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Research on makeup: why woman wear it
  1. Camouflage – Women who are anxious and insecure tend to use makeup to appear less noticeable.
  2. Seduction – Women who want to be noticeably more attractive tend to use makeup to be more confident, sociable, and assertive.
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Self Improvement

When Movie Trailers Give Away The Entire Movie

Movie studios spend millions marketing their product and show multiple versions of trailers to test audiences before releasing the final set of trailers that, more often than not, have the entire movie spelt out for the audience.

This technique is a necessary evil and has become a mainstay of Hollywood trailers despite intense criticism.

Life is progress, not perfection

It doesn't work like a check-list: You can't check each item off, get to be happy and old for a couple of decades, then you die. Problems don’t go away, they change and evolve. And accepting life's imperfection is hard because it forces us to accept that we have to live with things we don’t like.  

The "I'll start tomorrow" trap

When there is a new habit to form or a new project to work on, the human tendency is to say, "I'll start tomorrow", or "I'll start on Monday."

We get a payoff when we delay important actions and promise that we will do it at some perfect time in the near future.

Rainbows And The Pilot's Glory

A pilot's glory is seen when you look down at a cloud or a blanket of fog, tight circles will appear around the antisolar point.

They, unlike rainbows, are the product of electromagnetic waves.

  • Researchers analysed the DNA of people around the world and found three genetic variants for happiness. Two of the variants are linked with differences in the symptoms of depression.
  • Another paper suggests that the DNA of people who regard themselves as happy is more likely to contain a specific gene variant.
  • Other research shows that national levels of happiness depend on how close we are genetically to the Danes.
Why We Have Regret

We regret the decisions we make because we think we should have done something better but didn’t.

We regret these decisions, which are in the past and can’t be changed because we compare them to an ideal path that we think we should have taken.

Happiness

Happiness and satisfaction are subjective concepts – while for some of us monetary benefits can be equated with job satisfaction, some might strive for recognition of their hard-work and lose motivation on failing to achieve so.

No matter what the standards are, being content with our careers is crucial for maintaining the ‘work-life’ balance.

Set simple routines to help you get started without much effort. For example, for a writing goal, set up your table with a bottle of water and read what you wrote the previous day.

The cue will set you in motion and help build the momentum to continue.

Challenge the assumptions you are making about yourself and think about different ways you could leverage your skills and fulfill your passions.

  • Think about your most vivid difficult moments and about the skills or creative adaptations you drew on to meet them.
  • Think about the moments when you were at your best. The patterns you discover can serve as clues.
  • To understand what you value, think about how you spend your free time.
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