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Amazon Prime: 22 benefits every member gets

Amazon Prime is best known for two things: free two-day shipping and Netflix-style video streaming. Those are decidedly worthwhile perks, especially considering the relatively low $119 annual subscription charge, but a Prime membership affords more than just shipping and streaming. A lot …

Tech Trends

Health-Care Costs Ate Your Pay Raises

Take-home wages have stagnated for more than 40 years because employers shell out so much more for worker health insurance.<p>Real, or inflation-adjusted, compensation has risen 61 percent since 1970; wages, on the other hand, have increased less than 3 percent in real terms in that period.<p>This is a …

The 10-3-2-1-0 formula can help you sleep better and increase productivity

<b>The 10-3-2-1-0 formula</b><p>10 hours before bed: No more caffeine<br>3 hours before bed: No more food or alcohol<br>2 hours before bed: No more work<br>1 hour before …

Sleep

6 research-backed secrets to permanently changing your habits

We all want to get to the gym, be more productive, be kinder to our loved ones… and then we don't do it. Why?<p>Well, building solid personal habits can be hard.<p>In fact, research shows it takes an average of 66 days to build a new good habit.<p>From Oliver Burkeman's Help! How to be slightly happier and …

Which Of These Five Types Of Procrastinator Are You?

Here are five common types of procrastinator, and the best tactics to help them get unstuck.<p>If your desk gets tidier as your looming deadline gets closer, you’re probably familiar with the effects of procrastination. Putting off ‘til tomorrow what you can do today isn’t just a harmless act—a …

Procrastination

10 things men should do every day (according to science)

We all know the basics – exercise, eat vegetables, never look at booze or bacon, etc – but what else should we be doing every day for a better, healthier, happier life?<p>To paraphrase the slogan of a popular sugary treat, only science has the answer ...<p>1. Play computer games<p>Ever wanted a bigger …

50 thoughts that can motivate you to do anything

When you're thinking about implementing that new idea, or starting that new company or beginning that new regimen — this is the new year, after all — it's easy to talk yourself into procrastinating.<p>Or worse, avoiding your goal altogether.<p><b>Related: 5 Motivation Blocks Hurting Your Success, and How to</b> …

The simplest way to get — and stay — happy, according to psychologists

In other words, when was the last time you were truly happy?<p>It's an amazing, but often fleeting, feeling. And many of us don't get enough of it.<p>What's more, there's a common belief that if we seek out things like a better career, more money, and meaningful companionship, we'll be happier as a …

5 years of studying the wealthy taught me most people misunderstand what it's like to get rich

It gives the average Jane or Joe hope. Who can forget the publicity received by some of these overnight success stories?<p>• Justin Bieber in 2007, when his You Tube videos suddenly caught the attention of some powerful individuals in the music industry.<p>• Joe Namath in 1968, when he led the Jets in …

This Is the 1 Thing Ruining Your Relationship

Those of us who spend our lives helping people with their relationships talk a lot about behaviors. We encourage couples to say this instead of that …

Self-improvement

9 Realistic Ways To Stop Procrastinating And Stress Less

People procrastinate for different reasons, but the result is the same: stress. Here’s how to tackle all of the reasons you put things off.<p>Those expense reports you’ve been putting off for months? That power yoga class you never seem to make? Chances are, there are at least one or two projects on …

Procrastination

Zzzzzzzzz … 12 simple steps to a good night’s sleep

Insomnia affects up to one in three of us. So what can you do about it? From the ‘magic yawn’ to the 90-minute rule, psychologist Richard Wiseman offers 12 rules for the perfect rest<p>A few years ago, I carried out a large-scale survey examining the lifestyles of people who sleep well and wake up …

Sleep

10 Upgrades Under $1,000 That Increase Home Values

A few strategic fixes can add big value to your home.<p>A clean, well-maintained home in tiptop condition will yield maximum profit when it comes time …

Home Improvement

10 Questions That Will Make You More Successful

The most successful people know themselves well and are adept at thoughtfully answering these ten common--but incredibly helpful--questions<p>It's the New Year and a fresh start. Is one of your goals to be more successful?<p>Even if 2015 was awesome, there is always a desire to up the ante. Maybe you …

Self-improvement

50 Tax Deductions You Didn't Know About

From home renovation deductions to hobby expenses.<p>Tax deductions reduce your taxable income by accounting for expenses you’ve incurred. The IRS …

Personal Finance

The right way to end an email to a client

I’d gone through a few droughts as a freelancer, but this stretch was particularly dry. Each time I thought I had a client, they’d slip out of my …

12 Work Hacks To Keep You Sharp And Focused Throughout The Day

Demolish that to-do list.<p><i>This story is part of our monthlong “</i><i>Work Well</i><i>” initiative, which focuses on thriving in the workplace. You can find more stories from this project</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>Let's be honest: Concentrating on work for eight hours straight is downright impossible.<p>An office is packed with …

Want to Raise Happy and Successful Kids? Teach Them to Ask This Simple Question

It's not about what you want to "be"—it's about what you want to "do."<p>What do you want to be when you grow up?<p>Wait, don't answer that. It's a trick question. In fact, it might be the trickiest question there is, at least if you want to be happy. (Yet adults ask kids that all the time.)<p>Instead, it …

Self-improvement

How to Focus: 5 Research-Backed Secrets to Concentration

A question a lot of us are struggling with these days is “how to focus.” Concentration seems hard. Why does everyone joke about having ADD? There’s a …

Time Management

How to instantly connect with anyone

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that the ability to connect with others is a natural, unteachable trait that belongs to only a lucky few. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, this ability is under …

Body Language

8 Simple iPhone Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

The best tricks of 2015.<p>Whether your phone is about to die or your charger is frayed, this year's best iPhone hacks can solve all of your smartphone-related problems. Try these shortcuts as shared by Facebook users, tech experts, and more.

17 easy productivity hacks that will help you crush it in 2016

And it might not be as hard as it seems.<p>A few simple tweaks to your routine can make you far more productive — which will really help you crush it in 2016.<p>Here are 17 simple things you can start doing now (and throughout the year) to set yourself up for success:

Why working smarter means conserving your energy

In the last few years, I’ve tried all kinds of productivity tricks to work smarter. I’ve tried the “pomodoro” technique to work in 25-minute increments with breaks in between, blocking addictive social media sites through a desktop app and disabling my internet altogether. I thought that if I could …

Time Management

35 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

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Doing This for an Hour Each Day Can Make You More Successful

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

The 4 Most Common Relationship Problems — and How to Fix Them

Relationship problems. Everybody has them. And sometimes you have them over and over and over.<p>Most of the people giving advice don’t know the …

The 8 types of intelligence that influence how successful you are

We all know of successful businesses started by first-time entrepreneurs who dropped out of school, and according to many sources, "street smarts" (experience) tends to trump "book smarts" (intelligence) every time.<p>Another perspective is that there are in fact multiple types of intelligence, and we …

Organization experts help you clear the holiday clutter with 12 months of tips

It's Dec. 26 — do you know where your mojo is? If you lost it somewhere between Black Friday and the buffet table, you're not alone. Following weeks of seasonal celebration, the resulting disarray at home can make the room spin. It's a holiday hangover of sorts, but luckily, there's a cure. We …