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Here's how to volunteer at 6 organizations that could really use the help after today

Inauguration Day is upon us and, as we already know, the next four years are going to be very different for all of us. Whether or not that’s a good …

Are you a Dolphin or a Lion? The best time to wake, eat, sleep, exercise or go on a date

You’ve probably already seen a lot of tricks and tips about the “what” and “how” of success (how to lose weight; what to say to your boss to get a pay increase, etc). “What” and “how” are excellent and necessary questions – but there is another crucial question that must be addressed in order to …

Time Management

41 Books to Motivate You to Become Your Best Self

Live Your Startup Dream Without Leaving Your Day Job<p><i>By Patrick J. McGinnis<br>April; Portfolio; $28</i><p>Everyone knows that building a startup means hard work …

What 2 Best-Selling Researchers Say Are the 10 Biggest Truths About Leadership

Two award-winning authors reveal 10 timeless leadership principles based on 30 years of research.<p>Imagine you're sitting in a meeting with your colleagues at work, and in walks someone you've never met before. This person says, "Hi, I'm your new leader." What questions immediately come to mind that …

When the Value of High School Is Exaggerated

It turns out that students who take AP classes don’t actually get better college grades.<p>As more students pursue college, high schools are becoming increasingly bullish about enrolling students in advanced classes. These courses, the standard refrain goes, will prepare young people for the rigor of …

Nonprofits

Labeling Black Lives Matter As A Terrorist Organization Is Not Only Unjust, It's Dangerous

In 2013, a Florida court acquitted George Zimmerman, who killed the 17-year old Trayvon Martin because he looked suspicious, of murder and manslaughter. Following this decision, a hashtag erupted on Twitter, #BlackLivesMatter.<p>Using the hashtag to gather people, starting with the African-American …

16 Bad Habits That Are Making You Less Productive

You're sabotaging yourself by checking email throughout the day.<p>Being more productive is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you're not sabotaging yourself with bad …

28 brilliant questions to ask at the end of every job interview

It's important to remember that every interview is a two-way street.<p>You should be assessing the employer just as much as they're assessing you …

The Two Personality Traits Millennials Need To Sell Themselves In Any Industry

Someone once told me that he’s “the kind of guy” who washes his hands with hot water right before meetings to deliver a warm handshake.<p>A self-proclaimed salesman, he was the embodiment of extraversion. I admired him because I feel uncomfortable promoting myself and prefer self-deprecation. But, …

Colorado

Think Positive: Proven Tools for Lifting Out of a Bad Mood

It might seem in the midst of a bad mood that there’s not much you can do to change it. You feel lousy and the last happy moment you had is hardly at …

Mindfulness

The Brilliant Secret Everyone Needs to Know for Avoiding Mandatory Airline Baggage Fees

All you need for this travel hack is hair ties and some Ziploc bags.<p>I've got six weddings on the schedule this year, which means 2016 is going to be tight financially with all the bachelorette parties, wedding gifts, shower gifts, dresses — you get it. So, when I was booking a flight for my best …

Clothing

Identity 2016: What's it like to date someone who's asexual?

<b>Sophie and George are young, in love and asexual. But dating without sex is not without its complications.</b><p>Sophie Jorgensen-Rideout had been friends with George Norman for about five months before they met up to watch the film How to Train Your Dragon, and one thing led to another.<p>"We kissed," says …

Sexuality

This giant pile of skulls tells a tragic story of American history

The bison is a majestic, if smelly, creature that has called North America home since prehistoric times.<p>But we nearly lost it to the dust of history.<p>In April 2016, the US House of Representatives and the Senate passed a bill that would honor the country's largest land mammal, the American bison, as …

U.S. House of Representatives

7 Bad Habits You Can Drop Today to Become Ultra-Successful

These bad habits can creep up on anyone. Learn how you can eliminate them and boost your success.<p>The internet is chock full of advice on which habits will boost your success--in the morning, nighttime, and anywhere in between.<p>I can attest that the right habits will do wonders. However, the thing …

Self-improvement

Watch the History of Obama's Presidency, as Told Through His Jokes

It’s one of Washington’s goofier rituals: Each year, the president makes an appearance at the White House Correspondents Association dinner and tells …

Most High School Seniors Aren't College Or Career Ready, Says 'Nation's Report Card'

The latest results of the test known as the Nation's Report Card are in. They cover high school seniors, who took the test in math and reading last year. The numbers are unlikely to give fodder either to educational cheerleaders or alarmists: The average score in both subjects was just one point …

Europe can learn from its largest ethnic minority

Race & Ethnicity

The GOP’s chance to slow a horrible trend

Gallup finds:<p>More than a third (35%) of Americans now say they are worried “a great deal” about race relations in the U.S. — which is higher than at any time since Gallup first asked the question in 2001. The percentage who are worried a great deal rose seven percentage points in the past year and …

Political Science

1 in 3 Americans are now worried a ‘great deal’ about race relations

From 2001 to 2010, Gallup's polls of Americans found that those who were worried "a great deal" about race relations was on the decline. In 2001, 28 percent of Americans had that worry; by 2010, it had fallen to 13 percent. Between 2002 and 2014, attitudes moved in a fairly narrow band. About a …

Staten Island

Inequality Isn't Just About Money. It's Also About Sexism and Racism.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have talked a lot about inequality, but they're both largely speaking to white men.<p>This election season, "inequality" is the word. It's got young people flocking to hear Bernie Sanders promise free college and breaking up the big banks, and disaffected older people …

Middle-class

6 Leftist Myths About The Criminal Justice System That Get Blacks Killed

While Hillary Clinton throws the prostrate body of her husband under the Black Lives Matter bus, destroying his legacy of crime-fighting on the altar …

Hillary Suggests She Only Recently Realized Systemic Racism's Impact on Criminal Justice System

During a meeting with Newsday's editorial board, Hillary Clinton discussed her change of heart on criminal justice. She suggests she only recently …

Leadership

Four Breakthrough Topics And Questions For A Job Interview

A stack of resumes sits in front of you. You’ve read them and sorted them into accept and reject piles. You think you’ve found candidates likely to fit in your company. You want the right people in your company and the on your team. But how can you decide among these applicants which are the …

Leadership

8 Ways Smart People Use Failure To Their Advantage

One of the biggest roadblocks to success is the fear of failure. Fear of failure is worse than failure itself because it condemns you to a life of unrealized potential.<p>A successful response to failure is all in your approach. In a study recently published in the <i>Journal of Experimental Social</i> …

Self-improvement

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

A former McKinsey partner says a 2-minute exercise can get you back to productivity when you've hit a wall at work

Whether it's the end of the day and you're struggling with decision fatigue or fear of failure has your heart racing, there's a quick way to collect yourself so that you can resume being productive, says Caroline Webb, Sevenshift's CEO, a McKinsey senior adviser, and a former McKinsey partner.<p>Her …

Time Management

The brilliant management strategy Google's new CEO used to become one of the world's most powerful executives

Formerly Google's product chief, Pichai became Google's CEO in 2015, after the company reorganized its management structure. Google's then CEO, Larry Page, became CEO of parent company Alphabet, which oversees Google as well as other initiatives, including Nest and Google Ventures.<p>Although he's now …

Marissa Mayer

Six Habits of The Best Conversationalists

Becoming a good conversationalist requires having a certain set of skills in your communication toolbox.<p>Some people have the gift of gab, and can talk to anyone about anything. And some people struggle to make small talk. What separates the two isn’t knowing what to talk about; it’s polishing up …