Price of Integrity, and What Sustains the Creative Spirit

“It is not true that only artists understand art, for there are in every generation some people who not only understand it but also enhance its reach by appreciation.”<p>Art, at its most potent, springs from the artist’s longing to bridge her private truth with the truth of the universe and transmute …

Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement

Despite ample evidence and countless testaments to the opposite, there persists a toxic cultural mythology that creative and intellectual excellence comes from a passive gift bestowed upon the fortunate few by the gods of genius, rather than being the product of the active application and …

20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Surprisingly Sage Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life

As a hopeless lover of both letters and notable advice, I was delighted to discover a letter 20-year-old <b>Hunter S. Thompson</b> (July 18, 1937–February 20, 2005) — gonzo journalism godfather, pundit of media politics, dark philosopher — penned to his friend Hume Logan in 1958. Found in <b>Letters of Note:</b> …

Ongoingness: Sarah Manguso on Time, Memory, Beginnings and Endings, and the True Measure of a Life Filled with Aliveness

“Perhaps all anxiety might derive from a fixation on moments — an inability to accept life as ongoing.”<p>Some of humanity’s most celebrated writers and artists have reaped, and extolled, the creative benefits of keeping a diary. For John Steinbeck, journaling was a tool of discipline and a hedge …

Brain Pickings

When asked what books everyone should read, neuroscientist Sam Harris recommended these 12:

Thin Slices of Anxiety: An Illustrated Meditation on What It’s Like to Live Enslaved by Worry and How to Break Free

A guided tour of this pernicious prison of the psyche, honest and assuring in its honesty.<p>Kierkegaard called anxiety “the dizziness of freedom” and believed that it serves to power rather than hinder creativity. For Darwin, it was a paralyzing lifelong struggle — he accomplished his breakthroughs …

Social Research

100 Days of Overthinking: An Illustrated Diary of Mental Meanderings

A visual serenade to presence and a lamentation of how we continually eject ourselves from it.<p><i>“My experience is what I agree to attend to,”</i> William James wrote in his timeless treatise on attention and multitasking, and yet at any given moment we notice only a fraction of what is actually going on …

Against Self-Criticism: Adam Phillips on How Our Internal Critics Enslave Us, the Stockholm Syndrome of the Superego, and the Power of Multiple Interpretations

“In broaching the possibility of being, in some way, against self-criticism, we have to imagine a world in which celebration is less suspect than criticism.”<p>I have thought and continued to think a great deal about the relationship between critical thinking and cynicism — what is the tipping point …

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

The Brain

Genetics play role in character traits related to academic success

Character traits, such as grit or desire to learn, have a heavy hand in academic success and are partially rooted in genetics, according to a new …

Genetics

50 vegetarian recipes that aren't salads - Recipe Collections

Apr 13, 2015<p>We love a green salad just as much as the next person but with summer still a few weeks away we're reaching for those warming, comforting …

Food

A scientist spent 6 months alone in a dark cave to study the effects of extreme isolation

On Valentine's Day in 1972, geologist-turned-researcher Michel Siffre was about to find out.<p>He kissed his wife goodbye and descended a hundred feet to the aptly named Midnight Cave in Texas. He did not emerge for six months.<p>Those months of isolation and sensory deprivation had a profound effect on …

Hermann Hesse on the Three Types of Readers and Why the Most Transcendent Form of Reading Is Non-reading

“At the hour when our imagination and our ability to associate are at their height, we really no longer read what is printed on the paper but swim in a stream of impulses and inspirations that reach us from what we are reading.”<p>Categories are how we navigate the world, for better or for worse — …

Parents Of Successful Kids Do These 10 Things In Common, Science Finds

en_US<p>article<p>Successful parenting produces successful kids. Parents who produce prize prodigies have several things in …

Kids

How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her figure out the answer with …

One Googler’s Insider Guide To Using Google Docs At Work

Ritcha Ranjan works on the team that builds Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. These are her top five tips on how to use them.<p>When Google Docs launched back in 2007, it was a scrappy, lightweight document editor. Today, it’s a full-blown workplace powerhouse, with all the features you need to create, …

7 solo travel dilemmas and how to solve them

Solo travel has plenty of advantages, but there will naturally be a few hurdles to overcome – some more predictable than others. Here's some advice …

Can this fussy eating expert convince my son to eat courgette?

Have you ever pinned all your hopes and dreams on a bolognese sauce boasting 'hidden veg’, or a celery stick disguised as a sailing boat? If your answer is no, I’ll wager you are not currently the parent of a young child. Certainly not one like mine.<p>My family’s food fights began around the time of …

Parenting

14 Cocktails Every Gin Lover Should Know

Because a simple gin and tonic doesn't always cut it.<p>Because a simple gin and tonic doesn't always cut it.

Recipes

28 things I learned about Europe after visiting all 28 EU countries

<b>Jonathan Thompson has spent the last four weeks driving around every single EU country. Here are the nuggets of wisdom he picked up along the way</b><p><b>1. Zagreb is home to Europe’s strangest museum.</b> Dedicated to the study of heartbreak, the Museum of Broken Relationships will make you laugh and cry in …

Healthy Movie Snacks That Won't Ruin Your Diet

Are you headed to the movies this weekend? If you're convinced it’s going to cause diet downfall, you're wrong. There are healthy movie snacks that …

Chocolate And Avocado Mousse

Step 1<p>Scrape Out Vanilla Seeds<p>Split the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds.<p>Step 2<p>Scoop Avocado<p>Peel the avocado and remove the stone. Add …

Dessert

How to make the ultimate roast potato

Forget the turkey and stuffing, the pigs in blankets and the cranberry sauce.<p>Isn't the best part of a Christmas lunch, in fact any roast, the humble potato, fluffy and piping on the inside and roasted to crunchy perfection on the outside?<p>Here's a fool-proof recipe for delicious, crunchy roast …

6 Things to Know about Mass Shootings in America

<i>Editor’s Note: This story was first published in 2016 and was updated after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.</i> <i>It is being resurfaced following</i> <i>a mass</i> …

What Science Says About Gay Men Donating Blood

The FDA still bans men who have had sex with other men in the last year from donating.<p>After the horrifying mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people and injured dozens on Sunday, it's understandable that those in the LGBT community there would want to do anything they can to …

Your Moment of Silence Won't Fix Anything

A conversation with Congressman Jim Himes, who is sick of the bullshit.<p>On Monday afternoon, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), took to the floor of the House to address the shootings in Orlando. Unlike many of his colleagues in Congress, Himes said, he would not be participating in any moment of silence for …