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I married my Twitter crush - social media is the best dating agency going

What the world needs now is love, so it isn’t surprising that our collective imagination has been captured by a real life modern romance.<p>Four years ago, Twitter user Victoria O’Brien posted “Well I'm in love with whoever is manning the @WstonesOxfordSt account. Be still my actual beating …

Here's what a serving size of each of your favorite foods looks like

Yeah. Me neither. Yet that is the standard Food and Drug Administration serving size listed on the back of the package. In other words, eating two of these cookies will give you the caloric equivalent of a standard snack — 140 calories, or about the same as:<p>In May the FDA announced that it was …

Nutrition

12 Habits Of Genuine People

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested the EQ of more than a million people and found that it explains 58% of success in all types of jobs. Suffice it to say, emotional intelligence is a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with …

A Step By Step Guide On How To Remove Your Online Presence

Can you ever really disappear from a world where your face is plastered all over Facebook, your location is stamped all over Instagram, and your …

Instagram

14 surprising psychological reasons someone might fall in love with you

But love, alas, is not easy to find.<p>How and why do two people click? We dug into years of psychological research to find some answers. And in the process, we busted some myths and learned that certain clichés turn out to be actually true.<p><i>This is an update of an article written by Drake Baer for</i> …

Psychology

8 tips for dealing with sugar cravings

Let's face it: We're all eating too much sugar. It's basically in everything — even foods you wouldn't think of as being particularly sweet, like bread or salad dressing.<p>According to the American Heart Association, women should have no more than six teaspoons of added sugar a day and men no more …

How I Started My Own Company Using My Instagram Account

Angelica Nwandu merged her celebrity obsession and love of writing to create The Shade Room.<p><i>When she came up with the idea for The Shade Room</i> <i>(TSR) in 2014, a news site that follows trending stories and the actions of celebrities in real time, Angelica Nwandu was broke, unemployed, and had no</i> …

Social Media

Letters: The EU debate goes right to the heart of Britain’s historic freedoms

SIR – It strikes me that many people are amazingly casual about the foundations of our freedom.<p>I do not view an elected Parliament, a unifying Crown and an independent judiciary as mere abstractions. My grandfather fought in the First World War, my father in the Coldstream Guards. His only brother …

Leave or Remain: How markets will react to Brexit vote

Global financial markets have become captivated by the whims of British public opinion.<p>A rebound of support for remaining in the European Union in some polls sparked a revival of investor sentiment around the world on Monday.<p>In recent trading, the growing odds of Brexit depleted their appetite for …

Economy

Attempts to elevate the Brexit debate following MP's death begin to fray

The tone of an ‘ugly’ debate temporarily softened after Labour MP Jo Cox was killed, but David Cameron soon faced hostile questions on immigration<p>The murder of Jo Cox, the British MP shot and stabbed to death in her Yorkshire constituency last week, was supposed to have raised the maturity level of …

3 steps to training yourself to be more emotionally intelligent

<i>This answer from Chade-Meng Tan, co-chair of a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated campaign and NYT bestselling author, originally appeared on Quora.</i><p>Emotional Intelligence (EI) is defined as the ability to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this …

Mindfulness

56,000 Britons a year will develop cancer because they are too fat, shocking report warns

The number of people developing cancer because they are overweight or obese will increase by 38,500 a year by 2035, health charities have warned as the called on the government to do more to clamp down on junk food.<p>An extra 7.6 million cases of disease linked to being overweight or obese will be …

Should You Eat Or Skip Breakfast? The Surprising Truth

You may have heard that you should never skip breakfast. "Eat breakfast like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper," as the saying goes.<p>But what if you aren't hungry? You may be eating breakfast because you think it's good for your health. Or maybe you've been told that doing so …

10 Evening Habits Of Highly Successful People

We all know that early birds get more things done by making the most out of their mornings and setting the day right for successful completion of all …

Time Management

9 Psychology Books Every Leader Should Read

Learning the secrets of the mind will make you a better professional.<p>At the base of it, business success is about people--making the right connections, understanding motivation, guessing what others will do next, and accurately evaluating those you meet. Which is why knowing some basic psychology …

What you should eat before and after you exercise to lose weight, according to a celebrity trainer

However, if you're looking to shed some pounds, certain foods promote weight loss more than others.<p>We spoke to Russell Bateman, a trainer and the creator of the Skinny Bitch Collective— a workout regimen followed by models and celebrities like Ellie Goulding and Suki Waterhouse — to find out the …

Fitness

The 5-Minute Morning Routine to Feel Better All Day

You might not be able to do anything about the 10 hours per day you spend hunched over a laptop. But spending just five minutes every morning with …

Yoga

Meet the People Building a Medieval Castle Without Using Any New Technology

Two hours outside of Paris stands Guédelon, a castle that looks like it’s from the medieval period, but is actually being constructed right now. …

Weight loss is not always the answer to better health

If, as a society, we want to become healthier – as opposed to simply continuing to spend money on "health" products and wasting time in a constant cycle of weight loss, weight gain, frustration and self-sabotage – we need to rethink how we frame health and weight.<p>For the most part we use aggressive …

Could Steiner schools have a point on children, tablets and tech?

Studies have yet to show much benefit from technology in schools, leading some to wonder whether the offline life is better for children<p>It’s late morning and the children in Maria Woolley’s class at the Iona school in Nottingham are busy kneading dough. The dough is made from flour they saw ground …

Education

Either one will lead to war: Hawkish Hillary and reckless Trump could both lead to prolonged new wars

We’ve fueled a dangerous dynamic in Middle East for decades. In different ways, Trump and Hillary make it scarier<p>If—as now seems extremely likely—the election comes down to Clinton vs. Trump, we'll be headed down the path of prolonged war in the Middle East, a war that could last for generations, …

10 things you need to know in markets, June 9

Schoolchildren stand beside North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he arrives to attend "We Are the Happiest in the World", a performance of schoolchildren to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean Children's Union (KCU), in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central …

George Soros

One woman’s journey from starving, to bingeing, to inspiring

Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes.<p>Brittany Burgunder, a 27-year-old Californian who wasted away to a skeletal 56 pounds at the height of …

Zimbabwe's flag center of social media war over frustrations

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's national flag is furiously flapping in the center of a heated social media war over what the flag means and people's frustrations with President Robert Mugabe's government.<p>The hashtags #Thisflag and #Ourflag now determine one's political loyalty in this deeply …

Indian schoolgirl recreates periodic table with 90 global issues

A 17-year-old Indian school girl came up with an imaginative way to remember all the elements on the periodic table for her science class. The …

Is Britain ready to risk it with Brexit? Why everyone could be wrong about the EU referendum

Pundits and pollsters are having a nervous breakdown as they try to work out who will clinch victory in the EU referendum, with every rise and fall in the polls just prolonging the agony.<p>Rising support for Leave in various polls - with our own ORB one putting it one point ahead - has ignited …

How To Rewire Your Brain With Compassion, Joy And Love

<b>We are wired for happiness</b><p>Research shows that we have the capacity for great wisdom, creativity and insight. We are naturally wired for it. Our brains, however, are also wired to protect us. And since survival is the brain's top priority and we have a tendency to look out for danger, threats and …

6 Simple Ways to Talk Your Brain Out of Negativity

Negativity is sticky. It's hard to make it go away. Here are a few tips to help positivity prevail.<p>It's easier to recall negative thoughts and memories than positive ones. And the more we recall those negative thoughts, the more they stick with us. Suppose you feel like an idiot because of a dumb …