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Here’s the simple strategy extroverts use to win people over

Yet until recently, no one's been able to pinpoint what exactly extroverts <i>do</i> that helps them build strong social ties.<p>Now, new research from Duke University, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that the answer is surprisingly simple: It's a matter of mimicry, or copying the …

Psychology

How to Enter The ‘Flow State’ Any Time: 4 Simple Steps

Imagine yourself climbing a great mountain. High above the ground, you cleave to the rocks. You move very deliberately, aware of every placement of …

A Philosopher Asks: What Does The Weeknd Mean When He Says He Can't Feel His Face?

Martin T. Hadley is a depressive philosophy graduate tormented by the existential crises at the heart of everyday pop lyrics.<p><i>Martin T. Hadley is a depressive philosophy graduate and musician who can’t listen to the radio without being tormented by the existential crises at the heart of everyday pop</i> …

Numb

Computer-Controlled Spray Paint Lets You Print Graffiti

Have you always wanted to leave your mark on buildings, box cars, and overpasses but were too self-conscious of your non-existent graffiti skills? …

Streetwear

5 signs you're overworked — and what to do about it

The more dedicated you are, the more solid your standing with your boss and employer.<p>Add to the mix never-ending, pervasive technology and a gadget-centric world that cannot disconnect, and you have the makings for a very un-relaxed society.<p>Did you stay home this summer? In a recent Allianz survey, …

Voice Mail

How a 29-year-old went from living on welfare to starting a business that earned nearly $1 million in its first year

She and her husband, Seth, and their two young sons were living in California with her in-laws, struggling to make ends meet in a rocky economy.<p>"For four years, we had no steady jobs at all," now 29-year-old Luna tells Business Insider. "We did have a little money we had saved, but we blew through …

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How to beat anxiety without medication

A few years ago, my father was diagnosed with a fairly common form of prostate cancer. As a result, he needed surgery to get it out of his body before it spread anywhere.<p>When he got out of surgery, we were informed by the doctors that they could not remove the breathing tube at the moment. He’s a …

Scientists say you're still getting smarter in one key area during your 30s

Your ability to process new information peaks around age 18 and then declines rapidly. Your working memory is strongest in your mid-20s.<p>And yet in other ways, you're getting progressively smarter throughout early and mid-adulthood.<p>Recent research suggests that social intelligence, which encompasses …

Psychology

Schools are starting to teach kids philosophy—and it's completely changing the way students think

It's here that standardized testing creeps behind students like a shadow and where fun experiments take a back seat to rote memorization.<p>But in some ambitious K-12 schools across the country, philosophy courses have made tangible improvements to the way students learn.<p>In these classrooms, teachers …

Teaching

San Francisco housing prices are so insane a Wharton grad is converting shipping containers for people to live in illegally

A home with a mummified corpse in it sold for over a million dollars. And real-estate marketplace Zumper rates San Francisco as officially the most expensive rental market in the country.<p>Last month, there was even a listing for a tent going for $899 (or $46 per day) per month in Silicon Valley.<p>But …

Housing

Photographer Makes 6-Foot-Long Print of Every Single Person at Wedding

Photographer Liam Hennessey runs a wedding photography studio in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Recently he was hired to shoot a wedding at a …

Nova Scotia

This Is the Single Best Upper-Body Exercise for Men. Are You Doing It?

Add this one-move workout to your routine for a bigger, stronger, and more athletic body<p>Ask me for an upper-body workout, and I’ll give you one exercise: the standing single-arm overhead press.<p>Here’s why: It works the deltoids, biceps, triceps, lats, and pecs, as well as all of the stabilizing …

Workouts

Science says parents of successful kids have these 9 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents.<p>Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:

Harvard Business School

Visa pumps money into payments startup Stripe, now worth $5 billion

The news was reported earlier by Re/code and the New York Times.<p>Stripe sets itself apart from other payments services by being the programmer-friendly backend "plumbing" that enables apps and online stores to take payments from anybody, anywhere.<p>Stripe counts companies like Facebook and Lyft as …

FinTech

25 Dating Tips Every Introvert Needs To Know

Less awkward, more awesome.

Relationships

There’s a biology to lasting happiness, and there may be way to train yourself for it

That uplifting feeling you get when something good happens to you? Researchers now think they know the part of the brain responsible for it—and they suggest we may be able to train ourselves to make those positive emotions last longer.<p>Their conclusions are based on a study (paywall) conducted by …

The Brain

Amazon's new rival Jet.com is the 'Costco of the Internet'

Jet.com has finally taken off, and price battles of epic proportion are just around the corner.<p>Fueled by gobs of venture capital cash and bloated …

How to reinvent the apartment building

In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. …

Skyscrapers

Living on a houseboat: a cheap housing alternative?

Riverboat dwellers Sophie Dundovic and Ollie Spragg share their experience of escaping London's crazy house prices and rents<p>There’s a new rung on the property ladder that lets first-steppers live in some of Britain’s most exclusive postcodes at a fraction of local prices, slash their household …

Lyft Makes Starbucks An Offer It Couldn't Refuse

When it comes to its hourly workers, Starbucks is one of the good guys. It offers decent wages and benefits, including a tuition benefit; it creates work schedules that don’t call for back-to-back graveyard and opening shifts. In addition, the company gets bonus points for not firing the worker …

UC Berkeley

The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling

Some new books tout the benefits of informal drawing and freehand scribbling—even for the unartistic.<p>When computers entered the mainstream, some art schools abandoned drawing classes to make time for the new software they had to teach. The arrival of state-of-the-art programs prompted backlash …

Creativity

This activity, usually considered a distraction, can boost your memory up to 29%

The arrival of state-of-the-art programs prompted backlash among those who'd argued for years that drawing is integral to literacy.<p>"When you draw an object, the mind becomes deeply, intensely attentive," says the designer Milton Glaser, an author of a 2008 monograph titled Drawing Is Thinking. "And …

Creativity

'Love drugs' could make people more tolerant and improve relationships, but the ethical benefits are murky

Society is already used to the idea of mood-altering drugs, both in the form of prescription medicines such anti-depressants and illicit substances such as MDMA (ecstacy). Using both human and non-human subjects, researchers are now beginning to sketch a neurological picture of the brain's …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gossiping is what makes us human, says Oxford professor

Gossiping about others is a vital part of life and could even keep us alive longer, according to evolutionary psychologist Professor Robin Dunbar<p>Talking about people behind their backs might seem like an underhand activity which should be frowned upon by society but it is what sets us apart from …

Creative people are more likely to suffer from mental illness, study claims

Painters, musicians, writers and dancers are 25 per cent more likely to carry the gene variants than their non-creative peers, new research suggests<p>Creative people are genetically more likely to suffer from mental illness such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, a study suggests.<p>Painters, …

What marijuana really does to your brain

Opponents of legal cannabis say it leaves you fried, but research shows it can actually improve your mental health<p>Those opposed to marijuana sometimes argue that the substance fries your brain, but new research published earlier this year in the Journal of Neuroscience found that marijuana does not …

Cannabis

16 things successful people do on Monday mornings

"Because you've stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the rest of the week," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job."<p>"They …

Time Management

Billionaire investor Chris Sacca says this trait distinguishes the best entrepreneurs

A range of personality types can find massive success in Silicon Valley.<p>There are power players like Uber cofounder and CEO Travis Kalanick known for being aggressive and outspoken, and those like Twitter cofounder and Medium founder and CEO Ev Williams known for working defensively and avoiding …

Venture Capital

The 7 Reasons That Science Says You Should Pay For Experience, Not Things

Planning a vacation this summer? You’ve chosen to spend your money in the way that’s going to give you the most happiness.<p>Your big travel plans might seem like a waste of money. What will you come back with, besides some photos on your phone and a few memories. If you bought a TV with that money …

This Children's Book Wants To Teach That Princesses Don't Need Saving

The Princess Who Saved Herself is about an awesome, multiracial princess who lives with a pet snake and plays rock 'n' roll.<p><b>Jonathan Coulton:</b> When I wrote the song my daughter was very into princesses and pink things, a phase that caught me a little by surprise. I certainly wasn't pushing the …