In Pursuit of Happiness: Why some pain helps us feel pleasure

By Brock Bastian

The idea that we can achieve happiness by maximising pleasure and minimising pain is both intuitive and popular. The truth is, however, very different. Pleasure alone cannot not make us happy.

Take Christina Onassis, the daughter of shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. She inherited wealth beyond imagination and spent it on extravagant pleasures in an attempt to alleviate her unhappiness. She died at 37 and her biography, tellingly subtitled All the Pain Money Can Buy, recounts a life full of mind-boggling extravagance that contributed to her suffering.

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Explainer: What is déjà vu and Why does it happen?

By Amy Reichelt

Have you ever experienced a sudden feeling of familiarity while in a completely new place? Or the feeling you’ve had the exact same conversation with someone before?

This feeling of familiarity is, of course, known as déjà vu (a French term meaning “already seen”) and it’s reported to occur on an occasional basis in 60-80% of people. It’s an experience that’s almost always fleeting and it occurs at random.

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Terrorists can be Defeated by Fighting fear with Cooperation

By Robert Imre, University of Newcastle

From anarchists in the 1920s and radical leftists in the 1960s, to fringe, extreme-right Christian bombers or gunmen in the United States in recent decades, or radical Islamists such as Islamic State today, terrorist groups have one thing in common. They seek to shock, while simultaneously portraying themselves as victims. While their beliefs can vary wildly, what they all share is the “propaganda of the deed” in their extreme violent activities.

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Our Brains Can Make Decisions While We Sleep

The idea that during sleep our minds shut down from the outside world is ancient and one that is still deeply anchored in our view of sleep today, despite some everyday life experiences and recent scientific discoveries that would tend to prove our brains don’t completely switch off from our environment.

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Endorphins: The Natural Way to Fight Stress & Depression

Our generation is practically glued to our gadgets, so it's hard to blame anyone for not finding time to exercise. Even while you're reading this article, you're probably not moving very much. For those of us dealing with the "cloudiness" which comes with depression or stressful days, endorphins are the ultimate hormone to improve your mood and alleviate these symptoms naturally.

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How Awareness of Stress can Defeat it

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Even though it's easy to get caught up in emotions during times of stress, awareness could be key in defeating this silent assassin.  Armed with the right tools, improved monitoring of health-issues allows us for greater mobility in tackling these problems head-on and perhaps even prevent them in the future.

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How "Swatting" is Just Another Form of Hate

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Online gaming has taken world by storm, but as passions continue to ignite, revenge has become a sad part of it.  Referred to as "swatting," players who are often hundreds of miles away from their opponents, find their addresses in phone directories and various services to track down unlisted numbers.  

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