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9 things to master before you turn 50

Approaching midlife can be scary.<p>One thing that makes it scarier is feeling like you haven't accomplished all the life stuff you set out to in your teens or 20s. We're not talking about climbing Kilimanjaro (though that certainly would be cool) — we're talking about becoming the happiest, …

Middle Age

4 ways to make small talk without seeming awkward or boring

Whether you're new at the office, solo at a party, or stuck waiting somewhere like an airline gate, you may grow more and more self-conscious the more time passes without starting up a conversation with others nearby.<p>How great does it feel, though, when some preternaturally gifted conversationalist …

Self-awareness

A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

The problem isn’t your social skills<p>It is rarely helpful to tell a shy person to “just be yourself!” Riffing on that frustrating exchange, clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen has written a book that she hopes will answer the question the anxious person usually asks in return: How?<p>Hendriksen …

The Death of DSLRs is Near

Two decades ago, DSLRs were introduced to replace film cameras. With only a few megapixels, very short battery life, and an overall low quality, it …

Cameras

6 healthy ways to find your next date—no swiping required

As a professional single who suffers from serious dating-app fatigue, I’m sometimes at a loss for ways to meet my future (potential) baby daddy. …

Remove Distracting Elements from Photos with These 3 Simple Photoshop Tricks (VIDEO)

A telephone pole emanating from a subject’s head is the classic example of a distracting element ruining an otherwise fine photo. But there are …

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

You might still be single because of something called the 'paradox of choice' — here's what it means

If you're single, don't worry. Science has shown it's actually better for you in a number of ways.<p>But if you find yourself crying over the fact nobody wants to be in a relationship with you, there's a psychological reason that might help explain why — provided you have a healthy attachment style …

Relationships

Adam Rippon's One Technique For Staying Calm Under Pressure

For Adam Rippon, it all comes down to one strategy.<p>In addition to being a brilliant Olympic figure skater and a burgeoning Twitter commentator, <b>Adam Rippon</b> would make a pretty good life coach. He's used his global platform to address gay rights and body image issues, and, when we spoke to him just …

Adam Rippon

Hospital Honchos Hone New Message In Wake Of Opioid Epidemic: Expect Pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they …

Improving Ourselves to Death

What the self-help gurus and their critics reveal about our times.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Happy New Year, you! Now that the champagne has gone flat and the Christmas tree is off to be mulched, it’s time to turn your thoughts …

How to Use a DSLR Camera Infographic

When you use a DSLR camera for the first time, it’s natural to be intimated by the sheer number of buttons and options. The manual might seem too …

Japan's vending machines tell you a lot about the country's culture

After spending two weeks in Tokyo, one aspect of the city continued to strike me after I returned: the overwhelming abundance of vending machines.<p>The proliferation of vending machines is impossible to ignore. They are on nearly every block in Tokyo — down alleyways, in front of convenience stores, …

Japan

10 things you need to do in order to quit your job and travel the world, according to people who have done it

Psssst — hey, you. Yeah, you. The one discreetly clicking on this article at work while your boss sits inches away. We know your secret: You're itching to drop everything and book a one-way ticket across the world.<p>We're not judging. In fact, we support you. At Travel + Leisure, we talk to people …

11 ways to lift your mood in 2018

Positive psychology specialist Florence Servan-Schreiber suggests a series of actions that can help foster happiness thanks to their scientifically …

Wellness

Here's how to stop procrastinating and finally get work done

Mark Manson, the author of 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck", reveals how anyone can stop procrastinating to finally get some work done. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Mark</b> <b>Manson:</b> So there's two ways to approach procrastination like ending procrastination or ending distraction. One is, …

The modern-day version of a thousand-year-old philosophy can help anyone be more confident

Ever feel like you're not good enough? Something bad happens and your brain plays a YouTube highlight reel of every mistake you've ever made. Your confidence crashes and your self-esteem flatlines.<p>You're not alone. People have been feeling like this as long as there have been people. It's an old …

Five things that will make you much happier

There’s enough advice on <i>happiness</i> floating around out there to make your head spin. Yet, this is understandable, as everyone is different. What makes …

Happiness

The best books of 2017, if you combine 21 “best books of 2017” lists

Best-books-of-the-year lists are a way for editors to promote the books they loved the most, but it’s easy to forget such lists are subjective. One way to get a view of what the industry thinks as a whole is to look at the lists in aggregate. That’s why we combined 21 of 2017’s best-books roundups …

Books

A bucket list will make you miserable — here's why you should try a reverse bucket list instead

Bucket lists are productivity 101. You need to keep a running tally of your dreams, the standard thinking goes, to remind you of what you want in life and to turn up the pressure on yourself to actually make these dreams happen.<p>Yet as ubiquitous as this advice is, how many of us have joyfully …

Happiness

The No.1 factor in happiness isn't wealth or popularity — but too many people overlook it at every turn

And no, it's not binge-watching Netflix either.<p>It's autonomy, the feeling that your life's activities and habits are self-chosen and self-endorsed. And when we have autonomy in our life, when we have the mentally exhilarating power of choice, we must spend it wisely.<p>But far too many counter the …

The purpose of life isn’t to be happy—it’s to be fulfilled

The term “happy” was traditionally synonymous with good fortune.<p>It found its way into the English language around the 14th century, and it wasn’t something that people actively pursued. It was thought that you either stumbled onto it or you didn’t. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the word …

Happiness

The Difference Between Lens Focal Lengths

You may notice camera lenses are described by one or two numbers, most often in millimetres, like 14mm or 18-55mm. As a new photographer, you may …

How winning the lottery affects happiness, according to psychology research

You know what sounds pretty great? Finding out that you've won the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot.<p>That's surely how Mavis L. Wanczyk felt after winning the single largest lottery haul ever on August 23 (three winners split up the only jackpot that's ever been larger).<p>The lump sum minus taxes …

15 common social quirks that make you less likable

All it takes is nixing some of your less-than-desirable social quirks.<p>With the help of some Quora users and social psychology research, we were able to identify 14 social behaviors that could make you less likable.<p>You'd be well-advised to avoid these:

Self-help

How to Edit Your Photos to Look Professional

No matter how good you think your photographs might be right out of the camera or smartphone, they can almost always be improved through even a few …

Tutorials

9 self-help books that will change your life

Are you a self-help junkie and looking to expand your library? Or, are you just dipping your toes into the world of self-help books? Either way, you’ve come to the right spot! We’ve rounded up the best self-help books and what they each have to offer you.<p><i>TODAY has affiliate relationships, so we may</i> …

What Happened When I Went Off My Antidepressants

Many times, whether you really need it or not, taking medication can feel like giving in to a weakness.<p>According to the results of a recently published study, despite an increase in antidepressant prescriptions, treatment is rarely made available to those who need it the most. It goes on to reveal …

So many in the West are depressed because they're expected not to be

Depression is listed as the leading cause of disability worldwide, a standing to which it has progressed steadily over the past 20 years. Yet …