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Talking to Yourself Makes You Smarter, Not Crazy

You’d probably think someone who talks to themselves out loud is a little “off,” but they might actually be on to something. Talking to yourself is a great way to better understand what you’re learning.

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Talking to Yourself Makes You Smarter, Not Crazy

You’d probably think someone who talks to themselves out loud is a little “off,” but they might actually be on to something. Talking to yourself is a great way to better understand what you’re learning.

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How Nature Documentaries Use Hollywood Techniques to Create a Story

In the back of your mind, you probably realize that nature documentaries aren’t literally nonfiction depictions of actual things that happened in nature. As it turns out, many of the techniques and tricks used in Hollywood movies are also applied to nature documentaries—even when the footage is real.

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The Best Ways to Find Misplaced Items (and to Avoid Losing Them in the First Place)

One thing I almost never fail to lose is chapstick. For other people, it’s their keys, sunglasses, or wallet that always go missing. And while it sucks to misplace stuff and feel like you’re going crazy, it’s also just something that inevitably happens. Here’s how you can methodically find things again.

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How Negative Thinkers Can Train Themselves to Stop Being Grumps

Positive thinking has a ton of benefits, from expanding your creativity to boosting your health, but if you’re prone to a more negative outlook, it can be hard to see the glass as half full. Here’s how you can retrain your brain to become a more positive thinker.

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How Negative Thinkers Can Train Themselves to Stop Being Grumps

Positive thinking has a ton of benefits, from expanding your creativity to boosting your health, but if you’re prone to a more negative outlook, it can be hard to see the glass as half full. Here’s how you can retrain your brain to become a more positive thinker.

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Isolation Is Killing You

There are a lot of perks to going it alone sometimes, but true isolation is becoming a deadly epidemic in the U.S., especially for middle-aged men. But the loneliness that often comes hand-in-hand with the trials of modern living don’t have to be a death sentence.

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Isolation Is Killing You

There are a lot of perks to going it alone sometimes, but true isolation is becoming a deadly epidemic in the U.S., especially for middle-aged men. But the loneliness that often comes hand-in-hand with the trials of modern living don’t have to be a death sentence.

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Why You Should Scare the Crap Out of Yourself for Fun

“I don’t like scary stuff,” you tell people—as if it’s an allergy of some kind. You won’t go to haunted houses, you wouldn’t dream of playing the new Resident Evil, and your fingers are perpetually crossed in the hope your moviegoing friends won’t pick a horror flick. Well, what if I told you scaring yourself is…

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Don’t Just “Imagine Everyone Naked” at Your Next Public Speech

We all fear speaking in front of people. Some of us are just better at squashing those anxieties—probably by not following flimsy advice like, “Imagine everyone in the room naked.” Instead, they prepare thoroughly and thoughtfully and learn what keeps people interested. Here’s how you can, too.

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