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Nimai Arya

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General writer. Pop culture geek.

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Self Improvement

This is one of the most important stories in our culture. You're supposed to start at the bottom and work your way toward the top.

If you want to move up in the ladder, you are most welcome, but it should not be an imposition, a mandatory race for everyone.

Research Shows Checking Your Phone Is Contagious Like Yawning

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Checking your phone is contagious

A 2021 study suggests the same psychological phenomenon that makes yawns contagious also affects people to check their smartphones.

We subconsciously follow the norms imposed on us by people around us and match our actions with theirs, known as the chameleon effect. This is why people often pick up each others' mood during conversation or why yaws are so contagious.

The 3 things that keep people feeling motivated at work

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How to increase motivation

A hundred years ago, it was much easier to motivate people. You could switch people from an hourly rate to a piece-rate system, where they would be motivated to do repetitive tasks faster. But in the knowledge or creative work economy, those tasks are becoming rare.

Richard Ryan and Edward Deci pioneered the self-determination theory, which states that people are motivated when they can determine for themselves what to work on and how to do it.

6 Tips To Get Motivated When You're Feeling Depressed

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  • Set SMALL AND SPECIFIC GOALS that will not make you feel anxious and overwhelmed.
  • Practice self-compassion. Try to use the same encouraging words you might use for a friend or loved one.
  • Recruit support, or ask for help to hold you to your commitment.
  • Envision how you'll feel after the task. 
  • Make the goal to do it, not to enjoy it.
  • Acknowledge your courage for stepping out of your comfort zone.

5 Ways You Sabotage Your Own Happiness

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Common culprits that stand in the way of your happiness

Happiness has a wide range of benefits, including making us healthier, improving relationships, increasing productivity, and helping us make more positive contributions to society.

There are five common culprits that stand in the way of your happiness.

  • Self-defeating self talk
  • Avoiding meaningful connections
  • Comparing yourself to others
  • Lack of gratitude
  • Fear.
Quantum physics - a simple explanation

Quantum physics is the field of physics that explains how everything works.

It is the best description of the nature of the particles that make up matter and the forces with which they interact. If you want to explain how photons on light turn to electrical current in a solar panel, or how the sun keeps burning, you'll need to use quantum physics.

The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything

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The Feynman Technique

Richard Feynman understood the difference between:

  • knowing something and
  • knowing the name of something

He created a formula for learning that ensured he understood something better than everyone else.

How to be angry | Psyche Guides

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Explaining Anger

Anger is characterised by an intense feeling of displeasure, ranging from frustration to rage. It includes a physiological response like increased heart rate and muscle tension, thoughts such as blame or revenge, and predictable behaviour, such as the desire to lash out.

Many people don't act out how they feel. They might want to yell or scream, but instead, they might pout, cry, or breathe deeply.

Why our pursuit of happiness may be flawed

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Our Fixation With Happiness
  • Most of us actively try to build our lives around a constant state of happiness.
  • The problem is that very few people choose to do great things or want to make an effort to achieve something (which results in happiness).
  • Instead, most people simply rush towards attaining happiness, which they mistakenly assume will be a result of their avoiding unhappiness at all costs.
  • This neurotic, obsessive pursuit of happiness is what leads to problems like depression and listlessness (acedia).

Why Do We Even Listen to New Music? | Pitchfork

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People can get angry, even riotous when they are presented with something they don’t know or recognize.

Much before the phrase ‘confirmation bias’ became mainstream, most of us have been practising it in the things we like, be it clothing brands, beauty ideas or music. We all are trapped in the echo chambers where we love the things we know well, just because they are familiar, and therefore lovable.

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