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40 Easy DIYs That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Home

Going through a home renovation is actually the worst. Time to take matters into your own hands.

Home Improvement

These 13 People Paid Off a Total of $744,500 in Debt. Here’s How

Personal Finance

20 words William Shakespeare used completely differently to you

Shakespeare’s complete works (38 plays, 154 sonnets, and five full-length narrative poems, in case you're wondering) contain a total of 31,534 different words, roughly half of which he only used once, and just over 1,500 of which (around 1 in every 20) had seemingly never been used in written …

William Shakespeare

5 exercises to improve your storytelling skills

<i>This article was previously published on PR Daily in April 2016.</i> <br>Football players practice ballet. Pianists repeat small sections of music until it's …

24 Gluten-Free Lunches (That Aren't All Salads)

These days it seems like every other person is declaring a personal war against wheat. And while it may seem like the latest in the ever-growing list …

Healthy Eating

Seeing firsthand why Olympic National Park is one of the nation's great wilderness areas

The bald eagle was soaring on an air current above frosty Lake Crescent, its wings spread wide, white head and electric-yellow beak tilted slightly down. It was hunting, and a few seconds later it rocketed toward the surface of the lake. In an instant it was aloft again, carrying a small trout in …

4 Ways to Learn Anything in 20 Hours

<i>“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”</i> — Mahatma Gandhi<p>What if you could learn anything in 20 hours, what would …


5 simple etiquette habits that help the rich get ahead, according to a man who spent 5 years studying millionaires

Manners matter.<p>"You have to know how to act and how to do certain things when you're around people," writes Thomas C. Corley in his upcoming book "Change Your Habits, Change Your Life." "Self-made millionaires have mastered certain rules of etiquette that help them in social settings."<p>Corley would …


The Most Devastating Quake In US History Is Headed for Portland

The chances of a 9.0 earthquake slamming the Pacific Northwest are disturbingly high. Introducing a novel way to engage the threat: reported science fiction.<p><i>This week's Terraform is something special: It's a hybrid format, what we've taken to calling "reported science fiction"—a deeply researched,</i> …


You may be storing your food all wrong — here's how to keep fruit, veggies, meat, and dairy fresh for longer

Many of us chuck spoiled food into the trash because it goes bad before we have a chance to eat it. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, American families throw away an average of $1,600 worth of wasted food every year.<p>But it doesn't have to be this way.<p>We've compiled some handy tips …

Frugal Living

The Science of Developing Mental Toughness in Your Health, Work, and Life

Have you ever wondered what makes someone a good athlete? Or a good leader? Or a good parent? Why do some people accomplish their goals while others …


9 Tips You Should Really Do When You Want To Lose Weight Fast

Weight loss is a touchy subject for most people. Speaking as a person who’s had to deal with weight issues, I can tell you right now that it’s both a …