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Achievement: Does It Matter?

We all feel the need to achieve. We want to master a skill and show other people something that we think is a significant accomplishment. It’s our way of proving that we are useful. The more useful we appear to be in the eyes of other people the more we think people will want to…

Love: What Is It & Why Do We Need It?

Anthropologist, Helen Fisher, is a research professor and member of the Center for human evolutionary studies in the Department of anthropology at Rutgers University. Her research is focused on the evolution and future of human sex, love and marriage and gender differences in the brain and behavior. She says that her research have led her…

Friends: How Important Are They?

In 1985, when the General Social Survey polled Americans on the number of confidants they had in their lives, the most common response was three. In 2004, the same survey indicated that the most common response was zero. After completing research for this book I suggest that we pay as much attention to the state…

Income: How Much Do You Need?

Many of the survival components of the MPI life wall can be obtained with money and, if you live in the developed world, it can be very difficult to obtain them without money. In the meantime, there are other things that money can buy that go beyond survival. Some of these are things that can…

Sleep

Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist that studies the sleep cycles of the brain. He says (8.3) that, statistically, the average human spends 36% of their life asleep. Margaret Thatcher once famously said, “sleep is for wimps”. It’s as if sleep is an illness or an enemy.  The brain does not shut down while sleeping….

Your House Is Not Just Shelter

Once we get beyond the survival requirement for shelter we can transition your thinking into how to optimize our living environments for the ideal life that we want to live. The space that we live in is an extremely important yet extremely under-discussed subject. If we want to feel happy then we need to exist…

Science Of Imagination

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination,” Albert Einstein once said. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Although the use of imagination has led to many of the greatest discoveries ever made, our understanding of the science of imagination has been surprisingly limited. …

Imagination And Reality

Research from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden indicates our imagination can change our perceptions of reality. It appears that your mind can literally play tricks on you by changing illusions of what you think you hear and see into what seems like reality. The research helps us understand how the human brain combines information from the different senses…

Important People And Imagination

I strongly encourage you to read and contemplate each of these quotes about imagination. These people are not just saying that it played an important role. They are essentially attributing their success to it. It goes even further, most of them give the impression that using their imagination was not only the thing that leads…