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Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

The Podcasts That Changed How I Learn, Think And Eat

Make commuting to work a daily joy with audiobooks and podcasts. My commute is about one hour each way, meaning I have close to 500 hours per year to devote to consuming high-quality content. I was able to crunch through Thomas Piketty’s marvelous <i>Capital in the 21st Century</i> (a daunting 800+ page …

Nobel Prize

Get your credit score ready for the home-buying process

<b>Dear Liz:</b> What score do you need to be approved for a mortgage? Is 520 even close? If not, how do I get that score higher quickly?<p><b>Answer:</b> A score of 520 on the usual 300-to-850 FICO scale is pretty bad. Theoretically, you might be able to get a mortgage if you can make a large down payment, but …

Personal Finance

Homeowners: Use these year-end tax moves to save ahead of tax reform

Homeowners might want to consider prepaying certain house-related expenses this year in advance of tax legislation that could clear Congress as early …

Personal Finance

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think | Inc.com

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.<p>The reason for this phenomenon is quite simple -- through air traffic control and the inertial guidance system, pilots are constantly …

Self-improvement

The 50 Best TV Shows On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: March 16th</b><p>There are plenty of good TV series on Netflix Instant (and you can find more with these secret codes). If you’re trying to figure out what to watch next, here’s a great place to start with a look at 50 of the best shows on Netflix right now, ranked (including some of the …

The Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

What Amazon is to shopping and social media is to information, Netflix is to entertainment: disruptive and dominant. After their red envelopes …

CARL ICAHN WARNS: I think the meltdown is only just beginning

The sell-off in high-yield — aka junk — bonds, issued by companies with relatively low-credit quality, comes in the wake of Third Avenue Management telling clients that they would not redeem money from a bond fund due to, among other things, "a general reduction of liquidity in the" bond …

Markets

My Brain’s Stronger Than Your Brain

In a recent episode of The Tim Ferris Show (my favorite podcast, behind The Productivity Show, of course), Tim Ferris interviews Arnold …

Meditation

How to Keep Feces Out of Your Bloodstream (or Lose 10 Pounds in 14 Days)

Following our Paleolithic ancestors, our Neolithic ancestors lost an average of six inches in height. Most people now have those last 5-10 pounds …

Quick look: The BlueSYNC SPB is an All-in-One Bluetooth speaker w/ FM radio, 2200mAH Powerbank, and more

The GoGroove BlueSYNC SPB combines all your favorite gadgets into one compact device. It’s a Bluetooth speaker, speaker phone, FM radio and 2200mAh rechargeable battery pack. You’ll feel like a kid again taking calls and listening to music as the controls are similar to those of a walkie-talkie or …

Funny things to ask Siri, from jokes to Easter eggs [iOS Tips]

There are plenty of funny things to ask Siri. One of my daughter’s favorite things to do with Siri on my iPhone, besides rename me all sorts of ridiculous names, is to ask it questions.<p>“Siri,” she’ll say, “what is your real name?” Siri will reply with how she really doesn’t like talking about …