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Enchanting Photos of Autumnal Forests by a Wandering Photographer

There is nothing quite like a long walk through the woods to clear the mind, particularly in the crisp autumn air when the leaves have transformed into vibrant variations of red and orange. Thankfully, photographer Janek Sedlr captures the profound beauty of the forest in its most stunning state. …

The 9 Habits of People Who Never Have to Clean Their Homes

A maid isn't needed, just some better habits.<p><b>1. They put away their clothes every night.</b>When you're changing into your pajamas, it might be tempting to just toss your clothes on a chair or even on the floor, but don't fall prey to that lazy trap. It takes a couple of seconds to put them in your …

Mr. Gauguin’s Heart: The Beautiful and Bittersweet True Story of How Paul Gauguin Became an Artist

What an invisible dog knows about the tenacity of the human spirit and the healing power of art.<p>Many great artists have in common the ability to transform trauma into creative power. Among them is the great French Post-Impressionist painter <b>Paul Gauguin</b> (June 7, 1848–May 8, 1903), whose work …

Why the Sky Enchants Us: Our Longing for Transcendence and How Myths Elevate Human Life

“Human beings have always been mythmakers… We are meaning-seeking creatures.”<p><i>“We have such a young culture that there is an opportunity to contribute wonderful new myths to it,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut said in a forgotten 1974 interview. Indeed, we have always used myths both to make sense of the world and …

Spirituality

Flannery O’Connor on Art, Integrity, and the Writer’s Responsibility to His or Her Talent

“Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.”<p>Four years before E.B. White counseled in his advice on how to write for children that “you have to write up, not down” — a reflection …

Creative Writing

Art and the Mind’s Eye: How Drawing Trains You to See the World More Clearly and to Live with a Deeper Sense of Presence

A passionate case for learning “to search into the cause of beauty, and penetrate the minutest parts of loveliness.”<p><i>“It’s only when we look with eyes of love that we see as the painter sees,”</i> Henry Miller wrote in his forgotten 1968 gem <i>To Paint Is to Love Again</i>. Drawing, indeed, transforms the …

When Woman Is Boss: Nikola Tesla on Gender Equality and How Technology Will Unleash Women’s True Potential

The legendary inventor predicts “the acquisition of new fields of endeavor by women” and “their gradual usurpation of leadership.”<p>Engineer, physicist, and futurist <b>Nikola Tesla</b> (July 10, 1856–January 7, 1943) is among the most radical rule-breakers of science and is regarded by many as the greatest …

Nikola Tesla

How Kindness Became Our Forbidden Pleasure

“We are never as kind as we want to be, but nothing outrages us more than people being unkind to us.”<p><i>“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now,”</i> Jack Kerouac wrote in a beautiful 1957 letter. <i>“Kindness, kindness, kindness,”</i> Susan Sontag resolved in her …

C'est moi qui l'ai fait !

<b>Flapjacks</b><p>Lorsque j'ai écrit mon premier livre de cuisine « Cookies Muffins & Co », je n'ai pas osé demander à ma belle-mère Anne sa recette de …

Et si la recette du Burger préféré des français était un hamburger des prés d'Ile de France... à vous de voter !

J'ai mangé mon premier hamburger en... bon c'était il y a bien bien longtemps, du temps où une première boutique vendant ces étranges pains ronds …

C'est moi qui l'ai fait !

<b>Cake</b> <b>aux fruits rouges et</b> <b>au cream cheese</b><p>Jamais je n'aurais pensé mettre du cream cheese dans un cake sucré. Et pourtant, on met bien de la crème …

Biscuits aux dattes - Un déjeuner de soleil

Ces <b>biscuits aux dattes</b> sont spéciaux, très gourmands à la texture unique et ont tout de suite suscité ma curiosité. Comment ça, des <b>dattes</b> dans la …

How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know - PsyBlog

How experts think, the power of framing, the miracle of attention, the weird world of cognitive biases and more…<p>Fifty years ago there was a …

Are You Overwhelmed? How Physical Sensations Can Lead You Back to Mind and Body Ease

You can be doing everything right: eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, even meditating, but then you can't find your phone, or you slip and lose your footing, or the warning light goes off in your car, and it sends you over the edge. Suddenly, it all becomes too much …

The Best Way To Remember Something? Take Notes By Hand

Headed into an important meeting? Grab a pen. Taking notes longhand will help you remember information better than typing them out, according to new research from a pair of psychologists from Princeton University and UCLA.<p>Taking notes with a laptop can be detrimental to learning.<p>The study, …

Productivity

8 Things We Simply Don't Understand About the Human Brain

Despite all the recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences, there’s still much about the human brain that we do not know. Here are 8 of the …

Consciousness

Feed your brain with foods that make you smarter

The foods we eat play an important role not only in our physical appearance and performance, but also in our brain function. Packing your plate with brain-boosting foods can help enhance cognitive function by improving memory and increasing concentration. The natural compounds in some foods nurture …

How Reading a Novel Can Improve the Brain

It's amazing you can read these words.<p>It took millions of years for humans, and our recent ancestors, to develop the visual and motor and auditory …

The Fatter the Body, the Hungrier the Brain

When I look at myself in the mirror, I think, how did my brain allow this to happen? My brain’s job is to protect me. Yet here I stand, 500 plus …

Neuroscience

The Brain-Training Secrets Of Olympic Athletes

With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics well underway, millions of spectators are marveling at the physical skill and talent of the athletes competing in the Games.<p>But behind these athletes' physical feats is an arguably even more impressive mental prowess cultivated through years of training the mind …

Talking in the third person lowers anxiety: Study | The Star

In one experiment, participants had to make a favourable first impression. In another, they had to give a public speech about why they were ideally …

Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

Brain training is big business, with computerized brain games touted as a way to help prevent memory loss. But new research shows you might be better off picking up a challenging new hobby.<p>To test this theory, Dr. Denise Park, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas, randomly assigned …

Here's How To Daydream Your Way To Success

flickr user Heather Ruiz<p>While daydreaming may seem like an idle waste of time, research shows that some kinds of daydreams can be useful. They help people to explore ideas, envision situations, and get a better sense of their future selves — all of which contribute to success.<p>History is full of …

Things You Cannot Unsee (and What They Say About Your Brain)

We're going to rewire your brain. Are you ready?<p>I want to show you something simple your mind can do, which illustrates a fascinating emerging theory about how the brain works. First, look at this logo of the World Cup this year.<p>The idea of the emblem is obvious: This is an illustration of a trophy …

Yes, Your Stress Really Is Rubbing Off On Everyone Around You

If you're not going to stop stressing for your own sake, then at least do it for the sake of others: A new study shows that when you're stressed, it can actually "rub off" on people around you.<p>Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Technische Universität …

Your Next Home Movie: Your Dreams

“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind,” wrote Sigmund Freud. Dreams are often most …

4 Ways Your Brain Screws Up Your Money AND Your Love Life

Believe it or not, your love life can tell you a great deal about your poor financial decisions. According to psychologist Daniel Crosby, a number of …

Frugal Living