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8 Gorgeous Vacation Spots to Help You De-Stress in 2018

Find a perfect place to unwind this year.<p>This year has been a roller coaster for Americans, many of whom are feeling more stressed—particularly about …

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Political Science

The best Christmas tech gifts for 2017

Christmas is a time for good cheer, gift-giving and indulgence. But for the techies out there, it is also a great time to get a wishlist together of goodies and gadgets they fancy from Santa (or as a personal Christmas treat) this year.<p>We have broken down some of the top products this year from …

Fitbit Ionic

23 amazing last-minute gifts that women actually want

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Gift shopping can be …

A Neuroscientist Reveals The Most Important Choice You Can Make in Life

Choose wisely.<p>According to Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University who has been studying decision-making for over a decade, the …

Self-improvement

Harvard study uncovers why fasting can lead to a longer and healthier life

Intermittent fasting diets are all the rage these days. We are seeing everything from the conservative 5:2 diet to more extreme fasting methods …

Diabetes

'It is really not too late': At 66, woman loses 80 pounds, transforms health

A lot of people celebrate turning 65 by retiring and taking it easy. Not Terry Reuer: The 66-year-old woman recently transformed her health by losing 80 pounds — and competed in a Tough Mudder race alongside her <i>much</i> younger colleague.<p>“I was 65 when I started this whole process," she told TODAY. …

The Ultimate Guide to Grayton Beach, Florida

1 of 11<p>Welcome to Grayton Beach, Florida!<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 11<p>Eat at The Red Bar<p>3 of 11<p>Eat at Chiringo<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 11<p>Eat at Hurricane Oyster …

The 13 Most Stunning Greek Isles to Visit

Greece is the most beautiful country in the world, says every Greek person ever. That famous pride aside, if you’ve ever been to the Greek islands, …

4 Financial Milestones to Reach Before You Retire

Looking forward to retirement? Here are a few goals to hit first.<p>Retirement is a period to look forward to for a countless number of working …

12 Beautiful Beach Town Bargains for Fall

From Cape Cod to the Great Lakes, from Southern California to the Gulf of Mexico, America’s beaches stay open long after the summer crowds have gone …

Travel

Why We Get Fat

• <b>Author:</b> Gary Taubes<p>What’s making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in <i>Good Calories, Bad Calories</i> and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions.<p>Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last …

Nutrition

@NatGeoTravel Staff Picks: Best Islands

On the lookout for a great escape? There’s nothing quite like an island to transport you to an alternate reality—one where days seem to stretch on forever and troubles fall away like an ebbing tide.<p><b>Here are a few of the @NatGeoTravel team’s favorite islands to get you in that dreaming mood:</b><p><b>Malta</b><p>“As …

U.S. Virgin Islands

The Book of Life

• <b>Author:</b> Deborah Harkness<p><b>The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches</b><p>After traveling through time in <i>Shadow of Night</i>, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist …

American Samoa Is The Empty Slice Of Bliss You've Been Craving

Would you believe there's a virtually empty, incomparably lush, incredibly quiet and awesomely unplugged tropical escape that's technically a part of the United States?<p>No, it's not Hawaii. This is American Samoa, and you've kind of been ignoring it.<p>American Samoa is an unincorporated U.S. territory …

Overcome These Five Obstacles to Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Many media outlets have been talking for a number of years now about how ubiquitous mindfulness is, the impact it's having in a variety of sectors and all the wonderful science that continues to be published. But I noticed that many people in the media don't talk much about the actual formal …

10 Healthy Office Snacks: The Anti-Vending Machine Guide

These healthy office snacks beat whatever junk is in the vending machine any day.<p>We've perfected the art of the office lunch—but even the most protein-packed lunch bowls can't prevent the inevitable 3 p.m. rumbly belly. Before you give up your quarters to the vending machine, hear us out! There are …

Healthy Eating

The 40 Best Beaches on Earth

Let's face it...it ain't summertime without at least spending a few days at the beach soaking up the rays and relaxing with family and friends. In the spirit of summer, we've gone to the travelers community at minube.net travel community to find the best beaches from around the world, those drops …

10 Super Easy Smoothies & Juices That Will Change Your Life

No matter who you are or what your health goals may be, you cannot go wrong when it comes to introducing smoothies or juices into your life. By …

Alternative Medicine

10 Reasons to Spend August in Phoenix

Ever wonder what 114 degrees feels like? Phoenicians can tell you -- in fact, they just felt it the other day. Yep, August in the Valley of the Sun is, well, sunny. At a certain point, all the dryness in the world can't distract from this kind of heat.<p>Here's the thing, though. Summer in Arizona can …

National Geographic Travel

'Europe's Best Island' Is An All-Natural Playground Called Madeira

Madeira is probably not the number-one island on your bucket list -- either because you don't consider Europe an "island" destination, or simply because you haven't seen Madeira yet. The Madeira Archipelago was recently crowned Europe's Best Island Destination for the SECOND year in a row by the …

World's Best Hikes: 15 Classic Trails

Over the past decade, author Peter Potterfield has hiked more than 10,000 miles over six continents to research this list. He here tells us his picks for the world's 15 best hikes, including Patagonia, Tasmania, Newfoundland, and Petra. Read more in his best-selling book Classic Hikes of the World …

Hiking

Ups and Downs of Retirement Expenses: What Do You Need?

Top 7 Retirement Milestones You Need to Know

Retirement: 5 Things You're Doing Wrong

You work hard, you try to save. Why does retirement seem so out of reach?<p>The problem is psychological. You probably save more than most, but do you know it’s enough? You also probably have a good idea of what you need to retire, but are you sure?<p>That lack of certainty is what feeds the feeling that …

8 New Page-Turners to Pack in Your Beach Bag This Summer

You'll be hooked by page two.<p>If you're truly going to go OOO for a beach vacation, the most surefire way to make sure you're actually decompressing is putting down your smartphone (bye email alerts) to get lost in a good read. Below, our recommendations for the best books worth reading front to …

Books

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

Former West Coast Editor<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some …

Motivation

Best Hotels With Ocean Views

The perfect beach vacation is incomplete without an ocean view! Enjoy the warmth of the sun and listen to the sound of the crashing waves, all without leaving the comfort of your room in one of these prime waterfront spots.<p>--Ally Boutelle, Hipmunk.com<p>Follow Hipmunk on Twitter: …