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The purpose of life isn’t to be happy—it’s to be fulfilled

The term “happy” was traditionally synonymous with good fortune.<p>It found its way into the English language around the 14th century, and it wasn’t something that people actively pursued. It was thought that you either stumbled onto it or you didn’t. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the word …

Happiness

'I read my boyfriend Pride and Prejudice as a bedtime story': meet the Jane Austen superfans

Two hundred years since the novelist’s death, Austen obsessives celebrate her legacy<p>It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I started getting into Austen. My friend Mark kept going on about Pride And Prejudice, so I reread it, then worked my way through the rest of the novels, plus anything I could …

Literature

Hyperrealistic Renderings of Interior Spaces by Nastia Ibragimova

These architectural renderings of interior spaces by Saint Petersburg-based CG artist Nastia Ibragimova looks indistinguishable from a photograph. As …

Amazing

With Neuroscience Comes Art

Two subjects that you wouldn’t automatically imagine to come hand in hand, but work quite well nonetheless are neuroscience and art. The Queensland …

The 7 Best Movies From The 2014 Cannes Film Festival

The festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, went to the Turkish drama Winter Sleep, but there were plenty of other excellent movies to be seen this year.

Top 10 Paris restaurants for €10 a head

With the traditional Parisian brasserie in decline, a new website is pointing diners to alternative cheap eats. The founders of Les Petites Tables show us where to dine well on a shoestring<p>‘No kebabs, no sandwiches - that’s our rule. Apart from that, if it’s good we’ll consider it.” Romain …

5 Plants That Can Help Purify Indoor Air, According to Science

<i>This article originally appeared on Health.com.</i><p>Want to clear the air in your home or workplace? Get some greens, says research presented today at the …

A Harvard psychologist reveals the biggest reason people don’t achieve their goals

Shooting for the moon is a worthwhile goal if you're NASA.<p>But as Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy explains in a recent Big Think video, the average …

A Harvard psychologist says too many people think about happiness all wrong

Generally speaking, trying hard is a great way to achieve most of what you want in life.<p>Put in more effort at work and your prospects for a promotion will almost definitely improve — at least more than they would if you simply accepted the status quo of being a slacker.<p>Date a lot of people and …

Happiness

Where to stay in the 10 most popular US national parks

To mark the US National Park Service turning 100 this week, Mary Caperton Morton picks the best places to stay, from hotels and cabins to campsites, in the country’s favourite parks<p>On the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, this is the most visited park in the country, attracting more than …

Want the Secret to Happiness? Never Stop Doing This

Happiness is something that we all want, yet so few feel as though they really understand how to achieve it consistently<p>Happiness is something that we all want, yet so few feel as though they really understand how to achieve it consistently. We are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us …

Sleep Under the Stars in This One-of-a-Kind Outdoor Hotel

With the rise of original makeshift hotels like the one currently floating on Paris’s River Seine, we have to wonder: When conceiving their new …

How Wild Birds Team Up With Humans To Guide Them To Honey

An African bird called the greater honeyguide is famous for leading people to honey, and a new study shows that the birds listen for certain human calls to figure out who wants to play follow-the-leader.<p>The finding underscores the unique relationship that exists between humans and this wild …

Birds

25 Travel Tips You Need To Know Before Visiting Spain

There’s always an excuse to visit Spain… whether it’s for the glorious sunshine, lazy-day siestas or soaking up those beautiful sights – the whole …

Travel

10 of the best walking and hiking adventures in the world

Backpacking the Appalachian Trail<p>Hike North America's most famous trail the original way, carrying all you need on your back and staying in huts …

World's Cheapest Travel Destinations

Traveling the world can be expensive, but don’t worry, Nothing Familiar has you covered! If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that even in the …

Central America

Researchers say nearly all books follow one of these six emotional arcs

Ever thought two books felt nearly identical? The déjà vu isn’t in your head.<p>Researchers from University of Vermont mapped the sentimental fluctuations of over 1,700 books. By tracing the emotional changes in the stories, they noticed an overall arc for each novel. They found that the emotional …

Writing

10 of the best national and regional parks in France

France’s green spaces provide the chance to see magnificent wildlife, explore mountain villages or just have a great hike or bike ride<p>The first (1963) and largest of France’s mainland national parks, the Vanoise is in the French Alps, becoming the Gran Paradiso national park once it’s over the …

10 of the best mountain cabins and lodges in Europe

With views to savour and activities as high-octane or as chilled out as you want, our mountain cabin picks feature getaways to suit all tastes<p>By a tranquil lake, near the village of Loen in western Norway, this cosy wood cabin is the perfect base to explore the spectacular geography of the region. …

National Parks

15 Jaw-Dropping US Libraries All Bookworms Should Visit This Summer

Whether it’s the intoxicating smell of old books or the millions of stories just waiting to be discovered, take a bookworm to a library and you’ll likely be stuck there for a <i>long</i> time. With thousands and thousands of books to discover — from Pulitzer Prize winners to cheeky little books that …

3 Reasons Why It's Easier than Ever to Travel Like a Local

Feeling like an out-of-place tourist may soon be a thing of the past—at least if Airbnb has anything to do with it.<p>The home sharing site, which …

10 of the best waterside holiday cabins in Europe

Romantic hideaways, back-to-basics eco-huts, treehouses and high-spec shacks for lapping up nature by lakes, rivers and fjords<p>A listing that reads “hut in the middle of nowhere” can’t help but pique the interest, and this one’s description is pretty accurate. The <b>wooden hut</b> in Darżkowo, northern …

THE SHOT: A Personal Journey Into the World of Yoga

It has taken yoga several thousand years to make the journey from a handful of monasteries dotting the Himalayas to the yoga studios popping up everywhere. This week Taschen is releasing an epic photo book on Michael O’Neill’s personal journey into the spiritual world of yoga. Whether bathing with …

This Deep Sea Jellyfish Looks Like It Came From Outer Space

Researchers working near the Mariana Trench have captured footage of a jellyfish that boggles the imagination.<p>Earlier this week, researchers working …

10 great walking holidays in Europe

We round up some of the best guided and self-guided walks that explore the continent’s high peaks, deep fjords and rare wildlife<b><br>More great walks: UK | epic | best kit</b><p>Some parts of Iceland are well-trodden, but the east remains a vast wilderness of ice and fire. This eight-day adventure takes in an …

Air Travel

Neuroscience discovers 5 things that will make you happy

So what's going to make you happy? Let's get more specific: What's going to make your <i>brain</i> happy? And let's focus on things that are simple and easy …

30 Poets You Should Be Reading

<b>Amy King</b><p>Amy King’s breathtaking poetry reflects the same unwavering commitment she brings to her role at VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts: aesthetics …

Literature

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books