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This One Simple Thing Can Make Your Life Much Better

Many people have written to me saying they love all the research on bettering themselves but need that first step on how to shoehorn it in to their …

University of Pennsylvania

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

What's in a Dream?

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric; chasing dreams can be …

USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

14 Foods Nutritionists Never Eat

<b>Processed and/or Canned Meat or Cheese</b><br>"I particularly avoid those that are made with additional thickeners, preservatives, sugar, or a high content of preservatives. Animal products (and food products in general) that have to sit on a shelf inherently require a decent amount of processing to …

6 Foods You Should Never Put in Your Freezer

So in the name of sparing your tastebuds the trouble, we asked celebrity chef Diane DiMeo, a champion on Food Network's <i>Chopped</i>, to share the foods you should never, under any circumstances, pop in your freezer.<p><b>Eggs in Their Shells</b><br>In the freezer, these things become ticking foodborne illness time …

Steve McCurry Retrospective Presents 150 Striking Portraits of People and Cultures Around the World

In his new exhibition <i>Oltre lo Sguardo</i>, acclaimed American photographer Steve McCurry displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 30 years and countless treks across the globe. McCurry, who is perhaps best known for his iconic <i>Afghan Girl</i> photo, is celebrated for his rich, …

Photographers

Get tips for taking your best landscape photos, like this shot of baobab trees in Tarangire National Park. http://on.natgeo.com/1uuwB2v Photograph by Tom Schwabel, Your Shot

Leaf Crafts

Lemon, mountain laurel, and rhododendron leave delightful impressions on homemade wax candles.

Candles

National Geographic Travel

Travel

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Columbia University

The 10 Best Cities In The World

<i>CNTraveler.com</i><p>Nearly 77,000 of our readers rated their favorite cities in the world. Is your favorite on the list? Read about all the best hotels, resorts, islands, spas, and cruise lines in the world in our Readers' Choice Awards 2014.<p><b>See the full ranking on CNTraveler.com</b><p>15 Places You Won't …

Your Shot Photos: Kitchens Around the World

In honor of World Food Day, we gathered together some of the photos you've sent us of the world's kitchens and culinary traditions.

Build & Organize A Corner Shelving System

Hi, it's Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest. When my husband and I first moved into our ranch home two years ago, we weren't quite sure how to …

DIY Hanging Lounge Chair

I know I always get pretty excited about the projects on here but, seriously, this is one of my favorites! I’ve had a hanging chair on my to-make …

Woodworking

Modern Cube Plant Stand With Optional Fretwork

Shares 100<p>Hello again, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back to share another build project. At my house, we have differing styles and tastes. My husband …

Thirty Years of Traveler Magazine in Pictures

Travel Photography

Your National Park Pictures

See beautiful photos of U.S. national parks—taken by fans like you—in the National Parks by National Geographic app.

National Parks

Show Time

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Happiness

Climbing On Mount Denali

Photos

Let These Amusing Japanese Internet Photos Brighten Your Day

Hey! It's Thursday. Which means it is almost Friday. This has been a long week. Maybe it's been good. Maybe it's been bad. Let's unwind with some …

Wooded Wonderland: Yakushima

In Japan’s epic anime film <i>Princess Mononoke</i>, legendary director Hayao Miyazaki shrouds the real-life island of <b>Yakushima</b> with surrealism, its misty granite mountains the backdrop for a conservation message.<p>Yet this wraithlike landform, which rises from the turbulent Tanegashima Strait like a …

Road Lessons: Around the Bend in Bali

Last fall I attended the <b>Ubud Writers & Readers Festival</b> on the Indonesian island of Bali. I had fallen in love with the artful atmosphere and fervent grace of Ubud at the same festival the year before, so I had arrived in the city full of expectations. Yet on my first day there, as I walked down …

An otherworldly scene on a beach in Hawaii. See more of our favorite submissions to the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest: http://on.natgeo.com/1CkPwvy Photo by lee scott

2014 Tours of a Lifetime

Travel Photography

Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Travel Photography

In the Light of Milkyway

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …