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Here Are the Best Books of 2016 So Far

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Books

My 'Oriental' Father: On The Words We Use To Describe Ourselves

My dad, who came to the U.S. in 1969 from Hong Kong, who speaks English-lilted-with-Taishanese, who has lived in Connecticut for two-thirds of his life — three times the length of his time in Asia — still uses the word "Oriental."<p>It's always a casual reference. "This place used to be a Oriental …

10 Tidy Habits That Will Change Your Life

It's easy to think of all the good habits we wish we had. And, as it turns out, setting good habits can be a powerful way to achieve our goals, as well as keep us focused and organized. Once a good habit becomes etched in our brain, we're able to attain our objectives without even thinking about it.<p>…

Cleaning

7 Bad Habits You Can Drop Today to Become Ultra-Successful

These bad habits can creep up on anyone. Learn how you can eliminate them and boost your success.<p>The internet is chock full of advice on which habits will boost your success--in the morning, nighttime, and anywhere in between.<p>I can attest that the right habits will do wonders. However, the thing …

Set The Table + 7 Other Habits That Will Transform Your Life

One of Harvard’s most popular courses is, perhaps unexpectedly, about Chinese philosophy. I think perhaps it has something to do with the promise …

Self-Acceptance

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Mindfulness

The ultimate guide to learning anything faster

<i>“If only I learned about investing when I was still in my early twenties…”</i><p>If only.<p>For many of us, there are more things we want to learn than we have time.<p>As information becomes more readily accesible online, the number of things we want to learn is only continuing to increase. And the only …

It’s Not Settling to Love Someone Who Doesn't Match Your Fantasy

<b>“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe</b><p>I’ve always been a dreamer. A really …

5 Ways You Can Use Mindfulness To Fix Your Brain, Reduce Stress And Boost Performance

There’s no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain.<p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to …

Mindfulness

How to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Kids: 7 Important Things to Teach Them

Emotional intelligence is the prerequisite to great relationships. Here's how to teach kids to develop them.<p>We all want our kids to be happy and successful, so it makes sense to work backward and figure out how to make that happen.<p>Step 1: <i>To be happy and successful, they need to develop great</i> …