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The two mental shifts highly successful people make

<b>“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”</b> — Max Planck, German quantum theorist and Nobel Prize winner<p>There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second.<p>Both of these …

Self-improvement

22 Skills Every Kid Should Have By the Time They’re 10

Sponsored by<p>By<p>Dec 22 2017, 9:52 AM<p><i>The following was produced in partnership with our friends at</i> <i>New York Life</i><i>, who are committed to helping families</i> …

Kids

The 15 best day trips from Chicago

Caught with a bad case of wanderlust and a short supply of vacation time? Luckily, Chicago is the perfect launching spot for a host of fun one-day …

Travel

So This Is How a London It Girl Does Europe

Hotel heiress, It girl, and budding hospitality pro are just some of the buzzwords used to describe 27-year-old actress Alessandra Balazs. The …

If You’re A Bibliophile, These Literary Tattoos Will Inspire You To Get Inked

There's nothing quite like reading a book. If you're a bibliophile, you know what I am talking about. There's no feeling like holding a book in your …

Dutch kids aren’t stressed out: What Americans can learn from how the Netherlands raises children

UNICEF rated Dutch children the happiest in the world, and American kids aren’t even in the top 25. Here’s why<p>Two toddlers have just chased each other to the top of a jungle gym while their mothers are lost in conversation on a nearby park bench. A gang of older children in tracksuits comes racing …

High School

A Heart-Shaped Life: Twelve Ways of Looking at Amy Krouse Rosenthal

<i>“What constitutes a life worthy of being remembered? How do you want to be remembered?” These are the kinds of questions Amy Krouse Rosenthal always</i> …

Books

20 misused words that make smart people look dumb

We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with.<p>If this were the only problem, I wouldn’t have much to write about. That’s because …

Language

Pull Over for These 54 Weird, Wacky, Wonderful American Food Destinations

Mount Rushmore. The Washington Monument. The Golden Gate Bridge. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. These are the monuments and museums and sights that family trips are planned around. It can feel like we go through life trying to tick these off the figurative list, grabbing a photo at each stop.<p>But …

America's Strangest Roadside Attractions

Want to see dinosaurs, the "world's largest ball of twine" (which you can even add to), a six-story elephant, Cadillacs half-buried in the desert or …

Larry The Cat Stays Put Amid Upheaval Of British Politics

The United Kingdom got a new prime minister Wednesday, as David Cameron resigned and Theresa May stepped in.<p>But the nation's prime mouser remains the same: Larry the cat, beloved by the British for his charm ... and sloth.<p>In early 2011, the prime minister's residence had a mouse problem. Larry was …

Downing Street

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Travel

15 Gorgeous Unseen Pictures From India By The Photojournalist Behind “Afghan Girl”

The man behind the famous "Afghan Girl" photo has released a new set of pictures of life in India, spanning three decades.<p>Thirty-seven pictures by American photographer Steve McCurry of everyday life in India are to go on display at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York in November, including many …

How to Name a Baby

The first time a friend of mine had a child, it was intensely jarring.<p>I’d be living my normal day, and then the thought would hit me—”Matt has a …

A culture of unruliness

Sculpture: My Art of Noises, by Burke Patterson<p>Here’s another doublefile viburnum post. No doubt, many (including Susan) would say this one ought to …

This Dad’s Creative Obituary Will Make You Cry All the Tears

Aaron Purmort was no ordinary guy in life, nor in death. The 35-year-old Minneapolis art director sadly lost his three-year battle with brain cancer last week, but left his family and friends smiling with an unusual (and <i>awesome</i>) obituary that he wrote himself with the help of his (“second”) wife …

Gwen Stefani

'Die Hard' Has Finally Been Recreated With Pugs And Teddy Bears

"Die Hard" is basically one of the best tough-guy movies ever, but what happens when it gets ... cute?<p>The Pet Collective has recreated the action film in a three-minute video that stars not Bruce Willis, but one very happy pug. "Die Hard With Pugs" has everything a hardcore film critic could want, …

Chicago hacker sentenced to 10 years

When "hacktivist" Jeremy Hammond stood in a Chicago federal courtroom seven years ago and explained that his cybercrimes were altruistic acts of civil disobedience, he was cut a break by a judge who chalked it up to youthful folly.<p>Not this time.<p>A New York federal judge on Friday sentenced Hammond, …

5 Travel Lessons You Can Use At Home

A few years ago, I gave a speech at DO Lectures. My talk was designed to encourage people to make themselves rich in time and to become active in …

Small Good Things » Craft Tutorial: Make Pom Poms with a Fork

How do you make pom poms? I usually use pom pom makers by Clover; the size goes from 20mm (pretty small) up to 85mm (pretty big), and I cannot make …

Small Good Things » Craft Tutorial: Stiffened Fabric Bookmark

I’m so excited that over the weekend, my friend K and her husband are coming down to Brighton for the first time since we moved here – and then I …

An Easy Way to Turn Anything Into a Place Card

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it’s time to start piecing together our tablescape. One of the most personal and traditional touches you can add to your Thanksgiving decor is some fun and festive place cards. Not only will your guests love seeing their name on the table, you can also …

Chemicals

DIY: Modern Paper Flowers | Sugar & Cloth

Remember this background from the snippets I showed you the other day of my new artwork? Well, i’m still in the process of covering it with these …

DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kits

Getting ready to say I Do? Then you’re going to need to arm the folks around with everything they (read: you) might need on the big day. There’s one thing all weddings have in common: day-of surprises. Someone’s hem comes down and they need a quick stitch, one of the groomsmen never undid his …

Weddings

Gold Honey Bear Vase D.I.Y.

Emma and I recently purchased a Gold Leaf Starter Kit and did a little experimenting! My first project was these gold honey bears! I thought they …

How To Make Paper Flowers

We're so excited to team up with our pals from 100 Layer Cake today to share this super cute tutorial for making paper flowers. They are so pretty …

Tricks + Treats: Slasher Scarf by Jill of Lune Vintage

Hi! It's Jill from Lune Vintage. I'm here to share a simple 1970s inspired scarf with you today!<p>Materials & Tools<br>Length of Jersey Material (with a …