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The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

5 Amazing Adventures For Your Southeast Asia Bucket List

Southeast Asia is an adventure traveler's dream destination. You can eat like a king for a few bucks, explore unbelievable landscapes, and see remnants of some of the planet's most ancient civilizations. Check out our list of 5 Must-Do Adventures in Southeast Asia and book your flight today!<p>1. Hike …

South-east Asia

The Power of Keeping Calm

The stump outside my house was the perfect place for chopping up earthworms. At least two feet in diameter, there was enough room across its ringed surface for me to sit and slice at the same time.<p>Despite what one might think, I was and am a non-violent person. But as a child, I believed that worm …

How Laughter Improves Our Health And Boosts Happiness

Even a forced laugh can have a profound effect on our health.<p>Laughter is in many ways our universal language. Humans love to laugh, and it's good that we do: Laughing can reduce stress, boost our mood, improve our immune system and relieve pain.<p>Jeannette Sanger, a laughter yoga instructor from New …

No Talking, No Reading, No Writing, No Media: How 7 Days of Silence Can Change Everything

I just finished my first seven-day silent retreat. That means I didn't speak for seven days. Can you imagine? Not a word. It was difficult, for sure, but I was not alone. There were over 40 other people there, too, spending the week in complete silence.<p>The retreat was at the pristinely beautiful …

Meditation

Are You Good "Leader" Material?

One of my Elite Program clients was recently offered her dream job. (Yay!)<p>She will be managing a big team of people located all over the country. She has never managed a team of this magnitude, and her biggest fear is whether or not she will be a good leader to this team and make a positive …

Warren Buffett's Grandson Is Out To Prove 'Commerce Can Have A Conscience'

"It's just not enough to only be 'less bad,' but it is essential to be 'actively good.'"<p>Can a company pursue profits and social good at the same time?<p>Absolutely.<p>Just ask Howard W. Buffett (grandson of Berkshire Hathaway founder Warren Buffett) and Trevor Neilson, who together have co-founded i(x) …

Investing

10 Super Chic Holiday Party Ideas You'll Wish You Thought Of First

Be prepared. It's party season. 🎉<p>Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means it's time to shift into holiday high gear. Whether you're playing host or simply showing up and lookin' pretty, dive into a DIY to celebrate the season of friends, family and, most importantly, food.<p>With the help of …

Michigan Governor Can't Name One Problem With Refugee Screening

But he still thinks the U.S. should stop admitting Syrians for now.<p>Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) was so concerned with gaps in the refugee-screening process earlier this week that he announced vulnerable Syrians would no longer be allowed to resettle in his state.<p>But when he was asked on NPR …

Infographics: Growth of Sharing in the Collaborative Economy

Participation in the Collaborative Economy has grown by 25 percent in the past year alone. That's one of the key findings we shared in <i>The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy</i>, a Vision Critical report I co-authored with tech strategist Alexandra Samuel.<p>As the infographics below shows, more than …

29 'Toy Story' Secrets That Will Toy With Your Head

Uh, what happened to Andy's dad?!<p>Ever since its release in November 1995, "Toy Story" has remained a family classic and one of Pixar's most successful creations. In honor of the iconic movie's 20-year anniversary, here are some fun facts and fan theories that will be sure to blow your mind.<p><b>1.</b> The …

Toy Story

NYC Is Completely Unaffordable, But New Yorkers Are In Denial

Two-thirds of residents say they live in the "greatest city in the world," yet many of those people are barely getting by.<p>Here’s more evidence that New York City is unaffordable for most people -- but that they'll probably keep living there anyway.<p>Just over half of New Yorkers are either “just …

Best Trips 2016

TravelBest Of<p>National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. Whether it’s Botswana's Okavango Delta or Brazil's beaches, these 20 go-now destinations will get you packing.

Travel Photography

5 Awesome Milkshake Recipes You Wish You Thought of Sooner

Finals are coming and that means one thing: stress eating. Make sure you're fully prepared for a hell of a week of snacking with one of these bad boys. I promise they'll help relieve the finals stress and get you through that last week.<p><b>S'mores Milkshake</b><p><b>Prep Time:</b> 2 minutes<p><b>Cook Time:</b> 1 minute<p><b>Total</b> …

13 Things I Wish I Knew In My Early 20s

Early 20s. Mid 20s. Late 20s. It's crazy how much a person can change in a span of 10 years and not even by force. It happens so fast. It feels like yesterday I was 23 and complaining that everyone at the bar looked like they were 21. Now, I'm almost 27 complaining that I want to look 21 again. I …

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Jane Goodall, Julia Child, Pablo Neruda, Marie Curie, E.E. Cummings, Albert Einstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Frida Kahlo, and more.<p>Margaret Mead extolled the value of “spiritual and mental ancestors” in how we form our identity — those people to whom we aren’t related but whose …

Literature

GOLDMAN: Here's how the Fed could make its exit from easy monetary policy

The March FOMC statement and "dot plot" were more dovish than the market expected. The probability of a September hike looks much higher than a June hike, with a risk that the first hike could be pushed even later. Despite this week's events, the Fed is busily planning how it will lift off from the …

Economics

U.S. multinationals set to face much more pain from strong dollar

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The surging value of the U.S. dollar may be posing the biggest threat to U.S. corporate earnings since the 2008 financial crisis, hurting results at most U.S.-based multinationals. Some on Wall Street are even talking about an earnings recession.<p>The dollar's gain of 22 percent …

Markets

Content Nausea: The Lifestyle Choice You Didn't Know You Were Suffering From

<b>"Content nausea, World War Four / Seems like it all came too soon ... "</b><p>If you're feeling an increasing sense of anxiety that you may be streaming your life away, you very well could be experiencing "content nausea" -- a term that stems from a 2014 song and album by the band Parkay Quarts.<p>Although …

51 of the Best Breakfast Recipes Ever

Waking up is never easy, but breakfast food makes the prospect a whole lot sunnier.<p>Put some coffee on and get cookin'.<p><b>Monkey-Bread Danish</b><p>Danish meets monkey bread. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Red Velvet Pancakes</b><p>Sexiest breakfast ever. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Onion & Arugula Frittata</b><p>Served straight out of the pan. <b>Get the</b> …

Breakfast

Global currency wars are threatening a Lehman-style crisis

But why is the dollar so buoyant and the euro spiralling downward? And should you lock in the strong pound by buying your summer holiday money now?<p>You may, quite reasonably, think that economic fundamentals, such as GDP growth and cross-border trade flows, still drive exchange rates.<p>Unfortunately, …

European Central Bank

19 Daily Struggles That Only Clumsy Girls Understand

Oops, sorry, excuse me, my bad...<p>Not everyone can be as graceful as a swan, but you definitely are not, and things that seem like second nature to other people, like walking or eating, can be a serious hazard.<p><b>1. You can't get through a meal without spilling something on your shirt.</b><p><b>2. Hence, wearing</b> …

10 Insane Grilled Cheese Recipes Worth Dying For

<i>By Perry Santanachote</i><p>A recipe for grilled cheese may seem unnecessary, but so are ball pits, and that doesn't make them any less awesome. And unlike ball pits, there are some simple steps and affordable ingredients that can transform a standard grilled cheese into legendary status.<p>But before you …

grilled cheese

24 things you should do when visiting Hong Kong

Though it's technically part of China, Hong Kong has its own culture and personality. The cosmopolitan city is spread out over several small islands, many of which are very densely populated and full of incredible attractions, restaurants, and shops.<p>We asked locals to send us their suggestions for …

Hong Kong

10 things McDonald’s won’t tell you

<b>1. We may have lost the recipe to our secret sauce</b><p>Ah, McDonald’s, the place where we feast upon Big Macs, Egg McMuffins and even the occasional sweet …

McDonald's

5 Secretly Healthy Cupcake Recipes

Cupcakes are the new kale.<p>Not even halfway through January and your dedication to your #healthy2015 resolution is already waning (along with your tolerance for winter)? The key to staying strong is not depriving yourself of goodies, but rather turning indulgences into better-for-you treats. You <i>can</i> …

Energize your eggs: 11 easy ways to upgrade your morning scramble

If you know how to cook, and even if you don’t really, chances are you can scramble eggs — a skillet of scrambled eggs is one of the quickest, simplest dishes around and often the first thing a new cook learns to make. Scrambled eggs also happen to be good for you — they’re packed with protein and …

Breakfast

5 Easy Egg Recipes

The incredible, edible egg. Whether it is a boozy brunch with the ladies or a late-night three-egg omelet at the Greek diner, I'm a fan. And the best thing is, the moment you pick up a six-pack of eggs in the styrofoam container at the corner shop, your options are limitless.<p><b>1. Crustless Quiche</b> …

17 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but busy mornings result in us skipping it altogether more often than not. These 17 make-ahead options make starting the day off right with some non-coffee sustenance much much easier. Featuring a wide spectrum of healthy <i>and</i> indulgent eats, you’ll be …