The Minimalist » Blog Archive » Income distribution vs. happiness Americans generally have more spending power now than 50 years ago, across almost all income levels. But the perception is that lower income families are losing ground. Of course, some are, but generally, pretty much all of us can buy more and better stuff than we ever could in the past.
by Maria Popova On reconciling the fussy with the fuzzy, or what Benjamin Franklin has to do with Drew Carey. “The list is the origin of culture,” Umberto Eco famously proclaimed. (Leonardo da Vinci, John Lennon, and Woody Guthrie would have all agreed.) But the list, it turns out, might also be the origin of both our highest happiness and our dreariest dissatisfaction. A Brief History of the To-Do List and the Psychology of Its Success
post written by: Marc Chernoff Email It‘s not where we stand but in what direction we are moving. Sometimes we find ourselves running in place, struggling to get ahead simply because we forget to address some of the simple truths that govern our potential to make progress. So here’s a quick reminder:
Gossip is basically only thing holding society together, says science Gossip is generally seen as malicious, something that destroys relationships and reputations alike with a deadly mix of garbled half-truths and outright lies. But did you ever stop to consider all the good that gossip does? That's the idea explored by a team of psychologists at UC Berkeley, who argue that gossip helps keep bad behavior in check, provides a way to protect others from those who would exploit them, and generally allow people to blow off some steam and lower their stress levels. It's all part of a wide-ranging study that explored just how people responded when presented with situations tailor-made for gossiping. For instance, one study found that people's heart rates went up when they witnessed another person do something wrong, and their heart rate went back down again when given the chance to pass along reports of the person's bad behavior to others.
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Bad moods knock us all out of alignment now and again. But why do they happen? And is there anything we can do about it? Let's look at the science behind a bad mood, what it does in your system, and what you can do to keep it at bay. The Science Behind a Bad Mood and What You Can Do About It
Can Passion and Security Coexist? Reflections on Cronenberg’s "A Dangerous Method" "Where such men love, they have no desire, and where they desire they cannot love." Freud , S. Collected Papers. IV, Hogarth, 1925.
It's a dreary day, so I thought I'd indulge myself and come up with a list of my favorite comedies. A caveat, however: this is not a fancy English-professor-y list of the finest, most exquisitely crafted, most erudite or intellectually sophisticated works on paper in the language. This is a list of the books that make me laugh until my mascara starts to run. These are books to read over your first cup of coffee or just before you go to sleep . Remember: a day you've laughed is day you haven't wasted--even if you didn't get out of bed.
Creativity is an idea-shaping process. Ideas themselves are a source of other ideas—and a useful strategy to remember something is to associate it with other ideas. One method of catalyzing the processes of creativity and memory is Tony Buzan's Mind Mapping technique. Developed in the 1960's (Buzan & Buzan, 2010), Mind Mapping is a multi-purpose tool for note-taking in meetings and classes, analyzing study materials for better retention and comprehension, brainstorming ideas for event planning, problem-solving, decision-making , presentations, writing, research, and development. Mind Mapping is remindful of Sigmund Freud's method of free association for uncovering repressed or unconscious memories. Beyond Brainstorming
Memory is our past and future. To know who you are as a person, you need to have some idea of who you have been. And, for better or worse, your remembered life story is a pretty good guide to what you will do tomorrow.
"Keep Giving Them You, Until You Is What They Want" While I generally feel pretty 'Meh' about a lot of the quotes that Lifehacker puts up, and some occasionally pique my interest pretty well, this is the one Lifehacker quotable I have never agreed more strongly with. This quote is absolutely right! Apply it to all areas of your life! Instead of changing or modifying anything abotu yourself to fit a situation or person, be exactly who and what you want to strive to be. The place you end up, and the people you will end up being around will reflect that, and you will be happy with who and where you are. 1/14/12 4:18pm
The 11 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2011 by Maria Popova What it means to be human, how pronouns are secretly shaping our lives, and why we believe. After the year’s best children’s books, art and design books, photography books, science books, history books, and food books, the 2011 best-of series continues with the most compelling, provocative and thought-provoking psychology and philosophy books featured here this year.