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The Surprising Benefit Of Going Through Hard Times

Psychologists studying post-traumatic growth find that many people come to thrive in the aftermath of adversity.<p><i>This excerpt is from the new book Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, by psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman and HuffPost Senior Writer Carolyn Gregoire.</i><p>One of …

Creativity

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Books

16 Of The Most Photogenic Hikes On The West Coast

Best coast?

Everything You Need To Know Before 'Game Of Thrones' Returns On Sunday

Since "Game of Thrones" Season 4 ended last year, The Huffington Post has kept you up to date with all the Season 5 spoilers, predictions, episode titles, trailers, clips and news. With the new season just days away, it's time to start refreshing your memory on all things Westeros.<p>Here are the most …

TV Series

14 Things You Should Give Up Chasing No Matter What Others Say

Whenever we chase after something, we take ourselves out of the present moment where life actually happens. The future doesn’t exist yet and the past …

Happiness

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

By Jay Cassano4 minute Read<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health …

Happiness

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

Creativity

8 Destinations That Totally Own Spring

<i>By Laura Pearson for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>By winter's end (or, let's be honest, well before), we get that nature-starved feeling and start looking everywhere for signs of spring. And in these eight spots in the U.S. and abroad, you won't have to look far: Mother nature pulls out all the stops, …

5 Bucket List Travel Destinations

We live in a wild and wondrous world, which means it's time to dust off your passport and get busy exploring Earth's natural treasures and man-made marvels. While hunting down every awe-inspiring landmark would take a lifetime, we've started off with five must-see destinations that should be on …

Taj Mahal

Vincent Van Gogh May Have Hidden 'The Last Supper' Within One Of His Most Famous Paintings

Vincent Van Gogh, most known for "Starry Night" and losing his left ear, may have left one final secret up his sleeve. His iconic painting "Cafe Terrace at Night" depicts a group of anonymous patrons enjoying an evening in Arles, France. Yet new research suggests that the individuals lurking in the …

5 Reasons to Visit Myanmar in 2015

Myanmar (formerly Burma) is authentic, affordable and remarkable, and it should be added to your travel bucket list.<p>Called "The Golden Land" thanks to the thousands of gilded pagodas scattered around the country, Myanmar today is similar to what Thailand was like 25 years ago -- before shopping …

Airports

5 Surprising Ways Mindfulness Can Change You

In the past few decades, research on meditation and other mindfulness practices has flourished, shedding light on both the way that mindfulness affects the brain and its physical and mental health benefits.<p>Personality scientists are forging new insights about how mindfulness affects human …

Mindfulness

7 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

And cheaper, too!<p>Chances are you’re familiar with Google Flights. The travel search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops. After all, it’s the same technology that powers both KAYAK and Orbitz.<p>The site …

Google Flights

The Atlas of Beauty: Portraits of Beautiful Women in Countries Around the World

Romanian photographer Noroc Mihaela is on a mission to photograph women from every single country on Earth in order to show that beauty is found …

Google Translate Update May Save You A Lot Of Money

Your smartphone is about to become your best friend when traveling abroad, even if you don't want to shell out big bucks for an international data plan. An update to the Google Translate app, announced Wednesday, will add the ability to translate printed text by aiming your phone's camera at it -- …

Google Translate

Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Britta Hölzel is not your typical yoga teacher. Or your typical Ph.D. neuroscientist.<p>In recent years, during fellowships at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere, Hölzel has co-authored a range of studies focused on the intersection of two great passions of her life, how meditation and yoga affect …

Mindfulness

5 Personality Traits You Should Cultivate in Yourself

Who we are will make a big difference. The way in which we treat other people matters. The indecency or decency which fills our minds and hearts matters.<p>Who we are will make a big difference. The way in which we treat other people matters. The indecency or decency which fills our minds and hearts …

Self-Refinement Through the Wisdom of the Ages: New Year’s Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

At the outset of each new year, humanity sets out to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones. But while the most typical New Year’s resolutions tend to be about bodily health, the most meaningful ones aim at a deeper kind of health through the …

Literature

How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes: 4 Insights From Research

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to just look at someone and tell what they’re <i>really</i> like?<p>Sherlock Holmes does this all the time and it’s incredibly …

5 Reasons to Travel More in 2015

<i>YoTuT/Flickr</i><p>With 2015 fast approaching, many of us are itching to go on a new adventure. Whether you want to eat your way through a foodie mecca, immerse yourself in a new culture or explore remote trails in untamed frontiers, the new year is the best time to set new goals and take action. So, it …

Costa Rica

8 Spotify Tricks That Will Change the Way You Listen to Music

John Shearer—WireImage/Getty Images<p>Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images<p>Ethan Miller—Getty Images<p>Ethan Miller—Getty Images<p>Gary Gershoff—WireImage/Getty …

10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.<p><b>GMAIL HACK #1 UNSEND</b><p>Have you ever pressed send only to regret it moments later because of a …

Gmail

Compassion

I've never considered myself a compassionate person. Helpful, yes. Reliable and fair, certainly. But I can also hold a grudge. I sometimes snap at my …