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I was a stressed-out workaholic. Then I realized that one fear was at the root of my problems

When I was 34, I decided to start seeing a life coach. I had a good career in finance, but I knew I wanted to make a change—and I thought it would help to sort through professional options with a neutral third party.<p>Years later, my coach and I laugh about our first encounter. The first thing I said …

Pulitzer Prize

I made my classroom look like the real world…and test scores soared

<i>Anthony Johnson is an elementary school teacher in North Carolina and a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Below, he describes his innovative classroom</i> …


15 best children's books of all time

19 Vegan Soul Food Recipes for Down-Home Comfort

Even though veganism has become totally mainstreamed, there are <i>still</i> people who think that it consists of nibbling on salads like a rabbit. WRONG. With the help of ingredients like jackfruit and surprisingly convincing cheese, vegan cooking yields dishes that are just as comforting and indulgent as …


7 Easy Dinners That Basically Make Themselves

Minimum effort, maximum payoff.


We've Been Wrong About Where the Brain Processes Language for 141 Years

Where word salad is really made.<p>The map of where and how the brain processes speech has been modified again. Researchers from Northwestern University just published a paper in the journal <i>Brain</i> wherein they demonstrate that the famous Wernicke's area, thought to be the center of language …


Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

<b>Here is an easy-to-understand guide to Brexit - beginning with the basics, then a look at the negotiations, followed by a selection of answers to questions we've been sent.</b><p>What's happening now?<p>The UK has voted to leave the European Union. It is scheduled to depart at 11pm UK time on Friday 29 …

United Kingdom

Stunning modern house in Brazil's rain forest has cozy sunken living room, green roof

Absolutely gorgeous<p>What brilliant person would have ever thought to place a conversation pit in a house set in the jungle? That would be the folks at Studio MK27, the São Paulo-based firm led by Marcio Kogan behind the Ramp House and a penthouse lined with bookshelves. Though it’s more of a …

23 Signs You Grew Up With Depression

Growing up, most of us aren’t taught to look out for signs of depression. So if you’re experiencing it, especially as a teenager, it’s easy to think …

How Sleep Affects Your Weight

<i>For</i> SELF, by Amy Marturana.<p>Another good reason to start getting more shut-eye.<p>The amount and quality of sleep you get any given night really sets the tone of the following day. When we’re well-rested, our minds and bodies just seem to work better. When we’re really tired, everything’s harder. We …

Immune System

Parents of successful kids have these 12 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents.<p>Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:


If You Want to Have a Divorce-Proof Marriage, Do THESE 7 Things

All marriages begin with great happiness, joy, and hope. When we say <i>"I do,"</i> we expect that our relationship will last forever. No one goes into a marriage thinking, <i>"We'll be in love for a while, then break up and start all over again with someone else."</i><p>But that’s the reality for most of us. …

Middle Age

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Time Management

19 On-the-Go Vegan Breakfasts for When You’ve Hit Snooze Too Many Times

Vegan or not, everyone has their go-to vegan recipes when you’re eating healthy. But when you’re running late and have no time to make pancakes, you need to have plenty of grab-and-go vegan breakfast recipes in your arsenal. Whether you’re a donut fan or you prefer something savory like a breakfast …


The Top 5 Most Motivational Books I've Ever Read

Note: Personal development books are perfect for listening during your commute or workout. If you're into audio books and haven't tried audible by Amazon before, you can sign up here and get two free audiobooks.<p>Self-help books get a bad rap.<p>Yes, many fill their pages with trite pieces of advice and …


How Photographers Captured the Biggest Full Moon in 70 Years

We won't see anything like it again until 2034.<p>Early this morning, astrophotographers got their closest look at the moon in 70 years, and the internet won't stop talking about it. The so-called "supermoon" is a flashy name for any full moon in October, November, and December, when its elliptical …

National Parks


29 Unconventional Thanksgiving Sides That Should Be the New Normal

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving dinner is really all about the side dishes (am I right?), but the same old menu year after year can get pretty …

Healthy Eating

7 TED Talks to Help You De-Stress Your Busy Girl Life

Feeling a little stressed out now and again is a normal part of life. But while a little stress might actually be good for you, anxiety buildup is definitely something that we should all take seriously. Some people de-stress by lighting a scented candle and escaping the world through a good book. …

TED Talks

50 Healthy Dessert Recipes Under 250 Calories

When it comes to post-dinner sweets, homemade healthy desserts are where it's at. They're the perfect way to wrap up an evening and satisfy your …


Waldorf School Education

"Why Waldorf?" - film

I Got a $600 Brain 'Reboot' and It Changed My World

NAD+ therapy can supposedly increase your energy, focus, and metabolism, improve your cardiovascular health, and help you detox from alcohol and drugs. All this, of course, sounds incredibly unlikely—so I thought I'd see for myself.<p>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.<p>It's good to be skeptical …

Time I

Eco-friendly tiny house offers reclaimed style and drawbridge deck

It’s a special one<p>Today in rad brand extensions, Canadian green living blog Greenmoxie has unveiled their 340-square-foot, off-grid tiny house on wheels that is now available for purchase. Originally intended as an one-off project for readers to book on Airbnb, the now commercialized model …

Geraldton women strip down for positive body image

A movie about embracing our bodies has inspired a group of regional women in Geraldton to strip down and showcase theirs.<p>The body image movement is a …

Body Image

The most colourful cities in the world – in pictures

From the arts hub of Valparaiso to the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur, we take a look at the neighbourhoods and cityscapes that have been transformed by colourful paint<p>• Share your own photos on Twitter and Instagram using #guardiancolourfulcities

Cape Town