A new study from the University of New South Wales has found that expressing gratitude to new acquaintances will earn you friends. The study was put together to explore a theory that suggests that gratitude helps people create new relationships, build on the ones they already have, and help to maintain both. In an effort to test the “new relationships” aspect of that theory, researchers studied 70 university students who gave advice to younger peers. The students were told that they were mentoring high school students and critique their university admissions essays. Afterwards, the mentors received handwritten notes from their faux mentees, and only about half of those notes included an expression of thanks for assisting them with their essays. The mentors who were thanked were more likely to give the younger students their contact information and presumably continue the friendship. The mentors also reported warmer personalities when it came to the grateful mentees, and that warmth is probably why grateful people make lots of friends. Read more
Saturday, September 6, 2014
A new study has found that expressing gratitude helps people create new relationships.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Erwan Davon reveals the single biggest factor that determines the success of a romantic relationship.
What is the single biggest factor that determines the success of a romantic relationship? We all know that most romantic relationships don't last as long as they could. Most of us have done our share of dating, and there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, this can be fun, so long as this is what we want. But what about when we want a lasting relationship? When we want that special person to become a soulmate and partner? That's a different ball game -- the kind of relationship most of us want in the end. My wife Alicia and I call it the "Eternal Date" -- a relationship that reaches higher and higher peaks of intimacy and sexual attraction. A relationship with soul that also has the sexy! Read more
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014
New research suggests that your relationship may work better if you're not made for each other.
Time to change your Tinder profile: New research suggests that believing you and your significant other are soul mates can actually hurt your relationship, NYMag.com's Science of Us blog reports. The study, led by University of Toronto professor Spike W.S. Lee, found that the idea of being MFEO (or "made for each other," for those who haven't seen Sleepless in Seattle, which you should), leads to more dissatisfaction when conflict arises. Read more
Thursday, August 7, 2014
If you have heard of mantras in Tantra, but are not sure of what they are or why they are used, this brief introduction to the practice of Tantra mantras should clear things up.
Mantra means in Sanskrit language, 'liberation of the mind' referring to the techniques employed, known as Mantra Yoga. Mantra Yoga is according to the yoga tradition, a valid way to obtain liberation (Moksha) (see note 1). A widely accepted classification is to be of five kinds viz. Pinda, Kartari, Bija, Mantra and Mala. This classification takes into account the number of syllables, thus for the Bija Mantra there are three to nine syllables. Basically the tantric Mantras are Bija Mantras with some rare exceptions when the number of syllables could be more or less than the usual range. This article is mainly about Bija Mantras. Read more
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
This documentary film brings to convergence studies in sexology, physiology, and holistic female sexuality against the experiential backdrop of explosive female eroticism. Featuring Suzie Heumann, author and sex educator; and Jaiya, somatic sexologist and author.