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Instead of Launching a Missile, North Korea Throws a Party

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea marked its government’s 69th anniversary not with another missile test, as many had feared, but with a gala party for the scientists involved in carrying out the country’s most powerful nuclear test yet last week, the state-run news media reported on Sunday.<p>The …

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I Started Saying 'No' to These 6 Things. My Life and My Business Got a Lot Better.

The most difficult obstacles to get past are the ones we place in front of ourselves.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’m a people pleaser. It’s hard for me to say "no" to people who ask for something -- despite a reluctance inside of me. This has gotten me into trouble …

How To Make Your Home Look 10 Times Better in 10 Minutes

At Apartment Therapy, we want to show you the way that real people live. So when I show up to shoot a tour, I don't bring a whole truckload of props …

12 Easy DIY Ways to Transform Your Walls

Sticking close to home for the holidays? Keep busy (and get crafty!) with one of these 12 easy DIY decorating ideas. Simply choose some color …

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Your Life Begins Again Only When You Learn To Truly Let Go

You want to be attractive, incredibly attractive.<p>You know, Pierce Bronson or Liv Tyler kind.<p>But then you look into the mirror and…let’s just say, any …

Depression: A Psychiatrist’s Recommendations for Self-care

As a psychiatrist, I have treated many people who have depression. The primary tools I've used are medication and psychotherapy.<p>In addition to these, …

5 Ways to Tell If Someone Is Untrustworthy

Trust is the superglue of relationships, but if you spot these behaviors, it's time to find a new partner to do business with.<p>I'm going to ask you to trust me on this. It's a lesson I've learned the hard way, and it may be one of the most important ones I have to pass on.<p>It's been said that the …

Depression Steals Your Soul and Then It Takes Your Friends

It's so easy to cut off friends who are persistently difficult, self-absorbed, nasty, and decidedly "other." Especially if they cut themselves off first.<p>Depression is a thief. It'll rob you of your time, your thoughts, and your sense of self. But before all of that, it'll take your friends.<p>Unlike …

A 5-Second Habit to Rewire Your Harshly Self-Critical Brain

<b>“I acknowledge my own worth. My confidence is growing.” ~Unknown</b><p>Sometimes I feel like a spider whose web is repeatedly torn down. I plan something …

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Standing up straight could help symptoms of depression - study

People with depression could see their condition improve if they adopt an upright posture.<p>That was the conclusion of a study by researchers at the University of Auckland, due for publication in the March issue of the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.<p>While previous studies …

16 Daily Habits That Will Instantly Make You a Happier Person

Motivation is what gets you started, good habits keep you going<p>If you want to improve your life, and you want to improve it right now!<p>You have to to be to develop good habits.<p>These good habits need to be positive, accumulative and directive.<p>Change rarely comes without extensive effort over time, …

Is the Bar Too Low for Special Education?

The Supreme Court is poised to decide the quality of instruction public schools must provide students with disabilities—a question that could get even thornier under the Trump administration.<p>In fourth grade, Drew’s behavioral problems in school grew worse. Gripped by extreme fears of flies, spills, …

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.<p>Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr. Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the …

Money Race Accelerates For Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both had a second month of strong fundraising in July, the month that they claimed their parties' nominations.<p>In monthly reports filed Saturday night with the Federal Election Commission, Trump reported raising $36.7 million, his best month of the campaign. The …

Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week:Neutral Spring Decor, A Dining Room Makeover, and More

From neutral spring decor finds to a dining room makeover, here's our weekly roundup of the shelter blogosphere.<p><b>This week's favorite links:</b><p>Neutral Pieces on Trend for Spring. POPSUGAR Home<p>Why You Need Oversized Art. Belle Vivir<p>Before & After: A Happy Formal Dining Room. Peppermint Bliss<p>10 Reasons …

Top Pin of the Day: Eye-Catching Red Front Doors

Today's top pin are front doors painted a bright red. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>Reviving an Early American symbol of welcome, designer Ken Fulk painted the front doors of a San Francisco Victorian Benjamin Moore Heritage Red. He echoed existing carved-fan motifs in …

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The Best Spring Nail Trends to Try Now

All-white nails with precise details, crisp stripes, sexy metallics, unexpected pastels, and over-the-top artwe tip off springs top nail trends.<p>All-white nails with precise details, crisp stripes, sexy metallics, unexpected pastels, and over-the-top art—we tip off spring's top nail trends.

Keep Your Head Up, Angle Your Body, and More Tips to Always Look Good in Photos

Earlier this year, it was revealed that on average, Facebook users upload over 350 million photos to the site <i>every</i> <i>day</i>. (A whooping figure, for sure, …

Understanding Socially Innovative Investing

U.S. Trust is a long-time leader in impact investing, or investing in stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds and other investable assets, with the dual goals of making a profit and supporting societal or environmental progress. We created Socially Innovative Investing (S2I), our first impact-focused …

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