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7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

While happiness is defined by the individual, I’ve always felt it foolish to declare that nothing can be learned from observing the happiness of …

10 New Books You Need to Read This Year

From biographies to technical studies and step-by-step guides, here are 10 books that you should look for in the next few months.<p>Of course, we think you can learn a lot online. But, if you’re looking to take a deeper dive, there is often no substitute for the kind of thoughtful analysis you can get …

Body Language

12 Things About The Time I Slept With John Mayer

<b>The facts:</b> It was 2004, I was newly 18, I was in NYC. I didn’t live there; I lived in San Diego. I was visiting a friend who, being several years …

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

<i>“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,”</i> Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: <i>“Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…”</i> Far from Pollyanna platitude, this …

Suited Up

Style<p>It’s no secret that we adore the one and only Tracy McMillan. She was a key part of our retreat in Morocco last year and continues to …

Kurt Vonnegut’s Life-Advice to His Children

<b>Kurt Vonnegut</b> (November 11, 1922–April 11, 2007) endures as one of modern history’s most beloved authors, a wiseman of storytelling and a shaman of style. He was also, however, one great dad: In <b>Kurt Vonnegut: Letters</b> (<i>public library</i>) — which also gave us the author’s priceless daily routine, his …

Chicken Soup for the Chilly Soul: 20 Comforting, Warm Recipes

Try one of these comforting chicken soups, from classic chicken noodle to khao soi.<p><b>Like sweaters, chicken soup is a warm, wintry comfort.</b> Chicken soup, however, is infinitely tastier. Check out our wildly different takes on chicken soup in the slideshow, and decide which style you're going for …

Cooking

How to Have a Year That Counts

Happy New Year! Here’s your challenge. You—yes, you—right here, right now, have a chance, nothing more, a slim reed of a chance, at a year that counts.<p>So I’d be willing to bet you’ve been cutting back on the sugar and vowing to get to Inbox Zero. 2014 is the year you will finally floss! And make …

These Charts Show The Massive Role Race Plays In Online Dating

When searching for a partner, people largely stick to their own race. When responding, people tend to prefer people of similar races, and discriminate against others, according to a new study highlighted by Sander Wagner.<p>The study, from Ken-Hou Lin of The University of Texas and Jennifer Lundquist …

College & University

Sorry, Jon Stewart: You’re not “just a comedian”

“The Daily Show” needs to stop pretending he’s simply another late-night jokester — and own his real influence<p>I remember quite clearly when Jon Stewart lost me. It was the fall of 2010, during those final hours before the Tea Party wave washed over the country and transformed American politics. It …

All Is Fair in Love and Art

In his December 2013 article, “Paint by Numbers,” Mark Stevens analyzed the results of our recent poll, which names the six greatest living artists. Now we are sharing the source material—a sampling of ballots filled out by artists like Richard Serra, Alex Katz, and Ellsworth Kelly. Check out their …

Naomi Wolf’s Spectacular, No-Bullshit Letter of Advice to Her Younger Self

<b>Naomi Wolf</b> was only twenty-six when she began writing the cult-classic <i>The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women</i>, which went on to become a bestseller that shaped the cultural narrative on beauty and identity. Confronted with her sudden success, Wolf had to face the demon of “Fear …

John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter

Nobel laureate <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) might be best-known as the author of <i>East of Eden</i>, <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i>, and <i>Of Mice and Men</i>, but he was also a prolific letter-writer. <b>Steinbeck: A Life in Letters</b> (<i>public library</i>) constructs an alternative biography of the iconic …

Almost Half Of Young Japanese Women Are Not Interested In Sex

Twenty-five percent of Japanese men feel the same way, according to the JFPA.<p>The statistic comes from Haworth's recent article about how more and more young people in Japan have stopped having sex — bad news for Japan's population crisis, given the country's already low birth rate and the …

Japan

We've Picked The Coolest Place To Work In Each Of New York's Hottest Neighborhoods

In just about every neighborhood in New York, you can find an awesome new business with fantastic perks that's hiring lots of people.<p>We've picked out some of our favorites around the city, from emerging neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens to the storied streets of lower Manhattan.<p>Every New Yorker …

Startups

15 things Kurt Vonnegut said better than anyone else ever has or will

<b>1. "I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'"</b><br>The …

What Is Love? Famous Definitions from 400 Years of Literary History

After those collections of notable definitions of art, science, and philosophy, here comes a selection of poetic definitions of a peculiar phenomenon that is at once more amorphous than art, more single-minded than science, and more philosophical than philosophy itself. Gathered here are some of …

Alain de Botton on How to Think More About Sex

<i>“When we hook up with another, in sex or love (or, more rarely, both) we prove that our isolation is not permanent,”</i> Dorion Sagan — son of Carl — wrote in his fascinating history of sex. And yet that very quest to end our isolation has been subject to centuries of stigma and incessant friction with …

Kurt Vonnegut’s Daily Routine

As a lover of letters and of all things Kurt Vonnegut, I spent months eagerly awaiting <b>Kurt Vonnegut: Letters</b> (<i>public library</i>), which has finally arrived and is just as fantastic as I’d come to expect. What makes the anthology particularly sublime is that strange, endearing way in which so much of …

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Books

Top 10 Funny Books to Revive Your Monday

1. <i>Tales From A Broad: An Unreliable Memoir</i> by Fran Lebowitz<p>Compared to <i>Metropolitan Life</i>, Fran Lebowitz’s <i>Tales From a Broad</i> is lesser known. Where</i> …

11 Unlikely Life Lessons From The Super Successful

1. Be a social ninja.<p>Have you ever had a conversation with someone, gotten a great impression, then, upon walking away, realized you hardly learned …

6 Simple Mindfulness Practices To Reframe Your Perspective

Get familiar with the Holstee Manifesto and join the fast track to a better understanding–and appreciation–of your work, your life, and the world around you.<p>This is your life.<p>Do what you love and do it often.<p>If you don’t like something, change it.<p>If you don’t like your job, quit.<p>If you don’t have …

Mindfulness

How To Read Way More Books (And, Thus, Know Way More Stuff)

Humanity has learned a lot of stuff. Most of it is in books. So we should read more of them. Here’s how.<p>While many problems are new to 2013–what, exactly, is twerking?–most are quite old, like having a meaningful career or being able to do your best work. So if we want to be able to address our …

Books

Train Your Brain This Fall with Free Online Courses, eBooks, Audio Books, Language Lessons & More

For years now, the buzzword “Neuroplasticity” has crossed the lips of many major thinkers in psychology, neurology, and educational theory. Maybe, as …

Beauty

Hair<p>Hair<p>The hair accessories of your youth return at NYFW<p>It's the circle of life! What goes around comes around! Etc.<p>Read More<p>Makeup & nails<p>Makeup & …