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Two apps to help you start meditating, and one for when you’re ready to go deeper

Our phones, with all their dings, distractions, and addictiveness, may also be our best bet for bringing some mindfulness back into our lives.<p>New York Times columnist David Gelles, author of <i>Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business From the Inside Out</i><i>,</i> learned to meditate in India 10 years …

Meditation

The Ivy Lee Method: A 100-year old, 15-minute routine for stress-free productivity

In the early 1900s, Charles M. Schwab, President of Bethlehem Steel Corporation — a steel and shipping company — wanted to increase the efficiency of …

Time Management

A Simple, Effective Back Workout to Strengthen and Stretch

The following is a simple workout to stretch and strengthen the back with a mix of dynamic and static stretches as well as elements of yoga. Perform …

Workouts

Blueberry Dump Cake Recipe

"By definition, dump cakes are simple and fuss-free to make. Try this recipe using fresh blueberries and cake mix for a dessert everyone will …

Perfect chocolate chip cookies!

1 month ago<p>I bake a lot as it's my "love language" and yet, making the "perfect" chocolate chip cookie is HARD. Here are some tips on how to do it! …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Trump and Merkel tried – and failed – to hide their differences in Washington

We need a reciprocal relationship, which we don’t have. We’re working on it and we want to make it more fair Donald Trump<p>Donald Trump and Angela Merkel worked hard to present a united front on Friday but could not mask deep differences in substance and style.<p>Although the two leaders stressed the US …

Donald Trump

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Jersey

Geniuses aren't born, they're made — and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter

The word "genius" is one of the most misused terms in history.<p>While it's often referenced accurately, the connotation that we commonly associate with it diverges away from the truth.<p>We correctly label intellectual brilliance and creative power as genius — and we should — but it's about time we …

Be like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero.” <i>— Charlie Munger, Self-made billionaire & Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner</i><p>Why did the busiest person in the world, former president Barack Obama, read an hour a day …

All the new phones at CES 2018

Want to Increase Your Happiness This Year? Science Says 1 Rare Habit Truly Stands Out | Inc.com

Positive psychology has got me hooked. This explosive field's body of research is telling us that if we desire a life of happiness, and if we truly want to experience its psychological, physical, and social benefits, we need to train our brain to the "positive." This can only be done through …

Happiness

The Best Everyday Dog Leash

After taking 40 walks with five dogs and interviewing a dog behaviorist, an animal cop, and a veteran pet-supplies shop owner, we think that Max and …

The graphic lowdown on wage equality, gun violence, sexual harassment, transgender discrimination, terrorism, Trump … and pet transport<p>When we try to remember 2017 (or more likely, try to forget it), there’s a list of names and places that immediately come to mind – Trump, Weinstein and Las Vegas, …

Sexual Harassment

What those new blood pressure guidelines mean for you

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced new comprehensive guidelines for evaluating blood pressure Monday, November 13 that will drastically increase the number of Americans who have hypertension.<p>The committee that drafted the new guidelines lowered the blood …

Diabetes

10 Meditation Prompts That'll Challenge You to Think Bigger | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur, life can get pretty hectic. Between projects to complete, people to lead and a business to run, stress and anxiety become pretty much par for the course.<p>That's why it's so important to take the time to prioritize your mental health and focus on ways to stay calm, focused and …

Meditation

Sick of Meditation? Try This Powerful Mindfulness Practice Used by Top CEOs and Athletes | Inc.com

There's no doubt that the modern work environment is a hotbed of stress.<p>With nonstop emails, constant pings on Slack, and a slew of endless meetings, we rarely have enough time to do our best work, if any real work at all. We're overworked, overwhelmed, and vulnerable to burnout.<p>We all crave a …

Meditation

After interviewing 140 people at the top of their fields, Tim Ferriss realized almost all of them share the same habit

Tim Ferriss has been on an especially introspective journey over the past year.<p>Continuing in the vein of his other work, he decided to share with his audience what he's learned along the way.<p>In the last 12 months, Ferriss had the 10-year anniversary of "The 4-Hour Workweek" (the book that made him …

10 Common Baking Substitutes Everyone Should Know

Missing an ingredient? No problem.<p>November 21, 2017<p>As we all know, baking is a science. However, there are many different ways that you can go about …

Best no-stress pie crust: The roll and fold method

The pastry investigator hews to scientific method. She formulates her hypothesis: Pastry perfection rests on the ratio of flour to fat to water.<p>She gets to work — years of false starts and soggy pies. Just as she is underlining her final formula — 2 cups flour, 2 sticks butter, 1/2 cup water — she …

A Total Eclipse Will Sweep The U.S. In August, And People Are Going Nuts For It

On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across America. The last time the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse was 1979, and it will be the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years, reports The Associated Press.<p>A partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United …

South Carolina

Advocates: Trump Blocking Twitter Users Violates First Amendment

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.</b><p>President Donald Trump's frequent Twitter posts about politics, policy, and his personal life continue to catch the praise and ire of many. And just like any user of the social media site, Trump doesn't have an obligation to address any of …

Correction: Trump-Fact Check story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fact-check story June 7, The Associated Press reported erroneously that President Trump misread the potential cost to a family …

Pay Attention to These Surprising 6 Red Flags Signaling Burnout. You May Be Closer Than You Think | Inc.com

Contrary to what you might think, it's surprisingly easy to ignore the signs of burnout. You might be so determined to meet a deadline or achieve some goal that you miss the red flags or warning signs that something is about to go very wrong. If you're not conscious of what your body is telling you …

Productivity

Trump’s assault on the planet: Undoing Obama’s work on climate change won’t be as easy as new president thinks

<b>(Getty/Andrew Harrer/Schroptschop)</b><p>Trump and Scott Pruitt aim to gut the EPA’s climate regulations — but environmentalists promise to battle in court<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>March 29, 2017 9:00am (UTC)<p>Monday night with the dramatic flourish typical of everything associated with Donald Trump, the White House …

EPA

Donald Trump’s Embrace of Conservative Cruelty

The failure of Trumpcare last week, amid opposition from Republican moderates and extremists in the House of Representatives, is certainly a sigh of …

We pay our elected officials to take care of our communities and our planet. Since Trump took office, the GOP has set out only to destroy<p>Last week I was taking an Uber (I know, I’m sorry, it was a necessity) across an unfamiliar town when the driver, whom I’ll call Randy, started telling me about …

Homelessness

Here Are The Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life

This makes old age sound awesome.<p>Ageing can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn't all it's …

Bill would let employers penalize workers who say no to genetic testing

Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a House committee becomes law.<p>Employers, in general, don't have that power under existing federal laws that protect genetic privacy and …

Health Care

McCain to Trump: Provide wiretap evidence or retract claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee is asking the Trump administration for evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during …