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How to actually work a four-day week

A few years back, I started obsessing over productivity. Things like sleeping more than seven hours or getting up late and getting stuck in traffic seemed like wasted time. These situations could be controlled, but instead they were reducing my productivity.<p>The problem was that I was pretty sure I …

Coywolf: New dog-coyote-wolf hybrid already numbers in the millions

Scientists are marveling at a keenly evolved canine, not only because of its physical qualities, but for the rapid expansion of the population as …

10 unique decor websites that will make your apartment feel like home

Finding unique decor for your home doesn't have to be difficult.<p>The websites listed below are a curation of hidden gems and vintage treasures that …

Wall Art

These Zen Buddhist Koans Will Open Your Mind

"Out of nowhere the mind comes forth."<p>A koan is a riddle or puzzle that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves.<p>Zen masters have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries. Many koans can …

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5 Helpful and Unique Tips for People Who Want to Improve Their Sleep

Without proper sleep, our mission for fat loss morphs into the next installment of <i>Mission Impossible</i> (and Tom Cruise won't rescue us).<p>According to a <b>research study published</b> in the American Journal of Health Promotion, getting less than 6.5 hours nightly resulted in the subject having a higher body …

I paid $300 for a $60K round-the-world adventure

Think it’s impossible to shell out just a few hundred bucks to fly around the globe — in mega-pampered first-class seats, no less? It’s not.<p>Sam …

Doctor Sells His Practice, Opens Up “Farmacy” Using Food as Medicine Instead

The brilliant Dr. Robert Weiss did something completely unheard of in the medical community. He sold his medical practice and decided to teach the …

The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of …

Personal Care Recipes With Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been used since ancient times for its remarkable effects on skin and hair. It is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which …

Coconut

The 5 Worst Things a Writer Can Say

This past week, I launched my fifth novel, Chance Harbor, provoking a friend to exclaim, "Wow, you're popping out books like Tic Tacs, aren't you?"<p>She has a point. Six years ago, I hadn't even published one book. It took me a quarter century to land a traditional publishing deal, so nobody could be …

This Habit May Separate Happy & Unhappy People

Take a minute to consider these four scenarios. Which do you think would make you happiest?<p>You might be surprised to learn, research backs numbers …

Happiness

Before Dr. Seuss was famous he drew these sad, racist ads ... and then totally changed his mind

Most people know Seuss books as harmless, imaginative fun for kids. But Seuss's early work did have a darker, racist side — before he eventually changed his views and abandoned his prejudices.<p>Dr. Seuss' political leanings are well known — the writer was a liberal Democrat who opposed fascism in the …

Learning to Love Loneliness: Tips for Traveling Solo at 25

<i>*This post was originally published on Cool Gear's The Cool Down.</i><p>Three months ago, I decided to risk it all for the sake of travel. I had hit a rut -- that "quarter life crisis" slump, which is apparently a thing. I hated my lack of self confidence, the nagging heartbreaks that happen post-college, …

The Rock Trying to Get His Tiny, Lazy Puppy to Move Is the Cutest Thing You'll Ever See

Gird your ovaries.<p>If you follow Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on Instagram, then you know he is the father of two incredibly adorable puppies named Brutus and Hobbs. These puppies rarely do what he asks, perhaps because they do not smell what he is cooking. On Sunday, he posted a new video of Hobbs …

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Are Listening to These 10 Podcasts

Want to become a better entrepreneur? Start listening to one or all of these 10 podcasts.<p>The rumor mill says Apple and major car manufacturers are in talks to have podcasting be the new "car radio." While I won't speculate, there is no doubting that podcast listenership has grown over the …

Found: The First Mechanical Gear in a Living Creature

U.K. scientists find the first biological gears on a jumping insect half the size of a fire ant.<p><b>With two diminutive legs locked into a leap-ready position</b>, the tiny jumper bends its body taut like an archer drawing a bow. At the top of its legs, a minuscule pair of gears engage—their strange, …

Weird

7 surprisingly helpful tips to make you fall asleep faster

Having trouble nodding off? Put down your laptop and pick up that novel collecting dust on your night stand<p>Larry Schwartz<p>September 29, 2015 9:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Human beings need sleep. We don’t know exactly why that is, except to say that if we don’t get enough …

How Real, Honest Journaling Helped Me Lose 40 Pounds | Women's Health

<i>(Looking for a program that will help you get a flat tummy—and keep it that way? With our Lose Belly Fat—For Good routines, you can see results in as little as two weeks.)</i><p>As a result, my days were dull, my spirit felt dead, and my relationship with myself was terrible. I mean, if someone else was …

4 Personality Types That Predict You're an Emerging Success

You know you shouldn't. But you can't help telling yourself, can you? That somehow you failed. You didn't fulfill your potential with your college degree. You mangled your retirement savings. Or you're not with the person you wish you could be with.<p>The Graduate School of Stanford Business published …

Globalization could be doomed — here's a chilling preview of what that world could look like

That's one possible result of an end-of-globalization scenario.<p>Credit Suisse published a study in September asking what would cause globalization to end, and what would happen if it did?<p>Globalization has been a powerful force, impacting economies and societies around the world, according to the …

Economics

Experience Some Hilarious Technical Difficulties in September's Best News Bloopers

As September comes to a close, we invite you to reflect on the past 30 days by watching this 10-minute compilation of the month’s best news bloopers. …

30-Second Habits That Can Help Boost Your Career And Finances

You don’t need to commit a lot of time to make a big difference in your career path and financial future.<p>We get it—you’re crazy busy.<p>But what if we told you that you could do wonders for your career and even finances . . . in 30 seconds flat?<p>The truth is that you can get a lot done in half a …

Mars: five big mysteries still left to solve on the Red Planet

After Nasa announces there is liquid water on Mars, what other mysterious discoveries can we expect to solve on the Red Planet?<p><b>Following Nasa's announcement of liquid water on Mars</b><b>,</b> we have looked at some of the other theories about what is left to be discovered on the Red Planet.<p>There are several …

Paranormal

Earth - Why are we the only human species still alive?

Two million years ago in Africa, several species of human-like creatures roamed the landscape. Some looked surprisingly similar to each other, while others had distinct, defining features.<p>In September 2015, another species was added to the list. Hundreds of bones discovered in a South African cave …

Humanity

How I Quit My 9-5 to Do What I Love and Travel the World (Whenever I Want)

<i>This article was originally published on Making Sense of Cents</i><p>When I was 18, I remember thinking that if I only I could make $15/hour, I'd be set.<p>At the time, I had just started my first year of college, and was working full-time to pay for it. I was making $12/hour all in, including commission, my …

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

How To Adjust Your Sleep Cycle After Travelling

<i>By Stephanie DeRosa</i><p>It's official: Labor Day weekend has come and gone, and with it the whirlwind summer days of traveling and blurry nights tinged with margarita memories. But even though you're curled up in bed at a responsible hour, your body refuses to co-operate. We've all been there: between …

Unedited Photo Series Celebrates the Beautiful Bodies of Motherhood

Photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson created the empowering <i>4th Trimester Bodies Project</i> to help mothers everywhere embrace their beautiful bodies. "The project exists because women are judged too crudely on the way we look and are often told we don’t measure up. Because no real person can compete with …

The 10 Most Important Books You Need To Read To Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.<p>And this is a good thing.<p>It’s because the writer spent his …