Nik Al-Zawier

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The Experience of Awe in Nature Leads to Religious Beliefs

It has been said that there are no atheists in foxholes. The fear of death will make even the most hardened skeptic a believer. According to a new …

Beyond Reading a Book: 3 Hands-On Methods of Self-Education | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When you’re trying to learn a new subject, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information you read in books. However, reading a book isn’t …

Why Finding Freedom Is One of the Scariest Things You’ll Ever Do | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

What is it about life?<p>What is it that makes us afraid of what could happen or what is round the corner?<p>Why do we try to control, try to make things …

Outsourcing

Children of rich parents suffering increased mental health problems

The unrealistic expectations being placed on children by wealthy parents is leading to mental health problems, according to the latest research<p>The children of rich parents are put under so much pressure to succeed they are at an increased risk of suffering of mental illness, a study has …

Self-Sabotage and Success: Breaking the Habit of Defeatism

There are people in this world who seem to have no limits on what they can accomplish. They set their minds on something and as if by magic the path to their goal is cleared and they happily skip towards it while I watch in annoyance. See, me and my people say we want to be successful and happy but …

Motivation

Should Films Be Rated for Sexism?

Movie ratings in the United States today boil down to a few simple elements—sex bombs, f-bombs, and real (fake) bombs. Too much sex or nudity, too …

21 Signs You're A Traveler, Not A Tourist

It may seem like splitting hairs, but there are major differences between being a traveler and being a tourist.<p>Being a traveler is sort of like being a part of a Newtonian law: A traveler in motion stays in motion, yada yada yada. While being a tourist is sort of like intentionally plopping …

7 Things to Keep in Mind When Setting Intentions

I was recently having coffee with a friend who, laid off from his big corporate job, is now receiving "just a paycheck," to make ends meet. He constantly told me how unsatisfying and unrewarding the job is, and his eyes actually sparkled when he told me about his last position, which demanded …

Employment

The Smarter You Are, The Stupider You Are

Education is necessary if democracy is to flourish. What good is the free flow of information if people can't make sense of it? How can you vote your own interests if you don't understand the consequences of policy choices? How can you know what's best for you or your community?<p>A recent study by …

A Scientific Guide to Saying “No”: How to Avoid Temptation and Distraction

Learning how to say no is one of the most useful skills you can develop I found, especially when it comes to living a more productive and healthy …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Are we in control of our own decisions?

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes …

Self-improvement

How to be Happier and More Productive by Avoiding ‘Decision Fatigue’

Let’s say it’s your birthday.<p>First, happy birthday! We got you a cake.<p>We’ll come back to the cake in a moment.<p>Second, we have a question for you on …

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day -- And How to Avoid Them

Get ready to have your mind blown.<p>I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously make <i>all the time</i>. Obviously, none of them are huge, life-threatening mistakes, but they are really surprising, and avoiding them could help us to make more rational, sensible …

Psychology

Open world zombie base-building game State of Decay due June on XBLA

Open world zombie game State of Decay, which focuses on recruiting AI survivors and building bases, is finally nearly here. The Microsoft …