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Lessons from Doctor Who: “Scared Is a Super Power”

Mindfulness teaches us that our physical reactions don’t need to reflect our mental states. We can’t ignore our heart racing, but we can choose our reaction. A recent episode of Doctor Who explains this lesson well. ​What Is “Mindfulness,” and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?​What Is “Mindfulness,” and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?​What […]

SipSnapp Scans a Beer List and Rates It For You

iOS: If you aren’t a beer expert, you might not know if you’ll like a certain beer. With so many craft beers out there, you’re likely to find one you’ve never heard of. SipSnapp takes a beer list from a restaurant and looks up ratings for each brew. Just use your iPhone’s camera to take […]

Put “Congratulations” in Your Facebook Post So More People See It

Facebook is constantly changing its algorithms for which of your posts are shown to your friends. A recent article suggests putting “congratulations” in the update might cause more people to see it. Facebook’s recent posts setting tries to show us news we’d be most interested in. Who doesn’t like to offer congratulations? Zeynep Tufekci has […]

“Invite” Your Partner to Discuss Emotions Instead of Expecting It

It can be frustrating trying to communicate with a partner who bottles up their emotions. Instead of bugging them to say what’s on their minds, consider “inviting” them to express what they are feeling and you might get better results. Over at World of Psychology, they interviewed relationship expert Jared DeFife about couple communications. He […]

VirtualXP Runs Your Old XP Installation Safely in Windows 7 or 8

Windows: Many people have kept their old Windows XP computers running because they have software on the systems that can’t be reinstalled. VirtualXP lets you migrate an existing Windows XP installation into a virtual machine that you can run on Windows 7 or 8. We’ve covered how to run a virtual version of Windows XP […]

Remind Yourself “It Must Not Be Easy” When Dealing With Difficult People

We all have to deal with difficult people we can’t avoid. Seeing things from their perspective helps create empathy and understand their perspective. Use the phrase “It must not be easy” to help you see their side before you react. Defuse Temper Tantrums with EmpathyDefuse Temper Tantrums with EmpathyDefuse Temper Tantrums with Empathy Children–and even […]

How to Ruthlessly Prioritize Your Task List to Get More Done

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to make a to do list, but how much harder it is to actually finish it? Prioritization makes a huge difference when it comes to actually completing that task list. The trick is to be as ruthless as you can stand. How to Prioritize When Everything Is […]

Scientists Discover the Ideal Dance Moves for Men

Before heading out for a night on the town, guys might want to make sure they have their dance moves down. A recent study showed women rated these particular dance moves higher than others. The study—conducted by Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK, and published in Biology Letters—found that women rated male dancers higher when they […]

Compare Yourself to the “Old You” Instead of Others to Keep Positive

When you’re working hard to change a habit, develop a skill, or achieve a personal goal, it’s hard not to compare yourself to others. Doing so can bring you down or breed hateful thoughts, however, so you’re better off comparing yourself to someone you know you’ve surpassed: the old you. Different personalities compare themselves to […]

Use Google Sheets as a Multilingual Chat Translator

Communicating with someone who speaks and writes in another language isn’t the easiest task, but this Google Sheet incorporates Google Translate so you can have a real-time chat conversation with anybody in the world. Over at the tech blog Digital Inspiration, Amit Agarwal created a Google Sheet that’s powered by Google Scripts, and translates all […]

How to Boost Your Phishing Detection Skills and Avoid Email Scams

Phishing scams—the ones that try to get you to provide private information by masquerading as a legitimate company—can be easy to uncover with a skeptical eye, but some can easily get you when you let your guard down for just a second. Here’s how you can boost your phishing detection skills and protect yourself during […]

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