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The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

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What interviewers really want to hear when they ask 'Why do you want to work here?'

"So why do you want to work here?"<p>Eventually this question comes up in every interview. Over the course of the last 30 years, I have been and I continue to ask this question all the time.<p>I have learned there is a limited set of answers applicants give in response to this question and one particular …

These Are the Only 3 Websites You Should Use to Score Cheap Flights

As we near the end of summer, flight flash sales are becoming more frequent, but according to travel experts, you don't have to sign up to every …

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Why Switzerland never takes sides

What most people don’t know is that the Swiss had to choose a policy of neutrality, because for centuries, they'd been a country of mercenaries.<p>I was sitting in a grotto in southern Switzerland, savouring a regional version of risotto made with local merlot, surrounded by vibrant green mountains …

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5 Trips Every Bookworm Should Take

Is it nerdy? Kinda.<p>Your favorite thing to do on vacation is read, so why not base a whole trip on your love of books? Luckily you can, by traveling to one of these five bookish destinations. Is it nerdy? Kinda. Do we want to go to all of these places immediately? You bet.<p><b>PARIS, FRANCE</b><p>France’s …

The Best Book Writing Advice I’ve Ever Gotten

A few months ago, I traveled home for the holidays. This time was filled with loud family political rants and way too many sugar cookies. I had an …

Morning Rituals To Make You Happy And Successful

People are made up of their habits.<p>If you eat junk food and watch a lot of TV, you may end up like a lazy couch potato. If you read a lot of books …

Want to Improve Your Writing? Try This Simple (and Free) Tech Hack

Reading your writing before your publish is important. But this simple practice can also help.<p>Three years ago, when I was starting my blogging journey , I worried about many things.<p>What should I write about? Could I think of enough topics to meet my goal of publishing a post each week?<p>As if those …

Here are four things I learned from loving a taker

I'd tried online dating before without much luck, but this girl was somehow different. She had real potential, a vibrancy that seemed to leap off my Tinder screen.<p>You could call her a swipe-right-with-your-fingers-crossed kind of girl.<p>My phone lighted up with a ding a few hours later and sure …

4 old books for the new year

We are already inundated with lists of books published in the past year or about to be published. So I'm going to do something different: I'm going …

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The 20 best destinations to visit in 2017

From the charms of Chile to glorious Granada and the beaches of Bermuda, our experts select the 20 best destinations to visit in the coming months.<p>1. Chile<p>If Brazil owned South American travel last year, Chile takes over for 2017. Slowly, methodically, the continent’s most overlooked wonderland has …

How long does it take to change your life, change a habit or to form a new one?

Highly successful people don’t get where they are by accident. They have learned to make something that they do – or many things that they do – a …

Success

The Simplest Way To Change Your World In 2017: Change Your Thinking

<b>You can't always choose what happens to you, but you can choose your response.</b><p>Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist who found deep purpose in …

10 Lessons From Daily Life About Making Habits Stick

Better habits start with understanding why we want to change and what we stand to gain.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article originally published on Dec. 31, 2016</i><p>Have you made a New Year's resolution? I'm afraid the odds of sticking to your promises are stacked …

New year quotes 2017: 6 inspiring and funny sayings to kick off the new year

As the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year of 2016 finally draws to a close, here are some inspiring and funny quotes to ramp up your optimism …

New Year absolutions: why you should decide to be more like yourself in 2017

Late December. Skeletal trees, hard ground, buds closed in on themselves. That familiar feeling: the fragile hope that this Christmas was going to be different, extinguished in the pop of a cheap cracker and an egg-flip hangover.<p>At best the year-end and its many dark hours is ripe for a sort of …

How to Build Good Habits

How is your memory? Is it as strong as you’d like it to be?<p>If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll …

10 Productivity Resolutions To Simplify Your Workday All Year Long

Put your brain on autopilot, make lists at the end of the day, and other simple tips and tricks can help you have a more productive 2017.<p>Most New Year’s resolutions don’t survive long enough to see February. There are myriad reasons why our January 1 ambitions disappear, and many abandon ship as …

6 Tips for Reading Like a Writer

I’m willing to offer this generalization: whatever level we’ve attained in our development as readers, we always lag behind that standard as writers. …

Readers’ books of the year 2016

Writers and critics have had their say, now readers pick their books of the year – from Brexit to bohemians, emperors to existentialists<p>Of the many books that have engaged me this year, three stand out: James shows in a brutally honest memoir how someone can be saved, and <b>The Year of the Runaways</b> by …

Travel Daydream: 10 Spots for your Scandinavian Bucket List

Maybe it’s because I’ve finally started watching <i>Vikings</i> after years of friends pressuring me, or maybe it’s because I’ve been dominating the seas as …

The Playlist to Help You Kiss 2016 Goodbye

New Year's Eve never sounded so good.<p>Dear 2016, the time has come for you to finally make your exit. You've been one rough year, but one thing we will thank you for is the great music you graced us with, which we'll be listening to on New Year's Eve. Everything else, though, you can take with …

5 Life Lessons on How to Get Your Sh*t Together

I’m not one for self-help books, but around this time last year, <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck</i>—author Sarah Knight’s parody of Marie Kondo’s cult-y clutter-purging manual, <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</i>—subtly changed my life. To this day, I think about how it schooled me in the …

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Stop Setting Goals You Don’t Actually Care About

At the start of 2016, I asked myself one question: “How can I make achieving my professional growth goals effortless?” I found the answer was elegantly simple — by focusing on alignment goals.<p>Many people fail on their professional development goals for the year because they take on a lot of goals — …

Top 10 Motivational Apps That Will Help You Nail Your Resolutions

Start the year off on the right foot.<p>With the annual renewal of the year-long calendar comes a natural renewal of our resolve to be better people: eat better, workout more, call our loved ones regularly, and meet our professional goals. Though we may have started the last year with best of …

40 Cheapest Countries to Visit (On $30 Per Day Or Less!)

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more details.<p>Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, I’ve found …

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