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17 Quotes About Living a Beautiful Life

Bobby McFerrin's hit song from 1988, "Don't worry, be happy" says it all. Creating a beautiful life can be as simple as changing your mindset from sad to happy.<p>Walter Hagen, American professional golfer, once said, "You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell …

Happiness

Major Schools of Thought in Psychology

When psychology first emerged as a science separate from biology and philosophy, the debate over how to describe and explain the human mind and …

Psychology

A revolution in our sense of self

At the climax of <i>Anna Karenina</i>, the heroine throws herself under a train as it moves out of a station on the edge of Moscow. But did she really want to die? Had the ennui of Russian aristocratic life and the fear of losing her lover, Vronsky, become so intolerable that death seemed the only escape? …

Artificial Intelligence

The absurdly simple thing that makes the happiest people in the world so happy

Research has found about 9 zillion things you can do to increase happiness.<p>Of course, you’re probably not doing any of them. To be fair, most people …

How to Reverse Aging and Become Whoever You Want to Be | Inc.com

In 1978, Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychologist, conducted an important study. She gave houseplants to two groups of nursing-home residents. One group was told they were responsible for keeping their plant alive, and that they had autonomy in their daily schedule. The other group was told that staff …

Self-improvement

Introverts aren’t voiceless—they’re quietly powerful

In many Western countries, extroversion, outgoingness, talkativeness, and charismatic salesmanship are considered requirements for success and happiness. In such cultures, introverts are not just silent, but voiceless.<p>In today’s society, to call a person or a group “voiceless” is to call them …

I'm on my second marriage, third career, and fifth country of residence — here's why I'm never afraid of change

I. Freakin'. Love. Change.<p>At age 32, I'm in my second marriage, third career, and fifth country of residence. I gravitate toward people with wide and varied life experiences and know that change makes you stronger, better, more interesting.<p>It makes your life full. You don't need to have gone …

5 Reasons Why You Should Man Up and Start Taking Cold Showers

It’s currently 5:25 AM and I’ve just started working. My alarm, a motivational speech, woke me up at 5:00 AM and I immediately got out of bed and …

Want to resist the post-truth age? Learn to analyze photos like an expert would

“When photography was invented,” photo historian Vicki Goldberg once said, “it was thought to be an equivalent to truth. It was truth with a capital T.”<p>But as viewers quickly learned, seeing isn’t always believing. Even in the early history of photography, hoaxes like the Cottingley fairies taught …

Donald Trump

20 Things that Will Matter a Lot Less to You in 20 Years

Too often we let the little frustrations of each day blind us to the beauty in front of us. We get caught up in our own heads, and literally don’t …

Social Media

8 Ways Cutthroat Work Cultures Suck The Life Out Of You

Far too many companies believe that a cutthroat pressure-cooker culture gets results. They think that the harder they crack that whip, the better people will perform.<p>Cutthroat business culture is so prevalent that it's a cliché in our society, being the inspiration for countless TV shows and …

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has shot up the bestseller charts. The book’s chilling account of a couple’s struggle against a dystopian society has many elements that will strike a contemporary reader as disturbingly …

Literature

Unleash Your Creativity With These 3D Printers

With a 3D printer in your home or office, you have the key to unlock a world of creative possibilities.<p>A 3D printer enables users to create various objects, design concepts, replacement parts, and even tools in a relatively easy and inexpensive manner. Entry-level models offer a great entry into …

3D Printing

10 Unmistakable Habits Of Utterly Authentic People

Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." Wilde made it sound so simple, but living with authenticity is a real challenge.<p>To live authentically, you must own your actions and ensure that they align with your beliefs and needs. This can be a difficult thing to maintain when …

Filthy Little Atheist

<b>President Teddy Roosevelt called Thomas Paine a 'Filthy Little Atheist,'</b> a phrase with as many errors in it as words, since Paine was fastidiously clean, stood taller than most of his contemporaries at five feet ten inches, and was a professed believer in God.<p>Paine was often called an atheist by …

Obama Signs Law Protecting Atheists from Religious Persecution

In a historical first, President Barack Obama signed legislation on 16 December 2016 extending protections against religious persecution to people …

Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

Screw ups, disasters, misfires, flops. Why losing big can be a winning strategy. It all started with the sound of static. In May 1964, two …

Little Things Can Make An Atheist

As I read deeper in the literature of unbelief and 'freethought' from the past three centuries, it is interesting to see 'Little Things' given as reasons for rejecting Christianity and God.<p><b>Here's a sampling that I have paraphrased from multiple authors living a hundred to three hundred years ago:</b><p>• …

The practical guide to resisting Trump, by former Congressional staffers

When Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in November, thousands took the streets to protest the outcome of the vote. For days, holding signs reading “not my president,” they showed their disappointment in cities around the US. But, Trump won the election, and per the rules of …

Donald Trump

Seven Things Neuroscientists Know That Most People Don't

<i>What are some things that neuroscientists know but most people don’t? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Paul King, Director of Data Science, on Quora:</b><p>There are hundreds of surprising, …

The Brain

Koch brothers protégé and Founding Father wannabe Gov. Greg Abbott wants to amend your Constitution 9 ways

Texas’ governor, backed by the Kochs, wants the Constitution amended to balance the budget, elevate corporate power<p>When you think of America's great constitutional originators, names like Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton and Franklin come to mind — and, of course, Abbott.<p>This past …

Does the Language We Speak Affect Our Perception of Reality?

Ethnobotanist and hallucinogenic scion Terrence McKenna said in one of his lectures that, “Culture is your operating system.” Through hallucinogenic …

Language

I'm on the 'professor watchlist.' It's a ploy to undermine free speech

The release of the professor watchlist, purporting to expose professors who discriminate against conservative students, is anything but that. I should know: I’m on it.<p>As one of a handful of religion professors in the US who study, write and teach about conservative Christianity and politics, I am …

Higher Education

Small Things That Will Tell You About A Person’s Personality

How do you evaluate a person? Is it the way they walk? The way they talk? Is it the big things, or the small things? Truth be told, there is always …

“FOIA superhero” launches campaign to make Donald Trump’s administration transparent

Freedom of Information Act guru Ryan Shapiro’s “Operation 45″ aims to make President Trump transparent, accountable<p>"This could be one of the most unrestrained governments that we've seen in this country in who knows how long," Ryan Shapiro warned.<p>Shapiro has been described as a "FOIA superhero" — …

This 'bank for the poor' could hold the key to ending poverty and inequality

In 2016, Oxfam estimated that the total wealth of 99 per cent of the global population was barely equivalent to the wealth of the top one per cent - …

10 Ludicrously Advanced Technologies We Can Expect by the Year 2100

Predicting the future is hard. It’s nearly impossible to know what technological marvels await in the next few years, let alone the next eight …

20 Amazing Facts About Dreams that You Might Not Know About

<i>Dreams. Mysterious, bewildering, eye-opening and sometimes a nightmarish living hell: dreams are all that and much more.</i><p><i>Here are 20 amazing facts</i> …

Science Explains How Staying Near Water Can Change Our Brains

Have you ever felt at peace when you’re walking by the ocean? A sense of rejuvenation when you stand by a waterfall? How about taking in the view of …

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

The Brain