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Take a Mental Vacation With These Enchanting Magical Realism Books

Magical realism is one of the most unique forms of narrative fiction. It also happens to be one of the easiest genres to fall in love with. Weaving …

Books

10 Books That Will Make You More Interesting

We’re firm believers in the power of a good book to change lives, and it’s for this reason we set aside time every single day to knock down a few …

The One Reason Why You're Not Losing Weight is Simpler Than You'd Think

Just because you’re working your butt off in the gym, sweating profusely, gasping for oxygen, experiencing all the post-workout soreness and seeing your weight dramatically decrease, doesn’t mean you’re burning fat. Yes, the truth really hurts, even more than your muscles do after a week at the gym.<p>…

Body Fat

I Asked a Crystal Healer to Restyle My Home—Here's Exactly What She Changed

The alarm sounds at 8 a.m. sharp, an abrupt siren that pulls me from a heavy sleep and back to the reality of my New York apartment. Tangled in linen …

6 inspirational podcasts that will help you achieve your goals in a healthy and practical way

I’m always on the hunt for a new podcast to add to my feed, which is usually full of serialized crime shows, historical podcasts, daily news briefs …

Self-improvement

12 Exercises to Get Rid of Lower Belly Fat

Ridding stubborn belly fat is a high priority on many of our lists, so what exactly does it take to zap an undesirable midsection? The "secret" is actually to strengthen both your upper <i>and</i> lower body, because there's no such thing as spot reduction. But there are specific exercises you can do to …

A Trainer Says These Are the 10 Exercises You Should Do to Lose Fat and Build Muscle

Strength training is a must whether your goal is to lower your body fat percentage or build lean muscle. Weightlifting burns more calories than cardio, and due to the demand placed on your muscles, you end up burning calories all day long.<p>Personal trainer Bret Contreras, CSCS, PhD, Sports Science, …

Exercise

15 "Non-Foundations" For No-Makeup Makeup

Ever since our phones stopped auto-deleting the extra "makeup" from "no-makeup makeup," many of us accepted the phrase as not only a much-discussed …

The New Midlife Crisis for Women

Sometimes, I think I'm falling apart. Then, I talk to my friends. One spent a whole winter getting a babysitter for her toddler daughter in the …

12 Hard Things You Need to Hear About Your Attitude

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the mind is your ultimate battleground. It’s the space where the greatest and fiercest conflict resides. …

Happiness

20 Podcasts So Good You'll Wish You Had a Longer Commute

We're always on the hunt for a good podcast. Like a gripping book, an addictive podcast has the ability to pull us in deep, get us lost in our thoughts, and make an otherwise lengthy commute pass in the blink of an eye.<p>As for me? Surprisingly, it's not a true crime podcast (though I love those, …

The Law of Attraction Explained in Simple Terms

Many people have a very deluded idea of what exactly the Law of Attraction (<i>LOA</i>) is these days. Due to mass popularisation of the law, it has been made to seem like a very simple, almost magical process in which you just imagine what you want and "<i>BAM!</i>" it's there. Not so.<p>This law of the Universe …

Spirituality

1000+ MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Getting Started in February: Enroll Today

A quick fyi: 1,000+ MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) will be getting underway this month, giving you the chance to take free courses from top …

Further reading: Elif Shafak on books to change your mind

The Turkish author on the writers whose opinions change our minds and heal our souls, including Naomi Klein and Mary Beard<p>Poland-born sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman, who died last year, was one of the most influential figures in social theory. In his 2007 book, <b>Liquid Times: Living in an</b> …

Ideology

How to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn

This specific section of your LinkedIn profile unlocks the keywords needed to make sure potential employers and prospective clients can find you on the platform.<p>If you want to get any meaningful value or traction from LinkedIn, it's critical you start with a profile that's already optimized.<p>(In …

4 Nighttime Habits That Will Keep You More Rested, Motivated, and Productive (and They Only Take 5 Minutes)

Neglecting your nighttime habits leaves a lot of success and growth on the table.<p>You've had a long and hopefully productive day. You're ready to unwind and relax until you fall asleep at some point.<p>However, doing that is leaving a lot of potential growth on the table, along with quality sleep. …

This is how to overcome anger: 5 powerful secrets from mindfulness

There’s a voice shouting. Takes a second before you realize it’s yours. You feel energized. Righteous. Driving every point home. It’s like the climax …

Mindfulness

Why Leaders Need To Embrace Employee Motivation

How do we consistently get team members who say ‘I love my job, I trust my leader and l’m ready to rock today!’?<p>According to Gallup, the purpose of performance management is to improve quality of work, productivity and other business outcomes, but traditional approaches have consistently fallen …

Employee Engagement

The Ultimate Anxiety-Busting Toolkit, as Laid Out by a Hypnotherapist

<i>Welcome to</i> <b>The Kit</b><i>, our new series where we ask experts from different fields which tools they think we need to succeed in life. We've already</i> …

Woman found funds for all her college years, now helps others do it

Gabrielle McCormick pinned her hopes on an athletic scholarship paying for her college education. Then, she tore her achilles tendon.<p>So she pivoted, …

35 Cult-Favorite Products On Amazon That You Will Be Obsessed With Too

Some products are so unique, so brilliant, or solve a problem <i>so</i> skillfully that all the hype surrounding them is actually well-deserved. When this …

Get Ready to Work Your Abs and Fire Up Your Core

Let's talk about your core for a moment: it likely needs to be stronger. You need a strong core for just about every activity, from running to dancing, from yoga to heavy lifting. This simple workout is a great way to start building strength — it's great for beginners, too. And let's review: your …

The 50 Best Podcasts of 2017

The shows that kept listeners refreshing their apps this year<p>Editor's Note: Find all of <i>The Atlantic</i>’s “Best of 2017” coverage here.<p>This year, podcasts got funnier, sharper, and even more niche. Our recommendations here pass a vigorous audio smell test. First, the arrival of a new podcast episode …

The 5 Best Exercises to Do If You're Trying to Lose Weight

If weight loss is your goal, you're probably wondering what kind of workouts are the best use of your time. Rather than prescribing specific workouts or certain gyms, Ridge Davis, a personal trainer based in West Hollywood, CA, laid out the five best exercises that will help you reach your fitness …

Print these out right now.

Whether you're at a complete loss for how to start working out, or your stale sessions could use a little spicing up, we've got a workout poster for …

Strength Training

10 Surprising Places to Get Cheap Home Goods, According to Interior Design Experts

Not including IKEA or Target.<p>Sick of your IKEA bookcase and Target sheets, but don’t quite have the budget to splurge on more expensive furnishings? …

Next Week's Meal Plan: 5 Cozy Comfort-Food Dinners

How do you divide dinner chores at home? Most weekdays I cook dinner and my husband clears the dishes, puts away leftovers, and washes dishes in …

Cooking

4 Simple Techniques to Erase Subconscious Negativity

<b>“As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.” ~Joseph Murphy</b><p>The subconscious mind is like a computer’s hard …

This Leadership Book Is One of the Most Critically Acclaimed Ever. Here's Why You Need to Reread It

The lessons learned from this book do not have an expiration date, and can travel with you along your leadership journey.<p>In my job, I spend a lot of time working with emerging leaders. Sometimes, they are leaders making a jump to a VP level role for the first time. Sometimes, I work with companies …