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A leading neuroscientist on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack, and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it.
How well do you recognize and understand your emotions? What about the emotions of those around you?
Your diet soda might just be worse than a regular one.
Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative.
Erez Komarovsky built a bakery empire and changed how Israelis ate. Then he dropped out to tend his garden near the Lebanese border. He shared with us three challahs and his recipe for a life of constant change.
Enterprises are struggling because they are using yesterday’s paradigms to solve today’s problems. Let’s fix that.
“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
Rejuvenation technology, mind uploading, and a second shot at life.
An evidence-based guide to surviving your holiday bug.
When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska—be it a sea otter, polar bear, or humpback whale—veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call. Her necropsies reveal cause of death and causes for concern as climate change frees up new pathogens and other dangers in a vast, thawing north.
Lessons of physical prosperity in a despotic regime.
Patrick Sharkey, author of Uneasy Peace, talks to CityLab about how the drop in crime has transformed American cities.
There’s something a little gimmicky about celebrating distance purely for distance’s sake.
“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”
The Ivy Lee Method of prioritizing your to-do list seems deceptively simple. It’s also been working for more than a century.
Why saying yes to everything is a quick road to mediocrity.
“When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.”
At the start of the winter semester, I introduced my students to the routine: before each class, they’d silence their phones, get a pouch from the box, and lock their phones in.
Even a 1 mph speed boost would make things pretty weird.
Powering through your work week after week can cause some serious tunnel vision and prevent you from accomplishing what you’re capable of.
The emperor of physics defends his controversial theory of mind.
It’s trial-and-error from the get-go. And if you’re like most people, it’s been mostly error.
A look into the lives, and kitchens, of the Finns who’ve kept their Scandinavian heritage alive for over a century in northern Minnesota.
And the emissions might not come from where you think.
A reliable system for overcoming procrastination and achieving more.
The company sells a somewhat uneasy combination of capitalist ambition and cooperative warmth.
Most of today’s AI is designed to solve specific problems.
The best financial adviser for you should work to serve your unique needs.
Conflicting with your superiors may not be a daily occurrence, but there are times when it’s necessary. Here’s some tips on how to go about it.
How to ask better questions.
Don’t major in minor matters.
Face-to-face interactions and positive relationships have long been seen as beneficial, but the digital world of social media may be having the opposite effect.
Wisdom on love, success, and living well.
Discovering one’s “purpose” in life is not about some great achievement, but merely finding a way to spend your limited amount of time well.
When I grew up, it wasn’t cool to read. These days, every coffee shop is packed with folks that are reading a book while sipping on a latte. That’s a great shift. I’m also reading more books than ever.
In a new model of living, residents will have their own “microunits” built around a shared living space for cooking, eating and hanging out.
The ravages of time—and humanity—have unfortunately left us with mere scraps of their biographies and treatises.
Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving.
As our writer cheered on his three-year-old at the Strider Cup in Texas—a merciless race replete with tears, anxiety, and elation—he had one question: Is intense competition good for the tiniest of competitors?
Under pressure of a warming world, does ‘glacial’ need to be decommissioned and pushed over the climate cliff?
I’ve said before the first 3 hours of your day can dictate how your life turns out. And this often begins with the very first thing that you decide to put in your brain.
It was always about the long term.
Human are wired with an over-the-top obsession with what others think of them. Here’s how to bring it under control.
“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.”
We’ve been taught for years that as long as you hit the gym you can hit the buffet line and still lose weight. But there’s plenty of science out there to prove this statement false.
There are way we express our love for one another beyond words, but all are a language of sorts.
“When you can’t create you can work.”
Sure, it’s old fashioned. But it's also nutritional rocket fuel, and athletes are making it taste great. Here’s how.
The first three hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity.
How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.”
It doesn’t have to be all kale salads and quinoa.
Here’s one more way our modern sleep schedules might be killing us.
We’ve already uncovered the key to long-term happiness and fulfillment.
“Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”
Knowing your deal-breakers can help you know the right relationship when you see it.
If most of us, myself included, were completely honest about our balance between consumption and creation, we’d see that it’s pretty out of whack. We consume far more than we create when it should be the opposite. Every day our consumption diet includes any of the following
More than a century ago, Christian fundamentalists invented cereal to promote a healthy lifestyle free of sin. Little did they know, their creation would eventually be used to promote everything from radio and cartoons to Mr. T and tooth decay.
“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.”
Social Security will pay out nearly $1 trillion in benefits this year. For more than half of all recipients, the payments are more than 50% of their retirement income. But for the eighth year in a row, this critical pay-as-you-go program will take in less in taxes than it pays out in benefits.
Once a year, millions of women leave their homes around Kerala to give a sweet offering of rice for their goddess, Attukal Amma.
As the number of veterans with both physical and psychological injuries balloons, this squad of 11 wounded warriors wards off PTSD by playing a little ball.
One in every 68 Americans are born with autism spectrum disorder, but there could be generations of people who were never diagnosed.
“Bravery is always more intelligent than fear, since it is built on the foundation of what one knows about oneself: the knowledge of one’s strength and capacity, of one’s passion.”
How work schedules, rituals, and writing environments affect the amount and quality of time invested in trying to write.
For most of the history of our species, in most parts of the world, bathing has been a collective act. It might be time to resurrect this ancient and deeply human art.
I sent out the call the week before my wedding: Anyone who has been married for 10+ years and is still happy in their relationship, what lessons would you pass down to others if you could?
What makes things cool?
Like why it’s important to be a leader and how to lighten up.
Research suggests long hours alone don’t create the psychological bind that ties workaholics to their job.
We’re talkin’ bout sex (hormones), baby.
Choose your words carefully and you can get someone to change their mind, or see you in a new light.
How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to PTSD.
A quick nap before the caffeine kicks in can give you an extra bit of energy that might just be what you need to get through the rest of your day.
As the backlash against smartphones builds, and science lags, parents are waging a fraught battle with their kids and other parents.
The drawbacks of Medicare Advantage plans can become apparent when serious illness or injury strikes.
What a restless coffee drinker learned from going to circadian-rhythm rehab (a tent in the woods).
Setting limits for yourself — whether that involves the time you have to work out, the money you have to start a business, or the number of words you can use in a book — often delivers better results than “keeping your options open.”
Although income inequality is a constant reality, it has been consistently increasing in the United States for the past half century.
Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower, and better are wrong.
Many seniors are stuck with lives of never-ending work—a fate that could befall millions in the coming decades.
When she needed dental work recently, Terry O’Brien, age 76, didn’t worry too much about the cost, at least initially. After all, she was paying $36 a month for an individual dental insurance plan, with up to $1,000 in coverage. But her problems far exceeded that cap.
Delicate and impossible to replicate, su filindeu (or the “threads of God”) is a pasta made of hundreds of tiny strands by a single woman in a hillside town in Sardinia. She’ll make it for you too—if you’re willing to walk 20 miles overnight.
Striving for excellence is not in itself bad, but don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
Don't let the Biggest Loser study get you down! There's hope.
Faced with an overwhelming, opaque, and largely unregulated industry, people crowdsource tips and educate themselves about skin products.