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Building the smart home of your dreams is easier than you think — here are 6 simple ways to get started

Before we knew how connected homes would come together, the prototypes seemed far-fetched and way too complicated.<p>Fortunately, building a smart home today is not nearly as intimidating or overwhelming as it initially seemed. It's easy, especially if you start small and build little by …

Smart Homes

Why Your Brain Hates You When You Wake Up in the Middle of the Night

The late-night spiral into that black hole of depression, explainedThe shitty thing you said to a close relative who passed soon after. The …

Sleep

6 Home Maintenance Tasks You May Not Even Realize You Have to Do

Home maintenance and ownership go hand in hand, so you're no doubt aware that there's plenty you <i>should</i> be doing (hello, gutter cleaning!). Sorry to …

Home Improvement

How to Protect Your Home Router from Attacks

A comprehensive guide for choosing and setting up secure Wi-Fi.<p>Your router, that box sitting in a corner of your house giving you internet access, is in many ways more important than your laptop or mobile phone. It might not store any of your personal information directly, but sensitive data passes …

Information Security

12 Furniture Stores Like IKEA To Buy Minimalist Home Decor

We’re not hating on IKEA, but they aren’t the only ones doing minimalist modern home decor right. Although IKEA’s prices are hard to beat, we’ve found some awesome alternatives at every price point that will have you saying, “IKEA who?”<p>Get creative with your modern aesthetic and <b>check out these 12</b> …

Home Decorating

MasterClass Announces Armin van Buuren to Teach Dance Music

MasterClass, the premier online education platform, announced today that legendary DJ Armin van Buuren is teaching his first ever online class. The …

5 classic traps from car dealers to avoid

With one foot on the bumper of a broken-down used car, the salesman asks, “If I give you a sweet deal, will you buy this baby today?”<p>While the car-buying experience is now more transparent — shoppers can find some pricing details online — there’s still some truth in this image of a fast-talking …

Personal Finance

The 21 Best Smart Home Devices of 2017

This was the year that I discovered just how glorious a smart home can be, and luckily, it was also a year in which some of the most innovative devices made their debut. From lights to music to fitness and more, ahead, I've highlighted the 21 devices that <i>really</i> changed my life this year. And the …

This Paint Trick Makes Rooms Look Much More Expensive

I spend a lot of time looking at pictures of kitchens, and I see some really, really expensive designs. Not everyone can afford marble countertops or …

Kitchens

How To Watch Porn On Your Phone — The Right Way

We use our phones for everything these days. If that includes watching porn, don't worry: You're in very good company. There's still a stigma around …

App Store

Indestructible houseplants

It’s all too easy to kill off your beloved plants, but certain species are as tough as old boots<p>In gardening there are many myths, but perhaps the most prevalent one is that of “green fingers”. There’s this popular idea that some people are magically endowed with an innate, superpower ability to …

Plants

12 elegant ideas for styling up your home

Decorating a house is a long process, but we think we can break it down into more manageable chunks and easy to follow tips, by observing what …

The ultimate guide to learning anything faster

<i>“If only I learned about investing when I was still in my early twenties…”</i><p>If only.<p>For many of us, there are more things we want to learn than we have time.<p>As information becomes more readily accesible online, the number of things we want to learn is only continuing to increase. And the only …

In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates

When it comes to brain training, some workouts seem to work better than others.<p>A comparison of the two most common training methods scientists use to improve memory and attention found that one was twice as effective as the other. The more effective method also changed brain activity in a part of …

The Brain

Design Master Class: How to Style Your Home Like a Pro

"Stuff"—we all have it. Some of us are just better at displaying ours than others. To level the playing field a bit we reached out to a bunch of …

Home Decorating

20 Smart And Practical Home Decor Tips Our Readers Actually Swear By

Do you follow the 1-3-5 rule?<p><i>Note: Some responses have been lightly edited for length or clarity.</i>

29 Budget-Friendly Sites To Find Cheap Home Decor

Though there are loads of sites to snag discount furniture, it seems finding cheap and inexpensive home decor is its own unique challenge.<p>From finding cheap rugs and expensive-looking coffee tables, to snagging affordable mid-century furniture styles, the online options are endless for home design …

Shopping

12 Must-Read Books That Will Raise Your Emotional Intelligence | Inc.com

I didn't learn about emotional intelligence until well into my 30s. By that time, I had started to realize that the best leaders -- those exhibiting high levels of EQ -- typically showed more self-awareness, collaborated better with others, and got promoted faster.<p>While EQ has been hotly debated …

Leadership

Hate practicing? This brain hack could help you improve memory and learn faster.

Most tasks get easier with repetition. Whether it’s wrangling data in Excel, public speaking or cramming facts for a big meeting, any sort of tricky …

The Brain

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do

Raising mentally strong kids who are equipped to take on real-world challenges requires parents to give up the unhealthy — yet popular — parenting practices that are robbing kids of mental strength.<p>Of course, helping kids build mental muscle isn’t easy — it requires parents to be mentally strong as …

Self-help

Investing 101: What should you do when the stock market drops? How to plan for the inevitable now

Stock investors — including anyone who invests in a 401(k) — might be feeling exuberant these days. The market keeps on hitting record price levels, …

Stock Markets

Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents Who Do These 9 Things | Inc.com

Much has been written about the attributes of high-achieving adults, and what makes them different from everyone else. But if you're a parent, a more compelling question may be: "What can I do to make sure my kids succeed in life?" Here's what researchers say.<p>1. Don't tell them they can be anything …

Teen Pregnancy

Want to Raise Mentally Strong Kids? Do These 3 Things (Most Parents Don't Do Any of Them) | Inc.com

Challenges, hardship, and setbacks are inevitable. Teaching kids to build mental muscle helps them become resilient. It's also the key to helping them reach their greatest potential in life.<p>But, it's easy to get so caught up in day-to-day issues, like homework and soccer practice, that you forget …

Self-help

Want to save money and grow richer? This is the best way to rank financial priorities.

Ready to get your financial house in order? You need to know where to start: how much money you really need at your age to meet your goals — and how …

Personal Finance

How to learn to play the piano in six weeks

In How to Play the Piano, the concert pianist James Rhodes teaches readers how they can learn the instrument in just six weeks. Watch the video above to find out more.<p>Many adults express a desire to learn an instrument, but may have been put off by childhood lessons, the dread of long and tedious …

Learning

How to use a password manager (and why you really should)

If for some cruel reason I was forced to rewrite that mid-‘90s viral essay / hit single “Wear Sunscreen,” I would replace the titular advice with a simple plea: use a password manager. Like sunscreen, it can be a hassle to apply, but it’s an easy way to stop yourself from getting burned.<p>The reasons …

Information Systems

Here is how to talk to your kids about President Trump

In her new book, <i>How Do I Explain This to My Kids: Parenting in the Age of Trump</i>, child psychologist Dr. Ava Siegler brings together stories by …

Donald Trump

The Secret to Beautiful Living Rooms Is This Design Method

I spotted the living room above in a recent Brooklyn house tour and instantly loved it. You can immediately see that it's a balanced, well-appointed …

Home Decorating

Do These 5 Emotionally Intelligent Things Within 5 Minutes Of Meeting Someone

Being instantly likable isn’t rocket science, but this checklist takes practice to master in the short space of a first impression.<p>What’s the point of networking if not to get other people to like you? Sure, you need new contacts to see you as interesting, competent, professional, and potentially …

Emotional Intelligence

12 Ways to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be | Inc.com

When you're at a point where you feel ready to take yourself to the next level, how do you make it happen?<p>When you want to succeed in new ways, what are the next couple of movies you must take?<p>Here are a dozen significant ways you can help yourself get from where you are to where you want to be:<p><b>1.</b> …

Motivation