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Want to be a Better Writer? 7 Tips to Help You Improve Your Writing Skills

So, you want to be a writer? Ever since reading your first story, you’ve been dreaming of being able to put your emotions and the world of your …

The Best Way to Structure Your Day: The 10-3-2-1-0 Formula

Here's a dead simple strategy for calmer nights, more energetic mornings, and greater productivity.<p>The super successful swear by their daily routines. Whether it's Sir Richard Branson recommending his long-standing habit of waking up at 5 a.m., or author Tim Ferriss telling fans how much of a lift …

There's a counterintuitive way to relieve stress — and it's way easier than meditating

It's forgiveness.<p>We get it: The idea of forgiving someone else to prevent a heart attack sounds just about as beneficial as licking a steering wheel to prevent a car crash.<p>But decades of research have linked the regular practice of forgiving those who've wronged us with a handful of health …

1. Before you go to bed at night, tell your brain, “wake me up at __ a.m.”

Unless you got drunk the night before, you’ll likely start waking up right before the alarm clock startles you awake.<p>2. If the subconscious command …

11 time-saving Microsoft Word hacks you won't know how you lived without

Microsoft Word tips? I know what you’re thinking: Is it 1995 again? <i>Am I back in seventh grade?</i><p>No – we’re definitely squarely in 2016. But that …

Software

Why Creating A To-Do List Is Derailing Your Success

Most of us make them, but to-do lists make us more stressed and don’t account for how long tasks take. Here are three things to do instead.<p>Nearly two-thirds of professionals write to-do lists, but 41% percent of all to-do list items never actually get done, according to research from the …

Crock Pot Recipes That Work in Slow Cookers Too

Crock pots give us the best sort of <i>deja vu</i>. Just saying the word in our heads reminds us of 1970s shag carpeting, crocheted afghan throws and macrame plant hangers. Crock pots are homey, and so is the food that we cook in them — they are called comfort foods for a reason. Fast forward to today and …

Mars Is Recalling Candy Bars in 55 Countries

Mars has recalled chocolate bars and other products in 55 countries, mainly in Europe, after a piece of plastic was found in a Snickers bar in …

The Surprising Secret Ingredient That Will Make Your Cake Taste a Million Times Better

This oil substitute makes for one decadent chocolate dessert.<p>A Kansas City chef believes he's found the key to what he calls "chocolate nirvana." Hint: It involves a condiment usually reserved for sandwiches.<p>In a recent column for the <i>Kansas City Star</i>, Jasper J. Mirabile Jr., the second-generation …

Bones found at prison may belong to real-life Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Archaeologists’ discovery could be remains of Martha Brown, whose public hanging in 1856 was watched by Thomas Hardy<p>Archaeologists may have unearthed the remains of a woman whose execution had a lasting impact on the writer Thomas Hardy, inspiring the fate of one of his most beloved creations – …

Archaeology

Insidious single-use coffee pods banned in German city

Single-use coffee pods are among the most insidious products to ever enter the global supply chain, and now one German city is taking huge strides to …

The Best Way to Break a Bad Habit

Even the most virtuous person has a bad habit (or two) they'd like to break. Whether it's picking at your skin, grabbing something sweet after every …

The 13 worst money habits of 20-somethings — and how to fix them

Saving for retirement or financial goals may be the last thing on your mind as a 20-something — but when it comes to managing money, your 20s are a critical decade.<p>Time is on your side when you're young, and a head start in saving and investing could set you up for a wealthy future.<p>To get on the …

Virtual reality could be a solution to sexism in tech

A new study of software developers has confirmed what women already know too well: Gender bias has big consequences in the workplace.<p>The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, looked at acceptance rates for code written by women and men on the massive code repository Github. Developers …

Virtual Reality

4 foods you should never reheat in the microwave

After a long day when all you have is leftovers or the makings for a jacket potato, the microwave can be your best friend - but there are some things …

Brain fitness program may ease cognitive impairment in elderly

Many elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment experienced better brain function after a "fitness" program designed to sharpen their minds, a U.S. study suggests.<p>Researchers put 127 elderly people on what they called a brain fitness regimen for 12 weeks that included meditation training, …

Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese<p>Prep time<p>5 mins<p>Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe makes for the perfect side dish, party appetizer, or …

Slow Cookers

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 4 – Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes (1998)

These passionate, audacious poems addressed to Hughes’s late wife, Sylvia Plath, contribute to the couple’s mythology and are a landmark in English poetry<p>Poetry will be braided into this series like a golden thread, because in every generation it is the poets who replenish and tantalise the …

Literature

4 Ways to Impress Your Boss (and Elevate Your Career) in 2016

The Things Exceptional Employees do that Make Them Irreplaceable<p>Every boss has favorites. And usually with good reason. Exceptional employees make life much easier, and I've found those type of employees have a few things in common you can emulate to impress your boss and improve your career in …

6 Lazy Girl Yoga Poses You Can Do Without Leaving Your Bed

Getting out of bed in the morning to take on the challenges of a new day isn’t always the highlight of our daily routine. Couple that with the idea of fitting in an early workout, and… well, that can be enough to send anyone into a self-induced winter hibernation. Luckily, you can fit in your daily …

The Comfort Food Recipes That Make Us Endlessly Happy

Happiness on a plate.<p>There are few pleasures in life as simple, yet as great, as a delicious, comforting meal. Not only does it serve the purpose of getting us fed ― a very important quality ― but it also tastes good and makes our souls feel oh-so glad. Lucky for all of us, we’re deep in the throes …

Cooking

Why anxiety makes people veer to the left

Scientists have discovered that feeling anxious makes people very to the left because their right hand side of the brain is so active.<p>If you feel like anxiety and stress have you going round in circles, then you are actually correct.<p>Scientists have discovered that feeling anxious makes people begin …

The Brain

5 Rules for Organizing Your Time

One of my favorite quotes is by celebrity chef Alton Brown, "Organization will set you free." I know he’s referring to being organized in the …

Easy Enchilada Recipes

Whether you like chicken enchiladas or beef, there are so many ways to enjoy enchiladas morning, noon, and night! Here, we selected the best …

10 Decadent Stuffed Potato Recipes

A baked potato is good, but a stuffed potato is so much better.<p>Stuffed potatoes are fluffier, they're usually cheesier, and they're more flavorful …

Send More Effective Emails by Ending Them With These Two Steps

If you email a client about a project and never hear back from them, it might be because your email leaves things too open-ended. To make it easier …

Employment

11. Frontiers (2007)

Proving that French culture isn€™t all Gerard Depardieu movies and Marcel Pagnol adaptations, Frontiers starts off as a blistering social commentary, …

War Crimes