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How to Stop Being a Lazy Piece of Garbage

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.<p>…

3 Tough Truths About Our “Priorities” No One Wants to Admit

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”<br>― Annie Dillard</i>Fifteen years ago he walked into my dorm room on the verge of tears.“I …

Study Skills

This is the best way to relieve anxiety, say scientists

A simple technique to try next time you're feeling overwhelmed.<p>With recent research revealing that over 8 million of us reportedly suffer from …

5 Bad Habits You Must Change to Be More Productive

No. 3 was killing my business in 2016 and still has an effect in 2017.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Productivity is very important in today's fast-moving world. Most people try to add to their routine to get more done, but that approach takes a while before it yields …

Time Management

6 Steps to Get Anything You Want (Even If You Don't Know How)

Attracting anything you want requires clarity, openness and trust.<p>Sitting on the couch waiting for a million dollars to fall in your lap? That probably won't work. Want to make your dream a reality? Yes, absolutely. But, how -- that's the question.<p>You aren't born with all the answers to achieving …

What Happens to Your Brain When You Stop Believing in God

It's like going off a drug.<p>My belief in God didn't spontaneously combust—it faded. I lost my virginity at 16. I stopped going to church. I snuck out past curfew. As punishment, my mom made me memorize Bible verses, and I recited them like recipes.<p>I wasn't the only kid who stopped believing. A …

I shut off my phone at 9 p.m. every night for a week—here’s what happened

Just about everyone’s fallen victim to a late-night scrolling spiral—you know, when you decide to peek at Instagram before bed, and suddenly it’s …

Sleep

7 unexpected signs you're having a panic attack

Anxiety disorders and panic attacks are extremely common issues. But not many of us feel comfortable talking about them, nor do we necessarily have …

I'm the Woman Who Called Out United and I'm Sick of Sexism

This weekend I was reminded of how deeply ingrained sexism is in our culture: People still believe it’s acceptable to police the clothing of girls …

10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mood When You're Feeling Down

There are a number of simple things that anyone can do to lift their mood. You may already be doing some, and you certainly don’t need to be doing …

Divorce

How to Be Less Stupid About Money, With Felix Salmon

Some people love to pore over their finances to optimize their savings like a fine-tuned machine. Myself, I prefer to stick my head in the sand and …

Crossword Puzzles

5 ways to build a powerful, persuasive speech

When you’re tasked with a business presentation, there’s more on the line than making yourself understood. Your goals are bigger: winning new …

How Reframing Your Self-Critical Thoughts Can Help Ease Anxiety

<b>“Don’t let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present.” ~Unknown</b><p>I know what it feels like to be scared.<p>I …

Taking a hot bath may be just as good for you as working out

At the end of a long workday, there are two vastly different ways to unwind: doing an intense workout or sinking into a hot bath. If the <i>only</i> reason …

Wellness

To Be an Exceptional Boss, Here Are 11 Things You Must Give Your Employees

No, the list doesn't include great pay and benefits. (Shouldn't those be a given?) Great bosses go much further.<p>Think about a boss you truly respected. Think about a leader you truly admired. Think about a leader you not only loved to work for, but <i>with</i>.<p>What sets that person apart from every other …

Try to be The Dumbest Photographer In The World

I always say the Universe’s favorite hiding place for the most awesome stuff is right behind fear. Isn’t that a little unfair? Why doesn’t the …

Bad language: why being bilingual makes swearing easier

Bilingual reduced emotional resonance is fairly well-established, but why does it happen? And does that have a knock-on effect for different communities?<p>My dad had a liberal philosophy of childrearing, but he would always tell us off for swearing. As a result, I grew up feeling very uncomfortable …

Language

Tokyo Crossing.

<b>Tokyo Crossing.</b> Tokyo, Japan. By Thomas Ito [Facebook | Instagram]<p><i>JPGs</i> <i>is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a</i> …

Japan

5 Japanese Crime Writers that Should Be On Your Radar

This post is sponsored by <i>Six Four</i> by Hideo Yokoyama, just published by FSG.For five days, the parents of a seven-year-old Japanese schoolgirl sat and …

Books

Wrong About Ninja, Again

Ninja are mysterious. There are things we know and things we don’t. But the notion that some have about these ninja water shoes is supposedly …

Anime

5 places every manga fan (and curious traveller) should visit in Tokyo

Author and lifelong manga fan J.C. Norman reveals the places every manga fan should visit in Tokyo, and why every other visitor to the city should …

16 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately

It's hard to say exactly why you like someone.<p>Maybe it's their goofy smile; maybe it's their razor-sharp wit; or maybe it's simply that they're easy …

7 Easy Ways to Make Money with a Blog

Easy Ways to Monetize Your Blog or Website<p>Updated May 07, 2018<p>You've started an online business, picked a profitable niche market, and have a website …

Are You Stuck in Your Comfort Zone? This Quiz Will Tell You

No discomfort means no growth. If you want to be successful, you have to stretch yourself.<p>From the 1940s to the 1970s, each year around 3.5 percent of Americans packed up and moved to a new state. These days the annual rate is less than half that.We also start fewer businesses (even in the tech …

What To Do When Your Need To Please Is Ruining Your Life

<b>“We are captives of our own identities, living in prisons of our own creation.” ~Theodore Bagwell</b><p>Have you ever thought you had to do what other …

Positive Thinking

Wendy Davis on why women need to drop the "being nice" act

For feminism’s future, former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis says it’s time to set the stage for women to succeed.<p>Back in 2014, Wendy Davis was simply a Democratic lawmaker in a red state. But an 11-hour filibuster against a bill that aimed to restrict Texas women’s access to abortion thrust her onto …

Feminism

What's the difference between sympathy and empathy?

What is the difference between <i>empathy</i> and <i>sympathy</i>?<p>For the most part, these two nouns are not used interchangeably, but often we encounter them in …

Here's what you need to know about dialectical behavior therapy, the kind Selena Gomez depends on

Selena Gomez has been incredibly open and brave about her struggles with anxiety and depression. Late last year, she checked herself into rehab due …

Japan's School Lunch Program Puts Others to Shame

The country ensures lunch is delicious, healthy, and part of the curriculum.<p>Do efforts to feed students help improve their performance in school? Mick Mulvaney, director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, grabbed headlines Thursday when he argued in favor of cutting federal funds to …

Michelle Obama