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Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what’s important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention’s power, Jha says — but some simple techniques can boost it. “Pay attention to your attention,” Jha says.

Jenny Odell believes time and places for the practice and art of doing nothing are crucial to uncover underlying problems and to understand yourself. via @swissmiss

Beyond the illness, the hospital may be a traumatic experience. To help patients play down these difficult situations, designers Jyo John Mulloor and Irina Blok has created a series of funny surgical masks  via sadanduselless