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A Reminder to Stop Forcing Life and to Start Living It

<b>I'm a recovering control freak.</b><p>There, I said it.<p>This means that sometimes I want to force life to be the way I want it to be. I mean, I'm the gal who spent four years trying to make my relationship work, even though I knew three months in that my ex-boyfriend and I were a terrible fit for one …

30 Principles That Turn Good Kids into Good Adults

My grandpa had a different way of looking at things. Chances are he was a lot like your grandpa. Words of wisdom in one-liner form flowed from him just like Ben Franklin's under his Silence Dogood pen name. I once heard another adult provide an excuse for mischief done by her sons. She made the …

These 12 Incredibly Successful People Will Change The Way You Think About Depression

In a world where 350 million people suffer from depression, it's hard to fathom why the illness could be brushed under the rug. But for public figures in the spotlight, facing the world with composure is often a higher priority than facing what's going on internally.<p>Icons whose faces have been …

Stop Torturing Yourself With Your Thoughts!

I want to offer you some immediate relief from yourself! What I mean by this is that most of us, yes even you, torture ourselves with our thoughts!<p>In my own life and in coaching others, I have observed that one of the biggest sources of suffering comes from what we choose to believe about our …

The Extremes People Go Through To Pay Off Student Debt Quickly

Congratulations, class of 2014: You finally graduated and today are the proud owners of a college degree and around $30,000 in student debt.<p>Your next step, before your deferment ends, might be to select a repayment plan, possibly looking at a decade or two of paying these bills. Which may lead you …

Against Positive Thinking: Uncertainty as the Secret of Happiness

Having studied under Positive Psychology pioneer Dr. Martin Seligman, and having read a great deal on the art-science of happiness and the role of optimism in well-being, I was at first incredulous of a book with the no doubt intentionally semi-scandalous title of <b>The Antidote: Happiness for People</b> …

The Secret to Getting What You Want

Take a moment to answer the following question:<p><b>What do you want?</b><p>What do you want for yourself for the next 30 days? 90 days? 12 months? 5 years?<p>Pay particular attention to how you chose to respond to the above question. It's important and it reveals to you something you may or may not have been …

Relax, You're Going to Be Criticized

<b>What are you bracing against?</b><p><i>The Practice:</i><p>Relax, you're going to be criticized.<p><i>Why?</i><p>The title of this practice is a little tongue-in-cheek. What I mean is, most of us -- me included -- spend time worrying about criticism: past, present, and even future. Yes, try hard, keep agreements, "don't be …

Mindfulness

Lessons on Love From 100 American Couples

I traveled around the country interviewing happy couples; this is what I learned.<p>I’m a single, 20-something woman, so I should note off the bat that I don’t know much about marriage. But most young singles go into what is meant to be a lifelong commitment relatively clueless. Our perceptions of …

It's Official -- The Book Is Dead

You know how sometimes you notice something and realize that the universe is sending you a message: "This is the future -- the world as you know is finished."?<p>That happened to me last Saturday on a visit to Manhattan. I was walking down Third Avenue on my way to the Winter Antiques Show at the Park …

MyRA: Understanding President Obama's Retirement Savings Plan

Almost half of American households live with little to no savings. President Obama has a new plan to fix that — the "myRA" savings account. Host Michel Martin talks about the plan with TIME magazine's Rana Foroohar and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>This is …

All of the Above: Lori Ellison’s Dazzling Humility

Lori Ellison’s incremental, interdependent shapes well up across the surface of a page or panel, their rhythmic patterns at once contained and …

Erin Riley’s sexy stitches make it to the top of our list this Friday. 

Erin Riley’s sexy stitches make it to the top of our list this Friday.

New Orleans: Free walking tours that go beyond the French Quarter

New Orleans has some nice options when it comes to free tours that explore the popular French Quarter but also delve into other parts of the city's history too. Visit cemeteries, the Garden District, the Mississippi River and more on foot with guides that bet you'll love the experience -- and tip …

6 Quick Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Life Before You Die

Perhaps, in 2013, you didn't finish a novel, due, not to your short attention span, but rather, the bombardment of literary choices at your disposal. Perhaps, in 2013, you didn't commit to a relationship either, overwhelmed with the sheer number of bicep bearing or sideboob sporting singles …

How to Invest in Yourself and Watch Your Life Change in 2014

The first thing many people think of when talking about investing is the stock market, mutual funds and building wealth.<p>But what about the other most important investment you can make?<p>YOU! The best investment you can make is in yourself. Here are five ways to invest in yourself that will change …

Forget Resolutions -- This Year I'm Making a Daily Contract With Myself

I've never been big on New Year's resolutions. Setting grand, lofty resolutions only to be forgotten weeks into the year may be well intended, but for the most part, are ineffective.<p>I am a true believer that it's the small, everyday changes we make that collectively result in great change. So this …

Cute Kid Note Of The Day: A Math Homework Mystery

If you weren't already convinced, today's cute kid note proves that word problems take place in an alternate universe.<p><b>Title:</b> My Mom Wants To Know...<p><b>Author:</b> Ben<p><b>Age:</b> 8<p><b>Magical Realism:</b> The average gas price per gallon in the U.S. is currently around $3.27.<p><b>Keep dreaming:</b> Mom says this note made a …

4 Truths About Your Metabolism

People talk about their metabolism a lot. You'd think they actually understand it. But often that's not the case. Here are 4 things you should know …

The Top 10 Mistakes 20-Somethings Make Regarding Real Estate

You probably think I'm just a bit crazy for including the phrase "20-something" and "real estate" in the same title.<p>Okay, maybe you have a point. At this point in life, many 20-somethings are more interested in when the next game of Call of Duty will start than the best way to start building their …

5 Mistakes People Make When Meeting Someone New

<i>By Amy Shearn</i><p>Cut these habits out of every first encounter and watch the world discover just how intelligent and charming you really are.<p><b>Mistake #1: Offering To Order Everyone Drinks From The Open Bar</b><p>It doesn't <i>look</i> like a mistake. It doesn't smell like a mistake. In fact, it seems like exactly the …

I Learned Everything I Needed to Know About Marriage From Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen's classic is 200 years old, but longtime spouses and relationship experts alike stand by the principles it presents.<p>When I teach Jane Austen’s <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>, I take great pains to un-sully it from students’ film-adaptation-induced misconceptions that it’s a “romantic” novel. As a …

Tell us something we don't know

This really puts those "Welcome to Austin, please don't move here" stickers into perspective.<p>In news you probably already knew, <i>Time</i> is reporting that …

Christie’s record auction is actually a gauge for how far the art market has fallen

The very first time the “art world collapsed”—for those keeping track—was the night of Oct. 19, 1973, and it did so “not with a whimper but with a bid.” So wrote critic Barbara Rose a month later in New York magazine, in a scathing takedown of the first widely publicized “record-setting” auction of …

Fine Art

10 Common Mistakes That Prevent You From Being Happy and Healthy Today, Backed by Science

I'm fascinated by the link between the way we live our daily lives and the health and happiness we enjoy.<p>There are choices that you make every day, some of which seem completely unrelated to your health and happiness, that dramatically impact the way you feel mentally and physically.<p>With that said, …

Happiness

A Shockingly High Number of Americans Experience Poverty

According to new research, almost 40 percent of adults experience impoverishment by age 60. But while poverty's reach is wide, it isn't necessarily deep.<p>Americans have a habit of talking about poverty as if it were a deep gulch somewhere at the fringe of the U.S. economy. We imagine a few …

Yep, Being a Young, American Adult Is a Financial Nightmare

Here are the graphs to prove it.<p>Poverty is an astonishingly common experience here in the world's richest country. As I wrote this morning, almost 40 percent of American adults experience it for at least a year by age 60.<p>But you know who poverty is especially common among? Young adults.<p>Based on the …

Where Millennials Can Make It Now

What The Happiest People Do At Work

By Jena Pincott<p><i>Of course, they're doing something they find meaningful. But what else makes them so darn positive?</i><p><b>They're remembering a famous ad campaign.</b><p>There are multiple realities -- and happy people choose the most helpful and positive one, writes researcher Shawn Achor in his new book, Before …