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Do Our Questions Create the World?

Quantum theorist John Wheeler’s “it from bit” hypothesis anticipated ongoing speculation that consciousness is fundamental to reality

Quantum Physics

10 unmistakable habits of irresistible people

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few — the good …

Self-help

How to train (and rewire) your brain for happiness

Our brains are wired to be negative, but the good news is that you can train your brain to hold on to happiness in a few minutes a day.<p>As we …

35 trips every couple should take in their lifetime

There's nothing quite like travel to put any relationship to the test, no matter whether you and your SO are adventure-seekers, lovers of luxury, or …

European Travel

The Elusive Calculus of Insect Altruism

A new theory may change the debate over evolution and self-interest among ants, bees and other social bugs

5 Simple Decisions Successful Leaders Make Every Day (Only, 'Simple' Doesn't Mean What People Think It Does)

They're simple to articulate, but hard to decide. And yet you have to make these choices every day.<p>People are not the product of their circumstances, author Stephen R. Covey once said. They're the product of their decisions. If that's true for ordinary people, it's doubly so for successful …

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Yale’s beloved happiness class is now on the internet for free

Happiness, they say, is infectious. Perhaps that is why the most popular course ever to be taught at Yale University—this semester enrolling 1,200 students, or a quarter of the undergraduate student body—is one titled “Psychology and the Good Life.”<p>PSYC 157, or “Laurie Santos’ happiness class” as …

Happiness

This is how to become mentally strong: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Ever get to the point where your brain is just pooped? The ol’ grey matter is waving the white flag. You’re exhausted. You can’t go on. You’ve got no …

Self-help

5 Psychological Principles for Maintaining a Happy Marriage

It all comes down to prioritizing the positive.<p>Marriage takes work. We know this, you know this, everyone knows this. But what many people don’t …

Happiness

9 Mantras to Keep You Mentally Strong

While it can be easy to be mentally strong when life is going well, your true strength becomes apparent through adversity. The loss of a loved one, a …

How Can You Tell Someone Is a True Leader? Look for 1 Skill That Makes Bosses Cringe

This superhuman skill is foundational for effective communication.<p>Robert K. Greenleaf, the founder of the modern servant leadership movement, once said: "Don't assume, because you are intelligent, able, and well-motivated, that you are open to communication, that you know how to listen."<p>Is that an …

3 Essential Exercises to Calm Anxiety

Whether you have occasional worries or full-blown anxiety attacks, deep-breathing is a must for maintaining optimal physical health and emotional …

Change your mind to grow

The growth mindset<p>Enter the growth mindset. Folks with this outlook understand that they can develop their abilities and adapt them to different …

The Secret of Self-Esteem

‘Confidence’ derives from the Latin <i>fidere</i>, ‘to trust’. Self-confidence essentially means to trust and have faith in oneself. It is our certainty as …

The After-Effects of Awakening

As a psychologist, I have been studying what I call "awakening experiences" for a decade, and have recently published (with a co-author) a new study …

What Does It Mean When We Call Addiction a Brain Disorder?

The term acknowledges that addiction is a chronic but treatable medical condition involving changes to circuits involved in reward, stress and …

No, There Is no Such Thing as ADHD

No, there is no such thing as ADHD. Somewhere along the line we have lost the understanding that kids come in all shapes and sizes. Some kids are …

Daniel Kahneman On Misery, Memory, And Our Understanding Of The Mind

Economic theory rests on a simple notion about humans: people are rational. They seek out the best information. They measure costs and benefits, and maximize pleasure and profit. This idea of the rational economic actor has been around for centuries.<p>But about 50 years ago, two psychologists …

30 Old-School Parenting Rules That Are Still Relevant Today

Tried-and-true childrearing wisdom never goes out of style.<p>We walked to school alone, rode our bikes across town, and knew talking back to our …

Parenting

Ignoring Your Emotions Is Bad for Your Health. Here's What to Do About It

Modern life is full of emotional challenges. The pressure to succeed, need to “keep up,” fear of missing out and desire for good relationships and …

The Brain-Boosting Tonic This Neurologist Drinks Every Morning

It may sound like hyperbole, but this morning juice recipe really did change my life. What we do first thing in the morning to feed our bodies can …

A Potentially Game-Changing Message from the Dawn of Time

Astronomers may have spotted, albeit indirectly, the very first starlight in the universe—plus some new evidence about the properties of dark matter

Neuroscience Says Doing This 1 Trick Can Help Your Children Feel More Fulfilled

It takes just a couple of minutes, but studies show this mindfulness exercise can boost compassion, resilience, and positive emotions. And it's not just for kids.<p>Say you get a nasty email from a client. Or you have to fire an employee. Or you're pitching to investors on zero sleep.<p>Entrepreneurs …

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Say You Need to Stack Your Network With These Types of People

Buffett says this advice applies to choosing your spouse too.<p>Most parents at some point give their kids a lecture about the importance of not getting caught up hanging with the "wrong crowd." The well-meaning warnings come because our parents know how closely our actions (and at times inaction) are …

Interviewing for your dream job? 4 savvy questions to ask the hiring manager

Where do you see yourself in five years? What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? What interests you about this position? Heading into a job …

Japanese ‘Ikigai’ Philosophy Could Be the Secret Formula to a Long and Happy Life

Many of us spend our entire lives trying to achieve happiness and the perfect life balance to leave us fulfilled. So what is the key to living a full, fruitful life? In Japan, a concept called <i>ikigai</i> is central to finding one’s satisfaction and meaning in life. In fact, <i>ikigai</i> translates to “reason …

Ikigai

Yale's most popular class teaches happiness: 6 lessons you can practice now

When a Yale University psychology professor set out to teach a new course on how to be happy, the reaction was stunning.<p>When Yale University psychology professor Laurie Santos set out to teach a new course on how to be happy, the reaction was stunning.<p>“Psychology and the Good Life,” which began …

9 Secret Shortcuts of People Who Are Good at Everyday Math

Even in an age of smartphones, crunching numbers quickly — and getting good at it — can give you snappy, useful answers to pressing real-life math …

How to Make Friends as an Adult — and Why It's Important

Anyone who’s ever made room for a big milestone of adult life–a job, a marriage, a move–has likely shoved a friendship to the side. After all, there …