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What Happens When You Take Full Responsibility for Your Life

Leave yourself "no outlet."<p>Four realities exist.<p>The first is that indecision is potentially your greatest threat. The second is that most people are "drifting," which means they haven't taken command of their mind or their life. Drifting is when you let external circumstances determine where you go …

Self-improvement

The first rule of sports (and all) parenting: Don’t speak

Your child doesn’t have to play in the Super Bowl for you to know the feeling. Their team was supposed to win and then they didn’t. What do you do? Being the mother of two girls who played soccer and ran track, I thought I knew the answer: Talk it through. Tell them you love them. Say it’s just a …

Parenting

How to Politely Disagree, According to Science

After an election that was glaringly short on tolerance and compassion, it’s clear we need a new kind of public conversation, where we learn to reach …

Self-help

The board hoard: your monthly guide to the best new board games

Welcome to our regular round-up of the best new tabletop games. This month we’re expressing our artistic flair through classical Japanese painting, engaging in audacious competitive boasting competitions and running amok in an anything-goes futuristic gunfight.<p>Adrenaline<p><b>3-5 players, 30-60 minutes,</b> …

How to Be an Exceptional Leader: Advice From a Navy SEAL

Great leaders push, pull, teach...and never set their teams up for failure.<p>If you're even a semi-regular reader of mine, by now you know I love the reality series <i>The Selection: Special Operations Experiment</i>, which airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. EST on History. (Or you can catch up on the show's …

Leadership

Why is my otherwise polite 8-year-old so rude at home?

<i>Q: I have an 8-year-old daughter who is by all accounts friendly (if a little shy) and polite to others at school and elsewhere, but at home she often speaks quite rudely and can be dismissive of others’ feelings. It’s been going on for a while, and nothing we’ve tried — talking to her about it,</i> …

Parenting

86 Books Barack Obama Recommended During His Presidency

The entries were pulled from places like Obama’s summer reading lists, his childhood favorites, and recommendations made for his daughter, Malia. …

Books

Dissecting a Louis C.K. Joke to Highlight How Well the Comedian Uses Language to Create Humor

The Nerdwriter (Evan Puschak) dissects a joke by Louis C.K. about playing Monopoly with his daughters to highlight how well the comedian uses …

Comedy

The Reward Chart That Changed Everything In My House

Right when we become fooled into believing that we have mastered a certain tricky stage in our child’s development, a new one smacks us right in the …

Parenting

How Small Actions Help You Take Control of Your Finances

Last year, I wanted to write a book. It seemed like an impossible task. But I figured, “if I can write a long blog post, I can surely write one …

Personal Finance

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments

Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.<p>…

Emotional Intelligence

Read a Spine-Tingling Excerpt From the New Dark Crystal Prequel

Jim Henson’s much-loved 1982 fantasy film, <i>The Dark Crystal</i>, recently made headlines when an official sequel was announced, in comic book form. But …

I want a smart home. What’s the simplest way to start?

Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode and Dan Seifert discuss on Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>If you want to automate your home with “smart home” gadgets, and you’re not a super-geek, watch out. Incautious consumers, like one listener who wrote into <b>Too Embarrassed to Ask</b>, may buy devices …

Smart Homes

Beyond Athens: The Best Books on the Ancient World

Anthony Everitt’s newly released book the <i>Rise of Athens</i> carries the provocative subtitle <i>The Story of the World’s Greatest Civilization</i>. While that’s certainly debatable, Everitt does make a very strong case for the great Greek city-state. Athens is, after all, the birthplace of democracy: a lasting …

This Great Course on Beating Procrastination Used to Be Paid, Now It’s Free

Productivity trainer Kosio Angelov built a paid course at Udemy on how to beat procrastination, and over a thousand people took it. Now Angelov has …

Productivity

30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status

With this list, you'll feel like you can dominate the Trivial Pursuit literature section.<p><i>What books should one read to feel well-read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann,</b> …

Literature

New Evidence Suggests Parkinson's Might Start in The Gut, Not The Brain

We might have been wrong about Parkinson's this whole time.<p>A new study adds to a growing body of research that suggests we might have been thinking …

The Crucial Time Out Mistake You're Probably Making

A new study says many parents aren't using time-outs effectively.<p>When my toddler is "sentenced" to a time-out, she acts as if I've just banished her from the country for the rest of her life. That's how big of a fight she puts up! But in a way, I get it, because being sent to time-out means she has …

Parenting

The Perils of Empathy

In politics and policy, trying to feel the pain of others is a bad idea. Empathy distorts our reasoning and makes us biased, tribal and often cruel<p>Everywhere you turn in American politics, leaders talk about the need for empathy. The best-known instance, of course, comes from Bill Clinton, who told …

Empathy

A thriller with a fine literary pedigree: 'His Bloody Project' by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Crime fiction is always well represented on bestseller lists, but this year it's also found its way into the most exclusive chambers of literary prestige. Viet Thanh Nguyen's "The Sympathizer" won the best first novel Edgar, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and …

13 science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss this December

It’s December. I can hardly believe how fast the year flew by. December means the full rush of Christmas and holiday shopping, and it means a slightly lighter load of new books hitting bookstores. That’s fine by me: it means that I can try and tackle the accumulated piles of books on my own to-read …

What Happens When Partners Aren't Equally Committed

In some couples, one partner is substantially more committed than the other. We call these Asymmetrically Committed Relationships (ACRs). No one who …

A psychologist says parents should do these 18 things to raise a more confident child

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child.<p>Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of 15 parenting books, says a kid who lacks confidence will be reluctant to try new or challenging things because they're scared of failing or disappointing others.<p>This can end up holding …

24 obscure but completely crucial life lessons I am teaching my son

My son turns two in a couple of months, which means that after waiting for ages for any kind of lucid conversation with him, snippets should soon appear. His understanding of my endless waffling and yapping will start to sharpen, and at some point I will be called upon to share my infinite …

Stephen Colbert calls out 'Jew-S-A' Trump supporter for 'worst excuse of all time'

Stephen Colbert called out the Donald Trump supporter who chanted “Jew-S-A” at members of the media last week during a rally for the GOP nominee and …

15 Perfect Metaphors Hidden in Word Etymologies

It's human nature to conceive of abstract ideas through more immediate, concrete experiences—which is to say, through metaphors. Most of the words we …

16 Things My Dad Taught Me About Success

No. 16: "There is always a way. No exceptions. No excuses." Here are the other fifteen. They are equally direct, blunt and just old school enough to be really cool in today's new school world.<p>Most days, I simply want to be happy and feel like I am successful at what I do. Achieving those seemingly …

personaldevelopment

A satirical ‘history of the Jewish people’ released by the Israeli government offends just about everyone

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Foreign Ministry made a little video entitled “Welcome to the home of the Jewish people.” It stars the characters Jacob and Rachel, a nice Jewish couple, living in a modern suburban-style house called the “Land of Israel,” which is invaded by Assyrians, Greeks, Arabs, …

10 Graphic Novels You Should Start With | Comics Amino

These are my opinions on what graphic novels are good to start with I'd you are just beginning to read comics. They are great books in general.<p>This …