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5 ways to catch up on your retirement savings

It’s starting to get real for soon-to-be retirees — and their adult kids, who may very well find themselves telling mom and dad, “If you’re going to live in my basement, you need to act like adults and pick up your own dirty laundry.”<p>The median retirement savings balance for Americans age 55 to 64 …

Retirement

14 books that will change the way you think about money

A lot of what holds people back from financial success are their thoughts and beliefs about money — not their job title or salary.<p>It turns out, you're probably already making enough money to become rich, as David Bach preaches in "The Automatic Millionaire"; and you <i>can</i> splurge on a $4 mocha and …

Personal Finance

The most impressive job interview questions

Interviewing for your next job is tough work!<p>Last year, I published The 1 Thing You Must Do In Every Job Interview. The article received <b>a lot</b> of …

Employment

How Amazon Tricks You Into Thinking It Always Has the Lowest Prices

It's all about price perception.<p>Amazon is known for having low prices. But a study conducted by a startup called Boomerang Commerce reveals that Amazon’s pricing strategy is much more nuanced than simply undercutting the competition.<p>Boomerang, founded by Amazon veteran Guru Hariharan, makes …

eCommerce

Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Britta Hölzel is not your typical yoga teacher. Or your typical Ph.D. neuroscientist.<p>In recent years, during fellowships at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere, Hölzel has co-authored a range of studies focused on the intersection of two great passions of her life, how meditation and yoga affect …

What Happened to My Son's Memory? Science Explains Phenomena Affecting Digital Natives

I'm mid-conversation with my 15-year-old, and he's filling me in on the happenings of his day. They chose pseudonyms in French class. His "French" name? Bruno. I remind him that Bruno is Italian, not French, but he could care less. "It's hilarious," he assures me.<p>Then, I hear it -- the faint but …

The World's Most Worker-Friendly Countries, in 7 Charts

From legally enshrined vacations to how far an hour’s wage will go.<p>Where would you want to work if you could? The charts below look at which countries offer the best working conditions—from legally enshrined vacations and how far an hour’s wage will go, to how much severance you’ll get if your boss …

Top 10 U.S. companies to work for

What makes a company great to work for?<p>Good pay and benefits don't hurt. But when it comes down to it, employees said it's office culture and great colleagues that make these companies satisfying places to work.<p>Glassdoor asked people about the pros and cons of their employers, and had them rate …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

Ada Lovelace

Meet the Flat White, the Coffee Drink Taking the U.S. by Storm

The Australian coffee craze is about to make it big in America<p>The latest Aussie invasion has nothing to do with beers, bands, or crocodiles. But it does have a strong connection to an Australian breakfast.<p>It's the <b>flat white</b>, the Australian answer to the latte, and it's a name you should know the …

Coffee

How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic

Scientists Analyze Public Leaders’ Voices to Discover the Basis for Charisma<p>Scientists are tuning in on the power of the spoken word, seeking the secrets of charisma.<p>By analyzing the harmonics of pitch, frequency and timbre, researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are discovering how …

Charisma

Floating Around The House – How Suspended Furniture Can Add Space To Your Home

As far as this subject goes, <b>floating staircases</b> are probably the <b>most popular</b> and common feature that comes to mind but there are actually others even …

8 Common Tech Myths You Should Stop Believing Today

Despite how often we use devices like smartphones and laptops, we have plenty of questions about how those technologies works. And with so much information out there — not all of it true — it's hard to know if we're treating our electronics properly.<p>We've dug into some of the most common myths in …

Gear & Gadgets

Pope Francis urges young not to waste time on Internet and smartphones

Pope Francis tells young people 'chatting on the Internet or with smartphones (and) watching TV soap operas' are futile and a waste of time<p>Pope Francis has urged 50,000 German altar servers not to waste time on the Internet, smartphones and television, but to spend their time on more productive …

Pope Benedict XVI

How Not To Die Full Of Regrets | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

If you ask anyone what they want in life, chances are they will tell you one of the following things:<p>More money<br>• Peace/happiness<br>• Better physical and …

The Best Shampoos for Every Hair Type

If you’re searching for your perfect shampoo match — one that won’t break your heart <i>and</i> your ends while luring you in with sweet, fruity smells — then you’ve hit up the right beauty matchmakers. No matter what your hair situation — curly, thin, colored or natural — there is a perfect shampoo out …

Hair Care

16 Impressive Dresser Makeovers

Dresser makeovers are one of the easiest DIY projects: A little sanding and painting and you’ve got yourself a “new” piece of furniture. If you’ve recently purchased or rescued a bland, boring dresser in distressed state, give it a new lease on life and bask in the satisfaction of beautiful …

House Design

Swipe and Travel the World

A friend of mine collects airline credit cards. Most of them come with big frequent-flier bonuses—or even a free flight for signing up—and have no annual fee for the first year. So my friend cancels them right before the 12-month mark. He uses them for everything: groceries, car repairs, the broken …

Travel

Top European Tours 2015: Where to Go Now

With 2015 fast approaching, we're vowing to make it one of our best travel years yet. But with so many exciting places to visit, it can be hard to pinpoint the next destination. Our advice? Find a tour that gives you the opportunity to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time -- then make …

One Simple Chart Shows 72 Uses For Common Household Products

People have been using common substances like citrus juices, oils and vinegars for cooking, as household cleaners and personal grooming products, for …

Why I Teach My Kids About Wine

How do you talk to your kids about drinking when they regularly see you enjoying a glass of wine with dinner?<p>Most parents would rather avoid the subject until the tween/teen years. But as a trained sommelier/wine shop owner--and mother to two young boys--I've chosen to face the topic early, through …

I Made $15 Million Before I Was 30, And It Wasn't As Awesome As You'd Think

I made $15 million in my mid-20s after I sold a tech startup. I talked to a lot of people about this question, and thought a lot about how to stay the same person I was before and after making money.<p><b>Here's my answer: being rich is better than not being rich, but it's not nearly as good as you</b> …

Self-improvement

Retirees: Take a stand against sitting disease

There are 34 chronic diseases and conditions associated with excess sitting, expert says.<p>Don't just sit there. It may be killing you.<p>Getting off the couch and moving more might lengthen your life, as well as decrease your risk of dementia, physical disabilities and other serious medical …

This Is How Drastically Your Windows Computer Has Changed Over The Years

We've come a long way from the aging, chunky monitors we used to play "The Oregon Trail" in elementary school.<p>And, as computers have become slimmer and more sleek, so has the software that goes along with it.<p>Here's a look at how Windows has changed throughout the years.

David Pogue