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Reading has been proven to help sharpen one extremely important emotion

"Fiction might be the mind's flight simulator," Keith Oatley wrote in a new review of the research on reading and mental health, published Tuesday in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.<p>Research into the psychological impact of literature suggests that when we read stories in which characters are rich and …

Psychology

20 Small Habits That Create Lasting Happiness | Inc.com

<i>How do you simplify your life? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Lukas Schwekendiek, life coach, motivational speaker, and blogger, on Quora:</b><p><b>Remove ALL apps from your phone.</b> You are not even …

Productivity Apps

Meditation Makes Us More Aware Of Our Unconscious, Study Suggests

Imagine being in a dark room holding a flashlight. You can only see where you're pointing the light, and only what the light reaches. This room is your mind, and what the flashlight reveals is your limited awareness of it.<p>But a new study suggests that people who practice meditation may extend the …

Meditation

This Important Element In You Brain Decides If You're A Leader Or A Follower

While we all have pre-conceived notions about what distinguishes leaders from followers, these are not necessarily accurate or based on any …

How To Rebuild Your Wardrobe With 16 Items

Rebuild your wardrobe with just 16 items? You bet. Ryan Gosling said so. There's that line in the film 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' (the long weekend had us …

Lifestyle

A Mind Like a Clear Pool

The great strength of the Buddha-dharma is its <i>practice</i>. It is incredible what this wonderful practice can bring about. When I hear the teachings of …

This 10-Minute Routine Is the Ultimate Mind Cleanse

Add these two little tweaks to your daily routine for much greater clarity and creativity.<p>Your subconscious mind is a whole lot more powerful than you think.<p>Not only does it take care of essential business like keeping you breathing, but quietly, in the background, your subconscious is constantly …

Success

How Improving Your Emotional Intelligence Will Help Your Personal and Professional Life

<i>How can we improve our emotional intelligence? What are the benefits? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Chade-Meng Tan, Co-Chair of Nobel Peace Prize nominated campaign & NYT bestselling</b> …

Emotional Intelligence

10 Ways To Feel Better If You Get Too High

<i>In honor of 4/20 we're revisiting some of our greatest…hits.</i><p>In the history of the world, there is no record of a fatal marijuana overdose. …

Cannabis

One Trip With Magic Mushroom Can Make You Permanently More Open, Study Finds

Magic, psychedelic, psilocybin; these names come to mind when people think of the powerful mushroom that has the ability to dramatically change your …

The Brain Hack That Could Kill Your Procrastination

Recent research suggests we can artificially create motivation with a combination of psyching ourselves up and an fMRI scanner.<p>We can psych ourselves up and try to get motivated all we want, but it's often easier said than done. But recent research suggests that it can be scientifically crafted. …

The incredible power of ignoring everything

Fyodor Dostoevsky, the 19th Century Russian author, once famously challenged his brother to try out a strange task: Don't think about a polar bear right now. “Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute,” …

Johns Hopkins University

5 Top VCs Predict the Biggest Tech Change Coming in the Next 5 Years | Inc.com

If you want to know the future, you can pay a few bucks to get your friendly local psychic to gaze into her crystal ball, but you'd probably do a lot better to ask a venture capitalist.<p>After all, it's the job of the country's top investors to be one step ahead of the rest of us in seeing where …

Virtual Reality

Future sex: A brave new world of hi-tech goo and virtual reality

For the travelling executive in need of intimacy or the long-distance couple seeking to let off steam, relief will be found in hi-tech goo. With a …

Relationships

DARPA Sees a Future Battlefield With Drone Ships and Super Soldiers

The shape of unmanned warfare to come.<p>DARPA offered a glimpse of where the Pentagon's mad science agency is headed on Tuesday, when director Arati Prabhakar and deputy director Steven Walker briefed reporters at a press conference in Washington the agency's most futuristic defense projects.<p>Land, …

How a team of architects built a stunning contemporary home in just 3 days

A Portuguese team has crafted a sleek pre-fabricated house that takes just three days to construct, from laying the foundation to moving in the furniture. The 860-square-foot structure is a marvel of minimal contemporary design, made with reinforced concrete, wood, slate, and glass and designed to …

Architecture

This Quick Morning Ritual Primes Your Brain for Success | Inc.com

Want this to be the year you finally achieve some of your biggest goals? It can be--if you get your subconscious mind on board. That advice comes from May McCarthy, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and author of <i>The Path to Wealth</i>.<p>"Good leaders know that for a company to run successfully, …

Motivation

Just 6 Seconds of Mindfulness Can Make You More Effective

Some days it’s really draining to be a senior executive. You sit in meetings for hours on end, and every decision you need to make is difficult — all of the easy decisions have already been made at levels below you. On those days, you know you could be a much more effective leader if you could …

Mindfulness

The Quantified Stoner

Now that weed is legal, it's all about data.<p>For certain types of aging technology workers, especially in the Pacific Northwest, two favorite hobbies have reached a strange convergence: self-tracking and getting stoned.<p>Quantified stoners wear FitBit and Jawbone wristbands to track their daily …

Cannabis

The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of all-time.<p>For this research study, Bartlett recited a Native American folk tale called "The War of the Ghosts" to each participant. Then, Bartlett followed up …

Self-improvement