How to Lift Your Mood? Try Smiling My personal trainer sometimes gives me an odd piece of advice during workouts: "Relax your face." For a long time, I found this advice confusing. Isn't physical exertion supposed to be expressed in grimaces? I thought of the face as a pressure-relief valve that helps emit the pain the body is experiencing. But the trainer suggested I think about it the other way around — that controlling the face can help control the mind. I was skeptical until I read a paper in the January issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a peer-reviewed publication of the American Psychological Association. In the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology paper, David Matsumoto of San Francisco State University and Bob Willingham of the Center for Psychological Studies in Berkeley, Calif., present the results of the first study ever conducted comparing the facial expressions of blind people with those of sighted people in a natural, nonlaboratory setting. See TIME's Pictures of the Week.
What the Milgram Experiment says about Human Evil When one human attempts to force another human into doing something that they don’t want to do against their will and against their interest, it’s considered violence. There are forms of violence which show no marks, which leave no trace, and – most disturbingly – force the victim into thinking that they agreed to it. Whenever someone says something like “I really don’t want to argue with you” and they mean “This is already decided and I want you to shut up”, they’re doing that. Nurse Ratched is really polite, and she’s also totally evil. Submission To Authority Polite hostility often flows from the top of a hierarchy down. Society expects you to put up with shit form people above you, and to dump it on people below you. The Milgram Experiment showed that most people are willing to deliver shocks of electricity to a screaming patient past what’s labeled to be a lethal voltage, so long as an actor in a lab coat tells them to. How it Works What the hell happened? Manufactured Inevitability
The Case For An Older Woman "Women older than me keep messaging me. Sorry, but that is not going to happen."—recent feedback from a male user The above comment is typical. As it is, men between 22 and 30—nearly two-thirds of the male dating pool—focus almost exclusively on women younger than themselves. Because it has been a successful way to introduce previous posts, I wanted to put real faces on this demographic before I delve into a bunch of numbers. It's no secret that dating changes radically as you get older. The bar chart here shows how the woman to man ratio changes over time. Of course, we all know that 45 year-olds do have a much harder time, because the male fixation on youth distorts the dating pool. As you can see, a man, as he gets older, searches for relatively younger and younger women. A man's bias toward younger women becomes even more evident when we overlay his stated preferences with his actual messaging habits. This next graph is what's called a heat map. The Shape Of The Dating Pool
Improve Your Memory by Speaking Your Mind’s Language By learning the language your mind uses, you’ll be able to tap into your mind’s full potential and develop a remarkable memory. It’s easier than you think – and you’ll actually have fun doing it. Your Mind Thinks in Pictures Along its evolution, the brain has become amazingly effective in dealing with sensory data. Among the human senses, sight has become the most sophisticated and developed of all. Imagery is the real language of the mind. If I ask you to think about a horse, what comes to your mind? Visual Thinking and Memory To fully illustrate the astonishing effect that images have on your memory, let’s walk through a basic memorization technique called memory pegging. Before getting to the technique, let me give you a simple challenge: memorize a groceries list of ten items. baconeggswinebatteriesbubble gummilkenvelopesspinachcoffeetomato Learning Your Mind’s Basic Vocabulary Just like when learning any new language, we’ll need to get some basic vocabulary to get started. Ridiculous?
Nine Ways To Make Yourself Smarter Often, we are what we were Ask babies who they are, and they’ll babble something that seems nonsensical. Turns out, they’re onto something. Jerome Kagan, a developmental psychologist and the Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology Emeritus, has spent the past 30 years of his lengthy career studying the temperaments of those little people, which originate in a child’s unique biology, along with the experiences that shape their personalities. These discoveries are summarized in his new book, “The Temperamental Thread.” Twenty percent of Kagan’s 4-month-old infant subjects were labeled high reactive, “a behavioral profile marked by vigorous motor activity and crying to unfamiliar experiences.” “The high-reactive infants are biased to become children who are timid, shy, and cautious in unfamiliar situations. Kagan also explores links between temperament and gender, ethnicity, mental illness, and more. “The most obvious are related to the molecules oxytocin and vasopressin, and the sex hormones.
Get Started Investing with Very Little Money 1. create a budget that helps you spend less than you make. 2. pay off credit card debts and other short term non-essential debts. 3. start emergency fund in either a savings account or a money market account. save up to $10,000 or 3-6 months of expenses. 4. contribute to employer 401k program up to at least your company's matching limit. 5. start a Roth IRA, using a similar mix of assets as in #4. contribute regularly until you reach a level where your 401k/IRA contributions are more than 10% of your income. 6. consider opening a brokerage account or a mutual fund account for additional excess funds. 7. if you have the time and interest consider investing in individual stocks.
Serotonin and Depression: 9 Questions and Answers 1. What is serotonin? Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, a type of chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another. 2. Serotonin is made via a unique biochemical conversion process. 3. As a neurotransmitter, serotonin helps to relay messages from one area of the brain to another. In terms of our body function, serotonin can also affect the functioning of our cardiovascular system, muscles, and various elements in the endocrine system. 4. There are many researchers who believe that an imbalance in serotonin levels may influence mood in a way that leads to depression. One theory about how depression develops centers on the regeneration of brain cells -- a process that some believe is mediated by serotonin, and ongoing throughout our lives.
50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier. These low-budget tips and trick can help you organize and de-clutter space; prolong and preserve your products; or teach you something (e.g., tie a full Windsor) that you simply did not know before. Most of these came from a great post on tumblr. There is also a great subreddit ‘r/lifehacks‘ with some fantastic tips as well. 20. 40. Sources – muxedo task: 99 Life Hacks to make your life easier! If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends:
Serotonin Serotonin /ˌsɛrəˈtoʊnɨn/ or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter. Biochemically derived from tryptophan, serotonin is primarily found in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract), platelets, and the central nervous system (CNS) of animals, including humans. It is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness. Serotonin secreted from the enterochromaffin cells eventually finds its way out of tissues into the blood. There, it is actively taken up by blood platelets, which store it. When the platelets bind to a clot, they release serotonin, where it serves as a vasoconstrictor and helps to regulate hemostasis and blood clotting. In addition to animals, serotonin is found in fungi and plants. Serotonin's presence in insect venoms and plant spines serves to cause pain, which is a side-effect of serotonin injection. Functions Receptors Gauge of food availability (appetite) Effects of food content 
George Orwell's 11 Golden Rules for Making the Perfect Cup of Tea In 1946 English novelist and journalist George Orwell published an essay in the Evening Standard entitled "A Nice Cup of Tea." For everyone who's ever believed there's an art to making a good cup of tea, you'll definitely enjoy Mr. Orwell's 11 "golden" rules for the perfect cup. Read the full essay below: Originally published January 12, 1946 in the Evening Standard. If you look up ‘tea’ in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several of the most important points. This is curious, not only because tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country, as well as in Eire, Australia and New Zealand, but because the best manner of making it is the subject of violent disputes. When I look through my own recipe for the perfect cup of tea, I find no fewer than eleven outstanding points. First of all, one should use Indian or Ceylonese tea.
Antidepressants: What You Need to Know About Depression Medication How effective are antidepressants? Important This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. If you are taking an antidepressant, do not change your dosage without consulting your physician! Most mental health experts agree that when depression is severe, medication can be helpful—even life saving. A major 2006 U.S. government study showed that fewer than 50 percent of people become symptom-free on antidepressants, even after trying two different medications. Other studies show that the benefits of depression medication have been exaggerated, with some researchers concluding that—when it comes to mild to moderate depression—antidepressants are only slightly more effective than placebos. The bottom line If you have severe depression that’s interfering with your ability to function, medication may be right for you. Therapy and self-help strategies can help you get to the bottom of your underlying issues and develop the tools to beat depression for good. Generic vs.
40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World Back in January the Sifter posted 50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World. The post went on the be one of the most shared articles in the history of the website. At first I was surprised, but soon realized that we all want to simplify and improve our lives; especially when a solution to a common problem is cheap, effective and easy to-do! After spending a lot of time sifting through reddit’s Life Hacks subreddit, BuzzFeed’s endless Life Hack posts and wading through a ton of Life Hack pins on Pinterest, I came up with the list below. Another 40 tips that will hopefully simplify your life! 5. 13. 20. 28. Sources – r/LifeHacks on Reddit – DIY/Lifehacks on BuzzFeed – LifeHacker.com – “Life Hacks” on Pinterest If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends: