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The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read

Because nonfiction is often sometimes more terrifying and unsettling.<p>For every suspense novel that shocks and awes readers, there are real life stories that make fiction seem tame and predictable. True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalize violence and human suffering, but …

Books

World Book Day 2018: Eight underrated novels by great writers that deserve a wider audience

World Book Day seems like an ideal opportunity to reassess the great writers in the literary canon and shine a light on some of their lesser-known …

Literature

47 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter

And with binge-worthy titles like Netflix original "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" and Oscar-nominated "Last Men in Aleppo" a click away, you can get a lot of great nonfiction viewing any night of the week.<p>You'll learn a lot more about the world, but don't worry — you'll also be entertained.<p><b>Here are</b> …

Entertainment

Transform Those Spotty Bananas into These 19 Desserts

When buying a bunch of bananas, I always start out with the best intentions. I’m going to eat them as a healthy on-the-go snack, or slice them over my morning cereal or yogurt. I’m going to tuck them into the side pocket of my backpack to save me from hanger. But inevitably, I don’t eat all of the …

Rare Sight of Super Blue Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse: Pictures

Burma

The 30 Funniest Books Ever Written

Some of the finest comedy tomes ever put into print<p>A genuinely funny book is one of life's simplest pleasures, but finding the real stand-outs is never as easy. Back in 2009, we asked some leading lights of comedy and literature to nominate the books that make them laugh out loud. Here we revisit …

Books

The Drowning Isles

The Solomon Islands are an archipelago filled with idyllic beaches and perfect waves, but as temperatures and sea levels rise, much of their pristine …

Unmasking the Self

Awareness cannot be taught, and when it is present it has no context. All contexts are created by thought and are therefore corruptible by thought. …

Meditation

40 Quotes that Will Calm Your Mind When You’re at a Crossroads

It happens to all of us gradually as we live and grow. We discover more about who we are and the way life really is, and then we realize there are …

Relationships

Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Suffering

<b>We should not be afraid</b> of suffering. We should be afraid of only one thing, and that is not knowing how to deal with our suffering. Handling our …

Mindfulness

Deepest Dive Under Antarctica Reveals a Shockingly Vibrant World

In the morning, when we arrive on foot from Dumont d’Urville, the French scientific base on the Adélie Coast of East Antarctica, we have to break up a thin layer of ice that has formed over the hole we drilled the day before. The hole goes right through the 10-foot-thick ice floe. It’s just wide …

The Only 8 TED Talks You Need to Watch

Did you know that freedom of choice is often the enemy of happiness? Or that without disagreement, there can be no progress? Have you ever considered …

102 villagers, 750 refugees, one grand experiment

In the autumn of 2015, Germany designated the hamlet of Sumte as a sanctuary for hundreds of displaced people. What followed was a test of the country’s deepest principles<p>Autumn<p>There is no cinema in Sumte. There are no general stores, no pubs, gyms, cafes, markets, schools, doctors, florists, auto …

Human Rights
Africa

“Love drugs” will soon be a reality. But should we take them?

Love potions have been a plot point in fairytales for centuries. Now, thanks to dramatic advances in our understanding of the neuroscience behind love, they’re close enough to reality to be studied by Oxford University researchers.<p>Anders Sandberg, a neuroethicist at Oxford University’s Future of …

Relationships
Africa
Africa

101 Quotes From Lao Tzu That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open

Lao Tzu was an ancient philosopher and writer who founded the philosophical framework for Taoism, which has had a huge influence on Chinese …

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

1 of 50<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>On form, no living English writer is as funny or insightful as Zadie Smith. Her third novel, about two warring families …

Literature

17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting

This week author Ian McEwan expressed his love of short novels, saying “very few [long] novels earn their length.” Certainly it seems like a novel …

The ultimate UK bucket list: 29 things to do before you die

Forgetting These 7 Little Things Makes Every Day More Stressful

It never ceases to amaze me when I’m faced with the reality of how easily I lose sight of the truth – I catch myself stressing out over something …

Handy

10 Dystopian Novels To Read Right Now

Dystopia now<p>Thanks to the incoming president and a Republican Congress which is trying to take healthcare away from millions of Americans, it's fair to say that our reality is looking more and more dystopian every day. So, while we can't recommend strongly enough that you take action to try and …

29 Brilliant Short Films You Can Watch In 29 Minutes

From award winners to festival hits.<p>H/T Short of the Week, Filmsshort.

10 Must-have mindfulness and meditation apps that shouldn’t live without

Share60<p>Tweet<p>Share56<p>+12<p>Shares 118<p>For thousands of years, Eastern cultures have used meditation as an effective way to quiet the mind and focus on the …

Seven Buzzy Workout Classes For Both Your Mind and Body

Break a sweat and self-reflect with these anything-but-basic workout classes.<p>For some people, simply jogging on the treadmill equates to an entire therapy session-worth of inner peace. We are not those people. Here, seven buzzy workout classes that combine intense body-sculpting with …

How living with an open heart creates hope

When I read James Doty’s New York Times bestseller, <i>Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain</i>, I was thoroughly enchanted. His story inspired me to believe that my future could be brighter than I can currently imagine.<p>Doty is a medical doctor and a clinical …

Spirituality