A reminder about the illusion of framing

John Green reminds us that the people we admire (maybe even feel envious of) may not have it all together like we imagine. And that’s okay. We all try to put our best “frame” forward, hoping no one will tilt the camera in a direction that reveals...

Gratitude can increase happiness by 25%

Happiness and Gratitude – I tend to agree with Nassim Taleb, that statistical evidence in the social sciences often amounts to little more than lies, but the concept seems worth some self-experimentation. Here’s the method… One a week for 10 weeks,...

Monkeys reject unequal pay or reward

Fascinating the reaction of the monkey that is not paid well for doing the same task as the other monkey. There is a lesson here: Keep pay secret! 🙂 Teasing…. Capuchin monkeys reject unequal pay – YouTube. Full TED Talk...

The 7 deadly sins…of our society

The 7 deadly sins, a list created, appropriately, by the Catholic Church is familiar to many: Lust Gluttony Greed Sloth Wrath Envy Pride Below is a revised, non-secular list, which also provides insights on our weaknesses. The 7 Deadly Sins of Our Society Apathy...

Playing video games can improve brain function

Gamers are saying, “We told you so!” Parents are saying, “WTF!?” According to recent studies, playing video games can increase brain function and improve: creativity decision-making hand-eye coordination night vision But at what cost? According...

How Habits Form ~ How Habits Are Broken

On Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed reporter Charles Duhigg, who has written a book titled The Power of Habit. In the interview Duhigg describes the three-part structure of a habit… Trigger – Something in the environment that triggers or cue’s the...