Ananya Bhargava

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11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Why We Smile And How To Spot A Fake One

Flickr/Nana B Agyei<p><b>BI Answers: Why do we smile?</b><p>Studies have shown that smiling can help us cope, make us feel good, and even increase our longevity.<p>Some say we even smile in the womb and can understand the social significance of those toothy grins very early on. "At just 10 months, for instance, an …

82 Astounding Facts About Cats

As if we needed more reasons to love them.<p>1. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs.<p>2. There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete.<p>3. A group of cats is called a clowder.<p>4. Cats have over 20 …

Cats that suck at jumping

The Greatest LGBT Love Letters of All Time

What is love? This question haunts the human psyche perhaps more persistently than any other. It has occupied our collective imagination for millennia, it has baffled scientists, taunted philosophers, and tantalized artists. So mystified by love were the Ancient Greeks that they itemized six types …

Stephanie Perkins' top 10 most romantic books

I'm drawn to romance. If a novel or film or television show has even a hint of a love story, it's guaranteed to be the element in which I'll find myself the most heavily invested. I crave stolen glances. Declarations of adoration. Passionate first kisses.<p>It's unsurprising that my own novels are …

A plea to bring a favorite nature guide's books back into print

In this snowstorm, I am thinking about the little creatures of the woods, and how they are protecting themselves in trees and under rocks, in the icy …

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, February 15, 2014

From Chris Christie’s corrupt career to the rise and fall of Flappy Bird, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this</b> …