Alejandra Cadena

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How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

Greater connectivity in the brain may be linked to greater happiness and life satisfaction.<p>It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in …

The Five Life-Stages of Happiness: How Our Definition of Contentment Changes Over the Course of Our Lifetime

“Our meaning of happiness is constantly shaped and reshaped by small choices we make every day.”<p>“One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy,” 25-year-old George Eliot wrote in an 1844 letter to a friend. But rather than directed at a static end goal, this learning is a dynamic …

Happiness

I Dip, You Dip, We Dip: Our Best Dips and Spreads

Cooking

The Easy Sangria Recipe That You'll Want To Make For Every Summer Party

Sangria recipes need to be a part of your summer entertaining arsenal, period. In case you need to be convinced, consider the following: sangria is cold, boozy, fruity, and it comes in big batches -- every requirement for a perfect summer drink.<p>If you've never made a pitcher of sangria, don't let …

Take our 14-day plan to radically improve your finances

Mike Nudelman / Shutterstock<p>According to a 2015 survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, less than half of Americans keep close track …

17 Big-Batch Cocktails To Whip Up At Your Next Outdoor Party

Ooh, guys. It’s summer, our favorite season, one that encourages throwing parties outside, grilling food over fire and devising new tactics to hold onto sweaty cocktail glasses. We know you’ve felt the mercury rise over the last few days, and we’re here to offer some new inspirations for summer …

How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the 'Eisenhower Box'

Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine.<p>Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United …

Why “Psychological Androgyny” Is Essential for Creativity

Despite the immense canon of research on creativity — including its four stages, the cognitive science of the ideal creative routine, the role of memory, and the relationship between creativity and mental illness — very little has focused on one of life’s few givens that equally few of us can …

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Self-improvement

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Happiness