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Advice from a Serial Life Reinventor

Most of us have some crazy dream living inside of us — start a company, write a book, move to Bali. Any of the above. All of the above. Maybe your dream is so crazy you haven’t told anyone about it. Or maybe it’s the thing you talk about every time you’ve had a bad day at the office. But what would …

The 10 Best Free Apps for Travel Junkies

Odds are you use no more than two travel apps to get from point A to point B, and that’s fine — surveys show you’re not alone.<p>But consider for a …

15 Books You Should Have Read in 2014

There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything, and that’s especially true of reading. With so many amazing new books coming out every year, it can be hard to keep up with them all. In honor of National Readathon Day tomorrow, we’re revisiting 15 of our favorite books from 2014 that …

15 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes Under 375 Calories

Just set-it-and-forget-it — so goes the appeal of the slow cooker, and it just so happens to be the perfect time of year for it. Slow-cooker meals …

Eat within 12-hour window to lose weight, say scientists

Simply sticking to a 12-hour eating window could be the key to losing weight without restricting calories<p>Dieters hoping to shed the pounds should watch the clock as much as their calories after scientists discovered that limiting the hours we eat stops weight gain.<p>Confining meals to a 12 hour …

The mind-bending effects of feeling two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

15 Tips for Being Happy at Work

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Supreme Court justices are not judges: They rule on values and politics, not the law.

For the past three years, I have been defending a book I wrote titled <i>Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court Is not a Court and Its Justices are Not</i> …

Hacking Into Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins and Oxytocin

<i>Image Credit: Pixabay.</i><p>We might not have a money tree, but we can have a happiness tree. Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are the quartet responsible for our happiness. Many events can trigger these neurotransmitters, but rather than being in the passenger seat, there are ways we can …

Self-improvement

Anjelica and Jack Forever: 11 Vintage Couples We Wish Were Still Together

**Anjelica Huston’**s second memoir, <i>Watch Me,</i> came out this week, and in it she describes her tumultuous and passionate relationship with <b>Jack Nicholson.</b> While the two remain friends, it’s a shame they couldn’t work things out—don’t they just look so good together? Their love story inspired us to …

Carol Shields’s Tale Of Secondhand Life

A popular and critical success when it appeared in 1994, Carol Shields’s novel The Stone Diaries chronicled the life of a woman who almost disappears …

Your Retirement Plan Needs More Than Money In The Bank -- It Needs A Life

Retirement expert insists that financial planning is only part of the next phase of your life. <i>Getting</i> a life is most important.<p>With all the talk about retirement, the national focus is on how much to stash away in your 401(k) and IRA and when you should leave your job and start taking Social …

Retirement

The No. 1 Stretch To Do Before Bed

9 Mind-Bending Epiphanies That Turned My World Upside-Down

Over the years I’ve learned dozens of little tricks and insights for making life more fulfilling. They’ve added up to a significant improvement in …

5 Life-Changing Decisions You Can Make Today | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Are you ready?<p>Are you ready to jump out of the same dull routines and move forward?<p>If so, consider this as your starting pistol. Because before …

Take a retirement annuity or a lump sum?

<b>Dear Liz:</b> I am 54 and considering retiring in three or four years. I have been fortunate to work at a Fortune 100 company for 30-plus years and have both a defined benefit pension plan and a 401(k). When I retire, we have the option of taking a lump sum or an annuity. Most financial people I talk …

Gouda Grits with Smoky Brown Butter Shrimp

Gouda Grits with Smoky Brown Butter Shrimp.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> August 11, 2014 103<p>I can’t even with this dish.<p>It’s not my typical Monday dish but it is …

5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Getting Out of Bed for a Morning Workout

You can totally wake yourself up for a.m. exercise! You're just going to have to pull a fast one...on yourself.<p>You've tried to become one of those morning workout people (gotta love 'em!), but when that dreaded alarm goes off, your body is all, 'No. Just no.' And by the time your mind remembers …

Do Women Need Guaranteed Retirement Income Products?

Lower lifetime earnings and longer life expectancies put women at a disadvantage when it comes to a secure retirement. One solution: helping them turn workplace retirement account balances into guaranteed income streams for life. Or in retirement-speak: annuitizing defined contribution plans. …

How To Get The Best Deal On A New Car Without Being Taken For A Ride

While the Internet has certainly made the task of buying a new car or truck easier, the process is still pockmarked with pitfalls that can trip up even the savviest shoppers. As we’re smack in the middle of the summer car-buying season, it’s a good time to review our time-tested 10-step program for …

4 Foods That Help Relieve Stress and Shrink Your Waistline

Reach for these instead of your typical comfort foods.<p>When you're stressed, you may start to hear the siren call of ice cream, French fries, and potato chips. But tempting as it may be to reach for these foods, there are better choices that will <i>actually</i> help relieve anxiety—and won't have a …

15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of

Few things are as versatile as the humble tension rod. They are cheap and totally removable. They are great for those awkward areas where nothing …

Laundry Rooms

The truth about the immigration “crisis”: Our drug policies and U.S.-backed tyrants created Central America’s culture of violence

<b>Francisco Ramos holds up a picture of his son, whose decomposed body was found in the Texas desert, as he waits for the arrival of his son's body, in Customs, in Guatemala City, Friday, July 11, 2014. The remains of Gilberto Francisco Ramos, the 15 year old boy who died in the Rio Grande Valley of</b> …

Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress

Eat more when you're stressed? You're not alone. More than a third of the participants in a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health said they change their diets during stressful times.<p>And many of us are quick to turn to either …

How America’s Biblical ignorance enables the Christian right

<b>Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito (AP/Charles Dharapak/Sue Ogrocki/Salon)</b><p>SCOTUS’ Hobby Lobby ruling has set a precedent for corporations to willfully misinterpret the Good Book’s teachings<p>CJ Werleman<p>July 10, 2014 5:59pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The Bible doesn’t mention …

16 Jon Stewart insults worthy of Shakespeare

<b>Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)</b><p>The Bard is a much bigger influence on the late night comedy show host than you might expect<p>Janet Allon<p>July 8, 2014 11:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Jon Stewart takes a week off every once in a while and we are consigned to watching his reruns …

Cannoli Dip Recipe

<i>Did you make this recipe?</i><p><b>Yield:</b> 8 to 10 servings<p><b>Prep:</b><p>10 minutes<p><b>Total:</b><p>10 minutes<p>A quick and easy sweet dip that tastes just like cannoli …

Ask The Experts: How Do I Stop Feeling Stuck And Uninspired In My Job?

What happens when you’re young, accomplished, and making a decent salary but feel like you aren’t making a difference? You turn to our experts, that’s what. Leadership Coach Lolly Daskal and Psychologist Art Markman offer their advice on how to get out of a rut and answer one of life’s biggest …