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Nov 11, 2020
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Feynman understood the difference between:
He created a formula for learning that ensured he understood something better than everyone else.
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.
The meaning of life generally means the relevance, significance or value of the same.
The quest for meaning is not a simple one, but a rabbit’s hole of further queries, making the concept of ‘meaning’ confusing even for positive psychologists.