Parvez Shaikh

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This Insta-famous cat might be the longest cat in the world

When Stephanie Hirst of Melbourne, Australia brought home a new pet cat three years ago, the Guinness Book of World Records was the last thing on her …

Cats

[Purrfection] Google Photos can make a cat-themed video of your beloved feline pics

Google Photos does a lot of smart things with your photos and hides plenty of cool and cute easter eggs. One of these just came to our attention — it …

Cats

Morning ritual: The 7 steps that will make you happy all day

We read a lot about this or that morning ritual that will make you productive. But what about one that makes you happy?<p>Research shows that being …

Self-help

Why Challenging Yourself Is The Best Thing You'll Ever Do

It's easy to get comfortable doing nothing with your life--so why should you push yourself?<p>Complacency is the world's worst mentality. It may seem outrageous, and frankly dramatic, but too many people are too content to sit back and let the world pass by them. For some, it is simply their state of …

Self-improvement

A Near-Death Survivor's Advice On Knowing What You Should Do With Your Life

I remember re-entering my body and finding myself in a hospital with a stiff and overbearing neck brace. I had just spoken to a “council” of six shadow figures, who told me I had more work to do in the world and asked me if I wanted to do it. I said yes, and was returned back to earth.<p>Hours …

Mind

The Best Things to Do in Paris With Kids

From kid-friendly accommodations to shops that toddlers will actually enjoy, a mother shares her top picks for a family trip to Paris.<p>Just choosing what to do in Paris on your own can often feel overwhelming. So many arrondissements, so many sights, so much food. But add a two-year-old to the mix, …

Paris

The One Skill That Will Make You a Happier Person

In life, what you give power to has power over you. And as far as psychotherapist Jennice Vilhauer is concerned, that power is transferred through …

Mindfulness

Man Tearfully Reunites With Blind, 20-Year-Old Lost Cat After Months Apart

"She was waiting for her daddy to get her."<p>Raymond McNamara was vacationing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his cat, Lily, when the unthinkable happened.<p>McNamara and Lily were strolling along together on Feb. 11 when suddenly she disappeared near a construction site, according to WSVN TV. …

Cats

I Refused to Be Exclusive Until He Proposed

I am an empowered woman of the 21st century: I run a company, have a master’s degree and earn a handsome six-figure salary.<p>Yet at heart, I am and …

Relationships

North Carolina Has a House Cat Museum

Feline like a trip to a museum? If you have a soft spot for kitties, read on for some pawsitive news. Meow, it’s possible to visit a North Carolina …

Cats

Massive Study Uncovers 3 Warning Signs of Severe Mental Illness in Teens

Schizophrenia strikes hard, vicious, and <i>late</i>. A person with the disorder can get all the way through childhood and their teen years without any …

Mental Disorders

8 Camps and Cabins Where You Can Feel Like a Kid Again

Canoeing, lakeside cabins, starry nights, campfires. Summer camp was always a good time, and it doesn’t have to be a thing of the past. These eight lodges and camps around the United States offer a more grown-up version of the summer-camp life, complete with bunk-bed cabins and group suppers.<p>Taylor …

Zion National Park

You Can Train Your Mind to Be More Positive: Here's How

There's a big difference between the "doers" and "thinkers" of the world. Which one would you rather be?<p>When we talk about positivity, a lot of times that concept can be quickly written off as “pseudoscience” or “high-minded conversation.” However, while <i>some</i> skepticism of the powers of positive …

Positive Thinking

This veterinary clinic is hiring a “cat cuddler”

File this under “cool jobs we didn’t know existed.” A Dublin-based veterinary clinic is hiring a “cat cuddler,” and we know a few people who’d be …

Cats

A science-backed trick to reduce fear and anxiety takes just 30 seconds and a pen

The next time painful or stressful feelingsthreaten to overwhelm you, here is what you do: get something to write with. Get something to write on. Write down a word that describes the emotion you’re experiencing. It doesn’t have to be comprehensive. Just a word or two will do.<p>Affect labeling—the …

Emotions

Don't get married until you've discussed these three things with your partner

Some couples who get married not long after meeting say that when you know, you just know.<p>However, there are undoubtedly issues that should be …

Marriage

The best places to visit in Europe in 2017

Travellers to Croatia tend to make a beeline for the Adriatic delights of the country’s extensive coastline, but its flourishing inland capital shouldn’t be overlooked. Zagreb is at once cosmopolitan and edgy, with its heady mix of Brutalist architecture and sun-splashed Austro-Hungarian squares …

Europe

Cat Rescued From Terrible Conditions Now Sleeps In Her Tiny Doll Bed Each And Every Night

Meet Sophie, the rescue kitten who gets to sleep in her own miniature version of a human bed with rotating sets of sheets, comforters, and even a …

Cats

3 Things the Happiest Married Couples Always Do

This post was written by Arielle Ford, an author, love and relationship expert, and speaker.<p>Who doesn't want a happy marriage? In the land of fairy …

Marriage

This Company Will Pay You To Cuddle With Cats All Day, So Get Your Resume Ready

If you cuddle with kittens like it’s your job, you’ll be thrilled to know a company is now hiring a lucky cat lover to cuddle with felines throughout …

Cats

Helen Mirren’s “Top 5 Rules for a Happy Life” Are Words to Live By

Dame Helen Mirren seems to have life pretty much figured out, and in a recent commencement speech at Tulane University, the unlikely <i>Fate of the</i> …

Feminism

How to Find Hawaii's Secret Beaches

Perfect white-sand beaches exist all over Hawaii, but many are filled with sand castles, surfers, beach towels, and oceanfront resorts. Get ready to wander a little off the beaten path on your way to these six blissfully empty beaches.<p>Kanaio Beach, Maui<p>The Hoapili Trail starts at a parking area at …

Beaches

How To Handle It If Your Partner (Or You!) Want An Open Marriage

The number one requirement: it has to be something you both want.<p><i>For</i> BRIDES, by Gigi Engle.<p>Your partner just sat you down and asked for an open marriage. Or was it the other side of the coin and <i>you</i> are seeking an open relationship? Either way, what happens now?<p>First of all, many people are unclear …

Relationships

Microsoft unveils more powerful Surface Pro with longer battery life

The 2-in-1 Windows tablet hybrid updated with 7th-generation Intel Core processors and new rounded design, as Microsoft targets China with Shanghai launch<p>Microsoft has announced a new version of its Surface Pro Windows tablet that is thinner, lighter and has a longer battery life.<p>The company, on a …

Microsoft

Why Saudi Women Are Literally Living ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

CAIRO — Just over a week after Dina Ali Lasloom, a 24-year-old Saudi Arabian, was dragged onto a plane from Manila to Riyadh with her mouth taped shut and her arms and legs bound, the United Nations voted to appoint Saudi Arabia to a four-year term on its Commission on the Status of Women. So much …

Middle East

14 Beautiful Places That Make South Africa a Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip

For years, I dragged my feet on visiting South Africa. <i>Too far</i>, I said. It wasn’t until this year, when I finally gathered the time and funds to visit …

South Africa

8 Annoying Things We All Let Our Partners Get Away With, But Never Our Friends

I’ve had a long-held belief about relationships that I only rant about when I’m either drunk, single or both.<p>Last weekend, I was both.<p>The belief, …

Relationships

Become a Better Visual Storyteller by Following These 10 Rules for Better Composition

Most great photographers are also accomplished visual storytellers who understand how to draw viewers into their scene and direct their eyes to the …

Photography

Things Cats Don't Like

When a cat has a poor opinion of something, they will let you know, clearly, in their own way. In this complication video from the Pet Collective, …

Cats

Sorry: infidelity will never be normal or harmless

So-called “open marriages,” involving sanctioned extramarital sex and relationships, are having their moment in the spotlight.<p>Let’s hope it passes.<p>In …

Marriage