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Books review of 2014: novel ways of seeing

Some of the best books of 2014 have defied the conventions of genre, but two young writers of fiction have triumphed, says Gaby Wood<p>Earlier this year, Rachel Cusk claimed she’d lost faith in fiction. It seemed “fake and embarrassing”, she said; in her view, autobiography was “increasingly the only …

Paramahansa Yogananda, and the legacy of India’s mission to enlighten America

Yoga and meditation are seen by the public as methods to exercise and relax, respectively. However, these are side-benefits of their actual purpose, …

Stop Worrying: 7 Effective Strategies for Dealing With Anxiety | PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement

We all spend too much time worrying about things that will never materialize. And this worry only makes our lives unnecessarily complicated and …

Self-help

The Biggest Lessons I've Learned from Managing Anxiety

Six million Americans have panic disorder. Forty million have an anxiety disorder. So, if you're struggling with anxiety, you're absolutely not …

Meditation

How to Get Rid of Emotional Family Baggage

Want to grow as a healthy person? Here's how to break toxic family patterns<p>Moving away from long-ingrained behaviors is no easy feat. In most cases, it takes counseling and loads of hard work. Give yourself time and keep this advice in mind:<p>Recognizing a pattern isn't enough. You need to understand …

The Best Music Festival Street Style Second Edition

See what the chicest festivalgoers wore this weekend.<p>When you think "festival fashion," Coachella is pretty much king. With all of young Hollywood gathered in one dusty desert destination, decked out in their boho best, it's a mean style game. Here is a look at the chic set from Coachella.This …

Festivals

10 Must-Have Items to Revamp Your Spring Wardrobe

What you need to get your closet ready for warmer weather.<p>Yesterday gave us a glimpse at what the future holds: sandals, floaty hemlines, and a whole lot of pedi appointments. Finally (we hope!), the time has come to ditch the sweaters and salt-stained boots and make way for a whole new season. …

Clothing

The Top 10 Trends to Try Right Now for Spring

Clothing

What Orgasmic Meditation Is Really Like

Illustrated by <b>Ly Ngo</b>.<p><i>UPDATE: This post was originally published on April 24.</i><p><b>Hypothesis</b><br>Orgasmic meditation — abbreviated as OM — claims to give both …

The Orange is the New Black Trailer is Here and We're Watching on Repeat

The highly-anticipated second season of Netflix's <i>Orange is the New Black</i> is coming back on June 6th and the first trailer has officially dropped! We can't wait to get back behind bars with the inmates of Litchfield prison:

The Arts

5 Things You Need To Know Right Now

We got you.<p><b>1. You know you're a feminist when you call out your boyfriend's casual sexism in glorious fashion.</b> Let's all take note from the supercool Emma Stone. [HuffPost Women]<p><b>2. Don't mess with Smith College women.</b> Students are protesting what they believe to be a "discriminatory" policy on …

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The 60 Best Online Shopping Sites to Buy From

Get your clicking finger at the ready.<p>Shopping online can mean wading through endless Google Shopping results, or scrolling through old-faithfuls like Zara, without knowing where else to turn. To help you fulfill all your shopping wants (needs?) this season, we've created the definitive list of the …

eCommerce

The 9 Most Annoying Things People Do on Instagram

You know who you are.<p>We all know it's true: There are some very questionable shots uploaded to Instagram (I'm looking at you, Cara Delevingne). Though I'm embarrassingly obsessed with everyone on this list, sometimes I seriously question their strange photo choices. So, here is my unofficial, …

Harry Styles

The Lorde Remix You Need to Queue Up for the Weekend

Fall in love with her track all over again.<p>Upon our first listen to Lorde's coming-of-age anthem "Tennis Courts," we thought it was virtually untouchable, but now that Aussie producer Flume has re-imagined the track in an even more dance-worthy fashion — we're all ears.<p>The 6-minute remix is laced …

Lorde

Ciara’s Great Expectations

On an April afternoon in a chilly L.A. photo studio, the Grammy-winning pop star Ciara steps out of her dressing room in an architectural crop top. She is eight months pregnant—and ready to have her picture taken. “People are going to be like, ‘What are you doing?’” she says, gesturing at what her …

Riccardo Tisci

Hands-on photos of the OnePlus One wood and bamboo back covers

The OnePlus One launched yesterday with a lot of fanfare, but there was one thing missing – the promised StyleSwap replaceable back covers.<p>Back in March, CEO Pete Lau teased the OnePlus One’s replaceable back covers made of wood, bamboo, denim, and Kevlar. While we were expecting to see them during …

Mobile Technology

Prong Debuts iPhone 'PWR Case' With Built-In Plug and Backup Battery

Prong, the company behind the iPhone case with a built-in plug for easy charging, today announced an expansion to its product line up, debuting the Prong PWR case.<p>Like its existing PocketPlug combo cases, the PWR case includes an integrated plug for charging the iPhone, but it also comes equipped …

Taking Cues From Tinder, Match.com Launches New iPhone App

Today, Match.com is unveiling an entirely redesigned mobile experience for iPhone users, with the release of Match 3.0 for iOS.<p>The new app takes gestural cues from the big iOS 7 overhaul, and also goes for a more flat design overall. Even the Match.com logo has been reimagined. But more than …

Apps

Weather Channel launches redesigned iPhone app with ‘social weather’ and flight info

The Weather Channel app for iPhone has been updated with a brand new iOS 7-inspired design and features. The new design gives each bit of information a more prominent location on the screen, though it does so at the expense of an all-in-one overview. Where previously all relevant weather …

Apple's iPhone 'Lock-Out' Patent Could End Texting While Driving

A new patent by the technology giant could "change the culture" and help stop driver distraction with an automated system that would disable certain smartphone functions when an iPhone user is driving.<p>One recently published patent describes a "driver handheld computing device lock-out" system that …

Text Messaging

Mail.ru’s My.com App Adds Password-Free Email, CEO Backs Away From VK.com Drama

Russia’s Internet services giant Mail.ru may currently be wrangling back home over what will happen next at the popular social network Vkontakte, of which it is a 52 percent shareholder (more on that below). But step outside of that fustercluck, and the company continues to ramp up its strategy to …

Apps

My.Com is first mobile-only email service!

Simple. Fast. Secure.<br>Supports every email service<p><b>Watch the video</b> about how it works<p>An expert way to manage all email accounts<p>and nearly every<p>IMAP/POP3<p>…

Apps

Here's A Good Look At What It'll Be Like Using The Big-Screen iPhone 6

According to numerous reports and rumors, the next iPhone launching later this year will have a bigger screen, likely 4.7 inches. (The iPhone 5S has a 4-inch screen.)<p>There have been a lot of leaked photos and schematics of what the so-called iPhone 6 will look like, and a site called Unbox Therapy …

Mobile Technology

The history of Microsoft's new Outlook for iPhone app

A powerhouse email app<p><i>Less than two months after acquiring Acompli, Microsoft is releasing an Outlook for iOS app today. Microsoft's new app is simply a rebrand of Acompli's existing app, but the company is promising new features in the future. Read our original report below on how Acompli, and</i> …

10 Traits of Emotionally Resilient People

Brad Waters, <i>Guest Writer</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Ten years ago this month, Hara Estroff Marano, Editor-at-Large for <i>Psychology Today,</i> wrote in her article “The Art …

5 Signs You're Not Following Your Heart (And How to Fix Them) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

At one point in life, everyone dreamed. We all had grand ideas of what we wanted to do with our lives. But as we grow, life slowly starts to drain …

The Beginner’s Guide to Clean Eating

Shares 2.1K<p>Photo: Pond5<p>“Don’t eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food,” writer and activist Michael Pollan has famously …

Nutrition

Peeling Back the Mask: Reconnect With Your Authentic Self

<b>“You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.” ~Eckhart Tolle</b><p>It was 3PM on a Wednesday and I …

Positive Thinking

5 Excuses that Stop You From Reaching Your Dream

The moment you set your mind to pursue a big dream is magical. It energizes you and excites you.<p>But as you start to make plans, things fall apart. …