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20 Literature Excerpts that Will Change Your Life

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, …

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The Devil’s 10 Best Appearances in Literature

We’re in the middle of spooky season, a particularly American phenomenon where the supernatural meets the commercial. There’s plenty of candy corn, …

Ten Reasons Why the Bible is Literature

<b>By Emma England, University of Amsterdam</b><p>Eye rolls, sighs, outraged anger, and accusations of blasphemy are common reactions to the refrain “the Bible …

The Best Quotes About Writing From Literature Laureates’ Nobel Prize Speeches

As Alice Munro’s daughter is in Stockholm today collecting her mother’s Nobel Prize for Literature — there won’t be a speech; the frail Munro …

Literature

History’s 100 Geniuses of Language and Literature, Visualized

<i>“Genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly,”</i> Victorian novelist Amelia E. Barr reflected in her 9 rules for success. But what, exactly, <i>is</i> genius? In their latest project, Italian visualization wizard Giorgia Lupi and her team at Accurat — who have previously given us …

The Geography of Great Literature, in Hand-Lettered Typography

<i>HAPPY UPDATE: All the artwork is now available as gorgeous prints on Society6, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting A Room of Her Own, a foundation supporting women writers and artists.</i><p>In a recent collaboration with Debbie Millman for <i>Print</i> magazine’s Regional Design Annual, I selected a beloved …

4 Commonly Asked Questions About Starting a Meditation Practice

Are you whole-heartedly contemplating adding the practice of stillness and awareness into your life? If so, let me express how thrilled I am for you. To assist you in this <i>complex</i> and <i>astounding</i> journey into mind, body and soul, here are four questions that generally spring up from my …

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Study: Meditation Improves Memory, Attention

Students who did about an hour of "mindfulness training" for eight days subsequently did better on the GRE as well as tests of working memory and mind-wandering.<p>(chez_sugi/flickr)<p>Athletes Perform Better Under Pressure When They Make a Fist With Their Left Hand<br>• Black Children Are Less Likely to Be …

Relieve Stress With A Bath Meditation

Meditation is a powerful stress reliever and a habit that can lead to resilience to stress and increased inner peace. While this may not come as a …

Why Does Music Help Us Exercise?

Several years ago, cognitive scientist Tom Fritz spent some time in northern Cameroon, a mountainous and culturally isolated region in the middle of Africa. He was observing the people who live there, the Mafa, who (from our western perspective, anyway) have some fascinating musical rituals.<p>The …

5 YouTube Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

YouTube Core Strengthening Workouts<p>1. Athletics<p>2. Yoga<p>3. Mixed Martial Arts<p>4. Planks<p>5. Hardwood Abs<p>Whether you're training for a triathlon, looking …