Characteristics that make mentally tough people what they are

thomas-edison-quotesIf things are going wrong (and they often do, if Murphy is to be believed), how you cope up with it gives an indication of how mentally strong you are. If you see an individual all riled up because the job he thought was his for sure did not fall into his lap, you know that the mind is not in the best shape. So that we may understand how to deal with adversities that life puts before us, it is important to understand how mentally strong people deal with situations and what traits they employ to get there. Mental strength is an amalgamation of emotional intelligence, grit, resilience, self-control, mental toughness and mindfulness. Here is a quick glance at how mentally strong people behave, according to Ryan Holiday, the author of the forthcoming book Obstacle is the way: Continue reading Characteristics that make mentally tough people what they are

Ladies, here is why you should pick the nice guy

Researchers say that nice guys are best bets for the longer race
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beniceYes ladies, things are not what you thought. A long-lasting relationship requires a solid character. So, while the ‘bad boy’ may drive you wild and electrify your day (and night) for a while, the probability of a long, happy union with them is far slimmer than your average Joe, because Mr Average Joe has qualities that were hitherto seen as boring or predictable. In truth, his solidity is what contributes to real happiness in marriage, and even passion.

TY Tashiro of University of Maryland and a University of Tennessee study say neither looks nor income were major factors in happy marriages.  Nice guys apparently make better mates in the long haul. Continue reading Ladies, here is why you should pick the nice guy

10 brain-powering superfoods

There’s good news for the 100 billion neurons in your brain. You can boost them with these 10 superfoods!

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Image courtesy: whittier.edu
Image courtesy: whittier.edu

Neuroscientists have proven that, in our lifetime, we not only hang on to our neurons but we also grow new ones. Throughout our life, our brain is continually expanding and reshaping itself in response to what we learn through it. Even something as silly as learning to bake can alter the structure of the brain. In a recent experiment, Lutz Jäncke, a Swiss neuroscientist, studied the brains of people who were learning to play a musical instrument. It was found that their brain went through significant changes in areas that control hearing, memory and hand movements. This was true even in participants who were 65 and older. So, what can we eat for a smarter-working, highly powerful brain?

Here are 10 superfoods that will boost your brainpower. Continue reading 10 brain-powering superfoods

Body of Emotions

We know that emotions are connected to physiological changes in our bodies. But have you ever wondered how your body feels the emotions we constantly experience? What if you can map each emotion you feel on your body? Here’s a look.
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Just in case you thought that emotions were only felt in an unknown, intangible realm, you’re mistaken. A new research carried out by the Aalto University in Finland showed that our bodies feel the sensations of emotions regardless of our culture, nationality, language and religion. This is because the whole mind-body connection is biological and linked to our very drive for survival.

So when the last time your partner kissed you “good morning” and gave you a loving look, where is it that you actually felt the ‘I’m in love’ emotion? Whether it is butterflies in stomach (anxiety) or the puffin up of the chest (pride), these emotions are universally associated with certain bodily sensations. Based on where these emotions are felt inside our bodies, Finnish researchers mapped the emotions that the body went through. Continue reading Body of Emotions