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Taking down Zetas cartel leaders has had an alarming effect on violence in Mexico

But even here, sitting on his couch surrounded by family photos and Catholic imagery, this owner of a big business still doesn't feel safe.<p>"Nobody trusts anyone," he said. "This house, 10 years ago, it didn't have a fence. All the neighbors' kids used to come play here."<p>But just in the past year, …

These Are the 5 Best TED Talks Ever, According to the Guy Who Runs TED

The event's boss names the talks that have taught him the most.<p>If you're a massive TED fan like me, you've probably watched a whole lot of the compelling talks by now. But when it comes to consuming all the insights TED has to offer, even the most dedicated enthusiasts can't hold a candle to Chris …

Public Speaking

A Harvard psychologist has a scientific trick to instantly feel more confident

Sometimes overanalyzing our mental habits, and working to change our mindsets to feel a certain way, is actually not the most effective approach. In fact, we often underestimate how much power the physical can have on the mental, especially when it comes to our emotions.<p>The impact our bodies have …

TED Talks

The Scientific Reason You Aren’t Enjoying Your Free Time

How many of you live and die by your paper planner (yes, those still exist) or smartphone calendar? Logging every meeting, doctor’s appointment, and, …

Washington University in St. Louis

Why We Need to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence

For years, I’ve taught a weekly psychology class to students ranging from 7 to 14 years-old. In this class, I encourage self-reflection, asking kids …

8 Simple Ways Parents Can Teach Kids to Get Organized

Kids with ADHD and other learning difficulties typically have trouble getting organized, managing their time and making the transition to living …

Kids

This Table Makes You Put Down Your Phone For The Best Reason

No foodstagrams, please.<p>Whether you'd like to admit it or not, you're probably slightly more addicted to your cell phone than you'd like to be. (Anyone else guilty of scrolling through Instagram under the table over dinner with friends?)<p>And while recent design innovations may have only encouraged …

Furniture

A Major Cause of Unhappiness. Can you guess what it is?

We all know how difficult it is to get ourselves to the gym and to actually work on our physical wellbeing; how difficult it is to follow a diet plan …

Wellness

How to Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets to Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

Mindfulness

How to Keep Your Pet Healthy All Year Round

No matter where you live, it seems that there’s always a sweet spot for working out outdoors. Like Goldilocks, you want a day that is not too hot, …

Want to Raise Happy and Successful Kids? Teach Them to Ask This Simple Question

It's not about what you want to "be"—it's about what you want to "do."<p>What do you want to be when you grow up?<p>Wait, don't answer that. It's a trick question. In fact, it might be the trickiest question there is, at least if you want to be happy. (Yet adults ask kids that all the time.)<p>Instead, it …

Self-improvement

3 Reasons Why You Should Finally Throw Away Your Scale

Every day, thousands of women and men have a morning ritual of standing on a bathroom scale. If weight was truly just a neutral number for most …

You Need To Understand Mormonism If You Want To Understand The Oregon Standoff

Mormonism has a long, complicated history of conflict with the federal government, and that history is deeply informing the actions of the militia members and ranchers who took over a government building Saturday.<p>God told Ammon Bundy to fight back against the government.<p>One day before Bundy became …

This Country Has A Style That's All Its Own

After five months of travel, we finally got to see some familiar faces again. Our dear friends from home had planned to take a vacation in December …

Beards, Why?

What facial hair says about personality and perception<p>Paul Ryan: House speaker, Wisconsinite, Republican standard-bearer, and now, lumber-sexual? In an Instagram post late last month, the congressman unveiled a spray of chestnut stubble across his face. “I’m the first Speaker to sport a beard in …

Natalie Cole: 10 Essential Songs

“This Will Be” (1975)<p>Cole's debut single is sunny and sassy, with bright horns and a joyous vocal performance that helped turn it into a rom-com …

Jay Leno

Learning to Work Standing Up

Stand up, sit down, stand up again; throw in a few squats and ample weight-shifting, for variety’s sake. That’s become a necessary part of my writing …

Fascinatingly Filthy: How Bad Science Saved Lives in Victorian London

If you’re a fan of science or history, you know that many of the most important discoveries in medicine were made due to wild speculation, lazy lab …

The biological wonders of this miniature marvel could jump-start an agricultural revolution that saves the world from drought-ridden starvation

These microscopic invertebrates are capable of surviving the most extreme conditions you could dream up, including prolonged desiccation and near-100 percent water loss, freezing and boiling temperatures, intense ionising radiation, and the vacuum of outer space.<p>Scientists have discovered that to …

How to change your iMessage phone number

Got an Apple, Mac or iOS tech question? We have the answer.<p>When it comes to iMessages and the iPhone Messages app, it should be a simple matter to …

The Best Prosecco to Drink This New Year's Eve

Not all Proseccos are created equal. The best among these light and gently fruity sparkling wines, which hail from Italy's Veneto region, are made by farmers and smaller family run estates who grow and select the best grapes by hand. Unfortunately, those aren't the bottles that you see most often …

Prosecco

Here's How Your Dog Really Feels About You, According To Science

Image: Yaisin Bulut via Getty Images<p>Let’s talk about puppy love. Not youthful romance, but the love between a person and his or her pooch. As every dog lover knows, canine companions make for some of the best friends we could wish for. They play with us, cuddle with us, listen to us and make us …

How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them …

Tumors

Forget Business School--Just Watch These 10 TED Talks

You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning. Start by watching these short lectures and embodying their lessons.<p>In today's business world, leaders are emerging at all ranks. The role of the leader is not exclusive to executive-level …

Self-improvement

15 Simple but Powerful Back Exercises to Ease Stiffness and Lower Back Pain

Almost every single person on this planet has experienced some sort of back pain, whether it be in their lower, middle, or upper back. I can tell you …

To Burn Fat Fast, Sprint, Recover, and Repeat

Wanna know why your gut still jiggles despite hours of ercise? It's all that tedious, molasses-pace jogging. If you want to go shirtless by Memorial Day and cut your workout time in half, say good-bye to five-mile runs and hello to high-intensity interval training<p>You know what's the best part of …