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By Chris McGuigan | How to become (and stay) the best possible version of you.

The Art of Sprezzatura

This article is MFM's look at sprezzatura – the Italian art of studied carelessness and effortless style.

On ‘Making It’ as a Photographer, or: What if Your House Burned Down?

What if your house burned down? Have you still “made it” as a photographer?<p>3 weeks ago I was sitting, much as I do now, winding down on a Saturday …

Photographers

The number of teens who are depressed is soaring — and all signs point to smartphones

• <b>The number of American teens with depressed thoughts has been increasing since 2012.</b>• <b><br>Looking at the data, it's possible to rule out some factors that might be causing it, like economic inequality and academic pressure.</b>• <b><br>Jean Twenge, author of "iGen," believes all signs point to increased smartphone</b> …

Depression

11 things the most organized and productive people do every day

<i>Sebastiaan ter Burg/Flickr</i><p><b>LinkedIn Influencer Travis Bradberry published this post originally on LinkedIn.</b>• <b><br>Setting aside time to organize each day can help you get more done.</b>• <b><br>Highly productive people don't respond to emails as they arrive.</b>• <b><br>They also only use a single to-do list and plan their day the</b> …

Productivity

20 Simple Ways to Hack Your Happiness, According to Science

From taking walks to listening to music -- do small things to greatly boost your happy quotient.<p>Happiness, anger, depression, anxiety, excitement -- we’ve all experienced each of these emotions before. It’s part of the human condition and how we’re wired. But if we had the option to feel happy …

Happiness

Why You Should Never Check a Bag

Who needs more than five jackets, anyway?<p>You're headed on a long trip—let's say, Africa. Two weeks. It'll be safari, beach, maybe a trip to Cape Town for a bit of shopping (or Accra for those with a serious designer's eye). So you're going to need a ton of gear between climate and terrain changes, …

Airlines

‘My Wife Won’t Let Me Photograph Women’

When photographer Manny Ortiz first took up portrait photography, his wife Diana wasn’t happy about him photographing women — he soon learned that …

Marriage

The Secret to Traveling in Sweatpants

Think slim and cozy, not sloppy.<p>There was a time when people dressed up for the airport. Then there was a time when people would get salty about the fact that airport style was no longer a thing. Now, we've mostly chilled out, and it's just sweatpants, sweatpants, sweatpants, designed by athletic …

Clothing

The Surface Beast: Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a MacBook Pro Killer

Over the last year I have been slowly migrating from Apple to Windows, and to be honest breaking out of the walled gardens that I lived within (some …

Laptops

You can slow down time by making even the smallest moments into lasting memories using 3 steps

• <b>Building a reservoir of good memories can increase your happiness and make time seem less like it's speeding by.</b>• <b><br>You can do this by creating moments of elevation — attending things that are sensory, raising the stakes on events, or breaking the script.</b>• <b><br>Celebrate moments of pride — even when you</b> …

Happiness

Guerrilla Games: "We've gone from designing rollercoaster rides to theme parks"

Jan-Bart van Beek isn't just the art director for Horizon: Zero Dawn. He's the reason for its very being.<p>Back in 2010, with Killzone 3 nearing …

Gaming Industry

Starting a Side-Hustle: How to Earn Your First $1000 on Instagram as an Influencer

Have you been secretly wondering if you too can start making some money as an Instagram influencer?<p>Have you been secretly wondering if you too can start making some money as an Instagram influencer? You've got a decent number of Instagram followers, and regularly post content that gets a lot of …

Social Media Marketing

Taste Rums From Around the World at This Gorgeous New Resort In Belize

Itz’ana Resort & Residences in Placencia, Belize, is now accepting reservations for stays beginning December 15 — and is promising guests much more …

Hotels

Non-smokers get six days extra paid leave to make up for smokers' cigarette breaks at Japanese firm

A Japanese company is granting non-smoking employees an extra six days of paid holidays a year after they complained that they were working more than staff who took time off for cigarette breaks.<p>Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc. only introduced the non-smokers' perk in September, but employees …

World Health Organization

Gareth Roberts’ Ducati MH900e Superlite cafe racer

We’re suckers for fast, classic Italian machinery, and it doesn’t get much better than this: a sleek Ducati MH900e worked on by the best names in the business. It belongs to London-based film director Gareth Roberts, who knows a thing or two about bikes.<p>Gareth was one of the founders of the Bike …

Motorcycles

The 9 most exclusive private members' clubs in Europe, ranked by price

While London and New York may be the most well-known for their private members' circuits, a number of European cities also host some chic and secretive clubs that are worth a visit — if you can get through the door, that is.<p>From a royal haunt in Stockholm to an "independent universe" in Athens or a …

Luxury

Light Stalking Photography Community Blog

Although some photographers may not be a great fan of photo retouching, there are times when one may have to smoothen textures in portraits either at …

Photoshop Tutorials

How to Grow a Beard Fast

Go from barefaced to lumberjack status before it's already warm again.<p>Whether you’re anxious to fill in a patchy beard, are growing a beard for the first time, or you're wondering how to grow a beard fast—i.e. barefaced to lumberjack at record speeds—you need to know one thing: There’s no miracle …

Skin Care

15 Under-$500 Topcoats You Can Wear with Everything This Fall

Fall would't be fall without a labored search for the world’s best topcoat. Again. It's a search that more often than not ends in financial frustration, when the one you really want clocks in at a not-so-cool $2,000. That’s when you need to close your tabs and hear us out: We know there’s something …

Clothing

Shanghai Customs Scrambler

Reading time: about 3 minutes.<p>Motorcycles<br>• Scrambler<p>The New Shanghai Customs Scrambler<p>The Shanghai Customs Scrambler is likely to become the most …

Motorcycles

Stefan Sagmeister offers up his Instagram account as a design clinic

One of the world's best-known graphic designers Stefan Sagmeister is using his Instagram account as a tool for critiquing other designers' …

Graphic Design

The secret to Germany’s happiness and success: Its values are the opposite of Silicon Valley’s

If Silicon Valley ever formed a political party, it might look a lot like the current iteration of Germany’s Free Democrats, or FDP. In the 2017 election cycle, the FDP offered a platform that reads like what Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg would come up with if they decided to disrupt Rand Paul. Its …

Silicon Valley

How to Cross 'Writing a Book' Off Your Bucket List

Here are 3 surprising tips to help you start writing daily (and keep doing it).<p>Writing a book is a high-ranking bucket list goal for many people. One of the reasons that this goal tends to stay on our bucket lists for far too long is that we're out of practice in the art of writing. Like any other …

Productivity

This New Brand Makes Designer Leather Jackets for Less Than $500

“I've always loved leather,” Andrew Pollard, a veteran fashion entrepreneur who has worked with and launched brands like Diesel, Miss Sixty, and Kiki de Montparnasse, told me by phone a few weeks ago. “The problem was, I could never find something simple enough that wasn't super expensive.”<p>Pollard …

The trainer who gets Victoria's Secret models into shape reveals 3 mistakes you're making with your ab exercises

• <b>Trainer Justin Gelband works with Victoria's Secret models like Karlie Kloss, Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, and more.</b>• <b><br>Gelband told INSIDER what people always get wrong about building ab muscles.</b>• <b><br>Conventional crunches are ineffective and aren't good for your back, he said.</b>• <b><br>He also believes n</b> <b>utrition</b> …

Fashion Modeling

Can you really lose your belly fat with just 15 minutes of HIIT a day? Yes.

By<p>Belly fat is one of those things that tend to plague certain people their entire lives, like tax returns and awful relatives.<p>But what if I told you …

Fitness

I Trained Like a UFC Fighter and It Was the Most Insane Workout of My Life

<i>by Julia Naftulin</i><p>My typical week of workouts typically means a couple of spin classes along with a weight-training day and the occasional yoga …

Exercise

"It Has to Be Personal" Says 'God of War' Creative Director Cory Barlog

Set hundreds of years after the apocalyptic conclusion of <i>God of War 3</i> where the son of Zeus finally wreaked his revenge on his father and destroyed …

Game Design

CCM Spitfire Scrambler Looks Just as Tasty

British marque CCM Motorcycles is getting some much-deserved press for its new 600cc “Spitfire” street bikes, which use a single-cylinder thumper …

Motorcycles