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Want to Instantly Become a Better Writer? Stop Using These 7 Words in Emails

Where good writing is concerned, the words you don't use often matter more.<p>If you think you're not a good writer, you've probably gotten hung up on the "craft" of writing. Worry too much about <i>how</i> you write and it's hard to write well.<p>But that's okay: Style doesn't matter (unless you're Nicholas …

concerned

Want to Know if Someone Is a Psychopath? They Need 1 Thing Really, Really Badly

Psychopaths seek rewards to an extreme degree.<p>How do you know if someone you know is a psychopath? As <i>Inc.</i> colleague Jessica Stillman writes, for a definitive answer you'd need to assess the individual based on a long list of scientifically validated traits like lack of empathy, egocentricity, and …

Psychology

7 secrets that will make you build good habits

Building good habits can be hard. Real hard. Nearly half of dieters give up within a week.<p>Forty percent of dieters quit within one week and more than …

The Science Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Break Negative Thought Patterns

Remember that time you really embarrassed yourself, and you play it over and over in your head, cringing a little each time? Or how about your inability to ask for a raise or promotion you deserve because you have told yourself so many times you are not worth it? You let it stew, creating …

Mindfulness

How to Select Main Postures and Compensation Poses to Develop Your Own Yoga Routine

• Health<br>• Exercise<br>• Yoga<br>• How to Select Main Postures and Compensation Poses to Develop Your Own Yoga Routine<p>When your body is warmed up, you can move into …

How to Draw a Braid

<b>One of my greatest drawing feats was a total fluke.</b><p>For years I had it in my head I was going to draw braids. From the influence of Rapunzel to my …

Don't try to be happy. We're programmed to be dissatisfied | Frank T McAndrew

Perpetual bliss would completely undermine our will to accomplish anything at all – that’s why perfect contentment has probably been evolved out of us<p>In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the …

Happiness

A Harvard Psychologist Says This Trait Matters Most: 10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Amy Cuddy says people answer one question when they first meet you -- and that answer lays the foundation for a business relationship.<p>Say you meet a new potential customer, a potential employer, or anyone with whom you want to establish a business relationship.<p>Which matters more:<p>Showing that you're …

Self-improvement

7 Scientific Ways to Become Smarter

You can vastly improve your brain's performance by making a few minor changes in your daily routine.<p>A while back, I posted a column describing five scientific ways to become smarter. Since then, I've been reading more about neuroscience, hoping to find additional easy techniques to improve brain …

The Brain

This Home Decor Color Trend Will Rule in 2016, According to Pinterest

Alright, we wouldn’t call it cheating, but there’s a new color combo on the scene, and it’s seriously giving the pantone colors of the year a run for their money. After all, who better to call the shots on what colors we should <i></i>be pinning than Pinterest? That’s right, the Pinterest colors of the …

Top 10 Home Decor Essentials for the First Time Decorating Virgins

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just bought a new house or an apartment, or you’ve started renting one for yourself, the first things you have to do in a …

On-Demand Interior Design Anyone Can Afford

A well-designed space is easier to obtain than you thought. This startup makes it so.<p>Meet Bobby. He just graduated from college and moved into his first real adult apartment. The problem is, his neon beer signs and thrift store furniture hurt the professional image he's trying to create for …

Los Angeles

Robert Mapplethorpe's X-Rated Photographs Changed Culture Forever

We spoke to the filmmakers behind 'Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,' a new HBO documentary about the photographer who died 25 years ago, to find out more about his life.<p>Patti Smith's boyfriend, the gay New York artist who died of AIDS, the man who took a picture of fisting and called it art: …

Robert Mapplethorpe

The Battle for Picasso’s Multi-Billion-Dollar Empire

When he died, Pablo Picasso left behind some 45,000 works, all complicated by countless authentications, rights, and licensing deals. Milton Esterow delves into the challenges faced by the five surviving heirs and the simmering conflict between two of them.<p>“I had a papa who painted,” Maya …

A Meditation for Beginners with Deepak Chopra

This simple practice from Sonima.com will introduce you to fundamental meditation techniques such as observing the breath and self-regulation.Take a …

Not Your Average Knots!

Move over, beanbags, and let Knots take over. Knots are thick, beautiful cushions and stools from Knots Studio in Tel Aviv. Comfy and visually …

The First Trailer for ‘Loving Vincent,’ an Animated Film Featuring 12 Oil Paintings per Second by Over 100 Painters | Colossal

<p>The first trailer for Loving Vincent (previously) was just released and it promises stunning visuals in a novel format: the film was created from a …

Art

These Sex-Positive Feminist Artists Were Way Ahead Of Their Time (NSFW)

All hail the underground queens of black sheep feminism.<p><i>Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be suitable for work environments.</i><p>Many contemporary feminist artists show a lot of skin. And why shouldn't they? As fourth-wave feminism professes, women are free to express their sexuality as …

How much a man who retired comfortably at age 30 spends each year to get by

Both software engineers, their combined salary amounted to $134,000, and they were saving about $90,000 annually.<p>After a mere 10 years of working, they had accumulated enough savings to retire comfortably and debt-free: about $600,000 in investments and a paid-off house worth $200,000, Adeney told …

The best thing a beginning investor can do, according to a Nobel prize winner

Markowitz, who is known as the "father of Modern Portfolio Theory" for his work in portfolio construction, is a member Personal Capital's Board of Academic Advisors, which works to devise innovative solutions to help millions of Americans reach their retirement goals and better manage their …

Popular Money Advice That Is Actually Terrible

Don't fall for these money myths.<p>Your friends and family members are probably great resources to turn to if you have questions that relate to certain …

Personal Finance

Fixing Your Budget Is Mostly About Changing the Way You Think

You’d probably expect that budgets are all about numbers and spreadsheets, right? You’re not wrong, but you’re also missing a key component: your …

6 Apps That Can Save You Money

Your computer and smartphone are good for more than following friends on social media and receiving emails. Let these devices work for you buy utilizing apps and sites that can help you save – and even earn – some cash.<p>These indispensable tools can help you keep track of your loyalty cards, buy …

Daily Inspiration #1882

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Graphic Design