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Why We Still Love Jane Austen's Heroes, Heroines And Houses After 200 Years

Why We Still Love Jane Austen's Heroes, Heroines And Houses After 200 YearsTwo centuries on from the death of Jane Austen, the enthusiasm for her work and the Regency world she represents is more alive than ever. Austen herself might marvel at this. She had to buy her first manuscript back from a publisher because it came to nothing, and published anonymously during her lifetime.

The Origin Of Laughter Is Rooted In Survival

The Origin Of Laughter Is Rooted In SurvivalLaughter plays a crucial role in every culture across the world. But it’s not clear why laughter exists. While it is evidently an inherently social phenomenon – people are up to 30 times more likely to laugh in a group than when alone – laughter’s function as a form of communication remains mysterious.

Five Surprising Truths From The Indiana Jones Films

Five Surprising Truths From The Indiana Jones FilmsSo, there is to be a fifth Indiana Jones film. Sadly, the much-loved movies don’t represent the average day at work for most archaeologists, but there is more truth to Indy’s swashbuckling adventures than you may think. Crystal skulls

All About Soap and Making It Naturally

All About Soap and Making It Naturally

Go into any bath and body store and you are sure to find soaps in a huge variety of scents, fragrances, colors, types, sizes, shapes and price ranges. How are these soaps different from the nationally advertised brand name soaps? How are they different from each other? What really makes a soap a "good" soap?

Fear of Writing: Is There A Cure for Fear?

Fear of Writing: Is There A Cure for Fear?

Is writing supposed to be fun? Surely it's better to suffer. It will make our writing real, give it depth and integrity. Every writer has a personal tale about the hardships of writing. And we all know that writing is a lonely business. [Editor's Note: While this article is about the fear of writing, its insights and suggestions apply to other fears as well.]

Are Our Brains Wired to Binge on TV?

Are Our Brains Wired To Binge on TV?

Never before have we been such compulsive multitaskers, blogging and tweeting using multiple devices and smartphones anywhere and everywhere. It seems a little backwards, then, that one of the top post-workday hobbies for many is enjoying the complex storylines of TV series such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and House of Cards, which engross us for hours on end.

How Can You Relight Your Inner Passion?

How Can You Relight Your Inner Passion?

The first question I ask people when they are feeling lost in life is, "What is your passion?" The truth is that passion is everything we love. Passion allows us to give ourselves over completely to our actions and emotions. Passion gives us a spring in our step and the ability to spring out of bed in the morning...


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