7 new things we’ve learned about the brain

Brain plasticity. Mindful superpowers. Pokémon invading our grey matter. Scientists have only begun to learn about the human brain.

  • In 1848, Phineaus Gage kicked off our modern neuroscience after blasting a tamping iron through his skull.
  • We explore 7 things scientists have since learned about this important, complex organ.
  • Many mysteries remain such as where consciousness originates and how we evolved such a multipurpose mind.
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Mind & Brain

Managing your mental health is an under appreciated life skill

Without a healthy mind, tackling the life's challenges becomes exponentially more difficult.

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  • Most people know about the importance of managing your finances or eating a healthy diet, but few pay as much attention to their mental health.
  • If we engage in bad habits, we might suddenly find ourselves confined to our beds by fatigue or up all night with anxiety.
  • Research has shown that these four activities are crucial to maintaining a healthy state of mind.
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Tears and rage – the rise of the emotional release industry

Are we just making a profit from human emotions?

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When Ariana Grande cried on stage recently, following her performance of an emotionally laden song, she later took to Twitter to apologise and thanked her fans for accepting her humanness.

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Personal Growth

5 critical life skills everyone should have

According to the World Health Organization, there are 5 general life skills that everybody needs.

The WHO's 5 critical life skills
  • The World Health Organization identified 5 basic life skills that are crucial to cultivate and learn in order to have a better and more productive life.
  • Ranging from creative thinking to learning to cope with stress, these skills should be instilled in youth during their education and nurtured over a lifetime.
  • Although the best time to develop these skills is during one's youth, the second best time is right now.
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Personal Growth

10 Krishnamurti quotes on the meaning of life

The Indian philosopher had a lot to say.

Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti arrived in Sydney, 14 November 1970. Image source: Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
  • The Indian philosopher taught that concepts get in the way of observation, and only by ridding yourself of concepts can you experience freedom.
  • Reared to be a Theosophist leader, Krishnamurti rejected that system (along with all others) in formulating his outlook.
  • His books touch upon topics such as education reform, physics, and meditation.
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