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11 classes taught by best-selling writers and authors that will improve your writing skills

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery is one of the bestselling writing courses on Udemy. Shutterstock Good writing skills can …

Creative Writing

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Madeleine L’Engle’s Christianity was vital to A Wrinkle in Time

The new Disney movie has excised L’Engle’s faith.<p>This week, an adaptation of one of the most banned children’s books of all time, Madeleine L’Engle’s <i>A</i> <i>Wrinkle in Time,</i> will hit movie theaters nationwide. The story follows Meg Murry, a moody but brilliant young girl who travels to another planet …

Books

15 Genius Apps Anyone With Anxiety Needs To Download

Whether you have an anxiety disorder, or simply feel worried sometimes, there are apps that can help with anxiety, and get you through your day. …

Apps

31 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Setting Next Year's Goals | Inc.com

Have you ever done a copy-and-paste of your goals from the previous year because you didn't accomplish any of them? I have. I've also fallen into the lazy trap of making my goals in line with everyone else's -- to weigh less, spend less, earn more.<p>The new year is an opportunity. Many of us use the …

Self-improvement

Ask Yourself These Seven Questions Before Setting 2018 Goals

The end of December is a great time to step back to reflect on the year before the frenzy of a new year starts again. One of the activities I cherish the most (and recommend to my executive coaching clients) is to do a personal year-end review.<p>Doing a personal review is critical before you set new …

Happiness

How do you strengthen hip flexors?

People who sit for extended periods of time are at a high risk of developing tight hip flexors. When hip flexors are tight, a person may experience …

Yoga

More and more, it’s clear these platforms create divisions, exploit our insecurities and risk our health. They’re as bad as the tobacco industry<p>I used to think social media was essentially a force for good, whether it was to initiate the Arab spring of 2011, or simply as a useful tool for bringing …

Social Media

Why Liberals Aren’t as Tolerant as They Think

The political left might consider itself more open-minded than the right. But research shows that liberals are just as prejudiced against conservatives as conservatives are against liberals.<p>In March, students at Middlebury College disrupted a lecture by the conservative political scientist Charles …

Religion

Can We Please Talk About Death?

My Mum died. I didn't lose her - she was in the lounge. She didn't pass anything, death isn't an exam and what does 'pass away' even mean?! She …

'13 Reasons Why' Is Not the Force for Mental Health Awareness People Say It Is

The buzzy new Netflix show <i>13 Reasons Why</i> is the streaming site's most popular show on social media (research firm Fizziology told Refinery29 that it …

How Social Isolation Is Killing Us

My patient and I both knew he was dying.<p>Not the long kind of dying that stretches on for months or years. He would die today. Maybe tomorrow. And if not tomorrow, the next day. Was there someone I should call? Someone he wanted to see?<p>Not a one, he told me. No immediate family. No close friends. He …

Psychology

27 Incredible Travel Products You Didn't Know You Needed

How to pack, fly, and explore like a PRO.

What Are Your Happiness Strengths And Weaknesses?

<i>Tchiki Davis</i><p>Happiness is something nearly everyone wants more of. Perhaps we don't feel it often enough or strongly enough, or it seems to slip through our fingers far too easily.<p>Many happiness seekers have read dozens of articles, yet they don't feel much closer to creating the happiness they …

This popular painkiller also kills kindness

If your job, or simply your state of mind, depends on feeling empathy for others, you might want to reconsider reaching for the Tylenol the next time you have a headache.<p>In research published online in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, scientists from the National Institutes …

Acetaminophen

14 Stress Management Apps to Relax Your Mind & Body

Self-help can be your biggest asset. Check out these apps to help you manage your stress and anxiety on a daily basis.

Is Your Congregation a Clergy Killer? How Churchgoers Matter to Mental Health of Pastors

Be nice to your pastors.<p>Their mental health may depend on it.<p>Clergy who serve flocks that support them in their times of need and let their pastors know how much they mean to them are much more likely to be satisfied in their ministry and have a higher quality of life, according to a new …

The Best Mindfulness Exercise Most People Don’t Know

“Live in the moment,” “one moment at a time,” “just breathe,” “look within,” “be in the here-and-now,” “face your problems head-on.” Who’s not …

This glorious NYC storm photo has been compared to an impressionist painting

Photographer Michele Palazzo woke up extra early to capture this stunning image of the Flatiron building in New York during Storm Jonas<p>As Storm Jonas battered the US east coast with heavy snow and high winds, one plucky photographer went out in search of the perfect photo.<p>Michele Palazzo’s …

Children brought up by both parents far less likely to suffer mental ill-health

Major research finds children brought up by single parents or step-families are far more likely to suffer from conduct disorders and hyperactivity<p>Children brought up by single parents and in step families are three times as likely to suffer from mental health problems, a major study has …

Mental Health

Depression Intensifies Anger in Veterans with PTSD

Diagnosis with one or both disorders should trigger anger-focused therapies, study says

Her Facebook life looked perfect. Madison Holleran suicide highlights how social media masks mental illness

Madison Holleran was the picture of a healthy, successful student. The photos she posted to her Facebook and Instagram accounts portrayed the …

The best microwave mug cake recipes to make in minutes

Many of us have succumbed to the lure of the mid-afternoon microwave cake. There is something satisfyingly indulgent about piling spoonfuls of sugar and flour into a mug, then watching a steaming, sweet-smelling perfectly risen cup come out of the microwave five minutes later.<p>These recipes, from …

New Study Links Facebook To Depression: But Now We Actually Understand Why.

The irony of Facebook is by now known to most. The “social” network has been linked to a surprising number of undesirable mental health consequences: Depression, low self-esteem, and bitter jealousy among them. Now, a new study in the <i>Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology</i> finds that not only do …

Social Media

14 Amazing Apps For Anyone Living With Anxiety

Many for free! (Note: These apps are not substitutes for professional treatment.)

Preemies more likely to develop anxiety, depression, ADHD: study

Preemies are more likely to develop psychiatric problems such as anxiety, depression and attentive-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says new …

Lebanon's religious courts are failing women, HRW says | Reuters

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women trying to escape domestic abuse and unhappy marriages face systematic discrimination in Lebanon’s religious courts, Human Rights Watch said on Monday, as it urged the Middle Eastern country to reform its judicial system.<p>Women’s rights are violated across …

After Aurora Shooting, A 'New Way Of Responding' To Mental Crises

It's been two and a half years since the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting in which James Holmes allegedly killed 12 people at a screening of <i>The Dark Knight Rises</i>.<p>Jury selection for the 2012 incident is scheduled to start Tuesday. One of the reasons why it took so long to get to court was the battle …

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham jail” remains relevant today

<i>King’s famous 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” published in The Atlantic as “The Negro Is Your Brother,” was written in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South. It stands as one of the classic documents of the civil-rights</i> …

Black History

Schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder have more in common than previously thought

The genes that increase a person's risk of developing psychiatric illnesses work together in the body, geneticists say<p>Schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder have more in common than previously thought. Not only are they linked through shared genes, the genetic mutations associated with …