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Have you ever been distracted while driving and then suddenly arrived at your destination, wondering how you even got there? Too often, we go through life on autopilot like this, only to realize later that we've lost sight of our passions and goals along the way. Life doesn't have to pass you by, …

Self-awareness

10 Science-Backed Ways to Become a Happier Person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today.<p>Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier.<p>Thanks to the …

Happiness

California's drought is 'a harbinger of the coming global water crisis'

Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch think it's going to get a lot worse.<p><b>"We view the unprecedented drought in California as a harbinger of the coming global water crisis,"</b> BAML strategists wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday.<p>"By 2050E, 45% of projected GDP is at risk, with as many as 50 …

Water

Drink Up: The Greatest Bars in the World

What makes a bar truly great? We tapped mixologists, bartenders, cocktail kingpins, and professional drinkers to find out—and their picks include upscale drinking dens and gritty dive bars, places with world-class cocktail menus or a vibe that just keeps you coming back every Thursday. Read on for …

San Francisco

The 25 Absolute Best Money-Saving Travel Tips Ever

Want the best prices on flights, hotel rooms, cruises, and rental cars? Free upgrades? The fastest way through airport security? The smartest way to …

'Law & Order' director Alexander arrested on child pornography charges

Television director Jason "Jace" Alexander has been arrested on child pornography charges for allegedly promoting a video showing a girl stripping and masturbating, the Westchester County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday.<p>Alexander, 51, of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. the only son of actress Jane …

Crime

The 5 Most Surprising Stocks of 2015 (so Far)

5 Big Winners, data by YCharts.<p>The stock market is having a quiet year in 2015. The famed <b>S&P 500</b> index is up a meager 2.3% since the New Year, and the<b>Dow Jones Industrials</b> index has <i>lost</i> 0.4%.<p>But there are always exceptions to the rule. We asked a panel of Motley Fool contributors to outline the …

India Will Become the World's Most Populous Country by 2022, the U.N. Says

India is on track to become the world’s most populous nation in less than a decade — or six years earlier than previously thought, according to the …

New Delhi