Heather Villarreal

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Wellness

Study: How experiencing awe transforms the way you treat the people around you

From the researchers that brought you the conclusion that money makes people meaner comes a new paper: Having an awesome experience makes people nicer.<p>“Awe has an important collective function,” says Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology at University of California, Irvine, and the lead …

Psychology

Do Netflix, Spotify and Facebook know me as well as they think?

Websites try to suggest everything from your next best friend to your next best shirt. But are these recommendations a help or a hindrance? Four writers look at how algorithms shape their online lives<p><b>‘Spotify seems to think I want to hear a 1972 live album by Yes’</b><p><b>Alexis Petridis</b><p>There are many …

Rotten Tomatoes

The surprising benefits of feeling insignificant

In the grand scheme of things, you are a tiny blip on the Earth’s surface. And recognising that fact may make you a better person, writes David Robson.<p>Take a look at the video above. Feel small and insignificant, compared to the enormous, beautiful world around you? If so, you may just have become …

Psychology

14 Great Female Authors Recommend Their 41 Favorite Female Authors

For our April issue, we polled some amazing female novelists for their best-loved books by other female writers—an inexhaustible topic, it turns out! We couldn't get all of their great choices into the magazine, so now, read on for their extended, ultimate list of must-reads.<p>"My mother was an …

Young Adult Fiction Writers, Women Rule List Of World’s Top-Earning Authors

If you still don’t think Young Adult fiction should be taken seriously by anyone not in the nebulous intended age range, perhaps you’ll allow a …

Writing

John Green Reacts to 'The Fault in Our Stars' Ban, Plus 8 Other Authors Who Used Book Banning As a Platform

John Green's heartbreaking <i>The Fault in Our Stars</i> has been one of the most popular YA novels of this generation, but recently angry parents just …

Meet the Stores You'll Love Just as Much as Forever 21

We love stylish finds from Forever 21 as much as the next girl. Okay, maybe a tad more. Have you seen our editor’s week of head-to-toe F21 outfits? …

5 Habits of Highly Effective Outfit Putter-Togetherers

None of them do The Chair.<p>I am convinced that the similarly titled Stephen Covey book they made us all read in seventh grade was a conspiracy the office-supply industrial complex dreamed up to get us hooked on color-coding. Obviously it failed, because have you seen my desk, but I do remember Mr. …

Blake Lively's 8 Rules of Style

When it comes to looking stylish and put together (both on and off the red carpet), few ladies come close to Blake Lively. Whether she’s in a couture …