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This Is Why Small Talk Makes Some People So Anxious

A therapist gave us advice for how to get over it.<p>It can be difficult to know the difference between having social anxiety and being awkward, introverted, or shy. The American Psychological Association’s <i>Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders</i> defines social anxiety as “a persistent …

Can People Who Had a Drug Addiction Ever Drink Alcohol?

We looked into the concept of "once an addict, always an addict."<p>Amid the outpouring of praise and admiration for Anthony Bourdain after his apparent suicide in France on June 8, a few outspoken members of the addiction recovery community zoomed in on his “demons,” and scorned his drinking on the …

To avoid prison, Chicago movie studio mogul went undercover for feds

As president of Chicago’s largest movie studio — home to hit TV shows like “Chicago Fire” and “Empire” — Alexander S. “Alex” Pissios had a difficult …

“Sleep inertia” explains why you feel so groggy when you wake up

It’s a cruel quirk of nature: No matter how many times you hit snooze, you’re still rubbing your eyes and yawning an hour after your alarm goes off. If sleeping is meant to be restful, why do we feel so damn tired when we wake up?<p>The answer was revealed in this short excerpt from an in-depth …

How to stop procrastinating and get things done in 2 minutes or less

A couple of years ago, I wrote down a goal to write and publish a book to help students build their self-confidence, stop procrastinating and …

16 Publishers Accepting Dark Fiction and Horror — No Agent Required

Here are sixteen publishers accepting dark fiction, horror, urban fantasy, military horror, and anything that goes bump in the night — including …

What Is Ikigai? This Japanese Wellness Theory Could Turn You Into A Morning Person

If you're not a morning person, going to bed with a mental checklist of all of the things you <i>have</i> to do the next day certainly doesn't make getting …

Ted Forth and the IRS Scammer

This is the free online course Bill Gates thinks everyone should take

We know Bill Gates has a stellar list of books for you to read but he is not done making recommendations. In a recent post on his blog he praised …

You CAN Write a Publishable First Novel: 10 Do's and Don'ts

<i>Not every first novel is a practice novel.</i><p><b>by Anne R. Allen</b><p>It’s a sad truth that most first novels never see print. Editors call them “practice …

Former Chicagoan oversees the Library of Congress, the 'ultimate treasure chest'

Bursting at the seams with more than 164 million items, the Library of Congress is the world’s largest, home to treasures including a Gutenberg Bible, the archives of 23 presidents and the papers of Sigmund Freud.<p>In charge of it all is former Chicagoan Carla Hayden, who began her career in a …

Retired Navy SEAL commander explains how to wake up earlier: 'Don't think'

Your alarm goes off, but you hit snooze. After rolling out of bed, you end up sipping a cup of coffee as you slowly scroll through emails and articles and maybe come up with a to-do list for the day as the caffeine kicks in. You're definitely not, as Jocko Willink would say, "getting after …

Leadership

Suspended – Medium

5 Habits You Need to Drop Immediately For a Successful 2018

What worked this year may not help you next year.<p>It's no secret that our world moves quickly. Start-ups launch at a rate of about 1240 per day in the U.S. alone. New technologies pop up faster than toadstools after rain and change the way we think about pretty much everything. Geographies …

Employment

7 Mantras for Those Who Have Lost Their Motivation and Hope

Earlier today, I was sitting on a park bench eating a sandwich for lunch when an elderly couple pulled their car up under a nearby oak tree. They …

Old Age

New At Your Job? You Need This One Piece Of Advice

As a new hire, are you bringing real value to your new position and company?<p>When entering into a new environment and taking on a new job title, there will always be growing pains. Even the most successful and well-established CEOs would have a steep learning curve when it comes to an entirely new …

Exiles on Pennsylvania Avenue: How Jared and Ivanka Were Repelled by Washington’s Elite

“What is off-putting about them,” one political veteran told me, “is they do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special.”<p>I. Air Force One<p>Donald Trump hoped the trip would draw a line under the Russia story, which had hounded his candidacy and was now damaging his presidency. …

10 Train Trips That Cost $100 (or Less!) You Need to Take Your Family On

See the beauty of America like never before.<p>If you've traveled around the United States by car or plane your entire life, you've been missing out on some seriously stunning countryside — but it's not too late. All of these trips are affordable and will leave you stunned by the beauty in the U.S.

'That's Stephen': White House Adviser's Controversial Style Dates Back To His Youth

Stephen Miller stood at the lectern in the White House press briefing room wearing his trademark skinny suit and tie and engaged in the kind of verbal combat he has been perfecting since high school.<p>Miller, 31, a policy adviser and speechwriter in the Trump White House, sparred with a CNN …

One of the last Blockbuster stores in the world has a hilarious Twitter account

Despite what you may believe, Blockbuster is alive and well. Okay, maybe not well, but alive and possessing a funny Twitter account.<p>The video store …

Dynasty reboot corrects original series' homophobia

When the primetime soap opera <i>Dynasty</i> first launched in the 1980s, Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) was repelled by his gay son Steven — which set up …

New Fears For Public Service Loan Forgiveness

A legal motion the Department of Education filed yesterday could have big ramifications for half a million teachers, social workers, police officers and other public servants. The motion asserts that there has been no final decision on whether these people will have their student debt forgiven, as …

9 Decorating Ideas to Steal from Joanna Gaines

We've heard a lot of haters complain that Joanna Gaines (the decorator half of Fixer Upper, HGTV's hit home renovation show based in Waco, Texas) …

There's an Island in the Caribbean Solely Dedicated to Puppies

If you thought swimming among water-loving pigs in the Exumas was your true vision of paradise, there's now an even better utopia for you to …

Caribbean

Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit due to budget

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, which would deepen its …

Finance

WATCH: Hero Biker Saves Tiny Runaway Dog Caught in Crazy Mexico City Traffic

Take a deep breath before you watch this one.<p>A tiny dog recently got loose from its owner on the streets of Mexico City and raced straight into the …

Mexico City

Opioid addiction crisis spurs brutal candor in obituaries

Andrew Oswald kept a secret.<p>Friends and neighbors in his hometown of Hamilton, N.J., knew Oswald as a gifted writer, a music buff and the kind of guy parents wanted their sons to hang around and their daughters to date.<p>On Jan. 27, Andrew died at the age of 23. His parents unsparingly shared his …

How to Trust That You'll Be Okay No Matter What

<b>“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin</b><p>Did you play with …

How To Get A Senior Executive You Don't Regularly Work With To Notice You

How do I approach someone in my organization that is two or three levels of seniority above me in another business unit that I’d like to approach/network with to express my interest in their area? If I have no day to day contact with that person, that is, I’m not in meetings etc. with them, it …

Republicans attack consumer financial watchdog as they push for his firing

The chairman of a powerful House committee welcomed the nation's top consumer financial watchdog to a hearing Wednesday by expressing surprise he showed up, and hoped he never does so again.<p>The nearly five hours of questioning that followed marked a new level of hostility in the sharply partisan …