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Photograph: Harold Clements/Getty Images<p>Kim Philby holding a press conference after being cleared of spying charges by foreign secretary Harold Macmillan in …

Books

Real-life 'Billion Dollar Spy' reads like a Cold War fiction thriller

One wintry night in early 1977, in the depths of the Cold War, a furtive man approached a CIA officer at a gas station reserved for foreign diplomats in Moscow and slipped him a note offering to spy for America.<p>CIA supervisors in Washington were so fearful of a KGB trap that they said no — …

Desmond Elliott prize goes to Claire Fuller's 'shocking' debut

Claire Fuller’s “shocking and beautiful” novel Our Endless Numbered Days, about a young girl whose survivalist father convinces her that the rest of the world has vanished, has won this year’s Desmond Elliott prize for debut fiction.<p>Fuller, 48, only began writing fiction in her 40s, encouraged by …

Books

The Best Books We Read In June

<i>We asked our contributors to share the best book they read this month. We’ve got fiction, nonfiction, YA, and much, much more- there are book</i> …

Why Your Pursuit of Happiness Is Making You Miserable

Don’t go chasing happiness. Instead, pursue the factors and conditions that create it.<p>Few things seem more obvious than feeling good–about ourselves, as well as life in general.<p>Compelling scientific evidence supports this. A November 2012 study in <i>American Psychologist</i> has found that subjective …

Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron, 'Eightball' Will Knock You Out

For a minute, forget there's anything significant about <i>The Complete Eightball</i>.<p>Forget that it contains the seminal works of one of the greatest artists in modern comics, unexpurgated for the first time since they were penned in the '90s. Forget about the charismatic heart-burnings of <i>Ghost World</i>'s …

Books You'll Devour In Your Downtime

<i>Whether you're sitting on a beach or just killing a bit of time on Saturday morning, pick up one of these best new reads for summer 2015.</i>

What People Who Live to 100 Eat Every Day

<b>We'll have what they're having.</b><p><i>By Sarah-Jane Bedwell</i>, SELF<p><i>(Photo: Courtesy Blue Zones)</i><p>There's one pretty mind-blowing characteristic about the people who live in these five communities throughout the world: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; the Greek island of Ikaria, the Nicoya peninsula of Costa …

Happiest Man in the World: Stop Trying to be Happy

In his new book, Altruism, a scientist turned Buddhist monk argues that we’re all hardwired to be altruistic—and that’s the secret to true bliss.<p>Type …

Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There

If the book is dead, nobody bothered to tell the folks at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C. Books of every size, shape and genre occupy each square inch of the converted row house — including the bathroom — all arranged in an order discernible only to the mind of Jim Toole, the store's …

How to Count Macronutrients Instead of Calories for Better Diet Success

If you’ve ever read a fitness blog, forum, or even Instagram, you’ve probably heard the term <i>macros</i> thrown around. Short for “macronutrients,” it …

9 Steps to a Better Night’s Sleep

Raise your hand if you don’t get enough quality sleep. Everyone? Yep, that’s what we thought. Between long days and seemingly endless to-do lists, …

Sleep

Swap tea and smoothies for more water to beat fatigue, say experts

It is 'not enough' to rely on tea, coffee and soft drinks, experts say, as data show poor drinking habits are putting strain on the NHS<p>Smoothies and health drinks have become so popular that people are drinking less water without realising and then crowding GP surgeries with complaints of fatigue, …

23 Protein Shake Recipes for Weight Loss From Eat This, Not That!

Packed with essential nutrients that keep your skin, hair, bones and heart healthy, there’s virtually no prep work or cleanup with shakes. But not …

If Human Thought Can Do This To Water – Just Imagine What It Can Do To Us

10 years ago, if you told somebody that human consciousness alone can have a direct effect on our physical world they would probably look at you like …

Jon Day’s memoir of three years as a cycle courier in London makes fascinating literary and philosophical detours<p>Armchair cycling turns out to be an exquisitely indolent sport – at least when one has in one’s hands a book as choice as Jon Day’s <i>Cyclogeography</i>. Everything about this slender hardback, …

Books

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or …

Bertrand Russell on Love, Sex, the Good Life, and How Moral Superstitions Limit Our Happiness

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Neither love without knowledge, nor knowledge without love can produce a good life.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) endures as one of humanity’s most lucid yet luminous thinkers, his ideas tracking between the timeless …

Fitness 101: The 8 Core Principles to Start Strength Training

Photo Credit: brucewill03 via Compfight cc<p>Over the last few months, I've been trying to learn German. In my head, I have fantasies of walking the streets of Berlin speaking fluently with citizens and fitting in seamlessly.<p>Unfortunately, fluency on day seven of a new language isn't likely. In fact, …

How to Improve Self-Esteem: A New Secret From Research

It seems we all want to know how to improve self-esteem these days.<p>Life can be hard. And who is usually hardest on you? Yourself. There’s that …

Tweak These Common Exercises to Better Suit Your Body Type

Everyone’s built differently, so why should we expect that a one-size-fits-all workout routine will help us all achieve the same fitness ideals? …

The Benefits of Reading a Book You Don't Like

A.J. O’Connell is the author of two published novellas: <i>Beware the Hawk</i> and <i>The Eagle & The Arrow</i>. All she’s ever wanted to do in life is read and …

Wants Vs Likes | The Art of Manliness

“In the world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” –Oscar Wilde<p>Have you ever wanted …

16 Hobbies That Will Improve Your Quality of Life

Having a hobby is not just a way to pass the time; it can also improve the quality of your life. A hobby is something that you do for fun or …

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

Podcast: The Origins of Depression | The Art of Manliness

Listen to the Podcast!<p>Listen to the episode on a separate page.<p>Subscribe via iTunes. (Please give us a review if you enjoy the podcast. It helps …

25 tips on how to take care of your digestive system

Ever wondered if you have IBS or a gluten allergy? Confused about probiotics and fermented foods? Here five experts give the ultimate guide to a healthy, happier gut.<p><i>"Listen to your body; if it tells you gluten doesn’t agree with you, it probably doesn’t"</i><p><b>Stephanie Moore and Elaine Williams</b> …

6 Foods That Can Make You Happier

I’m a happiness research junkie. I <i>love</i> reading about simple things we can do to elevate mood and boost contentment. Mindfulness meditation, adequate …