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Alaskan mom builds lovely tiny house -- and is offering the plans for free (Video)

Building your own home or even your own furniture can be daunting, especially if you have little experience with power tools, and no foggy idea on …

Food & Dining

An Effective Therapy For Treating Depression

We know that exercise helps alleviate depression, especially aerobic movement. There is plenty of evidence that meditation helps lift one out of the …

This Is the Documentary North Korea Doesn’t Want You to See

It's going to make you question what you think you know about North Korea.<p>At first, the film looks exactly like what the North Korean government wanted: a beautiful piece of propaganda that shows just how hard working, harmonious and happy North Koreans are.<p>But that's not what Vitaly Mansky had …

North Korea

A Revolution Has Started Against Rapists in Ukraine and Russia

One woman spoke out on Facebook about the sexual abuse she suffered. Almost 200,000 women—and men—came forward to express support and tell their …

Have Better Conversations With the "Rule of Three"

The secret to being a good conversationalist—one people enjoy talking with, and whose company they seek—is very simple. It's talking with them, not …

List-Worthy

Teen keeps it super real in makeup tutorial

Ever been daunted by the unattainability of makeup looks? So has this teen, but she decided to film a makeup tutorial anyway.<p>Morgan Hanbery, an …

Minimalism Life

Minimalissimo’s passion is minimalism in design, and although that is our focus, we also understand that minimalism is more than an aesthetic. It can …

Minimalism

Netflix Accidentally Put Aziz Ansari Subtitles on a Nature Documentary and It's Truly a Work of Art

"Let me buy you a drink." "No, I'm fine."<p>In a snafu that feels straight out of <i>Parks and Recreation</i>, Netflix accidentally added Aziz Ansari standup subtitles to BBC's <i>Planet Earth</i>—and, understandably, the internet quickly lost its collective mind.<p>According to Mashable, Reddit user benmeiri84 first …

18 must-reads books to bring to the beach this summer

The season’s best literary picks<p><i>Serial Monogamy</i><p>By Kate Taylor <i><br>Globe</i> columnist tackles relationship woes across two centuries. She weaves between the …

Carl Sagan’s Contact: The movie was fine, but the book is amazing.

<b>Carl Sagan’s Contact: The movie was fine, but the book is amazing.</b><p><b>What it is:</b> A speculative 1985 science fiction novel by visionary astronomer Carl …

Carl Sagan

Yoga And Running: Tips To Make You A More Joyful Runner, From My Weekend At Kripalu

You know how great you feel at the end of your run, especially if you've crossed a finish line.<p>But what about at the start? Or in the middle?<p>When we were kids we ran everywhere. Please can we get back to running for fun?<p>"You want to start your run with a flow," yogi and fitness specialist Sarajean …

Meditation

These Are the Best 'F*cks' in Movie History

Please put on your f*cking headphones.<p>Few words in the English language are as satisfying as a good fuck. Go ahead—say it right now. Sound your barbaric fuck over the rooftops of the world. Feels good, doesn't it?<p>Though Hollywood has had a long and complicated history with swearing in general, it's …

Bruce Willis

The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of The Year Are All About Type

Design Observer and AIGA’s 50 Books | 50 Covers competition announces the latest winners–and experimental typography abounds.<p>Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the <i>50 Books | 50 Covers</i> competition has continued to carry on the tradition of awarding the …

Graphic Design

10 Inspiring Books For Women

Craving a powerful read to stir your blood? We've got you covered. The 10 books ahead are a mix of self-help and inspiring fiction to uplift, alter perspectives, or just make you think. Plus, they're authored by fabulous women. Check 'em out, pick a few, and curl up in your own corner of the world.

Behind the Scenes of Piper, Pixar’s Best Short Film in Years

How Alan Barillaro meticulously crafted the baby bird your kid won't stop chirping about.<p>When it comes to animating feathers, sand, and water, the general rule—according to director <b>Alan Barillaro</b>—is “pick one, not all three.” But all three elements <i>are</i> on display in the heartwarming, shockingly …

Animation

The Roots of Mental Health—Maybe They’re Not In Our Heads

The number of people—and women in particular—who are taking antidepressants worldwide has skyrocketed in recent years. Here in the States, the count …

Wellness

Feminist destroys NYT 'fiasco' story on Trump's sexism

The New York Times' big exposé on Donald Trump's supposed history of sexism is a laugh-out-loud failure, noted feminist author Camille Paglia …

Donald Trump

Go Zen: why Japanese interiors are more than cherry blossom

The cherry blossom may be fading, shedding its petals in a pastel-pink blizzard, but if you want to keep the sprit of Japan alive for more than a few fleeting weeks, look to the latest interiors.<p>Several fabric houses have launched Japanese-influenced ranges this spring, and, on a deeper level, the …

What to eat before and after every kind of workout

Whether you're eating for endurance or snacking for strength training, it’s not always clear what is best to put into your body. Moreover, “what’s healthy on a regular basis is not necessarily a good choice for the race course, or even for a workout,” explained Barbara Lewin, RD, a sports …

Nutrition

The Unhealthy Truth Behind 'Wellness' and 'Clean Eating'

My eating disorder had once looked very different, and then I found wellness—but I was not well.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>A few years ago, I found wellness. My body felt like a burden, and the food I ate didn't seem to energize me or push me on: It dulled my edges, and it left me …

Wellness

Monica Lewinsky: ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’

Nearly 20 years ago, Monica Lewinsky found herself at the heart of a political storm. Now she’s turned that dark time into a force for good<p>One night in London in 2005, a woman said a surprisingly eerie thing to Monica Lewinsky. Lewinsky had moved from New York a few days earlier to take a master’s …

Feminism

The Reason People Run Ridiculous Distances Has Little to Do With Physical Fitness

<i>(Photo: David Denney/The Denver Post/Getty Images)</i><p>By Tanya Basu<p>The ultramarathoner, as Science of Us has noted before, is a special sort of person. Generally, when people think about running and intensity, the two seem to follow a pretty correlated path: The more one runs, the more intense one must …

Exercise

Masturbation and Selfie Enthusiasm: What Gets Lost In Notions of “Self Love”

Late last week, the trailer for the documentary “Sticky: A (Self) Love Story” was shared on Indiewire. The documentary features footage of figures …

Ben Stiller

‘Sticky’ Documentary Dispels Myths About Self-Love

A documentary 10 years in the making investigates our complicated relationship with masturbation.<p>“Why is something almost everybody does so hard to …

I am full of self-loathing. How could anyone ever love me?

Swipe Right is our advice column that tackles the tricky world of online dating. This week: Eva encourages a man with low self-esteem to build himself up<p>Got your own online dating quandaries? Send ’em to Eva: askevaguardian@gmail.com<p>Dear Eva<p>I am in my late 30s and have the outward trappings of a …

Relationships

The 11 Moves That Help Athletes Get Better with Age

Among the most important things an athlete can do to preserve fitness for years to come is avoid injuries. Sprains, tears, and broken bones can resurface as nagging aches or weaknesses as you get older, preventing you from pushing yourself with the kind of high-intensity interval training that’s so …

Workouts

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

Literature

27 Vegan entrées for a deliciously meatless holiday meal

1 /27: Spinach-artichoke pasta bake<p>1/27 :Spinach-artichoke pasta bake<p>Share<p>Tweet<p>Pin<p>Your favorite dip is even better when it's remade as a comforting …

Vegan

What Is Your Mindfulness Personality Type?

If you told me that I had the personality of a sea slug, would I fire you for insulting me, or would I promote you to head of marketing because you demonstrated that you really know how humans think and behave?<p>Single celled organisms like protozoa have simple, binary mechanisms for survival: they …

Mindfulness