Insia Lakda

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9 books that will give you something to talk about at any party you attend

Specifically, stealing an idea I found in a book and sharing it with a fellow guest. I love the "No way!" and "So cool!" I get when I talk about a weird fact or a new psychological finding I've just learned.<p>The truth is, you can find these fascinating tidbits in pretty much any book you pick up. …

Self-improvement

Life looks good on the surface - so why are we all so lonely?

‘But you can’t be lonely,’ a friend tells me crossly. ‘You’re out every night.’ The backhanded compliment makes me laugh. But it also makes me sad.<p>On paper my life sounds glamorous. My Facebook and Twitter updates show evenings spent at film premieres and West End first nights. Last weekend I was …

Relationships

Island hopping in Greece’s Dodecanese

Rhodes and Kos are the Dodecanese’s big names, but this new island-hopping trip focuses on the archipelago’s smaller gems, where visitors may have the gorgeous beaches to themselves<p>There is a blueness of sea that seems feasible only via Photoshop or an Instagram filter, but which is made real …

Our cities are getting smarter and you probably didn’t even notice

Imagine having to take out the trash only twice a month, or knowing what parking spots are available before arriving at your destination and swiftly paying for them via your mobile phone.<p>The term “smart cities” conjures up images of futuresque, <i>Minority Report-</i>style communities in which every car is …

Smart Cities

Scientists fired lasers at antimatter in an experiment that probes the deepest human question: why are we here?

Antimatter—the fictional power source in countless sci-fi stories—isn’t just a great source of energy; understanding it could tell us why we exist at all. That’s why a recent Nature paper outlining the results of an experiment at CERN with the antimatter version of hydrogen is so important to …

Physics

20 Rules Of Happiness

The truth is we live in a materialistic world where branded and credit culture is eating up our lives inside out. The happiness gained from spending …

23 Stories You Need To Read On Mother's Day

These are stories by and about mothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers: the women who gave us our lives and taught us how to live them.<p>When Only Memories Can Fill The Cracks — Rebecca Tucker<p>"As my Nonna drifts further away, I’m clinging to the physical artifacts that link us."<p>My Mama’s Manicures …

Parenting

32 Books You'd Love To Read Again For The First Time

Nothing is ever as good as your first read through.

The Real Reason Introverts Dread Small Talk

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>Just the other day, you avoided making eye contact with your chatty neighbor when you saw her unexpectedly at the grocery store. And you skipped the office holiday party so you wouldn’t have to make awkward small talk all night with your co-workers.These …

6 simple ways to take better photos on any camera

But even as we all take more and more pictures, many of us assume our talents are limited. "Real" photographers use expensive equipment and have "good eyes" for pictures. The reality is that much of the difference between pros and everyone else can be broken down into a few simple guidelines.<p>Here …

Mobile Photography

The 10 best books of the year, according to Amazon

The winners span two-dozen categories, including everything from literary fiction to mysteries and thrillers.<p>From gripping nonfiction that delves deep into historical accounts to novels that take readers into fascinating imaginary worlds, here are the top 10 books Amazon chose for 2015.<p>1. <b>"</b><b>Fates and</b> …

Books

7 Yoga Poses That Scream SEX

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CNN

5 Questions Every Woman Must Ask Herself in Order to Be Happy

<i>By Alison Jacobson for DivorcedMoms.com</i><p>If someone were to ask you whether you want to be happy, you'd probably think they were crazy. I mean, who wouldn't want to be happy? But what if someone were to ask the question a bit differently?<p><b>Are you willing to do whatever it takes to be happy?</b><p>Usually, …

Happiness

Why it’s good to have a strong-willed child, and why you should let up on them

“I will <i>not</i> cut my hair. Never. The answer is never, Mom, and the answer will always be never, so you should just stop asking me.” He said it without attitude, in a matter-of-fact way, as though he were simply reporting on the weather or time of day. At 6 years old, my second-born son, Oliver, has …

Parenting

8 Books That Don’t Sugarcoat Teen Sexuality

These writers don’t idealize puberty and the sometimes scary years that follow.<p>In a recent installment of HuffPost’s Love + Sex podcast, co-hosts Noah Michelson and Carina Kolodny talked about the increasing number of teens turning to literature to educate themselves about sex.<p>It's not a surprising …

What 3 Words Define Your Personality Traits?

In Brendon Burchard's book, <i>The Charge</i>, he explains that how we think of ourselves (our self-image) is often congruent with how we behave. For example, if we think too little of ourselves, it causes us to act timidly in "real life". But when we set our intentions on who we want to be in life, our …

3 Realities About Relationship Problems

Relationship problems are hardly anything that we want to experience in our relationships, but they are an inevitable part of spending time with another person.<p>Here are three realities I've come to realize about relationship problems:<p><b>1. When you choose to date or marry someone, you're not</b> …

Science says dancing with friends is good for your health

You might not think of yourself as a dancer. In fact, maybe even the idea of dancing makes your palms sweat. But growing scientific evidence suggests that getting up and grooving with others has a lot of benefits. In our recent study, we found that synchronizing with others while dancing raised …

Dancing

What 9 Women Wish They'd Known BEFORE They Became Fitness Instructors

"The low pay was extremely shocking."<p>Thinking of getting certified to teach yoga or indoor-cycling class on the side? Um, about that. Not that it's not a good idea (many women who've gotten certified couldn't be happier about it), but there are a few things you should know before you get started. …

Why Do Babies Smell So Good?

The science behind what makes infants irresistible<p>If you’ve ever been seized by the urge to press your nose against a newborn’s head and take long, deep sniffs, hey, we hear you. The slightly sweet smell of an infant is one of the most wonderful scents in the world. It’s so appealing, the fragrance …

On Slow Readers and What It Means for Student Reading Identity

I am ready to hang a banner in our classroom to loudly display the following words, “Being a slow reader does not make you a bad reader!” and then …

Books

19 tricks stores use to make you spend more money

From supermarkets to department stores, retailers employ clever techniques designed to get you to spend more.<p>Stores are carefully engineered, and every aspect of the design has a highly specific purpose — from the background music to the interior wall color.<p>To become more of a savvy shopper — and …

eCommerce

Creating Change in Your Life Isn't Always About 'Doing'

The other day I was working with a client who was very frustrated because she felt like she wasn't making a lot of progress in her life.<p>"There's all these things that I know I need to do for myself," she said, "but I just can't ever get myself to do it."<p>What followed were more self-critical …

10 Rules to Live By for Those Who Want to Live a Positive Life

<b>1. Be comfortable in your own skin.</b><p>The first step to becoming happy is to feel comfortable in your own skin. Everyone was born with a flaw. No one is perfect. Accept yourself with what you're born with whether it be your background, your skin, your nose, your eyes, your hair, your freckles, your …

What Your Favorite Go-To Clothing Color Says About You Personality

<i>By Christine Schoenwald</i><p>I recently read a piece in The Elephant Journal by Alex Myles where she talks about how the color of our clothes reveals a lot about our personality type. It made me consider how dressing can be a form of personal expression and how the clothes we wear send out messages to …

The 21 Most Popular Novels of 2015 So Far

21. <i>Orphan Train</i> by Christina Baker Kline<p><i>Orphan Train</i> is set in 1929, just months before the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression.<p>After …

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances …

Self-help

Mindful Sex

Meditation and sex might not be the two things you’d most naturally associate. One involves sitting alone in silence while the other is rather more …

Mindfulness