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Can you write your way to happiness?

A growing number of diarists are using expressive writing or ‘bullet journalling’ to improve their health and productivity. But does keeping a daily log actually work?<p>”This groundbreaking tool will change your life,” claims <i>MindJournal</i>, a £9.99 collection of quizzes and writing exercises that it …

Happiness

Be Here Now: A Guide to Happiness – Denisa Irene Oosthuizen

<b>Are you happy? Or are you still looking for the ‘magical feeling’?</b><p>Think of an inner journey to your happy place. Where would you start?<p>Picture this: …

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even …

Self-help

The Science of Influence: The Three Dimensions of Executive Presence

<b>The Science of Influence: The Three Dimensions of Executive Presence</b><b>By Suzanne Bates</b>We’ve all witnessed that moment when a leader walks into a room …

Faceted Classification

How To Command A Room Like Stephen Colbert

A speech pro explains how to establish gravitas using six key communication skills.<p>On the very first episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert satirized the concept of “gravitas,” saying, “If you have sufficient gravitas, what you say doesn’t have to mean anything at all.”<p>While Colbert was …

15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently

I recently interviewed over 200 ultra-productive people including seven billionaires, 13 Olympians, 20 straight-A students and over 200 successful entrepreneurs. I asked a simple, open-ended question, “What is your number one secret to productivity?” After analyzing all of their responses, I coded …

Time Management

4 Exercises to Do When You Haven't Worked Out in Forever

It's the simplest and least boring way to get back into it.<p>If you and your gym have been on a break for an immeasurable about of time, you don't have to beeline for the elliptical and subsequently die of boredom to redeem yourself.<p>Just practice these four moves, designed by NYC-based fitness …

How a Marriage Changes Over the Years

You love your spouse so much now that it seems impossible that love could change or grow as you grow old together. But our experts can guarantee changes will come. "Love <i>does</i> change over time, and that is OK," says Malibu-based marriage therapist Alisa Ruby Bash. "As we grow together and through the …

Relationships

Top 10 TED Talks That Could Change Your Life

There’s no time like the present to grow or refine ourselves a little bit more, and few resources are as helpful as TED talks. In that vein, here are …

32 New Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016

New year, new TBR pile.<p>Whether you’ve promised yourself that 2016 will be the year you’ll read more books, the year you’ll read books more thoughtfully or the year you’ll read fewer curmudgeonly comments sections, we have a few new releases worth considering.<p>We’re looking forward to bold familial …

Books

Reveal Your Abs with the Belly Fat Inferno

Packed gym? No problem. All you need is a pair of kettlebells for this 22-minute sweat session

How chemists plan to sniff out bombs

<b>The suicide bombers in the Paris attacks used an explosive that is relatively easy to synthesise at home.</b><p>Chemists, however, are leading an effort to develop sensors to sniff it out.<p>The explosive, called triacetone triperoxide (TATP), is produced by combining chemicals sold in pharmacies and …

The Most Astonishing Photos That Won Awards In 2015

It's been another year of awe-inspiring and goosebump-inducing photography. Take a look at the best of the best.<p><i>National Geographic Traveler</i> Photo Contest 2015<p>The travel arm of the National Geographic Society received more than 17,000 entries, with one image making it to the top spot: a spectacular …

9 Books From 2015 That Everyone Over 50 Should Read

The holidays are the perfect time to play catchup.<p>This past year has been chock-full of incredible reads, thanks, in part, to highly-anticipated releases from authors such as Harper Lee and John Banville. There have been books about falcons and friendship and everything in between. As always, there …

Books

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.<p>A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is …

Ancient Civilization

Top Ten Books of 2015

'Tis the season -- the trees are strung with lights, the stockings are hung from the mantle, the fire is flickering, and -- with any luck -- you have the luxury of a little time off. What better way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit than by hunkering down with a good book?<p>Here are 10 titles …

Books

22 books Mark Zuckerberg thinks everyone should read

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made a tradition of dramatic New Year's resolutions, and in 2015 he decided that he'd read a book every two weeks.<p>"Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today," Zuckerberg wrote on his personal Facebook page. …

This Google Employee Has A Brilliant Time Management Strategy

Create and protect your Make Time, people.<p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response I got was unexpected, and I was urged to share it with more people—so here we are. Some of my fellow Googlers went so far as to make a video for those of us …

Time Management

21 photos that show why a small town in Tennessee was just named America's next hot travel destination

The results were based on increases in positive traveler feedback as well as increased interest in accommodations, restaurants, and attractions.<p>This year, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was ranked as the top US destination travelers should have on their radar. It also came in fourth place on TripAdvisor's …

50 Fantastic Facts About The English Language

This month, words and language Twitter account @HaggardHawks celebrated its second year online. Since December 2013, it has been providing a daily dose of rare and unusual words, surprising language facts, peculiar etymological stories, and all manner of other linguistic tidbits and trivia covering …

Language

Readers' top 10 best books of 2015

2015 in review,Best books of the year,Culture,Fiction,Biography,Books,Best books,Autobiography and memoir,Best books of 2015<p>After authors and reviewers chose their favourite books of the year, it’s time to let Guardian readers speak – here are your most-beloved books of 2015

Books