June 20, 2019

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25 Happy Anniversary Quotes to Keep the Romance Alive

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Couples that make it through 50 years of marriage do so by taking care of their relationship and celebrating it. Your anniversary is the perfect day to honor your commitment.No matter if the two of you just got together one year ago or if you’ve been happily married for years, you should always take a little time to remember the first day you met, your first “I love you,” or your wedding day.Look how far you’ve come together! If that’s not enough reason to celebrate, show some love, and look forward to the years to come, then what us?Even if you choose to celebrate by exchanging gifts or by having a lovely dinner at your favorite restaurant, you can always hide a little note or an anniversary card somewhere, to remind your significant other how much they mean to you. It’s the sweet, little things that matter most....
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20 RuPaul Quotes on Self-Confidence and Success

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RuPaul Andre Charles is an American drag performer, actor, TV host, and recording artist. The most commercially successful drag queen in the United States gained worldwide fame as the host and judge for his own reality competition television series RuPaul’s Drag Race. The show has won 9 Primetime Emmy Awards, three of which were awarded to RuPaul for hosting.Needless to say that back in the ’80s, RuPaul’s unusual appearance didn’t really help him to climb the ladder of success. RuPaul struggled as a musician and filmmaker, but since he was never short on ideas, he’s always found a way to stand out. He participated in underground cinema, worked as a club dancer, and even sold pictures of himself as postcards....
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Hugh Jackman’s Surprising Father’s Day Wish Shows Us What All Dads Really Want

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Handsome and humble, there’s a reason so many fans are starry-eyed over the one and only Hugh Jackman. This Australian-born actor, singer, and producer has gained a remarkable amount of praise from his vast variety of performances, from an 18-year stint as Wolverine as part of the X-Men series to his magical vocals in Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman. In his long film career, he’s also been a romantic comedy lead, capturing the hearts of people near and far. With an estimated net worth of $150 million, Jackman’s talent has proved a successful endeavor — and we’re confident this 50-year-old superstar isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He did, however, take time to chat with us while at an event for Mont Blanc in Houston this week. As their global ambassador, Jackman celebrated the launch of their new Starwalker Pen collection, inspired by an astronaut’s view of earth....
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What is the Correct “Love Ratio” for Your Relationship?

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They say that relationships are made up of give and take, but how true is that? And if it is true, how much should should each partner give and take?Is there a way to calculate love or at least the possibility of a long, stable relationship? Yes and no. But there are certain formulas that might not guarantee, but should at least highly increase the chance of having a good relationship. We’ve spoken to relationship experts to get a better understanding of the pros and cons for the various relationship ratios.60/40 – Effort and Expectation“Love is only true and stable if it is 100%. The 60/40 rule says that you should put in 60 effort and expect to receive 40 from your partner,” said Celia Schweyer, a dating and relationship expert at DatingScout. ...
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My life as a work of art | Daniel Lismore

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Daniel Lismore's closet is probably a bit different than yours -- his clothes are constructed out of materials ranging from beer cans and plastic crystals to diamonds, royal silks and 2,000-year-old Roman rings. In this striking talk, Lismore shares the vision behind his elaborate ensembles and explores what it's like to live life as a work of art. "Everyone is capable of creating their own masterpiece," he says. "You should try it sometime."Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here: https://media-requests.ted.com/Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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‘I am not a stereotype’. The photo campaign that celebrates black men

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“Every time I see a black man in the media, it is generally because they are either a victim or a perpetrator of crime or violence, or a rapper or a football player,” says Cephas Williams.The 27-year-old Londoner, who has a degree in architecture, was tired at the negative portrayal of black men in the mainstream press. “If young black boys continually see themselves represented in a negative way,” he says, “it doesn’t give them much else to look up to, neither does it help to change the trajectory of their life.”56 Black Men is his response. The visual campaign documents 56 black men “who are doing something other than what is widely plastered about black men across the media,” as Williams puts it. In every striking headshot, the man wears a hoodie. Subjects include entrepreneurs, politicians, actors, teachers, as well as a choreographer, a trainee surgeon, a motivational speaker and many more varied jobs....
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Dope Black Dads: the podcast that honours black fathers

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It was Father’s Day 2018, a day that father-of-two Marvyn Harrison describes as “underwhelming”. He decided to send WhatsApp messages to a handful of friends who are fathers, saying thank you for their great work in raising the next generation.Every man replied quickly, and the group soon found itself discussing what it means to be a black dad in the UK today. “Sometimes dads get left off the radar, and black dads don’t get credit,” wrote one friend. All bemoaned the lack of a positive narrative about black fatherhood.“The conversations were so rich and honest,” Harrison tells Positive News, “that we wanted to share them with as many people as possible”. So, he created a podcast, Dope Black Dads, to set about exploring the issue in more detail....
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Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not. | Hannah Gadsby

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Hannah Gadsby's groundbreaking special "Nanette" broke comedy. In a talk about truth and purpose, she shares three ideas and three contradictions. Or not.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Separated During WWII, Their Love Lasted Until They Reunited 75 Years Later

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The year was 1944 and 24-year-old American soldier KT Robbins was stationed in Briey, in eastern France, waiting to be shipped to the Eastern Front. That’s where he met and fell in love with an 18-year-old French girl named Jeannine Ganaye.Their romance was immediate but short-lived. Within a few months, Robbins and his regiment had to leave Jeannine’s village and head to the Eastern Front, and the two were separated. They wondered when, and if they’d ever see each other again. “When he left in the truck, I cried, of course,” Jeannine recalled. She even practiced English in the hope of better communicating with Robbins if he returned from the Front.Instead, Robbins was shipped back to America after the war. In the next 75 years, both Robbins and Jeannine did get married to other people, but neither ever forgot their first love. Robbins even carried a precious photo of Jeanine in his pocket to remember her by....
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Beyond retro: the Manchester townhouse that’s packed with eco-innovations

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One semi-detached house is much the same as another, right? Not number 6 Zetland Road. In the weeks after going on sale, it generated the most online views the estate agent that was negotiating its sale has ever seen.From the outside, the five-bedroom home looks much like all the other red-brick Victorian properties in Chorlton, a leafy suburb of Manchester. It features large bay windows, ornate trim above the porch and steep pitches on the roof.The wow factor only really kicks in once you step through the copper-green front door. From floor to ceiling (and above too: there are state-of-the-art photovoltaic panels on the roof), the townhouse is packed to the rafters with eco-innovations.Wife and husband team Ellie and Kit Knowles have spent nearly three years of their lives turning the building (and the one next door) into one of the most planet-friendly properties in the country....
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Christians Attend Pride Parade With Signs Apologizing For Anti-LGBTQ Views

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When Pride parade participants reached the end of their march at Marikina Stadium in Manila, Philippines, they ran into a group of people whose message for LGBT+ marchers and allies usually isn’t welcome.Many Christian groups show up to LGBT+ parades to demonstrate their rude, cruel and homophobic agendas. They shout and yell Scripture from the Bible to “prove” horrific ideas such as God hating LGBT+ people. They scream that they are going to hell. All in all, generally speaking, Christian groups who show up at these parades are an unwelcome presence.This group surprised the participants in the parade in a decidedly different and very good way.Carrying signs with slogans like, “Christians harmed the LGBT community”, “God loves you, so do we” and “Can we give you a hug?”, the Christian group that met the parade at its end brought messages of peace, tolerance and compassion. One person’s sign read: “I used to be a Bible-banging homophobe Sorry!!”...
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10 Reasons Why People Who Have Big Sisters Are Really Blessed

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There’s nothing more precious than having a big sister.Who else is going to cover for you when you came in late?And that’s not all!Your big sister is your best friend, a person you can always confide in, your partner in crime, someone who will always give you an honest opinion, your other mom, and so much more.Here’s a list of 10 things that explain why people who have an older sister are blessed.1. She will be there for you. Always.– People come and go but true friends stay in our lives forever. That is so true when it comes to your big sister. No matter what happens – good or bad she will be by your side.2. She is a person who would always forgive you.– no matter how much you’ve hurt her, your sister will always find a way to forgive you. Your friends might not be the same during different stages of your life. But this is not the case with your big sister. She will always be your friend and help you....
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Study: Forcing A Smile At Work May Lead To Heavier Drinking

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Most people at some time or another have worked a customer service job. They’re not always easy jobs. In a day you can experience shoplifters, angry customers, dramatic co-workers, and ungrateful management.But all the while, you have to have a smile on your face for the customer.But according to a new study, being forced to fake a smile while you’re at work could be making you drink more heavily when the workday is over.The study, which was published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, examined the alcoholic drinking habits of participants who work with the public in customer service type jobs. The finding was pretty clear: workers who had to pretend to be happy and force a smile to their customers were at a greater risk for drinking when the workday came to an end....
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Keanu Reeves Was Asked What Happens When We Die. His Answer Left Everyone Speechless

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Keanu Reeves has had one of the most interesting careers of any actor. His career began with films like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bonus Journey, and slowly ambled toward more serious films like The Matrix.But there is a side of Reeves that not many people are aware of. He’s been incredibly successful, that much is true, but his life has also been marred by tragedy. At the age of 23, he lost his friend River Phoenix to a drug overdose. Reeves and Phoenix had been incredibly close friends.A few years later, Reeves met Jennifer Syme, an actress most noteworthy for her role in the film Lost Highway. The two seemed to fall in love almost immediately, and a year later, Syme became pregnant. Sadly, their child, Ava Archer Syme-Reeves, was still born at 8 months....
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Never Stop Being A Good Person Because Of Bad People

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Don’t let others change you.There are bad people in the world. There really is no getting around it. We may be strong, we may say our prayers, we may meditate and try to create protective bubbles around ourselves, but nothing can truly stop us from having to encounter bad people.These people come in so many different forms it can be difficult to keep track. They’re our co-workers, people from school, people from church, “friends,” even family members can be bad people.It can be next to impossible to keep bad people from entering your life, but don’t ever stop being a good person just because you’ve encountered a bad person.True change always comes from within. Change that comes from external sources isn’t real change. It’s not the kind of change you need, and really, that kind of change won’t ever stick. And who needs it anyway? You’re better than being changed by bad people....
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UK to become first G7 nation to make zero net emissions law

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Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be reduced to almost zero by 2050, if a new government plan to tackle climate change is successful.The outgoing prime minister is expected to announce a legally binding agreement today (12 June), that she hopes will set the UK on the path to end its contribution to climate change in just over 30 years. It makes Britain the first major economy – and first major polluting nation – to make such a commitment.The plan will be achieved, in part, by international carbon credits, something that environmental groups such as Greenpeace have said would “shift the burden to developing nations”. But the move, which will involve an amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008, could improve public health, air quality and biodiversity. The amendment is being put down as a statutory instrument, meaning it does not require an MPs’ vote....
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If You Want To Be Trusted, Be Honest

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It’s called authenticity…Most people have two versions of themselves. There’s the version that they put on display for the world, and then there’s the version of themselves, the true version, that they keep hidden away.Sure, everyone keeps some of their cards close to their chest. It’s perfectly normal. People could be judgemental creatures and there are just some things that we don’t want to be judged on. But here’s the reality of the situation:If you want to be trusted, you have to be honest.Truly authentic people, the people you want to surround yourself with, they don’t care about your perfect angle in your Tinder pic or what your “about me” section has to say. They want to cut through to the person you are because that’s the only way you can be trusted....
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You’re Going To Piss A Lot Of People Off When You Start Doing The Best For Yourself

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Why is it that people get so angry when you start living your life for yourself?It’s a great thing to be selfless and put others before yourself, but when people have lived under abusive or less than ideal circumstances, that selflessness can be pathological. People like narcissists often want you doing everything for them and nothing for yourself.When you start doing things for yourself and not others, it can really piss them off. Why? Your service to them is like a drug they’re addicted to. Cut off the addict and they’re going to get aggressive about it! Why is it that people get so angry when you start living your life for yourself?It may come as a surprise.To you, the internal conversation about living for yourself has probably been building for years, but to an onlooker who lacks insight into your thinking, it may seem sudden and out of nowhere when you decide to start doing what’s best for you. They may think that you’re being selfish or rude....
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Some People Are Holding Grudges Against You For Things They Did To You

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There are some mixed up people in the world, and it’s an inevitability that one of them will eventually cross your path.Holding grudges is ultimately a toxic habit. There’s a quote about this I like: “Holding a grudge is like drinking a poison and expecting the other person to get sick.”When someone holds a grudge, it isn’t good for them. But it’s also of no consequence to you, especially if they’re holding a grudge for the wrong reason.Some people will hold a grudge against you for something that they did.They’ll hold a grudge against you for the way you reacted to their wrong-doing, whether you blew up at them or let it slide. If you blew up, they might hold a grudge for your aggression. If you let it go, they may hold a grudge against you for not feeding the fire they wanted to start....
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The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood

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In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship -- with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member -- and shares the things you can do every day to love with respect, kindness and joy. "While love is an instinct and an emotion, the ability to love better is a skill we can all build and improve on over time," she says.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here: https://media-requests.ted.com/Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Stop Being a Sidekick: How to Become the Hero of Your Own Story

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When we read our favorite books, watch our favorite movies, see our favorite TV shows, we absolutely fall in love with the stories of our heroes. As the story progresses, we see that their trials and tribulations all served them in some way. Their challenges helped them rise to the occasion, even strengthened them, and we see that the story happened for them — not to them. However, we tend to not see our own life story in the same fashion. “When we read our beloved books or watch our favorite characters in movies, we are moved by the characters’ hurdles and challenges, and we see our favorite characters as brave and heroic– even when things don’t always work in their favor,” says Christine Scott-Hudson, a licensed psychotherapist and owner of Create Your Life Studio in Santa Barbara, CA....
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Try These Mood-Lifting Foods to Improve Your Attitude Deliciously

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Food is more than a delicious way to be energized and satisfied, it’s also full of healthy benefits for our whole body. In fact, some of our favorite snacks can also put us in a way better mood.Next time you are feeling kind of run down and looking for a quick snack, don’t go for what’s easy and fast, or simply what tastes good (though that’s a plus). Choose food that will make you feel good, from the inside out.The right ingredients can make a world of difference in our body, including our mood and mind. “Nutrients provide the biological building blocks for neurotransmitters — the chemicals in your brain that deeply affect how you think and feel,” says Florencia Tagliavini, in-house nutritionist for The NutraMilk....
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The indigenous Brazilian congresswoman who is standing up to Bolsonaro

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Joênia Wapichana was the first person in her family to go to university, the first to study law and the first to qualify as a barrister. Now she has become Brazil’s first indigenous congresswoman.Born in Roraima – Brazil’s northernmost state, deep in the Amazon rainforest – to the Wapichana tribe from which she gets her name, she attended a small public school in the reservation where her family lived. After graduating from high school, she worked as an office manager by day, while studying law by night. By 1997, at the age of just 23, Wapichana had qualified as the first female indigenous lawyer in Brazil.Her credentials sit in stark contrast to those of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president. He is a figurehead for the far right and is known for treating women, minorities and indigenous groups particularly poorly....
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The young Brazilian human rights champions

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‘I’ve experienced racism, but risen above it’“I was born and brought up in a rural village in [the state of] Bahia, where racism was a daily part of life,” says Paulo, 29.“My parents understood the importance of education. Despite having little money, they sent me to private school. I was one of just two black students. I was insulted a lot by students and teachers. One of the teachers named me ‘little blackie’ and on one occasion, threatened to punch me in the face. I understood the teacher was being prejudiced, so I decided to rise above it. I thought to myself: ‘I am going to be somebody’.“I studied theology at university and went on to complete a master’s in gender studies. I got more involved with youth movements, including Amnesty International, and learned about human rights....
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7 Ways Empaths Can Go Against Themselves

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Empaths are incredibly gifted people and overall most of them have a positive outlook on life.When at maximum potential, they are strong, caring, and truly a force to be reckoned with.For those unaware, empaths are people who feel things on an extremely deep level. They are able and do absorb the emotions of others. They are quite spiritual and naturally giving. They are people who we can truly relate to others and can be fascinating in a number of ways.Even though empaths tend to be overwhelmingly positive and caring, they sometimes do so to a fault. Negative empaths do exist. They are those who have lost touch with their inner sense of power and let the dark side of emotions surround them and consume them.  When in such a state finding proper footing for an empath isn’t easy....
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Narcissists Deny Flaws In Themselves And Put The Blame On Others

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5 Ways Narcissists Project and Attack YouThe narcissist’s self-esteem and self-worth depend on how other people perceive them, as most of them generally lack self-awareness.They tend to deny flaws in themselves and put the blame on others for their personal shortcomings, misfortunes, and mistakes. There is even a word for this mess: it’s called projection. People with narcissistic tendencies are projection-heavy individuals.In what follows we’ll explore five different ways narcissists with sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies project, blame, deny, confuse, and hurt the people around them.1. They put the blame on others for their own advantageIf they themselves ask for remorse, what they’re truly asking is to guilt you so they can better hide what they do not want you to know. And since it is never their own fault, this gives them another way to pass the blame. It works as a therapeutic release for a collective group of narcissists to always be demanding and receiving a public apology....
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“Too Busy” Is A Myth. People Make Time For The Things That Are Important To Them

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True Friends Are Never Too Busy When You Really Need ThemPicture this: you’ve fired off a text message to a friend of yours about your birthday party, but you don’t get a reply. Three days after your party, you finally get a reply.“Heyyy! Sorry,” it might begin. “I hope you had a great birthday! Sorry I couldn’t make your party. I’ve just been soooo busy.”Have you experienced something like this before? Chances are, yes, you most certainly have. And chances are, that claim that they were busy is a total lie. Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes people are legitimately busy, it can be a one off thing. But think about it: they had ample time to tell you they were going to be busy. “Hey! I won’t be able to make it, but have fun!” isn’t asking too much, right? Right, so here’s the truth:...
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How to Turn a Toxic Friendship Into a Healthy Bond

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We all know our toxic relationship patterns — or will once we take a moment to look closer. It happens in all sorts of relationships, be they romantic, friendly, or even work-based. We see a partner taking up all the energy in the room, making everything about their needs and wants and interests, with ours never coming into play. And we see ourselves letting this go on because it feels like that’s the only way to maintain the relationship. Resentment builds, and it’s a vicious cycle.Toxic relationships usually require both people to continue the same pattern of interaction and a lack of empathy adds to the impact of the negative interaction. “Sit down and address specifics of what is making you feel bad. Not through accusation but rather through “when you say this, this is how it makes me feel”. Try to help them understand how it feels to be you. Ask them what you might be doing to contribute to this dynamic and be willing to make your own changes in response,” said Dr. Gail Saltz, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NY Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of Medicine. ...
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16 Empowering Charlize Theron Quotes That Prove There’s Beauty in Darkness

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Charlize Theron is a South African-born movie star, noted for her versatility, stunning beauty, and incredible Oscar-winning performance as a real-life serial killer in Monster (2003).Theron grew up on a farm, but as a teenager she realized that her biggest dream was to appear on screen. She took a major leap and left for Europe to pursue a career in modeling, but found she loved acting a lot more and moved to the United States to give it a try.Theron’s childhood holds some tragic memories. At the age of 15, Theron watched as her mother shot and killed her abusive alcoholic father in self-defense. Her mother wasn’t charged with a crime and Charlize didn’t let that moment hold her back. ...
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Inspiring Woman Loses 133 Pounds by Turning Her Breakup Into a Breakthrough

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Kristen McLaughlin lost 133 pounds when the end of her 5-year-relationship gave her the “clean slate” she needed to jumpstart her weight loss journey. She’d always been active as a kid and played sports throughout high school, but that all came to a halt when she met her college boyfriend and settled into a sedentary lifestyle. “I wasn’t mindful at all about what I was eating,” McLaughlin, 31, told PEOPLE.“If I wanted to eat something, I didn’t really think twice about it. And when I got into my relationship, he was a larger guy, and I was eating whatever he’s eating — which does not make logical sense.” The couple often ordered giant pizzas, cheeseburgers, and fries for dinner, whether it was to reward themselves or because they needed a pick-me-up. ...
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25 Best Friend Quotes That Show the True Meaning of Friendship

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Having a best friend is a privilege and one of life’s greatest gifts. True friends are rare and they should be cherished.Throughout life, we get the chance to meet hundreds, maybe thousands of people in person. Nowadays, we can gather a list of 5000 “friends” on social media in no time. Some of them we get to know more personally and develop some pretty good relationships with, yet how many of them are truly our friends?A lot of people claim that they have friends everywhere, and maybe they’re really that lucky, but most of us can count our real friends on one hand, and that list shortens with time. We might have a lot of people to hang around or party with, but they’re not the ones we rely on....
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Facebook's role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy | Carole Cadwalladr

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In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters -- and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election -- Cadwalladr calls out the "gods of Silicon Valley" for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Children’s inventions to make the world a better place

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From a ‘gun sucker inner’ to an ‘ocean organiser’, children have been applying their unique way of thinking to a range of problems. A group aged between 5-11 from the UK and Australia were asked what they would invent to make the world a better place. An illustrator then interpreted 10 of their drawings to help bring their inspiring ideas to life.Some of the proposals are not far from real-world innovations.• The Gun Sucker Inner is similar to Humanium, a new material made from recycled metal from gun destruction programs. All products made with Humanium go towards funding for victims and projects aiming to rebuild conflict-torn societies.• Olly the Ocean Organiser has a parallel in The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organisation developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. By using the ocean currents to their advantage, the passive drifting systems could clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years’ time, says inventor Boyan Slat....
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Moral fibre: the story of Bristol Cloth

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Babs Behan is happy to be creating a stir in the world of fabric production. Her project breaks almost every convention of modern textile making – and that’s the way she likes it.Bristol Cloth is a locally sourced and manufactured cloth that is based around a system called Fibershed, meaning that the entire journey – “from soil to soil” – has been considered.The major elements of its production take place within a 15-mile radius, beginning with beautifully soft fleeces from regeneratively farmed Shetland-Romney sheep that graze at Fernhill Farm on the Mendip Hills.Sustainable and biodegradable, wool is more environmentally friendly than synthetic products. But chemicals are usually used even in the process of washing and dyeing wool. Not so here....
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Your Apology Needs To Be As Loud As Your Disrespect Was

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How To Apologize When You’ve Hurt Someone“I’m sorry” are two of the most powerful words in our shared human languages. We’re taught from the time that we’re children that when you do something wrong to someone else, you have to apologize. In preschool, if you hurt someone, you apologize for it. But all that really does is reinforce the surface level of what you have to do in order to obtain forgiveness is say you’re sorry. There is a lot internally that must happen if you want to apologize, and you have to express more than your apologies.If you want to apologize, your apology should be as loud as your disrespect was.This is how you loudly apologize to someone.1. Take stock of why you’re sorry....
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Gaslighting: A Type Of Psychological Abuse In Which The Abuser Denies The Victim’s Reality

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7 Warning Signs That You’re A Victim Of Gaslighting “You love someone. You don’t leave her to drown. And you don’t tell her she’s crazier than she already knows that she is!” ― Caitlín R. Kiernan“You love someone. You don’t leave her to drown. And you don’t tell her she’s crazier than she already knows that she is!” ― Caitlín R. KiernanGaslighting is a tactic of manipulation some people use to gain power over others.Unfortunately, it works too well.The word “Gaslighting” is inspired by the 1940 and 1944 movies Gaslight, where a husband systematically manipulates his wife to make her feel crazy and is now commonly used to describe manipulative behavior.At its core, Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that slowly eats away at your ability to make proper judgments. A Gaslighter spins their own negative, harmful or destructive actions and words in their favor, deflecting the blame for their abusiveness and pointing the finger at you. Often, this is done by making you think you’re “too sensitive”, “paranoid”, “unstable”, “silly”, and many other things that can cause you to doubt yourself....
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5 Daily Habits to Steal From Elton John, Including Knowing When to Stop

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Formally known as Sir Elton Hercules John CBE, this English-born singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer has been dazzling generations for the better part of his life. Born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight in the late 1940s, Elton John has sold more than 300 million records in his tenure, cementing his spot as one of the most beloved and renowned performers in history. Some other impressive feats? He’s had seven number-one albums in the United States, 58 Billboard Top 40 Singles, 27 Top 10 singles and more than fifty Top 40 hits. He’s part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and he’s not only won five Grammys but was given the Grammy Legend Award, too. With an estimated net-worth of $500 million, John is known for his humble attitude and charitable perspective. While you may know every lyric to every song he’s released, you probably aren’t aware of these surprising habits and perspectives that have made John the star — and incredible human — he is....
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An ingenious proposal for scaling up marine protection | Mark Tercek

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Island and coastal nations need to protect their waters in order for our oceans to stay healthy. But they often have lots of debt and aren't able to prioritize ocean protection over other needs. Mark Tercek and his team at The Nature Conservancy see a way to solve both problems at once: buying a nation's debt at a discount and restructuring it to give them lower payments, in exchange for the government's commitment to protect its coastal areas. Learn more about how "Blue Bonds for Conservation" work -- and how you can help unlock billions of dollars for the oceans. This ambitious plan is a part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change. (Voiced by Ladan Wise)Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here: https://media-requests.ted.com/Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Relationship Goals: Jessica Chastain and Gian Luca Treasure Their Private Romance

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Welcome to #RelationshipGoals, where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships.She may be a two-time Oscar-nominated actress, but if there’s one thing that’s more impressive than Jessica Chastain’s career, it’s her penchant for secrecy. The California native has been happily married since 2017 and yet, she rarely speaks about her groom or their relationship. When she does open up about her private life, it’s to gush about how wonderful Count Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo — that’s right: Count — is, but she’s always careful not to reveal too much. ...
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How Twitter needs to change | Jack Dorsey

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Can Twitter be saved? In a wide-ranging conversation with TED's Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discusses the future of the platform -- acknowledging problems with harassment and moderation and proposing some fundamental changes that he hopes will encourage healthy, respectful conversations. "Are we actually delivering something that people value every single day?" Dorsey asks.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Free online gardening tool launched to help people support pollinators

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With global crashes in insect numbers causing concern, a free online gardening resource to get more people growing flowers for bumblebees and other pollinating insects has been launched. The Bee kind app and online tool, which helps people across the UK choose the best plants for pollinators in their gardens, window boxes or community spaces, was announced this week at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in the Peak District by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.The revamped tool encourages people to install native ‘bee super plants’ such as apple trees, bugle, foxglove, lavender, and red clover.Users can find out and score how bee-friendly their patch already is, and how to improve it for pollinators, with advice based on conditions in their own gardens. They can also find out how to ensure bumblebees have a lifeline of food even in months when nectar-rich plants are in short supply....
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Robert Downey Jr. Announces His Plan to Clean Up the Earth — With Robots

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Robert Downey Jr. is known for his decades of acting — particularly for his stint as Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but he’s actually quite the philanthropist and environmentalist. To that end, he’s recently announced an exciting new project that he hopes will clean up the planet in a big way.Downey first announced his plan for The Footprint Coalition in his key-note speech at Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence conference in Las Vegas. The Footprint Coalition’s strategy involves using some very Tony Stark-esque technology to reduce environmental damage.“Between robotics and nanotechnology we could probably clean up the planet significantly, if not entirely, within a decade,” he said....
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What I Learned From Working at 65 Hotels Across 6 Continents

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As a travel journalist, my texts with friends almost always go like this: “Hey, want to get drinks on Thursday?” “Sorry, I can’t! I’m going to a hotel opening in Miami this weekend for work. How about next?” “Tough life, Linds!” Before you nod along with my pals here, I will preface with this: I am lucky to have a job where traveling to all parts of the globe is part of my responsibility. But also — and more importantly, in my humble opinion — I hustled hard for it. In fact, I spent 18 months traveling non-stop, where I visited and reviewed 65 hotels on six continents. In many ways, outsiders (and yes, even my dear friends) view my gig as the dream one. Who wouldn’t want to hop between one luxury hotel to another, or have the opportunity to dine at some of the most critically-acclaimed restaurants on the globe? There are so many aspects to my career that sound straight out of a movie, but the reality is much different than the glossy Instagram photos you see on your feed. ...
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How AI could become an extension of your mind | Arnav Kapur

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Try talking to yourself without opening your mouth, by simply saying words internally. What if you could search the internet like that -- and get an answer back? In the first live public demo of his new technology, TED Fellow Arnav Kapur introduces AlterEgo: a wearable AI device with the potential to let you silently talk to and get information from a computer system, like a voice inside your head. Learn more about how the device works and the far-reaching implications of this new kind of human-computer interaction.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here: https://media-requests.ted.com/Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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How Rwanda could be the first country to wipe out cervical cancer

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Girls began queuing at their local school with their friends, waiting for their names to be called. Many were apprehensive. After all, most of them had not had a vaccination since they were babies. It was 2013 and a new vaccine had arrived in Kanyirabanyana, a village in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. Reached by a reddened earth road, the village is surrounded by rolling hills and plantations growing crops from bananas to potatoes. Unlike the 10 vaccines already offered to young children as part of the country’s immunisation programme, this vaccine was different: it was being offered to older girls, age 11–12, in the final year of primary school.Three years before, Rwanda had decided to make preventing cervical cancer a health priority. The government agreed a partnership with pharmaceutical company Merck to offer Rwandan girls the opportunity to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer....
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The artist who creates beautiful collages from produce the supermarkets ignore

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It was while visiting street markets in Berlin that German photographer and artist Uli Westphal began what has become a 13-year focus on food. “I was intrigued by the diversity of shapes and colours of some of the produce,” he says. “Five-headed aubergines, curling cucumbers, Siamese tomatoes and peppers that resembled molecule models.”These vegetables had a beautiful, sculptural quality, but they also immediately triggered a question in Westphal: why are these kinds of fruits and vegetables never seen in supermarkets? He has since made it his mission to document the biodiversity that gets excluded from many of the world’s commercial food markets.Westphal discovered that it isn’t only the naturally occurring irregularities in the shape of fruit and vegetables that get filtered out. In fact, it starts much earlier, with the selection of seeds....
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Homeless Man Starts Work At McDonald’s After Police Officer Helped Him Prepare For Interview

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A homeless man from Tallahassee, Florida, has landed a job at McDonald’s after a policeman helped him shave and look presentable for his interview.Phil (whose last name is being withheld by authorities for privacy purposes) was due to have an interview in a McDonald’s in Florida, for which he was told that if he turned up freshly shaven, he could have the opportunity to get the job.Phil had managed to purchase a razor, but it had stopped working while he was trying to shave outside a petrol station. This is when he spotted police officer Tony Clarkson and asked him if he knew how to fix the razor.Without much hesitation, Tony stepped in, tied the loose screw on his razor, and helped him shave off the rest of his beard....
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How to Celebrate Father’s Day — Without Your Dad

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Fact: Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and really any other family-oriented celebration can be really challenging for those of us with less-than-idyllic family dynamics. The reality is, plenty of us have parents who were/are absent, abusive, or anywhere else on the spectrum of estrangement.But with Father’s Day upon us, if your usual inclination is to go negative on the day as a whole, or simply ignore its existence, there may be other, more fulfilling approaches to try — ones that do not involve feeling guilt or shame about not having a Hallmark relationship with your dad. After all, we all have our own path to travel and unique lessons to learn along the way. 1. Honor thyself In the era of ceaseless social media, few of us manage to escape the seemingly inevitable barrage of tweets and posts about loving, devoted fathers — and photos of them, too. While it’s comforting to know that wonderful fathers who maintain a meaningful presence in their children’s lives do indeed exist, it just may be that coopting the day to celebrate and honor yourself is the way to go. ...
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What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes | Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin

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E-cigarettes and vapes have exploded in popularity in the last decade, especially among youth and young adults -- from 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use among high school students in the US increased by 900 percent. Biobehavioral scientist Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin explains what you're actually inhaling when you vape (hint: it's definitely not water vapor) and explores the disturbing marketing tactics being used to target kids. "Our health, the health of our children and our future generations is far too valuable to let it go up in smoke -- or even in aerosol," she says.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here: https://media-requests.ted.com/Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Lebanon: beauty on the border with war

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Lebanon is a small sliver of a country, barely 50 miles at its widest point, sandwiched between Syria and the sea. In calmer times, you could leave Beirut after a leisurely breakfast, and drive over the hills to Damascus in time for an early lunch.The cradle of several ancient civilisations, including the Phoenicians, it’s been through the wars, literally and metaphorically, for much of the last 50 years. Its own brutal civil conflict flared sporadically through the 70s, 80s and 90s, bringing the economy to a bloody standstill. Then, as peace finally seemed to have taken root, fighting erupted in Syria, occasionally spilling across the border itself. Despite the turmoil, the Lebanese stepped up to take in a million Syrian refugees. Given the fact that its own population is barely six times that, this would be the proportionate equivalent of the UK accepting a cool 12 million people....
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Swedes opt for trains over flights amid climate crisis concerns

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The travel patterns of Swedish people have changed “dramatically” as a result of the climate debate, according to the country’s rail operator Swedish Railways (SJ).A survey published by the body last week found that 37 per cent of respondents are now choosing to travel by rail instead of air, compared with 26 per cent in autumn 2018 and 20 per cent in early 2018. It is thought to reflect escalating public concern about the climate crisis.The word ‘Flygskam’ – ‘flight shame’ – has been coined to capture the feeling of being embarrassed or ashamed to travel by plane because of flying’s environmental impact. It is being used on social media along with the hashtag #jagstannarpåmarken, which translates as #stayontheground....
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On Not Being Good Enough: Some Time In The Life Of a Woman Who Never Thinks She Is Good Enough

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At first, as the morning is still coming into focus, I feel light, airy, strong.I watch the diffuse light streaming into my bedroom window and watch the world start to come into focus. My little cat lies next to me with reproachful eyes. For a moment I smile, thinking, this cat practically better than I do. For a moment, I can be joyful, irreverent, alive. For a moment, I am aware of myself and of my place in the Universe, And then my cat meows. Not much, just a tiny meow. More of a chirp, actually. And the voices start up. Mostly it’s just one voice constantly mocking me, being mean to me, shoving me down, pushing my face in the dirt, giving me spiritual wedgies and so on. It’s a snarling man’s voice and it immediately starts in on my rough parts. Which are, as far as he is concerned, all of them....
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When Sarah Prout’s Fairy Tale Turned Into a Nightmare, She Chose Love Over Fear

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Sarah Prout was 19 years old when she met the man she was going to marry. “I said yes because I wanted to feel chosen. I should’ve said no,” Prout explains. “I wanted that fairy tale wedding. I wanted that ‘happily ever after.'” But Prout’s wedding was nothing like the fairy tale that she had dreamed about. When Prout was getting her hair styled before her walk down the aisle, her hairstylist asked “Have you got any special plans for today?”Unlike a typical blushing bride, who wouldn’t be able to stop talking excitedly about her upcoming wedding, Prout lied: “My friend is getting married.”The unnamed bad feeling Prout had about her own wedding foreshadowed the pain she would experience for the next 10 years, stuck in an abusive marriage....
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Could a tattoo help you stay healthy? | Carson Bruns

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Can we make tattoos both beautiful and functional? Nanotechnologist Carson Bruns shares his work creating high-tech tattoos that react to their environment -- like color-changing ink that can tell you when you're getting a sunburn -- and shows exciting ways they can deliver real-time information about our health.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here: https://media-requests.ted.com/Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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How to Keep Your Relationship Young and Healthy

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There are so many studies and opinions out there on how to keep your relationship alive. Every time we feel like we fail in our relationship, we seek for advice. We read science-based tips in magazine articles, we turn to our friends and family, and analyze our behavior — anything that helps.Then we find ourselves following some ridiculous steps that make things even worse — not because they’re wrong, but because they just don’t come naturally. Sometimes the answer to a happier and healthier relationship is right in front of our faces, but we can’t see it because we’re too busy complicating our existence. Most couples stay strong because they keep their spirits and relationships young. ...
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Want to volunteer? Five tips on how to begin

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The vital contribution that millions of volunteers across the UK make is being celebrated this week. Have you thought about being a volunteer yourself but never got around to it, or are worried it would be too time-consuming? Fear not.Here are five tips to help you join the 20 million people in the UK who volunteered last year. Not only will you be helping others, but you could gain valuable new skills and experiences, meet new friends, and boost your confidence.1. Tap into your interests and passionsThink about what interests or excites you, whether it’s a particular cause or type of activity. Maybe you want to do something to tackle homelessness? Be a Nightstop host and offer a room in your home to a young homeless person. You may find you learn a lot too, like this volunteer. Is the environment your passion? Join a green gym and not only will you be championing sustainability by doing things like planting trees, sowing meadows and establishing wildlife ponds, but you’ll also get fit....
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Photo series explores the beauty of first-generation immigrants

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A five-part conceptual photographic series, African Diasporan, by Elizabeth Okoh, includes portraits of people who were brought up in Africa but who now live in London. Okoh took up photography seriously in 2017, after doing it as a hobby since her teenage years. Her models are originally from countries including Sierra Leone, Nigeria and the Gambia. Okoh did all the shoots in one day, including styling, planning and set design.“I’m mostly inspired by my culture, immigration and living in the diaspora,” she said. “I’m interested in how other Africans experience living in the UK having been raised elsewhere, and in figuring out if there are any shared experiences.”Okoh noted that the way she was raised in Nigeria is “very different” to how her mother is raising her younger sister here in the UK, a topic that influenced the ‘Legacy’ part of the collection....
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Stephen Hecht on Turning Destructive Conflict Into Positive “Nonflict”

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Like so many of us, Stephen Hecht grew up in a world where conflict was a normal part of his life. His family life was riddled with business conflicts from a young age — a result of power imbalances caused by a shared formal wear business. Hecht’s father was the fourth son in his family, and Hecht recalls his mother and father complaining often complaining about his aunts and uncles.Hecht was taken under the wing of his Uncle Jack, who was the president of the family business and, without an heir of his own, raised Hecht to be his successor. When his uncle passed, Hecht discovered that Jack had willed Hecht the ability to buy controlling interest in the family business — ahead of his other uncles, cousins, and even his own father....
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Hero of the Week: He Saved a Woman’s Life With a CPR Joke From The Office

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The Office‘s Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute are two of the most often referenced characters in TV history, spawning countless memes. Even years after cult hit series has ended, the exploits of Dunder Mifflin employees are still very much relevant to fans. And for two people, The Office expertise was the difference between life and death.Cross Scott was cruising around Tucson, test-driving a customer’s car from the auto shop where he works, w when he saw a woman slumped behind her wheel. The car was in a dirt pull-off with its hazard lights on, as the Arizona Daily Star reported.  The 21-year-old shop technician immediately stopped and jumped into action. The woman’s car was still in motion, rolling gently. Scott blocked the front wheel of her car with a big rock and went to the window....
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Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker

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Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep -- and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep's impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code -- as well as some helpful tips for getting some shut-eye.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here: https://media-requests.ted.com/Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Psychologists Recommend Mothers Should Take Breaks Also Known as “Mom-cations”

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It is universally known that mothers are some of the most hard-working people in the world.A mother works 24 hours a day throughout the whole year, and the job comes with a substantial amount of emotional and financial stress.“Mom-cation”, a recent trend made popular by social media, is a brief vacation where moms travel together or solo without their family. While the “mom-cation” can be a fun trip for mothers, psychologists now suggest that moms traveling on their own can improve their family relationships in the long run.Mothers should be aware that taking mom-cations can also help them improve their own well-being.Experts say that taking mom-cations can also be useful for the other members of the family. Psychology professor Dr. Nava Silton states: “it’s very important for kids to see that balance that ideally needs to be achieved in a family situation”....
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4 Life-Changing Books That Inspire George Clooney to Challenge Himself

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He’s America’s sweetheart — and the dream guy for plenty of people. Sadly, he’s taken. George Clooney is one of those legends who will forever be known for his acting abilities and his charm. The winner of two Oscars, three Golden Globes, and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, Clooney has come along way since his breakthrough performance in ER. He’s been listed on the Time 100 as one of the most influential people in the world, and he uses his fame to make a difference, as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. As if that’s not swoon-worthy enough, we have a reason to admire him even more: he’s a serious reader. Tangerine by Christine Mangan...
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Determined Man Loses 331 Pounds to Save His Heart After Health Scare

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A health scare in 2016 inspired Mike Castadena to not only lose weight, but to get healthy mentally and physically too. During a visit to the doctor’s office after suffering heart palpitations, Mike was diagnosed as prediabetic, and the doctor recommended he start medication right away. He was 25. “I remember being extremely upset, feeling like the doctor had given up on me,” Castadena told Yahoo. “And madder at myself for letting myself get to this point.” At his heaviest, Castadena weighed over 500 pounds. He’d always been overweight and as time went on, he resigned to being big for the rest of his life. “Whether it was issues finding clothing or shoes that would fit, feeling tired, or suffering from sleep apnea, I always just thought that was the way that my life was going to be,” Castadena said. ...
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Relationship Goals: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis Took Things Slow

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Welcome to #RelationshipGoals, where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships.Since meeting in the fall of 2011, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde have become one of Hollywood’s most enviable couples. Although their relationship had a slow start, once it didtake off, it exploded. By October 2012, the actress was professing her love for Sudeikis publicly, going on the record to proclaim that she was “blissfully, hopelessly, wildly in love” and, as if to prove her point, adding, “We hold hands. I never f***ing hold hands.”Since then, the couple has gotten engaged and had two adorable kids. They also regularly post about their love and affection for one another on social media, giving off major #RelationshipGoals. ...
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Cupid’s Timeline: How to Avoid the Relationship Trap of Future Obsession

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You’re in a relationship. Struggles and high points throughout your romance with your partner are only natural, but during the tough times, do you find yourself thinking obsessively of what lies ahead? What is the future of your relationship? What will it look like in a year, 5 years, a decade? I call this phenomenon Cupid’s Timeline, a deceptive trap that threatens the harmony and longevity of romance. Esteemed philosopher Martin Heidegger proposed that each of us live “ahead of ourselves.” We exist in a joint state of presence in the moment and projection into the future. Heidegger believed people infuse their lives with purpose by creating a narrative covering the totality of their existence, best defined as “My Life Story.” ...
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Jim Carrey’s Quotes for Believing in Yourself — and Your Dreams

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One thing that Canadian megastar Jim Carrey is well-known for is his philosophy: Life is meant to be ad-libbed. To non-actors, it’s fascinating to watch Carrey ad-lib and go off script — in life and on screen — at a moment’s notice. His screen presence deeply portrays his passion in everything he does. Although Carrey has long been king when it comes to ad-libbing, life wasn’t always megastardom for the comedian. At the young age of 15, he dropped out of school to contribute to his household’s income, though his family was still forced to moved into a van. Fast-forward to his life in Los Angeles years later, following tons of hope and gigs in stand-up comedy, Carrey ad-libbed his own recipe for creating the life you want and believing in yourself and your dreams. ...
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The case for having kids | Wajahat Ali

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The global fertility rate, or the number of children per woman, has halved over the last 50 years. What will having fewer babies mean for the future of humanity? In this funny, eye-opening talk, journalist (and self-described exhausted dad) Wajahat Ali examines how the current trend could lead to unexpected problems -- and shares why he believes we need to make it easier for people to have babies. "For those who can and choose to, may you pass on this beautiful thing called life with kindness, generosity, decency and love," he says.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Master Chaos With Your Morning Routine — and Supercharge Your Success

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Do you wake up looking forward to the day or dreading it? Do you roll out of bed and start your morning routine calmly, but at a good pace? Or are constantly looking for your keys, phone, wallet? While some of us are not naturally early risers and feel like we’ll never wake up with a song in our hearts, there’s an important distinction to be made between being a little grumpy pre-coffee and running out the front door 15 minutes late — and completely frazzled –- every morning. Mastering morning chaos allows you to start the day with a calm experience, which in turn enables you to focus on the day and tasks ahead — whether it’s figuring out how to fit in a trip to the grocery store between the bank and the kids’ soccer practice, or what the perfect tagline is for the new ad campaign you’re working on. ...
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Alex Trebek Shares Inspiring and Encouraging News About His Cancer Battle

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The world was devastated to learn a few months ago that beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer, a cancer with an often-grim diagnosis. In open and emotional announcement, Trebek promised to fight his illness aggressively, and thankfully, it’s a fight he now seems to be winning!“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” he said in an interview with People Magazine. Despite the low 9% survival rate of his illness, Trebek reports that he is “near remission,” according to his doctors.“The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory,” Trebek explained. “Some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.”While Trebek still has a major fight ahead of him along with more rounds of chemotherapy, it’s encouraging news and his doctors are excited at his progress, as is Trebek, of course, who shared that he got emotional at hearing the good news: “They were tears of joy, not tears of depression.”...
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How your brain's executive function works -- and how to improve it | Sabine Doebel

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You use your brain's executive function every day -- it's how you do things like pay attention, plan ahead and control impulses. Can you improve it to change for the better? With highlights from her research on child development, cognitive scientist Sabine Doebel explores the factors that affect executive function -- and how you can use it to break bad habits and achieve your goals.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here: https://media-requests.ted.com/Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Tapestry of talent: how an entrepreneur is making the creative industries more diverse

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When Mercedes F Benson looked around the office at the tech firm she used to work for, she saw few people who looked like her. “I was working for one of the biggest tech companies in the world,” recalls Benson, a north Londoner with Nigerian heritage, “and yet I was the only black female in their marketing department”.This is not uncommon. According to government data, BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) employees account for just 11 per cent of the workforce in the UK’s creative industries, despite making up nearly 20 per cent of the population. In an industry that thrives on ideas, Benson says the lack of diversity stifles creativity.Research suggests she could be right. According to a 2013 study by the Harvard Business Review, companies with diverse workforces were more innovative and more likely to have increased their market share in the previous year than those without....
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MacKenzie Bezos Pledges to Give Away Half of Her $37 Billion Fortune

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When it was revealed that MacKenzie Bezos was divorcing the world’s richest man, her split with Jeff Bezos made international headlines for a billion reasons. There was a lot of speculation about the circumstances behind the break up, about what MacKenzie would do next, and above all, how much money she would get in the divorce. Jeff and MacKenzie had never signed a prenuptial agreement when they were wed back in 1993. The more important question all along was actually: what would she do with the money she got?MacKenzie has promised to give at least half of her fortune to charity by signing the Giving Pledge, where wealthy people can dedicate a majority of their wealth to charity, either during their lifetimes or in their wills....
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20 Trevor Noah Quotes About Resilience and Determination

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Trevor Noah is a South African actor, writer, and an international stand-up comedian. Noah is best known for hosting The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central.Trevor was born to a black Xhosamother and a white Swiss-German father in an apartheid system where the couple’sunion was illegal. However, his parents managed to secretly maintain theirrelationship for a while.The comedian talks a lot about hisexperiences growing up in an environment that practically encouraged racialoppression and segregation. It takes a strong psyche and a really good sense ofhumor to laugh at some of your darkest moments and get millions of people tolaugh along with you. Noah masters this skill! He carefully chooses his wordsso that he approaches sensitive topics in a funny, yet elegant manner....
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17 Inspiring Mark Ruffalo Quotes That Show True Strength

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Best-known for his portrayal of Bruce Banner/the Hulk in The Avengers franchise and its sequel, Mark Ruffalo is an American actor, director, and environmental activist.Ruffalo was determined to enter show business from a young age, but he sure went through a whole lot of tragedy before reaching his goal. When things started to go downhill, financially-speaking, his father packed his bags and left four children and a wife behind.The super calm guy that you now see in interviews, the “cuddly little bear,” as Samuel L. Jackson calls him, was a real life Hulk in his 20s. He dealt with professional rejection for so long that he became this angry young man who would punch walls and destroy stuff inside his apartment. ...
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22 Incredible Edmund Burke Quotes That Still Resonate Today

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Edmund Burke was aninfluential Anglo-Irish politician, orator and political thinker, known forpublicly expressing his opposition to the French Revolution.Born in Dublin in 1729, Burke went to London to study law, but soon gave this up and pursued a literary and political career. He became a member of the parliament in 1765 and had a 30-year career as a political theorist and philosopher. Later praised by bothconservatives and liberals, Burke believed that the government should be acooperative relationship between rulers and subjects. He also said that mostmen in a nation are not qualified to govern it, stating that those who areelected to represent the people should possess a greater level of wisdom thanthe public.     ...
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The crisis of leadership — and a new way forward | Halla Tómasdóttir and Bryn Freedman

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What should modern leadership look like? Entrepreneur and former Icelandic presidential candidate Halla Tómasdóttir thinks global leaders need to change their ways -- or risk becoming irrelevant. In a conversation with curator Bryn Freedman, she shows how anybody can step up and make a difference, even if you don't yet have power. "There's a leader inside every single one of us," she says, "and our most important work in life is to release that leader."Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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She Loved You Truly But You Didn’t Care. That’s Why She Said Goodbye And Left Your Life Forever.

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She wanted to be yours but you didn’t seem to care!She was ready to do all that she could, to sacrifice everything just to be with you! She wanted you so badly. And all she expected was you to ask her to stay. To promise her you will always be by her side because you loved her as much as she loved you. But you never did that. You never even thought about it because you didn’t love her.You meant the world to her.She loved you just the way you are. She knew you aren’t perfect but she put her heart and soul into loving you despite that. She believed that sooner or later you would change and start loving her. And she was waiting patiently for the day when her dream would come true. Because everything she had ever wanted was you. Only you....
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5 Life-Changing Books That Inspired LeBron James to Keep Winning

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You know him from his master moves on the court among the top successful basketball players of all time. LeBron James not only landed several MVP awards but his plethora of endorsements have accumulated a net worth of $440 million. Athlete, philanthropist and business mogul, James doesn’t just study up the best plays or practice diligently to perfect his craft — he’s also quite the bookworm. He’s been pictured time and time again reading right before he dives (or dribbles?) into a game, since he finds it as a source of calm and clarity. From classic, inspiring reads that challenge upward mobility and confidence to best-selling trilogies that spark imagination… The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho...
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How To Go From Extreme Cynicism to a More Positive Attitude

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The experiences we go through shape our character, and while we might have a lot to be happy about, our brains can be hard-wired to pay more attention to negative experiences. If we’re constantly exposed to negative events, it’s only natural to develop some coping mechanisms in order to avoid getting hurt again –- cynicism is one of these.Before thinking that every cynical person is a grump beyond saving, those with positive attitudes should take some time to look back at some moments when they were cynical. Yes, it happens to everyone and you don’t have to feel bad about it. In a small dosage, cynicism is actually good. Many cynics value honesty and integrity, and have more realistic expectations from a less-than-perfect world. These are obviously good traits, but what happens when we slip into cynicism’s extreme side?...
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Digital humans that look just like us | Doug Roble

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In an astonishing talk and tech demo, software researcher Doug Roble debuts "DigiDoug": a real-time, 3-D, digital rendering of his likeness that's accurate down to the scale of pores and wrinkles. Powered by an inertial motion capture suit, deep neural networks and enormous amounts of data, DigiDoug renders the real Doug's emotions (and even how his blood flows and eyelashes move) in striking detail. Learn more about how this exciting tech was built -- and its applications in movies, virtual assistants and beyond.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here: https://media-requests.ted.com/Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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The unlikely friends who brought LGBT education to Scotland

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“When I first met Jordan, I saw this handsome, intelligent young man, who seemed to epitomise perfection. So when he told me that, aged 12, he had thought the best option was to kill himself because he couldn’t accept his identity, I had to go and cry.”Liam Stevenson, 40, drives tankers for a living and doesn’t seem the sort of person to cry easily. Solidly built, he has a shaven head and a 5 o’clock shadow. Rough of voice, his accent is strong, hailing from just outside Glasgow. Perhaps surprisingly for one of Scotland’s most successful LGBT rights campaigners, he is heterosexual.Sitting next to him in a hipster coffee shop is his campaign co-founder Jordan Daly: 22 years old and possessed of a more gentle demeanour. Daly recently graduated with a master’s in equality and human rights, and works part-time in his local pub. His voice is softer, but he speaks passionately with an intensity behind his eyes....
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Recording the precious stories of the dying

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For some people, the hardest part of losing someone is never hearing them speak again. Now, people who are terminally ill are being given the chance to record their life stories on audio, so their loved ones can listen to their voices long after they have died.Former TV producer Barbara Altounyan came up with the idea of recording people’s lives on tape when she realised her father was dying. Armed with a tape recorder loaned from the BBC (her employer at the time), she documented him talking about his life. The experience inspired her to volunteer as an audio biographer at a hospice local to her in Surrey, and after seeing an enthusiastic response from patients who wanted to tell their stories, she founded the Hospice Biographers charity....
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Capturing a continent: the comic anthology rewriting Africa

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“My younger brother, who used to love to draw, felt really reluctant to draw black characters,” says Ziki Nelson, co-founder of the Kugali comic anthology. “He just didn’t think that would be a cool thing to do.”Based at that time in Lagos, Nigeria, the pair had grown up on comics from the US and Europe: in short, white characters and western stories. “I read comics like Asterix and Obelix and Garfield and moved on to things like the DC and Marvel comics when I was 12 or 13,” says Nelson. “So I didn’t see any superheroes that came from Africa.”Happily immersed and counting Spiderman as his favourite character – “I really related to him because he is a nerd” – it wasn’t until Nelson moved to the UK at the age of 18 that the concept of representation started to niggle. When African or black characters did appear in comics, noticed Nelson, who is now 27, they and their cultures were often diluted or caricatured. Sometimes it was just lazy, sometimes it verged on the offensive....
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By the book: the UK’s indie booksellers bounce back

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Rising in defiance of faceless online mega-retailers and woeful high street sales, new independent booksellers are setting up shop across Britain. In the 20 years after 1995 the numbers of bookshops plummeted, followed in 2016 by their ranks increasing by just one. Having lost more than 1,000 bookshops in the UK, this apparent turnaround was intriguing. Then, in 2018, a total of 12 bookshops opened their doors for the first time.One of these is Max Minerva’s Marvellous Books, in north Bristol. In the summer of 2018, Sam Taylor came across a note in the window of an empty shop, asking locals what they would like to see in the space.On a whim, Taylor found an envelope, jotted down that he would open a bookshop, and slipped it through the door. He received a call soon after. He and his wife Jessica Paul (pictured above) drew up a business plan, gave up their jobs, and opened in September 2018. “The community really supported the bookshop that was here before for 20 years, so we knew that it could work,” says Paul....
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7 Revealing Traits Of A True Empath

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An empath is someone who can actually put themselves in another person’s skin.Rather than simply sympathize with their emotions, they can truly feel what someone else is feeling as if those feelings are their own. Check out the list below to find out if you are a true empath.1. They can absorb other people’s emotionsEmpaths are highly attuned to the good as well as bad moods of other people, sometimes to an extreme. They take on exhausting negativity such as anger or anxiety. But if they are surrounded by love and peace, their bodies take these on and flourish.2. Many empaths are also introvertsEmpaths are overwhelmed by crowds of people, which can amplify their empathy. They tend to be introverted and prefer small groups or one to one contact. Even if an empath is more on the extrovert side they prefer to put limits on how much time they spend in crowds or at parties....
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How to revive your belief in democracy | Eric Liu

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Civic evangelist Eric Liu shares a powerful way to rekindle the spirit of citizenship and the belief that democracy still works. Join him for a trip to "Civic Saturday" and learn more about how making civic engagement a weekly habit can help build communities based on shared values and a path to belonging.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Inspiring Woman Loses 150 Pounds by Creating New Habits and Conquering Fear

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Danielle Patera lost 150 pounds after she realized her weight was preventing her from living the kind of life she envisioned for herself. It was in May of 2017, during a family trip to Kentucky, she decided to spend a day hiking at a local rock formation. Patera weighed 340 pounds at the time but wasn’t too concerned about the idea of trekking around the park– until the inclines became steeper and she became out of breath. Then, when it came time to pull herself over a boulder, she struggled. “I saw my sister do it. And she jumped back down to help my mom up and my mom got up. And I struggled. It took me 40, 45 minutes,” Patera told TODAY. “That trip made me realize that if my 54-year-old mom could do this with no problem, and I am struggling, I needed to make a change.” ...
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Simplifying Isn’t Sacrifice: How to Enrich Your Life by Embracing Less

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Our modern society is becoming increasingly complex. The rapid rise of technology, fast-paced living, information overload, hyper-capitalism, and endless choices permeate all areas of our lives. Even simple acts, such as watching a film, browsing the aisles of supermarkets, or ordering takeaway food, can now present an overabundance of options.We find ourselves in a “more-is-more” culture, full of sensory stimulation, excess, and unlimited choice. Living a simple life — and resisting perpetual FOMO — can be seen as near-blasphemy; a backwards step. But voluntary simplicity is a powerful lifestyle change. To simplify, you don’t have to mimic the extremes of great spiritual sages, who renounced all of their worldly possessions. ...
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How to Keep Your Vacation Mindset Alive After You Go Home

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During a vacation, most likely you’re relaxed and carefree, but all too often, you will go back to your “real life” and return to your feelings of stress and pressure. What if there were ways you could stretch that relaxed mindset to enjoy your life, post-vacation? Not only is it possible, it can be done with just a little bit of effort. We’ve asked experts about how to keep your vacation glow when you return back to your reality.Take shorter tripsAccording to results from an Enterprise Rent-A-Car survey, two factors that contribute greatly to peoples’ stress levels are the planning of a long vacation and then getting back into the work routine once the vacation ends. Naturally, the longer and bigger the trip, the more extensive the planning and as a result, stress levels increase. ...
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12 Fresh Gift Ideas for Your Father Figure on Father’s Day

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He’s your father. Papa, dad, whatever you call him, he’s the one who has been cheering from the stands since day one. Maybe he taught you how to throw a baseball, or perhaps he ignited your love of classic rock. Maybe he taught you the perfect paella recipe, or handed down his trademark humor. He’s probably still the champion on the grill, though you’re old enough now to vie for the title. Dad is the one who has been the bannerman for your dreams and goals. He’s still a temple for sage advice, and a shoulder to cry on when the sun isn’t shining. Father’s Day is an excellent time to remind your dad (or your father-figure) that you appreciate everything he has done (and all the times he’s put up with you). ...
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‘The next generation of journalists is excited about doing things differently’

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Growing up, I had the idea that news always had to be negative or depressing,” says 21-year-old Lauren Geall, a master’s student at City, University of London. “I would watch the evening news with my mum and it was always so dark and gloomy. Even when I began studying, my story ideas usually centred around what was going wrong. Who is responsible? How can I uncover it? Now, I’m consciously trying to unlearn that that always has to be the approach.”Uncovering corruption and holding power to account are crucial to journalism’s purpose, Geall acknowledges, but she now believes it is possible to make a difference using words in other ways, too.While studying for an undergraduate degree in English at the University of Exeter, Geall made her way on to the student newspaper. Students’ mental health was one of the subjects she found herself returning to. “I’ve suffered some problems myself, so I’m passionate about the topic. I realised I could help people by writing about it in a certain way, or at least prompt people to think about things differently,” she explains. “When it comes to my work, I want to know that what I’m doing has the potential to help others.”...
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PrEP: ‘Why I’m part of the trial for the HIV prevention pill’

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When did you discover PrEP?A few years ago, I was engaging in sexual behaviour that would be deemed risky. At this time one route that you could go down, if you were HIV negative and worried that you had been potentially exposed to HIV, was to take something called PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis.PEP was a dose of HIV medication and there was a strong likelihood that it would stop you from contracting the virus. So I had, in quick succession, done PEP twice.I was at 56 Dean Street, which is one of London’s busiest sexual health clinics, and one of the clinicians was talking to me about a trial that was about to start. The trial was the PROUD study, the first UK-based trial of PrEP [pre-exposure prophylaxis – a two-drug combination with the brand name Truvada]. It consisted of just fewer than 600 participants, mainly men who have sex with men, within the UK....
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How Reaching Forgiveness Helps Us Live Healthier Lives

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Everett Worthington had heard plenty about forgiveness in his life through his faith, but the scholar of psychology became professionally interested in the subject when he started counseling couples. Then tragedy struck his family repeatedly, and forgiveness – both of others and of self – took on a central role in his life. Today, Worthington is a retired Commonwealth Professor Emeritus known as a leading authority on the science of forgiveness, how it can impact mental health, wellbeing and happiness.Drawing on his studies and the emotional trauma of his mother’s violent death, Worthington worked out a five-step plan for long-lasting, healing forgiveness. Dubbed the REACH method of forgiveness, Worthington applied the same strategy to forgive his mother’s killer and bring healing into his life. ...
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Relationship Goals: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness’s Lifelong Romance

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Welcome to #RelationshipGoals, where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have done something almost unthinkable by Hollywood standards: They’ve been happily married for over two decades. The fellow actors met while shooting a TV drama called Corelli in their native Australia in 1995 and Jackman was instantly smitten. “That was my first job, where I met her,” he told Ellen DeGeneres in 2016. “She was the star. I had this major crush on her. Everyone did.” Although Furness needed some convincing, she soon realized their love was meant to be. The couple tied the knot less than a year later in 1996 and have been together ever since. Along the way, they’ve adopted two children — Oscar Maximilian and Ava Eliot — and watched Jackman’s career take flight and achieve A-list status. ...
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Stroke deaths in England have halved in a decade, study finds

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Deaths caused by strokes have halved in England in the past 10 years thanks to improvements in treatment, research shows.The number of strokes, and the number of people who died from having a stroke decreased by 20 per cent and 40 per cent respectively over this period, according to the study published this week in the British Medical Journal.Despite the overall reduction, the researchers warned that stroke rates actually increased in people aged under 55, probably as a result of obesity and type 2 diabetes, suggesting that stroke prevention efforts need to be strengthened in younger adults.Deaths from stroke have been falling worldwide for several decades, but it is unclear to what extent this is due to a decrease in the number of strokes occurring, the number of people dying from stroke, or a combination of the two....
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Where the wild things are: the magic of bothies

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Spread across the wildest regions of England, Wales and Scotland lie 104 shelters, called bothies. They are free to use, impossible to book in advance, and defined by the spirit of ‘always make room for one more’. Located exclusively in wild and lonely places, bothies offer adventure enthusiasts the chance to get closer to misty hills and glens, and steep, rocky valleys.They provide vital shelter in some of the UK’s most unpredictable weather and are more popular today than ever before. Pictured above is Glendhu Bothy (the building in the left of the shot) in the far north-western Highlands.No two bothies are the same. Some began life as vast Viking longhouses while others, like the Lookout on the northern tip of the Isle of Skye (pictured below as a hiker approaches), served as a coastguard watch station. Some are more modest, originally serving as simple sheep shelters. One thing they have in common is that they lack electricity, bedding and even beds....
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Why we ignore obvious problems — and how to act on them | Michele Wucker

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Why do we often neglect big problems, like the financial crisis and climate change, until it's too late? Policy strategist Michele Wucker urges us to replace the myth of the "black swan" -- that rare, unforeseeable, unavoidable catastrophe -- with the reality of the "gray rhino," the preventable danger that we choose to ignore. She shows why predictable crises catch us by surprise -- and lays out some signs that there may be a charging rhino in your life right now.Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup.The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more.Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalksLike TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDSubscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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4 Inspired Date Ideas to Help You Build a Truly Meaningful Connection

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At times, dating can feel more like a chore or a box to check than a way of forming genuine connection between two people. Online and mobile dating has made it easier to find people but made it harder to really get to know one another behind all the Instagram photos and pithy one-liners.Are you tired of the same, cliche dinner-and-drinks dates? Do you find there’s not enough time to actually talk on a movie date? You’re not the only one.It’s about time to kick your dating routine up a notch. Shake up your romantic repertoire with some fun and mentally stimulating date ideas that will take your relationship to a more mindful level. Here are some alternative dates that will actually allow you and your partner to engage with each other in a meaningful way– while also making a positive impact....
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A Woman Lost: My Journey to Midlife Enlightenment Took Me to a Tropical Island

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I am terrified. I’ve run away to a tropical island in Malaysia, far from everyone I love and everyone who loves me. I am lost. I feel empty, apathetic, lonely. I am confused, hurt. Without motivation, without drive, and incredibly not myself. But wholly myself, at the same time– and that scares me.I was fired a week before Christmas by the tech company I worked for. It was the first job I had ever had outside the arts (if you don’t count all the waitressing and bartending gigs). I had become tired of two decades of the actress/short film producer slog, living paycheck to paycheck, contract to contract. I knew what that life was, but that’s all I knew. I had loved it but would go months without creative work. ...

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