Can You Smell Someone’s Personality?
Jan11

Can You Smell Someone’s Personality?

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. — Rudyard Kipling With the winter, comes one of the most annoying things in life: the stuffy nose. But more than a nasally voice or the inability to sleep comfortably (if at all), losing your sense of smell can have effects on your psychology. Or rather, in detecting the psychology of others… Likely, you’ve heard it claimed “dogs can smell fear,” but did you...

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Regulating Your Emotions
Nov09

Regulating Your Emotions

If you wish to make a man happy, add not to his riches but take away from his desires. — Epicurus Depending on who you voted for this presidential election, this post may be particularly relevant to you. It builds off another post I wrote four years and a day ago, where I gave some psychological advice regarding the outcome of that election. So, seeing how similar knowledge may be useful here, why not give the people (or at...

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Purchasing Happiness
Sep14

Purchasing Happiness

Men fancy that external goods are the cause of happiness…[but] leisure of itself gives pleasure and happiness and enjoyment in life. – Aristotle Take a moment to consider this question: If you had the choice between a new car or an equally priced trip around the world, which would you choose?—the long-lasting possession or the fleeting experience? According to the research, you should start seeing if you can’t book that aisle...

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Grateful for Self-Control
Jun01

Grateful for Self-Control

Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have. — Anonymous Boy, would I like a new cell phone. Something faster, something shinier, something that doesn’t do the current “which-app-did-you-not-touch-but-I’m-going-to-open-anyway” shuffle. Now, I could purchase the newest, currently released version of my phone, or I could wait for an updated and even jazzier one later this fall. Both options, monetarily, would...

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Emotion, What are Thee?
Aug12

Emotion, What are Thee?

Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions. – Elizabeth Gilbert Lately, I have been a bipolar Ferris wheel of emotions. Elation. Frustration. Sorrow. Pride. My upcoming candidacy exam. The finale to True Detective. My romantic life (yes, I have one of those…well, kind of). Like anyone, though, we are used to these cycling emotions—though, maybe not in such rapid and voluminous succession. But...

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