How Laughing Is Good For Your Mind and Your Body

How Laughing Is Good For Your Mind and Your Body

Amusement and pleasant surprises – and the laughter they can trigger – add texture to the fabric of daily life. Those giggles and guffaws can seem like just silly throwaways. But laughter, in response to funny events, actually takes a lot of work,

The Bizarre Social History of Beds

The Bizarre Social History of Beds

Groucho Marx once joked, “Anything that can’t be done in bed isn’t worth doing at all.” You might think he was referring to sleeping and sex. But humans, at one time or another, have done just about everything in bed.

Why The Secret Garden Is A Place of Healing... Once Again

Why The Secret Garden Is A Place of Healing... Once Again

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 children’s book The Secret Garden has once again been adapted for the screen. Critics have noted that the film about a healing garden has come just at the right time, with The Telegraph calling it “a sparkling COVID antidote”.

How The Lockdown Has Changed Reading Habits

How The Lockdown Has Changed Reading Habits

During times of crisis, people find themselves faced with lifestyle changes. One of the earliest and most noticeable changes seen during the COVID-19 lockdown was how we consume media — and especially how we read.

How Does Being Bilingual Affect Your Brain?

How Does Being Bilingual Affect Your Brain?

Research suggests that as you learn or regularly use a second language, it becomes constantly “active” alongside your native language in your brain. To enable communication, your brain has to select one language and inhibit the other.

Why Retiring Early Can Be Bad For The Brain

Why Retiring Early Can Be Bad For The Brain

People who retire early suffer from accelerated cognitive decline and may even encounter early onset of dementia, according to a new economic study I conducted with my doctoral student Alan Adelman.

Why Do Brides Wear White?

Why Do Brides Wear White?

“A wedding gown represents far more than just a dress. It is also the embodiment of a dream,” said Vera Wang.

Why A Bit Of Magical Thinking Could Help The World Now

Why A Bit Of Magical Thinking Could Help The World Now

On April 16 1872, a group of men sat drinking in the Barley Mow pub near Wellington in Somerset in the UK’s south-west. A gust of wind in the chimney dislodged four onions with paper attached to them with pins. On each piece of paper, a name was written.

How To Tap Into Your Creative Genius

 

How To Tap In To Your Creative Genius

There’s a saying that everyone has a book inside them. While I don’t know if that’s true, I do believe that everyone has something special to offer the world. Sadly, most people keep their gift hidden, even from themselves, and there are many reasons why this happens.

All About Soap and Making It Naturally

All About Soap and Making It Naturally

Go into any bath and body store and you are sure to find soaps in a huge variety of scents, fragrances, colors, types, sizes, shapes and price ranges. How are these soaps different from the nationally advertised brand name soaps? How are they different from each other? What really makes a soap a "good" soap?

How Little Richard's Saucy Style Underpins Today's Hits

How Little Richard's Saucy Style Underpins Today's Hits

Born Richard Wayne Penniman and nicknamed for his smallness as a child, Little Richard was one of 12 children. He developed his charismatic singing, piano and performance styles playing in black and Pentecostal churches.

A Beginner's Guide To Reading And Enjoying Poetry

A Beginner's Guide To Reading And Enjoying Poetry

One of the things you get asked most when people find out that you’re a poet is whether you can recommend something that could be read at an upcoming wedding, or if you know something that might be suitable for a funeral.

Four Video Games To Boost Your Mood

Four Video Games To Boost Your Mood

In her book How Games Move Us (2016), computer games researcher Katherine Isbister writes that her friends and colleagues believe that gaming might numb people’s emotions. 

There Is A Brighter Way: Freeing The Creativity Within

There Is A Brighter Way: Freeing The Creativity Within

Knowing what I know now fires me up with enthusiasm to share this truth: there is a brighter way. What you seek, you will find. I want to impart this to all who approach me about their creative issues and anxieties: there are answers to your suffering and your longing.

Inside The Beatles' Messy Breakup, 50 Years Ago

Inside The Beatles' Messy Breakup, 50 Years Ago

Fifty years ago, when Paul McCartney announced he had left the Beatles, the news dashed the hopes of millions of fans, while fueling false reunion rumors that persisted well into the new decade.

Classroom of Life: From Confusion to the Stillpoint Schoolhouse

Classroom of Life: From Confusion to the Stillpoint Schoolhouse
My name is Dillon and this is a story of how I woke from the dream of the world -- a trance which controlled my thinking, my behavior, my relationships, and my future -- a trance which affected every aspect of my life, and a trance of which I was completely unaware...

Attitude versus Activity: The Importance of Relaxation and Downtime

Attitude versus Activity: The Importance of Relaxation and Downtime
In your hectic life, you might feel as if you're always rushing -- from a client meeting to a seminar, then to an aerobics class, then to drinks with friends. Even though you might enjoy, and perhaps even thrive on, this busy timetable, it's still crucial that you schedule blocks of 'Me Time'.

A Warm Fuzzy Tale: Once Upon a Time...

A Warm Fuzzy Tale: Once Upon a Time...
 Various versions of the following story were circulated through the Human Potential Movement of the 1960s and 70s: Once upon a time, a long time ago, there lived two very happy people called Tim and Maggie with two children called John and Lucy. To understand how happy they were...

What Makes Something Ironic?

What Makes Something Ironic?

Have you ever found yourself about to say, “that’s ironic,” only to stop yourself – unsure whether you were using the word correctly?

Creativity Teamed With Wisdom: Don't Grow Up, Grow Wise!

The Challenge of Creativity: You Don't Need To Draw A Straight Line
When people see my art, they often exclaim, "You are so creative! I cannot even draw a straight line!" My answer is the same, "I cannot draw a straight line either; when I need one, I get a ruler!" Creativity has nothing to do with art...

Can Artificial Intelligence Ever Rival Human Creativity?

Can Artificial Intelligence Ever Rival Human Creativity?
The European Patent Office recently turned down an application for a patent that described a food container. This was not because the invention was not novel or useful, but because it was created by artificial intelligence (AI).

Interactive Map Shows The 13 Emotions Music Makes Us Feel

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Researchers have surveyed more than 2,500 people in the United States and China about their emotional responses to these and thousands of other songs from genres including rock, folk, jazz, classical, marching band, experimental, and heavy metal.

How To Feel More Rested, At Ease, and Enjoy The Holiday Season

How To Feel More Rested, At Ease, and Enjoy The Holiday Season
December is dominated by the holiday season, which often involves lots of parties, visitors, travel, and special meals. Maintaining an organized home is a particular challenge this month, given all the pressure to decorate, buy presents, host gatherings, and cook.

What Makes Christmas Movies So Popular

What Makes Christmas Movies So PopularIf you are one of those people who will settle in this evening with a hot cup of apple cider to watch a holiday movie, you are not alone. Holiday movies have become firmly embedded in Americans’ winter celebrations.

Here's A Therapy Playlist To Calm The Mind

Here's A Therapy Playlist To Calm The Mind
It may seem like we are living in an age of anxiety, where feeling worried, upset and stressed has become the norm. But we should remember that anxiety is a natural human response to situations.

How We Use Music To Make Ourselves Feel At Home

How We Use Music To Make Ourselves Feel At Home
The concept of “home” refers to more than bricks and mortar. Just as cities are more than buildings and infrastructure, our homes carry all manner of emotional, aesthetic and socio-cultural significance.

Creativity vs. Sensuality: Creating Great Goodness For The World

Creativity vs. Sensuality: Creating Great Goodness For The World
Some things have not changed since Homer's time. Now as then, the young despise boredom. Now as then, kicks are the cheapest solution. As to the beneficial uses of sensuality, dashes of it, to be sure, spice creativity. But runaway sensuality has...

The Mystery Of What Makes A Joke Funny

The Mystery Of What Makes A Joke Funny
How do you like the following joke from Sumeria in about 1900BC? “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap."

Why Traditional Persian Music Should Be Known To The World

Why Traditional Persian Music Should Be Known To The World
The traditional poetry and music of Iran aim to create a threshold space, a zone of mystery; a psycho-emotional terrain of suffering, melancholy, death and loss, but also of authentic joy, ecstasy, and hope.

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