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Reckless dolphin totally body-slams unsuspecting paddleboarder

You never realize just how large dolphins are till one of them body-slams you.<p>Andrew Hill, an Australian paddleboarder, came face-to-face (er, …

10 unmistakable habits of irresistible people

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few — the good …

Emotional Intelligence

30 Movies from the Past 10 Years Everyone Should Watch at Least Once

Movie night, here we come.<p>If you’re looking for great movies, look no further. I’ve compiled a list of fantastic films from the past ten …

The two mental shifts highly successful people make

<b>“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”</b> — Max Planck, German quantum theorist and Nobel Prize winner<p>There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second.<p>Both of these …

Self-improvement

11 Things You Won't Understand About Happiness Until You Are Happy

How many times have we heard this? Happiness is a choice.<p>It was something I didn't quite understand until I got my heart broken a few years ago and did some major soul-searching. As challenging of a time that was for me, I came out a different person. A better person. It helped to wake me up, and …

E.B. White’s Beautiful Letter to a Man Who Had Lost Faith in Humanity

In 1973, more than two decades after a young woman wrote to Albert Einstein with a similar concern, one man sent a distressed letter to <b>E.B. White</b> (July 11, 1899–October 1, 1985), lamenting that he had lost faith in humanity. The beloved author, who was not only a masterful letter-writer but also a …

Parenting to Boost Executive Function

I've often marveled at how some adults who had the most horrific childhoods are so resilient and successful while others continue to suffer as adults. Likewise, affluent and relatively uneventful childhoods do not reliably predict later happiness in life. Research demonstrates that while some …

Aldous Huxley on Drugs, Democracy, and Religion

In 1958, five years after his transcendent experience induced by taking four-tenths of a gram of mescalin, <b>Aldous Huxley</b> (July, 26 1894–November 22, 1963) — legendary author of <i>Brave New World</i>, lesser-known but no less compelling writer of children’s books, modern prophet — penned an essay titled</b> …

5 Useful Google Scripts to Automate Your Gmail

Gmail, by itself, is already a very powerful email client. With the help of filter, you can even set up automation to better organize your inbox. …

Joshua Foer on Deliberate Practice

Advice to Little Girls: Young Mark Twain’s Little-Known, Lovely 1865 Children’s Book

In the summer of 2011, I chanced upon a lovely Italian edition of a little-known, playful short story young Mark Twain had written in 1865 at age of 30, with Victorian-scrapbook-inspired artwork by celebrated Russian-born children’s book illustrator Vladimir Radunsky, mischievously encouraging …

6 Ways Agile Results is Better than GTD

Here’s a short, fun article about why I prefer JD Meier’s <i>Agile Results</i> as a foundational productivity system more than <i>Getting Things Done</i> (GTD).<p>Not …

Cloud Based LEGO Calendar

Posted in Living<p>The UK design team at Vitamins created an interactive LEGO calendar that will automatically sync with Google Calendar or iCal by …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

How to Hone Your Creative Routine and Master the Pace of Productivity

We seem to have a strange but all too human cultural fixation on the daily routines and daily rituals of famous creators, from Vonnegut to Burroughs to Darwin — as if a glimpse of their day-to-day would somehow magically infuse ours with equal potency, or replicating it would allow us to replicate …

Illustrated Flowcharts to Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions

From ever-inventive designer Stefan G. Bucher of <i>You Deserve a Medal</i> and Daily Monster fame comes <b>344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment</b> — a delightful pocket-sized compendium of flowcharts and lists illustrated in Bucher’s …

Uncommon Genius: Stephen Jay Gould on Why Dot-Connecting Is the Key to Creativity

<i>“Originality often consists in linking up ideas whose connection was not previously suspected,”</i> wrote W. I. B. Beveridge in the fantastic 1957 tome <i>The Art of Scientific Investigation</i>. <i>“The role of the imagination is to create new meanings and to discover connections that, even if obvious, seem to</i> …

Paul Rand on The Role of the Imagination

Paul Rand (1914-1996) — design legend, professional curmudgeon, uncompromising businessman. He is best remembered as the author of <i>Thoughts on Design</i> (1947), one of the most important design books of all time, but nearly half a century later, he produced another indispensable tome: <b>From Lascaux to</b> …

7 Essential Books on Music, Emotion, and the Brain

Last year, Horizon’s fascinating documentary on how music works was one of our most-liked pickings of 2010. But perhaps even more fascinating than the subject of how music works is the question of why it makes us feel the way it does. Today, we try to answer it with seven essential books that …