December 12, 2018

Positivity

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How video games turn players into storytellers | David Cage

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Have you ever watched a film or read a novel, wishing that you could change the narrative to save your favorite character? Game designer David Cage allows you do just that in his video games, where players make decisions that shape an ever-changing plot. In a talk and live demo, Cage presents a scene from his new project, letting the audience control a character's decisions. "Interactive storytelling can be what cinema was in the 20th century: an art that deeply changes its time," Cage says.
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Oprah Shares the Sad, Beautiful Story About Her Mother’s Last Days, Shows How Universal Grief Is

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Oprah has long been a guiding force for so many of us. But even our greatest muses can often use some guidance.On Thanksgiving Day, Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, 83 died at home in Milwaukee, surrounded by family. In the end, Oprah was able to spend some time with her mom, but she struggled with saying goodbye.“In hospice care they have a little book about the little conversations,” Winfrey told People. “I thought, ‘Isn’t this strange? I am Oprah Winfrey, and I’m reading a hospice care book on what to say at the end.’”“I just thought, ‘What is the truth for me? There isn’t going to be an answer in a book. What is it that I need to say?’ I was praying for a way in.”...
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Can You Really Fake It Till You Make It? Science (and This Laughologist) Says Yes

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“Fake it till you make it.” It’s a phrase you’ve undoubtedly heard at least once in your career, but is it true? Is there any weight behind the idea that acting a certain way can influence where life takes you? Can acting successful bring you actual success? Yes, says a new documentary titled You Are What You Act, which explores the budding field of embodied cognition.“I was reading the newspaper when I saw a story about Tom Cruise rescuing someone from a violent mugging and I thought, ‘That’s weird. It sounds like a scene out of a Tom Cruise movie,’” stars award-winning director Albert Nerenberg, revealing the inspiration behind the doc, which premiered at the Illuminate Film Festival earlier this year and won Best Documentary....
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3 Universal Lessons I Learned from Naveen Jain and Richard Branson’s “Moonshots”

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Naveen Jain is an ambitious philanthropist and innovative entrepreneur who is creating new solutions to the world’s greatest problems. His companies boast pioneering technology that will change the future, such as Moon Express, a space rocket that will be designed to mine the surface of the moon to create abundant clean energy here on Earth.A Moonshot is an “unachievable challenge,” a goal which may be crazy to all others but inspires you. In his book, Jain outlines the mentality, habits and a formula to create a prosperous entrepreneurial mindset and make innovations materialize. While Jain’s book is written for entrepreneurs, the core principles are valuable to all professional backgrounds and can help to inspire you to take your own Moonshot....
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This Relationship Advice Pack Helps The Holidays Go Smoothly

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It’s no secret that the holidays can be tough. It’s not hard to see why, since they usually involve tons of family, in close proximity, exhausted from a long trip and probably kinda drunk. But instead of seeing this as just an exhausting inevitability, why not take advantage of the holidays to try and mend your relationships by righting past wrongs, clearing the air, and improving your relationships? If that sounds appealing, then this special deal on Relationship Coaching might be the perfect pre-season gift for yourself.Relationships aren’t about being free from problems or miscommunication, they’re about how you deal with the obstacles that inevitably develop. Dealing with those problems isn’t just a hazard or inconvenience, it’s how the strong bonds between people get formed in the first place. These 44 lectures, with over three hours of content, teach you how to navigate conflict with minimum harm, communicate openly and effectively to address the roots of problems and experience deeper, happier, and more content relationships. Topics discussed include personal responsibility, learning to listen and communicate more effectively, and allowing yourself to actually trust someone else — a deceptively difficult task for many people....
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According to Bill Gates, This Book Will Teach You to Stop Worrying and Start Living Anxiety-Free

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Whether it’s about dating, children, our jobs, or our debt, we’re always worrying. And that’s incredibly, well, human. “The human mind wants to worry,” writes Bill Gates on his blog, Gates Notes.But how do we stop worrying so much? Especially if we have a lot of reason, both in our personal lives and in the world around us? Terrorism, climate change, health issues, none of those are going away. Well, according to Gates, who is the legendary Microsoft co-founder, a great start is reading Noah Harari’s new book, “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.“The trick for putting an end to our anxieties, he suggests, is not to stop worrying. It’s to know which things to worry about, and how much to worry about them,” Gates quotes Harari. “But his big idea boils down to this: meditate,” continues Gates, who is a fan of meditation. “Of course he isn’t suggesting that the world’s problems will vanish if enough of us start sitting in the lotus position and chanting om. But he does insist that life in the 21st century demands mindfulness — getting to know ourselves better and seeing how we contribute to suffering in our own lives....
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How a fleet of wind-powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean | Sebastien de Halleux

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Our oceans are unexplored and undersampled -- today, we still know more about other planets than our own. How can we get to a better understanding of this vast, important ecosystem? Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares how a new fleet of wind- and solar-powered drones is collecting data at sea in unprecedented detail, revealing insights into things like global weather and the health of our fish stocks. Learn more about what a better grasp of the ocean could mean for us back on land.
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Millions of Brits plan to volunteer this Christmas

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New research from national volunteering charity, Royal Voluntary Service, finds that nearly one in five (17 per cent) adults in Britain plan to volunteer over the Christmas period, with 14 per cent intending to volunteer on Christmas Day itself: some 1.2 million people.Of those who plan to volunteer, nearly three quarters (74 per cent) intend to donate at least three hours of their time during the festivities and just over one in 10 (11 per cent) will gift more than 10 hours.The research also explored people’s thoughts around present giving at Christmas: 54 per cent of respondents say giving time to help others is the most valuable gift you can give and nearly half (49 per cent) believe more people should consider gifting their time to help others, rather than just spending on gifts. Two fifths (40 per cent) also say they would prefer someone to donate their money or time to a good cause at Christmas rather than spending it on them....
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5 Ways to Be Productive During the Holidays

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The holidays are an important time to reconnect with family and remember what’s really important in your life. And once you’re done with all that, it’s time to get back to work, because you’ll realize what’s really important in your life is accomplishing your goals and staying connected to the big picture. So with that in mind, here are five things you can do this holiday season to make sure you stay on task, on target, and focused on your future.1. ReadReading is the kind of secret treat that people forget about. It’s easy to get distracted with computers, cell phones, and TV, but we can guarantee that ten minutes after sitting down with an actual book, you’ll be wondering why you don’t do it more often. That’s why this deal on a Scribd subscription is so great: it provides an unlimited number of books, audiobooks, magazines and more that you can access on your Android, iPhone, or Kindle. A one-year subscription is normally $107.88 but can be yours right now for just $94.99....
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Man Sneaks Dog into Hospital to Say Goodbye to Dying Wife, Showing Pets Are the Most Amazing Gifts Ever

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If you are ever feeling sad or unwell, a visit from your pet can make all the difference. This was evidenced by a recent bittersweet story where a man was about to lose his wife, and took their dog to visit her in the hospital and say goodbye.“My wife was in the hospital after a very invasive surgery, which after a few days, looked like it did not produce ideal results. The prognosis was not good. She was able to speak, but was not eating or drinking, and relied completely on her IV and hard pain pills. In one rare instance of cogent speech, she convinced me to sneak our dog into her private room, so she could see her ‘one more time,’” the man shared on Reddit.“Our dog is about a 50-pound Australian Shepherd, and as it turns out, she fits nicely in a normal suitcase. I packed her in, with the lid unzipped, and placed her in the car until we arrived at the hospital. When we arrived, I ‘explained’ to her that I would open the zipper in a few minutes and that she could see her Mommy....
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How to disagree productively and find common ground | Julia Dhar

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Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can't agree -- on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreeing productively and finding common ground -- over family dinners, during work meetings and in our national conversations.
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Study Shows That Happy Childhood Memories Could Be Key To Better Health in Later Life

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How do you achieve a long and healthy life? Cut down the calories and up the exercise, sure. And you needed to give up the cigarettes (and limit the booze too) years ago.But what if our health in later life is also affected by our happiness when we’re a child? That’s the finding of new research published by the American Psychological Association in the journal Health Psychology. People who have fond memories of childhood and relationships with their parents in particular, tend to have better health, less depression and fewer chronic illnesses as older adults.“We know that memory plays a huge part in how we make sense of the world — how we organize our past experiences and how we judge how we should act in the future. As a result, there are a lot of different ways that our memories of the past can guide us,” William J. Chopik, PhD said in a news release. Based at Michigan State University, Chopik was a lead author on the study. “We found that good memories seem to have a positive effect on health and well-being, possibly through the ways that they reduce stress or help us maintain healthy choices in life.”...
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A lesson on looking | Amy Herman

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Are you looking closely? Visual educator Amy Herman explains how to use art to enhance your powers of perception and find connections where they may not be apparent. Learn the techniques Herman uses to train Navy SEALs, doctors and crime scene investigators to convert observable details into actionable knowledge with this insightful talk.
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Walkers to recycle crisp packets after postal protest

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Prompted by environmental concerns, thousands of people took part in the #PacketInWalkers campaign. One by one, they posted empty crisp packets back to Walkers, one of the UK’s best-known crisp manufacturers. The company said it was unable to make the switch to recyclable packets until 2025 at the earliest, but this week, launched what it believes to be the first nationwide crisp packet recycling scheme.Working with recycling company TerraCycle, the scheme will tap into an established network of recycling collection points around the UK. Free to use, all brands of crisp packets will be accepted and will ultimately be turned into other basic plastic items.People can take empty packets to their nearest recycling drop-off point, or download a label from the TerraCycle website and arrange to have the packets collected from home by courier, also free of charge....
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How to Hit Pay Dirt with Your Very First Business

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Some say that most businesses fail because they don’t have a good website, or customer service, or proper execution of their product. But the truth is that most businesses fail because they never get started. If you want to see your big idea succeed, you need to stop procrastinating and make it happen, which is where your lifetime subscription to BizPlan comes in.BizPlan is a step-by-step business builder that divides all the tasks you need to do into bite-sized pieces so you can stay focused and accomplish less in more time. The simple drag-and-drop interface makes it an intuitive program to learn, and the collaboration tools make it easy to keep your team informed no matter how big it grows. Basically, it provides guidance: not only for those first few crucial steps that get your business off the ground but for several of the steps afterward. In all likelihood, you’ll still be using BizPlan years from now, when your “small business” idea is really up and running....

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