A course at Northwestern University teaches students about what makes a healthy relationship.
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A course at Northwestern University teaches students about what makes a healthy relationship.
On wood-fired griddles, Maya home cooks keep ancient traditions alive with recipes even their neighbors wouldn’t recognize.
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.
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.
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
From myths to literature to giant squid, here’s how some of our favorite eerie creatures and legends got their start.
Happiness as an achievable goal is an illusion, but that doesn't mean happiness itself is not attainable.
Experiments in evolution are exploring what would happen if we rewound the tape of life.
Let us now celebrate one of our most bountiful outdoor resources: bad advice. And if you listen carefully and act right away, it’s absolutely free!
Prioritizing each part of your workload can help you and your employer see where you make the greatest contribution.
What a restless coffee drinker learned from going to circadian-rhythm rehab (a tent in the woods).
Doctors still don’t know what causes it, or how to stop it.
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.
In a new model of living, residents will have their own “microunits” built around a shared living space for cooking, eating and hanging out.
Size has something to do with it, but it is more about why the land is being preserved.
Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?
One of the most dense and culturally diverse places in the United States is the small island at the center of New York City. Here’s some history on the many neighborhoods, districts, and locations that make up Manhattan.
The more you enjoy your work, the more energy you’ll have to enjoy life. The opposite is also true.
The sleep-wake limbo may have been a boon to our ancestors' survival.
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.
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.
“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”
Sometimes the common methods aren’t right for you and yield frustration, not productivity. Luckily, there are other approaches you can try.
Pitching a tent, healing a wound, and finding your way are about the most important things you can learn how to do. They're also the easiest.
“And it is so simple… You will instantly find how to live.”
How to ask better questions.
“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.”
The despair from comparing ourselves with others is the original fake news. We need to develop a new relationship with our thoughts.
“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
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.
How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.
Knowing your deal-breakers can help you know the right relationship when you see 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?
“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.”
Patrick Sharkey, author of Uneasy Peace, talks to CityLab about how the drop in crime has transformed American cities.
Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots.
The company sells a somewhat uneasy combination of capitalist ambition and cooperative warmth.
We’re talkin’ bout sex (hormones), baby.
For a team to produce all it is capable of, everyone must get along and work well together.
"Metabolism" has been twisted and spun to the point where what many of us think about it is not entirely correct, if at all. Let’s straighten some of that out.
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.
The cryptocurrency’s current price is completely unreal. Then again, so is money.
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.
The purpose of memory might not be to record everything.
A silent, powered-off phone can still distract the most dependent users.
One in every 68 Americans are born with autism spectrum disorder, but there could be generations of people who were never diagnosed.
Lessons of physical prosperity in a despotic regime.
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.
“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.”
Get back to basics.
Don’t major in minor matters.
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.
Once a year, millions of women leave their homes around Kerala to give a sweet offering of rice for their goddess, Attukal Amma.
A new study examines how expertise changes the brain.
Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning, and language skills.
Because some people never outgrow being bullies.
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.
There’s always a dirtier side to a luxurious lifestyle and they get more predictable the more you see.
Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower, and better are wrong.
Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving.
How did the most beloved street snack from one small Mexican village become the regional phenomenon they are today?
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?
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.
Faced with an overwhelming, opaque, and largely unregulated industry, people crowdsource tips and educate themselves about skin products.
David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment.
Sure, it’s old fashioned. But it's also nutritional rocket fuel, and athletes are making it taste great. Here’s how.
Striving for excellence is not in itself bad, but don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
The Ivy Lee Method of prioritizing your to-do list seems deceptively simple. It’s also been working for more than a century.
The Great Bambino’s treatment came at a major turning point in medicine.
Although income inequality is a constant reality, it has been consistently increasing in the United States for the past half century.
It was always about the long term.
How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.”
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.
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.
Working backwards and breaking free from the norm exposes new and unique opportunities you probably haven’t considered.
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.
Step into the private kitchens of Basque country's sociedades gastronómicas, where everything revolves around food.
Wisdom on love, success, and living well.
One writer sacrificed (not even close to) everything to get to the top of the leaderboard.
“Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”