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10 of the Funniest Movie Scenes of All Time

When I watch a funny movie scene, I laugh. Sometimes really hard. Sometimes I might even remember the lines in a quiet moment of the day and chuckle …

Six ways to work less but get more done

Everyone shares the same 24 hours in a day and yet some entrepreneurs simply get more done than others. Is it just a case of some people work harder than others?<p>We've all heard the saying, "work smarter, not harder," but many successful entrepreneurs have come to realize that productivity is part …

Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts

A bookseller and writer chooses his favourite audio options for those occasions when actually reading a book would be ill-advised<p>You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books …

How Boston stamped out a TB outbreak thanks to bartenders and barbers

BOSTON — The nurses of Boston City Hospital weren’t in the habit of stopping by the bar on their way into work. But that was where they began finding …

Public Health

6 Home Improvement Secrets from a Go-To Real-Estate Stager

ASH NYC’s Andrew Bowen shares the tips that make homes more attractive to prospective buyers and residents alike<p>In the 2010 film <i>Leap Year,</i> Amy Adams played a real-estate stager—a profession that few even knew existed. But in the years since then, home staging has become not only a trusted …

Why The 8-Hour Workday Doesn't Work

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.<p>The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor …

8 Reasons Why You Must Make a Happiness List Right Now

Your career is going great but your life isn't full of joy? Here's what to do.<p>What do you do when your career is moving along nicely, your relationships are going smoothly and your health is good--but you just aren't as happy as you'd like to be? That was the question facing me about two months ago.<p>…

Happiness

What No One Tells You About The Benefits Of Napping

<b>Birds do it, bees seem to do it</b>, and we all KNOW cats do it. So let's do it, too. Let's take a nap. Seriously, though: whenever people talk about naps, someone inevitable claims they can't nap during the day; they simply can't fall asleep, or when they do nap, they wake up groggy and unable to …

Endless war: Trump and the fantasy of cost-free conflict

As America marks Memorial Day, politicians should spare us the saber-rattling and reserve some space for silence<p><i>Jack Satan’s the greatest of gods</i><i>And Hell is the best of abodes.</i><i>’Tis reached through the Valley of Clods</i><i>By seventy beautiful roads.</i><b>Ambrose Bierce, from A Sole Survivor</b><p>Memorial Day is upon …

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Tiger Woods

Yes, There Is a Key to Happiness (and It's Actually Pretty Simple)

Neuroscientific and psychological principles point a clear path to true happiness, and it's probably not what you think.<p>As a species, humans are pretty dissatisfied with ourselves, and nowhere is this more true than in America. Each year, 45 percent of us make New Year's resolutions. We spend some …

Happiness

How Muhammad Ali gave a doctor 'the gift of courage'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Muhammad Ali didn't like air conditioning.<p>So when he traveled in a car through the streets of Phoenix one March day in 2001, he asked the man driving to roll down the windows.<p>Then he asked him to get in the far left lane.<p>Parkinson's disease had taken its toll, and the heavyweight champion …

Boxing

Woman Had No Idea Participating In 5K Walk Could Be So Unrewarding

KENOSHA, WI—After participating in the fundraising event for a local charity this past weekend, area woman Ashley Hyland reported to friends and …

Fundraising

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

But we’re better off believing in it anyway.<p>For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can …

Consciousness

Stress was destroying my sleep — until I spent a weekend without clocks

Then I found unexpected bliss at a famous device-free "Summer camp for adults" retreat in Mendocino, California's Redwood forest, where I enjoyed one of the best nights of sleep I can remember.<p>Unlike other fun filled vacations, Camp Grounded employs an innovative trick that the founder, Levi Felix, …

Self-improvement

10 Things You Can do to Help an Autism Family

What happens when you find out that your friend, family member or neighbor has a child who has been diagnosed with autism? There are many ways you …

Autism

Feel Me: What the new science of touch says about ourselves

What the new science of touch says about ourselves.<p>On a bitter, soul-shivering, damp, biting gray February day in Cleveland—that is to say, on a February day in Cleveland—a handless man is handling a nonexistent ball. Igor Spetic lost his right hand when his forearm was pulped in an industrial …

12 best commencement speeches of all time

Great news, graduates! The job outlook is looking a lot better than it has in the past few years.<p>The U.S. economy has added, on average, 238,000 jobs in the past few months, according to the Labor Department. And, job listings targeted at new grads are up slightly from a year ago on job-listing …

DIY - How to Build a Pergola - Quiet Corner

Here’s a structure that won’t provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? …

Woodworking

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study that shows choice could just be the brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

Consciousness

Two black holes are defying the limits of science

Even astrophysicists are occasionally surprised at what they find in the cosmos. University of Cambridge researchers have discovered that two black holes are consuming their companion stars at rates much faster than currently established limits would allow -- so fast, in fact, that the gas is …

Movement Is Bigger Than Fitness

In the grand scheme of things, your PRs and race times aren’t <i>that</i> important. There, I’ve said it. <b>Improving yourself is always something to be proud</b> …

17 Essential Skills You Must Have to Succeed

To accomplish anything requires a certain skill set--and some of those skills apply to any endeavor. Here are 17 basic skills you should have if you want to be successful.<p>Knowing how to do things, being self-reliant and confident, are key to a productive, effective, and successful life.<p>But to get …

Self-improvement
Stock Markets

Famous Inventors and Their Moms

<b>Org, Inventor of the Knife</b><p>Ma: Org, help!<p>Org: WHAT?<p>Ma: What this?<p>Org: STICK. POINTY STICK.<p>Ma: Yes! Pointy stick! But . . . how work?<p>Org: STICK STAB FOOD.<p>Ma: Yes! Um . . .<p>Org: I WATCH YOU . . . STAB!<p>Ma: Now?<p>Org: STICK STAB SQUIRREL.<p><i>Ma pokes ineffectually at a squirrel.</i><p>Org: <i>(Rolls eyes)</i> MA. USE POINTY …

Bill Gates

The Power of Empathy, animated short explains the difference between empathy and sympathy

In an animated short titled “The Power of Empathy,” research professor Dr. Brené Brown explains a key component of being human in a clear, simple …

Empathy

It’s “Paul Ryan is a serious wonk” season again!

The Washington Post admires Paul Ryan’s very bold plan to fight poverty by replacing food stamps with dreams<p>Wow, is it "Paul Ryan is a serious, brilliant, policy-focused wonk with a dynamic and inclusive vision for the future of the Republican Party" season again already? It comes earlier every …