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Women sometimes cheat on their husbands — but not for the reasons you think

If you ask someone the worst thing their partner could do to them, most of them would probably say "cheating."<p>Finding out your spouse has been unfaithful is heartbreaking, devastating, and can ruin someone's self-esteem.<p>When Alicia Walker, a sociologist and researcher at Missouri State University …

Self-esteem

From chaperones to modesty wear, a sexual reformation is underway

While embracing so much freedom, society is moving towards prudishness.<p>Nell Minow, an American film critic, recently described how in 2010 she had interviewed the <i>Friends</i> actor David Schwimmer. When the noise in the restaurant grew too loud, he asked her whether she might like to move to a room …

Feminism

The 8-hour workday has no place in modern society — here’s why

The thought of clocking in and out of the workplace can make us feel like robots. When we clock in at 9 a.m. and clock out at 5 p.m. (or 6 p.m. or …

6 Things You Must Quit Doing Today to Be More Successful

Sometimes quitting is necessary to overall success. Here’s how to know when you should throw in the towel.<p>Most of us grew up hearing the mantra …

KQED

I am a Vietnamese American, a refugee, and I grew up learning about the Vietnam War the same way most people do here: through movies like <i>Platoon</i> and</i> …

Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things | Inc.com

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength doesn't make you immune to hardship and it's not about suppressing your emotions.<p>In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks and …

Self-help

Mindfulness Is More Than A Buzzword: A Look Behind The Movement

The popularity of mindfulness in the western world has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s on the cover of magazines and appears on the evening news. Celebrities swear by it, scientists study it, monks still practice it and business leaders use it to thwart burnout.<p>As mindfulness becomes a buzzword …

Mindfulness

3 Daily Hacks Neuroscience Says Really Do Keep You (and Your Brain) Younger | Inc.com

A recent study at Mass General found that when it comes to brain health, some people are able to maintain their acuity far better than others. These "super-agers" are in their 60s and 70s, but can perform memory tests just as well as people in their 20s.<p>Another large-scale, longitudinal study out …

The Brain

Research report: How to have a happy family in 7 steps

1) Having dinner together matters<p>Kids who have dinner with their families do better across pretty much every conceivable metric.<p>A recent wave of …

Brigham Young University

Lights Out: 7 night-time rituals that will make you happy and more productive

Everybody talks about morning rituals to get the day started right. (Even I have.) But <i>ending</i> the day right can be even more important. Why?<p>Because …

Happiness

A memory champion and 'IKEA's human catalog' shares 4 tips for acing an exam or presentation

The memory champion, who is also a world record holder for memorizing the largest number of names and faces, was dubbed IKEA's human catalog recently.<p>Yaanja, who lives in Sweden, was given just a week to memorize all 328 pages and 4,818 items of the 2018 catalog.<p>She was able to prove herself time …

Study Skills

Keeping A Daily Journal Could Change Your Life. | Inc.com

<i>"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." -- </i>J.M. Barrie<p>You know exactly what you want in life. But you can't seem to get there. You have all these …

Productivity

3 Quick Mindfulness Practices to Overcome Worry, Anxiety and Panic

If you, like most people, also become upset, angry or frustrated with yourself for feeling worried, anxious or panicky, and resist what you are …

The Inconvenient Truths About Getting Work Done

Humans are prolific procrastinators. People have struggled with habitual hesitation going back to ancient civilizations. It’s easy to make plans and …

Meditation for Beginners: 7 Tips For Those Who Say They Can't Meditate

One of the most healthy habits you can develop for yourself is meditation, hands down.<p>Countless research studies have shown its benefits, ranging …

A Zen Master Reveals Why Most People Get Meditation Wrong and How They Can Fix It

Most of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, but if you’re anything like me then you struggle to switch off the thinking mind to actually …

Meditation training increases the ability to perceive the self in a more healthy, present-moment way

Mindful self-awareness is associated with decreased activation of brain regions associated with rumination, according to research published in the …

Mindfulness

The Dalai Lama explains the most effective way to deal with your anger

Anger is something we all experience, but it is an incredibly difficult challenge to deal with our anger in a constructive way.<p>That’s why it’s useful …

Mindfulness

Find the Best Spots for Houseplants In Your Home With the "Shadow Trick"

If you want to brighten up your home with some lush greenery, it’s important to consider what level of lighting those houseplants will need. This …

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness.<p>Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, …

Mindfulness

5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

Small classes. High standards. More money. These popular remedies for school ills <i>aren't</i> as effective as they're sometimes thought to be. That's the somewhat controversial conclusion of education researcher John Hattie.<p>Over his career, Hattie has scrutinized more than 1,000 "meta-analyses," looking …

Education

23 Small Things You Can Do Every Day That Will Make You Happier

According to a happiness expert.<p>We asked a happiness expert for some easy ways to feel great that don't involve buying a fifty grand watch, going to the Maldives, or dating a supermodel.<p>Step forward Andy Cope—a happiness expert and co-author of <i>The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence: How to</i> …

Happiness

13 Ways to Stay Happy All Year Long

The quality of a night's sleep is, in general, a pretty solid indication of how happy we'll be the next day. For optimal sleep all year long, Patel …

4 Simple Tips to Help Anyone Start Meditating

<i>For many of us, 2016 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2017! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.</i><p>Even though we tried to stay healthy over the holidays, …

Meditation

Why do Buddhists Meditate?

When one hears the word "Buddhism", one of the first things that pop up into people's heads is the idea of meditation. While Buddhism is much more than meditation and meditation isn't unique to Buddhism, meditation is something that holds very deep importance in Buddhist teachings. The Buddha …

Meditation

This is how I lost my faith: Science helped, yes — but finally I accepted the holy texts were written by man

I thought religion and sacred texts held absolute truth handed down from God. I was so powerfully wrong<p>Among people who lose faith, I would later learn, many point to scientific knowledge as the catalyst for their changed worldviews. I, too, found much of what I learned troubling. Wherever I …

Faith

Why You Should Actually Look Forward to Being Alone Forever

We asked a psychologist about how playing the long game as someone who doesn't commit to romantic relationships can pay off.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>For years, single people have been painted as failures. Hollywood has managed to make three Bridget Jones films on that loose …

Happiness

22 ways to be healthier with minimal effort

The new year is a common time to think about self-improvement.<p>Luckily, there are lots of ways to better your lifestyle without throwing your daily …

Wellness

The ancient place where history began

The idea of Mesopotamia has intoxicated the West for centuries. Alastair Sooke takes a look at a civilisation where much of modern culture took form.<p>“Everybody has heard of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Tower of Babel, Nebuchadnezzar, and the Flood,” says Ariane Thomas, a curator in the …

Ancient History