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I looked at a map of every connection my computer was making — and it wasn’t pretty

Admitting there’s a problem is the first step to recovery<p>Last week I finally installed Little Snitch, a long-running Mac utility that lets you track every connection in and out of your computer. The latest version, released in July, comes with a map of where each connection is headed …

You Can’t Earn Someone’s Trust Without This One Thing, According to an FBI Agent

Forget the “golden rule.” You should start following the “platinum rule,” instead.<p>Your mom’s advice was completely wrong. You shouldn’t treat others …

The breathing technique that will help you de-stress instantly, no matter where you are

Some mornings you blissfully roll out of bed and wander into a restorative yoga class, and other mornings, you’re a keyed-up ball of anxiety from the …

Eating Well Together is the Key to a Happy Marriage

Forget the bedroom, the key to compatibility can be found at the dinner table.<p>With the spirit and sentiment of Valentine’s Day in the air, it is easy …

Zen Philosophy Explains Why Attachments Lead to Suffering (and What You Can Do About It)

Attachment, clinging, desiring…I’m sure you’ve heard these words spoken about negatively by Zen masters before.<p>If you grew up in the west, most of us …

How to Make Sure Your Emails Give the Right Impression

Given the avalanche of email we receive each year — 121 messages per day, on average — it’s no wonder that we have become somewhat desensitized to its impact on our professional brand. We’ll spend hours polishing our LinkedIn profiles and revising our résumés, but hastily hit send on an …

The Only Five Email Folders Your Inbox Will Ever Need

Stop “organizing” your emails by subject and start thinking of them in terms of deadlines.<p>For years, my approach to email was like slaying a hydra. For every email I deleted, two more landed in my inbox.<p>Part of the problem, I knew, was the nature of my work. My team stands between two major …

I Asked a Psychopath How to Stop Caring About Rejection

As Dr. James Fallon describes, "When I get rejected, I feel bad for like negative-two seconds. I just don't give a shit."<p>I recently went on a date with a beautiful and smart girl who laughed at all my jokes and then never replied to my texts. I walked away from the date thinking <i>nailed it!</i> while I …

What Happened When I Forced Myself To Wake Up At 5 A.M. Every Day For A Month

Some early risers might get more done, but it turns out there are times when getting up earlier can make you less productive.<p>Early risers get a lot of good press: They are supposedly more productive and possibly better problem solvers. But after a month of forcing myself out of bed at 5 a.m., I …

How to Be Limitless in Real Life

14 Mental Hacks and Techniques<p>In the movie 2011 movie Limitless the main character takes a clear pill (NZT) which endows superhuman mental abilities …

A Stanford scientist shares a simple way to stick with good habits even when you're feeling lazy

This is kind of silly. Realistically, there will be times — a lot of times — when you're lazy and unmotivated to do anything.<p>The key is to anticipate that laziness and prepare for it.<p>That's according to BJ Fogg, a psychologist and director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford.<p>If you want to …

How You Breathe Affects the Way You Think and Feel, Study Finds

Focusing on one’s breathing has been a preoccupation of Eastern philosophy for centuries and in some cases, millennia. It is considered a means to …

The Voices in Our Heads

Why do people talk to themselves, and when does it become a problem?<p>“Talking to your yogurt again,” my wife, Pam, said. “And what does the yogurt say?”<p>She had caught me silently talking to myself as we ate breakfast. A conversation was playing in my mind, with a research colleague who questioned …

We dedicated a year to self-improvement: here’s what it taught us

From brain and body to money and sex, we optimised aspects of our lives to see if self-help culture works<p>On 1 January last year we began a new research project called “Optimised”. We had published a book called The Wellness Syndrome the year before, questioning the growing pressure to become …

Weightlifting

6 Brutal Truths About Productivity No One Wants to Talk About

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

9 Rules of Storytelling from Moneyball Writer Michael Lewis

“Have the nerve to be yourself” — and other advice from a master storyteller<p>Michael Lewis is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of multiple books …

Writing

These Authors Agree: Time Management Has Ruined Us

Remember Merlin Mann, the ‘Inbox Zero’ guy who was offered a major book contract based on his tips for reducing the amount of time you spent fussing over email — and then ultimately jettisoned the deal, desperate to reclaim his life from the prison of hyper-productivity he’d landed in? He’s among …

Time Management

What Are the Medical Benefits of Psychedelics?

I sat down with Professor David Nutt to find out.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Sweden</i><p>After LSD became illegal in many countries in the late 1960s, scientific research into its potential benefits to mental health largely stalled. It's only recently that this topic has become subject to …

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 …

'The Big Short' author Michael Lewis tells us what scares him most about Trump and Wall Street — and why his new book is 'a love story without the sex'

<i><br>After nearly 30 years of writing, Michael Lewis has tackled his first love story.</i><p><i>Lewis, the author of "The Big Short" and "Moneyball," didn't go the typical romance route, though. His new book, "The Undoing Project," tells the story of Daniel "Danny" Kahneman and Amos Tversky, two best friends who</i> …

Introduction to Psychology: A Free Course from Yale University

Taught by Yale professor Paul Bloom, this course presents an Introduction to Psychology and tries to explain what makes us tick:<p>What do your dreams …

Psychology

How To Survive Having The World’s Most Stubborn Child

I know it’s not a contest or anything, but I’m pretty sure I have the world’s most stubborn child. The kid is not willing to be wrong, won’t take no …

What's Your Productivity Style? How 4 Personalities Can Get More Done

If you’re struggling to get more done in a day, it might be because you’re thinking of productivity as a one-size-fits-all endeavor, says Carson …

Time Management

6 films about being single that are actually relatable

LONDON — Being single is great. But movies about being single aren't always that enjoyable or relatable.<p>Time and time again, films purporting to tell …

How voice search may threaten Google’s advertising business

When the world shifted from desktop to smartphones, one thing didn’t change: the existence of a screen on both devices.<p>The screen shrank, but it remained the medium through which we interact with computers.<p>For Google, that meant its core online advertising business — visible search ads on a webpage …

Video on Demand

After 80 years of experiments, Disney has made the perfect Disney movie

The new film uses plenty of familiar Disney tropes, but polishes them to a new high gloss<p>Virtually everything about Disney’s latest fairy tale, <i>Moana</i>, is familiar from past Disney films. The studio is still following the broad parameters it started laying down in 1937, with <i>Snow White</i> <i>a</i><i>nd</i> <i>t</i><i>he Seven</i> …

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Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Known for Ages: There Is No Constant Self

Evan Thomson, a researcher from the University of British Colombia, has confirmed that the Buddhist teaching of a constantly changing self is …

Intelligence May Stem From a Basic Algorithm in the Human Brain

Theory of Connectivity<p>The human brain is the most sophisticated organ in the human body. The things that the brain can do, and how it does them, have …

Artificial Intelligence