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The Surprising Science of Praise

As parents, we love to praise our children. When a daughter or son has succeeded in something at school, at home or in an activity, we love telling them, "You're so smart!" "You're so talented!" "You're the best!"<p>After all, reinforcing a child's success with praise is good for them, right? Well, …

Self-improvement

Warren Buffett's 9 Tips for Happiness and Success

Warren Buffett knows a thing or three about becoming wealthy and successful, and the Oracle of Omaha is not averse to handing out mostly excellent …

Warren Buffett

15 Things the Very Married Have That You Probably Don't

"I thought people treating each other badly is the way life is," said Rhonda as I watched her leg nervously shaking during her marriage therapy appointment, motioning toward husband, Jose. "Growing up, dating, and now being married, ugliness is all I've known. My parents were always screaming. I …

Divorce

National Geographic Travel

Breakfast Recipes For High-Octane Energy

Photo: Courtesy Of America's Test Kitchen.<p>Ok, yes, we know you've heard it many, many times before. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, …

Breakfast

25 Takeout Recipes You Should Know How to Make at Home

From shrimp fried rice to spicy tuna rolls, 16 classic take-out dishes you can make at home<p><b>Nothing beats vegging out on the couch</b> with a carton of fried rice from your local Chinese joint, but you don't have to order in to eat takeout classics. Check out our greatest "takeout" hits, and delete the …

Cooking

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Asian Soups That Go Way Beyond Ramen

Ramen has taken over America, and we're totally cool with that. Ramen, after midnight or at reasonable dinner hour, is hands-down one of the most comforting, savory and filling bowls of soup around. (Let's also never forget Justin Timberlake's ramen noodle hair.) A classic Japanese dish, ramen has …

How To Make Flavored Butter

This is extremely satisfying and useful.

5 Things We Learned From the 2013 Small Cool Kitchens Contest

Our Small Cool Kitchens contest wrapped up this week. Did you enjoy it? We always love this contest because it gives us a unique snapshot of what's …

Kitchens

Cheaper than Takeout: Make Chinese Food at Home

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, you can make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: Gabriella tells you how to make your regular takeout order at home.</i><p><i></i><p>American Chinese …

How To Cook Fish If You Hate Cooking

Wrap it inside parchment paper with some other ingredients and it cooks itself.<p>Cooking fish can be intimidating. It's messy, it has a tendency to dry out, and flipping it midway through cooking often makes it fall apart. Which sucks, because fish is delicious and good for you. But there is another …

20 Delicious Summer Salads

Whether you're looking for light and healthy summer meals or new ideas for your next barbecue, these 20 delicious summer salads have you covered. They're quick, require minimal or no cooking, and are a great way to enjoy all the colorful produce that's in season right now.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Summer Salads

Cooking

How To Make Healthy Flavored Water At Home

<i>Full disclosure: sometimes, we're lazy girls. So, whether it's seven ways to simplify our morning routine or how to make our time at the gym actually</i> …

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

14 Ways To Enjoy New York City's Swankiest Spots For Free (Or Cheap)

From a subterranean food court inside the Plaza Hotel to little-known lunch deals at some of the city's best restaurants, here are 14 ways to enjoy New York City's fanciest venues without spending a fortune.

New York City

Grilled Chicken Tacos

4 Servings<p>These chicken tacos are made with thighs, which are more flavorful than chicken breasts; plus, they're less expensive. Put them to work in any fast weeknight preparation, starting with these spiced tacos.<p>July 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 medium onion, cut into wedges, keeping root intact<p>2 garlic …

Zagat

The 21 Coolest Things Ever Made Out Of Lego

And by "coolest," I mean "nerdiest."

Lego

How I Learned to Love Exercise (yes, really!)

A fitness-phobe discovers the secret science of workout happiness.<p>Exercise has always been a necessary evil for me. Actually, for a while it felt like an <i>unnecessary</i> evil, one to be avoided at all costs: I perfected the list of excuses that would get me out of gym class (periods and ear infections …

The 9 Best Under Eye Concealers According to ELLE.com Editors

When a concealer is opaque enough to camouflage a tattoo, you know it can upgrade your tired under-eyes. Here, find the formula that "hides last night's multitude of sins" and more with our editors' favorite concealers.