In May of 2014, I wore my first costume to a convention. It was a simple Doctor Krieger from Archer. Stepping into the shoes of a character I liked just seemed like a fun way to spend the weekend. Instead, it turned into an exploration of what it means to be confident.
There’s no time like the present to grow or refine ourselves a little bit more, and few resources are as helpful as TED talks. In that vein, here are the top 10 TED talks we’ve featured on Lifehacker or that have been popular on TED.
Vegging out in front of the TV can be a fun activity for a lazy Sunday, but while you’re binge-watching every episode of Jessica Jones, your weekend is passing you by. On Monday you’ll wonder where all that time went that you’d planned to use to fix up the house, read a book, and hang out with friends.
Who says watching TV can’t be good for you? A recent study suggests that watching top notch television dramas like Mad Men and The Good Wife can help you develop your emotional intelligence and empathy.
There’s a lot of philosophical debate over what it actually means to “be happy,” but if you’re looking for concrete answers, it can leave you wanting. Here’s what scientific research says happiness is, and—perhaps more importantly—what it isn’t.
Younger kids don't always have the vocabulary to express their feelings. That's why a temper-tantrum is the preferred communication of upset children. Using a thermometer might provide them an alternative.
If you're looking for an exercise that's fun, interesting, and will work out your entire brain, grab an instrument and start playing.
Inspiration is fickle and difficult. We all strive for those bright "Aha!" moments, whether we work in a creative or logical field. While it's not a process you can control entirely, there are ways to enable and encourage your brain to have more of those epiphanies when you understand how they work.
Love feels like the greatest thing in the world... until it ends. When it does, we stop functioning at our full capacity. We lose motivation, find challenges insurmountable, and sometimes feel like we won’t love again. Fortunately, several studies have uncovered the root of why breakups just plain suck—and what you…
"Have confidence!" is one of the most essential pieces of advice you'll receive in life that makes no sense if you've never done it. You know what confident people look like, the advantages they get, and that it's something worth emulating. How do you get there, though?
As our brains become increasingly intertwined with our technologies, we run the risk of exposing our minds to hackers. As this new video from AsapScience shows, the possibility is very real.
None of us want to admit it, but chances are we're all fanboys of something. Whether it's a particular brand of software, gadget, or anything else, we often rally behind companies and ideologies without even realizing it. Here's why we become fanboys and how to prevent it from happening to you.
Science is awesome. It explains how birds can fly, why the sky is blue, and how gravity works. However, you can also use science to perfect the tiny details of your everyday life—from sleeping better to working smarter and even cooking better food. Here are 10 ways sciences teaches us how to improve our daily lives.
You've seen inspirational quotes that encourage you to get out and do something strange—something you wouldn't normally do—but getting out of your routine just takes so much work. There's actually a lot of science that explains why it's so hard to break out of your comfort zone, and why it's good for you when you do…
Human memory is quirky, complicated, and unreliable. Even when we think we're remembering everything accurately, chances are things have gotten twisted along the way. Let’s take a look at why your memory sucks, and how you can change that.
With just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice, you can go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. That's the message from Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours. In the video above, he reveals the four steps to learning any new skill, fast.
Here's some barroom banter-material for the three day weekend: psychologists at the University of Bristol have shown that "young, healthy people" (students and faculty from the University) drank beer faster when it was served up in a curved flute glass (pictured on the right) than they did when it was served to them…
The myth of the logical left hemisphere and the creative right hemisphere has become a powerful and useful metaphor for understanding the human brain. But while this notion is not entirely unfounded, it's one that psychologist Christian Jarrett says we should challenge. Find out what the left-brain/right-brain model…
Yasser Lopez's head was run clean through by a fishing spear just twelve days ago — but the Miami teenager has already been moved out of intensive care, and doctors are optimistic about his recovery. Phineas Gage, eat your heart out.
People often describe creative thinking in the form of metaphors. We talk about "thinking outside the box," "putting two and two together," and "seeing both sides of the problem." But what if we could boost our creativity by taking these metaphors literally? We know our minds interact in all sorts of interesting ways…