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Beyond Money, What’s the One Thing You Need Most at a New Job?

There’s a lot more to finding the right job than just a high salary, although everyone likes a nice paycheck. Besides money, what is your number one …

Employment

Why You Should Help Others When You Need a Boost Yourself

We all have days when we’re just not really in the mood for work and try to alleviate our sluggishness with another trip to the coffee machine, but …

Happiness

The complete guide to cycling to work

Crowded, sweaty subways. Delayed buses. Canceled trains. The general aura of pre-work angst. In cities around the world, the morning trek to the office via public transport is far from invigorating.<p>It doesn’t have to be this way.<p>Cycling to work is often faster and cheaper than taking public …

Swimming Pools

Get a 50% Bonus When You Transfer Membership Rewards to BA

Despite a recent devaluation, transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to British Airways still makes for a good redemption. While BA no longer …

Flying

How to Use 100,000 Citi ThankYou Rewards Points

<b>Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier Card, Citi Prestige Card</b><p><i>If you got</i> …

Reuse Old Pickle Jars for Even More Flavorful Homemade Pickles

It’s not like store-bought pickles are expensive, but it’s kind of fun to pickle your own produce. It’s also pretty easy, especially if you have some …

Homemade

'Serial' podcast's Adnan Syed's new trial appealed

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Maryland Attorney General's office is appealing a new trial granted to Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the focus of the first season of the popular "Serial" podcast.<p>In the appeal on Monday, Attorney General Brian Frosh's office urged Baltimore Judge Martin Welch to "review, and …

Crime

How to Gracefully Recover From a Major Mistake at Work

Several years ago, I had a co-worker—we’ll call her Jane—who was assigned to work with our SVP’s office on a high-profile event. The project (and the …

Employment

What Listening to Music at Work Does to Your Brain (It's Pretty Amazing)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press Play, …

listeningtomusic

Stop Investing In Individual Stocks, Use ETFs or Mutual Funds Instead

Investing your money to make it grow for the future is a good idea. Picking individual stocks to do it isn’t. If you’re still in the habit of …

Peter Francis Geraci buys penthouse condo for $8.63M after legal battle

Chicago bankruptcy attorney Peter Francis Geraci, who came out on top of a lengthy legal battle to buy a luxury Near North penthouse, closed the $8.63 million deal last week.<p>Geraci and his wife, Holly, bought the 6,000-square-foot penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton Residences, taking possession two …

Real Estate

Video: Man lights 6,000 matches and the result is mesmerizing

Lining up and then knocking down upwards of 6,000 dominos is certainly interesting, but we’ll do you one better. Recently, the HTD YouTube channel …

This Graphic Shows You How to Make 13 Popular Fast Foods at Home

Fast food isn’t great for you, but it sure does taste good. This graphic has recipes for thirteen popular fast foods so you can split the difference …

Do You Track Your Net Worth?

You probably (hopefully) track your budget every month, but your net worth doesn’t need quite as much attention. It’s still a good idea to keep an …

Personal Finance

30 days of our best grilling tips

Come back every day in June for a fresh piece of advice on how to make the most of your summer barbecues. (Click to show captions for more detail.)

Why the Sound of Running Water Makes You Want to Pee

Some people like the sound of running water because it helps them relax. For others, it creates a strong urge to urinate. This is no coincidence, and …

Self-improvement

Everything You Need To Know About Buying Or Leasing A Car Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day kicks off the start of summer and some of you will be using to holiday to shop for a new ride. This weekend can be a great opportunity …

Memorial Day Weekend

How to eat in the heat

You know how your food cravings change with the season? There’s a legit scientific reasoning for that. “The body reflects what’s happening outside,” …

If You Lose Your Driver’s License, Here’s How to Navigate Airport Security

If you’re traveling and you lose your driver’s license, it’s stressful figuring out how you’re going to get on your flight. Luckily, the TSA …

Identity Theft

New buildings near 'L' mostly aimed at well-to-do

In a city that seems increasingly divided between rich and poor, the "L" is the great equalizer.<p>While just a lucky few can get box seats at the ballgame, or send their kids to Latin School, anyone can pay $2.25 to squash into a rush hour train.<p>But what if you can't afford to live <i>near</i> the "L"?<p>Some …

Urban Design

The Best Things to Buy at the Dollar Store

Dollar stores are a minefield of cheap junk and questionable food, but there are also some great deals on stuff you use every day. If you know what …

Here's the Correct Way to Use Hand Sanitizer, According to Science

Scientists have figured out the most effective technique to cleaning your hands with hand sanitizer by having 120 participants test out two methods …

World Health Organization

Give Softer Criticism With the "What I Like..." Feedback Model

Giving criticism isn’t easy, especially if the person you’re giving it to is sensitive. This approach lets you keep criticism in a positive light so …

Bourdain brings 'Parts Unknown,' and a big appetite, to Chicago

Anthony Bourdain, the globe-trotting seeker of interesting people and places and things to eat, stopped moving long enough to sit in one of the most peaceful places in Chicago. He and his friend, local tavern keeper, painter and writer Bruce Elliott, spent some time together recently at the Alfred …

Every shot Kobe Bryant ever took. All 30,699 of them

Kobe Bryant's 30,699th and final field goal came from 19 feet with 31 seconds left against the Utah Jazz. During his 20 years with the Lakers, he fired up more than 30,000 shots, including the regular season and playoffs.<p>Take a tour of key shots over his 20-year career, or explore the makes and …

5 Books That Will Inspire You to Never Give Up on Your Dreams

Sometimes, all you need is a reminder of where you're headed.<p>I am an avid reader. I read because there is so much incredible material out there to learn from, but I also read to stay inspired. In the same way movies and YouTube montages and podcasts inspire, books can have a tremendous impact on …

Motivation

How do cats always land on their feet?

Those are some stunning acrobatics from an African Caracal. <i>(BBC's "Life in the Air")</i>

BBC

Brand Names You Might Be Pronouncing Incorrectly

There are a handful of brand names out there that are commonly mispronounced. A lot of it has to do with a mistranslation between languages, but it’s …

Language