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Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why Incompetent People Think They Are Superior

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. …

Psychology

This is why our phones are making us miserable: happiness isn't the same thing as pleasure, and our brain knows it

People trying to sell you a new car, a fancy phone, or a bigger home might like you to believe that money can buy a whole lot of happiness. But your brain knows that's not true. Money can buy you pleasure, but happiness has to come from somewhere else.<p>If you're confused between happiness and …

Happiness

3 Ways to Declutter Your Mind So You Can Focus on the Things That Matter Most

Getting rid of the mental clutter makes room for the things that really matter.<p>Researchers estimate you have about 60,000 thoughts each day. And many of those thoughts involve thinking the same things over and over again.<p><i>I never have enough time. I have nothing to wear. I look stupid. My house</i> …

Self-help

A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

The problem isn’t your social skills<p>It is rarely helpful to tell a shy person to “just be yourself!” Riffing on that frustrating exchange, clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen has written a book that she hopes will answer the question the anxious person usually asks in return: How?<p>Hendriksen …

Psychology

It's time to protect yourself — and your friends — from Facebook

Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created by a cigarette corporation to sell a fatal product. People knew this …

How smart people handle difficult people

Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive …

What Is The Best Textbook For Self-Studying Quantum Mechanics?

<i>Is Liboff or Griffiths a better textbook for self-studying Quantum Mechanics? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Jay Wacker, physicist, on Quora:</b><p>Griffiths[1] is the ultimate self-study …

Quantum Mechanics

Do the Dalai Lama Test – Just 4 questions and yet the answers will surprise you!

The Dalai Lama said “Read it to see if it is true for you!” Very interesting test!<p>Do not Cheat by looking at the answers at the end.<br>The mind is like …

What Is the Self?

The Buddhist Teachings of Self and No-Self<p>Among all the Buddha's teachings, those on the nature of the self are the hardest to understand, yet they …

Spirituality

Here's how to stop an argument with a narcissist from spinning out of control

Narcissists tend to be incapable of something called "object constancy." This means they struggle to have positive feelings at the same time as negative ones.<p>For example, once they are fired up for a fight, they can be incredibly cruel, because all they can comprehend in the moment are feelings of …

Narcissism

Eclipse Tips

Sequence showing the annular solar eclipse, May 20th, 2012, from Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic NP<br>The total solar eclipse in the United States is …

Landscape Photography

34 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Successful | Inc.com

1. Wasting five minutes.<p>When you have five minutes of down time, how do you spend that time? Most people use it as an excuse to rest or laze.<p>By lazing for five five-minute breaks each day, we waste 25 minutes daily. That's 9,125 minutes per year (25 X 365). Sadly, my guess is we're wasting far more …

Motivation

A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here’s what you’ll see where you live.

Today, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you <i>will</i> be able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial …

Solar Eclipse

5 Adventures Your Teenager Will Love

Once the kids hit their teen years, it’s almost impossible to convince them to go on another family trip that doesn’t include a posse of their …

Trying to get flat abs? Here are 11 foods that can help

Get back on track with healthy eating and make this the year that you finally get the flat abs you've always wanted. To aid you in this quest, here, Ella Magers, author of <i>The Six Weeks to Sexy Abs Meal Plan</i> cookbook and founder of Sexy Fit Vegan, reveals her picks for the best foods for flat abs …

Healthy Eating

Adventures in acoustic cosmology

A project that explores whether there is a musical equivalent to the curvature of spacetime will be presented on Thursday 6 July by Gavin Starks at …

Astronomy

3 Dividend Stocks to Buy for 12 Months of Income

Income. It’s what retirement is made of. Increasingly — thanks to stubbornly low interest rates — that income has been derived from a hefty dose of …

Investing

7 secrets of entrepreneurs who turned side gigs into baller full-time jobs

Matthew Cummings' glass company went viral at an awkward time: while he was in the middle of managing a pop-up shop at a brewery event. "Etsy’s app …

Entrepreneurship

5 Buddhist Philosophies That Are Hard To Practice But Will Pay Off Forever

Buddhism is such a powerful philosophy that differs to much of what we’re taught in the west.<p>Today, as I was browsing the ideas on Ideapod, I came …

Meditation

2 Dumb Credit Card Mistakes to Avoid

Avoiding these mistakes could mean the difference between meeting budgeting goals or falling short.<p>No doubt credit cards are convenient to use and …

Personal Finance

Can Science Prove The Existence Of God?

There’s an argument that many people make: that the natural world, and humanity’s existence in the Universe, point towards a divine creator that brought forth all of this into existence. To the best of our knowledge, Earth exists with a plethora of conditions that allowed for our existence, and …

Universe

A Step-by-Step Guideline for Long Exposure Landscape Photography

When you see a long exposure image like the one above, what first comes to mind is probably how beautiful it is. Unlike a traditional image, a long …

Landscape Photography

Turn That Super Moon Photo into Something Creative

Now that the Super Moon has come and gone, just about every photographer has a bunch of great moon shots sitting on their hard drive. With help from …

Luma ships Wi-Fi system to compete with Eero in price, features

The new Luma Wi-Fi system is similar to the Eero in Wi-Fi coverage and ease of use, but it costs $100 less and has more features.<p>If you want cover your home with Wi-Fi but can't afford the Eero, here's an alternative: the Luma Wi-Fi system that ships today to preorder customers.<p>The Luma costs $400 …

Wi-Fi

How To Stop Windows 10 Installing Automatically

Upgrading to Windows 10 should be a personal choice, but increasingly it isn’t. In a series of ever more cheeky, arrogant and downright deceptive moves Microsoft has pushed Windows 10 upon millions of unsuspecting Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.<p>So how do you stop an automatic Windows 10 installation …

Software

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

When the Dalai Lama teams up with a top psychologist, who teams up a top data viz firm, you get the Atlas of Emotions.<p>The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion. Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. Enjoyment.<p>Reductive? Yes. But that’s exactly the …

Emotions

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

Self-improvement

Little Things Likeable People Do To Hold Back Their Temper

<i>“STOP IT!”</i><p><i>“How many times have I told you ..?”</i><p><i>“Stop doing..”</i><p><i>“Why can’t you…”</i><p><i>“Why do I have…”</i><p><i>“Don’t do ..”</i><p>This used to be my limited vocabulary at …