Among this week’s #GeekReads: Why worriers are so smart; how culture “kindles” the physical sensation of spirituality; a reason to (re)discover the joy of giving this holiday season.
The gift of giving. In spite of the stress and financial strain of holiday gift-giving, psychology research suggests that gift-givers experience more joy than gift-receivers.
Why worry warts are smart. New research suggests that there is a link between anxiety and intelligence.
If I can’t pronounce it, I don’t trust it. The smarties over at Cognitive Lode explain why words that are easier to say are more trustworthy – which they’ve dubbed the speak-easy effect.
Feeling spiritual. Culture shapes how a person physically experiences their faith. Thai Buddhists and evangelical Christians experience different spiritual sensations – what the folks at Futurity call “cultural kindling.”
A resolution for resolutions. Give up on resolutions this New Year. Instead, focus on optimizing what’s right rather fixing something wrong with your life.
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Note: While we never stop geeking out, #GeekReads will be on vacation for the rest of December. We’ll be back the week of January 5th. Happy Holidays!
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