An easy way to hack willpower and self-control, backed by research in social psychology

An easy way to hack willpower and self-control, backed by research in social psychology
You’ve probably heard about the marshmallow test. A small group of preschool children between 3 to 5 years old are each offered a marshmallow and given two choices; eat the treat immediately, or wait until the researcher returns and receive a second marshmallow. No threats of punishment on failure, just the promise of reward if they can hold out until... Read More

How Shakespeare Wrote The Greatest Stories? Negative Capability

How Shakespeare Wrote The Greatest Stories? Negative Capability
Encyclopaedia Britannica defines negative capability as: “… a writer’s ability, “which Shakespeare possessed so enormously,” to accept uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” This phrase was first used by John Keats in a letter to his brothers in 1817. Negative capability is the capacity to embrace mystery. To be still and observe or reflect before... Read More

Sometimes you have to say no; here’s how to soften the blow

Sometimes you have to say no; here’s how to soften the blow
Is there another word quite as charged as the double-lettered, single-syllabled powerhouse of rejection? We dread having to say it almost as much as we hate being on the receiving end, if not more. We’ll overbook our schedules, acquiesce to inconsiderate requests or make up outlandish lies just so we can spare ourselves the discomfort. But the fact remains, learning... Read More