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27 ways to be happier at work

The spaces in which we work and the people we work with make up most of our lives. Why, then, is happiness viewed as a distant outcome rather than an enduring prerequisite?<p>Whenever I meet someone who expresses love or hate for his or her job, I immediately interrupt and ask why.<p>What ensues is …

Paulo Coelho on How You Can Become a Better Writer

“There are two types of writers: those who make you think and those who make you dream” says Brian Aldiss, who made me dream for such a long time …

Creative Writing

11 Serious Concerns About Vegetable Oils (No. 2 is Scary)

Fats in the diet are highly controversial.<p>Saturated fat was previously blamed for raising cholesterol and causing heart disease, but this has now …

‘We’d All Been Bitten, and We Kept Coming Back’: ‘Roar’ Star John Marshall on Making the Most Dangerous Movie of All Time

This past Monday in Los Angeles, workers installing a security system in a house in Los Feliz discovered a mountain lion named P-22 in a crawl space …

14 Genius Storage Ideas for Your Kid's Room

Not-so-average ways to make your life a lot easier.<p>Yes, it is possible to have kids <i>and</i> a clean house — and these clever DIYs are proof. Give your existing walls and furniture an update to help them work harder and keep clutter at bay. Plus get more designer-approved ideas for kids rooms!

QuoTED 2015: Some of our favorite quotations from this year's conference

In our last five years of attending the conference, TED 2015 might have been the best yet. Now firmly settled in its new Vancouver, BC home, this year’s production was deep, meaningful and overall more simple than in years past. Performances were moving, but not shocking. Talks were grouped in a …

Foreign Policy