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How anxiety warps your perception

An anxious mindset can change the way you view the world in profound ways. But could a simple new treatment offer a way out of the perpetual fear?<p>As your thoughts run uncontrollably, your heartbeat starts to race and your breathing becomes heavy. Uneasiness is followed by fear, and then without …

Psychology

Why Splunk Is Pledging $100 Million to Nonprofits

Cloud software giant Salesforce is well-known for baking corporate philanthropy into its financial model and workplace culture at its founding way …

Big Data

Is Positive Psychology Burning You Out?

<i>Interview with Louis Alloro</i><p>If you're someone who practices positive psychology and wellbeing and shares these approaches with others, it seems reasonable to hope that one of the perks of your work would be to more consistently flourish. After all you're immersed in the research, you're more likely …

Self-improvement

Why You Should Embrace Your Darker Emotions

The count will vary depending on which expert you ask, but for our purposes, let’s say there are seven basic emotions: joy, anger, sadness, fear, …

Emotional Intelligence

9 mind-expanding documentaries to increase your intelligence

Be honest, now and then we all spend our free time watching various TV series, don’t we? And while some may consider it to be a rather meaningless …

Alien Interpreters: How Linguists Would Talk to Extraterrestrials

In the upcoming sci-fi drama "Arrival," several mysterious spacecraft touch down around the planet, and humanity is faced with how to approach—and …

Linguistics

The Surprising Reason You Might Feel Burned Out at Work

<i>This article originally appeared on Health.com.</i><p>Workplace burnout has a lot of different causes: long commutes, horrible bosses, unrealistic …

A Harvard psychologist says too many people think about happiness all wrong

Generally speaking, trying hard is a great way to achieve most of what you want in life.<p>Put in more effort at work and your prospects for a promotion will almost definitely improve — at least more than they would if you simply accepted the status quo of being a slacker.<p>Date a lot of people and …

Happiness

Learning Strategies, Not Learning Styles

Too often we put students in boxes and label them with learning styles, when we should be teaching them learning strategies to use when we aren't …

Pedagogy

Positive Thinking or Grumpy Thinking: Which Is Better?

Every Sunday I drive into Santa Monica a little early before I have to teach. You learn to never trust that there won’t be a ridiculous stretch of …

8 Bad Habits You Need to Ditch Before You Turn 30

The consequences of bad habits get worse as you age.<p>You know how hangovers get worse with age? Well, something similar happens with lots of other bad habits beside drinking too. Missteps and unhealthy indulgences that feel consequence free at 23 are multiplied in effect by an aging body or …

Personal Finance

Use These 100 Design Websites To Jumpstart Your Creativity

The web is an incredible place. In less than 30 years it completely changed the world connecting and empowering people. One of the biggest benefits it brings is an endless inspiration for any field you can imagine.<p>As a creative entrepreneur, I am constantly looking for inspiration. I love reading …

Graphic Design

Forgetting Isn't Healing: Lessons From Elie Wiesel

In the late '80s, when I was in the fifth and sixth grades, my school librarian took a special interest in me. One day our assignment was to do a book report, and Ms. Newton pointed me toward the biography section. Being the lazy kid I was, I picked out the thinnest book I could find. Barely a …

Nobel Prize

Meet The Man Who Lives Normally With Damage to 90% of His Brain

The father of two lives a normal life.<p>A French man who lives a relatively normal, healthy life - despite damaging 90 percent of his brain - is …

The beautiful secret behind why arranged marriages last much longer than love marriages

If you're anything like me, the idea of an arranged marriage is a foreign and, frankly, startling thought. The idea of someone else choosing my …

Navigating Critical Thinking, Intersectionality, and Identity Politics in the Secular Movement

<i>Living is easy with eyes closed<br>misunderstanding all you see.</i> <br>–John Lennon<p>Doing the work I’m actively engaged in leads me to frequently network with …

Indian illustrator captures the struggles of people living with anxiety

An Indian designer is trying to raise awareness about anxiety, through candid and humorous illustrations.<p>Pranita Kocharekar's "Is That You?" series …

24 Easy Ways to Empower Everyone Around You

Here are simple habits that will help create a culture of empowerment.<p>When our teams become empowered, they take ownership and their commitment to success increases. It allows us to tap into all of their resources and expertise which can lead us to achieving amazing results.<p>Empowered teams should …

Leadership

Learning to Appreciate Disagreement at Work

Recently I was conferring with a client who said to me, “You don’t really like confrontation, do you?”<p>Well, no, I don’t. Like many people, I will do a lot to avoid confrontation of any sort.<p>In my youth I learned that if I couldn’t get what I needed by raw persuasion or simple niceness, I could …

Learning

A Better Kind of Happiness

Nearly two and a half millennia ago, Aristotle triggered a revolution in happiness. At the time, Greek philosophers were trying hard to define precisely what this state of being was. Some contended that it sprang from hedonism, the pursuit of sensual pleasure. Others argued from the perspective of …

Happiness

As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.

In the late 1980s, I was introduced to a self-styled Satanic high priestess. She called herself a witch and dressed the part, with flowing dark clothes and black eye shadow around to her temples. In our many discussions, she acknowledged worshipping Satan as his “queen.”<p>I’m a man of science and a …

Peer-Reviewed

The Dalai Lama's Unique Advice For Moms

His Holiness The Dalai Lama wants us to give the whole world "mother's milk."<p>Let me explain...<p>I recently spent the day sardined into the University of Colorado's Coors Event Center, alongside thousands of other bodies, from newborns to octogenarians, listening to the wisdom of The Fourteenth Dalai …

Parenting

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don't Follow Through On What We Set Out to Do And What To Do About It

By the summer of 1830, Victor Hugo was facing an impossible deadline. Twelve months earlier, the famous French author had made an agreement with his publisher that he would write a new book titled, <i>The Hunchback of Notre Dame</i>.<p>Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other …

Procrastination

How mobile phones are disrupting teaching and learning in Africa

Gina Porter, <i>Durham University</i><p>Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet - and taking them along to school.<p>Phones are often used in school whether they're allowed or …

Education

Ignore Most Productivity Advice: This Is the 1 Thing You Need to Know About Habits

Wake up early? Journal? Meditate? Here's the trouble with these and other oft-recommended habits.<p>If you're looking to increase your productivity, there's no shortage of advice out there. Sir Richard Branson thinks you should wake up at 5am every day. Or maybe try journaling. Others swear by …

Time Management

How to love from a safe and balanced distance

Love shouldn’t hurt. It shouldn’t feel like it’s your lifeline – that you will fall into a million pieces if someone else doesn’t do what you want …

How to Use Self-Care for a Brighter, Less Stressful Life

<b>“The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.” ~Sydney Harris</b><p>I was working myself into the ground and I knew it. Balancing a full-time job, …

10 books that will change the way you live your life

Whether the focus is getting out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off, getting a creative project off the ground, kicking procrastination forever, or figuring out — hallelujah! — what to do for a career, we're all works in progress.<p>But finding the path that'll get us there is a torturous, tender, …

Self-improvement