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Does Having Kids Make Parents Happy After All?

New research overturns the decades-old belief that having children is a downer.<p>Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a "parental happiness gap." Basically, the running theory has been that parents are a less happy bunch than their non-parenting peers. This makes some …

Why Don't the 1 Percent Feel Rich?

The merely rich are making more, but they're not worth more. It's the 0.01 percent that are creating our new Gilded Age.<p>It's hard out there for the 1 percent.<p>Okay, that's not true at all. But they think it is. If you talk to people on Wall Street, most of them—even, in my experience, the ones …

The Agony of Perfectionism

The fortress of classic economics was built on the slushy marsh of rational consumer theory. Thinking you can have every piece of information about a product is, in fact, anything but rational.<p>Imagine, for a moment, what it would mean to be a <i>perfectly</i> <i>rational</i> consumer today.<p>Before buying a fridge, …

10-year study charts popularity of plastic

Korea ranked first in the number of credit card transactions per capita in 2012 and third in the total value of annual transactions in a study of 18 …

Credit Cards

Imperfection Is Lovable: Let Yourself Be

<b>“You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” ~Brene Brown</b><p>We are all perfectly imperfect just as we …

How to avoid copyright trouble when using online images

But finding a photo that fits your article or an infographic about your industry can be difficult, especially when you consider pesky things like …

Uncorked, Part Two: A Guide to Important Wine Regions

[ubergrid id=92949]<p>The current food-obsessed climate prizes terroir in everything, from beef to coffee to olive oil. You don’t just buy a steak; you …

The Fastest Way to Improve Your Mood

Hint: It’s a sip away<p>Constantly crabby? Then make more stops to the water cooler. Habitual high-volume H2O consumption led to a better mood and a significant decrease in fatigue and sleepiness, finds new research from France.<p>In the study, 30 people who drank little water each day—less than 1.2 …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Entertainment<p><i>GQ</i>’s Zach Baron talks about it all with a generational icon.<p>By Zach Baron12 hours agoView More<p>Best Stuff<p>These tested-and-approved picks …

Foreign workers on the rise in Eumseong County

Foreign workers living in Daeso-myeon, in Eumseong County, North Chungcheong, shop for daily necessities in a nearby Asian food market. By Kim …

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Why Airplane Food Is So Bad

A reduced sense of taste in the air makes meals less enjoyable, and innovation is wanting as food has been phased out as an essential part of the airline experience.<p>In the early days of commercial flight, when a transatlantic plane trip could take you 20 hours, there wasn’t much to do but read, …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good …

Confession of an Ivy League teaching assistant: Here’s why I inflated grades

The revelation that the median grade at Harvard is an A- prompted lots of discussion, especially among Ivy-league educated journalists. Some speculated high grades reflect intelligence. Others say professors just want their students to get jobs, or, selfishly, they want favorable teaching …

In Defense of Grade Inflation at Harvard

Credential-obsessed overachievers should focus on learning rather than beating out their classmates for a finite number of As.<p>Elsewhere on this site, Roberto A. Ferdman notes that the most frequently awarded grade at Harvard College is an A, while the median grade there is an A minus. "That ought …

‘I bought my degree, now I want my job!’ Entitled students on fast track to becoming disgruntled employees: study

<b>More than 8,000 academics are gathered at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., this week for the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social</b> …

Why Tipping Should Be Outlawed

Many people don't understand what a tip is for, mainly because it's not the way we choose to compensate most of our other people-facing professions. Imagine if when you went to the doctor, you decided how much he got paid based on how happy you were.<p>It was the coat check tips that did it, back when …

Who opposes e-cigarettes, and why?

E-CIGARETTES are electronic vaporisers which mimic smoking, stripping away the dangerous part of puffing (the inhalation of tar from tobacco) and …

How to Argue Rationally and Logically | The Art of Manliness

I hope you’ve enjoyed our series on classical rhetoric. Today, for our final entry in the series, we will be discussing logical fallacies. This is a …

Why e-cigarettes are so controversial

E-CIGARETTE sales are soaring. But while some health advocates laud them, others are more anxious. What's all the fuss about?<p>Latest stories<p>America’s …

[Editorial] Protect our children

The two recent cases in which children lost their lives at the hands of their stepmothers broke the hearts of many people. These cases should serve …

Wicked stepmothers jailed, but not for very long

Civic groups for the defense of children’s rights protest yesterday outside the Daegu District Court, demanding a death sentence for a stepmother …

Baby box’s spread sparks fierce debate over societal attitudes

In 2009, Jusarang Community Church in Seoul set up what has become known as Korea’s “baby box,” a safe compartment in the religious structure’s wall …

How Korean New Year Traditions Differ from Neighbors'

Korea, China and Japan share some traditions, but each has also each developed its own distinctive traditions for the Lunar New Year.<p>People in Korea …

How to design multiple-choice questions

<b>Our doubts are traitors,</b><p><b>And make us lose the good we oft might win
</b><p><b>By fearing to attempt.</b><p><b>Shakespeare, Measure for Measure</b><p>Since taking the plunge and …

Do coffee and tea really dehydrate us?

We’re told that tea and coffee dehydrates us, says Claudia Hammond, but what’s the evidence say?<p>Every day people around the globe drink 1.6 billion cups of coffee and around twice as many cups of tea.<p>They enjoy the taste and the fact that the caffeine wakes them up. But when we’re exhorted to drink …

Study: People With a Lot of Self-Control Are Happier

Improbably enough, people who are better able to resist impulses report being more satisfied with their lives.<p>austin hsieh/Flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> "Among humankind's most valuable assets" is self-control, according to Wilhelm Hofmann and his team of researchers at the University of Chicago. They define it …

How Women Change Men

As daughters, sisters, wives, and coworkers<p>Soon after Jay Z welcomed his first child, Blue Ivy Carter, last year, a poem the rapper had reportedly dedicated to his new baby girl zipped around the Internet. “Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich / I didn’t think hard about using the …

Food & Wine Pairing Method

A great infographic for National Drink Wine Day (February 18), the Food & Wine Pairing Method is a new poster from Wine Folly that shows all of the …

For love in Korea, follow the rules

Are you planning to devour noodles in black bean sauce, or jjajangmyeon, on April 14th, when singles shed a tear or two over the delicious yet …