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How to be a good listener: the experts' guide

Step one: stop talking. From that friend in need to your nightmare colleague, here’s how to hear and make a difference<p>A close friend was going through a terrible time this summer. As she cried to me on the phone in her lunch break or over coffee at the weekend, I tried to be the best friend I …

Mother Cat Adopted Three Orphaned Ducklings, Raised Them as Her Own

Normally, felines and birds don't have a friendly relationship, but a cat named Della is turning this preconceived notion on its head. Within an hour or so of giving birth on a farm in Count Offaly, Ireland, Della came across three newly hatched ducklings and instead of attacking them, the motherly …

13 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Woman Who Doesn't Drink

Sober doesn't mean boring.<p>There was a time in my life when thinking about being sober while dating would have terrified me. In fact, once upon a time, my online dating profile included the line, "If you don't drink, don't message me." Drinking was a necessary part of my dates and my life. But times …

Cheese: the secret to a longer life and faster metabolism?

Good news for fromage fiends: a new study suggests a link between cheese consumption and a longer, healthier life<p>It's the best news we've had all year: a study suggests that cheese consumption could be the key to a faster metabolism and reduced obesity.<p>Scientists at Aarhus University in Denmark …

2016 Ford Explorer First Drive Review

Refreshing, But One Longstanding Issue Remains<p>The outgoing Ford Explorer 2.0 EcoBoost has few fans at Motor Trend or in the marketplace compared to V-6 variants, but as we recently discovered at a Ford event, that may be about to change. The newly refreshed <b>2016 Ford Explorer</b> still prioritizes …

Artist's Illustrations Remind Us Love Is The Little Things

Love is cooking dinner on a Tuesday night; lazing on a Sunday afternoon; riding bikes through the park. Love is the little things.<p>Korean artist Puuung captures this in illustrations for the "Love is.." series showcased on Grafolio, an online forum featuring works from various artists, and updated …

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11 Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books. I read about history, physics, science, health, world travel, space exploration, the ocean, fitness and mathematics. I read bestsellers, classics and unknown authors. However, the underlying foundation …

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15 Weird Ice Cream Flavors That Are Anything But Vanilla

If you grew up with your parents telling you that you can’t have ice cream for dinner, they probably never thought about it including avocado, balsamic vinegar or goat cheese. There has been a true revolution in the world of ice cream, and the only rule is that there are no rules. We’ve collected a …

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Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

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The best ways to serve and cook fennel

Raw or cooked, gracing a salad or sweetly stewed, fennel is a joy to eat. And there are plenty of ways to serve this versatile vegetable<p>Fennel, I sometimes think, is really two separate vegetables: the raw and the cooked. Its character completely changes with the application of heat. Yet both forms …

21 Terms Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

The most important whisky jargon, from cooperage to small-batch, defined.<p><b>1. BEER</b><p>Whiskey is made from beer. Boring, sometimes weird beer, but beer nonetheless.<p><b>2. CASK STRENGTH</b><p>Whiskey bottled at the (high) proof at which it came out of the barrel. More expensive, ounce for ounce, but if you're …

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

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We’re All Terrible at Understanding Each Other

Whatever you may have heard to the contrary, Chip Wilson is not an idiot. The founder and former CEO and Chairman of Lululemon Atheltica is, in point of fact, a highly successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, innovator, and self-made billionaire. Idiots are very rarely any of those things.<p>But a …

How Real Maple Syrup Gets Made (and Why It's Worth the Price Tag)

Here's how maple syrup is made, from bark to bottle.<p><i>Around these parts, we get pretty excited when the weather starts to slowly warm up, and not just because that means more stuff is in season. It's also sugaring season! Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow, who also happens to be an ex-farmer and</i> …

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Why You Need To Unplug Every 90 Minutes

You’re an organism. And organisms run in cycles. Here’s how to work with yours.<p>Since sprints get us to focus in and finish our tasks with crisp consciousness, we know they’re the most effective way of working. But what’s fascinating is <i>why</i> they make us work so well.<p>For Leo Widrich at Buffer, it’s in …

18 Things You Should Know About Sleep, According To A Sleep Doctor

"The brain craves routine for good sleep."<p>For more on this topic, feel free to browse the Reddit thread or check out Dr. Verma's blog PeerWell.

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

10 (More) Gorgeous Colorized Photos That Put History In A New Light

For the history buffs of the world, we imagine there are few experiences as fulfilling as poring over volume after volume of black-and-white photographs, hunting for that rare shot of a notable figure or iconic location.<p>As for the rest of us, we'll be trolling Reddit. Their ongoing thread of …

Unique Engagement Ring Box Pirouettes the Ring Like a Blooming Flower

Marriage proposals can be scary, even if you know that the other person will say yes. How and where you'll ask is always a factor, as well as where to hide the ring. After all, it'd be tragic if it were discovered beforehand. A slimline engagement ring box called <i>Clifton</i> solves this potential …

The 7 Most Important Fitness Tracker Measurements

How they work and what healthy data looks like<p>In early 2015, Apple will release its first major product since 2010 -- a health tracker dubbed Apple Watch -- that will reportedly log a litany of biometric information using 10 different sensors. The wrist device has the same aesthetic as the Nike …

Savory Oatmeal Is The New Breakfast Of Champions. Here Are 13 Ways To Make It.

Seriously, give savory oats a chance.<p>Oatmeal is a breakfast favorite, and for good reason: It helps curb appetite (keeping you full until lunch), decreases risk for both colon cancer and high cholesterol and is incredibly easy to whip up in the morning.<p>You may be accustomed to spooning up a hearty …

9 Reasons We Miss Friends in GIFS

Watch. Laugh. Repeat.<p>Today marks the 10th anniversary of the <i>Friends</i> finale, and despite the time that's passed, we're still going through withdrawal.<p>To help ourselves cope, we've found the animated GIFS that best illustrate why Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Phoebe Buffay, Chandler Bing, Ross Geller, …

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Everyday Scenes Captured in Mesmerizing Cinemagraphs by Julien Douvier

Since Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg first coined the term “cinemagraph” in early 2011, the artistic medium has taken the internet by storm, captivating viewers everywhere with its subtle beauty. Strasbourg, France-based freelancer Julien Douvier proves particularly adept at creating mesmerizing …

14 Brilliant Bathroom Design Ideas

We all pay so much attention to keeping the rest of our home beautiful, but when it comes to the bathroom, a pretty shower mat or curtain seems to be …

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28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People

Want to work smarter, not harder? Learn from the best.<p>Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me,</i> …