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Writing about politics is far too important to be left to politicians - the 100 best political books

David Cameron has bought a posh shed for his back garden in which to do the writing. Now all the former Tory leader has to do is get down to it and finish his memoir. I am sure he will produce something. There is a reported advance of £800,000 to earn. The only question that matters a damn is …

Books

The UK’s productivity problem is almost twice as bad as the rest of the G7

The UK economy’s decade-long struggle with low productivity is showing little sign of abating. In the second quarter of 2017, output per hour fell by 0.1%, after falling 0.5% in the previous quarter, according to data released today (Oct. 6) by the Office for National Statistics.<p>The problem is much …

Economics

A Conversation With Justin Trudeau | Businessweek Debrief

9 economists whose ideas are changing the world

We’re living in the age of the rock star academic.<p>Everyone is trying to make sense of financial crises and the old economics textbooks don’t work so …

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Have a More Productive Morning | Inc.com

It's all too easy to go to bed with good intentions for the next morning--and then spend the morning procrastinating while you wait for your coffee to kick in. But if you're smart and strategic, you can get some of your most productive and creative work done in the morning hours, before the …

Sleep

5 Great YouTube Channels for Learning English

September 2 , 2015<br>Youtube is undoubtedly a great source of educational content to use in class with your students. It also hosts tons of channels …

Why does South Sudan matter so much to the US?

<b>It wasn't so much a collective sigh of relief when President Salva Kiir finally signed the peace deal this week. It was more a sense of "let's see" as the US issued a warning that it would "hold to account" any of the leaders who might stray from their public commitment.</b><p>For the moment, the …

Africa

The 10 Commandments of Communication to Build Trust

The way we communicate with others is a primary way we build trust. Along with specific behaviors and actions, communication serves as the vehicle …

Communication Skills

4 Ways To Psychologically Manipulate Someone

Ever thought about using psychology to your benefit your everyday interactions with others? You don’t need a psych degree, nor do you need any …

Psychology

The best jobs for every personality type

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test, which measures preferences like introversion and extroversion, has been part of business culture for decades.<p>Today about 80% of the Fortune 500 and 89 of Fortune 100 companies use it in an attempt to get employees into the right roles and help teams …

Muslim World and Secularism

In Pakistan and, in fact, most of the Islamic world, the very concept of secularism is completely misunderstood. Somehow the concept has been thoroughly confused and amalgamated with Atheism. An overwhelming majority of politicians, and even intellectuals, often try to defend themselves when …

What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of the popular National Public Radio show, <i>This American Life.</i><p>Each week, <i>This American Life</i> is broadcast to more than 1.7 million listeners across 500 different radio stations. For Glass, who is featured in almost every episode, the show has led to a wide …

12 Scientifically Proven Habits That Will Change Your Life | Inc.com

Research says the best way to bring change into your life is by creating new routines and sticking to them until they become habits.<p>The way to make sure we cultivate the new behavior is to reward ourselves. With motivation, we repeat the action again and again until it becomes ingrained.<p>How you go …

Happiness

The science of forgiveness: “When you don’t forgive you release all the chemicals of the stress response”

<b>(altanaka via Shutterstock)</b><p>Researchers are studying how we can let go of our grievances and live a healthier life. Here’s how it works<p>Megan Feldman Bettencourt<p>August 24, 2015 2:26am (UTC)<p>From “Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World”<p><b>The Burn Surgeon: How Anger Can Impede Healing</b><p>In …

Psychology

7 Sleep Doctors Reveal Their Favorite Tricks for Falling Asleep Fast

<i>Learn from the masters, and you'll never lie awake at night again (Image from Thinkstock)</i><p>Sleep doctors toss and turn sometimes -- but it's never for long. That's because they use scientifically-sound methods to lull themselves into dreamland. Steal their techniques so you can finally get a good …

How does a strong dollar affect emerging economies?

What is the effect of a stronger or weaker US dollar on emerging markets’ economic activity? Frenkel (1986) documents that US monetary easing – …

Faith in God as cancer fighter: Study links religion and spirituality to better health

With the advances in science and medicine, more effective ways to fight the scourge of cancer are now available, although the cost of treatment …

Cancer

7 Ways Introverts Can Master Networking Skills

We’re all familiar with the concept of networking, and there are some myths about this social practice that I’d like to clear up. First of all, …

Richard Dawkins’ moralizing atheism: Science, self-righteousness and militant belief — and disbelief

I agree with Dawkins more often than I do with the church. So why do I find Dawkins the more annoying?<p>I have chosen to dally on this graveyard pathway by St Stephen’s Church on my way to the Chapelfield shopping centre, where I have business at the Apple Store. I reckon it is a good place to …

This Simple Technique Can Instantly Reverse Negative Thoughts

Therapists use this powerful strategy to challenge self-destructive beliefs.<p>Depression is often described as feeling like you're stuck in a fog of negative thoughts and beliefs -- but new research suggests that a simple technique borrowed from cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, can …

Mental Health

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9 Aspects Of Emotional Intelligence Possessed By Every Successful Leader

It doesn’t matter how smart you are – without emotional intelligence, you won’t become a leader.<p>I work with leaders every day as a personal digital …

Emotional Intelligence

6 Small Shifts to the Way You Talk That Will Make You (and Everyone Else) Happier at Work

Ask us how we're doing at the end of a long, stressful workday, and chances are you’ll hear, “I’ve been better” or some equally snippy response. …

10 Presentation Tricks to Keep Your Audience Awake | Inc.com

Presentations can be really good or really bad. Even the "okay" presentations--the ones that are well put-together but don't particularly stand out--end up being really bad, and usually it's for one reason: They're boring. Boring presentations are reputation killers, and they can turn a room full …

Public Speaking

4 Easy Steps to Mindfulness

Feeling stressed? Do you need something to center you and calm you? Mindfulness is an awareness of your thoughts, feelings and body to bring you back …

Mindfulness

4 Ways to Become Addicted to Your Own Success

You read a specific blog every day, waiting to devour the next motivational post on how to achieve success.<p>After reading you feel ecstatic thinking, …

How to Get a Standing Ovation

Oh, the Standing O. It's coveted by speakers. It's hoped for by audiences. It's the ultimate reward for a speech well-given.<p>Why is that some speakers can move us so deeply that we stand to our feet in triumph? Here at the Science of People we study the hidden forces that drive our behavior. We love …