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The best view in every state

The United States isn't just amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties—though there are plenty of those. From sea to shining sea, this country has some of the most incredible natural and city views on Earth.<p>It should come as no surprise that wild wonders, including the Grand Canyon, Mount …

3 Positivity Mantras for a Calmer, More Confident You

Given our tumultuous political landscape and the less-than-cheerful time of year, it's safe to say we could all use a little positivity right now. …

The Happy Chemicals: How To Naturally Tap Into Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins, Oxytocin

Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are the brain chemicals responsible for our mood.<p>These chemicals can be triggered all the time. But …

Isaac Asimov wrote almost 500 books in his lifetime—these are the six ways he did it

If there’s one word to describe Isaac Asimov, it’s “prolific.”<p>To match the number of novels, letters, essays, and other scribblings Asimov produced in his lifetime, you would have to write a full-length novel every two weeks for <i>25 years</i>.<p>Why was Asimov able to have so many good ideas when the rest …

Science Fiction

Perseid Meteor Shower Expected To Peak This Week

The celestial display promises to be especially spectacular.<p>The annual Perseid meteor shower is set to make a dazzling late summer appearance this week.<p>Stargazers are especially excited because this year marks the first time since 2010 that the meteor shower aligns with a new moon, making for ideal …

The top TED talks that will change the way you work and live

These inspirational TED talks will challenge how you think and communicate at work and in your everyday life<p>With alumni ranging from Stephen Hawking to Bill Gates, TED talks have become a global phenomenon since <b>Al Gore gave one of the first ever</b> adresses in 2006.<p>We gathered some of the most-viewed …

Public Speaking

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? What stands between you and your ultimate dream?<p>Heavy questions. One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students.<p>He …

10 family road trip games that you've never heard of

It's the annual family road trip. You've been trapped in a packed car for 11 hours and you only just passed Omaha. You've exhausted all the classic …

10 Surprises For Kids That Won't Cost You A Dime

I love surprises. It doesn’t have to be big as long as it has a word “<b>surprise</b>.” But giving <b>surprises for kids</b> have been as fun as getting them myself.<p>…

Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling

by John Lasseter<p>It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker.<p>I do not believe the notion that the cinema is dying or dead because it’s amazing what …

Animation

15 Books As Enchanting As The Harry Potter Series, Since You've Already Read Them A Million Times

Once upon a time you used to wait in line for the next perfectly crafted Harry Potter book, dressed in robes bearing your house crest (and maybe even …

Books

Vincent van Gogh on How to Live

Van Gogh didn’t become popular until shortly after his death. To this day it’s unclear whether his letters drove the initial interest in his art.<p>The …

Harvard researchers have mapped the five child-rearing techniques you need to raise kind kids

Ask parents how important it is to instill kindness in their kids, and most will rank it high: even as their very top priority, according to Harvard researchers.<p>But children surveyed by the university’s Making Caring Common (pdf) project said, overwhelmingly, that they were getting a different …

Parenting

40 trips you should take before you turn 30

Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.<p>Chances are you'll end up having some wild experiences that you'll never forget.<p>From partying at the world's largest Carnival in Rio de Janeiro to paragliding in New Zealand, here are the trips you should take when …

National Parks

When The Family Business Is Ribald Wedding Poetry

I'm the guy who writes too-clever poems for special occasions. I come by it honestly. No, proudly.<p>From my dad’s side of the family I received an odd first name, a big crooked nose, and a compulsion to write and recite poetry at public gatherings. “Bad poetry,” my dad likes to point out. Weddings, …

The Friend: Love Is Not a Big Enough Word

His wife was just thirty-four. They had two little girls. The cancer was everywhere, and the parts of dying that nobody talks about were about to start. His best friend came to help out for a couple weeks. And he never left.<p><b>Most of September 17, 2012,</b> has evaporated from my mind. I still have a few …

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

15 Books Every Recent College Grad Needs on Their Shelf

Graduating from college is an exciting time full of adventures, new opportunities and… uncertainty. While you’re celebrating your major accomplishment and partying with your friends and loved ones, figuring out the future can be nerve wracking. Whether you’re graduating this year, are a recent grad …

Books

The 13 Houseplants You Can't Kill

Plants

The 5 Most Spectacular National Park Road Trips

<i>by Valerie Conners, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Nothing gets us more excited for summer than the prospect of an epic road trip: wind whipping through open car windows, highways flanked by stunning landscapes. Luckily, this is an easy reality in the U.S., thanks to an abundance of amazing national parks. …

Truly confident people do these twelve things differently

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own.<p>When …

Self-improvement

Introverts, Extroverts, and the Complexities of Team Dynamics

Let’s start with a short personality test. For each of the following dimensions, indicate the extent to which each of the following words describes you, with a 5 indicating “very much so” and a 1 indicating “not at all”: assertive, talkative, bold, not reserved, and energetic. Now sum up your …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

26-Year-Old Frida Kahlo’s Compassionate Letter to 46-Year-Old Georgia O’Keeffe

“I would like to tell you every thing that happened to me since the last time we saw each other, but most of them are sad and you mustn’t know sad things now.”<p>There is something uncommonly heartening about bearing witness to the virtuous cycle of support and mutual appreciation between two creative …

5 'International' Flights for Americans Without a Passport

An immense diversity of climates and terrains are encompassed within the broad sweep of the United States of America: "from the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters," as Woody Guthrie sang back in the 1940s. But there's still a vast world to explore beyond the country's borders, a fact that can …

Seven Habits Of Optimistic People

Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and …