When dying people look back on their lives, there are some common things they wish they had done differently. Not having followed one’s dreams is one common regret. Not having spent enough time with friends and family is another. But one thing people seldom regret on their deathbed is not having worked enough or not having made enough money.
The word “time” is the most common noun in the English language, so it’s no wonder that there are so many idioms related to time. Keeping time is an idiom that means measuring time. The history of keeping time dates back to ancient Egypt. They used tall standing beams called obelisks to measure the time it took the sun to move across the sky. Watching the moving shadow of an obelisk was used by cultures all over the world to tell time. Later, people used burning incense or candles, sand in an hourglass, and even water to keep time. In 1685, a man named Christiaan Huygens invented the world’s first pendulum clock that used a swinging weight to measure time.
Time flies, and sometimes we feel like we never have enough. According to some research, the answer to this problem might lie in finding more awe in our lives. Awe is something that fills you with wonder. It’s a jaw-dropping experience that takes your breath away. This is often something so powerful and extraordinary that words cannot adequately describe the feeling. It stops you in your tracks. The experience of awe is often connected to vastness of size. This could be a physical size, like being near a large mountain or the ocean, or it could be an emotional vastness brought on by music, art, love, or a spiritual experience. It could even be an idea that is so vast or complex that it doesn’t fit into our normal understanding of the world.
Have you ever worked more than 40 hours in one week? Most people have and their bosses probably thanked them for their hard work. Your boss might think you’re doing a good job, but the majority of new research says the exact opposite.
The Piraha are a small tribe of about 400 people that live in the Amazon. Unlike every other human language, Piraha doesn’t have words for abstract ideas. They only talk about what they directly experience or what people they know have directly experienced.