Quote of the day
If being human is all about talking, it’s the tittle-tattle of life that makes the world go round, not the pearls of wisdom that fall from the lips of the Aristotles and the Einsteins. We are social beings, and our world–no less than that of the monkeys and apes–is cocooned in the interests and minutiae of everyday social life. They fascinate us beyond measure.
~ROBIN DUNBAR, author of Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language
We’ve all been told that gossip is bad. Loose lips sink ships, as the World War II poster warned, yet relationship experts estimate that 65% to 80% of our daily conversations are about other people.
Studies find the emotion of awe may make people more empathetic, trusting, generous and humble.
Spiers, a clinical neuropsychologist and associate psychology professor at Philadelphia’s Drexel University, critiques the way movies depict brain disorders on her website, NeuroPsyFi.com.
How will you choose what to eat today? I’d guess that however you make the decision, it will have nothing to do with rounding out your weekly intake of magnesium or potassium.
You sit down at a nice restaurant and are presented the wine list. You might ask for a few recommendations and finally settle upon a bottle to order. Before you know it, your waiter is proudly presenting the bottle to you and pours just a tasting amount in the glass with a flourish. If you’re not a certified sommelier, you’re probably like the rest of us who swirl it, taste and nod your head that it’ll be just fine. But wine tasting doesn’t have to feel intimidating or pretentious, especially when you know what to look for.
A Hungarian psychology professor once wrote to famous creators asking them to be interviewed for a book he was writing. One of the most interesting things about his project was how many people said “no.”
Are you looking to improve your Pinterest engagement? Want to know what types of pins get attention?
At the Mobile World Congress this year, there were connected cars and bluetooth toothbrushes and smartwatches in spades, but above all there were phones. In every one of the the eight and a half football-field-size halls, there were hundreds upon hundreds of sexy, sleek, shiny smartphones. And they all looked exactly the same.
This week’s video cautions against opening with a type of conflict that might initially seem a good idea—and shows you how to figure out the right way to begin your book.
Writing an outline did not sap my soul. Nor did it kill the fun of writing the story. In fact, it helped me figure out the next two things…