Rebecca Sutton

234 Flips | 12 Magazines | 17 Likes | 31 Following | 33 Followers | @RelativelyReb | Rebecca Sutton is a literature lovin', book readin', blog writing wordsmith and owner of RelativelyRebecca.com, a website dedicated to better living through learning.

Does Reading Literature Really Beef Up Your Brain?

When you hide your cell phone, log off your computer, and find a few rare moments of calm to read some poetry or a weighty novel, it certainly feels …

How to Write Brilliant Blog Posts: 5 Tips from Psychology

<i>This is a guest contribution from Ellen Jackson of Potential Psychology.</i><p>Are you ready to rock a brilliant blog post? Do you want to write faster, …

12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down

Sometimes you need a pick-me-up.<p>Sometimes, you need a pick-me-up. You're feeling blue, down in the dumps, maybe even dealing with a lump in your throat. Whichever idiom fits your situation, you're just not feeling like your best self.<p>To abate the waves of sadness, or palpitations of dread, we've …

From Neil Gaiman to Marcus Zusak to Suzanne Collins to Oscar Wilde, we share some of the best ‘dangerous books’ quotes from novels, authors and campaigners defending our right to read any book we want to, as part of our dangerous books weekend we’re running with Amnesty International<p>A surprising …

Books

How fiction writing can improve your productivity and well-being

Every morning, after I’ve secured the intravenous drip from the coffee pot into my arm, I knock out a couple of hours of fiction writing.<p>That’s not exactly surprising as I’m a science-fiction author so it would be surprising if I <i>didn’t</i> spend at least some of my time writing. For a while, I get to …

Creative Writing

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryThe Democratic Party Is Stuck Osita Nwanevu California’s primaries show how pathological careerism is hobbling the party’s …

Democratic Party

4 Ways Not Reading Fiction is Killing Your Productivity

As an adult living and working in the 21st century, you’re bombarded with a constant crush of escalating demands.<p>Your boss wants you to do more at …

Health Buzz: Why Worrywarts and Over-Thinkers Are More Creative

Psychologists at King's College London in the U.K. say they've developed a theory that may explain why neuroticism can lead to unhappiness or …

The Roller Coaster Of Being A Writer. Do You Ever Feel This Way?

Shares 5K<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

Writing

Diagnosis: Creativity. Here's How to Catch It

When we think about the top qualities of strong business leaders, we tend to skip over one essential trait: creativity.<p>Creativity often gets mistakenly categorized as the provenance of artistic types, or an optional mode to pursue when the work day is done. Amidst the hubbub of our jobs, so many of …

How Not to Sit on Sitting

By now, you may have heard of the saying "sitting is the new smoking." Of course, this can never be exactly correct. You can't be harmed by secondhand sitting or get discolored teeth from sitting, unless you are sitting in a very, very unusual way. This saying is meant to convey the health hazards …

How to Develop Your Best Novel Writing Ideas

How many novel writing ideas do you need?Writing a novel is no small task. In fact, it’s a momentous task. Some writers spend years just eking out a …

Organization Tricks: 14 Steps to the Bedroom of Your Dreams

Important documents and files stacked around your bedroom keep you from enjoying the room as a place of rest. Instead, organize your files in a chest -- you can easily access them, but they're out of sight, out of mind.

Bedrooms

53 Books That Will Definitely Make You Cry

*grabs Kleenex*<p><i>Note: Some entries have been edited for clarity and/or length.</i>

Why People Who Take Notes All the Time Are More Likely To Be Successful

“Just let me look at my notes.”<p>How many times have we heard a person say that? It could be a manager, a student, a lawyer, a secretary, a writer, or …

De-Stress Your Desk: Office Organizing Tips

Your computer setup can increase productivity: The screen should be at eye level. Position it on the desk so that when you sit down and straighten your arm, your pointer finger is at the center of the screen, says Alan Hedge, director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory at Cornell …

Is the cost of postsecondary education worth it?

As I was writing this article earlier this week, I fell asleep. I hope you won't do the same as you read it. To clarify, it was late at night and I had a long day. That night, I dreamed that my son, Win, who is heading into his last year of high school, announced that he plans to pursue a …

Work Smart: 6 Ways To Make More Money While Working Less

Most people adhere to the erroneous belief that you must work really hard and put in long hours in order to make a lot of money. However, the reality …

Concentrate: How to Tame a Wandering Mind

This story originally appeared on BBC Future<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge black chair with jointed metal arms that stand between me and the door. I feel faintly ridiculous wearing a tight …

Harvard says these 8 leadership traits are critical for success

Ray Carvey, executive vice president of corporate learning at Harvard Business Publishing, a subsidiary of the Harvard Business School, says management structures today are very different than 20 years ago, namely because of the middle manager.<p>Carvey describes today's business world as "volatile, …

6 College Money Hacks Every Student Needs to Know

Everybody loves a life hack, and students are no different. If you’re in college or just about to set off for the Great Unknown, you <i>have</i> to know how …

3 Ways Coffee Boosts Creativity and Makes You a Better Writer

<b>Editor’s Note</b>: This is a guest post from Kyle Van Pelt. He is currently working on the ultimate guide to coffee shops and undiscovered roasters in …

Creativity

Creative and Playful Ways to Cope with Your Inner Critic

For many of us the inner critic is loud and relentless. It hurls insults. It stops us from voicing our concerns and exploring our dreams. Why would …

Positive Thinking

The idea that genius and madness are intertwined is an ancient one. But in truth, in this desperately underfunded field, we don’t even have objective tools to diagnose disorders of the mind, let alone back up claims such as this<p>The idea that highly creative or intelligent individuals are especially …

Mental Health

Want to be a Creative Leader? Adopt These 10 Qualities - Small Business Trends

Creativity, innovation and adaptability are the hallmarks of today’s best leaders. Not CEOs mind you, leaders. Don’t confuse a title like CEO with …

Want to Be a Writer? It’s Time to Act Like a Writer

One of my best friends, also a writer, taught me an important lesson about writing. Lynn and I phoned each other at least twice a week, confessed to …

Why reading YA novels is for everyone

When the summer before college ended with a flurry of falling leaves, I knew it was time to retire my copies of <i>Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire</i> …

Books

Professors at odds over technology’s role in the lecture hall

In the mid-nineties, Mark Morton was one of the first instructors at the University of Winnipeg to offer telecourses for the school, letting students tune in to his English classes via broadcast on a local community channel.<p>It's an approach to classroom technology that's long outdated now, as the …

10 Books Banned Because Critics Missed the Point

A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence …

Self-help

30+ Cash Back Sites to Earn You Thousands Per Year

Cash back sites are an awesome way to save a significant amount of money and earn some extra cash too. You save and earn money just for using their …