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42 Things You Only Know if You're a Real New Yorker

New York City can be an intimidating place. The lights! The taxis! The millions of people rushing along the sidewalks with their elbows out! The city …

Grand Central Station

How to deal with the inevitable “Relationship Entropy.”

<b>We all know that creating</b> and maintaining a happy, consistently fulfilling marriage is hard and <i>rare.</i> I’m not just referring to the 50 percent of …

My weekend in a (sort of) cult: I signed up to learn meditation and almost became an infinite being

<b>(Yuliya Savich via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>“Just go in and learn the technique and ignore the cult parts,” my psychiatrist said. What could go wrong?<p>Alice Bradley<p>December 25, 2016 12:30am (UTC)<p><i>We're re-running this story as part of a countdown of the year's best personal essays. To read all the entries</i> …

If You're 'Bad' At Meditation, These 4 Tricks Are Just What You Need

Recently, my friend and I were talking about mindfulness and she told me that she was starting to experiment with meditation. She quickly confessed …

Meditation

I've used a meditation app loved by Wall Streeters and Olympic athletes daily for the past 8 months and now I can't imagine my life without it

Headspace was founded by Rich Pierson (left) and Andy Puddicombe in 2012. Puddicombe was formally trained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk during a 10-year …

Meditation

Giraffes, the safari animal long taken for granted, are close to extinction

Always towering among the tree tops, moving languidly through the bush, giraffes are usually the first animals spotted on safari. And yet, the world’s tallest land animal has become among the most rare, now facing extinction.<p>The International Union for Conservation of Nature placed the giraffe on …

Endangered Species

Parents of successful kids have these twelve things in common

Good parents want their kids to stay out of trouble, do well in school, and go on to do awesome things as adults.<p>And while there isn't a set recipe …

Secret Teacher: I feel too old for this job, but I'm trapped

I was once an enthusiastic teacher, but after 15 years I feel exhausted and undervalued. Maybe this job is a young person’s game<p>I’m about to turn 40. I can’t say I’m happy about it (although it has, at least, given me an excuse to drink). This birthday is making me re-evaluate my life and my work …

Career Development

A quiet education revolution worldwide is giving kids the skills to be 21st-century citizens

As a child, Dana Narvaiša hated school. Her teachers thought she asked too many questions and her English instructor used to gleefully skip over her when it was time to read aloud to the class.<p>Narvaiša now runs Cesis New Primary School in a town of 40,000 people, about an hour and a half from Riga, …