All posts by HelgaLouw

Laugh more in 2018!

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Researchers in Austria discovered that funny people have higher IQs than their less funny peers. They argue that it takes both cognitive and emotional ability to process and produce humour.

Not only are funny people smart, they’re nice to be around. Evidence suggests that having a good sense of humour is linked to high emotional intelligence and is a highly desirable quality in a partner. In studies of attractiveness, both men and women rate funny people as more attractive, and cite having a good sense of humour as being one of the most important traits in a long-term partner.

The Science of Stress

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Our perception of stress, and therefore our response to it, is an ever-changing thing that depends a great deal on the circumstances and settings in which we find ourselves. It depends on previous experience and knowledge, as well as on the actual event that has occurred. And it depends on memory, too. Read more about Dr Esther Sternberg’s work on the link between the central nervous system and the immune system.

Be a Demanding Reader

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Form the habit of reading well! Reading a book, for any reason other than entertainment, is essentially an effort on your part to ask the book questions (and to answer them to the best of your ability).

Reading is like skiing. When done well, when done by an expert, both reading and skiing are graceful, harmonious activities. When done by a beginner, both are awkward, frustrating, and slow.

How to Know Yourself

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Knowing yourself has extraordinary prestige in our culture. It has been framed as quite literally the meaning of life. Self-knowledge is important for one central reason: because it offers us a route to greater happiness and fulfilment.

A lack of self-knowledge leaves you open to accident and mistaken ambitions. Armed with the right sort of self-knowledge, we have a greater chance of avoiding errors in our dealings with others and in the formulation of our life choices.

Social Media Trends

Social_Media_2017_TrendsSocial media has come to dominate the marketing landscape:  83% of marketers say they’ve used online platforms to boost the perception of their organisations. Here are eight trends to watch for as social media continues to mature in 2017:

  • Live-streaming video
  • Chatbots becoming more common
  • More short-lived social content
  • Merging of social platforms
  • Less organic traffic from social
  • Virtual and augmented reality applications
  • More personalised and relevant content
  • Increased reliance on social media influencers

Booze Love Affair

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The story of humanity’s love affair with alcohol goes back to a time before farming—to a time before humans, in fact. Our taste for tipple may be a hardwired evolutionary trait that distinguishes us from most other animals. Alcohol isn’t just a mind-altering drink, however; it has been a prime mover of human culture from the beginning, fueling the development of arts, language, and religion.

Personal Finance Rules

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“Personal finance is more personal than finance.”  There are so many factors that affect a person or family’s finances: where you live, what career path you take, how much financial support you receive from family, good luck, bad luck, how much money you make, poor choices, hard work, student loans, healthcare spending, a lack of education or understanding about how to run your own finances, what your lifestyle inflation looks like, what your personal relationship is with money and the list could go on and on. Ben Carlson offers some common-sense guidelines.

Truth about Lying

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One lie leads to another, goes the old adage. And now we’ve got neuroscience to back it up. Research shows that you can actually train your brain to lie. Scientists don’t know if the change in brain activity caused the lying, or if the brain activity was simply a reflection of psychological changes, or if it’s all kind of a cycle.