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How to Find Happiness in Today’s Hectic World

Trying to find happiness in a world so busy and complicated can seem impossible.<p>What’s weird is that in so many ways our lives are objectively better …

World's Best Ecolodges

Forestry

20 Habits Happy Couples Have (But Never Talk About)

<i>Nothing in this world is more difficult than love.<br>And nothing is more worth it.</i><p>A happy couple is not a ‘perfect couple’ that comes together, but an …

Your Peru Photos

Peru

Liverpool: A Half-Term Report on Brendan Rodgers' Side

With Thursday's 2-2 draw away to Leicester City taking Liverpool just over the half-season mark, Brendan Rodgers can evaluate a change in fortunes from last season's majesty.<p>Lying in eight place in the Premier League table, Rodgers' side have suffered with the added demands of Champions League …

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Your Shot Snow Photos

Travel

Ten Essential… Christmas Films

Jess Barratt selects her ten essential Christmas films…<p>Here are my top 10 festive treats to get you through the Christmas hangovers. Expect snow, …

Celebrities' favourite destinations: best of Travelling Life in 2014

<b>Jenson Button, British Formula one driver</b><p>I love Hawaii. I go there nearly every winter, for three or four weeks, and it’s like a second home to me. It’s perfect because it’s pretty much sunny the whole time I’m there. I’ve got a lot of friends who travel as well and we spend a lot time together in …

What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up)

Working memory is like your brain's scratch pad, managing information as you go about your day. But our routine deluge of information can make us …

The Brain

The world's weirdest Christmas traditions, from KFC to defecating toys

Guide to Patagonia: what to do, how to do it, and where to stay

Patagonia holidays,Travel,Argentina holidays,Chile holidays,Adventure travel,Whale watching holidays,Horse riding holidays,Camping holidays,Walking holidays,South America holidays<p>Forty years ago this month, Bruce Chatwin visited Patagonia and his subsequent book lit a beacon for the remote region …

The world's 50 greatest countries – according to you

These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

National Parks

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

Photos: Famous Great Travelers

Travel<p>Tourism has been around since antiquity—the earliest guidebook, The Description of Greece, was written by Greek geographer Pausanias around A.D. 160—but travel is timeless. A handful of history’s boldest travelers staged epic journeys that crossed new lands, broke cultural barriers, and …

Rocky Mountains

Travel

Travel

Your Italy Photos

'Mecca has been turned into Disneyland'

After his fifth pilgrimage to Mecca, Ziauddin Sardar was congratulating himself on having done at least part of it the hard way, 50 miles on foot over three days from Jeddah. He had climbed hills with a donkey so disobedient that he eventually sent it on in a pick-up truck. He had been pestered by …

Busting Indonesia’s Manta Gill Trade

Changing Planet<p><i>This article is brought to you by the</i> <i>International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)</i><i>. Read our</i> <i>other articles</i> <i>on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.</i><p>Text and photos by iLCP Fellow Paul Hilton.<p>Writing …

'All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain': the 75 greatest movie quotes of all time

World Celebration Foods

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>What’s a party without food? Check out this gallery of celebratory cuisine from around the world. Haggis, anyone?

Precrastination: Worse than Procrastination?

When just doing something wastes more time than not doing anything.<p>Do you park in the first spot you see, even if it means a longer, grocery-laden walk back from the store later? When unloading the dishwasher, do you quickly shove all the Tupperware into a random cabinet, thereby getting the …

12 Stephen Hawking Quotes Reveal How A Genius Thinks

Doctors told him he had a few years to live.<p>He's now 72 and one of the foremost physicists alive — a professor at the University of Cambridge, an investigator of black holes, and the author of the bestselling book "A Brief History of Time."<p>Here are a dozen quotes showing Hawking's approach to …

The Importance of Doing Nothing

By Manfred Kets De Vries, INSEAD Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development & Organisational Change<p><b>“Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous” – Confucius</b><p>In today’s networked society we are at risk of becoming victims of information overload. …