Fredy Verdin

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How to become the best version of yourself

A lot of personal development content focuses on things like productivity, health, wealth and happiness. Which is fine, except these goals can …

Nelson Mandela

These 17 Kindness Quotes Will Inspire You to Make a Difference

Being kind is in -- thankfully. Get inspired and get out there and spread as much kindness as you can.<p>There's a song that is popular right now about a man who meets a much older man in a bar. They strike up a conversation about everything under the sun and then after a while they go their separate …

Motivation

You Can Control, And You Can Lead, But You Can't Do Both

Do you believe that being in charge means you are in control? If you find yourself frustrated about losing power in situations, it’s because leadership is not about taking control; it’s about influence.<p>The best leaders know that their role is not to dictate, but to inspire and motivate others to …

Emotional Intelligence

7 things we learned from HBO’s revealing new Robin Williams documentary

“Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” fittingly starts out by showcasing how the comedic master’s mind ricocheted at a dizzying velocity, bouncing around from character to character.<p>The new documentary, which premiered at Sundance this year before being televised Monday on HBO, attempts to solve …

Comedy

This autistic 10-year-old wrote a short story, and people are loving it.

Libby Scott's mom Kym said her 10-year-old daughter "hardly ever" would chose to read or write.<p>Libby has autism, and her mom said part of the …

Incredibly Detailed Aztec Inspired Pop Culture Illustrations by Jorge Garza

Artist Jorge Garza aka QETZA creates absolutely amazing, stunningly detailed Aztec inspired illustrations that appear in sketches, comics, on …

7 Things You'll Notice the Happiest People Always Doing

Here are seven habits of the happiest people, which will make the rest of us perpetually jealous if we don't hop on the wagon and join them.<p>So much has been written about the burgeoning happiness movement within the ever-expanding field of positive psychology, it's hard to keep up.<p>What scientists …

Happiness

Freud’s Theory Has Been Validated

One of Freud’s important theories dealt with what he called a fixation. He posited that when children go through their early stages of development, …

Want To Live a Better Life? Use These 8 Life Lessons To Build Your Personal Philosophy

Discover your personal philosophy and then build your life around it.<p>Following a morning hike among the serenity of red rocks, wildflowers, and mountain views, I sat in conversation with an old friend. We had an important topic to discuss. Mainly, my future career.<p>My friend knows that I'm a …

Happiness

How To Stop Taking Things Personally

When people disrespect you or do not treat you well, it is easy to take their behavior personally, to blame yourself and think you have anything to do with someone else’s behavior. Taking things personally is emotionally draining, and an unnecessary, constant reevaluation of your self-esteem. …

Self-help

This Photographer Is Changing People's Perceptions of Pit Bulls, One Flower Crown at a Time

Like many people, Sophie Gamand wasn’t always the biggest fan of pit bulls. As a volunteer photographer for animal shelters, she used to tense up any …

Student with autism who rarely speaks gives inspirational graduation speech

Sef Scott knew he was about to do something unexpected when he addressed the senior class of Plano Senior High at a graduation ceremony on June 9 in Frisco, Texas.<p>Normally, he doesn't choose to speak, he told a crowd gathered in a sports arena that seats thousands. That's because he is a student …

Autism

Father of autistic child takes to Facebook to criticise people who judge him in public

A father has taken to Facebook to chastise people who are judgemental of parents dealing with autistic childrens' meltdowns in public.<p>Adam Poole, of …

Anthony Bourdain, Chef And Television Host, Has Died At 61

<b>Updated at 12:28 p.m. ET</b><p>Chef and television host Anthony Bourdain was found dead in a hotel room in France, his employer CNN said in a statement Friday morning. He was 61. The network and a French official said the cause of death was suicide.<p>"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the …

The Power of Self Acceptance

One phrase you hear a lot but many people have a tendency to misuse or misinterpret, is self acceptance. It can be an incredibly powerful tool if …

9 signs you’re successful even if it doesn’t feel like it

If you’re ambitious, you’re bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren’t yet living up to …

Designer Kate Spade Was Found Dead in Her Apartment in an Apparent Suicide

The 55-year-old's work was huge in the women's world, and the Jack Spade brand created under her umbrella was a menswear force in the 2000s.<p>Iconic women’s designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment Tuesday morning, the result of an apparent suicide, TMZ is reporting. She was 55. The …

Andy Spade

The Invisible Struggle Of Living With High-Functioning Depression

It’s Monday morning when I arrive early at my full-time office job in Toronto’s financial district — looking put together and well rested for the day …

Xanax to Booze: What Doctors Really Think About Your In-Flight Anti-Anxiety Tricks

Those tiny bottles of whiskey aren’t helping you chill out.<p>Getty Images<p>Air travel can be stressful. From facing delayed flights, turbulence, and a …

NASA Photo Reveals Massive Squad of Black Holes in the Middle of Our Galaxy

Aside from a stray asteroid whizzing past Earth every now and then, our little corner of the Milky Way may seem pretty peaceful. But in reality, our …

Universe

Antidepressant Use Linked to Weight Gain Even Years Later

Patients at peak risk years after taking the drugs.<p>Antidepressants are associated with significant weight gain, according to a new long-term study …

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Each month, NPR Music invites DJs from public radio stations across the country to share the songs they can't get enough of. May's batch of tracks blurs rigid genre lines and explore several different shades of the human condition.<p>This month's playlist features Shannon Shaw's nuanced juxtaposition …

Neo Soul

Why the extraordinary story of the last slave in America has finally come to light

“We stand as living monuments,” wrote the historian Len Garrison, of the black British descendants of slavery and empire. “For those who are afraid of who they must be, are but slaves in a trance.” For Garrison, the idea of the African diaspora as “living monuments” was to some extent figurative. …

Black History

Marijuana Compound Removes Toxic Alzheimer's Protein From The Brain

This could be huge.<p>An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid …

Saying Yes to Any of These 8 Questions Reveals You're Way More Emotionally Intelligent Than You Think

Ever wonder what your strengths and limitations are in emotional intelligence? Now you know.<p>There's no shortage of content available on the popular topic emotional intelligence -- it's everywhere, and found to be one of the most desired qualities for personal and professional development.<p>But …

Pope Francis tells gay man: 'God made you like this'

Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, says pontiff told him God did not mind that he was gay<p>A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to be uttered by the …

Are We Ready for Robot Sex?

Photograph by Bobby Doherty/<i>New York</i> Magazine. Styling by Lindsay Peoples Wagner.<p>Above: Henry, Realbotix's first male sex robot.<p>I’m driving down the …

Robotics

'Swimming into the unknown:' Mexico's unmapped underwater caves - in pictures

Exploring in these conditions requires mental resilience.<p>I am about to climb down a 10-metre rope ladder into a manhole-sized gap in the floor of the Mexican jungle on the Yucatán peninsula, to dive an underwater cave system, exploring paths where no one has ever been in modern history.<p>You may be …

Scuba Diving

Man to Spanish speakers at New York restaurant: 'My next call is to ICE'

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man berated employees and customers for speaking Spanish in a New York restaurant, describing them as undocumented and threatening to call immigration officials in a rant captured on video.<p>The incident happened Tuesday at a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan, according to Edward Suazo, who posted …

Justice

New iPhone Leak 'Confirms' Apple's Radical Design

It might just happen. In a year where Apple will reveal three all-new iPhone X models, by far the biggest excitement surrounds the budget-friendly one. And now new information suggests this really is the iPhone we should be spending/saving our money on…<p>Following its big scoop last week, accessories …

Mobile Technology