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10 Best Ways to Increase Dopamine Levels Naturally

Dopamine is an important chemical messenger in the brain that has many functions.<p>It’s involved in reward, motivation, memory, attention and even …

Neuroscience

This 75-year Harvard study shows how to have lifetime joy

For over 75 years, Harvard’s Grant and Glueck study has tracked the physical and emotional health of two groups:<p>456 poor people in Boston from 1939 …

Happiness

This is how to become mentally strong: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Ever get to the point where your brain is just pooped? The ol’ grey matter is waving the white flag. You’re exhausted. You can’t go on. You’ve got no …

8 Successful Mental Habits to Defeat Fear, Worry, and Anxiety

How intense is work right now? These simple and useful techniques may help lessen your anxiety.<p>Are you under intense pressure at work? Perhaps you're a busy entrepreneur and founder of a startup racking up sixty hours per week to keep your business afloat. Or the CEO of a company that just got …

This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

The human brain is the most amazing thing in the universe. It got us to the moon, built the pyramids, cured smallpox … <i>And it also can’t seem to go 6</i> …

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

Self-help

3 Essential Exercises to Calm Anxiety

Whether you have occasional worries or full-blown anxiety attacks, deep-breathing is a must for maintaining optimal physical health and emotional …

4 Habits of Ultra-Likable Leaders That Are Hard to Find

When society puts so much value on external accomplishments, good leaders start with what's inside.<p>I often tell people that leadership is a journey. When you think you've arrived at the top of the mountain, look up. You'll always find another peak to climb.<p>The truth about leadership is actually …

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 …

Yale neuroscientists debunked the idea that anyone is “normal”

Don’t you wish everyone would just act more normal, like you? I know I do.<p>But normal is a relative state that depends on time, place, and circumstance. There’s no one right way to be a human, and that applies to mental as well as physical states. That’s why neuroscientists are advocating for more …

The Real Reason Why Your Brain Is so Scared of Failure

Failure doesn't scare you. Not knowing does.<p>You've just recklessly jumped ship -- left the security of your job or refused the investor who isn't offering exactly what you want. You find yourself gripped by a cold, raw fear. What are you <i>actually</i> afraid of?<p>Imagine you're driving along a clear …

Want to Wake Up Deliriously Happy to Go to Work? Do These 3 Things Now

You don't have to settle for just liking your job.<p>How many of us sit at our desks, at a coffee shop, or in an office on autopilot, plugging away at daily tasks that feel less like the stimulating routine we envisioned and more like a daily grind?<p>For most of us, work equates to just that, work. It's …

Neuroscience Says Doing This 1 Trick Can Help Your Children Feel More Fulfilled

It takes just a couple of minutes, but studies show this mindfulness exercise can boost compassion, resilience, and positive emotions. And it's not just for kids.<p>Say you get a nasty email from a client. Or you have to fire an employee. Or you're pitching to investors on zero sleep.<p>Entrepreneurs …

DSLR Camera Precision Level PLV-001

Photographers looking for a compact levelling system to make sure their camera is always precisely horizontal, may be interested in a new piece of …

Cameras

This Mindfulness Trick Could Help You Keep Your Anxiety On Lock

By now we’ve likely all heard the term mindfulness thrown around a bajillion times (rough estimation). It’s been a buzzword in wellness circles for …

This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Don't Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is a basic biological necessity that profoundly affects our day-to-day life as well as our long-term well-being. After just one bad night's …

The Best Aperture for Landscape Photography

The question “<b>What aperture is best for landscape photography?</b>” is often asked via the CaptureLandscapes newsletter and other discussion venues.While</b> …

Landscape Photography

Too much stress can make you physically ill. Researchers now may know why.

It’s not a surprise when cold and flu season strike once a year with aches, pains and bodily misery. However, something even more virulent has the ability to make us ill year-round: stress.<p>I know a bit about the link between stress and illness first hand. Four years ago, I set out to regenerate a …

Immune System

Science Says This Technique Can Help You Raise Calmer, More Resilient Kids | Inc.com

My eighth grader is back to the books after a week of pneumonia-induced absence. With each missed school day came another layer of overwhelm at the thought of making up all that work.<p>He'd finish a coughing jag and immediately ask me if any teachers had emailed assignments, even though he didn't …

Mindfulness

Want to Increase Your Happiness This Year? Science Says 1 Rare Habit Truly Stands Out | Inc.com

Positive psychology has got me hooked. This explosive field's body of research is telling us that if we desire a life of happiness, and if we truly want to experience its psychological, physical, and social benefits, we need to train our brain to the "positive." This can only be done through …

Happiness

The Buddhist monk who went viral as 'the happiest man in the world' says you can learn to meditate in 5 minutes at a time

"Mindfulness" may be a buzzword and meditation a fad across both Wall Street and Silicon Valley, but that certainly doesn't mean they are worth ignoring.<p>We recently spoke with Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard for Business Insider's podcast "Success! How I Did It" around the launch of his new …

Here's What Happens to Your Brain When You Die

We had no idea this was possible.<p>You might picture yourself walking through a field, or surrounded by loved ones. Or perhaps making your way down a …

How to Increase Mental Toughness: 4 Secrets From Navy SEALs and Olympians

Know what’s really interesting? Learning how Navy SEALs build mental toughness to handle deadly situations.<p>Know what else is really interesting? …

111 Stunning Photos of Men, Mostly Naked, Mostly In Nature

Why Highly Intelligent People Suffer More Mental and Physical Disorders

Your brain's heightened sensitivity can make you perceptive and creative. But it's a double-edged sword, researchers find.<br>Read More

Immune System

Age old problem: how to stay clever for longer

Sorry to break it to you, but there’s bad news. Your brain is shrinking (probably). None of us is getting any younger and time is increasingly taking its toll on our brains; our neurons are getting smaller and we’re losing connections between them. But should we accept this pattern of degeneration …

The Brain

10 Math Tricks That Will Blow Your Mind

Are you ready to give your mathematics skills a boost? These simple math tricks can help you perform calculations more quickly and easily. They also …

Mathematics

Here's the Key to Great Conversation in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

One of the most famous quotes about communication comes from Stephen R. Covley. He intelligently remarked that most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. In essence, this means that the most powerful thing you can do when you're talking to …

Self-help

Why F/16?

Late-October aspens near Silver Lake, June Lake Loop, Inyo NF, CA, USA. I used f/16 to get everything in focus in this 2008 photograph from the …

Landscape Photography

20 ISO tips to boost your camera skills

<b>Whether you want to boost your camera’s light sensitivity or shutter speeds, James Abbott reveals how to get more with his ISO tips.</b><p>1. ISO tips: …