Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- 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.
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.
Whether keto or vegan, finding love on restrictive diets is no easy task.
- 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.
Money makes the world go 'round. Unfortunately, it can make both children and adults into materialists.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.