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The recipe for happiness and success? Try compassion

<b>Programming note:</b> CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces us to leaders and volunteers behind inspiring organizations in a one-hour, prime-time special airing Saturday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Looking for a way to be happier? Are you seeking deeper connections with …

Happiness

Follow These Pro Hacks for the Best Homemade Biscuits Ever—and You Only Need 3 Ingredients

Flaky buttermilk biscuits from scratch are totally worth it.<p>Making buttery, flaky biscuits from scratch sounds like a lot of work. Measuring tons of …

4 Common Creativity-Killers + How to Avoid Them

Learning to channel your creativity to produce awesome work is one of the most valuable skills you can develop (and use to stay inspired!) this year. Not only will your ultra-original style set you apart, whether working on quick projects or making your wildest DIY dreams come true, but it can help …

Creativity

The Secret That Brings These Pancakes to Life

A sourdough starter is not a metaphor, I tell myself when one dies on my watch. It’s a bit of fermented flour, a microbial jumble of bacteria and yeast, used by cooks to raise doughs and give baked things a delicious, complicated tang. It is not a plant, or a low-maintenance pet in a romantic …

Recipes

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.

A year ago, my boss announced that our large New York ad agency would be moving to an open office. After nine years as a senior writer, I was forced to trade in my private office for a seat at a long, shared table. It felt like my boss had ripped off my clothes and left me standing in my …

Want to raise empowered women? Start in middle school.

When my girlfriends and I share stories about our first jobs, we shake our heads at our meekness. Susan recalls her boss at a company in Paris. “She would fly off the handle at the smallest things, screaming, ‘Vous êtes nul!’ — ‘You are nothing!’ ” Susan would retreat to the bathroom to cry. “I was …

Parenting

How to be Happier at Work (according to science)

Job satisfaction is a rare and beautiful thing. You spend half your life in the workplace, yet you can feel underpaid, undervalued and overworked. …

6 Steps to Achieving Hygge, the Danish Art of Contentment and Comfort

If you’ve ever sat in an Arne Jacobsen egg chair, been beguiled by the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen, or enjoyed a piping hot <i>aebleskiver</i> at a county fair, you’ve had a taste of Danish culture. But Denmark’s latest export is less easily defined: Most closely aligned with the idea of …

Make Scones, Stay Inside, Remain Cozy

If you know anything about British or Irish cuisine, you’ll know they have at least 40 baked goods that are technically scones, but with many …

Breakfast

10 New Rules For Brainstorming Without Alienating Introverts

Try this revolving-door policy for your next brainstorm, by letting introverts come and go when they please.<p>The brainstorm is beloved by some and dreaded by many. We live in a world that offers choice for everything from styles of coffee to TV shows to TVs themselves. But when it comes to …

Most of us are more creative in the shower than when we're at work

Power shower just gained a whole new meaning<p>Think you have your most brilliant ideas in the shower? That's because you do.<p>Research led by cognitive …

Creativity

Why Other People Wreck Brainstorms (And How To Stop Them)

The reason brainstorms devolve into groupthink has to do with the way memory works. Here’s how to get around that.<p>You’re probably brainstorming all wrong. Chances are you’re using some form of the rules that were initially devised by the adman Alex Osborn that started in the 1950s. His process …

Being Mentally Strong Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

We were led to believe that being tough means you can endure more. The more we work, the more resilient we become. When we think we don’t have the …

A Simple Meditation Practice That Will Rewire Your Brain to Cope With Anxiety

We can all agree that humans are creatures of habit. Whether it’s driving to work, having breakfast or meeting friends, we tend to stick the same …

Philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft on the Imagination and Its Seductive Power in Human Relationships

“These emotions … appear to me to be the distinctive characteristic of genius, the foundation of taste, and of that exquisite relish for the beauties of nature, of which the common herd of eaters and drinkers and child-begeters, certainly have no idea.”<p><i>“Independence I have long considered as the</i> …

Literature

7 mindful habits that are hard to adopt but will benefit you forever

I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘mindfulness’ before. From mental health experts to professional athletes, it’s being touted as the next big revolution in …

A Mindfulness Expert Reveals 7 Morning Rituals That Will Change Your Life

I think we can all agree that the morning is the most important part of the day. If you have a peaceful and productive morning, you’ll be ready to …

Meet Britain's most straight-talking and foul-mouthed artist, Maggi Hambling

Maggi Hambling is an artist who enjoys controversy, divides opinion, works hard and ignores her critics. As a new exhibition of her work opens at the Marlborough, Jessamy Calkin visits her Suffolk studio to discover how Andy Murray, Henry V and an endless supply of cigarettes keep her going<p>When …

British Museum

How Women Undermine Themselves With Words

Tara Mohr’s first piece for goop—Why Women Criticize Each Other—resonated deeply, explaining not only why we sometimes rush to judge each other, but …

17 Meryl Streep Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success and Happiness | Inc.com

I can't remember the first film I saw Meryl Streep perform in, but I do remember that she made a tremendous impression on me. Since then, Meryl has performed in many more films, earning tons of recognition for her acting skills and remarkable performances. It's no accident that she has been …

Sleep Demons: Bill Hayes on REM, the Poetics of Yawns, and Maurice Sendak’s Antidote to Insomnia

“Sleep acts … more like an emotion than a bodily function. As with desire, it resists pursuit. Sleep must come find you.”<p>We spend — or are biologically supposed to spend — a third of our lives in sleep, yet it remains a state we neither fully understand nor can bend to our will. A central cog in …

How to write a novel this year: 'I'm surprised at how much time I find'

Ambition, people say, is an itch, begging to be realised. I’ve been intending to write a book for a decade, and the itching is getting more insistent. I haven’t settled on a genre, let alone a story, but half-formed characters and narratives are swimming in my mind, and it’s time I did something …

Time I

Brene Brown Quotes

Quotations and aphorisms by Brene Brown:<p>I'm like a recovering perfectionist. For me it's one day at a time.<br>~Brene …

How Joan Didion the Writer Became Joan Didion the Legend

Joan Didion arrived in Los Angeles in 1964 on the way to becoming one of the most important writers of her generation, a cultural icon who changed L.A.’s perception of itself. Lili Anolik mines the author’s early years to examine Didion before all that.<p>In a 1969 column for <i>Life,</i> her first for the …

15 Expert Tips For Unblocking Writer's Block

According to writer Leslie What, every writer -- expert, intermediate, or beginner -- experiences writer's block at some point.<p>It's that period when you face the blank page and the Muse refuses to hand you inspiration on a golden platter.<p>But just as successful entrepreneurs have tactics for winning …

8 Ways You're Ruining Your Coffee's Health Perks

Sure, you get the caffeine boost regardless—but if you want to make the most of your beans, avoid these big coffee prep mistakes.

Why You Should Take Time to Meditate

“I don’t have time to meditate.” Those words permeate my emails and voicemails weekly. When people tell me this, my response almost invariably is …

Meditation

28 Insanely Creative Ways To Decorate A Cake That Are Easy AF

Have a very happy birthday (or happy ANY day, tbh).

Dessert

15 new books you absolutely need to read in September

After three long months of maxi skirts, a lot of sweat, and cringe-worthy energy bills, it’s finally FINALLY September. It’s not exactly autumn yet, …

Books