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Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

GDPR and the End of the Internet’s Grand Bargain

In May the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, two years after passage by the European Parliament. This radical new privacy law, which covers any business that processes information about EU residents, will dramatically affect the way data is collected, stored, and …

Privacy

It Was A Company With A Lot Of Promise. Then A Chinese Customer Stole Its Technology

Massachusetts-based American Superconductor seemed to be riding high in early 2011, reaping strong sales and even praise from the White House for successfully cracking the Asian import markets.<p>Then, one day that April, employees were called to a meeting where they heard some very disturbing …

Intellectual Property

What is Germany’s dual education system — and why do other countries want it?

The German economy is powered by products sold the world over. The strength of Europe's powerhouse depends on outbound shipments. We take a look at …

Education

Europe’s tough new data-protection law

BOOK clubs usually meet to discuss literature. But members of DataKind, a group of volunteers that helps charities use data to improve their …

Privacy

China’s tariffs test the political patience of farm country

Soybean growers are particularly vulnerable to a small drop in exports.<p>China’s latest trade actions in response to U.S. tariffs are striking right at the heart of Trump country.<p>Just the mere mention of the threat to slap tariffs on key U.S. exports threatens to further upend a farm economy already …

Agriculture

20 Unwritten Rules of Golf Every Player Should Know

As if learning how to swing a golf club wasn’t hard enough, learning how to play the game by the Rules of Golf can be a lofty task for beginners. But …

Golf

“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.<p>I. “The Clock Is Ticking”<p>In the darkness before dawn on Thursday, October 1, 2015, an American merchant captain named Michael Davidson sailed a 790-foot U.S.-flagged cargo ship,</i> …

Sailing

How To Write A Novel: Step By Step

Thinking about writing a novel? Don’t know where to start? It’s not that hard, if you really want to do it. I guess that really is the first step. …

Creative Writing

As Modi focusses on the poor, India’s rich are powerless & fearful

<b>Corporate India’s euphoria over Modi’s rise has ended. It’s been replaced by suspicion & fear as he’s let businessmen know they can’t see him as</b> …

India

The US bet big on American oil and now the whole global economy is paying the price

Oil has wrong-footed our leading experts—again.<p>At the beginning of 2014, the world was marveling in surprise as the US returned as a petroleum superpower, a role it had relinquished in the early 1970s. It was pumping so much oil and gas that experts foresaw a new American industrial renaissance, …

How to Get Started With Voluntourism

<b>Updated February 2017</b> — While monetary contributions to charitable organizations are always welcome and effective, oftentimes people want to invest …

Costa Rica

9 Tips for Creating a Recovery Plan

Recovery is a crucial part of any training program.<p>Recovery is defined as “the act or process of becoming healthy; a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.”<p>This definition can be applied to running as well. For a runner, recovery refers to the process of giving your body a break …

Marathons

Flammkuchen (German Pizza) #SundaySupper

<i>When most people think pizza, they think Italy, but this crispy and smoky German version of pizza is definitely worth your time!</i> <br>Continue reading and …

Pizza

25 incredible hikes to take in your lifetime

We've put together a collection of some of the world's most breathtaking hikes.<p>From the Kalalau Trail in Hawaii to trekking the volcanic Tongariro Northern Circuit of New Zealand, here are 25 hikes everyone should take in their lifetime.

Hiking

Man Who Shed More Than 200 Pounds Will Lead 1:40 Pace Group in Half Marathon This Weekend

Barry Brokaw weighed more than 400 pounds when he reached his heaviest in 2008.<p>When Barry Brokaw lines up to pace the 1:40 group at the Wild Hog Half Marathon in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Saturday, those who race alongside him will likely have no idea that their leader weighed more than 400 …

Fitness

Michael Jordan: A Profile in Failure

<i>The greatest people in history have been failures. Certainly, we remember these individuals as successes--success stories--and we treat those stories</i> …

Motivation

13 Bookish Movies Now Streaming on Netflix

By Tolani Osan | Off the Shelf<p>As book lovers, we tend to be skeptical about film adaptations, but we are fans of both the thirteen books on this list and their cinematic counterparts. Read the book, then stream the movie. Netflix is a marvelous thing.<p><b>The Cider House Rules by John Irving</b><p>John …

Books

3 Ways to Leave a Leadership Legacy | Inc.com

We're not middle managers, VPs, or CEOs anymore. We're leaders. We dive into the dark water with grins on our faces, just so our employees feel comfortable getting their toes wet. They're unsure, and they'll get there. But only if we call out their potential and lead with intention.<p>As a former …

Leadership

I was a smoker, drinker and layabout, but thanks to Terry Fox, I wheezed my way to the Ironman

<i>Facts & Arguments is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at tgam.ca/essayguide</i>.<p>I was granted the gift of a healthy body at birth but by the early 1980s, as I slouched into my 30s, I had allowed myself to become a physical train wreck.<p>My lifestyle at …

Terry'S

The most gifted students in India are outperforming academic prodigies in the US

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes a decade of intense practice—roughly 10,000 hours—to achieve mastery in any field.<p>So, how does this apply to gifted students? Do gifted students from different countries actually invest their time differently in accruing those 10,000 hours …

Students

Why Are Morning Runners So Happy?

<i>By Teal Burrell for Runner's World</i><p>If you're a morning runner who is often out the door before you have breakfast, a new study suggests that you might be more likely to experience the runner's high.<p>The theory revolves around a hormone called leptin. Leptin is linked to feelings of fullness and …

Experts: Surprisingly Little Running Extends Lifespan

New report summarizes best research on running and health.<p>Running six miles per week appears to improve longevity by three to six years and reduces the risk of several chronic diseases, according to a review of research published in <i>Mayo Clinic Proceedings</i>.<p>A distinguished group of U.S.-based …

Stanford University

Cecil the lion's killer revealed as American dentist

EXCLUSIVE: A Minnesota father of two is discovered to be the hunter who shot dead Cecil – one of Zimbabwe's most loved lions<p>Cecil the lion – the most famous creature in one of Zimbabwe's national parks – was killed by an American hunter who has boasted about shooting a menagerie of animals with his …

Equality

3 Keys To Red-Hot Scoring

How to dominate the par 4s<p>When it comes to shooting a score, you're going to make or break your round on the par 4s. Consider how I played them at the Masters: I was three under for the week—including 10 birdies—and even par in the final round. I wouldn't have won without playing them so well. Why …

Why marathon runners are likely to be smarter

Scientists have discovered that the same bodily process which helps fuel the body also improves memory and learning<p>Marathon runners are not only super fit but they are likely to know more than the average person as well, new research suggests.<p>Scientists have discovered that the same bodily process …

How To Live a Life With No Regrets | Inc.com

One of my best memories of the late management icon Peter Drucker was him telling me that the greatest misconception about the entrepreneur's mind set is that they are risk takers. That may be the way they appear to most people, but in the mind of the entrepreneur what he or she is doing is …

Positive Thinking

Look How Rich India's Become Under New Prime Minister Modi

The “Modi Magic” continues in India. Ever since last May’s election of new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has been showered with good fortune.<p>Here’s one way to measure India’s new found flow of money: India’s foreign exchange reserves rose $1.39 billion in the last week of March alone, putting …

India

Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …