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How To Make Small Talk With Almost Anyone

That co-worker you have nothing in common with, that cute guy at the bar, even your sister-in-law's cousin.<p>Small talk is nerve-wracking for even the most extroverted people. These days many of us are so glued to our phones that we’re out of practice when it comes to conversing in real life.<p>“Our …

Personality

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Washington University in St. Louis

South African woman recorded racially abusing police officer jailed for 3 years

<b>Johannesburg (CNN) —</b> A South African woman who hurled racist abuse at a black police officer in a clip that went viral has been sentenced to three years in prison with one year suspended.<p>Vicki Momberg was found guilty in November on four counts of crimen injuria, or the willful injuring of …

Here Are 4 Crazy Prime Number Problems No Mathematician Has Yet Solved

They sound so simple though!<p>Prime numbers are one of the most basic topics of study in the branch of mathematics called number theory.<p>Primes are …

"They Can Talk" Is The Animal-Themed Comic That Will Have You Laughing All Day

Ever wonder what animals are thinking? Jimmy Craig's witty comics are a good place to start.<p>He calls the series "They Can Talk". And quips are right …

"Hair Dusting" Is The Secret To Healthier, Longer Hair

<i>This story was originally published January 13, 2017.</i><p>Last year I bleached my hair one too many times. Then I bleached it again.<p>No shock here: My …

Teacher’s Classroom Riddle Gets An Answer From First Graders That He Does Not Expect

Think back to your days in the first grade. What was on your mind? My thoughts never really went far beyond the simple pleasures of candy, football …

15 Reliable NYC Restaurants Open 24 Hours

Where to find meaty Korean barbecue, filling pierogies, and classic steak frites at any hour<p>Late-night dining options in New York City are, thankfully, quite plentiful. But sometimes, a kitchen’s midnight closing time just isn’t late enough. Particularly long nights out, extremely early flights, …

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Truths You Need To Hear In Order To Let Go

There are so many things to learn in your 20s that no self-help book can explain to you. My mother calls these years “stepping stones” because …

Once you learn these 22 Stoic truths from Marcus Aurelius, you'll be much stronger

Marcus Aurelius, the Emperor of Ancient Rome between 161 and 180 AD. Known commonly as the last amongst the “Five Good Emperors”, Marcus Aurelius …

A five-minute mindfulness exercise that’s ideal for skeptics and grumps

The world really wants us to count our blessings. News articles and blog posts tout the many benefits of gratitude, from improved health to better sleep and happier moods. Entrepreneurs and business behemoths like Oprah Winfrey swear by gratitude journals as a solution to stress and the secret to …

40 Hard Things You Need to Hear

I’m sitting here on the tenth anniversary of a dear friend’s passing, thinking about the last conversation I had with her. With a soft, weak voice …

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Eight habits of highly emotionally intelligent people

When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform …

Why Your Wrists and Shoulders Hurt During Push-Ups and Planks—and How to Fix It

The push-up is one of my favorite exercises. It’s portable, equipment-free, and offers works your chest, shoulders, arms, back, and abs all in one …

How to Do 16 Different Types of Push-ups

Push-ups are pretty damn hard. My high school cheerleading coach insisted that the whole squad could bang out 20 push-ups by the time summer cheer …

Workouts

The cognitive trick that elite athletes use to achieve seemingly impossible goals

In July 2011, I was crawling down the aisle of a plane on my hands and knees while passengers screamed around me. We were on a flight from Spain to the US, and we thought our number was up.<p>The plane had hit a bout of extreme turbulence just as I’d left the restroom, causing the aircraft to shake …

Mind

4 steps to deal with anxiety, tragedy, or heartache

“You don’t remember me, but I was in your experiment a year ago. I just wanted to thank you. It changed my life.”<p>James Pennebaker has had a number of …

The Characteristics of High Functioning Anxiety

High functioning anxiety is not a recognized mental health diagnosis. Rather, it's evolved as a catch-all term that refers to people who live with …

Why We Should Take the Time to Give Compliments Every Day

What you notice in other people says a lot about you, whether it’s their It-girl fashion, good character, impressive talent, or magical ability to always be the luckiest person in the room. According to licensed psychologist Dr. Lauren Hazzouri from Hey Lauren, you can actually learn more about …

Seriously, Mastering This Simple Skill Will Make You a Happier Person

In life, what you give power to has power over you. And as far as psychotherapist Jennice Vilhauer is concerned, that power is transferred through …

As A Highly Sensitive Person, I Must Have Time Alone. Every. Single. Day. To Recharge

For the first eight years of parenting, I was a full-time stay-at-home mom. I worked very part-time, as a breastfeeding counselor and lactation …

9 Butt Moves That Beat Squats

Because they're not the only way to get a better butt.<p>Everyone knows that basic squats can make your booty B-U-R-N. The problem: No matter how many reps you crank out, this move will only work your glutes from one angle. To achieve the best possible results in the least amount of time, you're …

27 Times This Hysterical Dad Made Comics Every Working Mom Can Relate to

Working moms already know that parenting can be a tough ordeal. Your kids may sometimes drive you crazy, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lighter …

Foot Massage Pushes All the Right Buttons

An ancient form of therapy enjoying a second wind, foot massage has been around for over 2,000 years old. What’s also called foot reflexology is described in classical medical texts, yet fits in well with modern concepts like slow travel and slow living (ideas better known in Taiwan as LOHAS, an …

15 Enlightening Rumi Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Rumi was a famous poet who has influenced countless generations across the world.<p>He has been described as the most popular poet ever and best selling …

Spirituality

14 of the Best Butt Exercises You Can Do Without a Gym Membership

Workouts

5 Workouts That Use Mini Bands — and Burn Serious Calories

Adding resistance is the perfect way to take a workout from good to downright excellent, and with the help of travel-friendly equipment like mini bands, it's hard to find a reason to not add it, right?<p>These looped versions of classic resistance bands usually come in sets of four with varying levels …

16 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately

It's hard to say exactly why you like someone.<p>Maybe it's their goofy smile; maybe it's their razor-sharp wit; or maybe it's simply that they're easy …