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Critics’ Picks: The 20 Best Films of Cannes 2018

THR critics’ faves from the fest (below, in alphabetical order) included a tortured Polish romance, a Gaspar Noe shocker, a stunning Haruki Murakami …

Cannes Film Festival

2,300-year-old Chinese philosophy shows why we should all try to be a bit of mess

Recently, I started hanging out with a group of friends who seem intimidatingly on top of things. They respond to their emails—even non-urgent ones—politely and punctually, they freeze leftovers in neatly labeled Tupperware that they never forget about, and they sort their mail into orderly files, …


This Study Confirms How Important Forgiveness Is. Here's How To Do It

Forgiveness isn't always easy: If someone has hurt you, you may carry feelings of anger and bitterness for a long time. And forgiving <i>yourself</i> for …

Positive Thinking

You’ve heard of mindfulness, now meet its young cousin sophrology

A modern blend of yoga, Zen Buddhism, hypnosis and psychology, it’s huge on the continent and it’s on its way here<p>Mindfulness is the tried-and-tested tool of our times for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, addiction and more, but what if it’s not your thing? For those too twitchy to sit still and …


Why The Older You Get, The More You Hate Everyone (And Why That's OK)

Ad failed to load<p>You know how you're always talking about how you hate everyone? The thing is, the older you get, the more real this is.<p>True story: I …


Mental noise is hurting us: Why silence is the think tank of the soul

Upon meeting a Zen master at a social event, a psychiatrist decided to ask him a question that had been on his mind for a long time.<p>“Exactly how do …


What to read next? A summer book list like no other

So many books, so little time, and, worst of all, so little space. It is a privilege to write for The Washington Post every week, particularly given my eclectic — some would say eccentric — tastes. Yet for every title I review, there are a half dozen I would like to cover and cannot. I am allocated …


Why Being Kind to Yourself is the First Step Toward Personal Growth | Heleo

“Self-compassion actually makes you more motivated and more resilient to setbacks.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>Why self-care is anything but selfish</i>• <i><br>Why</i> …


30 Summer Books To Get Excited About

Any book is a beach read if you read it on a beach.


If You Want To Master Your Life, Learn To Organize Your Feelings

People who are controlled by their emotions typically have something in common: they tend to only do what feels most comfortable. In other words, their emotions are organized into “feels good” and “feels bad,” not “feels good” or “does good.”<p>Processing trauma doesn’t feel good but it does good. …


The Five Hurdles to Happiness: And the Mindful Path to Overcoming Them

Overview<p>The Five Hurdles to Happiness: And the Mindful Path to Overcoming Them by Mitch Abblett<p><b>A practical approach to becoming aware of the "five</b> …


Could These Be the Three Keys to Happiness?

<i>Thomas Fiffer looks no further than his wall for three keys to staying happy.</i>___Words hold tremendous power, the power to alter our world.Like most …


14 YouTube Channels You Need To Know If You Want To Work Out For Free

Everything you need if you want to get fit but don't want to spend money, leave your house, or put on a sports bra.


Top six books of new Indian fiction for children

From mythology to grandma tales, here are our top six picks of new Indian fiction for children<p><b><br>Cousins Ayush, Aryan and Arjun Asher enjoy some quiet</b> …


37 Fantastic Books You Should Definitely Reread At Least Once In Your Life

Save this list for when you don't know what to read next!<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>


Fantastic Fables: The 10 Best Magical Realism Novels of All Time

<b>* Magical Realism novels from classics to contemporaries</b> <b><br>* Modern myths and surrealist romances</b> <b><br>* Masterpieces of the genre from around the …


The 24 Most Popular Book Club Picks This Month, According To Goodreads

If you've ever been in a book club and been tasked with <i>picking the next month's book,</i> then you already know: It's a high stress, big stakes …


Bad habits you must immediately break to improve your life in the next 100 days

Habits define us. And nothing sabotages your creativity and productive life quite like bad habits. In the words of <b>Samuel Johnson</b> “The chains of habit …


16 book recommendations for when you have absolutely no clue what you want to read

There's a funny thing that happens when you tell someone you write about books. Almost always, they immediately ask, "Do you have any book …


100 classic books all secondary pupils should read: the DfE's definitive list

Erica Wagner, author and literary critic, has read 50. Mick Connell, director of the National Association for the Teaching of English has read 34. …


Top 50 Books That Make You Happy

<b>Need A Lift? Here Are 50 Books That Make You Happy</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>Need some positive thinking? How about some books that make you happy?<p>While the …


This is how to sleep better: 5 secrets from neuroscience

I’ll bet you’re not getting enough sleep. Honestly, I’m kind of cheating — it’s a pretty safe bet.<p>Two-thirds of adults throughout all developed …

Immune System

Forget Smartphone Addiction. Here's What Experts Are Really Worried About

Our phones are not the problem when it comes to gadget addiction. It's this.<p>It's not the smartphone in your hand. It's not the tablet or the laptop. Reports about shiny objects captivating us all day miss the mark by a long shot. Apple is not to blame for making a useful phone, and Google is not to …

Social Media

The Fifth Precept

In the ´70s, when we wandered up the hill to Kopan Monastery in Nepal in various states of drug- and alcohol-induced intoxication, we would ask Lama …

7 Life-Altering Books by Latino Authors Everyone Should Read This Year

Confession: I didn't read a novel by Nobel Prize–winning author Gabriel García Márquez until I was 25. Despite being an English major in college, I …


21 books you need to read this spring

Spring is here and that can only mean one thing: time to shake yourself out of hibernation and bust out that spring reading.<p>But with so many great …


Use This Checklist to Accomplish Your Life Goals

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a weekend in L.A. with my friend and business mentor, Melyssa Griffin—a fab entrepreneur and creator of the Pursuit …


34 Writing Contests in April 2018 — No entry fees

34 Writing Contests in April 2018 — No entry fees<p>There are nearly three dozen free writing contests in April. As always, every form and genre is …

Creative Writing

Shikantaza is Understanding Emptiness

What is shikantaza? Suzuki Roshi, the great Zen teacher, says that it is the experience of receiving a "letter from emptiness"The post Shikantaza is …