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The Akrasia Effect: Why We Make Plans but Don't Follow Through

Humans are prolific procrastinators. It’s easy to make plans and throw dates on your calendar, and yet it’s practically inevitable that you’ll let …

Inflammation Increases Depression: Here's What to Do

“In the health area of psychology at Rice, we’re very focused on the intersection of health behavior, psychology and medicine,” said assistant …

How to Score a Hotel Upgrade

While surprise hotel upgrades have fallen into my lap time to time, they happen most when I’ve taken some sort of simple, strategic step. It hasn’t …

Dear Liberals: Being Critical of Islam Is Not Racism

At the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, President Obama responded to the latest terrorist attacks in Paris and made a slightly surprising allusion.<p>In a response to a question about the relationship between Islam and terrorism, he said "... I also think the Muslim community has to think about how we …

The Mediterranean Coast's 10 Best-Kept Secrets

<i>By Michelle Schuman for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Ibiza, Nice, the Amalfi Coast. These Mediterranean gems are popular for good reason: gorgeous beaches, incredible food and that worlds-away feeling. But they can also be a little, well, crowded. Here's where to enjoy the Mediterranean Coast's …

Microsoft and Samsung are partnering — and it's a big win for Microsoft

The announcement, which came at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, is a big win for Microsoft, which is seeking to expand Windows 10 onto a wider variety of devices.<p>Samsung and Google, which makes Android, have an increasingly tense relationship as Samsung seeks more control over the …

How to talk to a climate change denier

“Success is not going to be fueled by anger, hatred, or judgement”<p>I spend my time uncomfortably among groups of people that are either palpably disgusted by the climate change debate or completely enthralled by the movement underway. I fall into neither camp, but love people in both. Which has made …

A commonly used supplement may be doing more harm than good

Doctors, patients, and the media have been enamored with vitamin D supplements for decades.<p>As well as their clear benefit in curing severe vitamin D deficiencies, endless headlines hail their magical ability to reduce a vast range of conditions from dementia to cancer.<p>Medical specialists such as …

The world's best hotels for spa breaks

So many elements of travel are in the lap of the gods; sun and snow in the right place at the right time; smooth connections from A to B. But there’s one trip you can guarantee: the January guilt trip, accompanied with the post-Christmas sale that cashes in on a detox, diet and booze-free bazaar. …

Why We Can’t Stay Silent on Germany’s Mass Sex Assaults

It took several days for the news of hundreds of sexual assaults in Cologne to make headlines. As progressives dither over what to say, the far right …

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Lucid dreams are key to understanding consciousness

Flickr Creative Commons/Moyan Brenn<p>We spend around six years of our lives dreaming – that’s 2,190 days or 52,560 hours. Although we can be aware of the perceptions and emotions we experience in our dreams, we are not conscious in the same way as when we’re awake. This explains why we can’t …

The 8 Traits Of Successful People

In order to turn small achievements into a solid foundation on which to build your life you need to develop the qualities of a successful person.<p>Many people say they want to write a book or run a marathon and some even try. But when faced with the first difficulty -- writer's block, a rejection, an …

How to Focus: 5 Research-Backed Secrets to Concentration

A question a lot of us are struggling with these days is “how to focus.” Concentration seems hard. Why does everyone joke about having ADD? There’s a …

Microsoft accused of releasing 'worst patch yet' for Windows 10 (spoiler: it's not true)

In an all-too-typical pattern, InfoWorld accused Microsoft of releasing a horribly flawed, data-destroying security update for Windows 10, KB3124200. …

14 Reasons This Oil Is Called ‘Liquid Gold’: from cancer prevention to fighting stretch marks

A quick note from our founders<p><b>Have you been curious about the Ketogenic Diet? You're not alone!</b><p>Going "Keto" has helped so many of our friends drop …

Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy

A Google employee teaches his colleagues how to block out interruptions and set aside “make time.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response …

10 Morning Habits of Successful People That You Should Learn

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Couples who have sex just once a week are happiest

For decades self-help books and therapists have advised couples that the key to a successful relationship is sex…and plenty of it.<p>But a new study suggests that behind closed doors, the happiest partners are actually making love just once a week.<p>According to the University of Toronto-Mississauga …

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Phones need 'bed mode' to protect sleep

<b>Smartphones, tablets and e-readers should have an automatic "bedtime mode" that stops them disrupting people's sleep, says a leading doctor.</b><p>Prof Paul Gringras argued the setting should filter out the blue light that delays the body clock and keeps people awake later into the evening.<p>The doctor, …

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7 Long-Term Productivity Habits Of The Most Successful People

Most employees are happiest doing rote work, but highly successful people aren’t most employees.<p>One thing uniting the most high-power leaders with the lowest-level workers is time: Day in and day out, we all have the same amount of it. Where the variation comes in is how we use it. Some of the most …

Are you a nail biter? A hair twister? Or always late? 4 tips for breaking bad habits

Whoever came up with the expression "drop like a bad habit" most likely never tried to stop biting their nails. So-called nervous habits are considered cousins of compulsive disorders. "Some people would define these habits as obsessive behavior," says psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, author of …

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The 5 Real Reasons You Procrastinate

It seems most Americans struggle with procrastination at least occasionally. A simple google search will yield many promising solutions, and yet we …

How to actually work a four-day week

A few years back, I started obsessing over productivity. Things like sleeping more than seven hours or getting up late and getting stuck in traffic seemed like wasted time. These situations could be controlled, but instead they were reducing my productivity.<p>The problem was that I was pretty sure I …

6 Mental Habits That Will Wear You Down

Do you struggle with self-doubt and self-defeating habits?<p>Do you want to feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer?<p>Do you focus …

Up Late? Looks Like Our Paleo Ancestors Didn't Sleep Much Either

In America, it seems only unicorns get seven or eight hours of sleep a night, and the rest of us suffer. But people may be meant to sleep as little as 6 1/2 hours nightly and were doing so long before the advent of electricity and smartphones, researchers say.<p>To find that out, they consulted with …

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The Science Behind Why Traveling Makes You Healthier

<i>Studies have shown that traveling actually makes you healthier, and our friends at YourTango have the reasons why.</i><p><b>So go on! Treat yourself to that dream vacay.</b><p>Traveling is fun. We love exploring, seeing new places, and getting away from the day-to-day routine of our lives.<p>But is it possible that, …

Throwback Travel: Camogli, Italy

<b>Summer, 1939.</b> The sun shines on beachgoers in <b>Camogli</b>, an anchovy-shaped fishing port located on the Italian Riviera just down the shore from Genoa.<p>Despite the sky, there’s a dark cloud looming over the village’s white-sand beaches. On September 1 of that year, Germany’s invasion of Poland led …

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