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In my daily work as a primary care internist, I see no letup from pain. Every single patient, it seems, has an aching shoulder or a bum knee or a painful back. “Our bodies evolved to live about 40 years,” I always explain, “and then be finished off by a mammoth or a microbe.” Thanks to a century of …

Communication Skills

Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore.

In January, Medium founder Ev Williams announced that despite his company’s efforts to better the news industry, it would refocus. The reason?<p>We …

Meds That Cause Blurred Vision, Hearing Loss, and More

We rely on our senses to help us navigate the world—to read a book, hear a doorbell, or pick up the warning signs of a gas leak. But medication may …

High Blood Pressure

‘Romantic realism’: the seven rules to help you avoid divorce

The new year is peak time for breakups. But the emotional skills that help a relationship endure can be learned<p>We expect love to be the source of our greatest joys. But, in practice, it is one of the most reliable routes to misery. Few forms of suffering are ever as intense as those we experience …

Relationships

New blood test predicts when you’ll die

A simple blood test could help predict when you will die, scientists have discovered.<p>Specific chemicals found in the blood – called biomarkers – can …

A Drug Meant for Alzheimer’s Treatment Regrows Human Teeth

The drug blocks an enzyme and allows a cavity to heal.<p>Goodbye, cavities. So long, fillings and dental drills. You may soon be replaced by a tooth-growing drug.<p>Researchers at King's College released a study today stating they've discovered a medicine that can prompt teeth to regrow over cavities or …

The One Theory of Quantum Mechanics That Actually Kind of Makes Sense

But most physicists don't buy it.<p>Quantum mechanics is baffling. On the atomic and subatomic scale, matter seems to behave in ways that we, in the macro world, would generally think of as impossible. Particles can exist in two different places at once, and particle-like interferences in space are …

Quantum Mechanics

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Health

5 websites that will sharpen your storytelling

One of the many hats PR engineers wear is storyteller. Between juggling data, gathering insights and managing relationships, how can PR pros find …

Public Relations

Entrepreneurs need to meditate. So they don't act like assholes.

Do you know why people make bad calls? Do you know why people fuck up?<p>Do you know why people get caught up in their own worlds, hurt other people, blow opportunities and destroy themselves?<p>It's because many people live their lives on autopilot, and live their lives without mindfulness. And …

24-Year-Old PR Mogul Richard Lorenzen's 5 Tips for Millennial Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Public relations is often regarded as one of the most fast-paced and stressful professions one can enter. But for some, the chaos and 24/7 news cycle isn't daunting, and a few, like fellow <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributor Richard Lorenzen, thrive …

Here Is Why A Husband Gives His Wife Encouragement To Be An Adulteress

Photographer: Barbara Nitke<p>I believe it's safe to say that all married women have fantasized, at least once, about having sex with another partner during their healthy, happy, and loving marriage. Her fantasy may be a secret affair with a celebrity, someone at the office, or perhaps just a sexy and …

Relationships

Time Might Only Exist in Your Head, Say Physicists

Universal time doesn’t add up.<p>Out of all the pressures we face in our everyday lives, there’s no denying that the nature of time has the most …

A single phrase helped save this marriage

While crying in the shower, one husband “challenges God" in desperation and is let in on a great secret<p>On paper, Richard Paul Evans seemed like he …

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Science Says Do Any 1 of These 9 Things

Or do them all. They work. Science says so.<p>Everyone wants to be happy, but many people aren't (especially people who live in Burundi).<p>So how can you be happier?<p>There's good news and bad. Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your happiness, your "happiness set-point," is determined by …

20 Scientific Truths About Success (Some May Surprise You)

Sometimes the reality of what creates success can be quite different from what you've been taught.<p>We all grow up dreaming of what we will become. Visions of grandeur are commonplace, because when you are a kid, you have nothing but time and pure hope.<p>But as we age, the messages we get about success …

Letter #20: I’ve been married for 4 years — here’s are 3 things I’ve learnt as a husband

#1: Being married sucks — but only as much as you want it to.<p>I remember telling myself when I was younger that I would only marry once. I had the …

How We Turned A Fun Idea Into A 6 Figure Business In Just 1 Year

by <b>Maxwell Finn</b> on September <b>14, 2016</b><p><b>UPDATE: This post has gone viral so we want to give every reader 15% off their first order as a special thank you!</b> …

4 Things You Need to Know to Have a Strong, Healthy Relationship

<b>“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.</b><b>“ ~T. Tolis</b><p>Relationships are not always easy. If you lack …

Intimacy, a Hierarchy (With Thanks to Abraham Maslow)

The word "intimacy" has a broad range of meanings, referring to familiarity with a person, place, thing, or even a time in history.<p>In this blog, I'll focus on intimacy in our personal relationships.<p>Found in many varieties, Intimacy is a vital ingredient in parent-child relationships, to friendship, …

5 reasons to keep your money separate from your spouse

Money may not be the root of <i>all</i> evil — but it's the clincher in a great many relationships gone haywire.<p>Research shows that arguing about money is by far the top predictor of divorce. "It's not children, sex, in-laws, or anything else. It's money — for both men and women," says Sonya Britt, an …

Personal Finance

We Asked People How Drug Use Affected Their Relationships

Mixing drugs and romance can lead to startlingly different outcomes.<p>The synergy between two people in a relationship is enough to create an effect akin to taking a mind-altering substance. But when you add actual drugs into the mix, the experience can get even more complex.<p>Just as no two …

The Five Stages of Writing a Novel

Few things in life are more daunting than attempting to write a novel. Leaving aside the amount of words you have to write (novels are usually around …

Creative Writing

9 Things You Never Knew Your Brain Could Do

9 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know The Brain Could Do<p><i>No other brain in the animal kingdom is capable of generating the kind of higher consciousness</i> …

Positive Thinking

Hey, Sorry, But 5 Of Your Favorite Things Are Racist

Sometimes, useful things come out of bad situations. After all, what is a triple homicide if not a great opportunity to meet handsome policemen and …

400 Times William Shakespeare Totally Blew Our Minds

The Bard's been dead 400 years, and he's still killing it.<p>It's no secret that William Shakespeare (perhaps you've heard of him?) has been making our eyeballs pop out and our brainboxes expand with the sheer depth of his inventive genius for centuries now. Remember when <b>he totally subverted worn-out</b> …

20 words William Shakespeare used completely differently to you

Shakespeare’s complete works (38 plays, 154 sonnets, and five full-length narrative poems, in case you're wondering) contain a total of 31,534 different words, roughly half of which he only used once, and just over 1,500 of which (around 1 in every 20) had seemingly never been used in written …

The 3 Best Ways to Grow Your Business Overnight

Startup success boils down to these 3 factors.<p>Growing your company can be tough.<p>A major reason why some entrepreneurs fail isn't their inability to employ the right strategies - it's their distraction from having so many elements of their business to focus on.<p>If a company can focus on just the most …