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15 Nonfiction Book Club Picks That Are Sure To Launch Enlightening Discussions With Your Reading Group

You're definitely not alone: it can be hard to make friends as an adult, let alone the kind that you can have deep, meaningful conversations with. …

Books

What Plot Is and What Plot Is Not

Plot is not memoir.Plot is not diary.Plot is not journal.Plot is not history.Plot is not dialogue.Plot is not essay.Plot is not philosophy.Plot is …

Creative Writing

3 Tough Truths About Our “Priorities” No One Wants to Admit

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”<br>― Annie Dillard</i>Fifteen years ago he walked into my dorm room on the verge of tears.“I …

Computer Science

Try This 8-Week Plank Challenge to Get Stronger From Head to Toe

For building a strong core and getting more stable during runs, nothing beats the plank for strength-training.<p>Planks challenge your arms, legs, chest, shoulders, and butt, not to mention make your abs quiver like an earthquake when done properly. Best of all, you can do them anywhere and tweak them …

Workouts

Arm Exercises To Fight Arm Jiggle | Women's Health

The (15 Minute) Bye-Bye Arm Jiggle Workout<p>Ture Lillegraven<p>Strapless dresses expose your upper back, shoulders, upper chest, and arms. This workout will shape all those places. Do these arm exercises one after another with no rest in between. Repeat the circuit, resting a minute between circuits.

9 Reasons You Look Awful in Photos… And How to Fix Them

Want to improve the way you look in portraits, or improve the portraits that you shoot? Here are 9 common reasons people look awful in portraits and …

Your Morning Matters: 4 Reasons Waking Up Early Can Determine Your Success In Life

We all have one thing in common: every night we all go to bed and every day we all wake up. Each day we have the opportunity to start again, seize …

Divine genius does not exist: Hard work, not magical inspiration, is essence of creativity

Mozart knew it as well as anyone: Creativity is not magic — it’s work<p>In 1815, Germany’s <i>General Music Journal</i> published a letter in which Mozart described his creative process:<p>When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer; say traveling in a carriage, or walking after a …

Creativity

How Patient Suicide Affects Psychiatrists

Mental-health practitioners whose clients kill themselves can face stigma from their colleagues, lawsuits, and a toll on their own psyches—making them less likely to take on suicidal patients who need their help.<p>It’s hard to listen to a psychiatrist who sounds so broken. I expect a mental-health …

Mental Health

Working Out With Supermodel Karlie Kloss: The Sculpted Arms GIF

Sculpted arms with a hint of sinuous curve—but no bulk—are the hallmark of trainer and modelFIT cofounder **Justin Gelband’**s signature technique. Enter model and client <b>Karlie Kloss,</b> who takes on one of his custom bicep-, tricep-, shoulder-, and chest-toning circuits for today’s arm-focused …

The Sunday Morning Detox: 6 Skin Care Products for Wiping the Slate Clean in 2015

Arriving on the heels of the champagne-fueled party season, a three-day juice cleanse or week’s worth of sweat-drenched cardio sessions may provide just the toxin-flushing you need to press reset on your health. When it comes to your skin, however, an additional detox strategy may be in order. From …

Stretch Marks: What Really Causes Them

Plus, the best science-backed ways to prevent (and even erase!) the unsightly scars<p>If you’re loading up on cocoa butter to ward off pregnancy-related stretch marks, you might want to save your money: As it turns out, genetics can seriously increase your odds of getting stretch marks, according to …

31 Ways to Have More Fun with Your Boobs Every Day

<b>Get them wet.</b><br>We’re not talking wet T-shirt contest—though that’s an option, too. Hot water brings your blood to the surface and raises your body temp, both of which make your skin super sensitive to the touch.<p><b>Lather them up.</b><br>Speaking of showers, here’s another reason to hop in <i>right now</i>: dry skin …

The First Year - Graphic: Neural Network

Neural Network<p>The brain begins developing in the womb and achieves dramatic levels of growth during the first few years of life. During this time positive experiences contribute to building a strong brain architecture.

The year’s best audiobooks

Spellbinding pairings of great writing and great acting that stopped me in my tracks this year<p>Podcasts may have been all the rage this year, but audiobook sales have been growing steadily as well. Recent converts can be found everywhere, clutching their smartphones and raving about Neil Gaiman's …

The Best Tearjerker Movies Of All Time

Bring on the ugly cry.<p>Some films elicit a glistening tear for a scene or two. Others wait ‘til the end to tie that proverbial knot in your throat. But these films grab hold of the heartstrings from the very beginning and never stop tugging. Ready for a good cry? Let’s feel the feels.<p><i>The Fox and the</i> …

Enhance Your Critical Thinking Skills with These Socratic Questions

Critical thinking is crucial for making better decisions and effective communication. You can consistently think more critically about a topic or …

The Right Sleep Positions: Ease Back Pain, Heartburn and More

What's to blame? Not just too-few hours in the sack. The way you lie down is a major factor in the quality of your slumber. The wrong sleep position can cause muscle cramping, impair circulation, and leave you hurting come the a.m. And for the millions of women with preexisting aches (such as back …

Electric Literature’s 25 Best Story Collections of 2014

Year-end lists are always subjective and incomplete, but they are especially tricky for books. A dedicated film critic can watch every wide release …

Books

7 Steps to Never Procrastinating Again

No, you won’t do better work by procrastinating. And you will not have more time next week. In fact, leaving things unfinished makes you stupid. …

Procrastination

To Her, I Was

<i>This is my mother's passport picture. She was pregnant with me when it was taken.</i><p>When I was a little girl, my mother used to send me out on errands. I loved any excuse to shop, even then, and I took it quite seriously.<p>I remember one time she gave me her list and a five-dollar bill and off I went. …

Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher: “It fills me with despair, because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps”

Blaming religion for violence, says Karen Armstrong, allows us to dismiss the violence we’ve exported worldwide<p>Karen Armstrong has written histories of Buddhism and Islam. She has written a history of myth. She has written a history of God. Born in Britain, Armstrong studied English at Oxford, …

The 6 Best Books to Read This Season

<i>Below is an excerpt from</i> The 6 Best Fall Books <i>which originally appeared on PureWow. Read the full story at purewow.com.</i><p>Are you in between novels? …

21 Inspiring Fitness Girls To Follow On Instagram

All the motivation you need to get in shape—and stay there—in 2018.<p>From ballerinas to yogis and celebrity trainers, these stylish and in-shape girls show off the best workout motivation on Instagram. Follow along and be inspired to get fit—the healthy way.

17 Small Things You Can Do Today To Have A Stronger Relationship

Grand gestures are way overrated. Sometimes it's the small, simple things that make a huge difference in your relationship.<p>Or this, either. Data from over 800,000 OkCupid users showed that people who professed that they "tweet frequently" had shorter relationships on average than those who weren't …

4 Ways to Enjoy Long Runs

They shouldn't be boring—and they don't have to be solitary.<p>Runners often have a love/hate relationship with the long run. We love the sense of accomplishment we feel when it’s over; we hate the anticipation of actually getting out there.<p>Yet it must be done: The long run is the keystone of any …

Marathons