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Evidence Shows Students Still Learn More Effectively From Print Textbooks Than Screens

Print's not dead.<p>Today's students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, …

Education Technology

The behaviors that affect weight can be explained by economic theories — according to formerly obese economists who lost 120 pounds in 18 months

If you've been struggling to lose weight, Christopher Payne and Rob Barnett have a simple suggestion: a "self-imposed eating austerity program."<p>Think of it as something akin to financial austerity, except instead of a country making spending cuts, it's you cutting calories from your diet.<p>The phrase …

Economics

6 Relationship Secrets I Learned From The Most Connected Man In Business

"The people you meet on the way up are the same people you meet on the way down."<p>According to Tim Ferriss: <i>"As a connector, I've seen many people who have good networks, but I have never seen anyone who has the network that Joe has."</i><p>According to Sir Richard Branson: <i>"Joe Polish is doggedly</i> …

Relationships

The president of Goldman Sachs says a sentence from the firm's CEO completely changed the way he thought about leadership

In the early 2000s, Harvey Schwartz, now the president and co-COO of Goldman Sachs, was tapped to lead fixed-income sales.<p>By his own admission, he knew very little about the area. What's more, he was managing hundreds of salespeople for the first time.<p>Schwartz remembered how he responded on an …

Leadership

28 Tips for Becoming a Master Plumber

Whether you live in an apartment, a single-family home or a condo, sooner or later, you'll encounter a plumbing-related emergency. Luckily, many of …

Home Improvement

Fluid Tests Hint at Concrete Quantum Reality

Surprising oil drop experiments suggest that the quantum world may not be as strange as advertised.<p>For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky …

You Cannot Learn What You Think You Already Know

Welcome back to <b>Mid-Week Meditations</b>, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and how you can use its waters to reflect on and improve …

Self-improvement

Willpower doesn't work — here's how to actually change your habits

Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve your relationships, be happier, write a book, or start a business — willpower won't help you with any of these things.<p>Personal progress and achieving success are best approached <i>like you're overcoming addiction.</i> Because, …

Self-improvement

A productivity expert says the 'do it now' rule will make you more organized immediately

It makes sense — when you get into work in the morning, you don't want to spend an hour trying to figure out what to do first.<p>And yet, sometimes, all that planning and scheduling can work to your detriment. Which is why they're best used in conjunction with the "do it now" rule.<p>The rule is the …

Productivity

Jeff Bezos explains the perfect way to make risky business decisions

Bezos was explaining how he goes about running the massive company Amazon has become — 341,000 employees — like a startup.<p>That's a concept he calls Day 1. The Day 1 mantra is so top of mind for him that the building he works in is named Day 1, "and when I moved buildings, I took the name with me," …

Startups

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, …

Wall Street

The Most Effective Way to Say No Is to Say You "Don't," not You "Can't"

It’s an understatement that learning to say no is a critical life skill. It’s important both personally and professionally, and once you learn how to …

Productivity

If you're only showing gratitude to friends and family this Thanksgiving, you're forgetting someone important

Thanks, guys!<p>But apparently, there's someone else who needs your appreciation, as much or more than the rest of those people: You.<p>Don't get squirmy, now. You don't need to hug yourself or write yourself love notes (unless you want to) — you just have to recognize how hard you're trying to be the …

Self Compassion

This Grid Shows You How Long It Will Take to Retire, Based on Your Spending

Retirement is pretty far away for some of us. And it’s better to set smaller milestones for your savings now than to focus on the big, lump sum …

Practice Making Eye Contact While Watching TV

Eye contact is an important part of making a good first impression. But if you have a bad habit of looking elsewhere while people talk, some practice …

Public Speaking

7 ways mentally strong people handle stress

In fact, they view adversity as an opportunity for self-growth.<p>Whether they're dealing with financial setbacks, health problems, or workplace difficulties, mentally strong people don't let stress drag them down.<p>Here are seven ways mentally strong people handle stress effectively:<p>While some people …

Self-help

7 memory skills that will make you smarter

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."<p>"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues. ... If you're good at …

Learning

I Attended a Rejectionathon to Boost My Confidence — And It Worked!

I was listening to a podcast when I first heard the words "rejection therapy."<p>It was an episode of NPR's <i>Invisibilia</i>, and the host was interviewing this guy, Jason Comely, who was having trouble meeting women after his ex-wife left him for someone else. Realizing his fear of rejection was crippling …

Time I

A former Marine uses the '2-minute rule' to help mental toughness clients tackle stress at work

In this case, the game is the "2-minute rule." Here's how it works.<p>Say your boss announces that he expects you to submit a project by 5 p.m. today. You know there's no way you can do that — you've got other assignments on your plate and just gathering the necessary resources to start the project …

U.S. Marines

Psychiatrists use an old trick to get people to trust them with their secrets — and it works just as well in business

And yet one of the best nuggets in "Friend and Foe," a 2015 book by the psychologists Maurice Schweitzer and Adam Galinsky, debunks that idea, instead suggesting that there's a somewhat scientific formula to gaining people's trust quickly.<p>It's less creepy than it might sound. The key is simply to …

Psychiatry

A former FBI agent recommends a simple 3-step exercise to beat anxiety

First, there's the delightful combination of sweaty palms, shaky legs, and violent heart palpitations. And then, there's my desperate attempt to conceal all that from my audience, feigning the calmness of a Zen Buddhist monk.<p>In other words, I've got anxiety about the presentation and then …

Self-help

Use the Word "Yet" to Give More Constructive Negative Feedback Over Email

It’s not always easy to give someone negative feedback, especially when you have to do it over email. If you can’t explain your feedback in person, …

If you're trying to make people like you, you're missing the point

Every time you pitch an idea to your boss, or go on a date, or meet someone new at a networking event, you're essentially selling your ideas and your personality: Pick me, pick me!<p>Which is why it matters to all of us when a go-to sales strategy comes into question. In this case, that strategy is …

Self-improvement

Here's the perfect way to apologize the next time you're late

Last year, Friedman, the founder of Ignite80 and author of "The Best Place to Work," organized an online summit on peak work performance, featuring his discussions with 26 of the world's top productivity experts, including Daniel Pink, Gretchen Rubin, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Peter …

Adam Grant

Our brains use 4 steps to solve math problems — and the discovery might change education

Ever wondered how your mind deals with complex sums and multiplications?<p>A new study has imaged how the brain's activity levels change while taking on serious math problems, and reveals for the first time that there are four distinct neural stages involved in coming up with a solution.<p>Two different …

Mathematics

How Stoicism's Principles Can Help You Transform Your Financial Life

Some of you may remember that, a few years ago, I wrote a three part series on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay <i>Self-Reliance</i>. I read it for the first time …

Self-improvement

7 mental tricks to stop worrying about what other people think

In fact, scientists in one study found that the reward center in people's brains was active when they were told that someone approved their taste in music.<p>It's only a problem when you're <i>consumed</i> by worries about your reputation — when every decision about what to wear, who to hang out with, and …

Self-help

Why "Money Doesn't Buy Happiness" Is Wrong

Some people argue that money doesn't buy happiness. From personal experience, I can tell you they're wrong.<p>One of the most important decisions people …

Happiness

A UCLA psychiatrist has some counterintuitive advice for dealing with negative people — and it could change how you see the world

But what if erasing all this pessimism were merely a matter of changing your perspective? According to Dr. Mark Goulston, a psychiatrist at the University of California at Los Angeles, it is.<p>In his recent book, "Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life," …

Psychology