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Positive Psychology Is Garbage (And Why You Should Follow Its Founder's Lead)

Only a true marketing wizard could transform his image from that of a guy best known for torturing dogs into the world’s foremost apostle of happiness. And that’s exactly what the University of Pennsylvania’s Professor of Psychology Martin Seligman pulled off.<p>Seligman launched his career in …

Positive Thinking

Expert predicts 'AI nationalism' will change geopolitical landscape

The US and China are leagues ahead of any other country when it comes to AI technology. And it’s because they know how to prioritize their own programs. Rather than waste time discussing the dangers of AI with the UN, or crafting global policy, the two countries have become AI …

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Introverts

Not antisocial. Not lazy.<p>When you hear the term "introvert," you might imagine someone who's quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time …

Behavioral Sciences

Democrats Are Christians, Too

Now that Stormy Daniels has confirmed on national television that Donald Trump initiated sex with her just months after his third wife gave birth to their child, at least half the country is asking: Surely this is a porn star too far for white evangelical Christians, right?<p>Wrong.<p>As we celebrate …

Republicans rigged our democracy. Here's how Democrats can fight back | David Faris

Republicans have been using the constitution’s flaws to wage a one-sided war against their political opponents. It’s time for Democrats to respond<p>Donald Trump wasn’t elected because Democrats lost a policy fight in 2016. What Democrats did was lose a procedural fight that has been going on since …

Government

No, opposites don't attract for most of us when it comes to romance

Everyone seems to agree that opposites attract.<p>Young and old people, happy and distressed couples, single folks and married partners — all apparently …

New Flower Arrangements Formed Into Exotic Butterflies and Moths by Raku Inoue | Colossal

<p>Montreal-based fashion designer and creative Raku Inoue (previously) continues his <i>Natura Insects</i> series with a focus on brilliantly colored moths …

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. By Andy Beckett<p>Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday …

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Everybody Should Be Very Afraid of the Disney Death Star

The first episode of the Streaming Wars is over. The rebels won. Now the empire strikes back.<p>Disney announced on Thursday that it would acquire most of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox for about $60 billion in stock and debt, in what would be the largest-ever merger of two showbiz …

U.S. Department of Justice

North Korea is not building nuclear weapons to destroy the US — the real reasons are much more surprising

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been called many things — crazy, mad, insane, and "rocket man" — because of his program to build nuclear bombs and missiles capable of launching the weapons to the US.<p>But experts say he is not crazy to want a nuclear arsenal. And Kim doesn't necessarily want …

North Korea

20 cities are left in the running for Amazon's second headquarters — and the story of Disney's secret hunt for land nearly 60 years ago could predict how Amazon's HQ2 will change its home city

<b>• The Walt Disney Company spent years secretly acquiring swamp land in Florida.</b><p><b>• The company ultimately established Walt Disney World outside of Orlando in 1971.</b><p><b>• Today, cities and states are publicly vying for Amazon's HQ2.</b><p><b>• Amazon revealed the 20 cities in the US and Canada that it's currently</b> …

Walt Disney Company

The $13.7 billion Whole Foods buy has turned the world against Amazon — and we'll see the sparks fly next year

The tech industry loves to talk about small, nimble startups.<p>In reality, though, the tech game plan today is all about bulking up and getting as big as possible.<p>Megamergers, such as Broadcom's pending $105 billion acquisition of Qualcomm and Dell's $67 billion purchase of EMC in 2016, underscore …

Jeff Bezos

For Disney’s Iger, a Bold Move That Will Define His Legacy

LOS ANGELES — Robert A. Iger is nothing if not consistent.<p>As chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, Mr. Iger, 66, awakens at 4:30 every morning, and every time he announces plans to retire from the Magic Kingdom, he ends up extending his reign, as he did on Thursday for a fourth time.<p>But the …

Media Industry

'You Need to Think About It Like a War'

For decades, conservative Christian voters insisted that character counts. In 2017? Values voters are hard to find.<p>From a distance, Alabama’s special election can seem like a liberal caricature of conservative Christians brought to life. The Republican candidate is a gun-toting, Bible-quoting, …

Voting

I spent years — and a fortune — chasing the life I thought everyone else had until I recognized a simple truth

I used to have this problem. It was almost like an addiction. Except I wasn't actually consuming something — rather, it was like an addiction of wanting to consume things that I couldn't. I'm not proud of this problem. In fact, I used to hide it from family and friends. I used to pretend like …

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Disney’s streaming service has won, and it hasn’t even launched yet

When you have the most important franchises in the world, nothing else matters<p>During The Walt Disney Company’s quarterly earnings call on November 9th, CEO Bob Iger casually dropped some news. The tidbit that made the biggest headlines was that the company had just closed a deal with …

How the American dream turned into greed and inequality

The American Dream is broken. Paul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives, recently stated that "in our country, the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life."<p>Yet the idea that every American has an equal opportunity to move up in life is false. Social mobility has …

Economics

6 Smart Things Super Productive People Do to Get More Things Done Every Day

These science-backed techniques will drastically improve your ability to get more done.<p>Ever wish you had more than 24 hours in a day to get more things done? I'm with you. In the struggle to be more productive amid so many distractions, we need tools and techniques that work to our advantage …

10 Things Incredibly Likable People Never, Ever Do (and Why You Love Them for It)

What you do can make you extremely likable, but so can what you don't choose to do.<p>Some people are incredibly likable because of the things they do. Some people are incredibly charismatic because of the things they do.<p>And some people are incredibly likable because of the things they <i>don't</i> do.<p>If you …

For decades, Western culture touted self-esteem. It got the most important thing wrong

What would you guess people are most stressed out about in their careers? One might assume that hating your job, or dealing with the frustration of finding a new one, would top the list. But according to the results of an annual survey that I send several thousand readers of my email newsletter, …

Self-esteem

8 graphic design trends for 2017

So we’re already into 2017, in case you haven’t noticed. That means you probably have already broken one of your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry, my resolution to get better sleep has already been dashed.<p>But one of my resolutions that I will not be breaking is to become a better graphic …

The Year of Hygge, the Danish Obsession with Getting Cozy

The Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 “word of the year” shortlist was heavy on neologisms that one wishes didn’t have to exist: “alt-right,” “Brexiteer,” and this year’s winning term, “post-truth.” Among the finalists, though, there was one bit of solace: “<i>hygge</i>,” a Danish term defined as “a quality of …

Hygge

How 'Cool Syndrome' Is Killing Our Careers

“Cool girlfriend syndrome” is the term I gave to my tendency to act chill and low maintenance so my boyfriends would love me more.<p>If that’s not bad enough, millennials do the same thing in our careers all the time:<p>Boss: <i>Hey you don’t mind staying late tonight, right?</i>You: <i>Absolutelynotatallwhatsoever,</i> …

30 Lessons Leonardo da Vinci Has Taught Me About Photography, Art, and Life

Leonardo da Vinci was the ultimate ‘autodictat’ (someone who taught himself everything).<p>Download<p>To read this on the go, you can download the files …

Cooler than all of us: how the Obamas upheld African American pop culture

Black culture and art flourished with the Obamas in the White House, showing America that blackness can be mainstream without losing any of its vibrance<p>There is a point in history where every former president ceases to be much more than a collection of cliches. This usually takes places after he …

I feared my life lacked meaning. Cancer pushed me to find some | Bradford Frost

Despite lots of accomplishments, I suffered existential angst. A potentially fatal diagnosis made me realize that we can make each moment meaningful<p>It was late. I was drunk, nearing my 35th birthday this past May, alone in a dank college dorm room, attending my five-year grad school reunion.<p>The …

Fidel Castro: guerrilla leader, dictator – and an unrepentant revolutionary

Fidel Castro was one of the key players in the confrontation between the west and the communist bloc<p>As with Che Guevara, his one-time comrade-in-arms, Fidel Castro was the man who made revolutions sexy. With his wild beard, olive-green military fatigues, darkly petulant good looks and trademark …

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and why he still has his job at Apple

<i>Rarely does it regain its former glory.</i><p><i>Here's why.</i><p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as the dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a computing device. 16 years later it's just another software company.<p>After running Microsoft for 25 years, Bill Gates handed the reins of CEO to …

Business Strategy