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Live a Creative Life with One Simple Change (It Takes Under a Minute) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Do you ever look at creative people and wish you had what they were having? We know the types, those creatives who are expressing themselves …

Creativity

6 Willpower Hacks to Help Achieve Your Goals

Some of the most rewarding and exhilarating times in life are when you achieve something you set out to do, right? You feel on top of the world! The …

Will Power
Nutrition

The Physics of Productivity: Newton's Laws of Getting Stuff Done

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, which described the three laws of motion and redefined the way the world looked at …

How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time

If the odds of finding one’s soul mate are so dreadfully dismal and the secret of lasting love is largely a matter of concession, is it any wonder that a growing number of people choose to go solo? The choice of solitude, of active aloneness, has relevance not only to romance but to all human bonds …

4 Odd Yet Effective Ways The Smartest People Prioritize Their Days

You’ve tried everything to organize your priorities better, and still end up scattered. Try these outside-the-box ideas for sorting your day.<p>The hardest part is getting started.<p>When there’s a long list that needs tackling every day, the hardest part is tackling what needs to be done first. You may …

Communication Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Communication is at the core of almost everything we do. If you want to build better communication skills, a good first step is identifying and avoiding these common problems.<p>Everyone communicates and occasionally misspeaks. But the best leaders, the greatest bosses, and the entrepreneurs we admire …

Self-improvement

The New Habit Challenge: Meditate For 20 Minutes A Day

In an always-on, distraction-saturated world, is it feasible to sit still and do nothing for 20 minutes every day? We’ll certainly try.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story is part of 5 Habits Changes You Can Actually Make In 2015. Check out the full list here.</i><p>Just 20 minutes a day. That’s all the time it took …

25 Cheap And Inspirational Projects For Kids That Will Stimulate Their Creativity And Enhance Their Knowledge

Cheap and inspiring projects for kids can be instructional as well. The kids get to have fun while science does all the work.

Creativity

28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People

Want to work smarter, not harder? Learn from the best.<p>Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me,</i> …

Productivity

Tripp and Tyler Share a Clever Collection of Life Hacks to Make Life Easier

Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton of Tripp and Tyler (see previously) team up to share a clever collection of life hacks that are sure to make life …

20 Ways to Start Loving Yourself! 
 | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

You are magnificent!<p>There is no other person on earth like you. You are unique, one-of-a-kind!<p>Are you thinking? “Who is she kidding? I’m just normal. …

Happiness

Resilience: How to train a tougher mind

Can you learn to be mentally tougher? Emma Young investigates the science of mindfulness and other techniques promising to foster resilience in the face of extreme stress.<p>“It was one of those perfect days. I think that’s what everyone remembers. And now whenever the day’s too perfect and the sky’s …

Mindfulness

Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist"

"Remember before the internet?" asks Joi Ito. "Remember when people used to try to predict the future?" In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT …

7 Easy Steps for Encouraging Employees to Take Initiative

Taking initiative is essentially assuming the risk of a possible failure. When doing so, you put yourself out there and things don’t always go as planned. But the alternative is choosing to be inactive.<p>If you're a leader, it's vital that members of your team make the right choice between doing …

Personal Finance

50 Ways For Kids To Stay Creative

Kids are creative by themselves; channelizing their energies sets them on the right path. These simple day to day actions can help your kids get …

Kids

A Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17

Finally, social scientists suggest a precise time for mid-afternoon coffee runs.<p>Sometimes, productivity science seems like an organized conspiracy to justify laziness.<p>Clicking through photos of cute small animals at work? That's not silly procrastination, Hiroshima University researchers said. …

9 Strange and Wonderful Niche Blogs

When I posted the last list of niche blogs, a commenter expressed surprise that a Tumblr is a blog. Yes, Tumblr is a blogging platform, although it …

These Monkeys Use Scientists as “Human Shields”

South Africa’s samango monkeys live on what ecologists call a “vertical axis of fear.” They live and eat in trees, and if they climb too high looking …

5 Brilliant Stop-Motion Animated Films By PES

PES is Adam Pesapane, a filmmaker whose best-known work is stop-motion animation. His 2012 film <i>Fresh Guacamole</i> (shown below) is the shortest film …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this year’s international astronomy photography competition. The observatory’s annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. …

No More Air Conditioners: This “Skin” For Buildings Keeps The Inside Cool With Zero Energy

The facade works with no power at all–not even solar panels–and keeps the temperature comfortable and light bright inside.<p>For most of human history, buildings were essentially net zero energy systems. Thick walls kept out cold and simple windows let in fresh air and daylight. Then came complex, …

Artificial Sweeteners May Contribute to Metabolic Disorders

Evidence suggests sugar substitutes aggravate diabetes and obesity.<p>Artificial sweeteners are a roughly $1.5 billion industry worldwide, often marketed as helpful for managing obesity and diabetes.<p>But some new research suggests sugar substitutes could actually contribute to soaring rates of obesity …

DARPA working on portable and ruggedized artificial "biospleen" to fight sepsis

Today, when we think of the dangers of the battlefield, we think of wounds caused by bullets, bombs, and other weapons. But as late as the Spanish …

Antidepressants rapidly alter brain architecture, study finds

A single dose of a popular class of psychiatric drug used to treat depression can alter the brain's architecture within hours, even though most patients usually don't report improvement for weeks, a new study suggests.<p>More than 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. use these drugs, which adjust the …

Neuroscience