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The Most Beautiful Train Ride in America Only Costs $97

All aboard!<p>Hands down, one of the best (and cheapest) ways to see America's vast beauty is by train. Don't believe us? Then allow us to introduce you to Amtrak's Coast Starlight, which has been called "one of America's most beautiful train rides" since the 1940s.<p>Starting in Seattle and ending in …

20 Small Habits That Create Lasting Happiness

Be proud, happy, and excited when you walk out the door in the morning.<p><i>How do you simplify your life? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Lukas Schwekendiek, life coach, motivational speaker,</b> …

Productivity Apps

Isis kills Syrian poet who opposed Assad government

Mohammad Bashir al-Aani and son had been captured after family funeral and held for several months accused of apostasy<p>Islamic State has killed a Syrian poet and his adult son, whom they captured after a funeral and accused of apostasy, rights groups said.<p>Mohammad Bashir al-Aani had published three …

Leaked ISIS documents reveal recruits' blood types, obedience levels

<b>(CNN) —</b> What's your first and last name? Your education and work experience? Do you have recommendations?<p>And are you willing to be a suicide attacker or would you prefer to be a fighter for ISIS?<p>Those were among the questions purportedly posed to would-be jihadis on what appears to be a kind of job …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Alton Brown's Advice for Better Homemade Smoothies

Smoothies aren’t too difficult to make, but these basic tips from celebrity chef Alton Brown will ensure your smoothie making always goes smoothly.<p>In …

Kitchens

Robert Reich's Seriously Funny Crusade To Save Capitalism And America's Middle Class

The former labor secretary has become the most entertaining critic of the nation’s unequal economy.<p><b>This story originally appeared in Capital & Main.</b><p><b>Sign up for email alerts from Capital & Main.</b><p>It’s two weeks before Thanksgiving, and a crowd of 500 people has filled the Silicon Valley Commonwealth …

How to Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets to Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

Mindfulness

Katie Holmes Just Nailed What It Means To Be Happy

This is pretty spot-on advice.<p>Katie Holmes offered up some real talk on how to lead a fulfilling life -- and it couldn't be more accurate.<p>The actress opened up in More magazine's February issue, reflecting on what it means to find happiness.<p>"You've got to keep going. In every part of your life," …

Are you a nail biter? A hair twister? Or always late? 4 tips for breaking bad habits

Whoever came up with the expression "drop like a bad habit" most likely never tried to stop biting their nails. So-called nervous habits are considered cousins of compulsive disorders. "Some people would define these habits as obsessive behavior," says psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, author of …

hair loss

I Reluctantly Practised the Science of Happiness for a Week - And It Works

I'll be honest and say that I thought twice (actually it was more than that) before writing this.<p>After all, the science of happiness sounds like a …

Happiness

17 Of The Most Underrated National Parks In America

Move over, Yellowstone.

8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Include In Your Diet

Most modern life threatening diseases are linked with chronic inflammation. A lot great anti-inflammatory compounds are present in some special food …

12 Leisurely Sunday Brunch Recipes

Skip the lines and make brunch at home -- these recipes are all easy like Sunday morning.<p><b>1. Glazed Oatmeal-Maple Scones</b><p>These comforting breakfast treats are like a cross between scones and oatmeal cookies: buttery and tender on the inside, crisp and craggy on the outside, and chockfull of oats, …

The most uplifting playlist ever, according to a neuroscientist

The list was commissioned by British electronics brand Alba, which had done a large survey of customers around the UK and Ireland — asking everything from their basic music taste to what sounds they listen to to feel happier.<p>According to Jolij's blog:<p>Basically, they asked me whether I could find a …

New Research on Overcoming Loneliness

New research finds the brains of lonely people respond more negatively to social stimuli<p>I was feeling lonely one recent weekend. I craved company, but friends and family all seemed to be on vacation or busy. So I arranged to chat with a friend who lives in another city, signed up for a group kayak …

Loneliness

The 10 Best Survival Movies Since 2000

Why Are Little Kids in Japan So Independent?

In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance.<p>It’s a common sight on Japanese mass transit: children troop through train cars, singly or in small groups, looking for seats.<p>They wear knee socks, …

37 Amazing Pancake Recipes for Any Time of Day

Anyone who says pancakes are only for breakfast needs a wake-up call—and this list of recipes. Because, sure, buttermilk with maple syrup (we're …

Breakfast

Almond Flour-Crusted Chicken Piccata

Ready in just 30 minutes, these delicious chicken cutlets get tons of flavor from a simple lemony pan sauce. <b>Slideshow:</b> More Chicken Recipes

Why People Have Affairs: Distance and Closeness

Why People Have Affairs: Distance and Closeness<p>Too often, affairs are seen as the outcome of random horniness – or just plain old nastiness.<p>That’s …

A perfectly normal psychological effect is messing with your perception of the world

Why do we endure hard breakups just to think fondly of them later?<p>And why do we loathe serial killers but revere Al Capone?<p>The answer to all those questions is a built-in mechanism of the mind called "psychological distance."<p>Normally, adults can do a reasonably good job of putting themselves inside …

The Most Uplifting Playlist Ever, According to Science

Apparently Queen’s song “Don’t Stop Me Now” is scientifically proven to lift your spirits, which anecdotal evidence had proven true for decades past, …

Why We Can’t Be Happy All the Time

<b>“Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.” ~Ram Dass</b><p>Suffering by definition: the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. …

Happiness

Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

War

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

Smoking Doesn’t Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Neuroscience

Finding The True Philosophical Discussion In 'Irrational Man'

Woody Allen's lovely new movie, <i>Irrational Man</i>, tells the story of an alcoholic philosophy professor, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who arrives one summer to take up a teaching gig at an idyllic, elite liberal arts college.<p>I'm not sure what is more far-fetched, the proposition that the entire campus is …

To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved

Time management goes only so far; the emotional reasons for delay must also be addressed<p>Putting off a work or school assignment in order to play videogames or water the plants might seem like nothing more serious than poor time-management.<p>But researchers say chronic procrastination is an emotional …

Time Management

A 15-feature “travel jacket” with eyemask and neck pillow is Kickstarter’s most-funded piece of clothing ever

Air travel is miserable. Aside from all the hassles of getting on the plane, once you’re in your cramped little seat it becomes difficult to do anything but sit upright, elbows tucked, and wait for the journey to be over.<p>In testament to what a nightmare it is, a Kickstarter campaign for a “travel …

Crowd Funding