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Want to Raise Your IQ? Neuroscience Says to Take Up This Easy Habit

It's probably not what you think, but it's scientifically demonstrated to improve how you think.<p>Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you are, and that's that.<p>Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning …

humanbrain

A minimalist shares 2 ways to form habits effortlessly

But sticking to a habit can be difficult, because life gets in the way. And we get discouraged when the habit gets disrupted.<p>How can we form habits without all the struggle?<p>I'm going to share two strategies that I've found to be priceless:<p>They're so painless you will barely feel them. And your life …

Isaac Newton Once Tried To Invent His Own Language

The great 17th century physicist Isaac Newton is known for many things. There’s his laws of motion and theory of gravity. Plus, the dude invented …

Top Strength Coach Explains How One Back Exercise Can Help Transform Your Entire Physique

If it’s not part of your program, it should be. Here’s why<p>Walk into any gym in America and you’ll usually find a traffic jam at the bench press.<p>But if you were to point out a man with an impressive physique, I guarantee he’s not pressing all day long.<p>I promise he’s putting a premium on exercises …

Want a Brain That's 7 Years Younger? Science Says Do This

The brains of people who do this activity appear years younger than their actual age, a new study shows.<p>If you want to feel younger, there's no substitute for healthy living and hitting the gym (though a flattering haircut and a fun night out can't hurt). But what if you want to <i>think</i> younger?<p>Our …

The Brain

What Goes Wrong With Your Face When You Speak In Public?

A recent study rated people’s attractiveness after they demonstrated an emotion. It turns out that I will find you attractive if your emotions are easy to read. If they’re hard to read, on the other hand, I’m not going to be so ready to like you.<p>The finding has interesting implications for public …

Emotional Intelligence

Boost Your Happiness With This Exercise You Can Do While Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth only takes a couple of minutes, and so does increasing your happiness. Here’s a super easy way to train yourself to look on the …

How This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Creativity

Learning to channel your thinking--both conscious and subconscious--creates the conditions that make achieving your goals inevitable.<p>"Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep."--Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests and is always on duty because it …

Creativity

5 Ways to Stop Your Racing Thoughts

<b>by Patricia Harteneck, Ph.D.</b><p>Racing thoughts—fast, repetitive thought patterns about a particular topic—are a common feature of anxiety and other …

7 Scientific Ways to Become Smarter

You can vastly improve your brain's performance by making a few minor changes in your daily routine.<p>A while back, I posted a column describing five scientific ways to become smarter. Since then, I've been reading more about neuroscience, hoping to find additional easy techniques to improve brain …

The Brain

A sleep specialist shares 5 tips for getting better rest on a work night

You have to be up for work in six hours, but this fact is quickly lost among the thousand other thoughts running through your mind.<p>If this scenario seems familiar, you're not alone. More than a third of Americans don't get enough sleep, according to a study released by the CDC's Division of …

Want to Be More Confident? Science Says Do This

The superpowers that accompany a superhero stance might just surprise you.<p>While it's no secret that exercise releases a chemical fix of dopamine in our brains to instantly make us feel happy, many people don't realize how many ties our bodies--and the chemicals that regulate them--have to our …

Body Language

7 Tiny Habits That Lead to Huge Results

These things added up over long periods of time can have a tremendous impact on who you are.<p>The way I think about personal development and designing the life I want to live is very similar to the way I think about investing.<p>Imagine that every choice you make in life is associated to a "bucket." …

Productivity

Hillary Clinton rides the subway, New Yorkers unfazed

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton was on the subway. And New Yorkers were totally unfazed.<p>Clinton, arguably the most famous woman in the United States, boarded the 4 train going uptown on Thursday morning, nearly at the peak of rush-hour traffic. Followed by over a dozen reporters and cameras, Clinton tried …

Charles Barkley Takes Stand Against 'Anti-Discrimination' Law in North Carolina

As the backlash to North Carolina’s recent “anti-discrimination” law mounts, one of the NBA’s most legendary names — Charles Barkley — is calling on the league to relocate 2017’s All-Star Game in Charlotte in protest.<p>Last month, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that prevents …

LGBTQI

There's a magically easy way to get more space on your iPhone

Running out of storage is one of the worst things that can happen to your iPhone. And if you have a 16GB model, you probably run into the problem all too often.<p>We've already highlighted several clever ways to recover storage space on your iPhone. But nothing is quite as easy as a trick that's been …

The 5% Rule—Breaking Through the Argument

Early in my career as a therapist, I found myself feeling frustrated with my inability to assist a couple with whom I was working. They were …

4 Reasons to Write by Hand Rather Than Type

Once you leave school, there’s rarely a need to write by hand. Work correspondence happens on computers, as does social networking. Except for the …

Elizabeth Warren destroys talking points on financial reform, roasts Republican witness

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) does it again. She's a one-woman watchdog for consumer rights and for fighting Republican bullshit. On Tuesday, it was a …

Finance

The Science of Memory: How to Effortlessly Boost Your Retention and Recall

There's an easy way to improve your memory, but don't take my word for it - here's the research.<p>Have you ever had trouble remembering names? I know I have. There's nothing more embarrassing than having someone who "knows you" start a conversation while you're running through your mental Rolodex and …

High Blood Pressure

Clinton’s viral video backlash: Eco groups, Sanders blast Hillary over fossil fuel money “lies” after she shouts down activist

<b>Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders (AP/Reuters/Jim Cole/Jonathan Ernst/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Bernie shot back; the activist said “I was genuinely shocked,” insisting Clinton “needs to stop taking that money”<p>Ben Norton<p>April 1, 2016 5:30pm (UTC)<p>The internet was abuzz Thursday night with talk of the …

Fossil Fuels

This ‘Superfruit’ Improves Memory and Cognitive Function

The group eating the superfruit had improved memory and better access to words and concepts.• Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy …

4 Tips to Help You Write With Clarity and Substance

Prose that's effortless to read takes great effort to write.<p><i>By Gregory Ciotti, marketing at Help Scout</i><p>Nothing drags down writing more than spreading good ideas over too many words.<p>Making keystrokes matter has only grown in importance as communication and the text that powers it become increasingly …

Writing

Stephen King Used These 8 Writing Strategies to Sell 350 Million Books

The best-selling novelist shares his secrets to selling so many books.<p>Stephen King is one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors of the past half century, with more than 70 books of horror, science fiction, and fantasy to his name. Estimates put the total sales of his books at …

Creative Writing

10 Ways to Increase Your Fiction Writing Productivity

<b>Know what you’re writing.</b> Even if you’re a seat-of-your-pants, anti-outlining writer, you should know in advance what you’re sitting down to write. …

Creative Writing

15 Pieces of Writing Advice from C. S. Lewis

In his letters and other sources, C. S. Lewis left various bits of advice on the craft of writing. Below are 15 of the things he said. The bold is my …

Hillary's Supporters Really Sweating Over Bernie Or Bust

Really, the election, should it come down to Hillary-> Clinton against Donald Drumpf, ought to be a cakewalk for the Democratic nominee. Just listen to the guy. He's a moron, a clown, an orange-faced micro-digital anthropomorphic internet comments section.<p>So the fact that so many Hillary-> …