10 Reasons Life Is Not As Bad As It Seems

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The world is in a panic right now. To some, we seem to be entering a dark new era where hate, racism, misogyny and division will reign supreme. People are afraid. They don’t know what’s going to happen next, and their worried it will be something terrible.

But it’s okay. Everything is going to be fine.

The world is not as terrible a place as you think. Your brain is hardwired to make you think things are much worse than they really are. Life might not be perfect, but it’s better than it’s ever been before.

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10 Crazy Consequences of America’s Dirtiest Election

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A petition signed by over three million people is asking the Electoral College to change their votes from Trump to Clinton. It’s a crazy and dangerous idea—but it’s not unprecedented. We’ve done this before.

In 1824, John Quincy Adams became president even though he lost the election. It was as bad an idea then as it is now. It caused major problems, and its fallout changed American politics forever.

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10 Bizarre Ways the Soviet Union Controlled Its People

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The Soviet Union kept tight control over their people. Behind the Iron Curtain, freedoms were rare, and the minds of the populace were kept tightly in check. We’ve heard for decades how strict life was under the rule of the Communist Party, but we rarely hear just how strange it was. Soviet laws weren’t just strict; they were insane—and much more ridiculous than you might imagine.

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10 Insane Ways We Used to Make Everything Radioactive

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There was a time when the words “nuclear” and “radiation” weren’t scary. People believed radiation could fix every problem. They weren’t exactly clear on how it worked, but they were pretty sure that holding on to radium as tightly as you could was a surefire way to cure every disease. We used to be able to buy radioactive versions of everything, and we used them in ways that weren’t just dangerous—but downright insane.

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10 Tiny Details That Completely Change Historical Stories

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History teaches us about ourselves. It tells us what man has done, how his follies have hurt him, and how his virtues and risen him up, and it shows us the path to follow.

Usually, anyway. We can’t really learn anything from history if we don’t get the stories right. Some of the most famous historical stories have little details that are usually left out. Sometimes, these little details change the whole story—and ruin the whole point.

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How I Use TV To Motivate My Kid – But Not in the Way You Think

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Teaching a child something new is a delight. Seeing your kid master a new skill and watching them take pride in what they can do is one of the best experience a parent can have.

Until it’s not. It’s an amazing feeling when your child reads their first word, but you start pushing them to keep learning and put their nose to the grindstone, it turns into a fight. Kids love learning, but they hate it when their parents make them focus and try to make it part of their routine.

For our son, it’s piano. He started lessons with a love for the instrument, but as reading music and playing with 2 hands got harder, lessons became battles. Most ended with him slamming his face into the piano, unwilling to go on.

At first, we only saw 2 choices. We could take the loving parent method and let him move freely on to his next interest, or we could be Tiger Moms and yell at him until he did it. Parents, we believed, had to choose between hard work and happiness. Children couldn’t have both.

There is a better method, though, that I learned when I started listening to something that has more parenting experience than I’ll ever have: television.

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