Ridwan Jaafar

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The best biographies and autobiographies ever written

<b>Our critics chose the greatest memoirs and biographies ever written, from the definitive biography of Winston Churchill to a dazzling graphic novel about a young girl's coming-of-age in Iran</b><p><b>Lives of the Caesars</b> by Suetonius (c121AD)<p>Suetonius was private secretary to the emperor Hadrian and although …

Books

What does running do to your brain?

Research from Sweden shows how running can defuse at least one important biological stress pathway<p>It may seem obvious – as you push on through a long run, veering wildly between sensations of agony and elation – that running can have a huge effect on your state of mind. It is an intuitive idea that …

The Brain

Author who studies millionaires: 240 minutes a day separates the rich from everyone else

There are 1,440 minutes in each day. That is the one common denominator we all share. With respect to time, we are all on equal footing. And most …

Self-improvement

Dangerous, growing, yet unnoticed: the rise of America's white gangs

White gangs are less covered by the media, and less punished – even though 53% of gang members in Mississippi are white<p>When he was 13, three white teenage boys beat Benny Ivey. They aimed for his chest as his back pressed against the wall of his friend’s house in Florence, Mississippi. The skinny …

Benny

Say ‘No’ and change your life

We live in a world where ‘yes’ is the default. But we need to tame our inner ‘chimp’ and embrace the power of ‘no’<p>My old friend Mick calls me with an invitation to his 50th birthday party. It sounds brilliant. Mick has rented a house for a week. Lots of people I know will be there. I want to go. I …

20 Podcasts So Good You'll Wish You Had a Longer Commute

We're always on the hunt for a good podcast. Like a gripping book, an addictive podcast has the ability to pull us in deep, get us lost in our thoughts, and make an otherwise lengthy commute pass in the blink of an eye.<p>As for me? Surprisingly, it's not a true crime podcast (though I love those, …

13 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence

Wonder what emotional intelligence looks like in everyday life? Here are 13 examples.<p>In 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a book introducing most of the world to the nascent concept of emotional intelligence. The idea--that an ability to understand and manage …

Emotional Intelligence

What happened when I put myself first in every situation

I took a 30-day challenge to say “yes” to myself.<p>The green icon flashed across the iPhone screen, knocking my attention down at the glowing notification. Reading the text that promised cheap drinks and a lot of dancing, my mind shot myself the sternest thought: You really don’t want to go out. You …

The Law of Attraction Explained in Simple Terms

Many people have a very deluded idea of what exactly the Law of Attraction (<i>LOA</i>) is these days. Due to mass popularisation of the law, it has been made to seem like a very simple, almost magical process in which you just imagine what you want and "<i>BAM!</i>" it's there. Not so.<p>This law of the Universe …

34 Memoirs You Have To Read

The Things That Come to Those Who Wait

A sociocultural history of the line.<p>A many-legged organism winds its way through Soho, crawling the block at an excruciating pace. It strains the flow of New York sidewalk traffic, as ubiquitous as the Eastern gray squirrel, attracting the attention of an alien from Mars. The sound it emits is of …

Sex and the City

Why willpower is overrated

Psychologists increasingly think effortful restraint is not the key to the good life. So what is?<p>People with a lot of self-control — people who, when they happen upon a delicious food they don’t think they should eat, seemingly grin and bear the temptation until it passes — have it easy.<p>But why? …

Psychology

20 of the best adventure travel challenges for 2018

ADVENTURE<p><b>Mongolian cycling adventure</b><p><b>Where</b> Arrive Ulaan Baatar. Cycling starts at Erdenet<b><br>When</b> Departs 9 and 26 June, 4 August and 1 September<b><br>Exertion</b> Moderate, involves 4-6 hours of cycling covering 50-60km miles per day, ascents and descents minimal. There’s a support vehicle for anyone who gets …

Lake District

25 Simple Daily Habits That Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else

Everyone wants their life to be above average, but what are you really doing to make it happen?<p>Everyone wants their life to be above average, but what are you really doing to make it happen? In truth, succeeding in business and life often depends on consistency, diligence, and discipline. At least, …

starttheday

The 16 Best Books on Writing Memoir

Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story<p>Alan Gelb<p>Writing coach Alan Gelb’s book is targeted specifically towards baby boomers: when this book was first published in 2015, he felt that baby boomers were staring down the barrel of their lives’ third act, not knowing what to do with it. According to …

15 books world-famous CEOs think everyone should read in their lifetime

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>There's a reason the most successful people in our society are often the most voracious — or dogged — readers.<p>Think about how many new ideas …

If you missed these 10 books in 2017, go back and read them now

Drawing on <i>Maclean’s</i> monthly book reviews over the last year, here are the 10 best works of fiction and non-fiction in 2017 as chosen by Brian …

Personal Finance Lessons from Benjamin Franklin | The Art of Manliness

Benjamin Franklin rose from 17-year-old runaway to successful printer, newspaperman, author, inventor, diplomat, and statesman. His great success …

100 Books Every Man Should Read | The Art of Manliness

One of the earliest articles we published on the Art of Manliness was “100 Must-Read Books for Men.” The piece was a result of a collaboration …

Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps: The Better Version

<i>“Dave Ramsey – that guy is extreme, man! He wants you to sell your extra cars and pay off your leases and stuff…”</i><p>As a personal finance blogger who …

Postcard from my bookshelf #9

This month, the random-number generator led me to an intriguing comment. It was posted back in January by Rachel Unklesbay and went as follows:I’ve …

Desperate to quit your job? Read this first.

<i>iStock</i><p>Instead of spending your days complaining, you might try changing your workplace from within, says leadership expert Simon Sinek.<p>Simon Sinek …

Self-improvement

zen habits

When we wake up in the morning, many of us automatically go on our phones or computers and start reading, checking messages, responding to things, …

Spirituality

Save Time — And Money — With These 4 Productivity Hacks

In any business, managers are challenged to strike the difficult balance between keeping employees happy and trying to get the most of their …

happilyeverash:My library haul. So much to read!!!

My library haul. So much to read!!!

15 Sick Day Recipes That’ll Get You Back on Your Feet in a Jiffy

There’s absolutely <i>nothing</i> wrong with taking a sick day when you need it, but it’s totally normal to want to get back on your feet ASAP. You’re a busy woman, after all! You’ve probably tried eating chicken noodle soup and drinking plenty of green juice to make you feel better, but if those aren’t …

Immune System

Would You Do This to Reduce Your Stress? Researchers Say It Really Works

This slightly off trick will help you control your thoughts, feelings, and behavior under stress. Problems? Sure, you can solve them too.<p>It appears that talking to one's self has gotten a bad rap. While once perhaps viewed as crazy, people who talk to themselves do a better job at quickly bringing …

Psychology

5 Classic Novels Everyone Should Read

One simple truth about life is that everyone has a reading lane. Whether it’s romance novels, or books about troubled former Navy SEALs racing …

Literature

54 Life-Changing Books That Gave People Comfort In Hard Times

"It gave me an escape from my reality and helped me realize that I'm not the only one that feels this way."<p><i>As a reminder: always consult with your doctor about your personal health and wellness. BuzzFeed posts are for informational purposes only and are no substitute for medical diagnosis,</i> …

Everyone says time is more valuable than money — but they're missing the most important resource of all

<i>"Money isn't the most important thing in the world. Your time is."</i><p>Parents, teachers, and mentors all around the world have spoken these words to us, in one form of another, throughout our lives. It makes sense, too.<p>Most of us come to realize at some point that money is a means, not an end. It …