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Our obsession with GDP and economic growth has failed us, let’s end it

The idea that the economic “pie” can grow indefinitely is alluring. It means everybody can have a share without limiting anybody’s greed. Rampant inequality thus becomes socially acceptable because we hope the growth of the economy will eventually make everybody better off.<p>In my new book “Wellbeing …

Economics

How to Write a Compelling Short Story

<i>Written By Stephanie Norman</i><p>Have you ever wondered what makes people so impressed by short stories? There is something magical about the ability of an …

Why You Should Avoid "Feel" in Writing: 50 Alternatives

<b>Which of the following is more engaging?</b><p><i>Dillan felt the sun burning his skin.</i><p><i>The relentless sun seared Dillan’s exposed flesh.</i><p>Most people will prefer …

51 Top Articles Sharing the Very Best Writing Tips

In need of some sage writing tips and not sure where to turn?<p>Sometimes finding the right writing advice can be next to impossible, especially if …

4 Super Easy Ways To Create Characters For Short Stories

Creating characters in short stories is the same as creating characters in novels, but once again, when dealing with a reduced word count we have to …

Creative Writing

The Compact Guide to Short Story Writing

What’s the secret to a great short story? How does a writer go about capturing a reader’s attention quickly and effectively? Can one inspire an emotional and intellectual investment in a cast of characters in just a small number of pages? And how does a writer know what’s essential to something so …

The Use of Commas Cannot Be Learned by Rule

The use of commas cannot be learned by rule. Not only does conventional practice vary from period to period, but good writers of the same period …

Writing

Flashback: See the moment in Jan. when Obama said he wouldn’t go to Wall Street post-WH to make money

News broke last week that former President Barack Obama will give a speech at a health care conference hosted by a mid-sized Manhattan Wall Street investment firm later this year.<p>The announcement seemingly broke with a decade of criticism Obama launched at Wall Street. During his eight year …

Wall Street

Rosa Parks' Birthday: 5 Things You May Not Know About Civil Rights Icon

She didn’t know it at the time but December 1, 1955 would be the day that would put her name in history books. That was the day when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.<p>Her act of resistance that day unleashed a movement that helped to end legal segregation in the U.S., …

Hypothes.is – a digital annotation tool for collaborative and active reading

To define annotation it is when you add notes, comments or opinions about a piece of writing, or a drawing, photo, or diagram. Often these are …

The One Workout That Gets Rid Of Back And Stomach Fat, According To Jillian Michaels

It’s flat stomach season, which only means one thing: its time to get into shape! Losing weight can be tough. Not knowing the right exercises to do, …

8 of the best free workouts on YouTube

Who says you need an expensive gym membership to get fit?<p>If you're looking to get fit, but the cost of a gym membership is putting you off and you …

Yoga is the key to relieving long-term back pain, new study suggests

With its catalogue of headstands and one-legged contortions, it might be thought yoga was best left only to those in peak physical condition.<p>New research from the US, however, suggests the group of people who could most benefit from adopting the lotus position while locating their spiritual core …

Yoga

The World's Oldest Yoga Teacher Has Some A+ Advice

Bow down to Tao.<p>If you had any reservations about the power of yoga, please meet Tao Porchon-Lynch.<p>Now 98 years old, she was declared the world’s oldest living yoga instructor by the Guinness World Records way back in 2012. She’s also the new face of Athleta’s “Power of She” campaign, which …

Yoga

France Opens The World’s First Solar Road

Judging by the potholed state of may existing plain asphalt roads, it’s hard to imagine that its practical to build a road surface that is both …

Clean Energy

4 Big Fat Food Lies That Make You Fat And Sick

Here are four prevalent misguided myths that drive me nuts.<p>Since the release of my book Eat Fat, Get Thin, I’ve noticed fierce debates on social media and other news sources about things like calorie counting, eating vs. avoiding fat and genetics.<p>When it comes to overall health and weight loss, …

Nutrition

WATCH: 3 Yoga Moves to Help You Ease into the New Year

Want to enter the New Year free of stress and muscle tension?<p>Yoga expert Bee Bosnak breaks down three simple yoga moves to help you ease into 2017.<p><b>1.</b> …

Improve Your Craft With These Point of View Writing Exercises

Learn How to Practice Point of View Writing Exercises<p>Work on Craft and Technique<p>Updated August 28, 2017<p>No matter what stage you're at with your …

Creative Writing

Apple cider vinegar helps blood sugar, body fat, studies say

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure-all for decades. I've seen claims that it can do everything from halt hiccups to whiten teeth, and even banish dandruff.<p>Whether or not it's capable of all those things, there is some solid research to back up apple cider vinegar as a healthy elixir, as …

Ending Lower Back Pain

Anyone who has suffered from back pain will tell you: It’s the f$cking worst. To learn how to treat it effectively—not to mention prevent it in the …

Alignment Tips to Free Your Neck and Shoulders From Chronic Pain

<b>I came to yoga with years of unconscious holding patterns in my shoulders and neck.</b> Over time these patterns began to yield and were replaced with …

25 books by billionaires that will teach you how to run the world

Whether you want to launch an empire or become the best in your field, who better to consult than those who have achieved the peak of professional …

Finally, the Perfect HIIT Yoga Workout You’ve Been Waiting For

In this video, expert yoga instructor Lauren Taus shows you how to add HIIT to your yoga routine by integrating calorie-blasting plyometric moves, …

Eat This Protein at Breakfast And You'll Be Fuller Longer

You’ve probably heard that protein is the key to a satisfying meal. And when you think of the nutrient, your go-to is probably some type of meat. But …

The Best Free Online Courses to Help With Your Finances

You don’t have to learn everything about money at once, but a course can teach you a lot of useful information at a reasonable pace. Especially if …

The American Dream Is Under Threat. Can Higher Education Save It?

A coalition of elite universities wants to increase economic mobility by enrolling more lower-income students.<p>The engine that used to drive the American Dream is in danger of grinding to a halt. Nine out of 10 children born in 1940 went on to earn more than their parents, according to research …

30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status

With this list, you'll feel like you can dominate the Trivial Pursuit literature section.<p><i>What books should one read to feel well-read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann,</b> …

5 Breakfast Rules to Follow if You’re Trying to Lose Weight

Is your a.m. meal helping—or hurting—your weight-loss efforts?<p><i>This article was written by Maggie Finn Ryan and provided by our partners at</i> Prevention.<p>We're all familiar with <i>that</i> kind of morning. You know, the one where you wake up late, peel out the door in a hurry, and grab a muffin at the nearest …

10 Badass Enemies Of Ancient Rome

Roman civilization grew by destroying hundreds of others. In this process, many brave men and women challenged the almighty Roman army in the name of …

Scientists have made a bizarre lifeform that bonds carbon to silicon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

Chemistry