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Positive thinking increases disappointment

Written by Makarona Dec 2nd, 2010
12/02/2010 - 19:50

A recent study by the Egyptian Meditation Ministry has shown that people engaged in positive thinking are twelve times more likely to be disappointed on a daily basis. Lead researcher Kebeer El Guruhat told EKT that “mantras such as ‘I am a confident person’ or ‘I am attractive to the opposite sex’ only help set people up for disappointment whenever they enter a social setting and re-realize they are neither.” The study also uncovered that...

New Therapy to Help Egyptians with Road Rage

Written by Makarona Oct 26th, 2009
Monday, 26th of October, 2009

Ever feel so enraged by idiotic drivers cutting you off that you broke a tooth because of how hard you clenched your jaw? Indeed, studies show that most Cairene drivers have as few as three real teeth remaining after just five years of driving in Cairo. And while techniques to help drivers deal with road rage vary from putting a purple crystal by your dashboard to ward off negative energy, to singing along with Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On...

French Guru Solves Buddhist Riddle

Written by Makarona Oct 21st, 2009
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

“Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand clapping?” Or so the Buddhist koan goes. Koans are riddles designed by Buddhist masters to help the mind go beyond the limits of rational thought. Other such riddles include, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” and “If one farts in the forest and there is no one around, does it still smell?“ Yet intensive contemplation of these koans throughout the centuries has yielded...