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10 Things to Remember Before You Take Things Personally

Let me share three quick stories and some life-changing lessons with you…• This morning at a train stop near the hospital, a man and his three young …

Parenting

Becoming More Authentic: Accept Yourself and Stop Seeking Approval

<b>“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~E.E. Cummings</b><p>For most of my life, I was a chameleon. I stayed under the radar, hoping …

Positive Thinking

The least-visited European country is also one of the most beautiful

Have you heard that joke about Europe? It’s great except for all the tourists.<p>That’s the riposte making the rounds this year about the countries that …

4 Gmail tricks I use to manage thousands of emails in under an hour

I used to spend hours managing emails.<p>I had to schedule meetings, follow up with team members, network with interesting people, and taunt the trolls who emailed me.<p>It got really messy, really fast.<p>And before I knew it, my entire day was gone.<p>So like the weirdo I am, I tested different approaches, …

Productivity

5 Daily Choices the Smartest People Make

What's remarkable about making these daily choices is knowing there will be no regrets.<p>According to multiple sources, the average number of decisions an adult makes each day is about 35,000. Some are smart, others ... well, lets just keep things on a positive note and say it's the smart decisions …

Self-improvement

The Dalai Lama reveals that he too gets angry, and here's what he does about it

The Dalai Lama is a man known for sharing wisdom and enlightenment. So you wouldn’t think he’s someone that gets angry.<p>This isn’t the case. In a …

Mindfulness

The transformative power of doing absolutely nothing

On a recent Sunday, I found myself overwhelmed. It was my last free day between several consecutive weekends of travel, visitors, and weddings. The morning had ticked away, and my boyfriend and I had groceries to buy, paperwork to file, a house to tidy, and something to do at Home Depot. As I …

Eta Aquarids

7 crucial lessons people often learn too late in life

However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than later.<p>1. If you want to 'do what you love,' you have to work three times as hard as …

Self-help

9 phrases smart people never use in conversation

We’ve all said things that people interpreted much differently than we thought they would. These seemingly benign comments lead to the awful feeling …

Top Five Remote Island Getaways

It is not uncommon to feel a certain melancholy in the grip of the winter months. Morning frost clinging to car windscreens, perpetual colds and …

Indigenous Peoples

10 Tips for Planning your First Solo Trip

These days, there’s a growing interest in solo travel. Traveling solo can empower you, gain you more confidence and open a new world of travel …

Asia Travel

This Insane Waterslide Lands You in a Gorgeous Turquoise Ocean

Originally published by Travel + Leisure<p>If you're lucky enough to make a trip to the beautiful Maldives in your future, there's a spot you will not …

Outdoors

Break Bad Habits with a Simple Checklist

When we’re starting out on a new goal, we’re full of energy and enthusiasm. We eagerly make changes and take steps in our new direction in the first few weeks. But as time goes on, the newness wears off. Our energy drains, and we lose sight of our goal. Ultimately, we slide back into the status quo.<p>…

Top 5 Places to Visit in Peru

Let’s get to it: Peru is the place to be.<p>Peru is a destination that begs to be explored. In this vast and storied land, ancient, colonial, and modern traditions meld together for an unforgettable cultural experience. No matter the type of traveler—history buff, adventurer, or foodie—Peru offers a …

South America

How to Get Shorter Answers From a Long-Winded Employee

Can a chatty employee become more concise?<p><i>Editor's note: Inc.com columnist Alison Green answers questions about workplace and management issues--everything from how to deal with a micromanaging boss to how to talk to someone on your team about body odor.</i><p>A reader writes:<p>I have an employee who is …

Public Speaking

Skip Marrakesh and Visit Morocco's Atlantic Coast Instead

If Marrakech is the Palm Springs of Europe, then Morocco’s Atlantic coast is southern California with a touch of Point Break. Truly, there's something for anyone in search of friendly vibes or Vitamin D — from souks to year-round surf spots to everything in between.<p>Here, five must-visit …

William S. Burroughs

The 23 coolest neighbourhoods in Europe, according to travel bloggers

While most tourists choose their holidays based on affordability or the famous landmarks they want to post to Instagram, many prefer to head off the …

How to Pick The Best Camera for Travel

One of the most popular questions I’m asked by readers of this blog, both here and on our social media channels like Facebook & Instagram, is what …

Cameras

How Silence Rewires Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent

In 2011, the Finish tourism board decided to run a campaign promoting the “silence” you can get by visiting the beautiful country. Along with photos …

The Brain

Photos to Make You Want to Pack Your Bags and Move to Scotland

So far in my travels I have visited roughly 1/4 of all the countries in the world. That’s both a lot and hardly any at the same time – there’s still …

European Travel

12 Great Places to Go in 2017—and How to Do Them on a Budget

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Money

I traveled to Cuba after Fidel Castro's death — and it was far different from what I expected

In early December, Fidel Castro, the country's long-time leader, died. It had been my assumption that his death was like the sun dropping out of the solar system for the long-stagnating island nation. Things were going to start to come apart, and soon.<p>I traveled to Cuba two weeks after his death …

Cuba

14 of the coolest swimming spots in the world

If you’re like me, those YMCA swim lessons made you crazy about the water from a young age. Because hopping into el agua can be a great way to …

The best hangover foods around the world

WORLDWIDE, hangover cures run the gamut from the salty to the spicy to the sour to the wet, but depending on what country you live in, what hangover …

Feel small under North America's tallest falls

Jan. 1, 2017, 6:00 a.m.<p>Family-friendly<br>• High Sierra<p><b>Why:</b> North America's tallest waterfall, splashing down in one of its most gorgeous valleys.<p><b>What:</b> The essence of Yosemite Valley is soaring granite and falling water. So if you’re a park beginner, get yourself to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall. …

California

An Ancient City Emerges in a Remote Rain Forest

Most of the important archaeological sites in Central America were “discovered” by archaeologists who, in fact, didn’t discover them at all but were led to the ruins by local people. I’ve known several Maya archaeologists who routinely started fieldwork in a new area by heading into a dive bar and …

The 20 best destinations to visit in 2017

From the charms of Chile to glorious Granada and the beaches of Bermuda, our experts select the 20 best destinations to visit in the coming months.<p>1. Chile<p>If Brazil owned South American travel last year, Chile takes over for 2017. Slowly, methodically, the continent’s most overlooked wonderland has …

Don't Invest In Time Management Training Until You Do These 4 Things First

Time management skills are a wasted investment without a well-fueled brain.<p>Are you considering sending your employees to time management training in 2017?<p>You probably shouldn't.<p>Sadly, throughout my career, I've talked to many leaders who claim time management programs have little to zero impact on …

Time Management