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23 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy

Diets. High heels.<p>Being happy should be simple, but with all these insane rules and social pressures that we put on ourselves, it's actually kind of hard. Isn't that so sad? I think it's the worst, personally. A little #LifeHack, though, is that there are things you probably do every day that make …

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7 Moments Every Adult Caring for Their Parents Goes Through

Man Plans, God Laughs<p>Relocation, Relocation, Relocation<p>The Email Ballad of the Caregiving Daughter<p>In Her Shoes

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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Caramelized Onion Recipes That Take Food To The Next Level (PHOTOS)

We'll be honest, caramelized onions are definitely good enough to eat by themselves. But unfortunately, they don't exactly make a well-balanced dinner, so we've taken to trying to sneak them into every possible dish.<p>The perfect mix of sweet and savory, caramelized onions have a habit of making any …

Cinema Aphrodiso

Whether judged by hankies used, sighs heaved, or pulses quickened, a truly fine romantic movie can burn its way into generations of hearts. From the star-crossed (Casablanca, Roman Holiday, Brokeback Mountain) to the triumphant (It Happened One Night, Say Anything . . . , Working Girl), Laura …

Second Marriage: The Secret To A Successful Second (Or Third) Marriage

Love -- and marriage-- may be lovelier the second time around, but unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily mean the relationship will last.<p>So what can you do to improve the odds that your second marriage will go the distance? On Sunday night, we asked our Facebook readers -- many of whom are …

Marriage Secrets Of Highly Successful Couples

<b>By Victor M. Parachin for YourTango.com</b><p>Over lunch with a friend one day, Kevin was asked about the "secret of your obviously happy and healthy love relationship."<p>Kevin responded, "I married a wonderful woman and made the commitment to apply myself to the relationship with the same energy that I …

The Only Chocolate Cake Recipe You'll Ever Need

There are a lot of options when it comes to chocolate cake. Between molten lava cake, German chocolate, and devil's food cake, we seriously have an array of choices when we want cake that's rich with chocolate. But just like with everything else in life, not all chocolate cakes are created equal -- …

The Happiness Project

• <b>Author:</b> Gretchen Rubin<p>What if you could change your life--without changing your life? Gretchen had a good marriage, two healthy daughters, and work she loved--but one day, stuck on a city bus, she realized that time was flashing by, and she wasn’t thinking enough about the things that really …

Please Don’t Take My Baby

• <b>Author:</b> Cathy Glass<p>‘I’m going to love my baby and give her lots of attention,’ Jade said. ‘I’ll show my mum she’s wrong.’<p>Jade, 17, is pregnant, homeless and alone when she’s brought to live with Cathy. Jade is desperate to keep her baby, but little more than a child herself, she struggles with the …

Running with Scissors

• <b>Author:</b> Augusten Burroughs<p>Now including an excerpt from <i>Lust & Wonder</i>, a new memoir coming in March 2016.<p><i>Running with Scissors</i> is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the …

My Friend Leonard

• <b>Author:</b> James Frey<p>Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, <b>My Friend Leonard</b> pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring.<p>The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict "West Coast …

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man

• <b>Author:</b> Bill Clegg<p>Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his …

Beautiful Boy

• <b>Author:</b> David Sheff<p>What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family?What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff ’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to …

Through the Glass

• <b>Author:</b> Shannon Moroney<p>An impassioned, harrowing and ultimately hopeful story of one woman's pursuit of justice, forgiveness and healing.<p>When Shannon Moroney married in October of 2005, she had no idea that her happy life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. One month after her …

What Disturbs Our Blood

• <b>Author:</b> James FitzGerald<p>Like his friends Banting and Best, Dr. John Fitzgerald was a Canadian hero. He founded Connaught Labs, saved untold lives with his vaccines and transformed the idea of public health in Canada and the world. What so darkened his reputation that his memory has been all but …

History of a Suicide

• <b>Author:</b> Jill Bialosky<p><i>“It is so nice to be happy. It always gives me a good feeling to see other people happy. . . . It is so easy to achieve.”</i> —Kim’s journal entry, May 3, 1988<p>On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s twenty-one-year-old sister Kim came home from a bar in downtown Cleveland. …

After Visiting Friends

• <b>Author:</b> Michael Hainey<p>This haunting story of a son’s quest to understand the mystery of his father’s death is “searing and unforgettable…memoir writing at its best” (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>)—a “powerfully affecting” (<i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i>) portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets.<p>“Family? …

An Invisible Thread

• <b>Author:</b> Laura Schroff<p><b>An Invisible Thread tells of the life-long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.</b><p>When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner …

Wave

• <b>Author:</b> Sonali Deraniyagala<p>A brave, intimate, beautifully crafted memoir by a survivor of the tsunami that struck the Sri Lankan coast in 2004 and took her entire family.<p>On December 26, Boxing Day, Sonali Deraniyagala, her English husband, her parents, her two young sons, and a close friend were …

Unbearable Lightness

• <b>Author:</b> Portia de Rossi<p><i>“I didn’t decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Being as thin as possible was a way to make the job of being an actress easier . . .”</i><p>Portia de Rossi weighed only 82 pounds when she collapsed on the set of the …

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

• <b>Author:</b> Jenny Lawson<p><b>The #1 New York Times bestselling (mostly true) memoir from the hilarious author of Furiously Happy.</b><p><b>“Gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate.”—O, The Oprah Magazine</b><p>When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her …

Under An Afghan Sky

• <b>Author:</b> Mellissa Fung<p>In October 2008, Mellissa Fung, a long-time reporter for CBC’s The National, was leaving a refugee camp outside of Kabul. Suddenly, she was grabbed by armed men claiming to be Taliban, stabbed, stuffed into the back of a car and driven off into the desert. When the group …