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13 Ways to Teach Yourself to Be More Confident

Few are born confident, research shows. The self-assured learn to be that way, and you can too.<p>Are you as confident as you'd like to be? Few people would answer "yes" to that question. But, according to Becky Blalock, author and former Fortune 500 executive, anyone can learn to be more confident. …

5 Gin Drinks You Should Make This Spring

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring. If you've dealt with anything like this past DC winter, you're probably sick of the weekly blizzards and ready to bust out those hot pants (or whatever it is the kids are wearing these days). More importantly, it's time to start thinking about …

Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain

Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development.<p>More than a decade of research on children raised in institutions shows that "neglect is awful for the brain," says Charles Nelson, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard …

Why young Wall Street bankers are so miserable

Over a few beers after work one spring evening, two junior Goldman Sachs employees started contemplating the best ways to kill themselves.<p>“If the goal is, like, how do I inflict maximum psychological damage, then I think just going up to your desk and blowing your brains out in the middle of the …

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Time Management Tips | How to Live on 24 Hours Per Day | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: As you look back on the year that has just past, do you feel as though you spent another 12 months merely existing instead of truly</i> …

Increase Savings with a Cyclical Mindset Towards Time

Think of time as a set of cyclical experiences instead of a linear goal-oriented approach. That shift in your mindset could end up increasing your …

Rub Sugar into Lemon Skins for Perfect Lemonade

Food52 claims this is the best lemonade you will ever have, and all it takes is one little trick: rubbing sugar into your lemon skins before you make …

Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013

Being a news consumer means you're constantly on the receiving end of bad news. War, unemployment, crime, political dysfunction — it can be enough to make you think we humans aren't doing <i>anything</i> right. But good news: We are. As the year draws to an end, here's a look at a few areas of real …

The Best of the Best Books List: 2013 Critics’ Top Picks

What do critics think are the year’s top books? No need to take our word for what to read or give—we’ve aggregated everyone’s lists (40 of them) to …

31 Excellent Records You Might Have Missed In 2013

It’s almost impossible to keep up with everything that comes out, but you should try — or revisit — these fantastic albums.

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ASMR and the Rise of the Whisper Fetish

There’s no nudity, only a soft whisper that gives you a euphoric, almost orgasmic, sensation. This is the erotic world of ASMR videos.<p><i>"The</i> …

How I Became the Kind of Person Who Can Work a Room

I did it. I went to a cocktail party where I didn't know anyone, and successfully chit-chatted for two hours. (Not to myself. I actually spoke with …

No siblings: A side-effect of China's one-child policy

<b>What's it like to grow up in a world where no-one has brothers or sisters? Are siblings really that important? Researchers have been asking those questions for years - and China, with its famous one-child policy, has been a good place to look for an answer.</b><p>Chinese families used to have an average …

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A Three-Pronged Strategy for Avoiding Office Weight Gain

It starts with the bowls of leftover Halloween candy, brought in by colleagues too afraid of temptation to leave them lying around their own homes. What follows is a veritable avalanche of sweet and savory goodies – the seemingly endless supply of cakes, cookies, and treats that the holiday season …

How The Netherlands Became The Biggest Exporter Of Resilience

By Jeff Chulong Read<p>Huib de Vriend was five years old when the great flood of 1953 hit. It was a chilly Saturday night, and the local radio stations …

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The 1% Army: Andrew Bacevich on How America Lost the Military

Phil Klay reads Andrew Bacevich’s important polemic on how we lost touch with our soldiers.<p>In 2011, President Obama declared that the U.S. soldiers …

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How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …

Extremely Enthusiastic Georgia Tech Student Gives Bonkers Speech

In every sports movie there’s a scene where the coach gives a massive pep talk to the team, hyping them for battle with wild gesticulations and …

The Only Chocolate Cake Recipe You'll Ever Need

There are a lot of options when it comes to chocolate cake. Between molten lava cake, German chocolate, and devil's food cake, we seriously have an array of choices when we want cake that's rich with chocolate. But just like with everything else in life, not all chocolate cakes are created equal -- …

The Only Chicken Recipe You'll Ever Need

Chicken is not an easy dish to master. And with all the hundreds (of thousands) of chicken recipes to attempt, it's no wonder so many of us get it wrong. There's an influx of information; it's downright overwhelming. And it's time to simplify things, guys. Let's focus on just one chicken recipe to …

Consider the Wine Glass

A wine glass is hard to hold and easy to break. And that's what makes it great.<p>The wine glass is almost ridiculously impractical. It is fabricated, generally speaking, of thin glass. It is designed, generally speaking, as a bowl suspended on a spindly stem. It is easily breakable. It is hard to …

Watch Richard Dawkins' most excellent and psychedelic explanation of internet memes

Probably the most famous atheist on the planet, British biologist Richard Dawkins is somewhat less well known as the inventor of the word "meme." He coined the term in his 1976 book <i>The Selfish Gene</i>, where he used it to denote the transmission of cultural or societal habits from one person to …

38 Vintage Conversation Rules | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: The excerpt below comes from a book published in 1875:</i> A Gentleman’s Guide to Etiquette <i>by Cecil B. Hartley. Hartley’s rules may be</i> …

A Realistic Idea Of What iOS 7 Will Actually Look Like

iOS 7 concepts are a dime a dozen these days. Everyone is coming up with short video walkthroughs of what they think the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system will look like.<p>Rumors say that Apple is making iOS 7 “flatter” and less skeuomorphic (no pool table felt in Game Center, for …

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7 Terrible Management Fads That Just Won't Die

Contrary to what you might think, management fads aren't fads because they're something new. Quite the contrary, what makes them fads is that companies glom onto these decades-old ideas as panaceas... one after the other after the other.<p>Here's how to ensure that you can still get work done and …

21 Books Written by and About Women That Men Would Benefit From Reading

From Tina Fey's memoir to Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler's dystopias, these works offer a window into the female experience.<p>Little, Brown and Company<p><b>Suburban-Angst Films</b><p>This week, <i>Salon</i> published a great interview with Meg Wolitzer (whose just-released novel <i>The Interestings</i> is currently being …

Fujifilm X100 Is The Best (Digital) Camera I Have Ever Used [Review]

if you just want a camera that handles as well as any film camera you ever owned, then yes. Go buy it. You’ll love it,<p>The control dial feels cheap, and the on/off switch (a twisting collar around the shutter release) is far too easy to switch on by mistake.<p>I’ve only been using it for a few days, …

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