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Heat Maps Reveal Record-Breaking Temperatures Across the Globe

This week was brutal.<p>Cities across the Northern Hemisphere witnessed exceptionally high heat this week, with records breaking in North America, …

7 ways to build wealth your financial adviser won't tell you

While working with a financial adviser isn’t for everyone, hiring a professional to manage your money can pay off in more ways than one. With a financial adviser in your corner, you’ll gain access to professional expertise and insights you can’t get elsewhere. And if you hire a true professional, …

Personal Finance

Why Most People Will Not Be Successful

Success isn't just having lots of money.<p>Many people with lots of money have unhappy and radically imbalanced lives.<p>Real "success" is about continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.<p>So why won't most people be successful?<p>Why don't most people …

Researchers develop a novel type of optical fiber that preserves the properties of light

An optical fiber is generally a very thin flexible strand drawn from glass or transparent plastic. But this simplicity belies a number of major …

4 Powerful Ways To Awaken Your Life's Purpose

Nietzsche said, "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."<p>If you're feeling tired, burned out, or just stuck, awakening your sense of "why" can be a powerful way to build resilience and thrive. A strong sense of purpose is the everyday awareness and conscious acknowledgment that you …

Happiness

10 insights that can help you learn anything faster

But some people keep studying — and thinking — the same way all their lives without improving their methods.<p>Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually learn. The results are surprising and super helpful.

Study Skills

How Consciousness Solves The Puzzle Of Life

With so much knowledge floating around, you can easily lose the forest for the trees. Without a fundamental understanding of the big picture, the pieces can make very little sense and even seem absurd. This is true particularly in the case of spirituality. For example, the idea that God is …

Jigsaw Puzzles

20 Ways To Improve Your Finances In Under 20 Minutes

Some important financial moves are painful, time consuming, or both. Tackling mountains of debt or complex estate planning come to mind. Yet many smart financial steps are simple and take just a few minutes.<p>These simple steps can increase our savings, decrease our spending, or make us smart …

Personal Finance

Social Network Algorithms Are Distorting Reality By Boosting Conspiracy Theories

Talk of Facebook’s anticonservative stance is in the news, but the issue of what news social networks choose to show us is much broader than that. Just ask the anti-vaxxers.<p>After an anonymous source alleged that Facebook’s Trending News algorithm (and human staff) was intentionally hiding …

9 Bad Habits You Should Leave in the Past

Any one of these listed habits is holding you back from success. Free yourself and launch into your future without all that baggage.<p>If you're feeling kind of stuck--wanting more, but unable to get past where you are--maybe your bad habits are a big part of the problem.<p>Look at what you are doing, …

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Mindfulness

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

The weird, wide world of Amazon's Alexa Easter eggs

Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa can stream music, read off the day's headlines, or take control of your smart home, but half of the fun is asking questions out of left field to see if she can keep up.<p>And, in a lot of cases, she can.<p>It turns out that Alexa loves a good inside joke, and with good …

Be More Successful: 8 Steps to Find and Leverage Your True Strengths

We all hope to improve on our weaknesses, but sometimes the best approach is to do a lot more of what you already do best.<p>Are you as successful as you would like to be? (Depending on how you define success, of course.)<p>If you're like most people, the answer is, "Probably not." Not because you're …

A Quick Cure for the Anxiety That Arises When You Feel Rushed

Surely you know the feeling. You've got more to do than you've got time to do it in.<p>The feeling of being in a rush to get something done, or to get somewhere, is not a pleasant one. It's the feeling of anxiety. You might be tense in the neck and shoulders. Your teeth might even be clenched. If …

Mindfulness

Paul Soliai Reportedly Agrees to Sign with Carolina Panthers

Free-agent defensive tackle Paul Soliai was looking for a new home after the Atlanta Falcons let him go and decided to stay in the NFC South, after agreeing to sign a two-year deal worth $7 million, with $3 million in guaranteed money, with the Carolina Panthers on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport …

The incredible power of ignoring everything

Fyodor Dostoevsky, the 19th Century Russian author, once famously challenged his brother to try out a strange task: Don't think about a polar bear right now. “Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute,” …

Johns Hopkins University

I've spent my career studying bad habits. Here's what I've learned about breaking them. - Vox

Let's face reality: Change is hard! Look at change rates for people with heart issues who are told by their doctors that they are seriously at risk of dying if they do not change their habits. These patients know exactly what they need to do: eat a more wholesome, lower-calorie diet, exercise more, …

How to Turn on the Part of Your Brain That Controls Motivation

We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don’t do it. There is a cluster of neurons …

The Brain

7 surprising Ancient Rome facts

Our fascination with Ancient Rome has inspired a glut of books, documentaries, movies and even games. But, writer Jem Duducu points out, our focus …

The Nutritional Lies That Keep America Fat

<i>By: Dick Talens</i><p><i>Credit: Jason Hoffman/Thrillist</i><p>If there's something I've noticed about fitness myths, it's that everyone is equally vulnerable to them. It doesn't matter how smart you are, how many facts you know, or how many letters come after your name; it's easier than you think to fall prey to …

10 Easy Ways to Stop Eating So Much Sugar

“Eat less sugar” may be a short and sweet suggestion, but the USDA’s most recent dietary guidelines have gotten some pretty long-winded responses …

How to Be Creative, According to Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and Stephen King

Creativity isn’t some esoteric quality that only the Bob Marleys and Salvador Dalís of the world possess — it’s a learnable, trainable skill that can …

Get Better Sleep: 5 Powerful New Tips From Research

Ever have trouble getting to sleep? Or staying asleep? Or you get plenty of shut-eye but you’re not refreshed? Everyone wants to get better sleep. …

How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done: 5 Expert Tips

Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting.<p><b>We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done.</b> I certainly …

Time Management

Psychologists say one behavior is the 'kiss of death' for a relationship

But the minute you open the door and drop your keys on the counter, you find yourself knee-deep in an argument about how he or she bought the wrong type of pepper.<p>Don't worry: It's perfectly normal to get into arguments like these with your significant other every once in a while, John Gottman, a …

University of Washington

5 Shortcuts To Bonding Deeply With a Romantic Partner

How do you get to crazy love — or get crazy love back when it’s gone away?<p>Forget the silly relationship books, let’s look at the real science and get …

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

Dark Matter