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People with depression use language differently — here’s how to spot it

From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this "language of depression" can have a powerful effect on others. Just consider the impact …

Depression

Want More Success? Science Says Do This 1 Thing First (Most People Do The Opposite)

We give up too easily. With a simple change of attitude, what seems like extreme adversity can become a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.<p>Like modern-day explorers ascending K2 or reaching the North Pole, entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Brian Chesky and Arianna Huffington have what the Finnish call <i>sisu</i>, …

Motivation

Here Are the Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life

Here's what you have to look forward to.<p>Aging can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn’t all it’s …

There’s a dark side to meditation that no one talks about

We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation <i>ad nauseam</i>. Those disciplined enough to practice regularly are rewarded with increased control over the brainwaves known as alpha rhythms, which leads to better focus and may help ease pain. In addition to calming the mind and body, meditation can …

Meditation

Got a second to kill? Learn a new language with this MIT app

MIT researchers design an app suite to help you learn Spanish or French while you're waiting for your friends to get back to you on chat. Muy bueno!<p>If you work in a typical office, you likely spend a lot of time on chat applications (or chatting with friends to set up those after-work drinks, but …

16 Pictures That Will Convince You Black Decor Is a Major Rising Trend

Spring may be on the horizon, but before you start unpacking your pastel decor, consider the hottest color of the moment: black. From moody nurseries to dramatic wedding gowns, people finding new and non-traditional ways to incorporate black into their lifestyle. And home design is the perfect …

Want to Live a More Fulfilled Life? Avoid the No. 1 Regret of the Dying

Palliative nurse Bronnie Ware has captured hundreds of regrets from terminally ill patients, none greater than this one.<p>Regrets.<p>They are the great common denominator--no matter race, color, creed--they're the one thing we universally try to avoid with the time we're given.<p>The pursuit of such …

Positive Thinking

Intellectuals for Trump

A rogue group of conservative thinkers tries to build a governing ideology around a President-elect who disdains ideology.<p>The most cogent argument for electing Donald Trump was made not by Trump, or by his campaign, but by a writer who, unlike Trump, betrayed no eagerness to attach his name to his …

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Consciousness

Who are Generation Z? The latest data on today's teens

Gender fluid, hyper-stressed, politically engaged, connected but lonely: what do we know about modern teens?<p>• Read more from the magazine’s teen takeover<p>Today’s youngest generation with a label, born after 2000, are connected yet isolated, savvy but anxious, indulged yet stressed. They have grown …

The 50 best books for Christmas 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for literature, from tales of post-punk rebellion and fish-out-of-water detectives to politically incorrect satire and secrets from the Hollywood studio system. Here our top critics count down the year's best, from 50 to 1.<p>50. <b>The Making of Donald Trump</b> by David Cay …

Books

Here is the perfect way to end an email — and 26 sign-offs you should usually avoid

Is "cheers" too casual? Too pretentious? Too British? Is "sincerely" timeless and professional, or stodgy and overly formal?<p>Perhaps, as Matthew J.X. Malady persuasively argued at Slate, we should just call the whole thing off and ditch the email closer altogether.<p>But as anyone who has sat staring …

Relationships

How to Avoid Influence Killers: 4 Speech Habits to Kill Now

Are sloppy speech habits holding you back as a leader? Discover simple changes you can make now that will instantly increase your ability to influence others and raise your status as a speaker and a leader.<p>At what point would you stop listening to a speaker who opens with: "So, OK, I wanted to just …

For scientists and students: Why the mobile DNA kit Bento Lab is not just for Christmas

A mobile DNA lab for remote regions is one thing, but a chemistry kit for kids at Christmas is another altogether. Bento Lab co-founder Bethan …

This massive farm grows 15% of Australia's tomatoes without soil, fresh water or fossil fuels

Did you know there is a way to grow tons of fresh fruits and vegetables with saltwater and solar energy? The good people at SunDrop Farms are doing …

Farming

Starter Home*

OJT (Office of Jonathan Tate)<p>America is filled with so-called unbuildable lots: patches of land too small or narrow to build conventional houses upon. Jonathan Tate’s Starter Home* is a strategy of turning these unbuildable lots into petite, beautiful micro homes. The proof-of-concept is squeezed …

10 great adventures for solo travellers

1. Wild Scotland<p>Just around the coast from the Eden community on Ardnamurchan lies the equally remote Knoydart Peninsula. A simple but comfortable alpine-style lodge with single rooms is the base for some challenging guided walks over the Knoydart passes and around the islands of Eigg and Rum. Most …

Siberia

10 holidays that will make you a better photographer

As noon approached and we jiggled across the grasslands back to camp, we crossed paths with a fleet of Jeeps lined-up in military fashion. Bursting from their rooftops were travellers all fixated on a hyena some way off. And it struck me how special it was, just the four of us, having those early, …

Easter Island

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MEET THE MAKER – David Alexander Flinn<p><i>YSL talks to him about what motivates, challenges and inspires him in his pursuit of fulfilment.</i><p>Read Past Issues

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My secret hoarding shame: I lived with my trash. It was time to throw it all away

My cool New York life looked great from the outside. Inside was a nightmare — which is why I didn’t let anyone in<p>That’s how it begins.<p>With grocery bags.<p>Grocery bags, and the unexpected buzz of the doorbell one afternoon, at my apartment/“writing studio” here in Jackson Heights, Queens. At that …

No one could describe the color 'blue' until modern times

It's about the way that humans see the world and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.<p>Until relatively recently in human history, "blue" didn't exist, not in the way we think of it.<p>As the delightful Radiolab …

Language

8 Must-Read Tips Before Buying Art for Your Living Room

Well-placed artwork has the power to transform a space, but selecting the correct piece can be a complicated and intimidating project. To help demystify this process, we've turned to art consultant Daniel Kinkade to give us some pointers on choosing the right piece of art for a home. He's also …