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Why Highly Productive People Use 'Time Blocking'

Would you like to learn the secret to becoming insanely productive?<p>Productivity and organization go hand-in-hand. When we get busy or face times of stress, it’s easy to let things slide. And before you know it, your desk and habits are in disarray. “Time blocking” is a method that just might help …

Time Management

Parents make a big difference just by talking

<b>The think tank's education director Andreas Schleicher explains how much positive impact can come from simple changes such as parents taking time to talk to their children and eating a meal together.</b><p>Perhaps the most distressing threat to student well-being is bullying, and it can have serious …

Students

'It was a ghost town': Shoppers reveal why they've abandoned Sears and Kmart

Sears' sales have dropped from $41 billion in 2000 to $15 billion in 2015.<p>Kmart, which merged with Sears in 2005, has seen its sales plunge from $37 billion to $10 billion in the same period.<p>In interviews with more than a dozen long-time customers of the two stores, people repeatedly cited the same …

Sears

6 Myths About Suicide That Every Educator And Parent Should Know

Every day, thousands of teens attempt suicide in the U.S. — the most extreme outcome for the millions of children in this country who struggle with mental health issues.<p>As we've reported all week, schools play a key role, along with parents and medical professionals, in identifying children who may …

Mental Health
Social Security
Social Security
Social Security
Social Security

55 Inspiring Quotes That Show the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a major factor in our success.<p>Emotional intelligence can be the most potent weapon in our armory. It helps boost our self-awareness, self-control, motivation, empathy, and social skills, all of which help us become much better leaders.<p>Here are 55 quotes to remind us of the …

Distressing

Is addiction really a disease?

Treating addiction as if it is a learned pattern of thinking gives addicts the chance to stay clean<p>What is addiction? For the majority who have strong opinions on the matter, addiction is a disease. In fact it’s “a chronic relapsing brain disease” according to the American National Institute on …

Drug Addiction

New Resources On Teaching Reading & Writing

Here are some new and useful resources related to teaching reading and writing:<p>TEN WAYS TO DITCH THAT READING LOG is from Middle School Minds. I’m …

The World’s Most Efficient Languages

How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?<p>Just as fish presumably don’t know they’re wet, many English speakers don’t know that the way their language works is just one of endless ways it could have come out. It’s easy to think that what one’s native language puts words to, and …

Linguistics

The Developed World Is Missing the Point About Modern Slavery

Earlier this month, the Walk Free Foundation — an Australian NGO — released the first ever “modern slavery index,” which hoped to highlight the …

J.C. Penney

5 Common Emotions You Never Knew Had Names

That cozy feeling you get when it's raining out and you're indoors? There's a name for it.<p>Emotional life is far richer than the vocabulary we have to describe it. Sadness, joy, exhilaration, regret, fury, etc., bleed into each other, creating unique blends in which one emotion is tinged with …

Personal Information

Katharine Hepburn's Legendary Brownie Recipe

Katharine Hepburn once said, "If you want to give up the admiration of thousands of men for the disdain of one, go ahead, get married." Famous for her wit, beauty, intelligence, strength and four "best actress" Oscars; her feminist persona overshadowed most other attributes. Notorious for wearing …

Dessert

What's your gut type? And why you should care

Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, once said that ‘all disease begins in the gut’. ‘So it makes sense, then, that healing begins there as well,’ says nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.<p>As author of the new book <i>Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems</i>, he believes that …

The Cognitive Biases That Lead to Bad Money Decisions

If managing money were as easy as crunching some numbers and following a spending plan, we’d all be awesome at it. Money isn’t hard because of the …

Critical Thinking

Climate deniers are smart enough not to bet against Bill Nye

No one’s surprised that last month was the hottest April on record. And, it turns out, not even climate change deniers would bet against it.<p>In April, …

Bill Nye

These Motivating Quotes Will Help Start Your Day off Right

Motivating yourself can be tough, especially when you’re running on coffee, late nights, and early mornings — as most business owners do.<p>But there’s …

Motivation

Three Ways That Handwriting With A Pen Positively Affects Your Brain

Stephen King purportedly wrote <i>Dreamcatcher</i> in longhand — using a Waterman cartridge pen. J. K. Rowling penned <i>The Tales of Beedle the Bard</i> — all 157 pages of it — in longhand, and the leather-bound tome sold for almost $4M at auction. F. Scott Fitzgerald did it, as did Hemingway, Kafka and countless …

Stephen King

6 Ways to Liberate Yourself From Toxic Habits!

We've all been in situations where it feels as if your life is on replay, as if you were in a time loop.<p>Things are happening, events are exchanging but somehow its all the same experiences day after day... Monotonous. Different situations yet the same outcome. When this occurs it often takes a lot …

Self-help

A Genius Trick for More Buttery-Tasting Mashed Potatoes

A few years back, I assumed The One True Genius Mashed Potato Recipe was going to be the Jeffery Steingarten method of heating, then cooling, then heating the potatoes again, so that the starches have a chance to firm up and settle (or <i>retrograde</i>) in between, becoming impervious to gluey-ness. …

What one of the greatest civilizations in history tells us about Donald Trump

Last week, in his first major piece since his blogging hiatus, Andrew Sullivan joined the frenzy of pundits trying to make sense of Donald Trump. Sullivan's completely straight-faced take is that the final days of the republic are upon us. “In terms of our liberal democracy and constitutional …

Political Science

Narcissists and Psychopaths Love to Stay Friends with Their Exes

A new study found that many people who befriend their former lovers are narcissists and psychopaths. We spoke with an expert to understand why your troubled ex-boyfriend has been sliding into your DMs.<p>For anyone who has ever wondered what kind of psychopath stays friends with their ex, a new study …

Relationships

Why Gardening Is Good for Your Health

Did you know that soil is an antidepressant?<p>It's time to whip out your gardening gloves because not only are digging and weeding great exercise, a good stint of gardening boosts mental health too.<p>Last month, we found out that people living in an area rich in vegetation have improved physical and …

Stereotypes

The Case for Supplements in Treating Depression

For decades, psychiatrists have been searching for ways to improve the treatment of major depressive disorder. This disease is a common constellation …

Wellness

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia entry about Chernobyl? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that the dog needs to be fed, emails need to be answered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or …

Procrastination