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The 7 Step Morning Ritual That Will Make You Happy All Day

We read a lot about this or that morning ritual that will make you productive. But what about one that makes you happy?Research shows that being …

Happiness

Six Books to Curl Up With This Winter

The buzziest titles this season include everything from historical fiction to ghost stories<p>For publishers, winter is a relatively quiet season—a time when they can introduce gems that might otherwise be lost in fall’s crush of literary heavyweights and commercial fare. The buzziest titles this …

Books

How To Change Your Eating Habits To Have A More Productive 2016

Eating right in the New Year isn’t about deprivation, it’s understanding what your metabolism needs to reset and maximize your energy.<p>Sledding down the hill of holiday gluttony straight into a field of ambitious resolutions can be a jarring adjustment at best. We spend the holidays gorging on fatty …

7 Affordable Online Stores That Are About to Become Your New Zara

Forgive me, checking account, for I have sinned.<p>It's the first-worldliest of #firstworldproblems, but shopper's block is 1) very real and 2) *very* annoying when you're in need—not want—of new clothes. Put a pause on your regular retail routine and make way for seven of the high street's newest, …

Clothing

National Geographic Travel

The Breathing Trick That Puts You to Sleep in Seconds

Sweet slumber can be yours in a minute or less.<p>Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, lavender oil, and counting sheep — we've all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.<p><b>What is it?</b><p>The 4-7-8 breathing …

Getting Ready to Move to Mars

Scientists are hard at work preparing to create humanity’s second home.<p>One day, when earth is destroyed by war or rising seas or a wayward asteroid, humanity will be extinguished—and along with it reality television, baseball stadiums, and thousands of recipes for guacamole, with and without …

Space Exploration

4 Scientifically Proven Ways to Have a Happier Morning

In the past, I would have never described myself as a "morning person." In fact, I used to hate mornings. I would often begin the day by hitting the snooze button on my cell phone alarm. When I would finally wake up, it was usually a race to get out the door. I would rush to shower, do my hair and …

17 New YA Books That Will Make Your Heart Happy

SORRY, BANK ACCOUNT. There's new books I need to buy.

Polaroid Snap: A New 10MP Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid today announced its new 10-megapixel Polaroid Snap instant digital camera, which the brand calls “the perfect blend of nostalgic Polaroid …

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe

This post is brought to you by DairyPure milk. All opinions are my own. Milk is one of the most used beverages in our home. Besides drinking it …

Dessert

12 Of Our Favorite Cupcake Recipes

Gallery12 Of Our Favorite Cupcake Recipes<p>Last year we gave you 10 beautiful cakes to make for your spring celebrations (graduations, weddings, showers, and the like).<p>But sometimes you need something that's easy to eat one-handed, or you're cooking for youngins' (kids love cupcakes, always have, …

How to Make Perfectly Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

<i>Header image: Chocolate Chip Cookies from CHOW</i>Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, of course. But we all have an idea of the perfect version – …

Dessert

The Friendliest Cities in the World

While Reykjavík rounded out <i>Travel + Leisure's</i> 2016 list of the friendliest cities in the World, Iceland ranked third on the World Happiness Index …

These 6 Electronic Instruments Go from Retro to Bananas

There are all kinds of DIY instruments available for you to experiment with, but electronic instruments have to be some of the craziest. From the Theremin, using radio waves to control pitch and volume, to an instrument controlled, literally, by bananas, the options for “electro-musical” creativity …

15 Healthy High-Fiber Foods That Make You Feel Full and Satisfied

Fill up (and not out) with these good-for-you, high-fiber foods

17 Foods That Can Help You Live Longer

The fountain of youth is located in the produce aisle.<p>The world's oldest person, 116-year old Susannah Mushatt Jones, enjoys a hearty meal of bacon, eggs and grits most mornings. The breakfast sounds delicious, but unless Jones has upended decades of nutritional science, it is unlikely the secret …

15 Lessons I Learned From Traveling Around the World

"We all struggle with the same dramas, the only difference is the scenery."<p>When I quit my job, sold all my stuff, and departed for my RTW trip on Dec. 31, 2010, I rightly expected to have a memorable adventure, but I was adamant that I wasn't out there trying to find myself in some mushy, gushy <i>Eat,</i> …

M-learning

30 Healthy Breakfast Ideas To Start Your Morning Off Right

Eat well all month long.<p>There's no denying the allure of French toast, pancakes and waffles, but more often than not those breakfast options will weigh you down rather than fill you with good energy to tackle the day ahead (though we have found one or two exceptions to that rule). Smoothies, oats …

4 Calorie-Torching Moves That Tone Your Legs and Butt

A strong, toned lower half not only turns heads, but it also boosts your performance in nearly every activity, from running errands to running …

The Ultimate Guide to Good Skin

Steven Macari, holistic health practitioner, nutritionist at Drive 495 and founder of the SLVRBK mat, shares his tips to getting your best skin ever.<p>Everyone wants great skin, some people have it naturally, others have to work really hard to maintain a clear complexion. While topical remedies or a …

The biggest mistakes Google sees in CVs

I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I’ve personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And …

After Turning Down A Million In Funding, Over Brings Its Photo-Editing App To Android

Over, a popular image editing application for iOS users that has grown to over 9 million installs since its launch, is now available on Android – a move that founder Aaron Marshall claims has been a top request for some time. In the new version, Android users will be the first to receive a few …

Slow Factory: Satellite Images Printed on Silk Scarves

Look up at the sky on even the clearest, most perfect summer night here in New York City and you might realize that something is missing. Sure, the …

GREEN IRELAND by The Wayfarers on Exposure

website<p>https://thewayfarers.exposure.co/ireland<p>Exposure<p>With two trips to Ireland under our belt, it’s pretty obvious that it’s our favorite place on …

Landscape Photography

Grazia

Complex Illustrations Formed with Tangles of Colorful Wires

Greece-based artist Charis Tsevis is fascinated with the wired world we live in. No matter how wireless technology continues to develop, we still find ourselves dependent upon outlets for data transfer and power, and, if we look around, it's standard to be surrounded by a handful of plugs …

Art

40 Awesome Signs You'll Want At Your Wedding

A good message is a telltale sign it's going to be a great day.

4 Ways to Jumpstart the Day

"Seriously?" I thought to myself sarcastically as I read the morning paper riding the bus to work the other day.<p>I listened to talk radio on my phone and "Oh, boy" I thought again as I heard a commentator use the word, "uncertainty" about a dozen times. The more I read, listened and absorbed the …