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Over nearly 80 years, Harvard study has been showing how to live a healthy and happy life

<i>Second in an occasional series on how Harvard researchers are tackling the problematic issues of aging.</i>When scientists began tracking the health of …

Longevity

The Five Questions You Need to Answer About Your Startup's Strategy

Michael Porter wrote the seminal book on strategy in the early 1980s. Called Competitive Strategy, I think it should be required for anyone starting …

Value Propositions

A Refresher on A/B Testing

It’s all about data these days. Leaders don’t want to make decisions unless they have evidence. That’s a good thing, of course, and fortunately there are lots of ways to get information without having to rely on one’s instincts. One of the most common methods, particularly in online settings, is …

Usability

Don't Become an Information Junkie: A Balance Between Learning And Taking Action

One of the biggest traps of any type of self improvement is becoming an “information junkie.”<p>An “information junkie” is someone who spends a lot of …

Learning

Why You Need Emoji - Issue 50: Emergence

The use of emojis has become a global phenomenon. By 2015, over 6 billion emojis1 were being sent every day by over 90 percent of the world’s online …

Language

Active Listening

<i>“You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.”</i><br>― M. Scott Peck<p>The Basics<p>The sense that we are not being listened to is one …

Narcissism

What's the Point of Self-Improvement Anyway?

There’s a paradox with self-improvement and it is this: the ultimate goal of all self-improvement is to reach the point where you no longer feel the …

Self-improvement

The subtle power of uncomfortable silences

In business and in life, it could help you to get acquainted with the power of the pause.<p>At your next meeting, wait for a pause in conversation and try to measure how long it lasts.<p>Chances are – especially among English speakers – it will be a second or two at most.<p>Anglophones tend to be most …

Public Speaking

10 grand challenges we'll face by 2050

Editing genes, ageing populations, rising sea levels… the world is moving faster than ever. What will those trends mean for our society over the next 30 years?<p>Over the last few months, BBC Future Now has been examining some of the biggest problems humankind faces right now: land use to accommodate …

Rare Earth

The 4 Keys to Learning Anything

I’ve been studying how to learn, as I try to teach myself new skills … and absolutely love learning new things. But I keep running up against a few …

Self-improvement

Ownership and Entitlement

A friend and former Facebook colleague came to visit me recently during my paternity leave. As the conversation carried on it turned towards who was …

Leadership

How to Start Small but Think Big: 5 Steps for Creating the Future

We asked for flying cars, we got 140 characters.<p>PETER THIEL<p>This sounds all well and good, but how do you go about pursuing disruptive innovation? …

This Is Why We Should Focus On What Makes Us Unhappy

H<p>appiness is a convoluted, mess of a word today. What does it even mean! How do we even achieve it? Happiness is different things to different people …

Happiness

Do These 5 Emotionally Intelligent Things Within 5 Minutes Of Meeting Someone

Being instantly likable isn’t rocket science, but this checklist takes practice to master in the short space of a first impression.<p>What’s the point of networking if not to get other people to like you? Sure, you need new contacts to see you as interesting, competent, professional, and potentially …

Networking

Everybody lies: how Google search reveals our darkest secrets

What can we learn about ourselves from the things we ask online? US data scientist Seth Stephens‑Davidowitz analysed anonymous Google search results, uncovering disturbing truths about our desires, beliefs and prejudices<p>Everybody lies. People lie about how many drinks they had on the way home. They …

Rhode Island

The end of the internet startup

We haven't had a major new technology company in more than 10 years.<p>Silicon Valley is supposed to be a place where a couple of guys in a garage or a dorm room can start companies that change the world. It happened with Apple and Microsoft in the 1970s, AOL in the 1980s, Amazon, Yahoo, and Google in …

Silicon Valley

Science: Doodling Has Real Benefits For The Brain

Doodling, coloring, and free-drawing increase blood flow to the parts of the brain associated with reward.<p>Many creative people know that making art is its own reward. Now science corroborates it. A new study from Drexel University shows that the process of making art stimulates the area of the …

The Brain

How stress works in the human body, to make or break us – Bruce McEwen

Stress pervades our lives. We become anxious when we hear of violence, chaos or discord. And, in our relatively secure world, the pace of life and …

Neuroscience

John Steinbeck Has a Crisis in Confidence While Writing The Grapes of Wrath: “I am Not a Writer. I’ve Been Fooling Myself and Other People”

In a 1904 letter, Franz Kafka famously wrote, “a book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us,” a line immortalized in pop culture by David …

Literature

Let's Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels

Summer's the time for comics — Marvel and DC blockbusters are in movie theaters, fans are preparing to descend on San Diego for its epic annual Comic-Con, and if nothing else, your friendly local comic store or library is there to provide an air-conditioned Fortress of Solitude where you can escape …

Graphic Novels

Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Loved

<b>Before we commence with the festivities, I just wanted to let you know my first book is now a Wall Street Journal bestseller! To check it out, click</b> …

Cognitive Science

The 100 Greatest Props in Movie History, and the Stories Behind Them

They're found on dusty warehouse shelves; buried under flea market knick-knacks; Googled, Ebayed, begged for; commissioned from blacksmiths, …

Cool Stuff

What to Do When Your Heart Isn’t in Your Work Anymore

In an ideal world, our work lives would be completely fulfilling, full of meaning, and intrinsically motivating. But what if they’re not? What if you’re stuck in a job or a career that you once loved, but your heart isn’t in it anymore?<p>More people fit this profile than you’d think. According to a …

Harvard Business Review

How to Make a Perennial Bestseller

<b>Note from the editor:</b> The following is a guest post by Ryan Holiday. <b></b>Ryan (FB/IG/TW: @RyanHoliday) is the bestselling author of six books, including</i> …

Publishing

The Rise and Fall of Working From Home - Bloomberg

Last year, Richard Laermer decided to let his employees work from home on a regular basis. "We hire adults, they shouldn't be tied to the office five …

The Workplace

Top 20 Percent Of Americans 'Hoard The American Dream'

There's a hidden force shaping our politics, says author Richard Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and it's hidden in plain sight.<p>In his forthcoming book, <i>Dream Hoarders</i>, Reeves argues that the top 20 percent of Americans — those with six-figure incomes and above — dominate the …

Equality

This is How You Get Stuff Done

<i>Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter. Editor Tim Herrera emails readers once a week with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Monday morning.</i><p>We’re all a little lazy sometimes. If you’re anything like me, you’re reading this on …

The Power of Pettiness

Do you get annoyed when people repeat claims that you know aren’t true?<p>Do you feel the urge to correct them, even when you know it’s not important?<p>Do …

A rare interview with the Aga Khan on poverty, climate change, and demystifying Islam

His Highness Prince Karim, the Aga Khan, is many things.<p>“Virtually a one-man state,” as Vanity Fair once put it, he’s the spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims and a unique embodiment of the potential for East blending with West. He inherited from his Indian-born …

Climate