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.
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.
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.
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.
It can happen to the best of us. We’re human. We all make mistakes.
Mistakes are bad, no doubt, but not learning from them is worse. It’s not the failures in life that define us as much as how we respond to them.
“We fall in love not just with a person wholly external to us but with a fantasy of how that person can fill what is missing from our interior lives.”
Read how psychoanalyst Adam Phillips addresses this central paradox with clarity and elegance in Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life in this article from Brainpickings.
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.
Lemon water is packed with a variety of health benefits and is extremely easy to make, making it a great choice for beginners. Lemon water aids with digestion, and may even help with weight loss. On top of that, it’s loaded with vitamin C, a beneficial antioxidant, as well as vitamin B6, folate, thiamin, fiber and vitamin E. Start drinking lemon water today!
If only you had more willpower, you would easily stick to your diet or exercise program, right? Turns out that you need a lot more than willpower; it’s not just about self-control. These five truths about willpower may change how you think about and use this inner resource to help meet your goals.
Going beyond this age-old question, Dave Asprey states in Bulletproof Diet: “A process like willpower is far more sensitive to your energy than the lower levels of biology needed for survival.” Essentially: if we’re not supplying our bodies with the right chemicals, we’re not going to follow up on our big plans. Do you agree?
The mechanics of successfully performing a handstand will amp up all of your other exercise endeavors, making you stronger, more stable, and better coordinated, while the discipline required to master the move will make you a better human being overall. It will force you to take a long, hard look at the time you are willing to invest in reaching a specific goal. Read more about the tremendous carry-over you can experience.