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I am passionate about porridge. I eat it every day and it is the king of breakfasts.

It is also a malleable breakfast. It's convenient. If your office or home has a microwave you are only five minutes away from a delicious hot meal that will sustain you until lunch and beyond.

I am a porridge samurai. I've been cooking porridge in a microwave practically every working day for the past three years. During this time I have sharpened my sword. Today I would like to share with you my techniques.

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Today is International DNA Day, which this year commemorates 60 years since the scientific paper A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid was first published. Here's what some of Australia's leading scientists have to say about the importance of the discovery...

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Did you get a lot of gifts this past holiday season? The bigger question: are you still using them? Weblog ThinkSimpleNow suggests that the novelty may wear off if it hasn't already. With all this extra "stuff," our homes and minds are filled with excess possessions and information. However, our perceptions should be that "less is more" and minimalism is far more important than having everything. Instead of rushing to do things quickly, slow down. Stop multitasking all the time; occasionally, do one thing at a time. Clear the clutter and remove any items you don't need. Control your spending habits to avoid accumulating all the excess. Most importantly, enjoy the time and possessions that you have. If you step back, relax, and "think simple," you can enjoy the pleasures in life, such as a beautiful sunset, without worrying about everything else that detracts from the experience of living.
The Simple Life

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The Washington Post digs into the imperfect science of happiness and finds a few common "rules" that govern how we find and value happiness, many of them related to decisions and uncertainty. For instance, a number of experiments have shown that people tend to overestimate the consequences of events and decisions, to their detriment:Torn between life choices? The experimental results suggest the worst option is usually indecision -- no matter what choice people make, they are more likely to be okay with the consequences than if they stay on the fence.A study noted in the article also found that those who had to definitely choose a free item to take home with them ended up happier with their picks than those who were given the option of returning them later. Makes me think twice about some of my electronics purchasing habits. Photo by Pσrcelαΐηgΐrl°.
C'mon, Get Happy? It's Easier Said Than Done

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Are the holidays causing an uncontrollable noisy ruckus in your house? Maybe it's time to calm everyone down. WikiHow explains ways to achieve the much-needed peace that should overcome your humble abode. What's causing the havoc? Is it late-night phone calls or unannounced visitors at inopportune times? It may be time to start limiting your calls and visits to specific hours. Enforcing rules (such as bedtimes) could also minimise the sense of disarray at home. Envision a calmer household and set goals on how to achieve each element of calm you're aiming for. Beyond the noise, you should clean and declutter as much as possible to create a sense of openness and relaxation in your household. Slowly but surely, you can regain control and make your household a much more restful and enjoyable place to be.
Create a Calmer Household

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Hearing that money doesn't buy happiness won't be the most surprising thing you hear today, but you might be surprised to learn that there is a cutoff for the money-equals-happiness equation lying somewhere near the middle class. From Newsweek: "Psychologists have spent decades studying the relation between wealth and happiness," writes Harvard University psychologist Daniel Gilbert in his best-selling "Stumbling on Happiness," "and they have generally concluded that wealth increases human happiness when it lifts people out of abject poverty and into the middle class but that it does little to increase happiness thereafter."