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These 5 Books Will Make You a Better (and More Productive) Writer

Great writers have valuable lessons to tell: Learn from them.<p>Before I sat down to write this, I cut a soft green guava and a ripe mango for my daughter and me, peeled off half a slice of cold Emmental cheese (she had mozzarella), munched on some sour cream and onion potato chips (sinful but …

Writing

Science Says This Character Flaw Could Actually Be a Key to Success

New research suggests looking out for number one could be linked to success rather than shame.<p>We all know at least a few people with narcissistic tendencies. They might seem cocky, entitled or grandiose, but a new study finds they might also be more mentally tough, motivated and …

Psychology

The One Fitness Accessory You Need Is Currently 40% Off

A functional home gym doesn’t have to require setting aside a spare bedroom and filling it with heavy and bulky, not to mention expensive, equipment. …

Workouts

Heading Outside: I Wouldn’t Go on a Backpacking Trip Without These 9 Things

Spending some time outside is a big deal. Disconnecting from everyday life is what allows you to return to it focused, refreshed, and ready for new …

Backpacking

Why You Should Ditch the Disposables and Shave with a Safety Razor

Unlike the safety scissors of your childhood (you know, the ones barely capable of cutting construction paper), safety razors are hardly kid’s …

Men's Fashion

Want to Radically Improve Your Life? Ask Yourself 3 Powerful Questions Most of Us Have Never Thought of

Research found that the average person has about 60,000 thoughts per day. The bad news? 80 percent of those thoughts are negative and fear-based. Here are three questions to instantly curtail a negative mind.<p>If you're going through the ups and downs of life, maybe thinking about quitting on that …

Self-help

An Award-Winning Author Says This Should Be the Goal of Everything You Write

Methods may differ, but the goal is the same.<p>George Saunders is an American author who contributes essays and short stories to <i>The New Yorker</i> and several other publications. Saunders has published several volumes of his short stories, for which he's received prestigious writing awards, including the …

Creative Writing

The 14 Best Nootropics and Smart Drugs Reviewed

Nootropics and smart drugs are natural or synthetic substances that can be taken to improve mental performance in healthy people.<p>They have gained …

The Brain

I took nootropics every day for a week—here’s what happened

Just like how subsisting on Soylent instead of actual food became a habit among Silicon Valley bros years before you could buy a bottle at 7-Eleven, …

Cream Cheese

How Technology Helped Me Cheat Dyslexia

I'm going to tell you a secret. It's something almost no one in my professional life knows. I'm dyslexic. Given that knowledge, my chosen …

Eye Tracking

Have mind-blowing sex using techniques from this celeb-adored yoga style

Kate Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Amanda Chantal Bacon are radiant proof of Kundalini yoga’s superpowers—and it’s no coincidence that they’re all …

Self-improvement

"Finding Your Passion" Is an Ineffective Way to Live Your Life, Say Scientists

So much for eat, pray, love.<p>When Steve Jobs delivered his commencement speech to Stanford University’s class of 2005, he instructed them to find …

Psychology

12 Books to Read in Your 30s (They're Life-Changing)

Some books are particularly poignant at certain moments in our lives. They're the coming-of-age stories we turn to for insights on life, love, and …

Books

Consciousness: How we’re solving a mystery bigger than our minds

TWENTY years ago this week, two young men sat in a smoky bar in Bremen, northern Germany. Neuroscientist Christof Koch and philosopher David Chalmers …

Consciousness

Want to Deliver Unforgettable Presentations? Use the 30-Second Rule

The secret to making a great presentation is winning over your audience in the first 30 seconds (and keeping their interest through the last 30 seconds).<p>No matter who's in your audience, or where and when you deliver it, the secret to making a great presentation is capturing your audience's …

Infographics

Barack Obama Shares a List of Enlightening Books Worth Reading

<i>Photo by Pete Souza via obamawhitehouse.archive.gov</i><p>Whatever historians have to say about his political legacy, Barack Obama will be remembered as …

Books

10 Books Every Aspiring Millionaire Must Read

If you aspire to the summit, learn from those who have already climbed mountains.<p>9 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You have big dreams and big goals -- you want to be a successful entrepreneur or business leader and join the millionaires’ club. But how do you go …

Self-improvement

When It Comes to Achievement, There's Good News and Bad News

It really doesn't matter if you have natural ability or not.<p>You want to dominate in your profession, perfect your skill as a performer, or impress the world with your writing, artwork, or athletic achievements. There's just one problem: You're not very good at whatever it is you seek to do.<p>Should …

Self-improvement

10 Serene Yoga or Meditation Room Ideas

Choose a Low-Traffic Area<p><i>Foldable Screen with Gold Dip, $365.59</i><p>The last thing you want when you’re meditating is people walking in and out. Pick a …

Meditation

Perfectionism and poverty: why musicians struggle with mental health

Artists like Adele are admitting that touring is taking a toll and they need to put health first Jack Colwell<p>When Jess Cornelius named her 2016 album Give Up on Your Health, she did so as a warning to herself not to get sick – physically, or mentally. As an artist, she couldn’t afford it.<p>The …

Mental Health

The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …

Consciousness

The 8 Best Sleeping Bag Liners to Buy in 2018

A sleeping bag liner is a great investment for every camping enthusiast. Depending on the material you choose, it can extend the seasonality of your …

Early Stress Makes Brains Grow Up Too Fast, and That's Not a Good Thing

Kids and teens are especially vulnerable.<p>Since 1998, scientists in the Netherlands have been watching 129 people grow up. Over those 20 years, they …

3 tips for flipping the script and seeing your anxiety as a strength, not a weakness

If you have anxiety, you’re not even a little bit alone—in fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders …

Depression

The Best Sleeping Bags and Pads of 2018

Sack out in something snug, breathable, and packable.<p>Marmot Ultra Elite 20 ($199)<p>We’d never guess that the Ultra Elite 20 is filled with anything but down—it’s that warm and compressible. But Marmot stuffed the bag with a mix of three cutting-edge synthetic fibers layered together in strips: one …

Artist Transforms the Natural World Into Dreamy Landscapes You’ll Want to Step Into

Hamburg-based artist, traveler, and photographer Robert Jahns blends reality and fantasy with his incredible portfolio of digital art. Known as nois7 on Instagram, his carefully crafted compositions have amassed more than one million fans. Each captivating image is like something from a dream, …

Art

The 8 Best Packable Backpacks to Carry When Traveling

Traveling is one of the best parts of summer. While many of us here at Gear Patrol prefer to take only what fits in a carry-on, sometimes the nature …

Backpacking

This Beach Tent Has Made Me Actually Like Going to the Beach

It’s light, airy, spacious, and shelters you from the sun.<p>OK, it’s not that I never <i>liked</i> going to the beach, but more that going to the beach has …

10 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the Mountains

Is visiting the beach or the mountains the best destination for a honeymoon or romantic vacation? The answer is different for each twosome, but if …

Science Says Only 8 Percent of People Actually Achieve Their Goals. Here Are 7 Things They Do Differently

Most of the time, it comes down to simple habits to keep us accountable.<p>According to the University of Scranton, a whopping 92 percent of people who set New Year's goals never actually achieve them. You can count me in that group. Failing to meet goals is pretty frustrating and can set you …

Time Management