Linguists have recently reconstructed what a 6,000 year-old-language called Proto-Indo-European might have sounded like. This language was the forerunner of many European and Asian languages, and now you can listen to what it may have sounded like.Read More →

The word “hygge” does not translate into English. What conclusions can you draw about cultural differences based on the idea that there is no English word for “hygge”? How ‘hygge’ can help you get through winter Denmark is the happiest country on Earth, according to the United Nations, which may seem odd for a small, subarctic kingdom where the winter sun often sets before 4 p.m. Yet Danes are almost defiantly merry. Not only did their country rank No. 1 in both the 2013 U.N. The vague cultural concept doesn’t translate easily into English, but it has helped Denmark become the ‘happiest country on Earth’Read More →

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. (-TED description)Read More →

Sticky

-An ornamental structure whose creation reflects a whimsical inclination on the part of the builder. -A site intended to capture and preserve the soulful and melancholy beauty of ruins. -In France, a site designed for clandestine romantic relationships. -In America, a deliberate attempt to preserve the universal symbol of democracy of ancient Greece and Rome through recreated temple forms; often seen on banks and government buildings. (From FollybyDesign.com)Read More →