Bethany Smith

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3 Secrets for Being More Confident, Backed by Research

Want to know how to be more confident?<p>There’s an easy answer: Don’t.<p>Yeah, it’s a trick question. But we’ve all been led to believe that …

Why Sex Scenes Matter For Young Readers

YA author Anna Breslaw talks fan fiction, consent and other complex issues addressed in fiction.<p>Today in cringeworthy statistics: Fewer than half of the states in America require sex ed in their public school systems. Of those, only 19 require that the information provided to young students is …

Fanfiction

26 Feelings You Should Experience At Some Point In Your Life

Embrace ALL the emotions.<p>With a birthday coming up, I've been thinking about feelings. I have a lot of them.<p>If there's anything I've learned in my short time on this earth, it's the importance of being in touch with yourself on an emotional level. Each interaction and experience you have sparks a …

Happiness

7 Things You Should Clean Every Single Day

No more excuses, people.<p>We know what you're thinking: "<i>Another</i> thing to add to my to-do list?!" But trust us when we say there's a method behind our madness — these chores will make a huge difference in your home in the long run.

The 5 Secrets Of People Whose Homes Are Always Clean

We all have that friend: every time you go to her house, everything is in its place, the counters are shining, and the toilet doesn't have that pink ring around the bowl.<p>I used to think that these kinds of people were like Monica from <i>Friends</i>: genetically wired to love cleaning. I assumed that they …

Stress is shrinking your brain, but you can rebuild it

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious emotional, even physical, consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives?<p>Researchers at Yale University …

Self-help

7 Ways to Overcome Your Procrastination and Finish Writing Your Book

By Jan Yager for IndieReader<p>I recently had dinner with a friend of mine who is trying to finish a book that she's been working on for many years. She asked my advice on how to finish her manuscript.<p>As the author of more than 40 books, I thought she might find it comforting if I told her that I too …

Keeping fit: What to eat, when to eat and why

It might be fashionable to exclude carbohydrates from your diet, but it is not necessarily the healthiest approach to eating – especially if you are also working out. Jon Denoris, a performance coach, is a proponent of “nutrient timing”: eating the right food at the right time of day. I spoke to …

Nutrition

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel – digested read

‘It’ll take you a long time to reach the mountains, especially walking backwards’<p><b>Homeless</b>: Tomas decides to walk. He does so backwards, as he has done ever since his wife Dora and son Gaspar died some years ago. People say that he walks backwards because he is angry with God, but Tomas knows this …

Books

The Odd Couple

<i>Originally published in The Sunday Times on August 15, 2004.</i><p>He knew nothing about me. I had had a major intellectual crush on him since I discovered his writings while at Girton. I had devoured his book <i>The Pendulum Years</i> and would meticulously cut out his columns, underline them and save them in a …

3 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Happiness

Ask anyone why they made a certain choice and their answers will run the gambit from "I thought it was the right thing to do," to "Just because."<p>But truly, all of us make choices based on only one belief; the belief that the choice we are making will ultimately make us happy. <i>Happiness</i> is our …

SPQA

Mary Beard's history of ancient Rome, <i>SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome</i> (<i>Senatus PopulusQue Romanus</i>), offers disturbing lessons for 21st century America. Efforts to draw direct parallels can be too forced. But as countless commentators since Santayana have pointed out, failure to learn from history …

Ancient History

12 Longreads To Get You Through A Snow Day

Snowed in? Fend off cabin fever with these fascinating stories.<p>If you live in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic, a gigantic winter storm is about to screw up your weekend plans.<p>On the bright side, a snow day is one of the best excuses for finally getting around to tackling your Pocket or Instapaper …

10 of the best adventure holidays in Europe

Walk, cycle, kayak or horse ride around some of the continent’s most stunning and remote corners<p>Horse-riding, Turkey<p>The Persians named Cappadocia “the land of beautiful horses” after its wild mountain ponies – and the striking landscape of deep canyons and strangely shaped rocks is perfect for an …

European Travel

Why Is George R. R. Martin Writing His Books So Slowly -- and Why are they Getting So Long?

This article first appeared in The National Book Review<p>"It'll be done when it's done."<p>--George R.R. Martin<p>By Noah Benjamin-Pollak<p>There is something going on with George R.R. Martin, the author whose work forms the basis for the HBO series <i>Game of Thrones.</i> Or two things, really. His books are getting …

Why we don't follow through on what we set out to do — and how to fix it

Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other projects, entertaining guests, and delaying his work on the text.<p>Hugo's publisher had become frustrated by his repeated procrastination and responded by setting a formidable deadline.<p>The publisher demanded that Hugo finish the …

9 TED Talks to Kickstart Your Creativity | Inc.com

Innovation is a key to success in business. More than that, to innovate is to break the bonds of who you've always been and to open a door to real change. Every step you take can be toward reinvention, whether of how design a product, run a business process, or address important aspects of your …

Creativity

This Epic Flowchart on Procrastination Applies to Pretty Much Everyone, Always | Inc.com

Is there work to do? You'll want to work through this, first.<p>Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well. --Mark Twain<p>Sure, there are a thousand and one guides out there to help you get over your bad habit of procrastinating, and yet we all still do it. One in …

Procrastination

You've Been Throwing Out the Healthiest Part of Avocados This Entire Time

You'll never see the fruit the same way again.<p>Besides being creamy and delicious, avocados are often hailed as a superfood for their healthy fats. Experts are now saying, though, that the most nutritious part of the fruit might just be in your trashcan.<p>Whether you're preparing an avocado salad or …

Healthy Eating

10 secrets to happy parenting

Between sleepless nights, toddler meltdowns and kids pushing your buttons, parenting is no walk in the park. In fact, a study published in the journal Demography found that in the first year after birth, parents were less happy and the effect was worse than divorce, unemployment and even the death …

Want to Raise Happy and Successful Kids? Teach Them to Ask This Simple Question | Inc.com

What do you want to be when you grow up?<p>Wait, don't answer that. It's a trick question. In fact, it might be the trickiest question there is, at least if you want to be happy. (Yet adults ask kids that all the time.)<p>Instead, it turns out there's another, much better question to ask--and a much …

Self-improvement

A 7-day guide to the pursuit of happiness

It can take just minutes to break through a foul mood if you know the right tricks. Here are some scientifically tested methods to help you beat the blues.<p>In the drudgery of the everyday, it can be easy to become lost in boredom and self-pity. Yet some people seem remarkably resilient to life’s …

Happiness

This 16-Year-Old Business Phenom Tells You How to Create Lifelong Brand-Loyal Consumers

Pay attention to what this teenager has to say about marketing to Millennials.<p>When a 16- year-old business tycoon reaches out to you on Twitter, you pay attention. I was instantly impressed with Connor Blakley, both when I chatted with him on the phone and when I recently met him in person.<p>At age …

The Dystopian Books That Put A Fresh Spin On The Old Genre

Because you love "The Hunger Games" but want more.<p>If popular fiction books are to be believed, the world as we know it is definitely ending, and soon -- the only question is when, and how.<p>A firm belief in an eminent doomsday isn’t the only thing that keeps people reading dystopian fiction, of …

Books

Here Are 10 Powerful New Insights From The Science Of Happiness

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings from the last year.<p><i>This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.</i><p>More than a decade after <i>Greater Good</i> first started reporting on the science of compassion, generosity, …

How to Get Rid of Your Sweet Tooth

A little-discussed factor that can make dieting difficult is the issue of tolerance. Our bodies get used to a certain amount of fat, a certain amount …

5 Simple Strategies To Help You Worry Less This Year

The author of The Anxiety Toolkit explains how we get caught in negative, fear-based ideas -- and how to break free.<p>Believe it or not, psychologists have a term to describe people who like to think a lot. The trait is called <i>need for cognition</i>. It refers to people who enjoy effortful thinking and …

Mindfulness

Explore Stunning Day-to-Night Photos of U.S. National Parks

Stephen Wilkes' photographs of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park are literally timeless.<p>Whether you're camping, hiking, or searching for the perfect desktop background, it's hard to beat the pure natural beauty of the American National Parks. The star-strewn sky above the Grand Canyon at …

National Parks

11 books you should read before they make it to the big screen this year

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that <i>the movie is never better than the book</i>. After all, what could be better than getting cozy under the …