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Our IQs have never been higher – but it hasn’t made us smart

We tend to assume that our intelligence is simply a matter of nature and nurture – but as the celebrated psychologist James Flynn explains to BBC Future, many other factors can stunt or boost your IQ, right down to the person you choose to marry.<p>James Flynn is worried about leaving the world to …

University of Oxford

5 Tips for Cleaning Dirty Jewelry (Even That $5 Necklace)

There comes a point in the lifespan of your favorite necklace or ring when you look down and realize that it’s not quite the same color it was …

15 signs that you're emotionally intelligent, even if it doesn't feel like it

That's why emotional intelligence, known as EI or EQ, is so important.<p>The ability to identify emotions (in yourself and others), to understand their powerful effect, and to use that information to guide thinking and behavior can greatly increase the chances of successfully achieving your goals.<p>Like …

10 Toxic Habits That You Should Get Rid Of Immediately

12 Travel Map Apps That Beat Google Maps Whether or Not You Have WiFi

Chunky GPS units are a thing of the past. These days, everyone is finding their way by using their smartphones. Although we’ll be the first to admit that we love the industry standard, Google Maps (especially with the new pit stop function), there are a few things that GM just can’t account for. …

The Typical College Student Is Not Who You Think It Is

What percentage graduated from high school and enrolled within a year at a four year institution where they live on campus?<p>Who are today’s college students?<p>The answer surprises most people who attended four year universities, according to Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of Lumina Foundation. …

Keeping A Journal Can Make You Mentally Stronger, Science Explains Why

Some people might think journaling is just for recording bits of daily life. But usually it’s more than that. Science has proven that keeping a …

What Your Work Lunch Says About You

Oh, you're one of *those.*<p>Salad<p>To quote one of the greats: "Congratulations. You played yourself." It's not that a pile of oil-slicked leaves is inherently bad (so much chewing, tho)—it's just that it's not nutritionally or texturally good enough to be The Standard. Nonetheless, you honor …

Stanford Researcher: This Small Psychological Change Will Make You Much More Successful

This little tweak to how you think will make you not only more successful but also happier.<p>Success, most of us have heard, is hard. We've read about Bill Gates's insane hours when starting Microsoft, gossiped about Elon Musk's divorces (and plenty of other founders' rocky personal lives), and …

A Harvard psychiatrist says 3 things are the secret to real happiness

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger is the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest and most complete studies of adult life ever conducted. Waldinger described some of the secrets to happiness revealed by the study in a recent TED talk.<p>The study followed two cohorts of white …

Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers

Upgrade your travel photos with these lightweight cameras that pack a punch.<p><i>Tom O'Brien is a mechanical engineer and the photo engineer for</i> National Geographic <i>magazine. He designs and builds custom equipment for the photographers of the magazine. You can follow him on Instagram @Mechanicalphoto.</i>

Street Photography

Neuroscientists explain why control freaks are ineffective leaders

Whether you're an IT manager locking down access and permissions to IT-business collaboration tools, or a micromanager who forces a process on her employees to get work done, you may be negatively affecting business productivity.<p>Historically, leaders have controlled employees rather than connecting …

11 Scientific Ways to Make an Excellent First Impression

It’s very difficult to bounce back from a bad first impression—but that doesn’t mean you need to fear meeting new people. Tackle first-time …

Body Language

100 Things To Be Grateful For

Thankfulness isn't just for Thanksgiving.<p>We take stock of the monumental moments -- that promotion at work, spending another holiday with our loved ones -- but what about the tiny treasures?<p>There's something to be said for the rare moments throughout the day that make you smile. Research shows …

Happiness

Scientists Find 15 Amazing Benefits Of Listening To Music

If you love listening to music, you’re in good company. Charles Darwin once remarked, “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule …

Flute

How to Spot and Stop Manipulators

<i>“There are those whose primary ability is to spin wheels of manipulation. It is their second skin and without these spinning wheels, they simply do</i> …

Will Chinese babies be like Prada bags?

<b>(CNN) —</b> China's decision to end its 36-year-old one-child policy imposed on 1.3 billion people was surprising but not entirely unexpected. This massive act of social engineering by the Chinese Communist Party has produced nothing short of a demographic disaster.<p>By 2025, the U.N. projects that China …

China

Birth order doesn’t affect your personality—just your intelligence

Extraversion and other personality traits can't be attributed to your status as middle child.<p>For centuries, humans have been curious about the effect …

Psychology

This Is Why Muslims Hold Muhammad in Such High Regard

Photo by 'Camera Eye'<p><i>What the world owes to Islam and its Prophet</i><p>The principles, values and freedoms of which we can be proud of today are found in a book compiled some 1,400 years old. This book was given to us through the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who, through his example and …

A Quick Guide to Avoiding Common Writing Errors

You’re looking at an e-mail you just wrote, and you’re not sure whether you have the right word: Do you want affect or effect? Further or farther? Gray or grey? Getting it wrong can make you look bad — people do judge you by the way you write — but you also don’t have all day to look up words. It …

Employees Can’t Be Summed Up by a Personality Test

When we were in college, Eleanor, then my girlfriend (now my wife), wanted me to take a Myers-Briggs type test, a personality assessment that would categorize me into one of 16 boxes, each box containing four letters that would explain me.<p>I didn’t want to do it.<p>So she made it easy for me. “Come on, …

Personality Traits & Personality Types: What is Personality?

What makes someone who they are? Each person has an idea of their own personality type — if they are bubbly or reserved, sensitive or thick-skinned. …

Psychology

Why Little Things Are Worth Getting Upset About

<i>Take it easy. Chill out. Relax. Cool down. Don’t stress out. Lighten up. You’re making a mountain out of a molehill. It’s not a big deal.</i><p>When I …

Self-help

Your Pursuit Of Happiness Results In Unhappiness

Everyone should have a good life, full of joy and happiness. Being happy is fun. No wonder we try to increase the feeling of happiness—it’s like a …

How Sybil Turned Multiple Personality Disorder into a Psychological Phenomenon in America

In 1973, the book <i>Sybil -</i> about a young woman struggling with 16 distinct personalities - became a cultural sensation, spawning a hugely successful …

Why You're Still Single—Even Though You Say You Want a Relationship | Women's Health

When you're in a scary situation—say you're confronted by a bear—it's easy to know what you're feeling. You're afraid. And you know that what's causing the fear is a very definite threat to your physical wellbeing.<p>Fear has a purpose—to keep you safe. You want to get the heck away from that bear as …

3 Things Ultra Productive People Do Differently | Inc.com

We all know one of those ultra productive people. You know the ones I’m talking about. They make life look easy, as if they have countless hours at their disposal. Time, however, is the great equalizer. We all have the same amount of hours in the day. As Thomas Edison once said, "Time is really the …

Time Management

10 Things To Do To Change Your Life Forever

<i>“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”</i><br>~ John F. Kennedy<p>The one constant thing in …

Motivation