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Science says happier people have these 9 things in common

REUTERS/Sean YongEverybody wants to be happy. That's why the science of happiness has taken off in recent years, with the skyrocketing popularity of …

Happiness

Scientists Get Closer to a Cure for OCD

New research by Duke University suggests there may be an eventual treatment for the disease.<p>Someday, the show <i>Monk</i> might not make any sense to us.<p>Brain scientists at Duke University tested lab mice who were bred with a low level of a brain receptor and found that they would excessively groom …

'Fairytale' Paintings Show A Side Of Black Lives History Overlooks

“I’m depicting the many people who existed in history but whose presence was never documented," Amy Sherald explains.<p>The subjects of Amy Sherald’s paintings have skin the color of charcoal ― an overcast hue that exists outside the spectrum of race as we often categorize it. The grey tone, made from …

Art

Intricate Pen Drawings Interweave Elements of the Natural World

With tiny, precise pen strokes and careful cross-hatching, Italian artist Alfred Basha captures the complexity of natural life. His drawings interweave animal figures with flora and fauna. Deer antlers are transformed into trees and craggy mountain ranges rise up in the bodice of bears and foxes. …

Drawing

Artists that Make Me Happy

There are the artists you admire, the ones who impress you, the ones who touch you, and the ones you like enough they are the whole reason to read a …

Cute

How To Photograph the Milky Way - Panoramas

Panoramas are one of the most fun and dramatic ways of capturing the Milky Way over a landscape, created by stitching multiple exposures together in …

16 Tips to Start Habits You Want and Stop Ones You Don't

You know successful habits create success. The challenge is doing them. Here are tips from someone who hasn't missed his daily habits in over five years.<p>In January 2011 I started writing on my blog daily. I haven't missed a day since, meaning over 2,200 posts. It's part of why I'm writing here.<p>In …

Daily Meditation: Rebuild

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today’s meditation features a biblical passage from Isaiah 58 on healing. May it remind us to choose …

International Chocolate Day 2016: Sweet treats, from macaroon to brownie recipes

Get ready for International Chocolate Day by making some scrumptious chocolaty treats.<p>Cath Kidston's <i>Teatime</i> has some of our favourite, traditional …

Goats Cheese, Onion & Rosemary Muffins

These low carb savoury goats cheese muffins are just so easy to make. I whipped up a batch in between other baking like a cooking machine! At 4g net …

7 Healthy Eating Tricks You're Going To Want To Try

Summer fun doesn't have to be unhealthy.

Nutrition

The best pancake recipes

There's no need to wait until Shrove Tuesday to get your pancake fix - these recipes make the perfect weekend brunch.<p>Pancakes are quick, easy and always a crowd-pleaser for breakfast (and lunch, and dinner).<p>Here, we have compiled our our favourite pancake recipes. There really is something for …

Breakfast

The only tracks you need to hear this week

This week’s playlist is full of complementary tracks. On the R&B front, there’s sultry stuff from Mabel and skewed stuff from Kelela and Clams Casino. Two Scottish producers provide luminous, high-octane bass drops: Inkke comes through with the MIDI dirge of “Chores” while Sam Gellaitry drops the …

Clams

Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks Right Now

One of dance music's many great attractions is the standing offer of leaving behind the world's darkest tendencies and day-to-day squabbles for a few hours. Yet the primary reason such an offer is consistently valid, and more therapy than escapism, is that beneath what seem to be a simplistic, …

European Union

Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science | Inc.com

Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to "vent." By getting our emotions out, we reason, we'll feel better.<p>But science suggests there are a few serious flaws in that reasoning. One, not only does …

Happiness

50 Short Corny Jokes That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

1. What did the traffic light say to the car?<p>Don’t look! I’m about to change.<p>2. Why was the little strawberry crying?<p>His mom was in a jam.<p>3. What do …

Consciousness: The Mind Messing With the Mind

A paper in The British Medical Journal in December reported that cognitive behavioral therapy — a means of coaxing people into changing the way they think — is as effective as Prozac or Zoloft in treating major depression.<p>In ways no one understands, talk therapy reaches down into the biological …

Consciousness

The 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Decision

Moving to a new city. Asking for a promotion. Starting a side hustle. Hunting for a different job. Trying online dating. Breaking up with your …

The best music of the last three months

It’s been a weird and often sad three months: there have been high profile deaths, unspeakable tragedies, and strange unknowns. More than ever it feels important to celebrate good music, whether that’s through acknowledging those artists pushing boundaries, asking questions, or promoting unity and …

Synthpop

5 Thought Experiments That Will Melt Your Brain

<i>Some science is too big, dangerous, or weird to happen in a lab.</i><p>By Evan Dashevsky<p>Albert Einstein famously made use of “thought experiments” (i.e. …

The bleak truth about how we spend our time

Paradoxically, time-use studies in recent decades find increased boredom in leisure activities, a finding akin to the ubiquitous complaint of "busyness" in an era of unprecedented technologically driven productivity and automation.<p>Productivity-enhancing technologies don't make us any less busy …

The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything

Who can resist the romanticism of self-taught achievers? They didn't need school. They didn't need "the system." They needed only their passion and …

Social psychology of largescale hate

Many countries are facing a detestable resurgence of racism and ethnic hostility in the current political environment, catalyzed in complicated ways …

7 mental tricks to stop worrying about what other people think

In fact, scientists in one study found that the reward center in people's brains was active when they were told that someone approved their taste in music.<p>It's only a problem when you're <i>consumed</i> by worries about your reputation — when every decision about what to wear, who to hang out with, and …

What An Hour Of Emotion Makes Visible

<i>Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the latest episode of the</i> Invisibilia podcast <i>and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations.</i><p>Until she was 54 years old, Kim was totally unaware that there were things in the world she couldn't see.<p>"This was the whole problem," Kim says. …

Mind

Why we feel emotions in our guts, and what microbes have to do with it

In the dark, oxygen-free zone of our large intestines, a vast community of life is flourishing. Scientists say there are more than 100 trillion microbes living there, and if you gathered them all together, they would weigh more than our brains.<p>In his new book, "The Mind-Gut Connection," Dr. Emeran …

Medical Research

These Simple Hacks Will Make You Super Creative, According to Science

We can all learn to activate the creative side of our brain by doing these things.<p>Here's a riddle for you: A man has married 20 women in a small town. All of the women are still alive, and none of them is divorced. The man has broken no laws. Who is the man?<p>Most likely if you solved this one, it …