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How Feeling Grateful Improves Your Decision Making

Ancient wisdom traditions have long held that gratitude is a prerequisite for fulfillment. Focusing on what we have, instead of what we think we need, fortifies the mind against rampant desire that ultimately leaves us feeling empty.<p>The difficulty we face in living out that wisdom comes in the form …

Ramadan, Day 8: Finding Inner Freedom

<i>The holy month of Ramadan is a time of deep reflection for Muslims worldwide. Over the 30 days of Ramadan, Imam Sohaib Sultan of Princeton University</i> …

How to Overcome Regret and Seize the Day — Scientifically

What hurts more than those pangs of regret? It’s one of the worst feelings in the world, right?<p>But I’ve got a surprise for you — <b>regret can be a good</b> …

The Job Market Discriminates Against Black College Grads

While it's tough out there for all recent college grads, a new study finds that African-Americans face a particularly difficult situation when it comes to finding a job after school.<p>The 2013 unemployment rate for recent college grads who are black was almost twice that of recent college grads …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

What Nobody Tells You About Your Favorite Tourist Attractions

We've all felt the blow of a travel letdown and ridden the high when a place far exceeds our expectations.<p>Before your next visit to a major tourist attraction, brace yourself -- for better or for worse -- by learning what you're <i>really</i> in for.<p><b>The Great Wall of China is STEEP.</b><p>One trekker recalls …