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40+ Life-Changing Books to Read This Year

Knowledge is king. The first step to creating change in your life is to know what you're doing wrong or why you need to change. We've picked out 41 books that will better your life in a dramatic way. Whether it's figuring out how to get out of debt, learning how to be happier, or trying to find …

How Soon Will You Lose Your Job To An AI Robot? ...Or Is That The Wrong Question?

We often read articles that pit man v machines — will the robots take our jobs, will AI take over and make us stupid — and yes, I’ve written some of these articles.<p>But as is so often true with predicting the future, the truth will likely not be an either or scenario, but rather shades of grey. …

How a Three-Year-Long Prank Landed Me a Job at 'South Park'

This prank truly is the GOAT.<p><i>Get the VICE App on iOS and Android.</i><p>I had just gotten a job writing for a sitcom, so when my agent Mickey got married I felt a lot of pressure to give him a "funny" gift. I got him a goat—specifically, I paid Oxfam International about $40 to donate a goat to a village …

This Is What Actually Happens to Your Body When You Don't Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation messes with you from head to toe—and a third of the population is losing a lot of zzz's.<p>There's no question that sleep deprivation is an American epidemic, with a third of the country getting less shut-eye than the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night, according to recent research …

10 Troubling Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to define. Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it's taken ahold of you.<p>Unhappiness is lethal to everyone around you, just like second-hand smoke. The famous …

The Question You Should Ask Yourself When You're Losing Motivation

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

3 Essential Habits That Will Immediately Boost Your Reliability

We crave reliability in others. We want reliable investments, cell service, mail delivery, flight arrivals, co-workers, friends, etc. But what about ourselves? See how you can instantly become more reliable.<p>A business that delivers reliable results is a sum of reliable individuals. So business …

47 Amazingly Talented Artists and Designers to Follow on Instagram

There you are, hunched over your laptop trying with all your might to write a catchy headline or design an engaging graphic…and you’re feeling …

9 Motivational Habits To Get More Work Done In A Day

We often keep complaining about the lack of time for completing a project and always keep asking for an extension. Since it’s practically impossible …

The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you

Sometimes in life, all the experience and knowledge simmering around in that ol’ consciousness of ours combines itself in a way that suddenly causes …

11 Life-Changing Books To Help You Build Better Habits

When you woke up this morning, what did you do first?<p>Did you hop in the shower, check your email, or grab a doughnut from the kitchen counter? Did …

24 Websites to Offer Coding at School

<i>This piece was co-authored with Rachel Paulter, marketer at Chalk.com.</i><p>Computer science (CS) education faces a crisis. The White House calls computer science "an economic and social imperative for the next generation of American students." Yet only 1 in 4 elementary and high schools teach …

How To Stop Procrastinating By Using The “2-Minute Rule”

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish …

Crossword Puzzles

These 20 Books Are Game Changers, Read Them Before You Turn 30

Mike Bryan<p>Read full profile<p>Books offer wisdom that we ourselves might need years to figure out. Between 20 and 30, we all would undergo lots of …

A neuroscientist explains why you should stop listening to music while you work

I've been absolutely amazed by how much more productive and creative I am with Pandora's Mozart or "classical guitar" station playing quietly in the background.<p>Curious as to what exactly was going on in my brain during these listening sessions, I reached out to Daniel Levitin, a cognitive …

Ask The Expert: Five Books That Will Help You Master Storytelling

Propoint’s resident raconteur, Brian Roff, sat down with Columbia professor and presentation consultant Jesse Scinto to discuss how to create and deliver great presentations. In this excerpt from their conversation, we focus on storytelling. In our next article, we’ll continue with how to really …

How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps

It’s 2:00 p.m. Your lunch sits snugly in your stomach causing fog to settle over your brain. Your energy is low. Thought processes stop mid-stream. …

4 Truly Enlightening Ideas From Self-Help Books

Looking to make changes? We sifted through this year's new releases, eliminated anything superficial or silly and discovered a few practical, illuminating techniques.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>40 Books To Read Before Turning 40

When You're Feeling Down, Remember These 15 Tips for Peace and Happiness

<i>By Laura Caseley, writer at LittleThings.com</i><p>Are you feeling down, or stressed out from life in general? Are you just feeling like everything is kind of <i>blah</i>?<p>Maybe you're even beating yourself up about it. After all, your life is probably pretty good, so what do you have to feel bad about?<p>Whoa there. …

A minimalist shares 17 tips for decluttering your life

That might be a tall order for many of us, but the truth is, we could do it in bursts and spurts, using a handful of easy-to-follow rules.<p>The other day I wrote about the idea of setting rules instead of goals ... today I want to share a few ideas for rules to help you get decluttered and …

Imitating the habits of successful people is ultimately pointless

Usually, it's something along the lines of eating kale, being up at the crack of dawn, and developing groundbreaking advancements in technology before breakfast.<p>I think there was some mention of drinking warm water with lemon juice too, but that seems so far-fetched I may have imagined it …<p>These …

The Purpose Of Meditation — It's Not What You Think

Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.<p>That said, things can get …

Why evolution may be intelligent, based on deep learning

Moth Orchid flower (credit: Christian Kneidinger)A computer scientist and biologist propose to unify the theory of evolution with learning theories …

Machine Learning

The 7-Step Morning Ritual That Will Make You Happy All Day

We read a lot about this or that morning ritual that will make you productive. But what about one that makes you happy?<p>Research shows that being …

How Soon Before Your Job Is Done By A Robot? This Handy Chart Will Tell You

McKinsey recently published research looking at the automation potential of 750 jobs, analyzing each across across 18 capabilities. It found that 45% …

Here Are 10 Powerful New Insights From The Science Of Happiness

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings from the last year.<p><i>This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.</i><p>More than a decade after <i>Greater Good</i> first started reporting on the science of compassion, generosity, …