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Idea/Beauty & Aesthetics

The revolutionary figure of the beautiful, self-improved soul

Justine Kolata

Video/Life Stages

Harlem’s over-55s synchronised swimming team thinks ageing is better in the pool

4 minutes

Video/Meaning & the Good Life

Late in life, Fred finds joy – and a ‘rhythm in all things’ – through tap dance

6 minutes

Classic /Meaning & the Good Life

On the happy life

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 64 CE

With a new introduction and commentary by Massimo Pigliucci

Video/Values & Beliefs

How a millionaire traded his wealth for happiness – and a shoeshine box

4 minutes


Why the most successful students have no passion for school

Jihyun Lee


The self-help game

Millions believe that pop psychology can change their tennis skills, their love life or their moods. Are they all wrong?

Rami Gabriel

Essay/Progress & Modernity

The makeover trap

From transgender celebrities to fitness fads, pop culture loves reinvention. But the drive to ‘find yourself’ has a dark side

Michael Lovelock


The Phineas Gage effect

When someone changes for the worse, we see a totally different person. But what happens if the change is for the better?

Kevin Tobia


How the yo-yo put a troubled young man on the path of playful salvation

10 minutes


Athletes endure a bizarre, nearly impossible 100-mile race for its sheer thrill

23 minutes

Idea/Consciousness & Altered States

Embedded beings: how we blended our minds with our devices

Saskia K Nagel & Peter B Reiner


Everyone fails, but only the wise find humility

Costica Bradatan


Don’t think too positive

Fantasies about the future have a troubling effect on achieving actual goals. If positive thinking doesn’t work, what does?

Gabriele Oettingen

Essay/Social Psychology


Crowds aren’t as smart as we thought, since some people know more than others. A simple trick can find the ones you want

George Musser


Don’t beat yourself up

Learning to be kind to yourself when you (inevitably) make mistakes could have a remarkable effect on your happiness

Mark Leary


Having a backup plan might be the very reason you failed

Chris Napolitano

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Getting smarter

Brain-training games won’t boost your IQ, but a host of strategies can improve your cognitive abilities one piece at a time

Jeffrey M Zacks

Video/Mood & Emotion

Blame lets you blow off steam, but it will rarely help you get at the truth

3 minutes

Idea/Family Life

How game theory can help you do a better job of parenting

Paul Raeburn

Essay/Stories & Literature

Silicon phoenix

A gifted child, an adventure, a dark time, and then ... a pivot? How Silicon Valley rewrote America’s redemption narrative

Kat McGowan

Video/Nature & Environment

Dick Proenneke’s 30-year mission of solitary self-sufficiency in Alaska

10 minutes

Idea/Life Stages

When does the future begin? A study in maximising motivation

Daphna Oyserman

Video/Consciousness & Altered States

A neurologist finds peace and happiness in the feeling of constant acceleration

16 minutes

Video/Film & Television

Squirm, laugh, judge – but reality TV school is not quite what you think

23 minutes

Video/Values & Beliefs

Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key

6 minutes

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

How clever is it to dismiss IQ tests?

Stuart Ritchie


The pleasure of their pain

Why the punishment and humiliation of reality TV contestants provides such a satisfying and deep pleasure

Batya Ungar-Sargon

Essay/Mind & Body

When it’s good to be bad

The relentless pursuit of success is valorised in our culture, but taking the long way around is often the best

Cody Delistraty

Essay/Free Will

The lost hope of self-help

Habits – good or bad – were once a matter of ethical seriousness. Are they now just another technology of self-absorption?

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen