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Bill Murray: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about inaccessibility and freedom, commitment and fatherhood. And Wes Anderson. And citrus fruit.<p><i>Published in the June/July 2012 issue</i><p><i>Friday, early evening in the basement of Murray's house in Charleston, South Carolina. Raab got into town around noon.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Your name came up …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

The Sense of Style: Psycholinguist Steven Pinker on the Art and Science of Beautiful Writing

<i>“Man has an instinctive tendency to speak, as we see in the babble of our young children,”</i> Charles Darwin wrote in <i>The Descent of Man</i>, <i>“whereas no child has an instinctive tendency to bake, brew, or write.”</i> While baking and brewing undoubtedly have their place in culture, it is writing that has …

7 Morning Rituals That Will Change Your Life

10 Productivity Strategies Backed by Science

As a new year approaches, it's a good time to evaluate how you spend your time -- and find some simple, proven ways to work smarter.<p><i>Sujan Patel has championed internet marketing and entrepreneurship for over a decade. His experience, ideas, and strategies have helped hundreds of companies build and</i> …

13 Truths About The Kind Of Man Who Is Worth Pursuing

By Chrissy Stockton,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1yStvlB<p>In response to 13 Truths About The Kind Of Woman Who Is Worth Pursuing.<p>1. You might be …

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

Was the music of 2014 heavier than usual, or is it just us? When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don't start out with a theme. We don't intend to come to an absolute consensus. We begin with questions: What do you hold …

5 Simple Nighttime Tricks to Wake Up with Glowing Skin

Get luminous while you sleep.<p>Let's face it: Your morning skin-care routine can (and often does) turn into a race against the clock. So why not let your products do the heavy lifting for you while you sleep—instead of rushing through a complicated a.m. process? We asked Annie Chiu, M.D., a …

7 Morning Rituals to Empower your day & Change your Life

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, …

An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity — a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree …

Stephen Fry Explains Humanism in 4 Animated Videos: Happiness, Truth and the Meaning of Life & Death

Answers to life’s big questions don’t come cheap, but they very often come free, or at least we feel they should. Which answers you find compelling …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with …

10 tips for Improving Your Presentations Today

A couple of years ago, I was asked back to the TEDxKyoto stage to give a few words regarding tips from storytelling as they relate to modern …

To-Do List Hacking: A Radical Way to Plan Out Your Day

How do you first begin your to-do list in the morning? Do you write down the deadlines you have coming up? The people you need to email? The stuff …

Time Management

How to Build New Habits: This is Your Strategy Guide

According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day. 1 Understanding how to build new …

Will Power

15 Simple Moves That Will Change Your Career

"Work-life balance" is like the flossing of life skills. Everyone talks about how incredibly important it is, but pretty much nobody's doing it. But, …

The Boatshed and the Galaxy

There's More to Life Than Being Happy

Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness<p><i>"It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness."</i><p>In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and …

Health Tip: Find Purpose in Life

The growing science on how a body imbued with meaning becomes physically healthier<p>There are a handful of junctures in life when a person’s sense of purpose is prone to twinkle and fade. In unemployment or professional stagnation; in financial or romantic straits, or after the death of a loved one; …

How to Debug Your Brain and Build Better Habits

Wouldn't it be great if you could debug your brain as though it were bad code? We might not be able to reprogram ourselves, but we can use the …

Debugging

6 Simple Tips to Be More Mindful in Everyday Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

As a psychiatrist and meditation practitioner, I work with many people who have heard of the benefits of meditation, and want to commit to a daily …

How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done: 5 Expert Tips

Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting.<p><b>We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done.</b> I certainly …

6 Habits of Remarkably Likable People

They're charming. They're genuine. And they can make an entire roomful of people smile.<p>When you meet someone, after "What do you do?", you run out of things to say. You stink at small talk, and those first five minutes are tough because you're a little shy and a little insecure.<p>But you want to make …

Self-improvement

12 Ways You Can Step It Up In Life To Rise Above Being Average | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

This is how I define being normal:<p>It is being the same as everyone else. This is a good thing as it means you’re a rational person who tries his best …

7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness

You don't have to be born mentally tough. Here's how you can develop the vital trait.<p>First, the definition:<p><i>"The ability to work hard and respond resiliently to failure and adversity; the inner quality that enables individuals to work hard and stick to their long-term passions and goals."</i><p>Now the …

Warren Buffett's 'Two-List' Strategy: How to Maximize Your Focus and Master Your Priorities

With well over 50 billion dollars to his name, Warren Buffett is consistently ranked among the wealthiest people in the world. Out of all the investors in the 20th century, Buffett was the most successful.<p>Given his success, it stands to reason that Buffett has an excellent understanding of how to …

Self-improvement

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Small changes. Big results.<p>Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, …

Time Management

The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …