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Here's How Money Really Can Buy You Happiness

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME's special edition,</i> The Science of Happiness<i>, which is available at Amazon.</i><p>"Whoever said money can’t buy …

The Autumn Equinox is Here! Wait, What's the Autumn Equinox?

The equinox comes twice a year and is related to the change in seasons, but a lot of people don't fully understand this celestial alignment.<p>Winter is officially coming. The Northern Hemisphere blew by the longest day of the year with June’s summer solstice and is now coming up on the September …

Astronomy

15 Inspiring Wallpapered Bedrooms

When we move into a new home, one of the very first things we do is change the walls. Putting on a fresh coat of paint somehow makes a room feel more …

Bookshelves are making a comeback – and so is the #shelfie craze

'Customers are falling back in love with the romanticism of collecting books.'<p><b>It's official, bookshelves are making a comeback. But for the</b> …

11 Home Libraries That Will Inspire You to Hit the Books

It’s time to get literary.<p>A home library (sort of like a swanky laundry room) is the ultimate indulgence. It's chic, scholarly and straight-up …

Download 2,500 Beautiful Woodblock Prints and Drawings by Japanese Masters (1600-1915)

No one art form has done more to shape the world's sense of traditional Japanese aesthetics than the woodblock print. But not so very long ago, in …

Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores Are Not Built for People Who Actually Read

On Thursday, Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in New York City, in Columbus Circle. It is situated on the third floor of the Time Warner Center, a baffling place that, on any given weekday, seems populated exclusively by tourists, sharply dressed professionals taking two-hour …

The Secret to Being Happy

In this clip from 'Maximum Achievement: The Brian Tracy Story,' Tracy shares his thoughts on achieving peace of mind.<p>Brian Tracy spent nearly 4,000 hours studying human psychology and understanding how people can be happier and more fulfilled. Many times this is the No. 1 ingredient that people are …

How your airplane stays in the air

Everything you've ever wanted to know about how your airplane works.<p>If you’ve ever wondered how massive airplanes — one of which weighs more than 661 …

New London bookstore celebrates paper books in tech-free, universal library

In this digital age of e-book readers, smartphones and tablets, it may seem that paper books will soon go the way of the dinosaur as outdated relics, …

Books

How this 30-year-old book predicted today’s politics

How TV has trivialized our culture and politics<p>Neil Postman’s <i>Amusing Ourselves to Death</i>was written in 1985, but it reads like prophecy today. On the first page, just a few paragraphs in, is the following passage:<p>What George Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Aldous Huxley feared was …

9 Must-Read Books on Japanese History

At school, history was reduced to dates and names, bite-sized snippets to be memorized for exams and then discarded, perhaps surfacing years later in …

12 tips to styling your bookcases like a pro

Ready to open a new chapter in home decor? Here's a novel idea: bookshelves.<p>Creating bookshelf displays that are both functional and decorative is a simple, inexpensive way to refresh a room's interior and flash some personal style. We've gathered inspiring images of shelving design from our …

Home Decorating

TAKATINA completes elevated black box house in suburban japan

<b>15 miles just outside of tokyo, japan, the distinctive ‘black box house’, sits raised on corner lot in its hilly suburban neighborhood.</b> proving to be …

Architecture

This Crazy-Cool Designer Specializes in All-White Interiors—This Is Her Secret

While we aren't prone to playing favorites, there's one room style that makes our design hearts burst every time: an all-white interior. While in …

A Man's Home: The Skillfully Styled Bookshelf

A Man's Home<p>Books have been, and will continue to be for some time, a physical maker of one's curiosity and intelligence. Want to look worldly and …

Home Decorating

9 questions about Russia you were too embarrassed to ask

A lot of history here. Also the backstory of a Eurodance hit.<p>Vladimir Putin and the nation he leads lurked in the background of the 2016 campaign for months and months, perhaps even shaping the outcome of the race. And now Putin’s preferred candidate, Donald Trump, appears ready to embrace him as …

How to Live: Freedom Has No Structure, But It's Wasted Without Skill

1. How do we know how to live? What to aim for in life? Ways of life vary, but all need storied skills (and their life-structuring logic).<p>2. Each …

Wrap Gifts Without Any Tape or Ribbon Using This Japanese Method

There’s something a little inelegant about covering your gifts with odd bits of tape. It’s quite literally the rough duct tape solution to wrapping …

Crafting

30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status

60 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make You More Productive

Seconds add up. If you can find ways to shave off a few seconds here and there, you'll be well on your way to being faster and more efficient at your job.<p>That's what's so great about keyboard shortcuts. They make you way more productive.<p>Every day your work probably requires you to navigate lots of …

Keyboard Shortcuts

25 Best Habits to Have in Life

If you are committed to happiness and success, work these into your daily routine.<p>Entrepreneur, software engineer, author, blogger and founder of WanderlustWorker.com<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We are creatures of habit. Everything we think, say and do is a result …

TED Talks

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台南 普濟殿花燈 上千盞燈籠的壯觀美景 南台灣最美燈節之一 一起來去朝聖! 慕名「台南普濟殿」的彩繪燈籠花燈已久 今年終於順利踩點了! 記得去年,在過年前夕造訪台南 當時就排定普濟殿必訪 可惜去的日子早了些 花燈都還未就緒 所以與這盛大的美景擦肩而過 今年,也是過年前 趁著走訪南部的機會 說什麼也要 …

There is no such thing as western civilisation

The values of liberty, tolerance and rational inquiry are not the birthright of a single culture. In fact, the very notion of something called ‘western culture’ is a modern invention<p>Like many Englishmen who suffered from tuberculosis in the 19th century, Sir Edward Burnett Tylor went abroad on …

20 Mesmerizing Videos of Japanese Artisans Creating Traditional Handicrafts

In Japanese “tewaza” means “hand technique” or “handcraft” and, in this YouTube playlist of 20 short films, various artisanal techniques are explored …

Japan

This Simple Nightly Routine Hack Will Boost Your Productivity

As soon as my eyes flutter open in the morning, it takes a mere second before I'm flooded with thoughts about the torrent of tasks that lie ahead. …