Anna Monskaya

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You Only Need 3 Months To Become A Brand New You (With This Self-Improvement Approach)

You’re sitting in your living room watching a new Tony Robbins motivational documentary about changing yourself. By the end, you’re so excited about …

20 Easy, Everyday Things You Can Do to Improve Your Life in 2016

<b>1. Write down three things you're grateful for every day.</b> Taking the time to thoughtfully consider what you're thankful for reminds you that you already have many of the things you want -- and that's worth celebrating.<p><b>2. Gossip less.</b> Frequent gossiping can be detrimental to your relationships and …

Does speaking a second language really improve cognition?

It’s become accepted as fact that learning two languages improves brain function. New studies indicate otherwise<p>Simon Makin<p>January 4, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>The idea that learning to speak two languages is good for your brain has come to be …

The Brain

17 New Words That We'd Love To See Added To The Dictionary

Every day the English language continues to evolve, morph and expand, it does so at such a rate that the printed and prestigious dictionaries of the …

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

Neuroscience And Art Intertwine In This Brain-Bending Illustration

One of 10 award-winning science visualizations from the 2015 Vizzies<p>Last spring, London neuroscientist-​turned-​cartoonist Matteo Farinella published <i>Neurocomic</i>, a graphic novel about a man who falls into a brain. In this illustration from the book, Farinella uses a forest metaphor to depict brain …

A Writer in the Family: On the Way We Pass Our Stories On

By Daniel Torday February 19, 2015<p>On History<p><i>On writers, glass, Pliny the Elder, and the way families pass on their stories.</i><p>Vesuvius in eruption.<p>Since I started writing, I have sought forebears who might have had literary aspirations. Were there writers in the family? My great-uncle György, who was …

Your subconscious is smarter than you might think

We feel that we are in control when our brains figure out puzzles or read words, says Tom Stafford, but a new experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds.<p>It is a common misconception that we know our own minds. As I move around the world, walking …

Consciousness

What Mathematics Reveals About the Secret of Lasting Relationships and the Myth of Compromise

Why 37% is the magic number, what alien civilizations have to do with your soul mate, and how to master the “negativity threshold” ideal for Happily Ever After.<p>In his sublime definition of love, playwright Tom Stoppard painted the grand achievement of our emotional lives as “knowledge of each …

"Find Yourself" with Jacco Gardner and His New Psychedelic Pop Gem

Stream the new track from the forthcoming 'Hypnophobia' LP, due via new label home Polyvinyl.<p>It's hard to hear <b>Jacco Gardner</b> and not think of the crossroads of rock and psychedelia, when the Beatles got a little more trippy, Syd was still with Pink Floyd, and pop nuggets were still the focus, not …

Why All Typefaces Are Optical Illusions

Tobias Frere-Jones explains why every typeface designer needs to be a bit of a magician.<p>Take a CLOSE LOOK at this sentence. The capital letters look like they’re the same height, and the the lower case letters look like they’re the same height. But zoom in and you’ll see that’s an optical illusion. …

16 Things Grammar Pedants Get Wrong

Pedants are always telling us about the “grammar mistakes” we all make, such as saying “nearly unique” or using “impact” as a verb. But the pedants are wrong.<p>The use of "anticipate" to mean "expect" drives grammar pedants insane. Instead, they say, "anticipate" should be used to mean "acting in …

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

<i>A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his</i> …

Paris Review - Paul Auster, The Art of Fiction No. 178

Interviewed by Michael Wood<p>Issue 167, Fall 2003<p>In 1985, after seventeen New York publishers had rejected <i>City of Glass</i>, the lead novella in The New York Trilogy, it was published by Sun and Moon Press in San Francisco. The other two novellas, <i>Ghosts</i> and <i>The Locked Room</i>, came out the next year. Paul …

40 Authors On How To Be Happy

Unless you're an animated sunshine or a clown, it's difficult to maintain a constant state of happiness. As the weather gets progressively worse and …

Literature

The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Ukulele

The little instrument has gone from being an exotic new trend to the embodiment of kitsch since it arrived on Hawaii 125 years ago, but is currently enjoying a revival.<p>With its chunk-a-chunk sound, whispery nylon strings, and diminutive body, the ukulele is having a moment. Or maybe even a decade. …

Guitar

“Sponsored” by my husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from

<b>(Toa55, IJzendoorn via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The truth is, my husband’s hefty salary makes my life as a writer easy. Pretending otherwise doesn’t help anyone<p>Ann Bauer<p>January 25, 2015 11:58am (UTC)<p>Here’s my life. My husband and I get up each morning at 7 o’clock and he showers while I make coffee. By …

Book Reviews

Why museums hide masterpieces away

In major museums around the world, some truly great works of art are hidden away from public view. What are they – and why can’t we see them? Kimberly Bradley finds out.<p>The numbers don’t lie. At New York’s Museum of Modern Art, 24 of 1,221 works by Pablo Picasso in the institution’s permanent …

Cuba Changes Everything

I remember that a friend of mine in California sent me a heads-up on the 17th of December saying that the USA and Cuba were about to free some of their prisoners in a gesture of better times to come. But as everyone now knows, it wasn't just a mere prisoner exchange. It was the culmination of …

Making A Brain Map That We Can Use

It is now conventional wisdom that the brain is the seat of the mind; it is alone through the brain's workings that we think and feel and know.<p>But what <i>is</i> a brain, anyway?<p>My thoughts turned to this question reading a recent <i>New York Times</i> piece about Sebastian Seung's project to map the brain by …

Infographic: 20 Years Of Controversy Over Depictions Of The Prophet Muhammad

The massacre at the offices of French satirical newspaper <i>Charlie Hebdo,</i> which killed 12 people last week, was allegedly Al-Qaeda’s response to cartoons the newspaper had published. The tragedy is only the most recent in a series of violent or controversial episodes surrounding depictions of the …

Oscar Nominations Reward Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu and Wes Anderson's quirky hits lead with nine nominations apiece. But a risky screener gambit didn't pay off for Selma, which scored merely two nods of its own.<p>Announced early Thursday morning by actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Best …

Marion Cotillard

7 comfort food recipes that are actually good for you

step away from the easy mac.<p>January presents one of life’s greatest conundrums. Fueled by resolutions and the promise of a shiny new year, we’re <i>supposed</i> to be spending this month sipping kale smoothies, hitting the gym, and generally bettering ourselves. The only problem? Well, it’s January—a …

Healthy 2015: Lose 10 Pounds With This Meal Plan

If you’re looking to lose weight and improve your health in 2015, this food plan is the perfect guide.<p>Read more here.

17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting

This week author Ian McEwan expressed his love of short novels, saying “very few [long] novels earn their length.” Certainly it seems like a novel …

31 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less

We know the facts: Preparing meals at home is good for your health and your wallet. But let’s face it, with minimal free time and other priorities …

Cooking

The Only 12 Exercises You Need To Get In Shape

Learn these moves and you'll never need to pay for a gym membership again.

The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …

A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review

The latest novel from Samantha Harvey is truly superb, but left its reviewer at a loss for how to describe it.<p>As I neared the end of my reading of</i> …