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National Geographic Travel

Tips to make the best chocolate chip cookies ever

1. Brown your butter.<p>Most chocolate chip cookie recipes start by creaming softened butter with sugar. But what happens when you brown the butter until golden brown and let it cool until solid before blending it with the sugar? You get nutty depth that works perfectly with the cookies' butterscotch …

Dessert

How to Form Habits That You'll Keep for Life

Forming new habits can be hard, but there are plenty of ways to make the process more manageable.<p>Back in 2011, l lost 42 pounds in six months, and it was--by far--one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life.<p>The thing is, I wasn't always overweight. In fact, until I started working in an …

Self-improvement

The 9 Habits of People Who Never Have to Clean Their Homes

A maid isn't needed, just some better habits.<p><b>1. They put away their clothes every night.</b><p>When you're changing into your pajamas, it might be tempting to just toss your clothes on a chair or even on the floor, but don't fall prey to that lazy trap. It takes a couple of seconds to put them in your …

DIY an Easy Wood Slice Plant Stand

Showcase your plants in an unexpected way.<p><i>Photo by Brepurposed</i><p><i>Photography by Brepurposed</i><p>This makeover is courtesy of hometalk member Brepurposed.<p>For this project, you need a wood slice, suede strip, and a curved hanging plant bracket.<p>"So the bracket was actually black, but I was so excited to get …

The Science Behind Motivation

Being motivated is a key part of being successful as an entrepreneur, and as such, it’s a subject that’s always fascinated me. Motivation comes from vision, goal setting, and celebrating small successes, but there’s more to it – there’s actually a science behind motivation.<p>Psychology – Why is …

Neuroscience

The Science of First Impressions (and How to Use It to Your Advantage)

If there's one thing I've learned over the past five years of working as a journalist, it's that success can come down to the two seconds after you …

Psychology

9 Surprising Ways Your Body Can Influence Your Mind

Psychologist Alice Haddon explores the intriguing relationship between our minds and our muscles.<p>Most of us are aware that a positive attitude can improve health and speed recovery from illness, but does this also work the other way around?<p>'Embodied cognition' is a term used by psychologists to …

National Geographic Travel

Tired Of Weight Loss Fads? Here are 9 Simple Ways To Lose Weight Naturally

Not everyone wants to deal with fad diets and stringent weight loss regimes. The good news is there are actually natural, simple ways to help you …

7 Easy Ways to Cut Salt from Your Diet

None of which involve emptying your saltshaker<p>Salt is tricky: Even if you never sprinkle your meals with table salt, it’s still easy to take in way too much sodium. And just because your food doesn’t taste salty doesn’t mean it’s not riddled with the health wrecker.<p>So to make shaking your salt …

Recipes

10 Home Decorating Mistakes Everybody Makes

From the editors of ELLEDecor.com, the most common interior design mistakes to avoid.<p><b>1) The Looks-Great, Feels-Uncomfortable Piece Of Furniture</b><br>The decor world equivalent of the Stiletto heel: Beautiful, but oh-so-impractical. It ultimately taught you that no matter how good-looking something is, if …

How To Make Different Kinds Of Creativity Work For You

There are at least two different kinds of creativity, but both appear to function in an irrational way. So how can you work with either?<p>On my way to work each morning, I ride my bike from Brooklyn to Manhattan on the Manhattan Bridge, which has a walkway for pedestrians on its south side and one …