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The Secrets Of The Happiest Couples [Infographic]

Image: iStock<p>Do your relationships always end in heartbreak? You're not alone. Around 35 per cent of Australian marriages end in divorce - and that's …

Happiness

Self-Compassion May Be The Key To Combatting Perfectionism-Related Depression, Study Finds

Perfectionism is widely regarded by psychologists to be a harmful system of thinking and the correlation between perfectionism and depression makes …

10 best mindfulness apps

“Mindfulness” is the buzzword of the moment – but it’s a lot more than a passing trend. It’s an NHS-approved approach to helping deal with anxiety, …

Apps

Happy Thoughts: Here Are the Things Proven To Make You Happier

<b>What’s the secret to a head full of happy thoughts?</b><p>Time to round up the research on living a happy life to see what we can use.<p>First, yeah, a good …

Happiness

Why We Want Who We Want

Throughout her 20s, management consultant and author Nita Tucker dated doctors—usually tall ones. She was drawn by their status and her mother's …

Psychology

Six Google search tips to find anything faster

Start searching smarter.<p>Google is the go-to destination when you need to find something on the web—the verb "to google" even made it into the dictionary. But while everyone's heard of the popular search engine, very few know how to make the most of it.<p>Behind the unassuming Google interface, you'll …

AdWords

Sharing These 20 Truths with Your Child Could Change Their Life

<i>“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”<br>― Margaret Mead</i>Our children grow up so fast. Before we know it they’re out there somewhere …

Education

7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science

When I was 17 years old, I used to work and study for about 20 hours a day. I went to school, did my homework during breaks and managed a …

Babies need extreme comfort to overcome the damaging effects of stress

Affection and attention are crucial for infants — they help the brain develop chemicals that protect against stress<p>When a baby signals that something is amiss, it matters if the need is met fairly promptly, at least most of the time. This doesn’t mean being at the infant’s beck and call at every …

Pregnancy

The trick to persuading people you’re right, according to experimental psychology

It’s an old trope that humans don’t like change—especially when it comes to their opinions. Ancient Greek philosophers complained about the masses refusing to heed their advice. Scholars spearheading the scientific revolution in the 17th century bemoaned their predecessors’ stubbornness. And today, …

The Secret to Happiness? Simplify.

For centuries, people leaned into the popular (and false) belief that possession—material wealth and stature—was synonymous with happiness. But now minimalism is on the rise, and for good reason: it works. With the popular Netflix film <i>Minimalism: A Documentary About Important Things</i> and the massive …

Minimalism

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think | Inc.com

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive at the correct destination at the intended time.<p>The reason for this phenomenon is quite simple -- through air traffic control and the inertial navigation system, pilots are constantly …

Self-improvement

Scheduling Pleasurable Activities Sucks All The Fun Out Of Them

Want to make something fun feel like a chore? Make a plan for it weeks in advance.<p>Scheduling a fun event for your leisure time ruins it, removing the enjoyment from the activity as surely as if you had to be at the office instead. Does this mean that we shouldn’t plan at all? No. Loose plans are …

9 Australian apps that'll help you make a positive impact on the world every day

Want to save the world? There's an app for that.<p>In Australia alone, there's a bunch apps developed specifically to transform your in-phone behaviour …

How to stop being annoyed by life

<b>(CNN) —</b> Do you get easily annoyed? At times, does that emotion quickly escalate to anger? You are not alone.<p>You shouldn't live with it, though.<p>Beyond improvements to your general mood and happiness, taming your anger can have important benefits to your health. Constant stress and aggravation is …

Anger Management

Our gigantic problem with portions: why are we all eating too much?

We are consuming ever bigger portions on ever larger dinner plates. Food manufacturers keep pushing us to eat more. Can we learn to control our helpings? Plus: Jay Rayner, Gizzi Erskine and Tamal Ray on their struggles with cutting down<p>If you want to see how inflated our portion sizes have become, …

Alice In Wonderland

The Science of Smart Hiring

Finding great new workers is hard. A little bit of empiricism can help.<p>In the summer of 2006, Todd Carlisle, a Google analyst with a doctorate in organizational psychology, designed a 300-question survey for every Google employee to fill out, The New York Times later reported.<p>Some questions were …

Employment

The More We Empathize With Others, The More Generous We Are

Science proves the obvious: If you can put yourself in someone else’s shoes, you’re more likely to want to help them.<p>Being good to other people isn’t just something we choose to do. New research shows that our brains may be wired to be generous, and it’s thanks to our ability to imagine ourselves …

10 weirdest job interview questions

Job interviews are nerve-racking enough.<p>The sweaty handshake, the stuffy attire, the self-promotion and salary talk.<p>And then comes a curve-ball question: "Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?"<p>Hmmm.<p>That's just a taste of the top oddball questions employers fired at …

Employment

This Mental Trick of Olympic Athletes Can Radically Increase Your Productivity

Top athletes use this simple but powerful technique to perform at their best. So can you.<p>This summer in Rio de Janeiro, we're likely to see awe-inspiring displays of physical prowess. What we're unlikely to see is the mental work that goes into those jaw-dropping accomplishments.<p>Everyone knows that …

Rio De Janeiro

Tracking Your Leisure Activities Makes Them Feel Like Work

Enjoy sleeping? Eating? Taking walks? Then stop counting.<p>Walking around the block just to get to 10,000 steps? You are probably missing the point.<p>A new study shows that measuring your steps, your sleep, how far you ride your bike, or even your sexual activity, spoils your enjoyment of them.<p>While …

Research

What makes you laugh says a lot about who you are

Humor has long been the subject of serious research among psychologists, linguists, sociologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists. There’s an entire journal devoted to the topic and, though it may be hard to believe when you’re engrossed in the latest Hangover movie, humor is so much more than …

Comedy

We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

Employment

This Simple Tip to Learn Maths Equations Actually Works

The answer is at your fingertips.<p>There are lots of different strategies for maximising your learning potential, but one of the easiest study-boosters …

How to Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets to Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

Mindfulness

The science of resilience: how to teach students to persevere

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis shares three simple techniques to help teachers build resilience in their students<p>In schools today, the focus is not only on helping students pass exams, but also on improving their character by making them more resilient. Resilience in learning, as in life, is …

Teaching

Why Google is reminding us all it's a data vacuum

While you were stalking around the Web today, you may have noticed that Google has popped a small note above your search results.<p>Having no doubt been closely watching data protection regulations being discussed and the text finally agreed yesterday, Google is now taking swift action to ensure we’re …

Our weird sleep pattern might be why we are the top species on the planet

There’s much that we share with our primate ancestors: opposable thumbs, ability to eat many kinds of food, living in large social groups, and so on. Yet, it is perhaps one trait we don’t share with them that has made us the top species of the planet: a weird sleeping pattern.<p>Across populations and …

Biology

The Generation That Doesn't Remember Life Before Smartphones

This is what it means to be a teenager in 2015.<p>Down a locker-lined hallway at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Zac Felli, a junior, walks to his first class of the day. He wears tortoiseshell glasses and is built like he could hit a ball hard. He has enviable skin for a teenager, …

Infinitesimal
Weight Watchers