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George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The …

The 75-Year Study That Found The Secrets To A Fulfilling Life

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy<p>What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in …

5 Things Happy People Do

Sages going back to Socrates have offered advice on how to be happy, but only now are scientists beginning to address this question with systematic, …

Happiness

The Best Times To Eat

<b>Eat within 1 hour of rising.</b> Your mom was also right when she told you breakfast was the most important meal of the day. When you skip breakfast, you lose its stimulating benefits on your metabolic rate. You also become more likely to eat unbalanced meals, more calories, and larger amounts of …

A 190-Calorie, Healthy Chicken Recipe You'll Make All Summer Long

Courtesy of chef Anthony Stewart at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa comes this tasty chicken recipe—which, coolly enough, he came up with <i>exclusively</i> for you guys!<p>Here's the nutritional info (per serving): 190 calories, 2.5g fat, 16g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 9g sugar, 19g protein. Plus, it's …

(Don't) Finish What You Started: In Defense of Not Reading Cover to Cover

When is it OK to give up on a novel? With summer reading season nearly upon us, the self-induced pressure to finish every new novel you buy can become intense. In fact, I hear this sentiment fairly frequently throughout the year, not only from students but also from fellow readers of fiction.<p>For my …

Writing

10 Uncommon 'Superfoods' From the World of Ultra-Endurance

While doing research for <i>The 4-Hour Body</i> back in 2009, I resorted to Twitter in search of elite athletes who performed well on a vegan diet. I was repeatedly referred to Rich Roll, whom <i>Men's Fitness Magazine</i> dubbed one of the "25 Fittest Men in the World." (Sidenote: if you missed the bonus …

Wellness

How To Be An Optimist: 10 Habits That'll Help You Look On The Bright Side

It pays to have a sunny disposition.<p>Optimistic people have been shown to have healthier hearts, better stress-management tendencies and lower risk for stroke compared to their glass-half-empty-seeing counterparts.<p>Looking on the bright side is easier said than done, of course. Fortunately, there are …

Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss: Munchies to Satisfy Every Craving

10 Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss<p>10 can't-go-wrong munchies to satisfy every craving<p>Plamen Petkov<p>Satisfy Your Hunger<p>Want to stick to your diet? Start snacking. It helps control hunger and rein in portion sizes at meals. And don't worry, it's supposed to feel indulgent. If a healthy snack isn't …

Soundhalo for Android serves up professionally mixed videos as a concert unfolds

We doubt it's going to erase the sea of smartphones you find at every concert nowadays, but Soundhalo is a new app with huge potential for music lovers. As a concert progresses, it gives fans the opportunity to download a video of each song featuring professionally mixed audio. Launched in beta on …

Hot Travel Accessories

You'll be smart and stylish when you hit the road with this travel gear<p>Running Belt<p>Even a quick 10-minute jog between sightseeing and relaxing in the hot tub may lower your stress hormone levels. This running belt holds your keys. <b>SPIbelt</b>, $20, spibelt.com<p>Lisa Shin<p>Humidifier<p>Battle a dry hotel room …

How You Deal With Your Emotions Can Influence Your Anxiety

When faced with a challenge, whether you deny the problems it poses or dive in to solve them in a positive way may determine how much anxiety you …