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A Lazy Person's Guide to Happiness

Find the right environment, and very little effort is necessary.<p>Happiness is an active process, not something you get by sitting back and waiting. It’s something to be grabbed by the horns or more vulnerable areas and then conquered. At least, this is the gist of the message from Tony Robbins and …

Happiness

If You Want to Be Happy, Strive for Self-Acceptance Instead of Self-Esteem

Starting as early as elementary school, the importance of having high self-esteem was ingrained into our developing brains. Loosely defined as …

Psychology

Contacting Your Guardian Angel: Touch Messages

Ways Your Angel May Send Messages by Touch During Prayer or Meditation<p>Your guardian angel may reach out of the spiritual realm and into the physical …

Everyday Scenes Imbued With Surreal Mystery by Photographer Brooke DiDonato | Colossal

<p>Brooklyn-based photographer Brooke DiDonato twists everyday scenes to include subtle elements of mystery or illusion. In her works, flowers protrude …

Modern Art

This little machine can clean your clothes with 10 liters of water and no power

Update: The Drumi is finally in production as of late September, but without an exact ship date. Yirego, the company behind the electricity-free …

Cool Stuff

14 super successful people share the books they think everyone should read

They can be modes of escapism and fantasy; they can serve as therapy or education, catharsis or self-identification. They allow us to focus  —  they give permission to drift. Different and differing revelations can surge and mixed emotions can flood. That's the magic of words.<p>Here is the list of 14 …

Canadian Literature

Cruel can be kind: Scientific study explains why we dish out tough love

New research is suggesting we rip on our friends out of genuine concern for their well-being<p>Here’s a familiar scenario: Children frolic on a playground, and then, suddenly, a little boy pulls a little girl’s hair and then proceeds to chase her. The adults may disapprove of the bullying, but they …

HOW TO GET CUT.

I’ve wanted to get cut (low body fat percentage, to see my 6-pack) for my entire life. I am now cut, and want to share with you the secrets on how I …

Nutrition

How to build muscle: a complete guide to making a bigger, stronger you

As a personal trainer of some ten years now, I’ve seen hundreds if not thousands of people transform their physiques from the classic ‘nine stone weakling’ to walking, talking mountains of muscle.<p>Unfortunately, I’ve also seen a lot of effort wasted in the pursuit of gaining muscle size. There are …

Nutrition

Art History: What is Line Art?

It's often thought that an artist's stroke is the purest way to perceive their abilities. As a line winds across a paper or canvas, this continuous band can emit powerful emotions. Thus, it's no surprise that line art, or line drawing, is one of the most basic elements of visual art.<p>In fact, as one …

A Little Happier: An Important Lesson from a Sticky Note on a Friend’s Computer.

A note on a friend’s computer taught me a giant lesson about writing — and about life. <b>Down with boredom</b>. Whenever possible, skip the boring parts!In …

Happiness

21 Ab Workouts to Tone and Strengthen Your Core

Working out is hard, right? Between not knowing the best moves to get toned to trying to squeeze in a quick desk exercise at the office, finding what works best for you can be tough. Although exercising regularly can be difficult to manage, there are many stress-relieving benefits to all different …

Exercise

You've Got To Write Good

Word length, grammar, typeface, first person, who cares? It's like debating shades of white in a paint store.<p>For anyone to notice your words, you've gotta "write good".<p>Obviously, this means it doesn't have to be technically correct (otherwise I'd have said "write well", so please don't email me …

Creative Writing

This Mindfulness Technique Will Instantly Make You the Most Productive Person You Know

Life is busy. We’re all constantly running a million miles an hour, trying to accomplish everything as if we were superheroes.<p>Whether you’re a …

Mindfulness

Scientists think we all may be dead by 2050

<b>According to research around the future of Artificial Intelligence, the human race could vanish within our lifetime.</b><p>At last, some good news, …

Singularity

Human Emotion Physically Re-Shapes Reality. New Research

Three different studies, done by different teams of scientists proved something really extraordinary. But when a new research connected these 3 …

Genetics

A closer look at how we perceive sex through art

Last month, artist Alba Hodsoll’s exhibition <i>POV –</i> created in collaboration with friend and curator Antonia Marsh at London’s Cob Gallery – opened up a dialogue around how we perceive sex through art.<p>The multi-dimensional show was made-up of four-parts: a life-drawing session, a film by Hector …

Streetwear

These 10 powerful mantras will give you a push when life is tough

Life can be hard sometimes. No matter who you are or what your circumstances, we all encounter tough times.<p>During these times, sometimes you need a …

Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Known For Ages: Consciousness is Everywhere

A new theory in neuroscience suggests consciousness is an intrinsic property of everything, just like gravity. The theory, called Integrated …

Consciousness

Robert Pirsig dies at 88; wrote counterculture classic 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'

In the nearly five years it took Robert Pirsig to sell "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," 121 publishers rejected the rambling novel.<p>The 122nd gently warned Pirsig, a former rhetoric professor who had a job writing technical manuals, not to expect more than his $3,000 advance.<p>"The book is …

Literature

These Are the Most Crucial Stages of a Relationship, Say Dating Experts

Relationships shift and develop over time—any relationship. The way we relate to our parents, friends, and, yes, our romantic partners, move through …

Relationships

How Twombly Changed Abstract Expressionism

I look at a lot of artists. I’m inspired by – I suppose I shouldn’t say ‘inspired,’ but it’s not really influenced. I am inspired. Art comes from …

Art History

No Excuses: 3 Intense Workouts You Can Do in 10 Minutes

Here’s a hard truth: Sometimes you just won’t be able to fit in an hour-long, balls-to-the-wall workout at the gym. But don’t let an all-or-nothing …

Bodyweight Exercise

Free Eric Kim Lightroom Presets 2017

With “Eric Kim Monochrome 1600” preset on Ricoh GR IIDear friends,As a gift, download <b>Eric Kim Lightroom Presets 2017</b> (my newest free collection of …

Street Photography

Improve Your Reading Comprehension by Writing Three-Sentence Summaries

There’s no point in reading something if you don’t take some of it with you. This simple exercise, when used with diligent note taking, can help you …

These 7 brutal truths about life are hard to admit but they'll change your life when you do

You know the old saying, “Youth is wasted on the young”?<p>I think about that sometimes – how I wish I’d had the self-awareness and confidence that I …

Meditation Apps Are Becoming a Source of Zen in an Overstressed World

As stress levels rise and attention spans shrink, consumers are increasingly using technology to tap into Zen. Approximately 18 million Americans …

Meditation

Everything You Need to Know About Building Muscle Mass With Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are great strength training tools for home or while you travel, but they may not be ideal for building muscle mass when compared to …

The 7 Best Exercises to Sculpt Eye-Catching Abs

A six-pack brings all the girls to the yard… but core strength can change your life. “The core is composed of much more than just the abs,” explains …

Why Self-esteem Is Different From Confidence and How to Build Both Effectively

As humans, we sort of depend on certain qualities and traits. For example, self-esteem and self-confidence (or confidence) are two fundamental …