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10 Ways to Get Bumped Up to First Class on Your Next Flight

First-class airline tickets can cost four times the price of coach. Don't splurge--try these 10 things and get upgraded for free.<p>Admit it: Flying first class can make the hassles of air travel so much better. I've been bumped up to first class twice: once while traveling solo on a business trip to …

Koko The Gorilla Gets Two Kittens For Her 44th Birthday

Nothing's cuter than feline companions for an ape<p>Koko, the gorilla famous for her sign language skills, turned 44 this year, and got (at least in this author's opinion) the greatest possible present to celebrate: two new kittens. Koko took a shine to a little grey fuzzball named Ms. Gray, and …

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

Self-improvement

29 Proteins That Burn Fat 2x Faster

You already know that eating protein is key when it comes to feeling satisfied with your meals and maintaining a weight loss effort. Protein helps …

Nutrition

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

7 Simple DIYs to Elevate Your Home Now

My home is my nest and by far my favorite place on earth to be. That's why it's so important for me to keep it feeling fresh and welcoming. Here are seven of my simple DIYs to help you add a little something extra to your home this summer.<p><b>Bug Repellent Candle</b><p>I bet you didn't know you could not only …

'The Walking Dead' cast debuts new trailer for Season 6 at Comic-Con

Hall H was packed for "The Walking Dead" Comic-Con presentation that kicked off with a trailer for Season 6, featuring a lot of walkers (it almost rivaled the line to get into Hall H on Friday morning. Almost).<p>In fact, the season premiere for Season 6 will feature more walkers than any other …

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The Strange Link Between Junk Food and Depression

Of our many modern diseases, one of the biggest burdens on society is an unexpected one: depression, according to the World Health Organization. And …

Holistic Health

Happiest Man in the World: Stop Trying to be Happy

In his new book, Altruism, a scientist turned Buddhist monk argues that we’re all hardwired to be altruistic—and that’s the secret to true bliss.<p>Type …

Happiness

6 Foods That Can Make You Happier

<i>By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD</i><p>I’m a happiness research junkie. I <i>love</i> reading about simple things we can do to elevate mood and boost contentment. Mindfulness meditation, adequate sleep, laughing, volunteering, and spending time with pets (as well as with happy people) all help. And believe it or not, …

7 Race Day Cocktails for the Kentucky Derby

Classic Mint Julep<p>Mint juleps are the quintessential Southern cocktail. All you need for this classic version is fresh mint, mint simple syrup, and …

My Secret Life as Big Bird: The Dark Past and Sunny Days of Caroll Spinney

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on 'Sesame Street.' Now 81, Spinney stars in a documentary that reveals how he …

Sesame Street

6 Scientific (Really!) Ways Your Home Can Help With Happiness

We know by now that our homes have a huge effect on how we feel. The truth is, the more work you put into your home making you happy, the more …

Happiness

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Classic hummus recipe

Everybody needs a simple hummus recipe in their arsenal - and this one, from vegan food blogger Angela Liddon, can be whipped up in minutes<p>This year’s aspiring cookery writers might usefully decide to be mostly vegetarian, perhaps with a hint of baking, or vice versa. The New York Times bestseller …

Recipes

Master your life in 5 easy steps

If you've ever played the computer game 'The Sims', you'll know that keeping your 'Sim' healthy and happy is no mean feat. There are loads of things …

Self-improvement

Oculus gives Sundance attendees a literal bird's-eye view

"People dream about flying." That's what Max Rheiner, creator of <i>Birdly</i>, a virtual reality experience that lets you feel what it's like to fly as a bird from a first-person perspective, said about the inspiration for his project. Rheiner, who's head of the masters program in interaction at the …

Mass Death of Seabirds in Western U.S. Is 'Unprecedented'

Why are so many auklets, from California to Canada, starving?<p>In the storm debris littering a Washington State shoreline, Bonnie Wood saw something grisly: the mangled bodies of dozens of scraggly young seabirds.<p>Walking half a mile along the beach at Twin Harbors State Park on Wednesday, Wood …

'Normal' or neglect? Parents investigated after letting their children play and walk alone

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv consider themselves traditional parents in many ways.<p>“Our kids have strict bed times. We limit sweets and TV, and they do chores around the house. We eat dinner together every night,” Danielle Meitiv told TODAY.com. “To us, kids walking around the neighborhood is also …

What's a Black Panther, Really?

It's not a separate species, but rather a big cat with a gene that produces dark pigment.<p>When Josie from Tucson, Arizona, asked us why National Geographic's Big Cat Week in December didn't feature black panthers, we thought we'd dispel a few myths about these fascinating felines for Weird Animal …

Wildlife

Why ocean animals are in deep trouble - Futurity

An "industrial revolution" is threatening ocean wildlife, but researchers say it's not too late to turn things around.

The day I left my son in the car

I made a split-second decision to run into the store. I had no idea it would consume the next years of my life<p>The day it happened was no different from most; I was worried, and I was running late. I was worried because in a few hours’ time I was going to be enduring a two-and-a-half hour flight …

10 Ways To Truly Thrive

If we can hone the skill of accepting the present moment, setting our intention, tending to our responsibilities, and being OK with a lack of …

Spirituality

11 Organizing Tips We Learned In 2014

Is "getting organized" your New Year's resolution? For inspiration, we've rounded up our 11 favorite organizing tips of the year.<p><i>Simon Watson</i><p><b>1. Get a dual-level coffee table.</b> It doubles your display area, meaning you'll spend less time swapping out decor and have two times the room for storage, all …

11 Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Android Phone

Since Android is an open platform, there's plenty of room for customization.<p>Beyond personalizing your phone, there are a few easy practices that can keep your phone neat and organized with plenty of battery life to last all day.<p>Here are some tips and tricks every Android user should know.

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