Benjamin

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Eleven tips to de-stress your life

Have you ever wondered why after a stressful experience – like getting into a fight with your spouse or hearing that your office is announce massive layoffs, you have a physical reaction like a headache or stomach pain?<p>Being stressed isn't a fun experience. On top of the physical symptoms, stress …

World's Best Hikes: Epic Trails

A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes we kept an eye on more than the footpath. We looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, but the …

Hiking

Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo

A stark depiction of the threat hanging over the world’s mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other life forms has been published by the prestigious scientific journal, <i>Nature</i>. A special analysis carried out by the journal indicates that a staggering 41% of all amphibians on the planet now face …

2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully

After the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books and best science books, here are my favorite books on psychology and philosophy published this year, along with the occasional letter and personal essay — genres that, at their most excellent, offer hearty helpings of both …

7 Language Learning Tips They Don't Teach You In School

Studying grammar books and having conversations with native speakers are classic ways to learn and practice any language. However, these are …

12 Rules For Learning Any Language In 3 Months

I've written about how I learned to speak, read, and write Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. I've also covered my experiments with German, Indonesian, Arabic, Norwegian, Turkish, and perhaps a dozen others.<p>There are only few language learners who dazzle me, and Benny Lewis is one of them.<p>This …

Language Learning

'Voice' Isn't the Point of Writing

Whether crafting fiction or how-to manuals, self-expression is a negotiation.<p>Find your own voice. That's what teachers told me in creative-writing classes when I was in college 20 years ago—it's what the <i>Guardian</i> trumpeted as the goal of creative writing courses just this month. It's what old …

13 Steps to Writing Effective Content

After someone reads any page, what should he or she do? Be clear about the next step through forms, links, buttons or any type of call to action.<p>Examples: Buy your product, sign up for your mailing list, read another related article, or leave a comment. Pick one next-step action, but not all of …

10 Tips From a Buddhist Monk on Living a Fulfilled Life

Is there any doubt that people are searching for happiness in the wrong places?<p>Reaching a fulfilled lifestyle is much more than just a beautiful home …

Meditation

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

Philosophy goes where hard science can't, or won't. Philosophers have a license to speculate about everything from metaphysics to morality, and this …

Morality

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Meditate To Improve Your Presentations...And Your Life | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

Meditation is all the rage among thought leaders and business influencers. Executives and ambitious professionals have taken to heart the old Zen …

Poetry, Magic, and Awakening Your Creativity

Synchronicity is an odd thing.<p>I picked up a book on creativity, which spurred me to go ahead and get a book on writing poetry. And as I was flipping …

Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

One September day in 2008, <b>Leonard Shlain</b> found himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand. He was admitted into the emergency room, diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and given nine months to live. Shlain — a surgeon by training and a self-described “synthesizer by nature” …