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Meet The French Author Who Has Happiness Figured Out

For decades, the French have ranked among the world's most pessimistic people, so it's fitting -- in a life-is-a-farce-and maybe-also-merde kind of way -- that a Frenchman should write a provocative, possibly even helpful, book about happiness. Frederic Lenoir's <i>Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide</i> was …

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Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working …

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These Frogs Go Bonkers Over An iPhone Video Of Worms

We all spend a fair amount of time staring at our smartphone screens, but these frogs might have us beat.<p>In the video above, a small army of frogs-turned-couch-potatoes watch enrapt as a video of worms plays on the screen of an iPhone placed in the dirt. A few of the frogs even take a leap at the …

19 Books Billionaire Charlie Munger Thinks Everyone Should Read

Harris is a great detective and systematically works her way though the currently popular explanations, such as birth order, and explains why none of these solve the mystery of human individuality.<p>Ryan takes the view that cooperation, not competition, is a factor in natural selection. The …

7 Famous Quotes You Definitely Didn't Know Were From Women

“Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,” said Thomas Edison.<p>The quote immaculately and succinctly captures the ingredients to success, and appears to be – at least to those who still believe he invented the light bulb – classic Edison: genius.<p>Except for one minor …

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

Once upon a time, a summer spent scooping ice cream could pay for a year of college. Today, the average student's annual tuition is equivalent to 991 hours behind the counter.<p>A lot of Internet ink has been spilled over how lazy and entitled Millennials are, but when it comes to paying for a college …

12 Habits Of Productive People

Wish you wasted less time and got more done? Welcome to the club.<p>So why is it, then, when we mean well and are focused on the task at hand, we can still manage to get bogged down by things like emails and weekly reports?<p>The key to being productive is knowing your priorities, notes Robert Pozen, a …

What Applying to Charter Schools Showed Me About Inequality

Charters are not a comprehensive solution to public education's problems.<p>By the time we arrived—five minutes late—the school’s basement was packed. As I turned my eyes to the lectern, I wondered at the speed of childhood. My son turns three this summer, and yet, here we were, jammed into this …

Here, Let Puppets Teach You All About Restaurant Etiquette, Because Manners Matter

Going to a restaurant can be lots of fun, but "eating out is a social experience -- this means you'll be interacting with other people."<p>Luckily, the puppets of Glove and Boots are here to teach you how to talk to those people, and how to perfect your etiquette to optimize your restaurant-going …

35 countries where the U.S. has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists

<b>Soldiers stand guard next to bags of marijuana being displayed to the media at a military base on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico. (Reuters/Tomas Bravo)</b><p>As the situation in Ukraine continues to fester, a handy history guide — from A (Argentina) to Z (Zaire)<p>Nicolas J.S. Davies<p>March 8, 2014 3:00pm …

The Six Rules of Personal Success

Of all human abilities, one stands out, the ability to see the <i>Big Picture</i>, the things that are important in life, and not to be distracted by small, trivial, and irrelevant things; the intelligence to separate the message from the background noise.<p>‘The Big Picture’ is about the grand goals; the big …

Woman Arrested For Not Returning Movie Rented In 2005

The first thing we thought of when we heard this news was the <i>Seinfeld</i> episode known as "The Library" — the one where Jerry's tracked down by Lt. Bookman after 20 years for not returning a copy of <i>Tropic of Cancer</i>.<p>But this isn't a plot from a TV sitcom. This apparently really did happen last week in …

Chomsky: Putting the Eco Back in Economy

The prefix "eco" connotes the natural system. Ecology is defined as the study of the relationships between living things and the resources they need for survival. The suffix, "-nomy," means distribution, arrangement, and management. It follows that <b>eco</b>nomy is broadly defined as the management of …

How to Find Your Calling: 7 Beliefs to Change Right Now

Looking to find your life's work? The elusive bliss that pays the bills? Or aching to launch that floundering dream into an industry or empire? As a leading career coach for the last 20 years, I'll tell you that it's only one belief that stands in the way of everything you want.<p>I don't know what …

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: How to Meditate: 18 Tips to Successful Sitting Practice

In order to lead a more enlightened life, it is important, first of all, to understand how the human mind works. We are often unknowing prisoners of our minds, swept away by whatever thought we may be having at the time. We give our thoughts too much power.<p>In order to lead a more enlightened life, …

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20 Ways to Find Your Calling

Not sure what to be when you grow up (whenever that is)? Fret no more.<br>We can figure this out together. Let’s get started.<p><b>1. Ignore the future, deal with the present.</b> <br>The question, “What should I be when I grow up?” is wrong. Ask instead, “What is next today?” People become fat one bite at a time, …

Networking? The Art of Conversation

If I could come up with a better, less annoying word for networking, I would.<p>It would surely make me rich and famous.<p>Networking -- what a terrible word. I feel your pain.<p>And yet every move you make in your career is because of a network - a conversation- a connection.<p>A conversation serves as a …

This a Cappella Version of Lorde's "Royals" Gives Us Chills

If <i>Pitch Perfect</i>'s Barden Bellas really existed, we're sure Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and the gang would be scheming up strategies on how to beat the Florida State University AcaBelles in a sing-off. This real-life a cappella girl group is fierce—and their gorgeous rendition of Lorde's catchy …

There Really Are Two Americas: Republistan and Democravia

One reason for the stark divisions in Washington is that lawmakers represent two starkly different populations—with huge differences in wealth, color, and more.<p>If you've watched the high-profile legislative fights of the last few years and found yourself thinking the two parties in the House of …

How To Ace The 50 Most Common Interview Questions

I recently laid out the year’s most oddball interview questions. The Glassdoor list included queries from companies like Google, Bain & Co., and Amazon, which are notorious for their perplexing and unusual job interview questions.<p>In 2012, the search giant asked a candidate, “How many cows are in …

How to Travel the World for Free

We know, we know. You can't actually travel the world without paying for something along the way. But we've got a few ideas to help cut down on costs and ensure you'll have a more authentic adventure.<p><i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>We know, we know. You …

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The Buddha, Science, and Religion

"This is the supreme thing in Buddhism; this law of nature is the Buddhist God. The law of nature is an impersonal God. Because Buddhism, in fact has a God, it is a religion." -- Buddhadasa Bhikkhu<p>The Buddha was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, raised in the lap of luxury and well into his …

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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

Study: What You Would Be Doing If You Spent Less Time Online

More time online means less time socializing, studying, and sleeping.<p>Most of us have heard our parents or grandparents complain that the digital age has corrupted the youth and taken them away from doing “better things.” Whether or not this is an accurate assessment, no one had ever really figured …

The ant and grasshopper go to school: Column

An effective educator must embrace different personality types in each student.<p>Some fables have more than one moral. Remember Aesop's tale of the ant and the grasshopper?<p>No fairy-tale ending to that one. The grasshopper lives in the moment until he is starving, while the hardworking ant thrives. …

How Northwestern Shuttles Journalism Students into Unpaid Internships

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Northwestern University's journalism school boasts of its prowess in preparing students for …

The Question You Wish You'd Asked Yourself At Age 20

MJ Gottlieb’s book, <i>How to Ruin A Business Without Really Trying</i>, is an interesting read that will have you laughing and learning.<p>MJ is the co-founder of a business called N2ITIV (pronounced “Intuitive” – clever). He’s a consummate entrepreneur who believes in the concept of “failing up” in …