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4 Things You Should Do Every Day Before You Start Work

We’ve all had this experience: You get to work an hour early to gain the upper hand on your overflowing inbox. You pour a cup of coffee to fuel your early morning productivity and start sorting through email, only to look up at the clock hours later to realize it’s already noon and you haven’t …

I Drank Weed-Infused Coffee and it Actually Improved my Productivity

When you think of ingesting cannabis-infused products, you typically envision pot brownies and super-deceiving gummy bears. Hell, you might even …

Black History Month reading list: the best books this February

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi<p>It’s hard to believe, but What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is Helen Oyeyemi’s sixth book and she is still only 31. The collection features nine stories linked by the theme of keys, doors and unlocking, with many of the same storytelling devices from her …

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12 Independent Women From Literature Who'd Make Great Valentines

Sometimes going stag is the way to go.<p>It’s almost Valentine’s Day! If the imminent approach of the world’s least romantic holiday dedicated to romance isn’t exclamation-worthy to you, know you’re not alone.<p>Rebelling against the traditions tied to Feb. 14 seems to have become as popular as reveling …

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Brain Activity for Attention and Memory Tasks Changes with the Seasons

Seasonal variations play a major role in the animal kingdom—in reproduction, food availability, hibernation, even fur color. Whether this seasonality …

Longing for Love?

<b>Longing for love?</b><p><i>The Practice:</i><p>Hug the monkey.<p><i>Why?</i><p>Your brain evolved in three stages (to simplify a complex process):<p>Reptile -- Brainstem, focused on avoiding harm<br>• Mammal -- Limbic system, focused on approaching rewards<br>• Primate -- Cortex, focused on attaching to "us"<p>The first JOT in this series -- pet …

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His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

What makes teens take risks? It’s all in the head, parenting expert says | Toronto Star

“I’m sure every parent can probably dig back in their memory and think of something where they go: ‘There but for the grace of God go I, if I would …

How ‘Memory Hacking’ Is Becoming a Reality

Movies like <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i> and <i>Inception</i> suggest it may eventually be possible to erase, modify, or even implant memories into …

5 simple habits that can help you get a better night’s sleep

Not getting enough sleep does a disservice to our brain and physical health. But how can we improve our chances of getting a good night's rest?<p>Trying to fall asleep can be a tricky, especially when thought-chatter is involved.<p>Instead of dozing off, we reflect on the activities of the day and events …

How good are you at concentrating? Take the test

Are you easily distracted? Is your mind always wandering? Test your concentration skills by picking out the odd letter<p>Some of us are more easily distracted than others and now researchers believe they have found an attention-distractibility trait explaining why.<p>Participants in a study by University …

Freud on Why We Dream, the Paradoxical Interplay of Memory and Forgetting, and the Vital Vestiges Our Childhood Experiences Leave in Our Unconscious

“Every dream will reveal itself as a psychological structure, full of significance, and one which may be assigned to a specific place in the psychic activities of the waking state.”<p><i>“Something nameless hums us into sleep,”</i> the poet Mark Strand wrote in his sublime ode to dreams. <i>“We feel dreamed by</i> …

Consciousness

5 tips for dealing with tense situations

You might feel it most when sitting in unmoving traffic on your way to work, having a tough conversation with your boss about a missed deadline, or thinking about all the work you'll have on your plate next week.<p>Tension makes you uncomfortable, makes situations harder to deal with, and contributes …

The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

The mystery of parenting teen girls is “Untangled” with author Lisa Damour

Finally, there’s some good news for puzzled parents of adolescent girls, and psychologist Lisa Damour is the bearer of that happy news. Damour’s new book, <i>Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through The Seven Transitions Into Adulthood</i>, is the most down-to-earth, readable parenting book I’ve come …

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What If Your Anxiety or Depression Is Actually "DDD"?

An increasingly common psychological disorder called depersonalization may be going undiagnosed.<p><b>This article originally appeared in the April 2007 issue of ELLE.</b><p>There are many analogies Sandy Gale uses to describe her affliction: It's as if she is separated from others by an invisible barrier, as …

What Makes You 'Click' With Someone Else?

You can’t put your finger on it.<p>You may not have anything in common.<p>On paper it might seem you’d never be friends.<p>But you just… “<i>click</i>.”<p>How does that …

How to Tell If Someone Is Lying, According to Science

Wouldn’t it be nice to know how to tell if someone is lying?<p>We’re going to see what the research has to say on detecting lies, avoiding deception and …

4 Tricks That Can Help Reduce Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is a real issue for many people, and researchers say they've proved why one treatment method in particular is effective at combating it.<p>A new brain study published in the journal <i>Translational Psychiatry</i> found that people who underwent online cognitive behavioral therapy for social …

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

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Blue Bombers early winners as CFL free agency opens

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers made a huge splash as CFL free agency opened Tuesday.<p>The Bombers were the early winners as they signed Canadian running …

Ottawa proposes to ban plastic microbeads in facial cleansers, toothpaste

OTTAWA -- The federal government is drafting regulations to ban plastic microbeads from facial cleansers, toothpaste and other products and is asking …

This is Sydney's Hottest Neighborhood Right Now

Sydney’s inner-city neighborhood of Chippendale gets a long-awaited upgrade.<p>To most Sydneysiders, the former workingclass enclave of Chippendale was …

How to Take Amazing Night Photos

Impress your Instagram followers with stunning starry night photos.<p>Want to fill these long, winter nights with an activity that isn't binge-watching …

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises In The World

<i>Ever wonder where the next paradise you should run off to is? These 45 travel bloggers have revealed their perfect place from all over the world. NOTE: If you have an extreme case of wanderlust, look away now! These places are beyond stunning!</i><p><b>New Zealand</b> - A Broken Backpack<p><i>"What if Paradise is in</i> …

Check Out Jennifer Meyer and Superga's Fun, Pendant-Adorned Sneaker Collaboration

Who says your kicks and favorite piece of jewelry can’t be one and the same? Not designer Jennifer Meyer, who has lent her artistic hand, as well as …