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These 20 pictures will teach you more than reading 100 books

“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, …

Motivation

An 80-year Harvard study claims to have found the gateway to happiness

There are some things that money can’t buy. True friends and happiness are among them. In fact, an 80-year-long study at Harvard University claims …

Great Depression

The complete list of Alexa commands so far

Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are many ways to interact with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, Echo Show, Dash Wand and the Amazon Fire TV -- you might find yourself talking to her more …

A 10-Minute Legs Workout That Will Leave You Sore And Satisfied

If your go-to legs workout just isn't making you feel the burn like it used to, this 10-minute challenge will bring new life to leg day. Developed …

Workouts

Best Books of 2016 : NPR

Use the filters below to explore more than 300 titles NPR staff and critics loved this year. (You can also combine filters!) Want even more recommendations? Check out our favorite books from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008<p>Filter by: ו <i></i><br>Clear filters<br>• Staff Picks<br>• Biography & Memoir<br>• Book …

10 incredible online art schools

There was a time, not so very long ago, when art schools and ateliers were your only options for attaining a higher art education. Typically …

Feeling Poor Doesn't Stop Once You Make Money

From the day I got my first job as a cart pusher at Walmart, I spent years living from one paycheck to the next. I hovered around the poverty line, …

12 sci-fi/fantasy books that channel the blood of hardboiled noir into their black, black hearts

Hardboiled detective novels (popular from 1920 through the 1950s) and the film noir genre inspired by it (popular from the 1940s through the 1950s) …

The 5 books Bill Gates thinks you should read this summer

Want to know what the richest man in the world reads?<p>Bill Gates has written a blog post, recommending five books to his fans and followers.<p>He wrote on his website: "This summer, my recommended reading list has a good dose of books with science and math at their core. But there’s no science or math …

Build This Beautiful Modern Bench Using Nothing But 2 x 4s

This lovely bench seat only looks expensive.<p>"Less is more" definitely applies to modern furniture. But despite its simple lines, modern style furniture can be expensive. This well-designed bench, on the other hand, looks great and only takes a few hours to build while costing less than $50 in …

The Essential Guide to Crafting a Work Email

You, like me, probably rattle off emails quickly, all day (and sometimes all night) long. And that means the people receiving your emails are doing exactly the same thing. Whether this is good or bad for us, generally speaking, is an open question. But until we all get better at dealing with email …

Harvard Business School

Do You Really Need to Hold That Meeting?

“Let’s schedule a meeting” has become the universal default response to most business issues. Not sure what to do on a project? Let’s schedule a meeting. Have a few ideas to share? Let’s schedule a meeting. Struggling with taking action? Let’s schedule a meeting.<p>Although scheduling a meeting <i>can</i> be …

Management

This List Of 50 Low-cost Hobbies Will Excite You

Do you want to find a fun, low-cost hobby? A good hobby is entertaining, fulfilling and will enhance your life – but they can often also be very …

Tesla Is Betting on Solar, Not Just Batteries

Tesla’s Powerwall storage system is not a radical innovation, and it is not the first battery for energy storage on the market. But, as Elon Musk surely understands, it is not always the best technology that wins the innovation race. Rather, it’s often the one that best fits with existing dominant …

Clean Energy

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

Management

Improve Your Ability to Learn

<i>On the surface, John looked like the perfect up-and-coming executive to lead BFC’s Asia expansion plans. He went to an Ivy League B-school. His track record was flawless. Every goal or objective the organization had ever put in front of him, he’d crushed without breaking a sweat.</i><p><i>But something broke</i> …

Leadership

The Roman Empire, explained in 40 maps - Vox

Two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD, Caesar Augustus died. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace …

If You Want People to Listen, Stop Talking

Andrew Nguyen<p>George*, a managing director at a large financial services firm, had an uncanny ability to move a roomful of people to his perspective. What George said was not always popular, but he was a master persuader.<p>It wasn’t his title — he often swayed colleagues at the same hierarchical …

Leadership

15 Outstanding Websites to Learn Languages Online

If you are reading this you are probably already convinced by the benefits of learning a foreign language! But learning a language is a really …

7 Ways to Learn While on Vacation | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

The late afternoon sun hasn’t dried the condensation left on my palm from the now empty Bin Tang bottle. I place the bottle on the table solidly, …

Self-improvement

4 Foundational Habits Every Person Needs

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”<p>~ John Dryden<p>Every person is different, but every person is human, meaning we all have things …

Happiness

Experience Travel | USA TODAY

Best Hotels in the Caribbean 2015

So you've decided you want to escape to a warm, Caribbean oasis. Now comes the hard part -- deciding where to stay. Luckily, the Caribbean is chock full of sprawling all-inclusive resorts and intimate boutique hotels suited to fit the needs of a variety of travelers.<p>But if the dizzying array of …

The 24 Best All-Inclusive Resorts In The Caribbean

And what better way to enjoy a truly stress free holiday than an all-inclusive resort?<p>With help from Hotels.com, we've rounded up some of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean based on real travelers ratings.<p>From adults-only resorts located on private beaches to family-friendly hotels …

You Better Belize It! Eight Fabulous Hotels in Belize

The Central American country of Belize is surrounded by Guatemala to the west and south, Mexico to the north, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. The tropical country attracts visitors with its lush jungles, snorkeling, and Mayan ruins, among many other things. Between the scuba diving, zip-lining, …

10 New Routes That Will Lead to Cheaper Flights in 2015

Route expansions may not seem like exciting news, but they're a bigger deal than you probably think. Why? Because they often spark competition between airlines and drive down fares on multiple carriers. If your New Year's resolution involves traveling more, it may be time to give one of these new …

The Travel Hacks You Should Know (But Probably Don't)

Travel hacking is often synonymous with credit card churn and gaming points and miles. I'm no stranger to those tactics but I've always been more interested in the nifty, devious ways to get what you want while on the road. Here's the best of the best, tried true and tested.<p>I think it has to do …

How to Pack for a Week With Only 10 Items of Clothing

<i>by Anna Liesemeyer, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Travel light by packing 10 clothing pieces you can mix and match for a week's worth of looks.<p>I packed these 10 pieces on a recent trip to St. Louis, where the temperatures ranged from mild to freezing throughout the week. These items gave me many options of …