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Top 10 Montana Attractions

The majestic Rocky Mountains, the wide open prairies, and the clear winding rivers make Montana a vacation wonderland. The state's colorful human and …

Top 10

65% of Baby Boomers Are Making a Huge Financial Mistake That Could Leave Them Broke

Seniors on Medicare pay 13% of health expenses out-of-pocket, according to studies.<p>Each day, around 10,000 baby boomers in the United States hit …

Retirement

Never, Ever Quit Your Job Without Taking These 10 Steps First

Dear Liz,<p>I’m excited but nervous. I just completed my first stealth job search. I got a job offer and I’m going to accept it.<p>Can you please run down the list of things I need to do before I give my two weeks’ notice — and also the steps I should follow when I tell my boss I’m leaving?<p>Thanks Liz! …

Employment

Packing My Library by Alberto Manguel review – a bibliophile’s demons

The urbane Argentinian grumpily boxes up his 35,000 books and writes a Jekyll and Hyde set of reflections on libraries and the power of reading<p>One feverish night, Robert Louis Stevenson dreamed of a terrifying “hue of brown”. It was the latest visitation from the Night Hag, his term for the horrors …

Books

Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.<p>Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National …

Education

Google Keeps a Record of Your Entire Search History—Here’s How to Delete It in 4 Easy Steps

<i>This content originally appeared on Money.</i><p>YouTube. Panera. Facebook. Equifax. Every week, it seems, there’s a new hack to worry about.<p>This …

AdWords

Want Your Employees to Rave About Your Leadership Skills? Make Sure Any of These 6 Things Happen Daily

It's been found that you can achieve great results and have meaningful relationships at the same time.<p>Whether your company is a startup or an established firm, I want to share about a compelling leadership model that will get the best out of employees.<p>It's based on the seminal research of Dr. Jim …

Southwest Airlines

The free and easy way to help kids develop language skills, according to MIT research

By the age of three, wealthy children hear 30 million more words than their poor counterparts, according to a landmark 1995 study (pdf) by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley. The “30 million word gap” has since become shorthand for the gaping inequalities between high and low-income children. …

University of Pennsylvania

11 Proven Ways to Boost Your Retirement Income

It can be challenging surviving in retirement on a fixed or limited income. Fortunately, there are strategies to employ now or later that can beef up …

Retirement

14 Reasons You're Always Tired

Lack of sleep isn't the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don't do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can …

Wellness

A Framework That Will Help You Tell Amazing Stories

There is a class of entertainment that is underrated, in spite of its external success: stories about telling stories. Hit shows like <i>How I Met Your</i> …

Writing

17 Hilarious Definitions from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

It took roughly eight years for Samuel Johnson and his staff of six helpers to complete the <i>Dictionary of the English Language</i>, which was published …

Language

The Irony Of Servant Leadership - A Position Of Strength Born From A Position Of Humility

Every day in the news we see and hear about leaders – leaders in politics, in business, in the arts, in education. We see young leaders advocating for changes in gun laws. We see women leading our nation toward an end to abusive, predatory behavior by men in power. We see people in power leading …

Leadership

Can you spot the baffling letter in this headline that 72 per cent of people miss?

What is in ‘everything’ yet is rarely spotted? The answer, somewhat surprisingly, is the letter ‘g’.<p>Despite seeing it millions of times, a new study has found that 72 per cent of people cannot identify the lowercase ‘looptail g’ - the form of the consonant where the lower arc is completed to form …

Research

Using these words can give away your social status, according to an anthropologist — and you’ll never hear a royal say them

Language is a minefield, and everyday habits can be an instant giveaway, revealing the speaker's social class. That's according to Kate Fox, a social anthropologist who picked out terms that a true upper-class Brit or royal would never use.<p>Her 2004 book, "Watching The English: The Hidden Rules of …

Linguistics

How To Design An Emotionally Intelligent PowerPoint Presentation

It’s not about sleek graphics or the presentation software you use. It’s about whether the story you tell resonates with your audience’s needs.<p>If you ask anyone what they think of PowerPoint presentations, they’ll probably give you a strong reaction. But whether you love, hate, or want to ban them …

Self-awareness

8 habits of employees that get promoted

Getting a promotion takes more than just doing your job well. To move up the ladder to the next step of your career, you have to prove to decision …

Leadership

BANK OF AMERICA: Buy these 8 stocks to make a killing in the next 3 months

Bank of America Merrill Lynch released a list of short-term stock recommendations to clients on Monday.<p>"These high conviction ideas are based on our views of potential significant market and business-related catalysts that we think will affect these stocks in the quarter," the bank said in a …

Markets

Whatever Your Role in the Company, You Should Get Used to Asking This 1 Question

Asking yourself and others how you can do better yields impressive and instant results.<p>Over the years, as I began to give lectures around the world, whether about marketing, tech, or the intersection of the two, I began to adopt a new custom that has proven to be a very successful strategy in …

Selling

This man did a 22,000 mile road trip of North America — these are the 25 spots he says you can't miss

National Parks

This $30 reusable smart notebook may have gotten rejected on Shark Tank, but I swear by it in my everyday life

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><i>Rocketbook</i><p>If you're an old soul who prefers pen and paper notes (they're just more <i>personal,</i> you know?<i>)</i>, or you just get how obnoxious it is …

Google Docs

People are downloading their Facebook data and posting it to Twitter, and the results will terrify you

The Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to roll on. As it does, people are becoming more and more aware of just how much data Facebook has on them.<p>One easy (yet slightly horrifying) way to see it all in one place is to request all of your Facebook data as a zip file. A lot of people have been …

Social Media

Talking with — not just to — kids powers how they learn language

Back-and-forth exchanges build the brain’s language center and verbal ability<p>Children from the poorer strata of society begin life not only with material disadvantages but cognitive ones. Decades of research have confirmed this, including a famous 1995 finding by psychologists Betty Hart and Todd …

Language Learning

Get 3TB of Lifetime Cloud Storage for Under $70

Cloud storage storage is one of those things that we talk about a lot but not everybody actually makes use of—even though not backing up your data …

Bill Gates Is Obsessed With These 2 New Books

One is about facts, the other enlightenment.<p>Bill Gates had some awesome answers for curious Redditors on his AMA this week, commenting on topics …

Self-improvement

The 23 Best National Park Adventures

Longtime park patrons known that what makes parks significant isn’t the packaging, but what’s inside their borders. Still, the more popular parks get …

Best Books to Take You Back to the '80s When You're Feeling Nostalgic

Following the overwhelming success of Hulu’s adaptation of <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>, Margaret Atwood’s iconic piece of dystopian fiction has once again proved its timelessness and unfortunate relevance. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, bitches.<p>The late 70’s to the mid-80’s were the golden age of …

50 places in the US where retirement is affordable, healthcare is excellent, and life is good

Deciding where to live in retirement may be one of the last major financial decisions you'll make, and picking the right spot is important.<p>WalletHub set out to put worried minds at ease. The site used available data for the 150 largest US cities to find the best and worst places to lay your hat. We …

College Sports

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

A lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one …

Empowering Learners to Think with Performance Tasks

Pedagogy has been at the forefront of my thinking and work as of late. Decades of solid research have laid the foundation for current studies that …