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Expert Advice: How to Become a Minimalist, by the Author of “Goodbye, Things”

Minimalism has lots of rules: Do this, don’t do that; keep this, throw everything else out. Which is why we were happy to come across <i>Goodbye, Things:</i> …

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like The Plague

Quit trying to beat them at their own game.<p>Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.<p>As important as it is to learn how to deal with …

1 Easy Ritual That Can Make You Happier, According to Neuroscience

You drastically underestimate the power of touch. Actually, I’m wrong…<p>The research says we’re really big on touching — our phones, that is. People …

Top 10 Cheat Sheets to Help You Master Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is still the most popular office suite used by companies and individuals across the world. These Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and …

6 Important Skills of Self-Made Millionaires

There are ambitious individuals all over the world working hard to achieve <i>millionaire status</i>. It is a status that most would agree epitomizes …

9 free things rich people do that make them more successful

Sure you have.<p>A great idea, motivation, persistence, and a little luck helps, but most successful people share certain habits.<p>Here are nine habits that have helped place them on the top:<p>Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates, told The Huffington Post in 2013 that "Meditation, more than …

Self-improvement

Scientists scan the brain to see how stress undermines your diet

If you're trying to lose weight, kick off your diet by relaxing. Stress tinkers with your brain chemistry in ways that make it hard to make healthful food choices and maintain self-control, a new study finds.<p>Study volunteers who endured a somewhat stressful experience were 24% more likely to choose …

The Brain

5 Terrible Things Science Says You Do to Your Mind Everyday

Are you tired of your brain working at its optimal level every day? Are you <i>too</i> emotionally balanced? Are you sick to death of your good memory? If …

If you're a CEO, it pays to share you wealth. This Seattle boss did

High executive pay creates rampant inequality that hampers economic growth. So hats off to the Seattle CEO who is sharing his $1m salary with his employees<p>Finally, a boss who has the honesty to admit that he doesn’t need his multimillion-dollar package and is prepared to spread it among his …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

From joy and attachment to anxiety and protectiveness, mothering behavior begins with biochemical reactions.<p>The artist Sarah Walker once told me that becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live. I always liked Walker's description …

Pregnancy

Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career

The next time you tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, realize that you’re making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.<p>According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>After lathering up a a whole lot, we crown the winning washes.<p>By Adam Hurly1 day agoView More<p>Best of GQ<p>The 84-year-old music legend has …

Fitness

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These expert techniques from Molly Graves and Ashley Murphy, the founders of NEAT Method, will turn your space from chaotic to calm in no time.<p>Your …

Web Development

Six Productivity Hacks Backed by Science

It’s safe to say that all of us would like to maximize our productivity to help us keep up with the challenges of study and work. The issue of …

Time Management

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>After lathering up a a whole lot, we crown the winning washes.<p>By Adam Hurly21 hours agoView More<p>Best of GQ<p>The 84-year-old music legend has …

Men's Fashion

Tracking Brooklyn's Rapid-Fire Gentrification With Google Street View

Open any issue of <i>The New York Times</i>, and you're all but guaranteed to hit a passing reference to the mecca of all things gentrified and hip: …

The 5 Best Ways To Learn How To Code

Photo: Courtesy of Skillcrush.<p>It’s no secret that the world of tech has a serious diversity problem. From bro-y CEOs and founders behaving badly on …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

Drones

How Soon Can We Check in to a Space Hotel?

Bigelow Aerospace vice president Jay Ingham tells PM how inflatable space habitats will transform low Earth orbit, starting with an inflatable space station module called BEAM that is slated to dock with the ISS in 2015.<p>NASA tried making inflatable space habitats during the 1990s with its TransHab …

Space Exploration

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?

It happens quickly—more quickly than you, being human, can fully process.<p>A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much …

Shorter Men Live Longer, Study Says

Live tall, die young.<p>It's nice to be tall, right? Sure, it's great... unless you want to become an astronaut, or a horse jockey, or an old man.<p>Ok, I'm joking on the last point. But a new study found an inverse link between height and longevity, finding that shorter men are more likely to live …

7 Important Reasons to Unplug and Find Space

<i>“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”</i> —Anne Lamott<p>Technology has some wonderful benefits. I use it …

24 Ways to Simplify Your Life

<b>Keep It Simple</b><p><b>Keep It Simple</b><p>Let it go<br>Leave work at work<br>Tell the truth<br>No is an option<br>Listen<br>Ask for help<br>Live with less<br>Don’t look back<br>Learn from …

20 Things That Mentally Strong People Don't Do

I often write about the things I believe we all should be doing, trying or experimenting with in order to maximize our success and happiness. …

Self-help

'Miracle on the Hudson' Twitpic changed his life

<b>(CNN) —</b> You might not know who Janis Krums is, but chances are you saw his iconic photo of the "Miracle on the Hudson."<p>Krums, then 23, was on a commuter ferry rushing to rescue passengers of US Airways Flight 1549 after Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III gracefully landed the plane. He …

Dinosaurs could be brought back by 'de-evolving' birds

It's looking extremely unlikely that we'll ever be able to revive dinosaurs using their fossilized DNA, but if a British biochemist is right, we may …

Paleontology

The Hormone That Makes Her Hotter

All you need is a little oxytocin in your system<p>Testosterone may fuel your thrusting, but another chemical keeps you coming back to the sack: Oxytocin, the bonding hormone, may increase your attraction to your girlfriend, says new research from Germany.<p>Men who received a dose of oxytocin through …

Fend Off a Muddled Mind

The easiest way to protect yourself against Alzheimer's<p>Things are looking even brighter for the sunshine vitamin. Maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D could protect against brain damage and Alzheimer’s disease as you age, according to University of Kentucky researchers. <br>Using rats, scientists …