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15 F*cking Brilliant Hiking Hacks You Need To Try ASAP

Upgrade your outdoors skills.

Your Tongue Is Trying to Tell You Something Important About Your Health

You can learn a lot just by opening your mouth.<p>Pain, itching, funky spots and odors—your body is always dropping you clues about what’s going on with your health. But there's one body part you probably don't consider when you're trying to get a hold on your overall wellbeing: your tongue. …

Use 'The 10-Minute Rule' to Revolutionize Your Productivity

It sounds crazy, but limiting tasks to 10 minutes will allow you to get more done every day.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a web destination with ecxiting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>Call me crazy, but I've always preferred sleep to caffeine. But with erratic schedules and …

How To Leave Work At 5 P.M. And Still Get Everything Done

“There are several reasons why our days have swelled,” says productivity consultant and author of<i>Never Check Email In The Morning</i> Julie Morgenstern. “Companies continuously are trying to hire as few people as possible. Our roles are continuously changing, the world is changing, we’re in a time of …

8 Simple Meditations That Can Change Your Life

What are you waiting for? The daily meditation you've been trying to commit to for years is here.<p><i>Photo by Joel Micah Miller</i><p>Meditation sounds so easy: Just sit still for as long as it takes to let your mind go blank, and feelings of negativity or distress will drift away. But who has such limitless …

Parents and Children at the Same Age

Heredity – A wonderful thing. On One of the Parents is more like A kid: to mom or dad? And maybe for A grandparent? Sometimes When you Look at the …

10 Ways to Make Your House Staycation-Ready

Why put up with travel hassles when you can relax in your own house? Jason Grant, designer and author of Away at Home, shares his 10 best tips for creating the ultimate space for a staycation.<p><i>Photo by Lauren Bamford</i><p><b>1. Create Your Very Own Sanctuary</b>Bedrooms and bathrooms are spaces designed for rest …

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 …

7 Morning Rituals That Will Change Your Life

The Four Unicorns Of Modern Management

There are a few myths the contemporary management consulting crowd has championed in recent years. Forget the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. We’re talking more like the Four Unicorns of Utopia, galloping along on rainbows.<p>The belief in these happy beasts has grown within our organizations because …

The Nation's Shame: The Injustice of Mandatory Minimums

No one embodies the emerging consensus on the excessive cruelty of mandatory drug sentencing quite like Mark Osler. He’s currently a law professor, …

10 Actions That Highlight You As A Business Leader

<b>Ability to communicate clearly where you are going and why.</b> This requires that you first know who you are and what you stand for and have a vision …

14 Things to Know Before You Submit Your Résumé

The dos and don'ts of that very important piece of paper (and yes, it should only be one page).<p>Working on your résumé is a little like decorating a studio apartment — you have a tiny amount of space, a million different ways you could arrange it, and a nagging part of your brain that always wonders …

How Successful People Quash Stress

We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious physical and emotional consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives? Researchers at Yale University have the answer. They found that intense stress actually reduces the …

How Fitness Apps and Wearables Impacts Work Performance

<i>Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, speaker and freelance writer. This post originally appeared on the SumAll blog.</i><p>In a pair of recent studies, the CDC called attention to two alarming trends. Americans are not getting nearly enough exercise and a majority fall many hours short of the …

How to Add Data Visualizations in Excel 2010

<b>Data Bars:</b> A gradient-style bar helps you see the value of a cell relative to other cells. The length of the data bar represents the value in the …

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Lessons in time management | Financial Times

“You’ll basically be off the grid for two years. Warn your loved ones.”<br>“Go ahead and cancel your gym membership. You’ll never use it.”<br>“Your diet will …

Do These 9 Things And You'll Never Need Couples' Therapy

Marriage counselors spill their secrets (and save you a fortune on therapy bills).<p>The honeymoon may be over, but there are ways to keep the good feelings and fun times rolling—and to weather the inevitable storms without totally sinking. We talked to relationship experts who have tons of experience …

The Ultimate Guide to Flavoring With Fresh Herbs

I recently wrote an article on The Ultimate Guide on Flavoring With Spices here at Chef Jay's Kitchen. I hope it was able to help you create even …

Fitness Friday: 5 gift ideas for the holidays

Sure, you could buy the golfer in your life a new driver or dozen Pro V1s. But there are plenty of affordable fitness gifts that are great for golfers. Here are five gift recommendations to consider:<p><b>1. Barrel roller</b> ($30, SKLZ.com): Soft-tissue manipulation, i.e. "foam rolling," is extremely …

Six Healthy And Easy Ways To Boost Your Productivity At Work

Everyone needs a break from work, but smoking or hanging out in front of the vending machine are not the best -- or healthiest -- uses of your time. While smoking and mindless snacking on sugary or salty treats might provide a momentary escape from the work day, snacking on fatty foods leads to …

How To Win The Impulse War Inside Your Brain

Your brain is complicated. Understanding how it works can help you make better decisions.<p>What role do our emotions play in decision-making? Some might say it’s a fairly contentious one. Acting on emotions without reason can be dangerous. 17th-century French philosopher Descartes would have you …

How to Make Your Bathroom Look Awesome for Under $100

I recently came out of a gut bathroom renovation on a major budget. I'm talking replacing everything from the studs in the walls to the tile in the …

10 Life-Changing Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

Break out the lemons!<p>Cleaning the kitchen is never going to be as fun as, say, a weekend at the beach. But it's gotta get done. And even if you don't have a single cleaning product in your home, you can still totally make your kitchen sparkle. Plus, there's a certain feeling of pride you'll get …

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Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

Trust Us: This Makeover Will Make You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets White

How Long Should It Take to See Muscle Definition?

Because you’re dying to show off your workout results!<p><b>The question:</b> “When should I expect to see more defined muscles?”<p><b>The experts:</b> Jon-Erik Kawamoto, strength and conditioning specialist, owner of JKConditioning; Lee Boyce, C.P.T., owner of Boyce Training Systems<p><b>The answer:</b> Depending on how often …

Is This the Best Use of Neutrals, Ever?

The soothing power of simplicity.<p>This modern and relaxing beach house decorated by Rob Southern reveals the soothing power of simplicity.

7 Lost Household Arts You Should Revive