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It was always about the long term.
As the backlash against smartphones builds, and science lags, parents are waging a fraught battle with their kids and other parents.
I have something important to tell you. Something really important. I’m talking about life-changing, paradigm-shifting, plane-of-reality-transcending, poop-your-pants-and-call-your-mother important. But I don’t feel like writing it down right now.
What if everything around you, from the distant stars to your very hands, were a hologram?
Although income inequality is a constant reality, it has been consistently increasing in the United States for the past half century.
A course at Northwestern University teaches students about what makes a healthy relationship.
Writing can help you gain clarity and confidence in many areas of life. The sooner you start, the better.
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.
Experiments in evolution are exploring what would happen if we rewound the tape of life.
The traditional 9–5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor, but not in the knowledge working world we now live in.
I find ways to spend time with people I want to learn from, and learn by observing them.
A machine mapped the most frequently used emotional trajectories in fiction, and compared them with the ones readers like best.
Setting goals and keeping up with the industry while job searching helps build up the positive attitude that shows potential employers you can handle the job when it comes.
Don't worry, no one knows what they really want and there are still ways we can help each other.
We always turn outwardly for everything: happiness, advice, affection, love, approval. But it's much better to rely on yourself.
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.
How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.”
Enterprises are struggling because they are using yesterday’s paradigms to solve today’s problems. Let’s fix that.
The widespread failure of American mass transit is usually blamed on cheap gas and suburban sprawl. But the full story of why other countries succeed is more complicated.
Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning, and language skills.
Practical thinking is a valuable skill that has helped me to solve complex problems in my life and career.
Saveur’s resident Scandiphile eats and drinks his way through Copenhagen in search of cultural transformation.
An evidence-based guide to surviving your holiday bug.
A new poll finds that far from being more moderate than urban or rural voters, suburbanites are actually more partisan.
“When you can’t create you can work.”
The sleep-wake limbo may have been a boon to our ancestors' survival.
What makes things cool?
Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.
It’s trial-and-error from the get-go. And if you’re like most people, it’s been mostly error.
“Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”
The company sells a somewhat uneasy combination of capitalist ambition and cooperative warmth.
Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots.
The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.
It’s easy to look at success and attribute it to good decision making. But here’s the thing—that statement is also true the other way around.
Sometimes setting an unreasonable goal is the only way to jump-start your fitness.
How I learned to think like the world’s best and brightest.
Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower, and better are wrong.
Choose your words carefully and you can get someone to change their mind, or see you in a new light.
Deciding a level of importance for each task you have allows you to quickly organize which to do first, and which not to do at all.
In 2007, Charlie Munger gave the commencement address at USC Law School, opening his speech by saying, “Well, no doubt many of you are wondering why the speaker is so old. Well, the answer is obvious: He hasn’t died yet.” Fortunately for us, Munger has kept on ticking.
The problem isn’t your social skills.
David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment.
There are things we all do, or don't do, that lead us to waste far more time than we realize in the moment.
Under pressure of a warming world, does ‘glacial’ need to be decommissioned and pushed over the climate cliff?
"Should" traps us into searching for that one right answer, while "could" opens our minds to creative possibilities.
The reason I study productivity is because I’m an unproductive person. I truly am. If it wasn’t for my productivity system, I wouldn’t get anything done. I wouldn’t even write this article. But if you browse social media, all you see is super productive, healthy, and wealthy people.
There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second. Both of these shifts require a great deal of mental stretching from conventional and societal ways of thinking.
We need self-awareness and tools that keep us in check.
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 most useful mental models from the best mental model curators in the world.
Strategies to help retirees recall and remember people, places, and things.
“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
Working backwards and breaking free from the norm exposes new and unique opportunities you probably haven’t considered.
How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.
Some traits that don’t fit our traditional narrative for what love is and what love should be are actually necessary ingredients for lasting relationship success.
My overwhelming schedule left me exhausted and empty. Here’s how I fought back.
Notes from a month-long hydration quest.
“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.”
One in every 68 Americans are born with autism spectrum disorder, but there could be generations of people who were never diagnosed.
Our time on this planet is limited. Most of us realize that sooner or later. And yet, we keep on squandering our time and running around in circles. Why is it that we waste so much of our time? Most people think that we, humans, don’t understand the value of time.
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.
How to ask better questions.
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.
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?
There are way we express our love for one another beyond words, but all are a language of sorts.
The best advice I’ve ever gotten about thinking came from a private-company CEO who has a thirty-year track record that’s up there with Warren Buffett’s. One day he said to me, “Shane, most people don’t actually think. They just take their first thought and go.” We’re all busy.
Genetic engineering will bring us new Bolts and Shaqs.
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.
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.
“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come… We live everything as it comes, without warning.”
Human are wired with an over-the-top obsession with what others think of them. Here’s how to bring it under control.
These women chose to have both a family and a job as a pro skier or mountain guide. But they're often subjected to a public narrative that either villainizes or discredits their decision.
The drawbacks of Medicare Advantage plans can become apparent when serious illness or injury strikes.
The sheer stress of an environment contributes to obesity and diabetes.
A guide to getting off the couch, no matter how much you might resist it.
Happiness as an achievable goal is an illusion, but that doesn't mean happiness itself is not attainable.
Long before mobile phones or even photography, diaries were kept as a way to understand oneself and the world one inhabits.
Faced with an overwhelming, opaque, and largely unregulated industry, people crowdsource tips and educate themselves about skin products.
The Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first nuclear weapons during World War II, worked out of three purpose-built cities in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Washington state. An exhibition considers their design and legacy.
Morning people and night owls are born that way. It's time we accepted that.
Smart guides for understanding this strange and contradictory moment in history.
“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.”
One thing I’ve noticed over the years of bringing my students to Ireland – my homeland – is that they pay rapt attention to the little things.
A new study examines how expertise changes the brain.
These two lessons are true for every person who wants a long, happy, and satisfying career. But it’s very hard to put that advice into practice. It took me the first six years of my career to figure that out. And I still have to remind myself that life is bigger than work.
How to nurture a love that “would stand as a firm wall,” that “won’t let you fall, and it gives warmth.”