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Inside the psychology of productivity

You wake up with it in the morning and go to bed thinking about it at night: an ever-crushing load of emails, meetings, conference calls, and tasks that needed to get done yesterday. Family time means reading sales reports in the room where your kids are playing video games. For entrepreneurs, …

The 10 most important Youtube videos of all time

In the past decade, the website has become a huge part of our culture and an important platform for brands to engage with users.<p>It's where music videos live. It's where movie trailers premiere. It's where a whole new class of multimillionaire "Youtube stars" have cropped up.<p>To chart Youtube's …

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Animated DIY Card Cleverly Mimics Computer Loading Screen

Instructables contributor goldlego, also known as Calvin Nutter, produced a clever greeting card that mimics the aesthetics of an old computer loading screen. Better yet, it's animated, and as you pull the card from the envelope, the bars appear to “load.” Nutter created a detailed, step-by-step …

Aesthetics

Here’s how to reap mental, physical rewards of gardening

Anyone who gardens regularly can tell you the psychological, physical and social benefits they gain from the experience. But research is beginning to …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we've ever printed<p>Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines …

'I saw terrible things in Syria, but the first time I cried was in Lewes prison'

The aroma of lamb skewers cooking on the charcoal grill wafts out of the restaurant kitchen. The chef, Roudi Chikho, a Syrian refugee, is in his element as he chops ripe tomatoes and fragrant mint for tabbouleh.<p>In many ways, Chikho is one of the lucky ones. Since being granted refugee status in the …

An alternative to female genital mutilation that prevents girls suffering

I was circumcised when I was 13, as is the custom in my culture. I am a Maasai woman, and where I am from, in the Loita Hills of south-west Kenya, nearly all girls are circumcised when they begin menstruating.<p>My procedure involved the removal of my clitoris, my labia minora and the partial removal …

Top ten experiences in Tasmania

Tasmania is still Australia, but beguilingly and bewitchingly it’s just that little bit different. It’s compact enough to ‘do’ in a week and layered enough to keep bringing you back. The island state produces gourmet food and wine, and a flourishing arts scene and a burgeoning urban cool point to a …

Free Things to Do in Sydney

TravelFree Things to Do<p>Urban and rugged, adventurous and chic, Sydney is a city that has it all. Its position as a booming global destination gives it a reputation for expensive taste, but the truth is that its down-to-earth design gives families plenty of opportunities to explore for free. Even …

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Does Christmas Music Make Us Buy Less?

It happens, invariably, in November.<p>You’re walking the aisle of a local grocery store, innocently reaching for a gallon of milk, when it hits you: You’re whistling “Feliz Navidad.” Or humming “Jingle Bell Rocks.” Or stifling the irresistible urge to blurt out, “Parum Pum Pum Pum.”<p>You try your best …

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …

13 Health Studies From 2013 Every Woman Should Know About

The thing about research developments is that they are exactly that -- developments. Studies need to be replicated, with more participants, better controls and in more direct ways, then replicated again (and again), before they're considered definitive.<p>But that's not to say that studies aren't …

The calm before (and during) the holiday storm

If when people sing 'Oh ho, the mistletoe…' you hear 'uh oh, the stress and woe…', then you need an injection of calm this holiday season. Stress and anxiety can ruin yuletide festivities, but rest assured, there are ways to embrace the insanity – in fact, every global culture has methods of …

Loneliness

What your Facebook status says about you

Scientists use Facebook to know your personality better than your friends do.<p>Who are you?<p>It's a question so broad as to be ridiculous, but if you've posted a Facebook status update recently, there's a chance you've already answered it.<p>Last month, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania …

The psychology of hunger

In November 1944, 36 young men took up residence in the corridors and rooms of the University of Minnesota football stadium. They were not members of …

Losing Is the New Winning

How we came to fetishize failure<p>Now is the time for all good men to fail. Good women, too. Fail early and often, and don’t be shy about admitting it. Failing isn’t shameful; it’s not even failure. Such is the message of a growing body of self-help and leadership literature. “Why hide deficiencies …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Dishonest Deeds Lead to 'Cheater's High' as Long as No One Gets Hurt, Study Finds

WASHINGTON — People who get away with cheating when they believe no one is hurt by their dishonesty are more likely to feel upbeat than remorseful …

Gap years: ten questions to ask when choosing a project

** Questions suggested by <b>Responsible Travel</b> (www.responsibletravel.com/ RT) and <b>Quest Overseas</b> (www.questoverseas.com/ QO).<p><b>1. How do you select your participants?</b><p>You will have done plenty of research to find the right programme for you but it is also important that the organisation you have chosen …

Project Management

Five expert tips for getting started in travel writing

So you say you want to be a travel writer? You want to wander the world, sending back tantalising tales of far-flung adventures to magazines, newspapers and websites. And get paid handsomely for it. Is that too much to ask?<p>Well, surveying the scene of travel publishing right now is a little like …

Ohio kidnappings: what makes men take women and children prisoner?

The annals of criminal history are writ large with ordinary streets that hide dark secrets, but even so the peculiar horror believed to have been …