Author: Deniz Yalım

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Human beings are kind of like mathematical formulas. We can develop proofs about who we are and why we’re here, yet disagreeing on the assumptions renders these proofs meaningless. The same of course can be said for math puzzles. Often there’s more than one solution, depending on your assumptions and how you approach the problem.…

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Historians believe he was born Prince Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th or 6th Century BC in Nepal. In his 20s, the prince experienced realities of the outside world that led him on a quest for enlightenment. He left the palace to search for it and eventually attained enlightenment. It was then that he became Buddha. Gautama…

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Yoda has become one of the biggest icons of Star Wars since his introduction in The Empire Strikes Back. While he’s popular for various reasons such as his design and his power, it’s his personality and words of wisdom that resonate the most. This list of Yoda quotes compiles all the wisdom from his film appearances. Grand…

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Here are some great happy Friday quotes as a reminder. Friday is amazing! But why? Because it symbolizes the end of the workweek and relaxation. No matter if you’re in college or at work, knowing that the weekend is just around the corner simply feels good. Once you’re done with all your work on Friday,…

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A note written by Albert Einstein containing advice on happy living has sold at an auction house in Jerusalem for $1.56m (£1.19m). Einstein gave the note to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 instead of a tip. He had just heard that he had won the coveted Nobel prize for physics and told the messenger…

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I have a confession to make… I had heard about some of the benefits of meditation, but I don’t meditate every day. I go through cycles of meditating 20 minutes a day and then slowly ‘forget’ and slide into not meditating until I feel I need to — until I feel like crap. Sound familiar? But recently…

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Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing neurosurgery, shows that breathing can also change your brain. Simply put, changes in breathing—for…

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Children can practice their reading and help timid shelter dogs learn to socialize in a new mutually beneficial program at the Humane Society of Missouri. In the Shelter Buddies Reading Program, kids can read to a completely non-judgmental audience and also help acclimatize often timid or anxious shelter dogs to the presence of humans. Children…

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While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today. Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research. “Buddhists argue that nothing is constant, everything changes through time, you have a…