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Science says lasting relationships come down to 3 basic traits

Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and author of "Anatomy of Love," put happy couples in long-term relationships into brain scanners. The results gave her an insight into what makes a relationship last.<p><b>Follow TI:</b>On Facebook

Relationships

Facebook Is Definitely Contributing To Your Misery, According To This Harsh New Study

When it comes to social media, we all face a similar dilemma. “Am I spending too much time gawking at other people’s lives when I could just as easily be living my own?” Are all these videos of six million pound alligators and opera singing golden retrievers really <i>doing</i> anything for me? Although …

Don’t Go Hollow: How 'Dark Souls' Is Defeating Depression

Why is a game about despair so uplifting?<p>Depression is horrifying.<p>For many, it feels like nothing, as if some unseen force has stripped away the sufferer's ability to feel. There is no joy or sadness, no pain or pleasure, just nothing. It feels as if you're going hollow.<p><i>Dark Souls</i> fans know what …

Dark Souls

This Is How to Overcome Social Anxiety: 5 Tips Backed by Research

Your mind races. Your palms sweat. The words don’t come out of your mouth right, if they come at all. We’ve all been there at one time or another. …

Self-help

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

Psychology

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

You don’t have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, …

9 Strategies For Battling Stress

Don't let tension take over your life<p>A little stress can be a good thing, but it’s important to keep it under control. These strategies will help you retain your Zen.<p>1. Bounce Back<p>Some people are naturally resilient, but it’s also a learned skill. Stress inoculation gradually exposes people to …

San Diego

6 Excuses That Hold You Back From Success (and What to Do About Them)

Think about the craziest dream you’ve ever had.<p>No, I’m not talking about the “dream” that comes to you when you sleep. I’m talking about the dream …

Motivation

Feeling paranoid? Your worries are justified but can be helped

Paranoid fears are common and have a variety of causes but new research shows specific issue cognitive behaviour therapy can bring significant benefits<p>If you’ve ever experienced a feeling of paranoia – that’s to say, an unrealistic or exaggerated belief that other people mean you harm – you’re …

Depression

Cannabis may make bipolar symptoms worse - Futurity

A review of published studies that included more than 2,300 people with mania symptoms suggests cannabis may make those symptoms worse.

Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our …

Productivity

Letting Go of a Hurtful Past - 5 Ways to Move Forward | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

For most of my life, I always had trouble letting go of the past, specifically when it comes to angry situations.<p>Like this one time, there was this …

4 Science-Backed Ways To Have More Willpower | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Self-control researcher Roy Baumeister led a groundbreaking study in 1996.<p>People were led into a room which smelled of just-baked chocolate chip …