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Become more empathetic through the power of books

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Featured, Reading & Empathy | 4 comments

Become more empathetic through the power of books

An engaging thought provoking book can affect you in more ways than you may realize. After turning the final page of a good book, we are all familiar with the sense of loss we feel. It is as if we are saying farewell to a group of friends with whom we have experienced many life changing events. If you have felt this way about a book, current research suggests that you are more likely to be an empathetic person than people who either don’t read or don’t feel engaged in the material they read.   Studies show that people who read are more apt at understanding others thought, emotions...

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The pursuit of happiness has failed. It’s time to search for meaning

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Featured, Happiness | 2 comments

The pursuit of happiness has failed. It’s time to search for meaning

Can happiness be pursued? Do we have to hunt down happiness before we can feel it? Is happiness a game of hide-and-seek whereby it’s constantly hiding and we’re constantly seeking? The pursuit of happiness in itself will make you unhappy. The concept of happiness is elusive since once you’ve caught it, it’s gone again. Instead of pursuing the vague concept of happiness, it would be more conducive to our mental health if we pursued meaning and fulfillment in life instead.   Recent research suggests that people who search for meaning and a sense of purpose have better mental...

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How social media is affecting your relationships!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Featured, Social Media | 0 comments

How social media is affecting your relationships!

There’s no doubt about it, social media is changing how relationships are formed, developed and possibly terminated. With the pictures we post, statuses we write, groups we like, Facebook knows everything about us. When we’re meeting someone new, what is the first thing many do these days? Facebook them! While social media is great for connecting people across the globe, it should also be handled with caution.   With the advent of social media came new stresses and strains to relationships. The “in a relationship” status is a battleground for many couples. Frequently we’ve seen...

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Is there such a thing as too much choice?

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Featured, Too much choice | 2 comments

Is there such a thing as too much choice?

Analysis leads to paralysis. Too much choice can have a paralysing effect. Supposedly choice frees us. We can choose our majors in university, the type of work we do, whether to get married, what to wear every day, what kind of jam to buy in the supermarket. The list goes on. While some choice can be beneficial, too much can be overwhelming.   There are many negative effects of having too much choice. One of them is disappointment. When there was one or two options of a product, say a phone, one was more likely to be happy with the choice one made. Nowadays there are endless varieties of...

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The Infamous Impulse Buy

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

The Infamous Impulse Buy

We’ve all been there. We’ve all done it. As we drift around the stores in the mall, something catches our eye. We saunter over; examine the handbag, dress, pair of jeans, whatever it may be. Imagine ourselves wearing it, holding it, showing it off. And suddenly, even though we hadn’t even thought we needed the product, we’ve just got to have it. That’s the impulse buy.   Everyone impulse buys at some point. Some people, however, do it more than others. There is an actual personality trait, the impulse buying tendency, that can predict which people are more...

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Study Tips for Students

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Featured, Study Tips | 0 comments

Study Tips for Students

We all have our favourite revision strategies, well-honed from the countless exams we’ve taken in our lifetime. Highlighting, scribbling down quick summaries, re-reading all our notes until we can recite them backwards to name just a few. But are these tactics effective? Professor John Dunlosky shares his expertise on the subject.   According to Dunlosky, many of the common techniques students use are simply ineffective. For instance, summarizing material has been proven to be just as effective as re-reading, which Dunlosky is quick to point out, isn’t a very helpful revision...

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