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What’s so Wonderful about Buddhism? Some Outstanding Features of Buddhism

A Perfect Example<p>The historical Buddha is an embodiment of all the virtues that He preached. He translated all His words into action. He was tireless …

Spirituality

How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of

English grammar, beloved by sticklers, is also feared by non-native speakers. Many of its idiosyncrasies can turn into traps even for the most confident users.<p>But some of the most binding rules in English are things that native speakers know but don’t know they know, even though they use them every …

Language

4 Ways to Learn Anything in 20 Hours

<i>“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”</i> — Mahatma Gandhi<p>What if you could learn anything in 20 hours, what would …

How to reset your midlife body to burn fat – in six easy steps

Weight gain is not an inevitability of ageing – although, for many people, as they accumulate years under their belt, they also gain pounds.<p>A big part of this is down to the modern dietary environment, which encourages gradual weight gain over time. Over the last 10-20 years, we have started to eat …

Nutrition

Understanding Dan Harmon's Story Circle Through the Lens of 'The Dark Knight'

Even an ostensibly complex story like "The Dark Knight" follows the simple curve of the Story Circle.Story structure can be a difficult beast to …

The Dark Knight

How to achieve your goals the easy way (using the Kaizen approach)

In 2015, I set a New Year’s resolution to achieve the goal of waking up at 5 a.m. daily from January through to December.<p>During the first week of …

Hollywood’s Man in Japan: How Yuma Terada Is Bridging the Cultural Gap

Yuma Terada is the person Hollywood studios turn to when they’re trying to navigate Japanese pop culture.<p>The 35-year-old, Columbia …

This mindfulness trick is super-effective at calming anxiety

People are saying the results are instant<p>When anxiety starts to take over, it can feel impossible to gain perspective and get out of the spiral of …

7 SEO Secrets Every Marketer Should Know

Search engine optimization has come a long way from being dominated solely by black hat marketers to become more focused on the ultimate user …

SEO

The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world

When you are the first person to arrive in a meeting room, do you think of it as being empty or full?<p>If you were raised in the West, a meeting room is made for people to meet. Therefore, if there are no people in that room, then of course it must be empty. As philosopher Henk Oosterling remarks, in …

Japan

Anthony Bourdain Says This Is His Favorite City in the World

Anthony Bourdain travels a lot. It sounds like one of the best things about being Anthony Bourdain. On his popular, Emmy Award-winning CNN travel …

Anthony Bourdain

Japan Wants Immigrants. The Feeling Isn't Mutual.

Even as the Donald Trump administration tries to think up ways to keep talented foreigners out of the U.S., Japan is trying to lure them in. But it’s having trouble getting them to come.<p>A lot of people think of Japan as an insular country, but that isn’t actually true. The number of foreigners …

Japan

The Results of Google's Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams

Why hiring the best and brightest might not be enough.<p>It's no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company's execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company …

How to win an argument, even when you're wrong

I taught him a technique that I have found incredibly powerful. So powerful, you can even use it to great effect, with evil intent.<p>I'm not suggesting that you'd do this, but I do love a good debate. It's possible there may have been times, at a dinner party or two, where I've used this approach to …

6 Principles Lexus Used to Boost Facebook Engagement by 10,000 Percent in One Day

Lexus asked the public to co-create a forthcoming model using a 10-hour Facebook Live session. Good news: anyone can do it.<p>Social media, the great equalizer, is an ideal tool for entrepreneurs. Even unknowns can spread an idea if they effectively leverage a platform, and for a fraction of the cost …

Dokkōdō: The Path Of Aloneness

What Miyamoto Musashi wanted you to know before he died.

Spirituality

Use "Breathing Buddies" to Teach Your Kid Self-Control

On the latest episode of Lifehacker’s podcast The Upgrade, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman talked about self-control (what he …

Mindfulness

Conflict in Relationships Is Unavoidable, Here's How to Make it Bearable

It is what you believe about conflict that is going to cause you the most discomfort.<p><i>How can couples fight more productively? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Jen Elmquist, Licensed</b> …

Quora

What Motivated Japanese Aggression in World War II?

In the 1930s and 1940s, Japan seemed intent on colonizing all of Asia. It seized vast swathes of land and numerous islands; Korea was already under …

World History

How to Train Yourself to Think Differently and Permanently Rewire Your Brain, According to Science

It's not about thinking positively. It's about learning how to think realistically.<p>The conversations you have with yourself have a direct impact on how you feel and how you behave. If your self-talk is filled with self-doubt, harsh criticism, and catastrophic predictions, you'll struggle to reach …

This Brilliant Email From Netflix Was a Master Class in Dealing With a Legal Issue

You've never read an email quite like this.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Big companies can be a touch inhuman, despite Mitt Romney's insistence that they're people too.<p>They have rafts of lawyers who want companies to behave …

Exploring the Latest Trends in Site Navigation

Navigation is the key to a good user experience (UX). Users rely on intuitive digital navigation to locate helpful information, explore a brand’s …

UI Design

Want a Happy Marriage? Do This 1 Thing, According to a Clinical Psychologist

It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.<p>You already know that a strong marriage can be an important boost to your career. But are you wondering if your own union is as solid as it could be? Is there something you can do to make a new marriage last or an already-pretty-good marriage even …

The Japanese concept of Ikigai could be the secret to a long, meaningful life

Just trying to answer such a big question might make you want to crawl back into bed. If it does, the Japanese concept of ikigai could help.<p>Originating from a country with one of the world's oldest populations, the idea is becoming popular outside of Japan as a way to live longer and better.<p>While …

Ikigai

The New Yakuza Murders: Inside the Japanese Mafia’s Circle of Death

When top Yakuza leaders die, many funerals follow. On Tuesday a ‘revolutionary’ member of the organization was targeted. He lived. His bodyguard …

Top 7 Illustration Websites to Get Your Design Inspiration Dose From

The illustration is the art that creates the context ofThe post Top 7 Illustration Websites to Get Your Design Inspiration Dose From appeared first …

Want to Raise Mentally Strong Kids? Do These 3 Things (Most Parents Don't Do Any of Them)

All kids have the ability to develop mental muscle. We just need to teach them how.<p>Challenges, hardship, and setbacks are inevitable. Teaching kids to build mental muscle helps them become resilient. It's also the key to helping them reach their greatest potential in life.<p>But, it's easy to get so …

This 1 Rule of Japanese Culture Could Transform the Way You Do Business

There are many ways to express "no" in Japanese culture, and saying the word "no" is not one of them<p>Doing business on an international scale requires understanding that communication styles differ around the globe. You not only have to read between the lines when communicating -- you have to be …

Japan