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Crash Course in Body Language

December 18, 2013

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Relationship Help: Advice for Building Relationships that are Healthy, Happy and Satisfying

December 12, 2013

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A strong, healthy relationship can be one of the best supports in your life. Good relationships improve all aspects of your life, strengthening your health, your mind, and your connections with others. However, if the relationship isn\’t working, it can also be a tremendous drain. Relationships are an investment. The more you put in, the […]

How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy : The New Yorker

December 12, 2013

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A 2010 study from Carnegie Mellon found that, when people engaged in direct interaction with others—that is, posting on walls, messaging, or “liking” something—their feelings of bonding and general social capital increased, while their sense of loneliness decreased. But when participants simply consumed a lot of content passively, Facebook had the opposite effect, lowering their feelings of […]

Balancing old and new skills – MIT News Office

December 10, 2013

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To learn new motor skills, the brain must be plastic: able to rapidly change the strengths of connections between neurons, forming new patterns that accomplish a particular task. However, if the brain were too plastic, previously learned skills would be lost too easily.A new computational model developed by MIT neuroscientists explains how the brain maintains […]

Finding Meaning at Work, Even When Your Job Is Dull – Morten Hansen and Dacher Keltner – Harvard Business Review

December 5, 2013

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Do you experience meaning at work — or just emptiness? In the United States people spend on average 35 – 40 hours working every week. That’s some 80,000 hours during a career — more time than you will spend with your kids probably. Beyond the paycheck, what does work give you? Few questions could be […]

The mind at midlife

December 2, 2013

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Ask those who’ve entered the thick of middle age what they think about their mental capacities and you’re likely to hear a slew of complaints — their brains don’t work as quickly as they used to, they’re distractable and unfocused, and they can never remember anyone’s name. While some of these complaints reflect real declines […]