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You can now take Yale’s most popular (and mood-boosting) class ever online for free

Earlier this year, Yale University introduced a course on happiness that quickly rose to fame on its campus. The class, called “Psychology and the …

Yale

Want to Improve Your Communication Skills? Stop Saying These 25 Words.

Stop saying these words in the office. You'll improve your communication skills and your coworkers will thank you.<p>For thousands of years, our most powerful tools to change the world and our surroundings have been our words. That’s still true today.<p>From the lines you hear on TV, the commentary you …

Communication Skills

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

Purging the Unwanted Ruts from Our Mind

Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari“The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence, but by oft falling.” LucretiusEach drop of water may look very …

Mindfulness

This One-Pot Parmesan Chicken & Rice Is Calling Your Name — Delicious Links

Sometimes a recipe seems too good to be true. Take this one, for example: It cooks in one pot, in under 30 minutes, with only a handful of …

Cooking

This is how to make close friends: 4 surprising secrets from research

Forget pandas. Close friends are the real endangered species these days.<p>That’s a painful thing. And I don’t mean “sad-painful.” I mean …

Psychology

Mental illness and poverty: How class gets 'under our skin and into our brain'

Heading back to university was meant to give Mark* more freedom.<p>Study hinted at an escape from meaningless work and a childhood education where he …

Mental Health

The No. 1 trait highly charismatic people all share, according to science

William von Hippel, a psychology professor from the University of Queensland in Australia, conducts eccentric experiments to uncover the thought …

Psychology

I’m withdrawing from antidepressants after nearly 20 years. Who will I find on the other side?

My psychiatrist tells me my brain doesn’t know how to make its own serotonin.<p>For those who suffer from mental illness, this isn’t news. Most medical …

Depression

The 5:3:2 Rule for Social Media

When it comes to social sharing you need to get the balance right, and that's where the 5:3:2 rule comes into play. But what is 5:3:2?<p>Social media …

Marketing

The process of building trust works in the opposite way that you think it does

<i>Wharton psychologist and author Adam Grant recently sat down with Daniel Coyle, author of the new book</i> The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups<i>, to talk about the surprising truth about how trust works, and how we can build it in groups large and small. This article is a condensed</i> …

Self-improvement

We’re journalists at a Sinclair news station. We’re pissed.

Some of us wish we could quit — but our hands are tied.<p>We knew this was coming.<p>When Sinclair announced that all stations in the company’s network, including ours, would be required to roll out a “Journalistic Responsibility Promo,” the mood at our station darkened. Our anchors were told in an email …

Journalism

How to Bounce Back After Hitting Rock Bottom In Your Career, According to Walt Disney and Steve Jobs

These three lessons from those who have been there can show you the best way out.<p>Like most people, I relish the feel-good stories of successful people who overcame setbacks to make it to the top. But what about when you have a complete career breakdown? I mean a time when you hit rock bottom and …

Motivation

How to Get the Softest Light Outdoors for Your Photos

Achieving soft, directional light outdoors can be difficult. Sure, you can use an overcast day for soft, natural light, but often, this will not give …

Demonstration

Feeling left out at work? Here’s what you can do

I recently heard two compelling stories that reminded me of the impact of inclusion on employee engagement and morale.<p>In the first story, Joann was …

Leadership

Protect your privacy online with these data-guarding browser extensions

How to fight web trackers.<p>We all know that Facebook and other companies collect data about us. But that's the tip of the iceberg. Web trackers, on everything from shopping sites to social networks, follow your online activities every time you dip a digital toe into the internet. These advertisers …

Privacy

The DASH Diet Is Great For Weight Loss, So Why Is No One Following It?

The DASH diet often flies under the radar, especially when compared to buzzy diets such as the Keto diet, but it’s one of the most widely-respected …

Holistic Medicine

Definition of ISO in Photography - Breaking Away from Exposure Triangle

ISO is one of the most misunderstood concepts in digital photography. If you think ISO is an abbreviation for “International Standards Organization” …

Shutter Speed

First Impressions Review: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC April 2018 Update

<i>Adobe Lightroom Classic CC just got a big update involving the way Profiles work</i><p>Today, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC is receiving a pretty big update: …

Tutorials

This Pro Recommends Underexposing Portrait Photos to “Keep Highlights in Check” (VIDEO)

Portraiture is a very subjective endeavor, with almost as many styles of shooting as there are portrait photographers. And this quick tutorial is …

Photography

Add Depth and Drama to Landscape Photos Using Lightroom

Here’s a 24-minute video from Andrew Marr that looks at how he adds depth and drama to landscape photos during post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.<p>The …

Tutorials

“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettThe idea that we learn better when taught via our preferred modality or “learning style” – such as visually, orally, or by doing …

Pedagogy

Grid System Behind Logo Design

If you love of using a grid systems for every logo design you create, including marks and icons, Kareem Magdi got you covered. He shared a set of …

Graphic Design

A psychotherapist says there are 4 types of shame — here's what they are and how they affect us

When Joseph Burgo first proposed the idea of writing about shame, he found that people were afraid.<p>"My agent, when we went out with the proposal for this book, was very afraid it was too dark and people were going to be scared off," he told Business Insider. "I was told by agents and editors …

Psychology

Bill Gates Says This Book Is 'One of the Most Important' He's Ever Read

Millions of people have tuned in for Swedish physician and statistician Hans Rosling’s TED Talks over the years, and the videos caught the attention …

Self-improvement

Carolyn Hax: Choosing a therapist can be overwhelming

Adapted from a recent online discussion.<p><i>Dear Carolyn: A few months ago our teenage daughter said she wanted to try therapy. She didn’t have any obviously threatening issues, like eating disorders or cutting. We said, fine, here are some choices in our insurance plan; see who seems best to you, or</i> …

Mental Health

Thanks to Incredible Luck, Hubble Caught a Photo of The Most Distant Star Ever Seen

WHOA.<p>Hubble has obtained an absolutely amazing photograph - a blue giant star called Icarus 9 billion light-years from our Solar System, the farthest …

Universe

Why You Must Try Mindfulness for Your Social Anxiety

Mindfulness can be a helpful practice for social anxiety disorder. One of the ways that people who suffer with social anxiety disorder (SAD) become …

Mindfulness

People in Japan Are Polishing Ordinary Aluminum Foil Balls Into Shiny Orbs

A current Japanese trend is polishing tin foil balls into perfection…<p>Aluminum foil is one of those things that rarely gets a second thought. It’s useful for cooking and insulation, but as we’ve seen recently, that’s just a couple of things that you can do with the extremely thin metal sheet. A …

Japan