If you’d like to rewire your brain for happiness, Harris recommends that you practice a type of meditation called ‘Mindfulness.’ It’s a simple three-step process.

Step 1: Sit down with your spine straight and supported.

Step 2: Close your eyes and feel your breath go in and out.

Step 3: When your mind wanders—and it will—bring your focus back to breathing

Specifically, researchers have found that trauma can help people to grow in the areas of interpersonal relationships, spirituality, appreciation of life, personal strength, and — most importantly for creativity — seeing new possibilities in life.

"A lot of people are able to use that as the fuel they need to come up with a different perspective on reality," says Kaufman. "What’s happened is that their view of the world as a safe place, or as a certain type of place, has been shattered at some point in their life, causing them to go on the periphery and see things in a new, fresh light, and that’s very conducive to creativity."

"The beauty of Kickstarter is that it’s not only a pre-order channel - it’s a creative process for both project creator and backers. Talk to your backers. Understand what they are looking to get. Take them on a journey."
— Linda Liukas, creator of Hello Ruby, on how to think about and organize your Kickstarter project. The full text is over at her blog, and it’s well worth a read!  (via kickstarter)


App helps anyone get dressed with outfit recommendations from their own wardrobe

Consumers wardrobes can be so vast that it’s hard to keep track of every item — as evidence by the You’ll Never Wear That Again Facebook app, which drags up old photos to show them clothes that could be given to charity. Now Style Puzzle wants to make wardrobe management easier, as well as recommending outfits when users can’t decide what to wear. READ MORE…


Left Brain vs. Right: It’s a Myth, Research Finds

It’s the foundation of myriad personality assessment tests, self-motivation books and team-building exercises – and it’s all bunk.

Popular culture would have you believe that logical, methodical and analytical people are left-brain dominant, while the creative and artistic types are right-brain dominant. Trouble is, science never really supported this notion.

Now, scientists at the University of Utah have debunked the myth with an analysis of more than 1,000 brains

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Kenguru is a tiny electric hatchback for wheelchair users
Kenguru’s electric car has no seats, and you drive it by putting your hands on motorcycle-style handlebars. It’s built for wheelchair users, who can roll right through the rear hatch of the car into the driver’s area. The Austin-based company is preparing to launch its first product, which has an estimated range of 60 miles on an eight-hour charge. When it finally goes into production in 12-18 months, the vehicle will cost you $25,000, but that’s before factoring in green energy and mobility tax incentives from the government.