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I’m Sorry, But... | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson

“I’m sorry—this is a stupid question—but I was confused about question six. Could we do that one again maybe?”<p>For the longest time, I didn’t …

Changes to make in your 30s

Many people spend their 20s getting some unhealthy behaviors out of their system — like sleeping until 2 p.m. on Saturdays and spending all their disposable cash on new kicks.<p>But your 30s are an ideal time to cement the habits that will help you achieve personal and professional fulfillment for the …

Self-help

5 things you should do every day to increase your intelligence

If you want to witness the magic of the human brain in action, play the matching game with a 4-year-old — you know, the classic game where the tiles …

​8 mental habits the most successful people learn to break

That bit of wisdom comes from Sandja Brügmann, serial entrepreneur and founder of the Passion Institute, a recently launched online educational program and consultancy for executives and entrepreneurs.<p>"Once we have developed understanding of how we interfere with our visions and goals, then comes …

Self-improvement

6 Mental Habits That Will Wear You Down

Do you struggle with self-doubt and self-defeating habits?<p>Do you want to feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer?<p>Do you focus …

This map shows the most popular slang word in every state

First, we called up some linguists who helped us make an initial list of unique words that are in one way or another associated with a particular state. That got us off to a coruscant start (linguists!).<p>Next we researched online message board discussions about zany terms that have gained popularity …

Teaching was my dream job, until I discovered the reality

I was sure I wanted to be a teacher, but my experience as a classroom assistant made me think twice<p>A government advisor was recently reported as warning that a critical shortage of teachers means children will be taught fewer subjects in larger classes by less qualified people. As a recent …

Teaching

In Denmark, sex education is about having babies sooner rather than later

Many US states don’t require schools to teach sex education. And those that do often emphasize abstinence.<p>In Denmark, falling birth rates have led policymakers to spice up the sex-ed curriculum. Rather than focus just on preventing pregnancy, teachers are also warning teens about the risks of …

Pregnancy

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The Most Important Thing To Know About Parenting Sensitive Kids

A while back, I fervently recommended this groundbreaking <i>Atlantic</i> magazine article in which author David Dobbs explains a bold new theory of genetics—that “most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like …

5 cognitive biases that are killing your decisions

<i>This post originally appeared on Crew blog.</i><p>It’s hard to accept that what holds us back from reaching our potential is all in our head.<p>While it may be a bit of a cliche, we really are our own worst enemies.<p>Maintaining a growth mindset isn’t a matter of walking up a staircase one small step at a …

The psychology of poverty helps explain why it’s so hard to escape

When considering poverty, our national conversation tends to overlook systemic causes. Instead, we often blame the poor for their poverty. Commentators echo the claim that people are poor because they have bad self-control and therefore make nearsighted choices. But psychology research says the …

Psychology

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

8 Quick Tricks to Make Yourself Wake Up Earlier for Mind-Blowing Productivity

It's frustrating, isn't it? You want to become an early riser.<p>You know that waking up early is one of the best ways to be more productive. You know that many of the world's most successful entrepreneurs are early risers.<p>Yet no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to stop hitting snooze.<p>You don't …

Some fruits and vegetables are better for your waistline

Eating more fruits — particularly berries, apples and pears — and nonstarchy vegetables, like soybeans and cauliflower, may help you lose weight over the long term, a new study suggests.<p>However, adding starchy vegetables like peas, potatoes and corn to your diet may not be as good for your …

Exercises that Increase Creativity

In a previous article, “How to Become More Creative,” I mentioned that you should work your creative muscles daily if you want to improve it. Believe …

Creativity

6 Useful Online Tutoring Sites to Boost Your Learning

Today, you can learn practically anything online — from mathematics, coding, speaking new languages, and almost anything else you can think of.<p>Dozens …

Women Open Up About Negative Birth Experiences In Emotional Photo Series

"Most women are very hesitant to speak about what they've been through."<p>An emotional photo series is giving moms the opportunity to talk about their traumatic childbirth experiences and foster conversation about the issues too many moms face during childbirth.<p>Titled "Exposing The Silence," the …

Oxford University sleep expert reveals ideal times for you to wake up and exercise

What's the best time for you to make love? An Oxford University sleep expert reveals the ideal times for you to wake up, exercise and do the …

Wellness

How To Become A Genius

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you probably have an average IQ. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to increase your intelligence.<p>You probably think you’re pretty smart. Most people believe they’re smarter than the average American, according to a study from YouGov. Yet when it comes to IQ, …

Why We Should Teach Children Philosophy

For centuries children were taught the basics of math, science, and grammar along with a rich education in the humanities, like philosophy and …

Education

5 strategies to grow critical thinking skills

Critical thinking skills are often mentioned as a key trait employers seek in potential hires. But what exactly is critical thinking? Conversations …

13 Things You Didn't Know About Extreme Poverty

The world could be free of extreme poverty in just 15 years. An expert reveals the little-known reasons to be optimistic.

Geography

Scottish people have more than 400 different words for snow

Scots have 421 words for snow, even more than the Inuit people, researchers have found.<p>The terms include 'snaw', 'sneesi' and 'skelf' and have been …

How to Crush Negativity and Achieve Success

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ~ Marcus AureliusMost of us are incredibly hard on …

Motivation

25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Want to expand your mind? A little bit of effort every day goes a long way.<p>In the Quora thread, “What would you do to be a little smarter every …

5 strategies for conquering fear and anxiety, from one of the most successful self-help authors in history

His 1948 book, "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living," deals with tactics for liberating yourself from nagging anxieties that make you less happy and less productive.<p>The book grew out of Carnegie's experiences teaching adult education courses at the YMCA in New York City. Carnegie realized that …

Why Are You Wasting Your Time in the Classroom?

Why is it that whenever you become conscious of something, suddenly you can see it, smell it, taste it and feel it everywhere? A beautiful quote in my local dialect in Ghana, implies that if one thinks of a person and they don't manifest in some form, they may have kicked the bucket.<p>I recently …

How teachers help students get over their embarrassment in sex ed class

At the start of her sexual education classes, Tara Fry sometimes tossed large stuffed toys designed to represent various microbes for sexually transmitted infections.<p>"The student who 'catches' chlamydia will be asked what she or he knows about it," explains Ms. Fry, an instructor at Banbury …

Sexual Health

YouTube fitness star Cassey Ho's 8 best tips for getting in shape at home

But thanks to YouTube fitness experts like Cassey Ho, neither of those excuses is valid anymore.<p>Ho is the creator of Pop Pilates, who coaches her 2.5 million YouTube followers and the visitors of her website, Blogilates, in the art of getting fit and staying healthy. She also made headlines earlier …