How to make stress your friend

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While stress has been reported as a public health problem, new research suggests that it may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive (!), and introduces us to a curious mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

How about watching her lecture?

So what’s the difference between stressed and nonstressed people? What can you do to live more peacefully? Continue reading

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Teach girls bravery, not perfection

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Today is International Women’s Day and it has been vigorously celebrated all around. I have chosen a delighting message to show you. This has made me reflect upon our role in the world in a special way.

Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code. They work “to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.” Why does it matter?  Continue reading

The dangerous ways ads see women

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I’m bringing today a current matter to discuss.

Jean Kilbourne is a cultural theorist. Since the 1960s, she has examined the ways women are portrayed in American advertising.

“Gradually, I began to see a pattern in the ads, a sort of statement about what it meant to be a woman in [American] culture.”

“The pressure on women to be young, thin, beautiful is more intense than ever before,” she says, citing the photo manipulation powers of Photoshop. These computer-altered images distort society’s expectations for the female body, encouraging both sexes to accept this as normal.

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A newborn and a cardboard box: what do they have in common?

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I have read this news on the internet and it has brought me some reflection. And I will explain why.

Nowadays we can see some different realities involving families when it comes to having a baby: on the one hand, high priced baby stores carrying expensive items and clothing. On the other hand, you have mothers who barely can afford to cloth and feed their newborns. In the middle you have people working long hours just to provide the essentials.

In Finland they do things different.  Continue reading

The benefits of a bilingual brain

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Today I will cover a topic that has been more and more discussed as time goes by.

It’s widely known and obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling, communicating with all kinds of people, watching movies or plays effortlessly. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain?

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You’re More Successful Than You Realize (A Social Experiment)

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How is it going?

The guys from A Plus had people rate their success on a scale of 1 to 10. But when they asked their loved ones to do the same, their answers told a different story.

Ready for a unique experience? Have a sit and leave your comments! Well, I am speechless…

Visit their site for more stories like this! 😉

The linguistic genius of babies

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Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world. It’s unbelievable!!!

The subtitles are in English in this website. If you feel willing to leave a comment, please do it!

Patricia Kuhl

“What have we learned? Well, babies all over the world are what I like to describe as ‘citizens of the world.’ They can discriminate all the sounds of all languages, no matter what country we’re testing and what language we’re using, and that’s remarkable because you and I can’t do that.”

Unfriending on Facebook

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Call it the most obvious research study ever.

A study at the University of Colorado, Denver found that unfriending people on Facebook can lead to real-world consequences. Essentially, people take their “friends” lists very seriously. Christopher Sibona, the study author, found that 40% of people avoid real-world contact with someone they know unfriended them on the social networking site.

People will usually remove acquaintances who are boring, tedious, rude, or post way too often. Watch more:

Has unfriending ever backfired in real life to you? Or, has someone upset you by removing your online relationship or friendship? Are these social networking labels the new norm of socialization, or are they essentially unimportant?