People who experienced unpredictable childhoods performed worse at inhibition, but performed better at shifting.

Shifting means switching between different tasks. Inhibition means being prevented from certain impulses like hitting someone. It can also be a delay of gratification from pleasure.

Regarding unpredictable childhoods, the researchers meant changes such as in house and living, and changes in parents’ employment status.

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Sugar causes overeating and obesity

A study finds that exercise doesn’t make you lose weight.

In society at large there seems to be a problem with overeating. A statistical analysis shows why.

This overeating isn’t due to just an excess of foods. People tend to eat until they are full, but it turns out that there are foods that keep us from feeling full. Sugar, especially in drinks, overrides our sense of feeling full.

Even things like fruit juice contain far too much sugar and will not make you feel full.

Amy Luke, Richard S Cooper Physical activity does not influence obesity risk: time to clarify the public health message International Journal of Epidemiology, July 2013


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According to scientists, the lack of laughter leads to divorce

“For couples who divorced on average 13.9 years after they were married, it was the absence of laughter that predicted the end of their bond. In the early stages of a marriage, anger and contempt are highly toxic. In the later phases of intimate relations, it is the dearth of laughter that leads individuals to part ways.”

“Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life” Dacher Keltner

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In order to remember everyday things, use intentions implementation with when, if, and then.

In order to remember everyday things, use intentions implementation with when, if, and then.

There’s a study of epilepsy sufferers who were having trouble being regular with their medication regimen. They were given an “if, when, then” statement to make, such as, “If it’s eight o’clock in the morning and I’ve finished brushing my teeth, then I will take my prescribed medication.” That statement increased compliance with the regimen from 55 percent to 79 percent. The key is to be specific about the place and time that serves as a cue for you to take the step that you want to take.

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini