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How to have a creative renaissance! (Even when you have artistic burnout. And kids. In a pandemic. When everything is awful.)

Stress, poor sleep, and a shortage of alone-time can all be creativity killers–and it’s a rare artist who doesn’t feel stuck, frustrated, or burnt-out right now.  But the creative brain is characterized by its ability to widen its perceptual field and invite new experiences. The creative brain draws meaning from…

Some unsolicited advice on seeking answers from advice columns

Modern advice columnists answer questions about sex, relationships, work, mental health, and existence itself.  Your probability of taking someone’s advice is determined by a number of cognitive and social factors, like their reputation and your emotions. People–especially people with low motivation–frequently just need a listener, not an advice-giver.  We can…

From working “hard” to working joyfully: Reddit’s antiwork movement shows why this is the year to re-think your relationship with work

More than 4.5 million people left their jobs at the end of last year as part of the Great Resignation. Many of these individuals were essential workers in the food service, healthcare, and education sectors.  The Reddit forum r/antiwork has become a sounding board for those who feel trapped in…

The psychology of face perception and what it means for your headshots and dating profile photos

Humans have evolved the ability to evaluate faces in a matter of milliseconds, which compounds the pressure of posting the best headshots to professional networking sites and the cutest pictures to your dating profile.  People can make judgments about your attractiveness and personality based on elements like facial symmetry, the…

Acknowledge, accept, and embody change—Follow these three rules and watch your life transform

Positive psychology is centered around research on intentional activities. People are becoming more and more successful at transforming their lives for the better thanks to deliberate positive interventions. Focused, mindful acts—for example practicing acts of kindness, expressing gratitude, and reviewing the good things that happened in your life today—have an…

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