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Doing These 4 Things Will Make You Happier, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

Self-improvement

This is how to become mentally strong: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Ever get to the point where your brain is just pooped? The ol’ grey matter is waving the white flag. You’re exhausted. You can’t go on. You’ve got no …

Self-help

Israel and Hezbollah Are Girding for War—and the Next Round Could Be Horrific

Sulome AndersonHezbollah has been steadily consolidating power and weapons—and some fighters maintain it played a role in shooting down an Israeli …

Middle East

Just 3 hours a day is all it takes to become more successful

When I feel overwhelmed with everything I need to get done, I remind myself of the power of three uninterrupted hours.<p>I am always less stressed when I have time alone to work and think  —  and I have learned that three focused hours drastically improves my mood.<p>This is true whether it is hundreds …

Time Management

Google Wanted to Know What What Makes a Manager Great, so It Conducted a Study. Here Are the Results

Good leaders avoid micromanaging.<p>20 years ago, you probably would've laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. What's a google?<p>But, as you know, Google's become the largest entity in one of the biggest tech companies in the world. And it's …

Employment

I retired a millionaire at 30 — this is the key to earning more money

Over the past 2 years I've written over 300,000 words about money, spent over 200 hours talking and recording for the podcast, answered over 1,700 reader emails, and done over 200 media interviews all about money. Many people ask me what's my best piece of advice about money.<p>I usually give some …

Personal Finance

10 core exercises that are better for your back (and body) than crunches

These exercises protect your back and neck, and target more of your abdominal muscles than crunches alone.<p>The abdominals are a pain point for many gym goers. We habitually grab a mat, get down on our backs and start crunching away with the goal of finally carving out those elusive six-pack abs. But …

Workouts

I coach entrepreneurs and execs — and they do 10 things to go from good to great

No matter who you are, there's always room for improvement. And there always will be.<p>Because when you hit pause in your busy life and reflect on your emotional well-being, small parts of your life in which you are not fulfilling your true potential bubble and rise to the surface.<p>When you stay busy …

Self-improvement

The inner ring of hell

It was named "paradise" square, but the Islamic State made it a hell on earth. As thousands return to Raqqa, the horrors of the 'caliphate' still …

Iran Is Building Air Defenses Against Stealth Aircraft

Read part three. The rapid development of Iranian air defenses over the last few years raises some big questions. How much are China and Iran …

Military

America Has Become Dispensable in Iraq

The conflict in Kirkuk offers further evidence of Iran’s steady rise.<p>“When the fighting breaks out between Arabs and Kurds, whose side will the Americans be on?” This was the message that Masoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government and leader of the Kurdistan Democratic party …

Middle East

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that had misspelled “foundation” as …

North Korea

How the U.S. and Iran Play the Afghan ‘Great Game’

As Afghanistan’s western neighbor, Iran maintains a vested interest in prodding war-torn Afghanistan towards achieving political and economic …

South Asia

Trump era continues to work out just great for Iran.

<b>Want to listen to this article out loud? Hear it on</b> <b>Slate Voice</b><b>.</b><p>Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international affairs and author …

Middle East
Military

Iran’s great game

The real Iranian threat today is through proxies and influence in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.<p>Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a …

Middle East

Willpower Doesn't Work. Here's How to Actually Change Your Life | Inc.com

<i>"Many people think that what the addict needs is willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth."  -- </i>Arnold Washton, PhD<p>If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won't get you there.<p>Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve your …

Self-improvement

Iran Gains Ground in Afghanistan as U.S. Presence Wanes

FARAH, Afghanistan — A police officer guarding the outskirts of this city remembers the call from his commander, warning that hundreds of Taliban fighters were headed his way.<p>“Within half an hour, they attacked,” recalled Officer Najibullah Amiri, 35. The Taliban swarmed the farmlands surrounding …

Afghanistan

What Would Happen in the Hours and Minutes After the US Bombed Iran?

Here's how it might go down, according to a trio of experts.<p>Donald Trump predicted back in 2013 that the US would eventually go to war with Iran. At the time, Trump was merely a rich guy and right-wing gadlfy criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry on FOX News, but later, as a presidential …

Middle East

Iran Is Building Its Own Submarines (With Torpedoes the U.S. Navy Can't Match)

The Iranian military has long planned for a defensive naval war in the Persian Gulf, in which it would leverage its large fleet of fast attack boats …

Military

Saudi Arabia's Coalition Could Accidentally Unleash Iran

The unfolding Qatar crisis is a microcosm of Riyadh’s vision for the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is exploiting a largely engineered threat from Iran to …

Middle East

All Extremely Confident People Give Up These 13 Habits | Inc.com

Real confidence is not narcissism.<p>Although the two often get confused, people with narcissistic tendencies need everyone to think that they're special. They have a need for admiration and a sense of entitlement that's rooted in deep-seated insecurities. Authentic confidence has nothing to do with …

Self-help

What Did the Trump Administration Just Do in Syria?

By apparently hitting regime-allied forces again, the president may be opening the door to more escalation.<p>The apparent U.S. strikes against forces backing Bashar al-Assad on Thursday could mark a major shift in the Trump administration’s approach to Syria. Coalition jets reportedly hit Syrian …

Middle East

52 Good Morning Meditations that Will Calm the Chaos in Your Life

<i>It’s not what you say to everyone else that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the greatest power.</i>The happiness of your …

Meditation

The ayahuasca ceremony is going under the scientific-method microscope

Before neuroscientist Leanna Standish drank the hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca for the first time, she was a steadfast scientific materialist. She was trained to believe—and she did—that everything could be explained by science. Then, much like the pioneering psychedelic researchers who came before …

Shamanism

Syria: The Hidden Power of Iran

Despite his largely symbolic strike on a Syrian airfield in response to the April 4 nerve gas attack by the Assad regime, President Donald Trump has …

Spiritual Ardor and Military Might: The Story of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

<b>Afshon Ostovar, Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (Oxford University Press, 2016)</b><p>This past September in an …

Middle East

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics.

As Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to visit the United States in mid-February 2018, media down under report...<p>In 1940, the United …

The Ultimate Secret to Getting More Stuff Done | Inc.com

For many entrepreneurs and busy professionals, the pursuit of getting more done during a typical workload can seem daunting. We're distracted constantly; we spend considerable time putting out fires and managing those who can't manage themselves.<p>Think about it: How many times were you interrupted …

Work-life Balance