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13 habits science shows will help you fall asleep faster and sleep better

But not sleeping, in addition to making you less efficient and more stressed, is terrible for your health.<p>Americans currently average 6.8 hours of sleep per night, down an hour from 1942. Four in 10 Americans don't even get the minimum of seven hours of sleep doctors recommend. That's a public …

Sleep

Here's How Brexit Will Affect Your European Travel

Everything's a little up-in-the-air right now.<p>While you were sleeping, the United Kingdom voted to remove itself from the European Union, a historic …

The World Is Setting You Up To Fail - How To Fight Back

The World Is Setting You Up To Fail – How To Fight Back<p>Rebeca Brown<p>Read full profile<p>It’s a great time to be alive! You can do almost anything you …

Motivation

Gardening for beginners: the cheat’s guide to herbaceous borders

Daunted at the prospect of planning a new border? Help is at hand…<p>The herbaceous border is the ultimate demonstration of gardening skill: a masterpiece of juxtaposed shapes, colours and textures, all reaching a climax in the summer months. It has humble origins in cottage gardens, where flowers for …

Gardening

4 Ways To Stop Worrying And Take Charge Of Your Life

You're reading 4 Ways To Stop Worrying And Take Charge Of Your Life, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're …

Self-help

8 Bad Communication Habits You Need to Break Immediately

Want to have better conversations? It's time to break up with these pesky bad habits.<p>Conversations are a big part of our everyday lives. And whether you think of yourself as a world-class communicator or as someone who would rather just send an email than deal with face-to-face chatter, chances are …

Self-help

40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time

40<p>‘Humans’ (2015-Present)<p>This British import that showed up on AMC last the summer was drowned out by buzzier shows; we're hoping the upcoming second …

8 Bad Habits That Destroy Your Creativity

To live a creative life, you must be able to destroy your habits that are killing your creativity.<p>If you think some people are born creative and you're not one of them, think again.<p>What makes some people more creative than others is that they nurture their creativity. In fact, experts say that …

7 Powerful Habits That Make You More Assertive

Being assertive and knowing what you want is not the same as being hostile or belligerent. You just have to know what to say with confidence.<p>Everyone wants to be more confident, but not everyone knows how to be assertive. Assertive falls right between passive and aggressive. If you're passive about …

5 hobbies that will make you smarter

Work is never enough.<p>We all need to have hobbies other than our work to add value to our lives.<p>Finding activities that are rejuvenating is important, because it helps us maintain a proper work-life balance.<p>To prevent mental and emotional burnout, we need to disrupt our routines with a spark of …

Self-improvement

The top nine tips for beginner gardeners

It all started with the herbs. One late spring day, not many years ago, I cycled down to Columbia Road market, picked up rosemary, thyme and basil plants and installed them proudly in the dank, dark little concrete yard outside the back door. While they were all drowned to death or ravaged by slugs …

Here Are All the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Books That Will Blow Your Mind This May

Buckle up. It’s a new month, and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of new books arriving in bookstores to get excited for. There are new books …

Books

The 18 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix right now

From shows that delve into the tasty science of gastronomy to those that unmask the mysterious depths of the ocean, there's no shortage of mind-expanding titles to indulge in.<p>But there's a downside to all of that choice: It's <i>a lot</i> to choose from.<p>I polled the Tech Insider team and came up with 18 of …

Streaming

Neuroscience discovers 5 things that will make you happy

So what's going to make you happy? Let's get more specific: What's going to make your <i>brain</i> happy? And let's focus on things that are simple and easy …

8 Warning Signs You're Defeated Before You Start Working on Your Goals

Raise your hand if you've failed to follow through with one of your goals?<p>One day you're feeling inspired. Maybe you watched a motivational TED talk or read a blog post that set your heart on fire. You've been wanting to make a change in your life and today's the day you finally decide do it.<p>On day …

Gardens: Alys Fowler’s top 25 indestructible plants

Fill tricky spots and barren corners with a blanket of blooms all summer<p>No more excuses, no more bare, broken concrete, no more empty beds denuded of life, no more forgotten corners. Even if you’re just calling it home for the summer, even if you’ll never have your name on the deeds, even if you …

Gardening

12 comic book series you can binge-read this week

Who needs Netflix when you have a good graphic novel?<p>There are plenty of long reads in the literary world — but comic book lovers often find …

9 Mental Habits That Can Make You Feel Bitter

Over the course of our lives, we run across all types of people—and the fact that we're prone to classifying them as "types" shows just how much we …

Self-help

Teacher finds a way to keep kids on track amid classroom tech distractions

Teachers have always faced the challenge of grabbing and maintaining students' attention, but that task arguably reached a high point with the introduction of electronic equipment in class.<p>Beginning in October 2014, the Laguna Beach Unified School District rolled out a staggered …

Education Technology

Seven books to read before you start writing your own

A first-time author shares her reading list as she was preparing to write her novel.<p>“I never read a novel till I was 18,” Sunjeev Sahota, author of</i> …

Ten Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online For FREE

Science and the Internet are two individual entities that, when combined, become the 21st century’s most powerful educational tool. If you suddenly …

Black Holes

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The</b> …

Non-fiction

The best tabletop RPGs of 2015, finalists from Board Game Geek

The year's best games featured Sherlock Holmes, Bronze Age fantasy and troublesome rabbits<p>The members of BoardGameGeek.com, the go-to source for tabletop gaming community and information, announced the winners of their annual Golden Geek Awards over the weekend. The Golden Geeks are voted on by …

Board Games

Here are 10 daily habits that could make you a millionaire

<i>Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Daniel Ally became a self-made millionaire at age 24. We are no longer confident in those assertions and have removed them.</i><p>You have to pay the cost if you want to be the boss.<p>The cost is discipline. No leader can achieve success without …

Self-improvement

7 Habits of Highly Resilient People

The most resilient among us make it through the worst of times--and we don't do it by accident. Are some people born a little more resilient than others? Sure. But make no mistake: Building resilience is something anyone can do--and needs to in order to thrive in the face of stress.<p>Regardless of …

Self-help

5 Self-Help Books That Are Actually Helpful: Today in Critical Linking

<i>But that’s kind of a shame, because truly and honestly, not all books found in the self-help section are like that. Add these five to your bookshelf</i> …

Books

17 Verbal Habits of Highly Likable People

It starts with what you say--and what you know not to say.<p>We all know a few people--probably just a few, actually--who win over everyone they meet. Their charisma is hard to quantify, and yet it makes others feel at ease and drawn to them.<p>How do they do it? One of two ways: either they're born with …

25 Timeless RPGs You Need to Play Before You Die

Shining Force 2 is both one of the best RPGs of the Sega Genesis era, and one of the best tactical role-playing games of all time. In the game, you play Bowie, a leader who must assemble an army and save the world in a traditional "demons and dragons" RPG storyline.<p>The story is interesting, but the …

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