How getting in sync with your partner can lead to increased intimacy and sexual desire

Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.

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  • Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
  • The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
  • Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
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This is how we end hyper-partisan politics

Want to empower social change? Break bread, literally, with the so-called enemy.

  • Alice Dreger shares brilliant advice for divisive times: Break bread, literally, with your so-called enemy. "[S]ee if [you] can have a conversation, and preferably to do it over food or drink, because there is something very primal in us about sharing food and drink that allows us, I think, to open our hearts and our minds."
  • If you're passionate about social change, Dreger recommends avoiding destructive tools or methods that would cause a kind of "arms race" in activism—it leads somewhere that no one wants to go.
  • Spend time getting to know the issues you care about from a nonpartisan perspective—do descriptive, not normative, research. It will remind you of what the other side may be seeing that you might be missing because you're blinded by your partisan side.
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How diets ruin dating

Whether keto or vegan, finding love on restrictive diets is no easy task.

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  • A recent Reddit post discusses the challenges of dating while on a ketogenic diet.
  • Entire websites and tutorial videos for "dating while vegan" feature a range of advice.
  • Perhaps having too much choice with food decisions has paralyzed our ability to dialogue with one another.
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How to raise a non-materialistic kid

Money makes the world go 'round. Unfortunately, it can make both children and adults into materialists.

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  • Keeping a gratitude journal caused children to donate 60 percent more to charitable causes.
  • Other methods suggested by researchers include daily gratitude reflection, gratitude posters, and keeping a "gratitude jar."
  • Materialism has been shown to increase anxiety and depression and promote selfish attitudes and behavior.
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6 ways to be good: What's behind moral behavior?

It's hard to quantify what it means to be good, but this framework takes a stab at breaking down what makes people behave nicely.

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  • Lawrence Kohlberg, a famous psychologist, developed this framework to categorize how people think about morality.
  • These six stages progress from the simplistic to the complex. Generally, as people age, they progress through the stages, although some unpleasant individuals get stuck.
  • Although quantifying morality is challenging and the framework isn't perfect, spending more time to think about what "good" means to you is valuable.
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