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5 Surprising, Science-Backed Ways To Get Smarter Today

5 Surprising, Science-Backed Ways To Get Smarter Today | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Your intelligence isn't fixed it's fluid. Here's a handful of ways to improve your brain flow. This fluidity comes from all sorts of things: the way we think about ourselves, the expertise we develop, the people we surround ourselves with. In short, the way we live our lives shapes our minds, in some seriously mysterious ways.


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Don't set limits for yourself. Be smarter today!

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being smart is a choice!!

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If so, I choose to get smarter!

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How Abusive Bosses Can Destroy Teamwork

How Abusive Bosses Can Destroy Teamwork | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Hate your boss? You are not alone! We've all heard the story of the egotistical boss or the one that terrorizes and intimidates employees. There is increasing evidence that there is a clear link between bad leaders and employee health and productivity problems, which is turn, can be a huge liability for organizations. Recent research shows that abusive supervision leads to a variety of negative individual and organizational outcomes such as decreased job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and well-being and increased turnover, burnout, and hostility in the work environment. Most of that research has focused on the impact abusive bosses have on individual employees. Now there is new evidence to show the impact on teams.

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"Employers should be aware of the tremendous costs to individual employee health and well-being caused by abusive bosses, but be doubly aware of the impact they have on team functioning."

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What We Know About Female Ejaculation

It's been a mystery for years, but scientists might have finally figured out female ejaculation!
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Many mysterious things take place in the holy of holies..

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The Science of Habit Formation and How It Helps Us Accomplish More

The Science of Habit Formation and How It Helps Us Accomplish More | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

I love creating new habits, mainly because I’ve finally learned how to form them without quitting and dropping the ball. In fact, everything I’ve accomplished in the last few years has been the result of forming a series of small, positive habits. In my work as an online entrepreneur and coach, I’ve seen how the right habits have transformed the lives of my peers and clients. People who can commit to their habits are killing it with their bigger goals and dreams. It’s really amazing to see. I’ve had a client lose over 200 pounds using daily exercise and eating habits. I’ve watched a marketing podcaster friend make over two million dollars in the last two years because of his commitment to his recording habits. And I’ve seen another blogger become a bestselling Amazon author, publishing dozens of books over the last few years, and making a boat load of money because he’s learned the power of habits. I share my own personal habit story in my free video training series which you can access here. But in this post, I want to share with you how science reinforces the proven skills of forming sustainable habits.

 


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Use habits to your advantage!

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Video: Seattle Dog Figures Out Bus, Regularly Rides To Dog Park Solo

Video: Seattle Dog Figures Out Bus, Regularly Rides To Dog Park Solo | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Seattle's public transit system has had a ruff go of things lately, and that has riders smiling. You see, of the 120 million riders who used the system last year, one of them is actually a dog. Seattle's KOMO-TV reports the 2-year-old black Labrador mix, named Eclipse, has become a regular fixture on the city's D-Line after she figured out how to ride the bus alone to the dog park. "All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does," fellow rider Tiona Rainwater told KOMO. "She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?" The dog's owner, Jeff Young, lives next to the stop. He said Eclipse sometimes hops on board without him if he's not yet finished smoking his cigarette when the bus arrives. The pup has become a regular on the route, riding three or four stops before exiting at her destination of choice. "I catch up with her at the dog park," Young explained.

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Urbanized miracle dog!

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Laptop Ergonomics - Adult or Child Laptop Use at Home, Work or School

Ergonomic use of Laptop or Computer devices for recreation or work at home, office or school can bring you great benefits, including your children or kids, if you adopt healthy habits by using them as a correct posture, regular breaks and a proper adjustment of equipment. Awareness of these Ergonomics basic safety tips and suggestions can help prevent or relive occupational work, classroom or home stresses or disorders such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Back / Neck Pain or vision care when using laptop devices. See also: 

 

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Sit right, work right, feel right!

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How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models

How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
A lot of people ring in the New Year with vows to lose weight and exercise. In Israel, however, a new law took effect January 1st that banned the use of underweight models. It set a strict limit of a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 18.5 (any lower than that, and the World Health Organization considers you underweight and potentially malnourished) for any models appearing on the catwalk or in advertisements. It also required that ads print a disclaimer if they digitally altered the models.
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Will eliminating the anorexic ideal actually reduce cases of eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and over-eating? Will banning the use of Photoshop in ads keep young people from stopping at nothing to achieve bodies that are completely unrealistic?

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Experiment: The top 10 things I learned drinking only water for a month - A Life of Productivity

Experiment: The top 10 things I learned drinking only water for a month - A Life of Productivity | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

For the entire month of February I drank only water as a productivity experiment. I had no caffeine-based pre-workout drink to get ready for the gym, no mid-afternoon tea, no red wine on Valentine’s Day, and no drinks on my girlfriend’s birthday–the fanciest thing I drank all month was a cup of hot water with a lemon wedge. (I’m definitely kicking myself for not picking an easier month, but hindsight is 20/20 I guess.) To be honest I didn’t expect to learn much from this experiment, but looking back, I learned a ton. This article is a long one, but I know you’ll get a lot out of it, and I tried to make it as skimmable as possible so you can easily skip to the parts you’re interested in. Without further ado, here are the top 10 lessons I learned drinking only water for an entire month!

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Much to learn from our most important resource on the planet!

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What doesn’t kill you doesn’t necessarily make you stronger

What doesn’t kill you doesn’t necessarily make you stronger | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

When I was 15, I attended a writing workshop with a girl who had been sexually abused by a family member, trauma that she explored in her poetry. She said she was offended when people told her: “I’m really sorry that happened to you.” She felt like they were saying they wanted to change her, so she’d reply: “Don’t be. It made me who I am today.” I also grew up with violence, terrified of a parent who was verbally and physically abusive, and drove drunk with me and my siblings in the backseat. Sometimes this parent would threaten to choke me with a dog collar or would fire off shotgun rounds overhead for the fun of seeing the rest of the family cower. I am glad my classmate found a way to cope with her past, but I can’t be grateful for mine.

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"It’s true that we benefit from life’s normal and healthy challenges: We may learn how to resolve disagreements with loved ones or be inspired by teachers who push us to do our best. However, I cringe when I hear the same idea applied to deeper suffering: the emotional or physical experience of being harmed or threatened."

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Remember the art of conversation? How to put down your smartphone

Remember the art of conversation? How to put down your smartphone | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

As smartphones bleed into all parts of our life, a common New Year's resolution should be to cut down on phone usage and be more present in the moment. It's harder than it sounds.

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"Each notification, like and communication is a stimulant that acts as a pleasure hit to the brain."

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Rules of Happiness: 25 Most Critical Things, Proven by Science, to Feel Happier

Rules of Happiness: 25 Most Critical Things, Proven by Science, to Feel Happier | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands! Even as children, we’re taught to recognize and celebrate feelings of happiness—and it’s no wonder. Not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but being happy is also the key to a fulfilled, healthy life. Plus, cheeriness is linked to living longer, how hard we work, physical function as we age, and an improved immune system, among other health benefits. While it’s hard to define (especially since it varies from person to person), some experts describe happiness as “a combination of life satisfaction and having more positive emotions than negative emotions,” while others view it as consisting of three parts: feeling good, living a “good life,” and feeling part of a larger purpose. There’s also a distinct difference between short- and long-term happiness: The former is a fleeting feeling, while the latter applies to how we describe our own lives. While some factors that affect happiness might be outside of our control (such as genetics or certain life circumstances), there are always actions we can take to amp up our own good feelings. To smile wider, be more satisfied with life, and feel altogether better—both in the present and the future—try introducing any (or all!) of these practices into your life.

 

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When it comes to happiness, just having sex once a week may make you feel as stoked as scoring an additional $50,000 in income!

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Falling In Love At First Sight-In A Fifth Of A Second

Falling In Love At First Sight-In A Fifth Of A Second | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

We’ve all heard that falling in love at first sight. Now there may be scientific evidence to support that view. Researchers found falling in love only takes about a fifth of a second. A new meta-analysis study conducted by Syracuse University Professor Stephanie Ortigue reveals falling in love can elicit not only the same euphoric feeling as using cocaine, but also affects intellectual areas of the brain.

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"When a person falls in love, 12 areas of the brain work in tandem to release euphoria-inducing chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression."

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Automated cars: Along for the ride

Automated cars: Along for the ride | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Bumper-to-bumper traffic, distracted drivers, ill-timed lights. Who wouldn't like to revamp their daily commute? Imagine instead reclining your seat, sipping a coffee and checking your email while your vehicle drives you to work. So far, driverless cars are legal only in California, Nevada, Michigan, Florida and the District of Columbia. Still, new partially automated vehicle systems are hitting the market every year. Cars ranging from the budget-friendly Ford Focus to the luxury Range Rover Evoque can parallel park themselves. Automakers including Mercedes and BMW have released cars that speed up and slow down automatically in stop-and-go traffic. Google's self-driving cars have gone even further: A fleet of about a dozen fully autonomous test cars have logged more than 700,000 miles on public and private California roads, ferrying passive passengers safely down city streets, pulling into parking spots and cruising through the drive-thru to pick up tacos. The latest iteration of Google's car doesn't even have a steering wheel. From a psychological perspective, says University of Utah psychologist David Strayer, PhD, the changes afoot may very well be revolutionary.

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"In 2012, 33,561 people were killed in car crashes in the United States, and an estimated 2.36 million were injured. A number of major crash studies have found that human error caused more than 90 percent of those crashes. In a perfect world, technology would take driver error out of the equation."

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To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair

To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Procrastinators, take note: If you've tried building self-discipline and you're still putting things off, maybe you need to try something different. One new approach: Check your mood. Often, procrastinators attempt to avoid the anxiety or worry aroused by a tough task with activities aimed at repairing their mood, such as checking Facebook or taking a nap. But the pattern, which researchers call "giving in to feel good," makes procrastinators feel worse later, when they face the consequences of missing a deadline or making a hasty, last-minute effort, says Timothy Pychyl (rhymes with Mitchell), an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and a researcher on the topic. Increasingly, psychologists and time-management consultants are focusing on a new strategy: helping procrastinators see how attempts at mood repair are sabotaging their efforts and learn to regulate their emotions in more productive ways.

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The consequences of procrastinating are negative internal dialogues, lower salaries, higher likelihood of unemployment, failure to save for retirement, and neglect of preventive health care.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Friends Are Key to Our Happiness, According to Science

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Friends Are Key to Our Happiness, According to Science | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Less stress? A longer life? Friends don't just make life more fun—they have a real, measurable impact on our well-being.

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Regular contact with 10 or more friends significantly increases happiness and lengthens life.

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Spouse’s personality influences career success, study finds

Spouse’s personality influences career success, study finds | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

As people spend more and more time in the workplace, it’s natural for co-workers to develop close bonds — what’s often referred to as a “workplace spouse” or an “office wife.” But when it comes to pay raises, promotions and other measures of career success, it’s the husband or wife at home who may be exerting a bigger influence on workplace performance, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

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"Not only your own personality influences the experiences that lead to greater occupational success, but your spouse’s personality matters too!"

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10 Tips for Reducing Anger

10 Tips for Reducing Anger | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
The following is a partial distillation of ideas my colleague and I have more fully exposed in The Anger Fallacy. They're in no special order, except perhaps in as much as the first should probably come first. Some, admittedly, only touched on here, may require some unpacking (in particular 6, 7 and 8); but for those of you who cannot access the book, I'm happy to answer questions and to respond to comments!
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Think like a scientist, not a lawyer!

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A Strange Depression Symptom That Most People Don’t Know

A Strange Depression Symptom That Most People Don’t Know | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Clinically depressed people can find it hard to tell the difference between their own negative emotions, like anger, guilt and frustration. This could be part of the reason that depression is so hard to deal with. It may be helpful for people experiencing depression to be more specific about which negative emotion they are feeling, the research also suggests.

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Being specific about negative emotions is important for recovery.

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24 Simple Life Hacks That Will Forever Change Your Life

24 Simple Life Hacks That Will Forever Change Your Life | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Life hacks aren't anything new. Every day, someone is coming up with a new solution to life's problems that will make everything simpler. The only problem is that there are too many life hacks out there, and some of them just aren't that good and really won't help you out in the long run. So we've done the legwork and took a look at them all and decided which ones are really worthwhile and that everyone should have in their arsenal. Consider these as life hack "hacks. Here are 23 simple life hacks that will forever change your life.

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If everyone followed these simple steps, I believe there would be no more misery in the world!

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Fitness Myths Busted : 9 Lame Fitness Advice You Should Stop Following Now

Fitness Myths Busted : 9 Lame Fitness Advice You Should Stop Following Now | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Think you know the facts about getting fit? You may be surprised to learn how many are really fiction. It’s easy to fall into the trap: A workout buddy passes along an exercise tip, and then you pass it on to several folks you know. Your kid’s coach gives you advice, and sure enough you hear the same thing from several other parents. So you figure it must be true. But experts say that in the world of fitness, myths and half-truths abound – and some of them may be keeping you and your family from getting the best and safest workout. “Some myths are just harmless half-truths, but many others can actually be harmful,” says professional triathlete and personal coach Eric Harr, author of The Portable Personal Trainer. “They can cause frustration in working out and sometimes even lead to injury,” he notes. One reason myths get started, says Harr, is that we all react to exercise a little differently. So what’s true for one person may not be true for another. “In this sense you sometimes have to find your own ‘exercise truths’ – the things that are true for you,” says Harr. That said, experts say there are also some fitness myths that just need busting, and the sooner the better!

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Gotta separate the sheep from the goats..

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Simple ‘Batman Workout’ Exercises To Turn You Into Your Favorite Superhero

Simple ‘Batman Workout’ Exercises To Turn You Into Your Favorite Superhero | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

If your new year’s resolution includes working out and having a superhero-like body, This regime includes nine sets of exercises designed to bulk up every area of your body—including chest, biceps, abs, and quads that would help you develop enough leg power to jump across your city’s rooftops. 

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Use this ‘Batman Workout’ plan to help turn you into a masculine caped crusader. 

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Human Speech's Surprising Influence on Young Infants

Human Speech's Surprising Influence on Young Infants | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Listening to human speech has consequences for infants that go beyond learning words. America’s preoccupation with the “word gap”– the idea that parents in impoverished homes speak less to their children, which, in turn, predicts outcomes like school achievement and income later in life — has skyrocketed in recent years, leading to a rise in educational initiatives aiming to narrow the achievement gap by teaching young children more words.

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Listening to speech promotes infants’ acquisition of the fundamental cognitive and social psychological capacities that form the foundation for subsequent learning.

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The Link Between Clutter and Depression

The Link Between Clutter and Depression | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

Dishes in the sink, toys throughout the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look bad, it makes us feel bad, too. At least that’s what researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) discovered when they explored in real time the relationship between 32 California families and the thousands of objects in their homes. The resulting book, Life at Home in The Twenty-First Century, is a rare look at how middle-class Americans use the space in their homes and interact with the things they accumulate over a lifetime. Our over-worked closets are overflowing with things we rarely touch. It turns out that clutter has a profound affect on our mood and self-esteem.


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A disorganized home reflects a disorganized mind!

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For Leaders, Looking Healthy Matters More than Looking Smart

For Leaders, Looking Healthy Matters More than Looking Smart | Psychology, Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Every year around this time, people make resolutions to improve their lives and careers. The most common of these typically involve health-related goals such as quitting smoking or losing weight. The next most common might be career goals like finding a new job or getting a promotion. While we tend to separate out career goals from health/lifestyle goals in our minds, in reality there is a lot of overlap. If you’re looking to set some career goals, then you might think about getting healthier too.
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Healthy-looking individuals are perceived as better leaders, even over intelligent-looking people

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Why Winter Swimming Is Good For You

On January 1st, many daring individuals participate in a Polar Bear Plunge. What does this do to your body?
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So why wouldn't you want to let yourself experience the health benefits of winter swimming, even in spite of the intense discomfort associated with freezing your testicles??!

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Truth in Dating? New Site Encourages Users to Expose Flaws

A new dating site, "Settle for Love," encourages users to expose their flaws and get real.
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Lies don't end relationships - the truth usually does! Without overdoing it, this strategy actually seems to make complete sense.

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