Be careful when you smile

2 fighters - who is smiling?
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But though there may be times when it is advantageous for us to smile when we don’t feel particularly cheerful, there is a flipside. Researchers from the universities of Illinois and California wondered whether professional fighters’ smiles during the face-off before a bout might predict who the victor would be. Michael Kraus and Tey-Way Chen … Read more…

There is no ‘You’

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Our identity is not an immutable core hidden away in the depths of our being. It is, rather, a collection of ideas that the outside world has inscribed on our bodies. Identity is a construction, and that can be proved by something closely resembling a scientific experiment: adoption.* Take an Indian baby from the Rajasthan … Read more…

Are You Old?

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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford

The Knowing Doing Gap

Do something now
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There’s a good chance that this is not the only article related to personal growth that you’ve read this week (some would be upset, but I forgive your promiscuity). And no doubt over the last few months, you have read many articles, and maybe even watched a few videos (who can resist TED Talks?). And … Read more…

A Checklist for Happiness

The Happiness Checklist
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There are two types of happiness: transitory feelings arising from a situation or event your happiness baseline or level of contentment, arising from your feelings about your life overall (emotional holistic evaluation) and your conscious thoughts Your happiness baseline is your starting point. Any transitory feelings are added to your baseline. Imagine stretching your arms … Read more…

Cannot be solved by a human being …

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Sometimes we’re faced with a problem which seems insurmountable. We just don’t know where to start. But if we put the enormity of the problem out of our minds and just make a start, a solution will often emerge. You just have to make a start. And here’s a weirdly mesmerising example of someone solving … Read more…

Is it worth the effort?

Marathon
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The stupid New York City Marathon was under way. And now all these people were in my way and I wasn’t going to be able to take pictures of the park! I started snapping anyhow. The first picture I took was of these two fat cops. They were huge. A sign for the runners was … Read more…

Shadows on the wall

Plato's Cave
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Socrates describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners’ reality, but are … Read more…