“….we developed a model to help people maintain higher levels of happiness derived from beneficial changes. The model consists of two major components: the need to keep having new and positive life-changing experiences and the need to keep appreciating what you already have and not want more too soon.”


“Pre-school children subsequently relatively conservative at age 23 were described as: feeling easily victimized, easily offended, indecisive, fearful, rigid, inhibited, and relatively over-controlled and vulnerable. IQ during nursery school did not relate to subsequent liberalism/conservatism but did relate in subsequent decades.”


Email ‘vacations’ decrease stress, increase concentration


Email ‘vacations’ decrease stress, increase concentration, researchers say

Being cut off from work email significantly reduces stress and allows employees to focus far better, according to a new study. Continue reading

Geeky Prehistory of Humans — very cool


The Tangled Roots of Agriculture
22 January 2010:

A once-popular view that climate change led the Near East’s ancient Natufians to begin domesticating plants and animals is under increasing attack, but alternative paradigms are still being formed. Continue reading

Go-Getter or Not? Inherited Trait at Birth


Less urge to work with brain wired to slack

The researchers found that “go-getters” had higher release of the neurotransmitter dopamine in areas of the brain known to play an important role in reward and motivation, while “slackers” had high dopamine levels in another brain area that plays a role in emotion and risk perception, the anterior insula.


VANDERBILT (US) — When it comes to working hard to earn money, people vary from slackers to go-getters—a difference that may arise from brain chemistry. Continue reading