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Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

This Surprising Secret About Bamboo Could Be The Reason You're Not Successful

Bamboo is one of the most amazing plants in the world.<p>In fact, a single stalk of bamboo has more tensile strength than a steel cable of the same thickness! (In South America, it's referred to as "vegetable steel.)<p>A rope made of bamboo fibers can get up to 20 percent stronger when wet, as opposed to …

Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.<p>When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

Jump Start Your Brain With These 6 Morning Habits

Not everyone is a morning person. Whether you're the type of person who hits snooze seven times or you jump out of bed, ready to tackle the day, you probably find your brain needs a little warm-up time before you take on the challenges of the day. A hefty jolt of caffeine can help, but past studies …

A Simple 5-Minute Habit That Can Make You Happier

<b>“Gratitude creates joy—not vice versa.” ~Dr. Brené Brown</b><p>To be blunt, my summer of 2013 sucked. In a matter of months, a tidal wave of stressful …

Happiness

Graves of 'vampires' discovered in Poland were cholera victims

Archaeologists have discovered the graves of cholera victims which were treated like vampires to stop them rising from the grave and infecting the locals<p>When archaeologists discovered graves in Poland where the dead had been buried with sickles across their throats and rocks under their chins, they …

When Waiting Gives You Anxiety: Find Peace by Being Present

<b>“The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan</b> …

Positive Thinking

A Quick Cure For Speech Anxiety?

Your heart is racing. Your palms are clammy. Your stomach is starting to send distress signals to your brain. You’re flushed, and you’re feeling hot under your business attire. Your mind is rehearsing disaster scenarios.<p>You’re just about to give a speech. It’s not a good feeling, for approximately …

4 Weird Ways When You're Born Affects Your Personality

Oldest child? Born in the winter? What your horoscope, birthday, and even birth order could say about you<p>Whether you’re a firstborn, middle child, …

Siblings

The Power of (Not) Unplugging

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>It’s the picture of rustic paradise: morning sunlight streaming into the window in my roof, filtered through the feathery crowns of Douglas fir and cedar trees, the warbling of robins my only soundtrack. Here on <b>Salt Spring Island</b> in western Canada, at home inside a …

Why cats never became man’s best friend

Dog lovers will find it baffling that cats are the world’s most popular pet. After all, they’re passive-aggressive, emotionally unavailable, and known for their chilly independence—traits that at most qualify felines for the role of “man’s best frenemy.”<p>It turns out, though, there’s an evolutionary …

Pets

5 Must Dos to Strengthen Your Sense of Self and Increase Your Confidence

There are days when you feel confident and happy, and there are others when you feel as if something is missing. Those other days are the days when that "something" causes you to feel less than and uncertain of yourself. During those days you also find yourself questioning your abilities: Do you …

Taking the Shame and Fear Out of Mistakes

<b>“The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one.” ~Elbert Hubbard</b><p>There have been times in my life when I knew …

Nigel Farage’s new friend in Europe: ‘When women say no, they don’t always mean it’

Dapper in bow tie and blazer, Nigel Farage’s new European ally likes to welcome a woman to his grey-walled, grey-carpeted Brussels office by stooping to kiss her hand. There is a danger, though, that he will follow up this display of old-fashioned courtesy by sharing some old-fashioned views about …

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

They say that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter, but it is not only classical music that boosts mental activity.<p>Nine out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music, according to a study that found 88pc of participants produced their most accurate test results and 81pc completed …

Are You Missing Out on Life While Checking Your Smartphone?

<b>“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh</b><p>“Yeah…Uh huh…Uh huh…Yeah…No way! Uh …

Mindfulness

The Art of Reflection: Feel Your Way to a Happier Life

<b>“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” ~Steve Jobs</b><p>One of the best ways I’ve found to develop …

Self-Reflection

Nothing Is Permanent: Letting Go of Attachment to People

<b>“Impermanence is not something to be afraid of. It’s the evolution, a never-ending horizon.” ~Deepak Chopra</b><p>I have been reading a lot lately on …

Positive Thinking

7 Pieces of Wisdom That Will Change the Way You Work

“If wisdom were offered me on the one condition that I should keep it shut away and not divulge it to anyone,” said Roman philosopher Seneca, “I …

Why FOMO and MOMO Are Making You Feel Friendless

<i>This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools.</i><p><b>By Elani Kaufman, Lincoln Park and Charlie Connelly​, Riverside Brookfield</b><p>It’s Friday night, you have no plans and you’re taking a break from binge-watching Netflix to scroll …

3 Ways FOMO Is Seriously Affecting Your Life

"FOMO, the fear of missing out, is a form of social anxiety," says psychiatrist Gail Saltz. "This type of fear tends to cause compulsive behaviors, like checking out other social situations even as you are in the middle of one currently." Sound familiar? Well, the great irony is that a fear of …

Marketing Without #FOMO

<i>Considering a new marketing channel? Be strategic, not reactive</i><p><i>By David B. Thomas</i><p>If you’re a marketer, or even a normal human being, you may have …

Marketing

Get it Done: 35 Habits of the Most Productive People (Infographic)

1 min read<p>You know those people who get so much done it seems like they have 30 hours in every day while the rest of us mere mortals have a measly 24? You know, the ones who seem to get more accomplished before breakfast than you do all day?<p>You can actually become one of them. For starters, spend …

Hillary Clinton

How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business? The Answer May Surprise You. (Infographic)

2 min read<p>Yes, Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook at 19. But Charles Flint launched IBM at 61.<p>While Hollywood may love the story of the college kid who starts a billion-dollar business out of his dorm room, that’s only one story. For many, life as an entrepreneur begins much later.<p>Consider: Legendary …

Infographics

Use This Flowchart to Identify What Type of Procrastinator You Are

Procrastinators waste too much time, but to get over this bad tendency, you need to know why you procrastinate . Dr. Joseph Ferrari of DePaul …

How to Be Exciting

Whether you feel like your life is just too boring, you're looking to impress a certain someone, or you've been flat-out accused of being about …

Self-improvement

Nike Designer Explains The 'Aha Moment' That Led To A Running Shoes Breakthrough

<b>Designboom (DB): What made you want to be a designer?</b><br>Tobie Hatfield (TH): I never wanted to be a designer growing up. I've always had a curious, creative side to me but I never pursued it like my brother Tinker did; he was always designing and studied architecture before working at Nike. My dad was …

Disliking Someone = Disliking Yourself?

When we don’t like someone the feeling sticks to us like glue.<p>We get hooked, thoughts of the person come thick and fast, feelings of dislike, …