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Not Enough Basketballs? The Too-Much-Talent Effect

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.22.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is there such a thing as having too much talent? This is the perennial question facing the owners of big-time sports franchises -- not to mention the managers and coaches and players and fans. Does adding more and more talent add up to ever better team performance?

Can You Trust Technology?

David DeSteno | Posted 03.31.2014 | Technology
David DeSteno

Today, technology is encroaching on what had until recently been a solely human domain: social interaction. And with that advance comes an entirely new dilemma.

Social Media Doesn't Hurt My Offline Social Abilities, It Helps Them

Daniel Etcovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Daniel Etcovitch

Social media will never replace human interaction, but it's not supposed to. It's supposed to give us a new avenue through which to interact and do all the things regular social interaction should do.

Are Sidewalks the Answer to Weight Loss?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

"Lifestyle change" is the buzzword defining what has to happen if the obese are to become and remain thin, and the thin not to become obese. The ability to walk in safety, on sidewalks that lead to somewhere interesting, must be part of this healthy lifestyle if people are to follow it.

A City of Mash-Ups

David Sable | Posted 11.30.2013 | Media
David Sable

Imagine the clean cold chill of a mountain early morning; the dark clear sky ablaze with the lights of the night as the colors begin to change, black to purple, purple to gold as the glow of the sun begins to overpower all and the chill gives way to heat.

Psst. I Hear That Gossip Is Not All Bad.

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.25.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

If you and I are made aware of others past behavior, we can use this knowledge to choose who to do business with in the future -- and to exclude those who have earned a reputation for selfishness and dishonesty.

Can Online Communities Be Healing?

Dr. Dean Ornish | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Dean Ornish

With everything that you can imagine at our fingertips, many of the social interactions that help tie people together in a community have faded away. Are communities traditionally built on relationships, trust and familiarity a thing of the past?

We Are Losing Words

Bob Deutsch | Posted 10.12.2013 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

A Yale grad student is impulsively strangled by a co-worker. A young man leaving work near the main New York City post office accidentally bumps into ...

Being a Weenie: Food for Thought on Peacock Theory

Tony Endelman | Posted 07.31.2013 | Weird News
Tony Endelman

As long as you have some semblance of a personality, the situation is yours to embrace and enjoy. Believe it or not, wearing a wiener suit doesn't automatically make women think that you've got a screw loose.

Loneliness vs. Solitude: Why Its Important To Remember The Difference

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Arzu Kaya Uranli

We should remember that loneliness is the pain of being alone, yet solitude is the splendor of being alone, and that to have long-lasting happiness we should remember the difference in between.

Golden Friendships: How to Keep Lifelong Connections

Adriane G. Berg | Posted 06.25.2013 | Fifty
Adriane G. Berg

Growing older comes with many transitions, some of which can leave individuals feeling lonely. It's important to form new social habits, make a plan, and commit to friendships to feel happier and healthier.

Not-So-Common Courtesy

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 03.12.2013 | Women
SidneyAnne Stone

We have started to accept the unacceptable as the norm. Whether it is our politicians, our doctors, our pharmacists or even our neighbors, when did it become OK to do whatever you want and expect it be tolerated?

How Can an Awkward Person Appear Less Awkward in Social Situations?

Quora | Posted 11.20.2012 | Business
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Phoebe Gavin, Awkward Human, @ohsoordinary This is all me, all day.Script Yourself; Direct Conversa...

Erase Boredom (And Live!)

Michael Varrati | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Varrati

This condemnation of boredom is something I have grown to appreciate as an adult, and is a lesson for which I am infinitely grateful. Just as I am sure it bothered my mom to hear me say it, few phrases set my teeth on edge more than when a friend complains, "I'm bored."

Is Talking to Strangers Good for the Soul (and for America)?

Matthew Ross Smith | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew Ross Smith

Were Americans ever really more connected and trusting? Or is that just nostalgia? This summer and fall, I'm trying my best to find out. For the past two weeks I've been slowly driving across America, town by town, state by state, trying to meet 100 strangers per day, every day.

Let's Stop The Bullsh*t: Traditional Media Is NOT Dead

Jure Klepic | Posted 09.25.2012 | Media
Jure Klepic

Social media has existed since the first human being set foot on earth; in the past, though, we simply referred to it as creating tribes. Today we can connect globally online, but we're still just looking for our tribe.

Food for Thought: Social Media That's Actually Social

John Malik | Posted 05.22.2012 | Food
John Malik

Some of my fondest memories of great meals are centered around the company first, food second. Yet our relationships are now initiated through a dizzying array of social media that creates a buffer to real friendship, formed through the safety of the web.

The Aloneness of Social Media

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 07.20.2012 | Technology
Joel D. Hirst

We share so much, with so many, that instead of building intimacy it creates a vast electronic stage upon which we are all actors in some endless, narcissistic play about ourselves.

You're Never too Old for Love

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 06.15.2012 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

We met online. He was from West Virginia; I'm from New Jersey. He was looking for Happily Ever After. I was looking for something to do Saturday nights.

7 Reasons You Should Reach Out To Every Person Ever

HelloGiggles | Posted 02.21.2012 | Women

1) We're all alone well, kind of. This sounds grim, but it's not! There is a freedom in realizing and embracing the fact that at the end of the day ...

Enjoy This Killer App for the Holidays!

John Brown | Posted 03.01.2012 | Technology
John Brown

No, no need to buy it online -- you already have it in you if you use it! Note: While this product can be used by every human being on the face of the earth, it can be especially useful for diplomats.

3 Reasons Why It Pays to Not Let Sexist Comments Slide

Forbes Women | Posted 11.07.2011 | Women

Your colleague Jim calls you “honey,” makes cracks about women drivers, and suggests that you be the one to shop for the retirement gift for Bob b...

Human Connections: A Powerful Health Care Strategy

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Relationships can be as much of a factor in good health as cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI.

5 Ways To Combat Unemployment Loneliness

divinecaroline.com | :Â Excelle (View Profile) | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Spending too much time alone can be detrimental, not just to your emotional well-being, but to your job search too! Staying connected with the rest of...