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What Students Really Need to Hear

An interesting read!affective livingIt’s 4 a.m. I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can’t. Yet again, I am tossing and turning, …

Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity

In May, I had the pleasure of speaking at the wonderful Creative Mornings free lecture series masterminded by my studiomate Tina of Swiss Miss fame. I spoke about <b>Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity</b>, something at the heart of <i>Brain Pickings</i> and of increasing importance as we face our …

Faces of Justice: Mariana Cook’s Portraits of Human Rights Leaders

On the heels of Aung San Suu Kyi’s timeless wisdom on freedom from fear comes <b>Justice: Faces of the Human Rights Revolution</b> (<i>public library</i>) by New-York-based photographer Mariana Cook — who gave us this heart-warming portrait of Maurice Sendak and his dog Herman, a fine addition to history’s …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

7 “Tricks” to Improve Your Writing Overnight

<b>Know your reader.</b><p>This means more than knowing a few demographics (how old they are, their average income, etc.). To know your readers means you …

Work a Non-Standard Schedule to Avoid Consumer Traps and Laziness

Most people work a 9-to-5 job, Monday through Friday. That leaves a very specific amount of free time on the weekend and little time during the …

Uncommon Genius: Stephen Jay Gould on Why Dot-Connecting Is the Key to Creativity

<i>“Originality often consists in linking up ideas whose connection was not previously suspected,”</i> wrote W. I. B. Beveridge in the fantastic 1957 tome <i>The Art of Scientific Investigation</i>. <i>“The role of the imagination is to create new meanings and to discover connections that, even if obvious, seem to</i> …

Six Tips for Making the Leap to Meaningful Work

This essay is adapted from <i>How to Find Fulfilling Work</i> (Picador).<p>The idea of fulfilling work—a job that reflects our passions, talents, and values—is …

Debunking the Myths of Happiness

<i>Sonja Lyubomirsky,</i> <i>UCR Professor of Pyschology,</i> <i>sat down with the Greater Good’s Jason Marsh to talk about how our assumptions about what will and won’t bring us happiness are often flat-out wrong.</i><p><b>Sonja Lyubomirsky:</b> For example, marriage does make people happy, but the most famous study on marriage shows that the happiness boost only lasts for an average of two years. We also know that passionate love—the love that media and movies and literature tell us that we should all be experiencing—tends …

How To Be An Optimist: 10 Habits That'll Help You Look On The Bright Side

It pays to have a sunny disposition.<p>Optimistic people have been shown to have healthier hearts, better stress-management tendencies and lower risk for stroke compared to their glass-half-empty-seeing counterparts.<p>Looking on the bright side is easier said than done, of course. Fortunately, there are …

Apple’s Declaration of Values: Simplify, Perfect, Delight

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred …

Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters

A look at the famous TED Bookstore at TED2013. Photo: Michael Brands<p>Books can entertain, sucking you like a tornado into incredible new worlds. Books …

Stop Watching So Many TEDTalks

<b>By Matt Brundage</b><p>Our generation has both the collective attention span and the curiosity of a caffeinated squirrel. Though many students have the intellectual curiosity to explore beyond the syllabi of their courseloads, many lack the focus span or extrinsic incentives to move far beyond the surface …

The Happiness of Pursuit: What Science and Philosophy Can Teach Us About the Holy Grail of Existence

The secret of happiness is arguably humanity’s longest-standing fixation, and its mechanisms are among the most consuming obsessions of modern science. In <b>The Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Good Life</b>, Cornell University psychology professor <b>Shimon Edelman</b> takes an …

Intuition Pumps: Daniel Dennett on the Dignity of Being Wrong and Art-Science of Making Fertile Mistakes

<i>“If you are not making mistakes, you’re not taking enough risks,”</i> Debbie Millman counseled. <i>“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before,”</i> Neil Gaiman advised young creators. In <b>Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking</b> (<i>public library</i>), the …

Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee’s Famous Metaphor for Resilience

With his singular blend of physical prowess and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his tragic untimely death, legendary Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, and filmmaker <b>Bruce Lee</b> (November 27, 1940–July 20, 1973) is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless, …

What Is Character? Debunking the Myth of Fixed Personality

We’ve previously explored what it means to be human and what defines a “person.” Much of our understanding of personhood hinges on what we call “character” — but what, exactly, is it? Here is an omnibus of definitions and insights from notable cross-disciplinary thinkers, from philosophy to …

“Identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is a process that you must be active in.” Joss Whedon's absolutely fantastic Wesleyan commencement address on embracing our inner contradictions: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/29/joss-whedon-2013-wesleyan-commencement-address/

Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention

You may be familiar with the San Diego Comic-Con, a constantly expanding convention for fans that started as a niche event for comic-book nerds and is now a sprawling pop-culture event.<p>You may not be familiar with Comikaze. The brainchild of Regina Carpinelli, a fan who was unhappy with the cost, …

50 Great Books That Will Change Your Life

<i>Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,</i> by Lewis Carroll<p>“If you have never read this classic, or pooh-pooh it as being only for kids, think again. Alice …

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Is it past time you engaged in a "Courageous Conversation?"

Are you feeling overworked or under appreciated? Does your boss seem to be asking too much of you, seemingly oblivious to the amount of work you already have on your plate? Do you have a colleague continually undermining you? Do you have feedback you’d like to give but are afraid to cause …

Compound Interest

Quick, what word goes before the following: man, model, market? If you guessed "super," you may be the exact kind of super-genius who will enjoy this next game, wherein our own John Chaneski challenges contestants to find the common link to create three compound words.<p>Transcript<p>OPHIRA EISENBERG, …

How To Start A Blog With No Expertise & No Money (2017 Edition)

Why should you start a blog in the first place? <br>Step 1 – Find your passion and write a mission statement <br>Step 2 – Discover your tribe <br>Step 3 – …

5 Steps to Get Unstuck

My husband and I actually went out on a date last week. It feels like it never happens anymore. Two kids at home. Don’t feel like paying a …