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IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD

Beyond their level of privilege or the circumstances they were born into, the luckiest people may have a specific set of skills that bring chance opportunities their way. Somehow, they've learned ways to turn life's odds in their favor.
GRAY MATTERS

Physics grappled with the question of whether space is absolute or relative for centuries, before deciding in favor of relativity. But, it is only in recent years that the brain sciences have begun to discuss a parallel set of questions.
IT'S OKAY TO SAY 'UM'

Many scientists think that our cultural fixation with stamping out what they call "disfluencies" is deeply misguided. Saying "um" is no character flaw, but an organic feature of speech; far from distracting listeners, there's evidence that it focuses their attention in ways that enhance comprehension.
IF YOU'RE HAPPY AND YOU DON'T KNOW IT

Even if we do feel an emotion, there are parts associated with it that we aren't usually aware of. Clinical psychologists, for example, recommend to patients with anger issues to look out for the warning signs — sweating in the palms, for example, or clenching of the jaws — so they can perhaps mitigate upcoming rage.
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