Why do we cry? The three types of tears - Alex Gendler Check out these microscopic images of tears. So beautiful! The lacrimal apparatus works to produce tears that are needed to wet the front of the eye and flush debris from the ocular surface. Many animals yelp or cry out when they're in pain. But as far as scientists can tell, we humans seem to be the only species that shed tears for emotional reasons. Scientists who study evolution say crying probably conferred some benefit and did something to advance our species — because it's stayed with us. The Beginner’s Guide to Zen Habits – A Guided Tour ‘Smile, breathe and go slowly.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh By Leo Babauta While some of you have been following Zen Habits since its early days (beginning of 2007), many of you are fairly new readers. To help you through the fairly overwhelming archives, I’ve compiled a beginner’s guide. Kind of a Quick Start guide.
Do we really give introverts a hard time? 27 March 2012Last updated at 12:50 ET By Vanessa Barford BBC News Magazine In a group situation, it's not necessarily the talkers who have the best ideas It is often assumed extroverts do best in life, but according to a new best-selling book, introverts are just as high achievers. Elena Brower: Art of Attention: Remapping Our Minds Love really is a state of equality consciousness: no speculation, no assumptions or opinions. Love is happening when we're relating, directly, to what is happening. Lately I've been learning how to relate directly to my life rather than through my memories or expectations.
Or Am I? 10 Experiences That Signal You Are in Love "How do I know when I'm really in love?" "What does it mean to be in love?" "I think I'm in love, but then I have doubts. The benefits of a good night's sleep - Shai Marcu "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1758 (in Poor Richard's Almanac) A third of our life is spent sleeping. How much sleep a person needs changes as one ages. A new mother needs seven hours of sleep per night, but her newborn baby needs 12-18 hours of sleep per night. In general, the older you get, the less sleep you need.
Kate Bratskeir: 9 & 1/2 Things I'm Not Stressing Over Anymore Something I find fascinating: You can literally throw away your negative thoughts. In a study done last November, participants were told write down their personal, invalidating beliefs on paper. Those who got to crumple their inner demons and dunk them a la NBA player Terrence Ross into a wastebasket (so maybe it wasn't as dramatic, but I like to imagine) were less likely to be bogged down by their negativity. Could the same be true for stressful thoughts? As a GPS for the Soul editor -- someone who reads, writes, Tweets and preaches about stress management all day -- I have my own tools that work when stress rears its repugnant head.
Aerogel A block of aerogel in a person's hand Aerogel was first created by Samuel Stephens Kistler in 1931, as a result of a bet with Charles Learned over who could replace the liquid in "jellies" with gas without causing shrinkage. IUPAC definition I have had enough of irony The ultimate faux-pas is not laughing at someone's artfully told joke. Especially when it's a huge in-joke, but stuff it! I did not find the Eurovision song contest in any way funny or joyful. 5 Things That Will Numb Your Life As a writer and storyteller I frequently find myself analyzing the lives of other people, and extracting the best behavioral patterns to apply to my own life. The reason I do this is to expand my universe and develop my taste regarding what it means to live a good life. Because, you don’t know what you don’t know. If you possess a narrow outlook, you’ll miss what else is out there, eliminating ideas and experiences that could dramatically improve your circumstances.
sans titre What is the difference between "a hearty welcome" and "a cordial reception"? In a brief, action-packed history of the English language, Kate Gardoqui explains why these semantically equal phrases evoke such different images. What do Game of Thrones’ Dothraki, Avatar’s Na’vi, Star Trek’s Klingon and LOTR’s Elvish have in common? To Clear Negative Thoughts, Physically Throw Them Away: Study Bothered by negative thoughts? Clearing your mind of them could be as simple as writing them down and physically throwing them away, according to a new study, published in the journal Psychological Science. "At some level, it can sound silly. But we found that it really works -- by physically throwing away or protecting your thoughts, you influence how you end up using those thoughts," study researcher Richard Petty, of Ohio State University, said in a statement.
Dyatlov Pass incident The Dyatlov Pass incident (Russian: Гибель тургруппы Дятлова) is the mysterious deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains on February 2, 1959. The experienced trekking group, who were all from the Ural Polytechnical Institute, had established a camp on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl when disaster struck. During the night something made them tear their way out of their tents from the inside and flee the campsite inadequately dressed in heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures. Soviet investigators determined that six victims died from hypothermia but others showed signs of physical trauma. One victim had a fractured skull while another had brain damage but without any sign of distress to their skull.