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Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

Yale’s beloved happiness class is now on the internet for free

Happiness, they say, is infectious. Perhaps that is why the most popular course ever to be taught at Yale University—this semester enrolling 1,200 students, or a quarter of the undergraduate student body—is one titled “Psychology and the Good Life.”<p>PSYC 157, or “Laurie Santos’ happiness class” as …

Happiness

5 TED Talks That Are an Instant Dose of Optimism

Life got you down lately? These talks are just what you need to feel more optimistic.<p>Optimism can be hard to maintain these days. The polar ice caps are melting, world leaders are taunting each other like schoolyard bullies, and billion dollar companies are revealing themselves to be clueless about …

Self-improvement

How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary

Everyone has the potential, but the habits necessary are adopted only by the few. Will you be one of them?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Elon Musk has been quoted as saying, “I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” Now, whether you …

Motivation

How to use Lipsi, the new anonymous messaging app that's climbing the App Store charts

Lipsi, available for iPhones (and soon Android phones), lets you send and receive messages without revealing your identity. You can also post a link to your Lipsi account on Instagram or Snapchat account to get people to give you anonymous feedback or compliments.<p>What makes Lipsi unique is that …

Apps

20 Bohemian Room Decor Ideas for the Ultimate Free Spirit

It's all about the throw pillows — lots and lots of throw pillows.<p>Calling all hippies! Whether you're obsessed with layering textiles or simply into the cost-effectiveness of buying vintage, bohemianism — the unconventional, artistic lifestyle that dates all the way back to the 1800s — can become …

The best VPN services: Our 10 favorite vendors for protecting your privacy | ZDNet

Ten key VPN players<p>We take a look at ten of the best VPN providers. If you use a computer or mobile device away from home or office, you need to use …

Information Systems

11 Foods That Cause Excessive Mucus In The Body And 14 Foods That Eliminate It!

Mucus plays an important role in our body but its excessive production is a sign that our immune system is struggling and it can cause us a lot of …

The 18 Best Spots to Buy Furniture Online

<b>Bedroom Furniture</b><p><b>Ballard Designs</b><br>Well-made pieces that look like heirloom antiques (without the hefty price tags) are what you'll find here, with …

Furniture

Cancer breakthrough: Novel approach can 'starve' tumors to death

Researchers are now developing a new method of killing cancer more effectively. Their strategy "starves" tumors, depriving them of the main nutrient …

Medical Research

A Taxonomy of Troublemakers for Those Navigating Difficult Colleagues

Disruptive technology is one thing. Disruptive co-workers are another. Here, Dr. Jody Foster classifies the types of colleagues whom others find …

Psychology

15 books that will change your life in 2018

Whether you want to take your career to new heights, overhaul your health or simply get happier in 2018.<p>It’s exciting to think about all the potential for 2018, a new year that's full of possibilities. But it can be daunting to figure out how to make those massive changes you’re craving in life. …

Thought Leadership

Here Are The 20 Netflix Documentaries That Are Definitely Worth Your Time To Watch

Say goodbye to aimless browsing this weekend.<p><i>This post was translated from Spanish.</i>

24 hidden iPhone settings you should know about

Dig deeper into iOS.<p>Part of the appeal of the iPhone is its simplicity—you can grab it right out of the box and starting setting it up without reading any instructions. However, behind that simple, intuitive interface, you'll find dozens of lesser-known settings and options. Here are 24 you can use …

Apps

Curb how Facebook, Google and Amazon use your personal data in a quick privacy clean-up

It can seem that it’s a lot easier to complain about your lack of privacy online than to do something about it. But your alternative to griping isn’t a monastic, offline existence.<p>Here are four steps to understand who has your data, limit their use of it, and leave less “data exhaust” that can be …

Privacy

If You're Spending Time on Any of These 6 Tasks, You're Killing Your Productivity | Inc.com

Every founder, CEO, and executive I coach complains that they don't have enough time. And I get it. Time is the one resource we can never get more of: We can't save for later, and it's the one thing everyone always wants from us. Yet most of them spend time on tasks that they really shouldn't. …

Time Management

Don’t buy your next car, SUV or truck without reading this

For the internet at its best, try researching your next car purchase. There's great information available at no cost on pretty much every aspect of choosing the right vehicle.<p>Let's start with fuel consumption. Natural Resources Canada has a guide for 2017 cars and trucks and for vehicles from …

Bill Morneau

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YouTube

Scenic tiny house village opens in the Midwest

With units for rent and purchase<p>When it comes to “tiny house hotels,” there are already a number of options around the country—from Getaway cabins in the Northeast to a handful of tiny home villages in Portland, Oregon, to even a couple of Airstream resorts in California. Now, a tiny home …

What Are The Best Natural Antidepressants Available?

Omega 3<p>Omega-3 fatty acids are essential minerals which reduce inflammation and are vital to brain functions such as mood and memory. Your body …

Assisted living doesn’t offer much assistance

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Pam and her mother both thought that her mom’s move into an assisted living facility …

Health Care

These Are The 8 Friends You Need To Be Happy In Life

<b>***</b><b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

Happiness

Amazon launches two furniture brands of its own

More “midcentury” and “modern farmhouse” pieces abound, naturally<p>Amazon’s quest for world-retail-domination is in full swing with oodles of projects ranging from a Whole Foods takeover to Treasure Trucks roaming the country. Its latest launch attempts to tame the tricky realm of online …

Joanna Gaines

Adult day centre eases burden on families caring for seniors

Katherine Farmer has noticed changes in her father's energy levels and engagement at home since he's been attending The Jackson Lam Adult Day Centre …

Western Canada

10 Ways to Cut Workplace Drama and Make Work Fun Again | Inc.com

Is it just me in my role as business advisor, or is emotional drama in the workplace increasing? Team members seem to be spending more and more time venting to anyone who will listen about the motives and actions of others, and less time introspectively focused on their own productivity and …

Leadership

The Best Road Trips in the World

Road Trips

100 Wedding Cocktail Hour Songs That Make a Perfect Playlist

The cocktail hour at your wedding is a magical moment: You're officially a newlywed, drinks are flowing, and there are smiles all around. Create a playlist full of songs to match the golden vibes! Get inspired with this roundup of the best cocktail hour songs (in every genre) to play on the big day!<p>…

Soul Music

15 books Malcolm Gladwell thinks everyone should read

A 2015 New York Times article poked fun at how often he blurbs books and recommends them on social media.<p>The bestselling author has published multiple books and articles exploring human behavior from all angles; he also recently launched a hit podcast.<p>We dug through years of his tweets, book …

Books

The easy way to remove water stains from wood furniture

No need to go to the hardware store -- you have everything you need to remove water marks.<p>Nothing ruins the luster of wood furniture quite like a watermark.<p>Watermarks -- or water stains -- are often caused by cold glasses, spills, or hot dishes places directly on the wood. Luckily, though, they …

Woodworking

10 books every aspiring CEO should read

If being a leader was easy, then everyone would do it. What exactly sets apart those who reached the pinnacle of business achievement? What is their secret sauce?<p>As an aspiring leader, your goal should be to create not just a good company, but a great one. That’s why it’s important to study those …