Tag: Research


Fairness, Yoga and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include researching fairness with kids, using Skittles (yum!); a new movie, in part exploring the world of yoga; a condition that we probably all suffer from: digital hoarding; and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need. 1. No Fair! “‘It wasn’t obvious that we’re just born with a sense of fairness, but everyone seems to have one. How do these different senses......

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The Shocking Fear of Being Alone with Our Thoughts

Here is something frightening. Do you know what one of the most difficult tasks is for people? To do nothing but think! We do not like to be alone with our thoughts. In more than 11 separate studies,?psychologists at Virginia?and Harvard Universities showed that people so hated being left alone to simply think – regardless of their age, education, income or the amount they used smartphones or social media – that they chose to give themselves mild electric shocks in an attempt to break the tedium of solitude. Two-thirds of men and......

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Science Is Not the Opposite of Religion

John Lennon had it right when he sang, “Imagine no religion.” Let me explain. According to a recent study from the Public Religion Research Institute, 41% of Americans either completely disagree (27%) or mostly disagree (14%) with this statement: “Evolution is the best explanation for the origins of human life on Earth.” Surprised? Disturbed? I’m not surprised, but I am disturbed – though perhaps for reasons you might not expect. I’m not surprised because in this country we remain a nation of believers, and most of those believers are regularly subjected to......

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When a Falsehood Is the Truth

Words like truth and falsehood, honesty and lie, get tossed around with great ease and certainty. But what if it isn’t as simple as that? What if something false is actually true? Think that’s not possible? Think about placebos that work even though they “shouldn’t”. A recent study shows that believing that you have slept well, even if you have not, will improve your performance as if you had. On our totally sleep deprived culture this may be a really useful piece of information, or it could encourage deception as a form......

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Do Pessimists Live Longer?

What do you say when you look at your life? Is your glass half-full, or half-empty? Your life, or at least your longevity, may depend on your answer. Recent studies bucking the trend toward “positive psychology,” and the science of being happier, indicate that pessimism – not optimism – may actually contribute to living a longer life. Of course, the pessimists among us will doubt these findings, which ironically may make these promises more likely to come true! Before all you pessimists start celebrating, though (itself a funny image, a celebration of......

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How Polarization Paralyzes Us

According to the largest political survey in its history, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press recently found that “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades… producing rising animosity bordering on a sense of alarm” toward the opposite party. Moreover, polarization goes beyond politics and is reflected in the personal lives and lifestyles of those on both the right and left. According to the Pew survey, about a......

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