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How to Manage Your Emotions Without Fighting Them

We often hear tips and tricks for helping us to “control” our emotions, but that’s the wrong idea: strong emotions aren’t bad, and they don’t need to be pushed down or controlled; they are, in fact, data. Our emotions evolved as a signaling system, a way to help us communicate with each other and …

This Devilishly Difficult Online Game Is Scientifically Shown to Improve Brain Function

Never heard of a dual n-back game? Here's why you should give it a try.<p>Brain-improving games have mostly been debunked. But there's still one that may be worth a try.<p>Can playing an online game make your brain work better? Earlier this year, the maker of the Lumosity app, which widely advertised …

Intelligence May Stem From a Basic Algorithm in the Human Brain

Theory of Connectivity<p>The human brain is the most sophisticated organ in the human body. The things that the brain can do, and how it does them, have …

From me, with love: the lost art of letter writing

Three years ago, novelist Jon McGregor invited strangers to send him a letter in the post. Scribbled notes and love letters are still landing on the doormat...<p>• Tell us about the letter that changed your life<p>Our first letter was from Magnus Mills. It came in a plain brown envelope, and was …

I'm Depressed, But Is That Actually a Problem?

Maybe my depression isn't the problem. Maybe it's a collective symptom of being a black person in Australia.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Australia/New Zealand</i><p>It's 8:30 AM, my alarm has gone off for the fifth time and I can't get out of bed. It's 11:30 AM and I get an email saying I've …

50 Best Albums of 2016

50<p>Death Grips, ‘Bottomless Pit’<p>It's remarkable to think that noise-rappers Death Grips once seemed as unstable as radioactivity: battling record …

23 Quotes That Brilliantly Illustrate the Concept of Emotional Intelligence

The terms emotional intelligence (EI) and emotional quotient (EQ) are relatively new, but the concepts are anything but.<p>Emotional intelligence is defined as a person's ability to identify emotions (in both themselves and others), to recognize the powerful effects of those emotions, and to use that …

The emotional life of men: 'you'll be right' isn't enough anymore | Louis Hanson

We have grown up into a society in which males fear sharing emotion with one another, and we continue to teach boys that emotion is not okay<p>I love my father. He’s kind and caring.<p>He grew up in a rural family of boys. He learnt from his father, who in turn learnt from his father, that expressing …

Mental Health

Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment

I’m at the kitchen sink, after a long day of work and kids and chores and the emotional exhaustion of a toxic election season, attempting to mindfully focus on congealed SpaghettiOs. My brain flits to the Netflix queue. I manhandle my thoughts back to the leaky orange glob in front of me. My brain …

6 Toxic Thoughts Smart People Quarantine

All self-talk is driven by important beliefs that you hold about yourself. It plays an understated but powerful role in success because it can both spur you forward to achieve your goals and hold you back.<p>Your self-talk (the thoughts you have about your feelings) can make or break you. When you …

Emotional Intelligence

Religious thoughts trigger reward systems like love, drugs

<b>(CNN) —</b> Most Americans, about 89%, say they believe in God, and some have felt God's presence while listening to a sermon or sensed time stand still while they were in deep prayer or meditation.<p>Now, a new study shows through functional MRI scans that such religious and spiritual experiences can be …

The Brain