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Why You Should Throw Out 90% of Your Possessions

In his new book Goodbye, Things, Fumio Sasaki shares the lessons he learned by going minimalist.<p>When I first meet Fumio Sasaki, who recently wrote a book called <i>Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism</i>, he is taking a picture of a neon sign in the Cosmoplitan.com office that reads, “I WANT IT …

Reading with intention can change your life

A random sampling of the world’s most successful people will show one common trait: a love of reading. Reading is the easiest way to continue the learning process, increase empathy, boost creativity, and even just unwind from a long day. But books can also change the way we think and live.<p>Warren …

Depression is not contagious but an upbeat mood is, say scientists

Upbeat moods spread through social networks but depression does not, scientists have found<p>Sad friends will not bring you down but upbeat moods are contagious a new study has shown.<p>Researchers at the universities of Manchester and Warwick studied 2,000 teenagers to see if their social groups could …

7 Secrets of the Apple Genius Bar Everybody Should Know

The people staffing Apple’s Genius Bar, the company’s in-store customer support center, seem like an affable lot. That doesn’t mean they don’t have …

Therapy Works as Well as Medication for Insomnia--and May Last Longer

Medication is the quickest fix for insomnia, and it’s popular—about 4% of Americans take sleeping pills. But a form of talk therapy works just as …

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Our poor sleeping habits are filling our brains with neurotoxins

We’ve known for some time that sleep is important for the restoration and strengthening specific functions in the brain linked to memory, regulating emotions, decision-making, and even creativity. But scientists are now discovering the processes through which sleep also cleans the brain like a …

8 Real-Life Ways to Put Organizing on Autopilot

Surprisingly, it's what you add to a room that can change your bad habits for good.<p>It's obviously not your desire, capability, or common sense that prevents you from finally decluttering your home — it's the effort that's often the major roadblock. Here's how to change your habits and organize your …

Minimalism

Meditation In 12 Steps

8 Things I Wish Everyone Would Stop Saying About Meditation

Now that meditation is becoming more of a mainstream thing, there is a sea of confusion around many aspects of the practice such as:<p>This lack of …

Neuroscience: How to Become Immune to Stress

New research shows that exercise really does combat the ill effects of workplace stress.<p>Most people intuitively understand that exercise can improve your mood, but it was only last week that scientists figured out how it works. Their findings are of enormous importance to everybody who experiences …

Couple Lives Off-the-Grid in Incredible Floating, Self-Sustainable Home

Since 1992, husband and wife Wayne Adams and Catherine King have lived completely off-the-grid in a floating home made of 12 platforms in Cypress Bay, British Columbia. The Canadian couple and their two kids are completely self-sustaining, eating whatever King grows in her garden as well as the …

The World's 16 Most Incredible Sea Caves

Are you ready to gaze upon the marvels of water and wind erosion? Sure you are. Here are 16 of the world's most incredible sea caves.<p><i>By: Adam Lapetina</i><p>Most people have only been exposed to sea caves by reading <i>Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince</i>, and that's not OK... mostly because the sea cave in …

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Avoid These 7 Common Vibration Killers

Complaining and gossiping only serve one purpose, and that is to bring us more of what we are complaining and gossiping about! The problems in our …

Everything Microsoft announced at Ignite 2015

Today Microsoft is making a whole bunch of announcements about its enterprise tooling at the 2015 Ignite conference in Chicago. Here’s a roundup of all the news out of the show.<p>Microsoft previews organizational analytics in Office Delve, coming later this year<p>Microsoft today showed off at its …

Avengers: Age of Ultron hauls in $191.3M for second-highest debut of all time

<i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i> raked in $191.3 million at the domestic box office this past weekend, good for second on the list of best opening weekends ever, reports The Hollywood Reporter.<p>The tally includes Thursday night showtimes prior to <i>Age of Ultron</i>'s premiere on Friday, and comes from a total of …

Apple Watch's hidden port can reportedly be used for charging and accessories

Slide off the Apple Watch's bottom band, peek into the connection slot, and you'll notice something interesting. It's a hidden port that Apple doesn't acknowledge on its website or in any documentation for the smartwatch. That would suggest it's not something for consumers to mess around with and …

A Family House On A Small Lot In Vietnam

23°5 Studio have designed the BQ-17 House, a home on a small lot for a family in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.<p>The architect’s description<p>The house …

Modern Open Plan House with Inner Courtyard

Modern Open Plan House with Inner CourtyardModern open plan house consist of two parts building. First volume part of this modern open plan house has …

Make Your SmartPlate Count Calories For You

Now you'll really know if you have too much on your plate<p>Calorie counting has been helped a lot by the sharp uptick in personal technology, and one team wants to make the process even easier by swapping out your ordinary china with its new SmartPlate.<p>The SmartPlate has three different partitions, …

Redeemed: How Meditation Practice Helped Cure a Lifetime of Addiction.

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Mental Health

Harley Quinn co-creator Bruce Timm thinks Suicide Squad's Harley is pretty cute

In 1992, when Paul Dini and Bruce Timm crafted the animated equivalent of a walk-on role for a girl in a clown suit in an early Joker-centric episode of <i>Batman: The Animated Series</i>, they couldn't have had any idea that Harley Quinn would go on be incorporated into the comic book side of the Batman …

Sales for this Bruce Lee DJing shirt in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' are through the roof

Following the $191.3 million weekend for "Avengers: Age of Ultron," making it the second largest domestic opening weekend of all-time, the company behind a T-shirt featured in the film also had a big weekend.<p>Peter Lee's Los Angeles-based company, Bow and Arrow, Inc., is responsible for the Bruce …

‘Suicide Squad’: Harley Quinn, Deadshot and the rest of the gang revealed | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times

While Marvel’s “The Avengers” had superhero movie fans lining up at the multiplex this weekend, DC Comics’ antiheroic Task Force X of “Suicide Squad” was assembling on social media.<p>After recently revealing Jared Leto’s new look as the Joker, writer-director David Ayer tweeted the first photo of the …

The Power of Now: A Meditative Approach to Living In the Moment

There is no better time than the present. Eckhart Tolle's <i>The Power of Now</i> shows you how to move past pain, stress, and anxiety with the help of …

Innovation On Two Wheels: How The Humble Bike Is Becoming Increasingly Smart

There’s something moving between the wheels, and it’s not only the pedals. The old, humble, bicycle is increasingly becoming a hotbed of innovation, with several companies trying to reinvent its main components, from the tires to the pedals and frame.<p>Earlier this month, for instance Vanhawks, a …

Establishing a Daily Meditation

First select a suitable place for your regular meditation. Place a meditation cushion or chair there for your use, and add any books or images that …

Microsoft's new browser won't enable 'Do Not Track' by default

Microsoft admits that when it switched on "do not track" by default in Internet Explorer 10 back in 2012, it was "welcomed by many." However, the company now has to switch it off to comply with the latest industry standard. The newest World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) draft for the feature says it …

Software

Digital Branding for the Job Seeker

Part 1: For Many Careers, Resumes are Becoming Less of a Job Search Focal Point<p>It’s a fact that the majority of intelligent, thorough recruiters as well as hiring managers Google the names of job seekers they interview. Not only are they searching, but they are giving heightened hiring priority to …

Viggo Mortensen: ‘Often people are desperate, so I do what needs to be done’

Viggo Mortensen is in his socks – he likes to go shoeless whenever he can – and is making a cup of tea. If this does not seem a thing of note, you’ve never watched Viggo brew. He carefully portions out green leaves from his own pouch into his personal silver vessel – a modern version of the South …

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