Why you should care
Because who doesn’t want to be smarter, happier and … er … more satisfied?
Learn History With Five Foods
Americans used to eat and drink some pretty interesting things. Ever tucked into a war cake? Or sipped on a syllabub, darling? But as curious as these culinary concoctions sound, they have an important foothold in U.S. history. Libby O’Connell, chief historian at the History Channel, has written the story of the nation — from the kitchen — in a book called The American Plate: A History of the United States in 100 Bites. We take a look at five of these foods that helped us get to where we are today. Read the story here.
Get Love + Sex Tips From Animals
When it comes to relationships, there’s a lot we can learn from the animal kingdom — like being upfront about what we want, and seeing the substance through the pageantry. Want to make smarter, more satisfying mate choices? Take a page out of the albatross’s book, or watch an angelfish in action. A new book, Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us About Human Relationships, explores what we humans could learn from the animal world when it comes to love. Here are the author’s top five dating tips — what she likes to call her “Animal Pocket Guide to Dating.” Read the story here.
Study Smarter (Not Harder)
Boning up for a work course or a school test? Trying to learn a new skill? Cramming late, reading that training manual 20 times? When it comes to studying, you’re doing it wrong. Nailing the art of studying the right way can be a scientific task, according to two professors and an author who have condensed the best study knowledge, based on scientific papers published over the past few years, in a new book: Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Get your pencils sharpened and notebook ready: Here are the six top tips for successful learning. Read the story here.
Change Your Partner’s Behavior — Nicely
This one isn’t really a list, but what it does explain are the four types of communication that we humans use when we talk to our significant others. Of course, some methods work better than others. And one method in particular is the most effective — particularly if you’re looking to change your partner’s behavior (and frankly, who isn’t?). So the next time you want help with the dishes or your significant other to pick up their socks, avoid the temptation to go the snarky route and encourage with words. Here’s how. Read the story here.