Laura Normoyle Smith

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Trump directs creation of 'Space Force' as sixth branch of military

President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has ordered the creation of a new military branch, adding the "Space Force" to the Army, Navy, …

Child draws brutally honest picture of 'mummy' – but dad's is probably worse

Children are known for their honesty. At times, they say it how it is, and it's refreshing.<p>One mum, however, is probably feeling a little resentful. …

13 signs you're dealing with a psychopath, according to experts

In his leading book on psychopaths—<i>Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us</i>—Robert Hare, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, says a conservative estimate of the number of psychopaths in the United States is 2 million.<p>While it's easy to …

A frequent flier reveals the 2 words that will always get you an upgrade to first class

British expat and New York Times best-selling author Tilly Bagshawe knows a thing or two about flying.<p>She told Bloomberg that she typically flies about 100,000 miles a year and has often managed to get herself bumped up from economy class without paying by deploying a two-word strategy.<p>Even when …

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Discover the Seven New Wonders of the World on this ultimate bucket list trip

If you have a travel bucket list the length of your arm and are hoping to make a big dent in it … then this trip might be the answer. The 31-day tour takes trippers on a whistle-stop tour of the Seven New Wonders of the World and the last standing ancient wonder.<p>The trip is being organised by On …

This Is The Biggest Key to Happiness, According to Science

You don't need to be happy all the time.<p>Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its …

Nikon D850 Best DSLR Ever, Gets First Full 100 Score at DxOMark

The Nikon D850 was just awarded the first full 100 overall score ever given out to a DSLR by the testing lab DxOMark. The D850 now sits alone in the …

How to style your home like you've hired an interior designer

<b>Choosing the best designs for your interior space can be a tricky decision. From furniture and wallpaper, to paint colour and accessories, there are</b> …

Our Kids are More Stressed Than We Realize—Use This Practice to Bring Them Peace

According to a 2010 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Stress in America Survey, almost a third of children studied reported that in the last …

Getting out of Auto: Understanding the focusing modes on your camera

Do you sometimes wonder why your photos have turned out blurry or out of focus? It could be that you are using the wrong aperture or shutter speed, …

Can mindfulness reduce fear of labour and postpartum depression?

Anxiety about labour – and what might come afterwards – causes stress for expectant mothers and increases risk in childbirth. But there could be a natural solution<p>Many women feel anxious about giving birth. Fear of the unknown and over-sharing by others (“I felt I was ripped apart,” one mother told …

Your Ultimate Camping Packing List

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Try this powerful psychology trick to break yourself from negative thought cycles

Do you criticize yourself? Do you ever think you’re not good enough? Most people self-talk, however when that self-talk becomes negative, it can …

How to Sharpen in Photoshop: An In-Depth Tutorial

If you’re not sure how to properly sharpen your images in Photoshop, this tutorial from the Photoshop Training Channel is a godsend—a deep dive into …

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Zen Buddhism Reveals the Little Known Secret to Not Giving a F*ck

If you’ve read articles on Hack Spirit before, you’ve probably heard some wise sayings from master Buddhists like The Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat …

9 magical Europe travel destinations you’ve probably never heard of

While most tourists flock to Europe’s main attractions of Paris, London, and Rome, there are many other beautiful hidden gems around the continent …

Six things you should do immediately after a workout

In a good week, let's say you spend seven hours working out. That might sound like a lot of gym time, but it still leaves 161 hours during which you could either undermine all of that hard work, or speed-up results with some smart lifestyle tweaks.<p>How you eat and what you do in the hours following …

These Twin Faults in California Are Actually One 'Mega Fault', And That's a Problem

We don't want this one to rupture.<p>Researchers have discovered that what they previously assumed were two separate fault zones below southern …

Trust me, these photos will make you want to visit Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is at the top of most people’s travel bucket-list. Wisely so, because it is, simply put, spectacular.<p>It is widely thought to have been …

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Every Photographer Needs a Bag Full of These Photography Gadgets

Let's have a good ol' fireside chat, just you and I...I'm going to be very candid with you on a few items that I just absolutely love and think you …

RANKED: The 7 cheapest holiday destinations in Europe

The average cost of a one night stay per person was analysed in 84 places around the globe to produce the ranking.<p>The total per person includes the split cost of a hotel room, a meal for two with a shared bottle of wine, a shared 3km taxi journey, as well as a coffee, a cocktail, and a beer …

The case for going to bed at 2:30 am

There’s nothing virtuous about “early to bed, early to rise.”<p>It was like a dream.<p>Last Wednesday, I hit every green light on the drive to Kroger. I made it through the aisles in 15 minutes and didn’t have to wait in line at checkout. Back home, I prepped meals and washed dishes without anyone …

Get Your Pulse Racing With These Adrenaline-Filled Vacations

For some, vacation is the time to relax and unwind from the rigors of the job and refresh for the remainder of the year.<p>For others, however, it's the …

10 Incredible Things To Do in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula

Whether it’s Mayan ruins, enchanting cenotes, or coral reef snorkeling that draws you here, the Yucatán Peninsula is sure to please any traveler with …

How to Create a Stunning Gallery Wall With Your Own Photos

If the idea of building a gallery wall exhausts you, we have that in common. The entire process — from collecting and framing the art to executing the installation — felt overwhelming when I attempted it on my own. It wasn't until Simply Framed asked me to try its new Print & Frame service that I …

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Why Edinburgh is the perfect city for families

From the medieval tenements, vennels and wynds of the Old Town to the sweeping elegance of the Georgian New Town, Edinburgh is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. While the activities below have plenty to offer learners of all ages, its compactness makes Edinburgh suitable for even small legs.<p>…

The Woman Who Wanted to Photograph Every House in Poland

“Zofia Rydet mentioned in one of her letters that taking photos for her is like vodka to an alcoholic,” curator Sebastian Cichocki says of the 20th …

If You Want To Be More Successful, Change Your Reading Habit In This Way

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, …

3 Powerful Lessons From a Japanese Zen Master That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

It can be hard to find meaning and purpose sometimes. We spend so much time working and being busy that we forget to stop and look inside ourselves …

18+ must-have experiences in Alaska

Alaska, America’s largest state and hosts the lowest population density at approximately one person to every square mile. This, coupled with Alaska’s …