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6 Sexy Love Notes You Might Not Expect To Find In Religious Texts

Because passion binds us body and soul.<p><b>"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine."</b><p>With this sensuous line, the Song of Solomon raises the curtain on a remarkably passionate love story that sets this book apart from others in the Bible.<p>The Song of Solomon (also …

Love Stories

Here's an Easy Two-Minute Trick to Calm Your Racing Mind

That logic doesn't stop us from obsessing, though, does it? Fortunately, there are tactics you can use to put the brakes on a runaway train of thought.<p><b>Obsess much? Here's a way to stop the cycle (and basically tell your brain to STFU).</b><p><i>By Amanda Schupak</i>, SELF<p>Photo: Kyle Ericksen/WWD<p>Replays of …

The ultimate travel bucket list: 31 things to do in your lifetime

8 Changes You Can Make to Motivate Your Employees

You’re talented, you have great ideas and you’re hard working, but you’re often unrecognized, misunderstood and taken for granted.<p>Whether it’s in …

'Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing' -- A Book Review

I've long despised five-point listicles and other obvious clickbait. For instance, google "5 Steps to Writing a Best-Selling Book" and you won't exactly stump the world's largest search engine. Many books these days intentionally contain numbers in their titles for marketing reasons.<p>Posts and books …

The Key To Beautiful Writing: Your Reader's Imagination

Every writer I know would like to write beautifully. I can't think of single writer who would like to write an ugly sentence or an ugly story. All of these writers are also readers, and they will occasionally talk about having read a <i>beautiful book</i>, or a book that was <i>beautifully written</i>. Writers and …

Writing

4 Secrets for a Happy Marriage

Being married in the modern world can be difficult and confusing. What are the rules for a happy marriage? It doesn’t seem like there are any easy …

The Differences between Happiness and Meaning in Life

“Humans may resemble many other creatures in their striving for happiness, but the quest for meaning is a key part of what makes us human, and …

I Made This Tiny Skin-Care Change and It Totally Solved My Winter Dryness

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Winter face is upon us. And I've tried so many things to combat it. I've changed up my moisturizers, tried a bunch of different oils, and still, my face has ended up flaky and dry, seemingly immune to the hydration I was practically drenching it in. I …

Get Better Sleep: 5 Powerful New Tips From Research

Ever have trouble getting to sleep? Or staying asleep? Or you get plenty of shut-eye but you’re not refreshed? Everyone wants to get better sleep. …

6 Things the Happiest Families All Have in Common

Family life is hectic. Most of us play it by ear and hope it works out well.<p>Or maybe you haven’t started a family yet but when you do you want to do …

43 Life-Changing Books You Need To Read

Eat, pray, read.<p><i>Note: Some entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

10 Things Successful People Do Before Going to Sleep

Everyone is obsessed with how successful people start their day. And if you’ve decided to do something about the quality of your life, you’ll start …

21 Places In London You Can Eat Lunch For Under A Tenner

Soggy sandwiches not welcome.

England

Why Some People Are Hurt More by Break-Ups Than Others

A friend once grumbled that, given the choice, she’d rather see her ex miserable than herself happy.<p>Few things in life are as traumatic as the end of …

19 Writing Tips To Help You Become The Next J.K. Rowling

We asked writers what helps them stay motivated.<p>1. No cute coffee shop with notebook for me. It's all about <b>snuggling up in bed with the laptop, a cup of tea and SoundCloud drip-feeding me music</b> with the perfect ambience for the mood of the story.<p>And when I need to get out of my bubble, I go to …

Creative Writing

Harvard Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy on Mastering the Antidote to Anxiety, Self-Consciousness, and Impostor Syndrome

“Before we even show up at the doorstep of an opportunity, we are teeming with dread and anxiety, borrowing trouble from a future that hasn’t yet unfolded.”<p><i>“We know that we live in contradiction,”</i> Albert Camus wrote in his magnificent meditation on strength of character, <i>“but we also know that we</i> …

The New Boom In Beauty Gadgets And Tech Is Everything

The latest smart phone or video game might not get you rushing to the store to snap up the latest gadget or tech item. But the new trend in beauty gadgets and tech might get you geeking out. Drawing from innovations in beauty treatments that have long been popular in the physician's office, you'll …

7 Easy Ways for Entrepreneurs to Boost Motivation Every Day

<i>This piece was originally published on Entrepreneur.</i><p>In my years as an entrepreneur, author and business advisor, I have seen others fail and had …

20 Relationship Quotes to Ponder

There are certain quotes that hold more significance to us than one reason or another. They strike a deep and meaningful chord and touch us.<p>There are certain quotes that hold more significance to us than one reason or another. They strike a deep and meaningful chord and touch us. While many of us …

Reading Henry James Changed My Life

I had an amazing senior year of college reading (and reveling in) George Eliot, Edith Wharton, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Lawrence Durrell, Fitzgerald, and Henry James.<p>While all of them inspired me to be a better writer of fiction--my goal in life--it was James who was the catalyst for perhaps …

George Eliot

10 habits of chronically unhappy people

Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to define.<p>Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it's taken hold of you.<p>Unhappiness is lethal to everyone around you, like secondhand smoke.<p>The famous "Terman …

Happiness

Doing Is the Best Way of Thinking

A while ago I traveled to Nepal to trek in the Himalayas, and to learn a bit more about myself and about the world from Buddhist spiritual teachers. As the night embraced the highest peaks in the world, I walked through the gates of a modern Buddhist monastery. Pale yellow lights shimmered from the …

Beating Procrastination: 72 Successful People Reveal their Most Powerful Tips

Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow?<p><i>"This isn't important right now, I will get to it later." "This is too difficult, let's keep it for next week." "I need to be in the right mood." "I work better under pressure."</i><p>It comes in various forms (as above), but it has one name. …

How Anxiety Works and How You Can Dissolve it

Guest writer for Wake Up World<p>I work as a family doctor and I often see patients complaining of anxiety and panic attacks. At one time, my local …