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Leah Franqui Recommends A Reading List about Culture Shock

I moved to Mumbai, India almost three years ago so I’m intimately acquainted with the concept of culture shock. When I wrote my debut novel, <i>America</i> …

Books

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, <i>The Sympathizer</i> is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace …

Meditation in Different Traditions - Balance

Meditation brings to mind traditional methods and iconography – yet at its heart, the practice is a personal exploration, a search for meaning …

Meditation

10 essentials for your social media marketing campaigns

It’s nearly impossible to run a successful business today without a social media strategy.<p>Unfortunately, social media marketing requires a lot more …

Marketing

Do you know that there are five emotional diseases that can eat away at your happiness? Here they are

If you have been feeling unhappy lately, you’re not alone.<p>According to a recent report on happiness conducted by The Harris Poll, only 1 in 3 Americans report being very happy. Another report, put together by Gallup and the health care data analytics firm Sharecare, confirms Americans are indeed …

Happiness

Modern mindfulness is rooted in a racist history

Newspaper articles at the time warned of the “clash of civilizations” developing between “uncivilized” Asian and “civilized” White culture.<p>In January 1902, Reverend Clarence Edgar Rice warned Americans of a religion that “both in theory and practice…degrades women,” practices “crass brutality” …

Mindfulness

Humans Have Evolved Specialized Skills of Social Cognition: The Cultural Intelligence Hypothesis

Humans have brains roughly three times larger than those of their nearest primate relatives, the great apes (<i>1</i>, <i>2</i>), and of course have many cognitive …

Evolution

How to get a world-class education for free on the internet

As crucial as a university degree has become for working in the modern economy, it is not the only route forward into a wildly lucrative and satisfying career—just ask famous dropouts Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg.<p>In the future, a single bachelor’s degree in a …

Learning

How to be assertive—even when you’re constantly talked over

Aggressive people are hostile, adopting the “my way or the highway” stance. Passive people give up their power and are easily taken advantage of, which creates a surefire recipe for burnout and resentment. You want to be the happy medium—an assertive person.<p>Assertive people seek out win-win …

Body Language

7 Psychological Defenses That Aren't Protecting You, But Making You Weaker

Many of our worst qualities do not actually come from being morally corrupt or misguided. They are more often psychological defense mechanisms that we don’t understand. <br>The interesting thing about most defense mechanisms is that they often do the opposite of what we want them to. Instead of leaning …

Self-help

Learn the History of Indian Philosophy in a 62 Episode Series from The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps: The Buddha, Bhagavad-Gita, Non Violence & More

The belief in a singular, coherent “Western tradition” in philosophy has led to a very insular, Eurocentric view in philosophy departments, as Jay L. …

How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You

When someone you work with annoys you, it’s tempting to avoid the person as much as possible. But this isn’t always feasible and often only makes the situation worse. You’re better off cultivating some empathy. How can you do that with a colleague who rubs you the wrong way? How can you foster …

Billionaire Ray Dalio says these 3 books have 'had the biggest impact' on his life

Billionaire hedge fund magnate Ray Dalio has been fascinated with finance since he was 12, when he bought his first stock.<p>He graduated from Harvard …

This Book From the 1930s Can Teach You How to Create a Genuinely Happy Life

This obscure author already understood the lessons of modern happiness science decades ago.<p>What is the most common regret that pains people facing the end of their lives? According to a hospice nurse who has written about her experiences providing end-of-life care, the most common regret of the …

Are You Tracking the Right Social Media KPIs?

How do you know if you’re tracking the right social media KPIs or if your content strategy is working?There are the obvious signs – visitors to your …

Re-reading parenting manuals, I realise they are DIY guides to toxic masculinity

“The sorts of masculine behaviour required for stalking, pursuing and killing wild animals are very different from the feminine virtues.”<p>I never …

America is plagued by a chronic misunderstanding of slavery and white supremacy

A recent study from the Southern Poverty Law Center traces our ignorance to our schools, and provides a path to solving this problem.<p>Several years …

The radical history of the headwrap

Born into slavery, then reclaimed by black women, the headwrap is now a celebrated expression of style and identity<p>The headwrap has undergone several …

10 Video Metrics That Will Help You Establish ROI

Many marketers find tracking the ROI of their video campaigns to be tricky, but that is often the result of poorly developed strategy and improper …

Marketing

If You Love ‘The Secret’, Here Are 15 Uplifting Books That’ll Speak To Your Soul

Reading <i>The Secret</i> was undoubtedly one of the best things I have done for my life. It definitely changed the way I look at and experience life. And, …

Shonda Rhimes

Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry

People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect.<p>Two years ago, Kazushige Nishida, a Tokyo salaryman in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter. His real wife had recently died. Six months …

Empathy

12 Hard Things You Need to Hear About Your Attitude

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the mind is your ultimate battleground. It’s the space where the greatest and fiercest conflict resides. …

Happiness

25 skills LinkedIn says are most likely to get you hired in 2018 — and the online courses to get them

<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>With the introduction of far-reaching and robust technology, the job market has experienced its own exponential growth, adaptation, and …

Mobile Development

107 free online courses from the best colleges in the US — including Princeton, Harvard, and Yale

<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>Coursera was founded by two professors at Stanford University. Shutterstock/MintImages<p>Every year, US News & Reports releases its ranking …

Online Education

The world is divided into circular and linear communicators. Which one are you?

One day, my daughter wasn’t feeling well, so I took her to the doctor. Wanting the receptionist to take me seriously, I started the conversation by listing all possible symptoms my daughter had: A fever, a cough, a congested nose.<p>After I was done with the litany, the receptionist asked: “So what do …

Europe

7 Gmail Secrets From a Former Google Employee

My first day at Google in 2011 felt a bit like joining Hogwarts: you’re excited and not entirely sure what you’ll be doing!<p>I was happy to do anything …

Here’s how to check which apps have access to your Facebook account—and delete them

• Go to Facebook.com (it’s easier on a computer)<br>• Click the little arrow all the way on the top-right of the screen:<br>• Click on Settings<br>• Look for the Apps button on the menu on the left-hand side of the screen and click on it:<br>• This page will tell you how many other apps have access to all or some of your …

Apps

11 Best TED Talks For When You Feel Burnt Out

The signs are all there: you feel depressed, anxious, and detached; you keep getting head and back aches; your job performance and relationships are …

5 Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Fear of the unknown can stop you from doing so many things that’ll help you lead a happy and healthy life, like being vulnerable with your partner, moving somewhere new, or making a leap to change your career path. In any unsettling instance, understanding how to harness the powerful emotion of …

35 Tips And Tricks Makeup Artists Won't Tell You