Michelle Olson

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11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Why You Should Keep a Journal (and How to Start Yours)

Some of the most influential people in history kept detailed journals of their lives. Those journals served two purposes: a permanent record for …

How Do I Cope with "Idea Overflow"?

<i>Write down your ideas, forget about them, and put your nose to the grindstone. It's possible to stifle an overactive mind. The personal productivity</i> …

Six Strategies That Have Quickly Improved My Writing

In the past six months that I've been a content crafter at Buffer, I've been writing a lot. I've also been trying to write regularly on my own blog …

These ISIS Parody Videos Will Renew Your Faith In Comedy

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The 38 Hottest And Worst TV Couples Of 2014

Shake it off, terrible couples of 2014. Shake. It. Off.

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The 14 Greatest Movies Of 2014

An Australian haunting, a sociopathic news cameraman, an actor in crisis, and a lobby boy were some of the best things to come to the screen this year.<p><i>I've seen around 175 new films this year, which feels like a lot, but is also nothing on the more than 900 that will have opened in theaters by the</i> …

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My Friend Wears A Hijab, And I Judge Her For It

The first woman who arrived was wearing a bright-yellow hijab. The folds didn't lie flat against her face, the mesh of the cloth revealing that she was wearing a skintight nude cap underneath it. No wisps of hair showed through. Before I even bothered to greet her, my prejudice played a game. <i>Four</i> …

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The 18 Most OMG Movie Scenes Of 2014

There was that thing at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, that scene with Neil Patrick Harris in Gone Girl, and many more, which are ranked by level of shock below. Obviously, ALL OF THE SPOILERS are ahead!

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This "Minecraft" Community Is Saving The Lives Of Children With Autism

Angela was on call when a young boy with autism — who I'll call Tim — came up to her for help. Tim's friend had recently committed suicide, and it was clear he was shaken and upset. Within minutes of talking, Angela understood that Tim didn't have a family he felt comfortable talking to. Running …

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32 Men On TV Who Made You Thirsty In 2014

Call the fire department, because we're all gonna need to get hosed down after this.

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The 17 Best New Television Shows Of 2014

Yes, The Good Wife, Orange Is the New Black, Parenthood, and Mad Men were all fantastic this year — but this is about the newcomers. Presented here in no particular order. Caution: Potential spoilers ahead!<p>Old vendettas die hard in <i>The Honorable Woman</i>, a twisty geopolitical potboiler that examines …

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David Fincher and James Ellroy Team Up for a Noir Drama on HBO

Director David Fincher (<i>Gone Girl,</i> <i>Se7en, Fight Club</i>) has signed up for an HBO noir drama series together with <i>L.A. Confidential</i> writer James</i> …

The 7 Funniest Serial Memes - PAPER

Mark Olsen's best indie films of 2014

Throughout the year people you thought you knew showed they were still full of surprises. In 2014, when some would see cinema as a storytelling mode and cultural force as an endangered species, these are vital signs of life. Here is Mark Olsen's top ten list of independent films:<p><b>1. "Under the …

Shaken-baby ruling could set precedent in New York

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — In a ruling that could have statewide significance, a judge reversed the 2001 murder conviction of a New York woman who was accused in the shaken-baby death of a toddler in her care.<p>In a decision released Tuesday morning, Judge James Piampiano ruled that the science used to …

Hundreds attend funeral of Mississippi woman burned alive

About 400 mourners packed a chapel in Mississippi on Saturday to say goodbye to a 19-year-old woman who was burned alive, among them classmates who used permanent markers to write heartfelt messages on her white metal coffin.<p>"Fly high, Jessica," said some, a reference to the former cheerleader's …

FBI investigates hanging death of black teenager

<b>The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a black teenager in North Carolina previously ruled a suicide.</b><p>Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging in a trailer park in Bladenboro, North Carolina, in August.<p>An FBI spokeswoman confirmed that the agency was reviewing the investigation into his death "at …

These Images From 'Serial' Bring The 15-Year-Old Murder Case To Life

"Serial," the world's most popular podcast, is coming to an end next week after just 12 episodes. The real-life mystery show about a 1999 murder has become a smash hit -- for a podcast, anyway -- and cultivated a strong community of fans.<p>Seriously, don't doubt the loyalty of the "Serial" fan base. …

The Torture Report Triggered the CIA's First Live Presser

John Brennan's remarks were less surprising than the fact that he gave them in the first place.<p>John Brennan made history on Thursday.<p>In response to a Senate report on U.S. interrogation of terrorism suspects, the CIA director held a press conference at the agency's headquarters in Langley, …

When You’re In A Good Relationship, You Learn These 10 Things

I’d had serious relationships before meeting my fiance, with a couple lasting for years. I thought I was an adult; I thought I knew how to be a great …

Officials: No arrests in case of burned woman

COURTLAND, Miss. (AP) — Jessica Chambers was a regular at the rural convenience store gas station where Ali Fadhel worked, and the two often chatted. …

Brazilian serial killer admits to being 'addicted' to murder after killing 38 women

Police are investigating the claims of Sailson Jose das Gracas, 26, who says he murdered dozens of women and would "do it again"<p>A 26-year-old Brazilian psychopath has confessed to being a prolific serial killer who murdered 38 women over the last decade.<p>Police in Rio de Janeiro are investigating …

Cleveland police's fatal shooting of Tamir Rice ruled a homicide

The death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was shot last month by a Cleveland police officer who authorities say mistook the child's air gun for a real firearm, has been ruled a homicide, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday.<p>The November 22 shooting outside a Cleveland …

Apple and IBM Just Showed Everyone The Future Of Enterprise Mobile Apps

Apple and IBM announced a partnership to help companies build better mobile apps in July. The partnership offered services that ranged from procuring and managing devices to actual application development. Today, the two companies released the initial fruits of their labors. I met with Apple and …

Why one of the biggest names in streaming music says Taylor Swift is a hero

Rdio is the forgotten player in streaming music.<p>The service is a bit like a Spotify-Pandora hybrid, marrying a free, ad-based internet radio service with a subscription-based, on-demand offering. It was created by the founders of Skype and counts broadcast radio giant Cumulus Media as a …

OnePlus One finally available without an invite

For months now I've been referring to the OnePlus One as "the best smartphone you can't buy."<p>Now, you can buy one: as part of special holiday "offer," the company is selling the One without the need for invitation. Golly, thanks, OnePlus!<p>If it sounds like I'm poking a little fun, it's because I am. …