April 23, 2019

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Hero of the Week: This Disability Fashion Stylist is Fighting for Clothing That’s Adaptive — and Fun

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Many of us take clothes for granted. In the age of fast-fashion chains and weekly new collections, any occasion is a good excuse to buy a new pair of jeans, a flirty top, or some fresh kicks. But once you start looking closer, things in the fashion industry are not as sleek as fashion magazines and influencer posts would have you think.Cue Stephanie Thomas, disability fashion stylist and advocate. For 27 years, Stephanie has researched, championed, and implemented fashion-conscious styling for people with disabilities. She curates looks and wardrobes for VIP clients with disabilities and consults with designers and retailers on disability-inclusive fashion. When it comes to fashion and clothing catering to those even a little outside the so-called norm, options are very limited. Well-made, stylish plus-size clothing is notoriously hard to find, despite the fact that the 65% of the US alone is considered “overweight.” When it comes to people with disabilities, the fashion and retail industries seem almost completely oblivious. ...
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5 Daily Habits to Steal From Robert Downey Jr., Including How to Learn the Hard Way

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As a digital nomad and journalist, I travel the world while logging around 70 articles a month. To effectively manage a country-hopping lifestyle while also building my bylines and clients, I turn to the advice of seasoned movers-and-shakers who have developed habits and strategies for success. Each week, I’ll highlight the daily routine of influential professionals, making for the right kind of fodder while you down your coffee.Robert Downey Jr. is one of the highest-earning actors of all time — and his career is still buzzing. Especially now, with the release of Avengers: Endgame, Robert Downey Jr., is back in the spotlight, bringing crowds back to the theater, yet again. He’s been on stage and on camera since he was five years old, starting with a film produced by his father. In the ’80s and ’90s, he started to gain popularity with his performances in Weird Science, Less Than Zero, Chaplin, Ally McBeal, and countless others. However, as his fame grew, so did his addiction, ultimately landing him in the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in 2000. ...
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The 16-year-old climate hero: five inspiring quotes by Greta Thunberg

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1. Addressing COP24 in Katowice, December 2018 2. Addressing a special meeting of the European parliament’s environment committee, April 20193. Speaking to political and business leaders in Brussels, February 2019 4. Rounding on the global business elite in Davos, January 2019 5. Addressing a special meeting of the European parliament’s environment committee, April 2019Featured image: Greta Thunberg, photographed outside the Swedish parliament building in August 2018 by Anders Hellberg. Published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license...
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‘Forget Brexit, focus on climate change’: how Greta Thunberg inspires students to demand radical action on climate change

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She may be a teenager, but Greta Thunberg is not afraid to hold power to account. Addressing business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, the 16-year-old activist from Sweden told delegates that their financial success had “come with an unthinkable price tag” for the planet and for humanity.“Some people, some companies, some decision-makers in particular, have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money. And I think many of you here today belong to that group of people,” she said.Delegates clapped, sheepishly, before flying home – many in private jets. Thunberg, by contrast, schlepped back to Sweden by train, a journey that took 32 hours....
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What it's like to have Tourette's — and how music gives me back control | Esha Alwani

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Esha Alwani began writing songs when she was six years old, shortly after being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. And she noticed something amazing: whenever she played music, her involuntary tics suddenly went away. Listen along as Alwani explores the power of music and delights the audience with an ethereal performance of her piano ballad "I'm Not Loving You (My Mask)."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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How to lead a conversation between people who disagree | Eve Pearlman

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In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect? Veteran reporter Eve Pearlman introduces "dialogue journalism": a project where journalists go to the heart of social and political divides to support discussions between people who disagree. See what happened when a group that would have never otherwise met -- 25 liberals from California and 25 conservatives from Alabama -- gathered to talk about contentious issues. "Real connection across difference: this is a salve that our democracy sorely needs," Pearlman 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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Tenacious Young Man Loses 142 Pounds By Changing His Outlook and Overcoming His Inner Critic

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Pedro Perez broke down in tears when his father called him out on his problems with food. In that moment, he knew something had to change — and it wasn’t just his weight. When his dad asked him how much weighed, Perez couldn’t give him an answer because he hadn’t stepped on a scale in so long.“I was too afraid to look in the mirror or step on the scale,” Perez told Men’s Health.  At 25 years-old, Perez weighed 342 pounds and it was the result of work-induced stress and emotional eating. “When I was in junior college, and about 20 years old, I was 230 pounds and very strong,” Perez said. “I transferred to a four-year college to study engineering while working full time. I was stressing myself out with workloads and only eating fast food. As my emotions would get out of check, so would my eating. I didn’t know how to comfort myself without food.” ...
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Does Listening to Music at Work Really Make You More Productive?

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When working hard on completing a project, many of us try to listen to some music in order to focus on our task at hand and increase productivity. But why do we have this impulse — and does it pay off? Music helps improve the brain’s health and functioning in a variety of ways, and we are often enjoying the benefits without even realizing the music is the reason. “It improves intelligence, mood, productivity and reduces stress for people of all ages. Music is great for the brain because it activates nearly every part of it. Listening to music consistently results in a healthier brain,” says Dr. Catherine Jackson, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified Neurotherapist and Board Certified Coach.. As beneficial as listening to music is, playing an instrument has even greater brain benefits. ...
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Relationship Goals: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Show Us That Love at First Sight Does Indeed Exist

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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. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have shared a similar trajectory in life and in love. While Krasinski began making a name for himself on The Office in 2005, Blunt landed her big break in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada. Since then, they’ve both steadily climbed to A-list status, building impressive portfolios for themselves. It’s not just their careers that have risen in tandem, it’s also their personal lives. That’s because, after meeting in 2008, the couple wasted no time making their relationship permanent, proving that love at first sight does indeed exist. The pair got engaged in August 2009, said “I do” in July 2010, then welcomed daughters Hazel and Violet in 2014 and 2016, respectively....
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12 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts to Show You Truly Care

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Your mother has been there for you since day one. She’s your cheerleader, giver of the best advice, and an all-around superhero. She’s believed in you since before you could walk, and to this day she’s still your biggest fan. What better day than Mother’s Day to remind her what an inspiration she is?This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, the one who brought you into this world, or if you’re shopping for your partner in parenthood, it can be a challenge to find a gift that says how grateful you are to have them in your life. That gift doesn’t have to be flashy or overly expensive; it just has to be a sweet, thoughtful gift that shows you care. ...
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To detect diseases earlier, let's speak bacteria's secret language | Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi

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Bacteria "talk" to each other, sending chemical information to coordinate attacks. What if we could listen to what they were saying? Nanophysicist Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi invented a tool to spy on bacterial chatter and translate their secret communication into human language. Her work could pave the way for early diagnosis of disease -- before we even get sick.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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25 Quotes From Moms That Show Us the True Meaning of Motherhood

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They say there’s no greater love than the love of a mother, and we can’t argue with that. It’s instant, it’s pure, it lasts forever, and needs to be celebrated.Being a mother goesbeyond the meaning of the word itself. It’s not just about giving birth, eventhough many dictionaries might limit its definition to this.Many of us have been raised by grandmothers, distant relatives, or women we are not blood-related to, yet we use the word “mother” when we address them. And that’s because we’re taught to associate it with love and nurturing. In a world where people think that having a job takes effort, mothers show that growing a child means being “on call” 24/7. Hell, some of them have the “superpower” of having a career while rising a child! ...
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25 George R.R. Martin Quotes that Show the Truth Behind Fantasy

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Born on 20 September1948, George R.R. Martin is an American writer of fantasy, horror, and sciencefiction, best known for his series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted into the culturalphenomenon HBO series – Game of Thrones.Martin began writing at an early age and used to earn some extra pennies by selling his short stories to children in his neighborhood. Monster stories were his specialty back then, but he made his first professional sale at the age of 21 – The Hero was Martin’s first published work and gave him just enough motivation to continue writing.A big fan of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Martin never imagined that his work would one day become addictive to fans all over the world. But here we are! ...
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25 Beautiful Robert Frost Quotes on Life and Human Nature

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Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) is one of the most influential and famous American poets of all time. His work remains timeless, even today. Frost published his first poem in his high school magazine and sold his first one in 1894 (My Butterfly: An Elegy) for $15. Despite being popular for his rural life poetry, Frost had to work all kinds of odd jobs in order to support his family. Robert Frost’s personal life was filled with grief and loss. His father passed away when he was 11 years old, and Frost outlived four of his own six children. In 1921, Frost accepteda summer teaching position at the Bread Loaf School of English at MiddleburyCollege, where he taught for the next 42 years and was credited forencouraging and influencing upon the school’s development and writing programs....
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Babies With “Bubble Boy” Disease Get New Lease on Life Thanks To Amazing Cure

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There’s nothing more devastating than the loss of a child. For far too many children, the rare genetic disease called severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, or SCID, has been a death sentence – often within the first two years of life.Until now, when some hope has been found via the amazing doctors at St. Jude’s, and the cure that came from a most unexpected place.“The children are cured,” said Ewelina Mamcarz, one of the doctors who led the study at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “They came to us as little infants, some of them as young as 2 months, with severe infections. Now they are home, living normal lives, attending daycare.”While the babies won’t need monthly injections, it remains to be seen if the cure is truly permanent. ...
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5 Healthy Ways to Be Selfish — Without Feeling Guilty

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Being selfish is inherently bad, right? Well, let’s unpack that. While it is pretty unkind to horde all your toys and refuse to share them, or take way more than you give in your relationships, selfishness in and of itself simply does not deserve the bad rap that it gets. In a society that encourages self-effacement and self-sacrifice in all kinds of ways (arguably the wrong ones), selfishness must get back to its roots: a true focus on the self. If you take time to work self-love into your life each and every day, you’re only bettering yourself and your interactions with others — not the other way around. So why the selfishness stigma, pray tell? If you’re feeling out of touch with yourself, here are 5 healthy ways to be selfish:...
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4 Female Entrepreneurs on Their Mantras for Dealing With Stress

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No matter what industry you’ve built your career in, or what level on the corporate (or start-up) ladder you’re currently working on, stress is an inevitable part of every job description. During the month of April, we bring awareness to feelings of stress and being overwhelmed, but managing your anxiety is important, no matter the time of year. Female entrepreneurs know what it’s like to perform an on-going juggling act of personal and professional responsibilities, and must find ways to ease their symptoms. After all, as one-woman-shows and leaders within their community, the fine art of keepin’ on is a requirement to find balance and success. Many of these superstars turn to mantras — simple, one line phrases — that help them find peace and acceptance. They can also be used to motivate and inspire, when the situation calls. If you’ve yet to adopt your own practice, you can borrow one of these effective sayings the next time you need to take a big breath, let go, and focus: ...
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How does income affect childhood brain development? | Kimberly Noble

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Neuroscientist and pediatrician Kimberly Noble is leading the Baby's First Years study: the first-ever randomized study of how family income changes children's cognitive, emotional and brain development. She and a team of economists and policy experts are working together to find out: Can we help kids in poverty simply by giving families more money? "The brain is not destiny," Noble says. "And if a child's brain can be changed, then anything is possible."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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Protect the ‘thriving’ wildlife of the River Thames urges conservation charity

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Declared biologically dead in the 1950s, the River Thames is now a “hub of life”, says conservation charity ZSL and a “shining example of how wildlife can be brought back from the brink”.It is calling on people to pay attention to what’s going on beneath the surface of the famous London waterway, via its new campaign, Mother Thames. Encompassing ZSL’s annual grey and harbour seal census, European eel monitoring and oyster restoration projects, as well as many citizen-science initiatives, the campaign will culminate in the publication of the first report into the status of the River Thames in more than 60 years.This autumn, ZSL will publish the State of the Thames Report, a comprehensive scientific analysis of wildlife in the Thames which will aim to define indicators for assessing the health of the UK’s iconic river....
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Campaigner swims from summit of Snowdon to the sea to highlight plastic pollution

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Surfers Against Sewage regional representative for Snowdonia, Laura Sanderson, has collected plastic waste while swimming the Afon Glaslyn river in Snowdonia from source to sea.Sanderson has also collected water samples throughout her swim to be tested at a laboratory at Bangor University. The journey was part of Surfers Against Sewage’s Big Spring Beach Clean: Summit to Sea, which this year includes 615 cleans nationwide on mountains, rivers and beaches.Sanderson swam the 26km stretch of river from its highest point, Llyn Glaslyn on Snowdon, down to the sea, joining community organised river cleans along the journey. She started the swim at 5.30am on 6 April with snow on the hills around her and joined a community clean in the village of Beddgelert on the first day. She completed the swim on 16 April. “Swimming in rivers, lakes and seas enables an unrivalled closeness to watery environments,” she told Positive News....
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How centuries of sci-fi sparked spaceflight | Alex MacDonald

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Long before we had rocket scientists, the idea of spaceflight traveled from mind to mind across generations. With great visuals, TED Fellow and NASA economist Alexander MacDonald shows how 300 years of sci-fi tales -- from Edgar Allan Poe to Jules Verne to H.G. Wells and beyond -- sparked a culture of space exploration. A fascinating look at how stories become reality, featuring a goose machine sent to the Moon.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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3 Signs Stress Is Hurting Your Relationship — and How to Deal With Them

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Stress may have become a fairly expected and accepted part of our lives, but that doesn’t mean it’s not affecting every aspect of our day-to-day when left unchecked. Not all stress is bad, of course — igood stress is an element of pressure that can bring on the most amazing breakthroughs when channeled constructively. However, things get trickier when it comes stress’ effect on romantic relationships. You might not even be aware that your relationship isn’t making you unhappy — it’s actually stress making your relationship unhappy instead. So what are some of the biggest signs stress is affecting your relationship — and how do you fight them?1. Your partner is increasingly withdrawn...
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4 Ways to Disrupt Mindless Routines and Find Your Joy Again

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It’s easy to fall into a pattern of mindlessness in your life. Whether it’s going through the motions or getting into a repeating cycle of negativity, it’s important to make a mental shift toward a positive outlook. We’ve asked an expert for her take on how to disrupt these negative routines and make changes for the better.1. Reflect and reclaimTo begin to feel better, think about the moments that make you happy, fill you with energy, and stir up optimism. Lisa Shumate, author of Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart, a book and companion journal, suggests asking yourself some important questions when looking for some inspiration. What kinds of things are you doing when these uplifting moments occur? Write down your answers and look at your calendar. How can you schedule more time for things that bring you joy? ...
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A new class of drug that could prevent depression and PTSD | Rebecca Brachman

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Current treatments for depression and PTSD only suppress symptoms, if they work at all. What if we could prevent these diseases from developing altogether? Neuroscientist and TED Fellow Rebecca Brachman shares the story of her team's accidental discovery of a new class of drug that, for the first time ever, could prevent the negative effects of stress -- and boost a person's ability to recover and grow. Learn how these resilience-enhancing drugs could change the way we treat mental illness.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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Brave Chaplain Runs Into Burning Notre-Dame to Save Priceless Relics

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As the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris burst into flames, the world watched helplessly; shocked and saddened about the history and art that was being lost. Meanwhile, one man jumped to attention and tried to salvage the irreplaceable.A French chaplain namedJean-Marc Fournier, who serves with the Paris Fire Brigade, ran into the burning cathedral and was able to rescue the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns before they too were lost in the flames.“Father Fournier is an absolute hero,” a member of the emergency services said. “He showed no fear at all as he made straight for the relics inside the cathedral, and made sure they were saved. He deals with life and death every day, and shows no fear.”...
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16 Jordan Peele Quotes on Creativity and Diversity

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Jordan Peele is an actor, director, writer, and comedian, best known for the sketch series Key & Peele and his hit horror films Get Out and Us.Peele was born to a white mother and a black father, and he admits that being biracial often made him feel like an outsider. He first experienced that when he was only six years old – when given a standardized test and asked about his race, he just checked the “other” box.Peele began his career in 2003 as a comedian, during MAD TV‘s ninth season. There, he made a big impression by impersonating various celebrities such as 50 Cent, Ja Rule, James Brown, Montel Williams, Morgan Freeman, and Forest Whitaker. He later teamed up with his partner-in-comedy, Keegan-Michael Key to co-create, write, and star in their own Comedy Central series. Key & Peele went on to win two Emmys....
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Hollywood studio agrees to champion female film directors

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Universal Studios has become the first major film production company to accept the 4% Challenge, which calls on movie makers to announce at least one film with a female director within 18 months.Its name is a reference to research that revealed just 4 per cent of the last decade’s 1,000 highest-grossing films had female directors. It is part of the Time’s Up movement: a bid to end harassment and discrimination in Hollywood....
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How Richard Branson Channeled This Negative Emotion Into a Billion-Dollar Empire

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People often credit ambition or confidence when starting a new business, but that’s not the only trait that can make the difference. It can go beyond passion and inspiration too.According to Sir Richard Branson, founder of the multinational conglomerate Virgin Group, best known for Virgin Airlines and Virgin Records, the feeling that made all the difference for him is frustration.“You often spot opportunities from personal frustration,” Branson told the audience at the Qualtrics X4 Experience Management Summit last week. The origin of Virgin Atlantic was tied into this negative emotion, which was channeled in a positive way by Branson“I was 28, in Puerto Rico, trying to get to the Virgin Islands, and the pilot announced we had to wait until the next day,” the businessman with an estimated networth of $5 billion dollars recalled. This delay wasn’t anything unusual: because the flight didn’t have enough passengers, it was canceled....
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Here’s Why You’re Better off Without “Cheating” on Your Diet

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When we’re on diets, there are always all sorts of rules we need to consider – don’t eat that, don’t eat at this time of day, don’t eat too much of this. But when so many restrictions are in place, it may seem tempting to have a cheat day once in the while and abandon all the rules. Despite the temptations, some experts say that cheat days aren’t the best idea for healthy eating and diet success. A recent study suggested that if people are on the keto diet, having cheat days may work against their progress. What are the downsides of “cheat days”? “So many diets refer to ‘cheat’ days but here’s the irony: there’s nothing positive about the word ‘cheat’ – it means unfair, fake, dishonest – yet a cheat day is supposed to represent foods that are indulgent, decadent and delicious,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com, author of Read It Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table. “This is why I encourage people to ditch fad diets — even if you need to drop a few pounds, you should still be able to enjoy your favorite foods when you want to,” says Taub-Dix....
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Olympic medals to be made from recycled metal

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Athletes who triumph at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will receive medals made from recycled metals. Gold, silver and bronze are being salvaged from discarded mobile phones and other small electronic devices to form the 5,000 medals that are required.Since a call for e-waste went out from the Games’ organising committee in 2017, piles of smartphones, digital cameras, laptops and handheld games have been donated by members of the Japanese public and by businesses. The target for bronze has been met already: in June 2018.Image: Tokyo, photographed by Jezael Melgoza...
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4 Unexpected Ways a Streaming TV Binge Can Actually Strengthen Your Relationship

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Binge-watching TV shows has gotten a bad rap, often because it can be misconstrued as being in a zombie-like in front of your TV or device and wasting hours — or for some, days — absorbed in a show with several seasons of episodes. It may not seem like the most social of activities, but if the streaming sessions are planned with a partner, they can be fun, romantic bonding experiences. Experts share how an occasional binge-watching session can actually bring you and your partner closer together.1. It creates a shared comfort zone.Who doesn’t love to binge watch a TV show, comfortably covered in a snuggly blanket at home in your PJs? Now, imagine doing that with another person who is equally as comfy and cozy....
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5 Daily Habits to Steal From Kate Middleton, Including the Power of Admitting Weakness

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As a digital nomad and journalist, I travel the world while logging around 70 articles a month. To effectively manage a country-hopping lifestyle while also building my bylines and clients, I turn to the advice of seasoned movers-and-shakers who have developed habits and strategies for success. Each week, I’ll highlight the daily routine of influential professionals, making for the right kind of fodder while you down your coffee.As one of the most beloved members of the royal family, Kate Middleton — also known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — is renowned around the world. Her fairytale-like romance with Prince William captivated hearts near-and-far when nations gathered to celebrate their marriage. Eight years later, the two lovebirds have welcomed three heirs to the throne, and Duchess Kate has become a frequent guest to many British functions and events worldwide. ...
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Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school | Olympia Della Flora

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To get young kids to thrive in school, we need to do more than teach them how to read and write -- we need to teach them how to manage their emotions, says educator Olympia Della Flora. In this practical talk, she shares creative tactics she used to help struggling, sometimes disruptive students -- things like stopping for brain breaks, singing songs and even doing yoga poses -- all with her existing budget and resources. "Small changes make huge differences, and it's possible to start right now ... You simply need smarter ways to think about using what you have, where you have it," 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.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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Underprivileged Students at LeBron James’ Elementary School Achieve Extraordinary Success, Won’t Stop “Striving For Greatness”

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When LeBron James started the I Promise School, it was a beautiful and hopeful concept, but the success its students have seen is exceeding even the boldest of predictions.The I Promise School was originally opened to serve the at-risk elementary students of James’ hometown, Akron, Ohio. The unusual curriculum is designed to support kids who would otherwise lack the resources to achieve their potential in other public schools. However, the program’s support does not end with grade eight. The school will also offer free tuition at the University of Akron to its graduates starting in 2021. It currently houses a free food pantry for students and their parents, too.The school’s success is pretty mind-blowing: 90% of the students have already met or exceeded individual growth goals, outpacing students across the Ohio school district. This is particularly impressive given that the school has only been open for less than one academic year....
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How the ‘world’s fastest’ broadband is coming to rural UK communities that big providers won’t touch

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It boasts a picturesque setting in the Yorkshire Dales and a 4.8-star rating on Google. However, until relatively recently, the owners of the Traddock Hotel in Austwick found they frequently couldn’t read their guests’ glowing online reviews, because their broadband kept crashing.This was more than just a nuisance. Patchy internet impacted the day-to-day running of the business, not least because 90 per cent of reservations are made online. Broadband blackouts also made it impossible to take card payments and could prove frustrating for guests.“When it happened, it was highly disruptive,” recalls Paul Reynolds, co-owner of the hotel. “It was always something we were concerned about.”...
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Overcoming These 4 Common Ego Traits Will Enrich Your Relationships

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Our egos can be a formidable obstacle in relationships with friends, family, or romantic partners. Many conflicts are caused an unwillingness to see a situation from the other’s perspective. Identifying with our ego creates an isolated stance of self-preservation and survival. Decisions and interactions are clouded with fear. Generally, egoic reactions are considered self-aggrandising or arrogant, but low self-esteem, also known as an “inverted ego” can be just as damaging. If we fail to love ourselves, we can become dependent, needy, and struggle to authentically express how we feel, seek validation, or feel burdensome. All of these states, from arrogance to a lack of confidence, prevent us from forming deep, meaningful connections with others. ...
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Fiercely Determined Mom of Four Loses 101 Pounds After Health Scare and Chronic Illness by Taking Charge

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Katie Adams started experiencing pain in her left arm after giving birth to her fourth child but didn’t think much of it, chalking it up to sore muscles from holding her newborn. That was until she got ready to leave the house for the first time since her daughter, Abigail, was born, and the now 38-year-old found she couldn’t breathe. “I felt like I was suffocating,” Adams, of Simpsonville, Kentucky, toldTODAY. “The left side of my face and tongue were tingling. It was very, very scary.” During her last pregnancy, Adams took blood thinners for a tear in her artery and while the medication helps to prevent heart attacks, she was convinced she was having one. Next thing she knew, she was in the emergency room. ...
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Hero of the Week: Brad Paisley Will Feed the Hungry With Free Grocery Store

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Welcome to Hero of the Week, where each week we celebrate the most extraordinary stories of heroism from all over the world. From putting another life before their own to making someone else’s dreams come true, these are ordinary people who are making the world a better place.Country crooner Brad Paisley may have sold 11 million albums and won dozens of awards, including three Grammys and 14 Academy of Country Music awards, but the 46-year-old is now capturing hearts with his charity work. Paisley and his wife Kimberly are opening a free grocery store in their hometown of Nashville that is set to feed 3,000 people a year. The idea came to the couple while volunteering at Unity Shoppe in Santa Barbara, California during Thanksgiving. In operation for 100 years now, Unity Shoppe is a free grocery “store” that serves people in need not only with food necessities, but also with dignity and respect. ...
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How to keep human bias out of AI | Kriti Sharma

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AI algorithms make important decisions about you all the time -- like how much you should pay for car insurance or whether or not you get that job interview. But what happens when these machines are built with human bias coded into their systems? Technologist Kriti Sharma explores how the lack of diversity in tech is creeping into our AI, offering three ways we can start making more ethical algorithms.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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Relationship Goals: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Prove That Succeeding Separately Means Thriving Together

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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. One is a Grammy-nominated musician, the other is a SAG-nominated actress and yet, somehow, some way, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have managed to remain one of Hollywood’s most down-to-earth couples. That might have something to do with their surprisingly non-Hollywood start. Tabloids first linked the pair during the summer of 2016, although, at the time, Jonas played coy about his relationship status, telling Us Weekly, “I’m dating, but nothing serious. I’m really trying to just focus on myself and the music.” By January, all that had changed and the uncertainty had faded away. Turner was posting images of her boyfriend on Instagram and, fast forward to October 2017, the lovebirds confirmed their engagement with an Insta snap showing off a pear-cut diamond ring rumored to be worth a cool $150K. ...
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Major companies trial reusable packaging

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Milkmen have been doing it for years, but soon some of the world’s largest brands will offer doorstep deliveries of popular household items such as shampoo, washing powder and mouthwash, dropping them off at people’s houses in refillable and returnable containers instead of plastic packaging.Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Coca-Cola are among the companies that have signed up to the Loop initiative, which is the brainchild of recycling firm TerraCycle. Trials will take place in New York and Paris during 2019 and could be rolled out elsewhere, if successful.Image: Loop...
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25 Inspiring George Eliot Quotes That Hold Precious Bits of Life Advice

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George Eliot (the pen name for Mary Ann Evans) was an English Victorian novelist and journalist who often explored aspects of human psychology in her works.In 1850, Eliot began contributing to the Westminster Review, and later became its editor. While working there, she met many notable literary figures. One of them was George Henry Lewes, a brilliant philosopher and literary critic with whom she began a long-lasting relationship.Lewes encouraged Eliot to write more, and in 1859 she published her first novel Adam Bede. Although Evans was already a respected writer, she chose to publish the novel pseudonymously to ensure her works were taken seriously in an era when female authors were unheard or ridiculed....
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7 Things You Need to “Spring Clean,” Besides Your Home

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Spring cleaning is about more than Marie Kondo-ing our closets, or scrubbing our houses top to bottom. It’s also about removing chaos and excess from our lives. That may include any bad habits that have built up during winter – whether not getting enough sleep, skipping the gym, or losing track of our diet. It’s more than just getting more sleep and eating healthy, too. It’s really about being emotionally healthy as well, and that’s a little more complicated. Here’s some steps from experts on how to spring clean our life — and be a new you for summer. 1. Your relationships We have a tendency to go into hibernation mode in the winter when it comes to our relationships. It’s dark, it’s cold, and we just don’t have the energy to really pick ourselves up from those relationships that drain us. ...
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20 Ricky Gervais Quotes for Laughing Your Way Through Life

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We first met Ricky Gervais as David Brent back in 2001, in one of the most popular mockumentaries ever made: the original, UK-made The Office. Ever since, Gervais has built himself a massive fan base by making everyone laugh while tearing apart taboo topics.Gervais grew up in a poor neighborhood. His dad was a laborer and his mother a housewife. But even though he didn’t have much as a child, Ricky didn’t really need more. He always believed that a man is successful when he is able to do exactly what he wants to, when he wants to, and money making wasn’t part of that success. Gervais worked initially in the music industry,but eventually turned to comedy. After all, he couldn’t let all the wit andhumor go to waste. ...
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Regular Workouts Keep Improving Your Memory and Brain Function — Here’s How

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Our bodies don’t come with lifetime guaranties, and we all know exercising can help us in the fight against time – it has been well documented and is almost common knowledge. Whether you want to lose weight, preserve muscle strength, prevent heart disease, diabetes, or just want to look better, regular exercise is your friend.What if the benefits are just physical? What if workouts could actually help protect your memory and thinking skills? Have you ever heard the expression “Mens sana in corpore sano” (latin for “a healthy mind in a healthy body”)? It seems that people have known for a long time that there is a direct connection between mental and physical health, they just didn’t always have the proper “tools” to prove it....
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4 Ways to Fall in Love Without Losing Your Independence

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If you’ve fallen in love before, you know romance isn’t rational; it’s comparable to a free fall from a dizzying height, or an emotional rollercoaster of daze and confusion. Sleepless nights, incessant phone-checking, hours spent daydreaming, carving initials and hearts into trees… the way we behave when love-drunk is far from rational. However, the concept of romantic love is as misunderstood as it is mysterious. Culturally, it’s worshipped as the most precious experience of our existence on Earth, and broadcast boldly on billboards, TV screens, and radios. But what is often perceived to be the ultimate form of love is a poor imitation; a disorientating mixture of chemical addiction and codependency. ...
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25 Beautiful Victor Hugo Quotes That Will Instantly Lift You Up

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Born on February 26, 1802, Victor Hugo is a celebrated Frenchauthor, best known for his novels Notre-Damede Paris and Les Misérables. Aleading figure of the Romantic Movement, Hugo was also a poet and dramatist.Although he obtained a law degree, Hugo was much more interested inwriting. Encouraged by his mother to follow his passion, young Victor founded areview, the Conservateur Littéraire, inwhich he published his work and the work of his friends.Hugo was only 20 years oldwhen his first volume of poetry Odes etPoésies Diverses, established his reputation as a poet and earned him aroyal pension.After the Revolution of 1848, when Napoleon III came into power, Hugo was banished from his country as he did not share the same political views. He remained in exile for nearly 19 years -– this was the most productive period of his life, in which he wrote some of his best work (including Les Misérables)....
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The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait

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Phil Plait was on a Hubble Space Telescope team of astronomers who thought they may have captured the first direct photo of an exoplanet ever taken. But did the evidence actually support that? Follow along as Plait shows how science progresses -- through a robust amount of making and correcting errors. "The price of doing science is admitting when you're wrong, but the payoff is the best there is: knowledge and understanding," 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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Global terror attacks fell by a third in 2018, and deaths caused by them by a quarter

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Worldwide terrorist attacks fell by 33 per cent in 2018 compared to 2017, to the lowest level since 2011, a report released in January showed. The annual Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC) Global Attack Index indicated that non-military deaths resulting from terror attacks also fell, by more than a quarter.“Over the course of 2018, JTIC recorded a worldwide total of 15,321 attacks by non-state armed groups, which resulted in a total of 13,483 non-militant fatalities,” said Matthew Henman, head of JTIC. “The attack figure represents a significant 33.2 per cent decrease from the recorded number of attacks in 2017.”As well as representing the fewest annual attacks since 2011, the report recorded the lowest annual fatality figures since JTIC began collecting comprehensive data of this kind in 2009....
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The Top 11 Reasons Why You Should Take Up Meditation Right Now

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Meditation is one of the most popular, most clickable, and most searched for words online. The reason for its popularity’s hike lies in the fact that more and more people have discovered its undisputed benefits. Meditating just a few minutes a day could probably save you thousands of dollars on pills! A brief definitionIn most general terms, meditation is a habitual process whereupon one learns to train his or her mind to focus on certain phenomena and channel their thoughts in a particular direction.Some of the most common applications of meditationFor many people, meditation is an effective technique of reducing stress and stimulating their ability to concentrate. At the same time, it has been found to increase one’s awareness of themselves and the environment around them....
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This Six-Year-Old Blind Piano Prodigy Taught Himself to Play “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Other Classic Covers by Ear

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When you hear the story of a blind little boy, it may seem like a tragic tale about someone struggling to keep up with other kids their age. That’s not the case for Avett Ray Maness, though. In fact, this six-year-old boy is showing he’s leaps and bounds beyond his peers.The young piano prodigy from Dayton, Ohio, who was born with optic nerve fibroplasia, is completely blind in one eye and has very limited sight in the other. These limitations have not held Avett Ray back, however. He has even taught himself to play piano, and did so by ear! “The moment he could pull himself to reach the piano, he was playing the melody to ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,'” Avett Ray’s mother, Sara Moore, told CBS News. ...
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Dramatic fall in global executions reported in 2018

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Global executions fell by almost a third last year to the lowest figure in at least a decade, Amnesty International said in its 2018 global review of the death penalty.Published on Wednesday (10 April), the statistics assess known executions worldwide except in China, where figures thought to be in their thousands remain classified as a state secret.Following a change to its anti-narcotics laws, executions in Iran – a country in which Amnesty believes the use of the death penalty is rife – fell by 50 per cent. Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia also showed a significant reduction in the number they carried out. As a result, execution figures fell globally from at least 993 in 2017 to at least 690 in 2018....
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How you can help save the bees, one hive at a time | Noah Wilson-Rich

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Bees are dying off in record numbers, but ecologist Noah Wilson-Rich is interested in something else: Where are bees healthy and thriving? To find out, he recruited citizen scientists across the US to set up beehives in their backyards, gardens and rooftops. Learn how these little data factories are changing what we know about the habitats bees need to thrive -- and keep our future food systems stable.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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Are You An Introvert? These 6 Ineffable Conversation Starters Will Never Let You Down!

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Not surprisingly, introverted people generally find it more difficult to start and maintain a conversation than their extroverted fellows. Things become even more complicated if they have to converse with someone they’ve never met before.Then, the mission becomes nearly impossible if they have to keep a conversation going during their first date – the feeling is like having a shot of dental anesthetic in your palate and a piece of hot potato in your mouth!The time has come to stop worrying about picking up the wittiest conversation starters because We’ve just done this for you! Below is our finest selection of the six ineffable conversation hacks that have been tested in real-life situations and have proven their effectiveness....
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9 Signs Your Winter Relationship Will Last Beyond “Cuffing Season”

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“Cuffing season” is that time of year when we spend less time roaming about and more time cozying up indoors. That wintery nesting instinct means a lot more relationships get started – but do they last? “They say people get into relationships because of the gloomy weather and decrease of sunlight during the winter months, as a way to brighten up their lives,” says professional matchmaker and relationship expert Bonnie Winston. While winter romances can definitely make our days brighter, things can feel pretty dark again if those relationships don’t last into the spring. So how do we know if it’s the real deal? We asked a few experts. 1. Your intimacy is still a priority. More than just having great sex together, intimacy is maintained through the touching, cuddling, and daily connecting that fosters a happy, healthy relationship. ...
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After This Woman Adopted a Newborn Baby, She Gave Shelter to Her Daughter’s Homeless Birth Parents

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When going through an adoption, the birth and adoptive parents often make a concerted effort to keep their lives separate, to avoid creating a confusing situation for the child. There are exceptions, of course, and one such exception even resulted in a beautiful act of generosity.In 2013, Vanessa McGrady discovered her 2-year-old daughter’s Grace birth parents were homeless and living on the street. She reacted in a way that many others might not – she invited them to move in with her family. McGrady and her husband, Peter, actually met their daughter’s biological mother a few days before she gave birth and found out that they had much in common, like a love of music. After the birth, Grace’s birth and adoptive parents continued to communicate online. ...
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3 Strategies For Prioritizing Your Anxiety — While Regaining Control

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Prioritizing your anxiety may seem like counterintuitive, or even neurotic. After all, we tend to want our anxieties to disappear, rather than fall further down on our priority list. And is a list really going to calm you down?The fact is, doing away with anxiety is a process, so prioritizing your anxieties (both big and small), can go a long way toward helping you regain control.Worries, fears, and panic attacks can be downright paralyzing, but there are ways to minimize them and move past them, and being organized can help. If you’ve been finding it hard to come up for air, here are 3 steps for prioritizing your anxiety and regaining some control:1. Make an actual list of your anxietiesIt doesn’t take long. Take 5-10 minutes to dump all your anxieties onto paper. Relationship problems, work stresses, money trouble; anxieties that seem baseless as well as those that feel very well-founded. This act of unloading will eliminate the pressure caused by keeping everything tidily bopping around in your head, and your mind will be freed up to focus on other things—like the present moment, for example. ...
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An unexpected tool for understanding inequality: abstract math | Eugenia Cheng

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How do we make sense of a world that doesn't? By looking in unexpected places, says mathematician Eugenia Cheng. She explains how applying concepts from abstract mathematics to daily life can lead us to a deeper understanding of things like the root of anger and the function of privilege. Learn more about how this surprising tool can help us to empathize with each other.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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11 Nasty Manipulation Methods Most Narcissists Use To Control Others

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The one character trait that sets narcissists apart from all other toxic and manipulative individuals, including sociopaths, is their selfishness. Speaking of a narcissist’s personal interests, first I should mention that they narrow everything down to one word: POWER. They will stop at nothing to get it. On their malicious march to the top, they’ll use every manipulative trick they know to get those around them work for their prosperity.What drives a narcissist forward through life is a string of selfish, malevolent motives, well complemented by their insatiable desire to cause distress to others, without showing even the slightest remorse for their actions.It’s not that they do not understand that their behavior is hurting those around them. Narcissists, unlike sociopaths and psychopaths, aren’t completely devoid of empathy. Because they are so preoccupied with their own persona, they have little time to care for other’s feelings. Their perception of the universe invariably puts them in the center....
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When Billie Eilish’s Tourette Syndrome Was Revealed by Fans, She Took Control of Her Own Story

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Despite her young age, 17-year-old Billie Eilish is an artist with a lot of experience and talent. Her debut album album When We All Fall Asleep, Where do We Go? is already setting records, and she’s currently headlining her third tour. She’s also a role model for rocking out in the face of health struggles – but she doesn’t want that to be the whole story.Eilish was recently a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, and while the two talked about her work and played some fun pranks, things got a bit more serious when she shared her experience of living with Tourette Syndrome.Tourette’s, as the syndrome is known colloquially, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests through unvoluntary facial and/or vocal tics. Unlike the common stereotype of sufferers involuntarily shouting obscene words, most people with Tourette’s can briefly delay their brain’s urges to release tension by contorting their faces or making sudden sounds. ...
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The "dementia village" that's redefining elder care | Yvonne van Amerongen

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How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater and park within easy walking distance? The answer seems obvious now, but when Yvonne van Amerongen helped develop the groundbreaking Hogeweyk dementia care center in Amsterdam 25 years ago, it was seen as a risky break from tradition. Journey with van Amerongen to Hogeweyk and get a glimpse at what a reimagined nursing home based on freedom, meaning and social life could look like.
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10-Year-Old Scottish Busker Joins FDNY Pipe Band, Shows We Can Achieve Greatness At Any Age

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Josh Bruce really wanted to attend the New York City Tartan Day Parade, but he lives in Peterhead, Scotland – and that’s a long, expensive trip! Impossible as it may have seemed, the 10-year-old bagpiper set his goal, and he kept on working to make it happen. Josh started to busk on the streets of his hometown as well as piping in the Aberdeen city center, earning money for his dream NYC trip. Josh desperately wanted to be involved in the parade, which this year was led by actor Sir Billy Connolly (The Boondock Saints, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), who served as Grand Marshal. And he achieved his goal! This year, Bruce was an honorary member of the Fire Department New York Emerald Society Pipe Band....
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Six ways to improve your media diet

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Over the years I spent researching the effects of the news on our mental wellbeing, many people doubted the ability of individuals and organisations to bring about positive change in the newsroom. They told me: “The news is the way that it is; you are never going to change it.” But as playwright George Bernard Shaw so eloquently put it: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”Be unreasonable with me. Refuse to accept that there is only one way that the news should be; refuse to accept that negative news is the only narrative worth telling; refuse to accept that the news ‘is the way that it is’ and instead decide that it should be more balanced in its coverage. And then start making changes and choices that reflect this....
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‘When we witness the unbelievable, it makes it achievable’

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Most of the world’s progress is instigated by the few pioneers and visionaries who break barriers, reach new distances, forge paths into existence. They are the few brave enough to challenge the accepted norms, who believe in the seemingly impossible and dedicate their time to make their vision possible. Once they do this, they open the gates for others to follow – and follow they do.A powerful demonstration of this is the achievement of Roger Bannister, who in 1954, broke the four-minute minute mile barrier with a record of three minutes, 59.4 seconds. Before Bannister succeeded, the prospect was considered not only dangerous but impossible. But Bannister did not limit himself by this way of thinking; he developed within himself an unwavering certainty that it was achievable; even though there was no evidence to suggest it. In fact, it was quite the opposite; there was a lot of evidence to suggest it wasn’t achievable....
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Art that transforms cities into playgrounds of the imagination | Helen Marriage

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Visual artist Helen Marriage stages astonishing, large-scale public art events that expand the boundaries of what's possible. In this visual tour of her work, she tells the story of three cities she transformed into playgrounds of the imagination -- picture London with a giant mechanical elephant marching through it -- and shows what happens when people stop to marvel and experience a moment together.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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Surviving Two Brain Hemorrhages Inspired Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke to Start This Charity for Young People

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We have a tendency to look at celebrities like their life is easier than ours, as if fate gives them all the luck and opportunity we want with none of the crises or hurdles we experience.That’s not always true, though, and in fact, celebrities often have to face the hardest moments of their lives in the public eye.On Tuesday’s Late Show, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke shared her experience with two terrifying brain hemorrhages but that having them – and surviving – changed her perspective on life. She also shared how her art influenced her life: She used Dothraki lines from Game of Thrones to sharpen her memory on her road to recovery! Clarke has played Daenerys Targaryen, the leader of the Dothraki people, for all eight of Game of Thrones‘ seasons, filmed over the course of 10 years....
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80-Year-Old School Janitor Reports to Work, Only to Discover 750 People Waiting to Sing Him Happy Birthday

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Haze Mabry just turned 80 years old, and on his birthday, just like every other day, he reported to Pike County Elementary in Georgia where he works as a janitor, prepared to clean. But to his surprise, that day was different than any other day. Just as he was settling in for a day of work, he was greeted by more than 750 people, including, students, teacher, and staff, lining the hallways.The students had made handmade cards and banners, were blowing noisemakers, and they all sang happy birthday and chanted his name as he walked by.“They’re like my children,” Mabry gushed in an interview with The Washington Post. “I’m like the old lady in the shoe.”Mabry makes a point of interacting with the students when he can. “I know the little faces, but I don’t know every name,” Mabry said.  “Some of them make you know them.”...
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Two-thirds of British children make music, study finds

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The majority of young people are active musicians, according to a report by national music charity Youth Music. In partnership with polling organisation Ipsos Mori, the charity asked more than 1,000 British children aged seven to 17 to describe their music habits.Some 67 per cent of respondents reported engaging in some form of music-making in the past week. In a similar survey in 2006, just 39 per cent of young people reported doing so.Image: Ashkan Forouzani...
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"East Virginia" / "John Brown's Dream" | Nora Brown

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In a mesmerizing set, musician Nora Brown breathes new life into two old-time banjo tunes: "East Virginia" and "John Brown's Dream." An evocative performance paired with a quick history of the banjo's evolution.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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Nurse Adopts Hospitalized Baby Girl Who Went Months Without Any Visitors

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When we see a beautiful, helpless baby, we’d think anyone would want to help them, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes babies are left sick and alone until they become children who are still alone– unless someone intervenes. Two years ago, someone did intervene for baby Gisele. Liz Smith worked as the director of nursing at Franciscan Children’s hospital in Brighton, Mass., and was going about her business on a normal work day when she was stopped in her tracks by a beautiful baby girl with bright blue eyes and brown hair.She looked like somethingout of a fairy tale, but her life had been anything but a fairy tale so far. “Who’s this beautiful angel?” Smith asked the nurse who was caring for the baby. “Her name is Gisele.”...
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How Zachary Levi’s Heroic Mental Health Victory Made Him the Perfect Shazam!

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Zachary Levi may be lighting up movie screens as the delightfully childish superhero Shazam today, but just a few years ago, a divorce, the loss of his mother, and a missed Marvel role had driven him into darkness. His journey back from that dark place became a vital part of how he earned the starring role in Shazam!DC’s latest release, Shazam! tells the story of a 14-year-old boy named Billy Batson, who gains the ability to transform into an adult superhero whenever he says the word “Shazam!” The twist is that he retains his teenage mind while in an adult body. Zachary Levi, who was best known for his role as the titular character in NBC’s spy dramedy Chuck, plays the transformed, superheroic Billy, while Asher Angel portrays his teenage incarnation....
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When tenants fight back: rating landlords online

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“I’ll be glad to see the back of you.” Ouch, thought Ben Yarrow. His then girlfriend had only queried a small discrepancy over a utility bill. Their landlord’s email response was, in Yarrow’s view, way out of line.But what can you do? For the vast majority of renters, power lies in the landlord’s hands. If in doubt, try getting a stubborn property owner to repaint your decrepit kitchen or fix a broken tap.As the UK government continues to consider a private members’ bill against rogue landlords, Bristol-based Yarrow is short-cutting the system with a solution of his own. His answer is Marks Out of Tenancy, a service that enables renters to post reviews of their landlords online....
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The most powerful woman you've never heard of | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

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Everyone's heard of Martin Luther King Jr. But do you know the woman Dr. King called "the architect of the civil rights movement," Septima Clark? The teacher of some of the generation's most legendary activists -- like Rosa Parks, Diane Nash, Fannie Lou Hamer and thousands more -- Clark laid out a blueprint for change-making that has stood the test of time. Now T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, the cofounders of GirlTrek, are taking a page from Clark's playbook to launch a health revolution in the US -- and get one million women walking for justice. (This ambitious idea is part of The Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)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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Grassroots bee petition forces greener farming measures in Bavaria

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The German state of Bavaria has announced that it will pass into law a popular local, grassroots petition that promises significant changes in farming practices – without putting it to a referendum.The petition launched in February to seek better protection of plant and animal species. It became the most successful in the region’s history, garnering 1.75m signatures, more than 10 per cent of voters there.The campaign, known locally as ‘save the bees’, calls for more grassland to be turned into meadow and for a third of farms to be organic within 10 years.Rather than putting the petition to a referendum, Bavaria’s state premier, Markus Söder, announced it would simply be written into law, passing through parliament, reported the Guardian....
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A bold idea to replace politicians | César Hidalgo

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César Hidalgo has a radical suggestion for fixing our broken political system: automate it! In this provocative talk, he outlines a bold idea to bypass politicians by empowering citizens to create personalized AI representatives that participate directly in democratic decisions. Explore a new way to make collective decisions and expand your understanding of democracy. (Mira la charla en español: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUp39T3fPAo)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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Una idea osada para reemplazar a los políticos | César Hidalgo

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César Hidalgo nos propone una idea radical para arreglar el sistema político roto: ¡automatízalo! En una charla que te hace reflexionar, explica la idea de cómo llegar a reemplazar a los políticos para empoderar a los ciudadanos con agentes virtuales personalizados que voten directamente en los proyectos de ley. Explora una nueva manera de tomar decisiones colectivas y desarrolla su compresión de la democracia. (Watch this talk in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyGWML6cI_k)
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Sweetest Teenage Son Ever Trades Xbox and Gets a Job to Surprise His Mom With a Car

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Being a parent involves a lot of struggle and sacrifice. No matter how much you work and save to make ends meet, you sometimes need a little help.This was the case for Krystal Preston, who is a single mom to three children. She was trying to work to support her children and take care of all their needs, but was having a lot of trouble getting it all done without a car at her disposal. That’s when her oldest son, 13-year-old William Rabillo, had an idea to help.William saw an ad for a 1999 white Chevy Metroon Facebook’s Marketplace and reached out to the seller about buying it. “It wasreally cheap so I asked if I could trade the Xbox or earn it,” William toldlocal ABC affiliate KOLO. “At first she said no, but then shethought about it and she said yes.”...
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Restrictions on betting ads to protect children

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Children in the UK should be better protected from gambling adverts, thanks to new rules coming in this month (April 2019). Changes to advertising standards will forbid bookmakers from placing ads on websites or in computer games that are popular with children.They must also use “all tools available” to prevent their adverts from targeting under-18s on social media. The rules prohibit under-25s from appearing in gambling promotions, although bookmakers can still sponsor sports teams.Image: Chris Liverani...
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Annual beach clean scales new heights

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For environmentally minded coastal communities the Big Spring Beach Clean has become an important fixture. Now, people living inland can also take part in the UK’s largest annual clean-up, which has expanded to include litter picking in mountains.Rivers, towns and cities had already been incorporated into the event, as organisers attempt to prevent rubbish from entering the sea, rather than simply collecting it once it has washed ashore.Scientists claim that up to 12m tonnes of plastic flows into the world’s oceans every year – mostly via rivers – posing a major threat to marine life, which can mistake it for food. Including mountains in the clean-up means that, from source to sea, entire waterways will be covered for the first time....
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6 Life-Changing Books That Inspired J.K. Rowling to Write

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One thing is for sure: if the planet’s most successful author recommends a book, you can probably rest assured it’ll be a page-turner. As the only writer to create a billion-dollar fortune — not only as a woman but between both sexes — JK Rowling is a legend. She penned the iconic and beloved Harry Potter series, rising from a suffering single mother to one of the planet’s more regarded wordsmiths.Many writers will credit their constant flow of inspiration to reading the work of others like them, and Rowling is no different. She reads a bit of everything but unsurprisingly, mostly fiction. If you want a glimpse into what this British author reads and adores, here are a few of her must-reads: ...
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This Woman Bought More Than 200 Pairs of Shoes for Flood Victims to “Pay It Forward”

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When someone is homeless or trying to recover from a natural disaster, they lack a lot of the basic life necessities that many of us take for granted. While people are often inspired to donate canned goods, not everyone is thinking about things like shoes. Of course, you can’t go looking for a new job or a home, if you have no shoes to walk in. One woman in Hays, Kansas took this into account, and found a brilliant way to help hundreds of people.Payless stores are going out of business, and the stores that remain are having huge liquidation sales, so a woman named Addy Tritt bought out all the remaining shoes at the Hays Payless store — more than 200 pairs — and donated them to flood victims in Nebraska....
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5 Crucial Things Every Single One Of Your Friends With Anxiety Wants You To Know

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The article provides details about certain sensations that people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) undergo, the awareness of which can help improve relationships with GAD-affected friends. Tips are presented by 35-year old Rebecca Jane Stokes (Becca), who suffers from GAD. To make the reader acquainted with the essence of GAD, Becca refers to an outline by The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (AADA): “Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry.”  ...
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Did You Know Women Need More Sleep Than Men According To Science?

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It is science: women tend to use more of their actual brain than men do, and that is why they have a greater sleep need than their male counterparts. Jim Horne, sleep neuroscientist and director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University explains that phenomenon with the fact that women are born multitaskers and expose themselves to strenuous activities. Horne, who also wrote the book Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science of Sleep, elaborates on the subject:“The more of your brain you use during the day, the more of it that needs to recover and, consequently, the more sleep you need.”… “One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself.” … “Women tend to multi-task — they do lots at once and are flexible — and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater.” ...
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25 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes that Will Change the Way you See Yourself and Others

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832) wasa German poet, playwright, novelist and scientist. He is considered one of thegreatest literary figures of his age, and not only. In 1765, Goethe left home to study law, as his father wished, butdue to his illness (probably tuberculosis), he returned home without a degree. However,while at the university, Goethe was much more absorbed with writing, but hepresumably burned some of his works as he considered them unworthy.Often regarded as Germany’s Shakespeare, Goethe achieved fame atthe age of 25 after the release of his novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. It is said that the novel had such aninfluence on men of sensibility, that it has made suicide fashionable for them....
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21 Anthony Hopkins Quotes on Living a Happy and Worry-Free Life

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Born on December 31, 1937, Sir AnthonyHopkins is one of Hollywood’s most distinguished actors and a living legend.Hopkins started working in the film industry inthe late 60’s. Before that, he pursued a stage career, which he hated. He feltlike he was working without a point and he knew he could do so much more.There are so many movie titles linked to Hopkins’remarkable acting style, but the actor gained critical acclaim due to hisgame-changing performance as Hannibal Lector in Silence of The Lambs. In fact, he was so convincing that he kind ofscared his co-star Jodie Foster. She later admitted that she avoided Hopkins asmuch as she could during the filming of the thriller.Hopkins has consistently proven his immense versatilityand due to such a lengthy list of achievements and awards, he was knighted in1993....
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20 Agatha Christie Quotes that Will Help You Solve Some of Life’s Mysteries

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An icon in the world of mysteries, thrillers, and crimenovels, Agatha Christie is one of the best-selling authors of all time.Agatha was destined to become a great writer. She enjoyedwriting and creating characters ever since she was a little girl but who would’vethought that only the Bible and Shakespeare would be more widely read than hernovels?During her life time, Christie wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. Although murder mysteries were her forte, Christie was also noted for her romantic books and plays – including The Mousetrap (the world’s longest running theatrical play in London).But writing didn’t come easily to Christie. As a youngaspiring writer she produced a number of short stories that were all rejectedby various publishers and literary magazines....
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High School Students Built a Robotic Wheelchair – and Gave It to This Toddler Who Can’t Walk

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Cillian Jackson is two years old and an adorable, active toddler, but the way he gets around is unique. He can’t walk due to a genetic condition, but he still wants to get around like any kid; he just needs a bit of help. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes from the most unexpected of places.Cillian’s physical therapist, based in Minnesota, looked into a program called Go Baby Go, which creates modified toy cars for kids that have trouble getting around. Unfortunately, there was no Go Baby Go program near the Jackson’s family home in Farmington, Minnesota. The only other option was a motorized wheelchair, but those can cost over $1,000, which just wasn’t in the family’s budget....
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How I'm making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza | Majd Mashharawi

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Majd Mashharawi was walking through her war-torn neighborhood in Gaza when an idea flashed in her mind: What if she could take the rubble and transform it into building materials? See how she designed a brick made out of ashes that's helping people rebuild their homes -- and learn about her new project: bringing solar-powered energy to families living in darkness.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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‘Do something people’: latest issue of Positive News magazine celebrates can-do attitude

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It feels great not to waste things, doesn’t it? As someone with a passion for composting, I’ve always loved the satisfying feeling of giving something back. But when it comes to products, the scale of stuff that society gets through seems overwhelming, and it can be hard to feel good about the things we buy.So I was excited to learn more about the global push to help more people repair items they own, to make them last. At the forefront are fixers, modifiers and hackers who share their knowledge and skills to help people counter a sense of futility in the face of consumerism.It’s a movement characterised by collaboration, a can-do attitude and inclusiveness. You don’t need to be a tech whizz or inherently practical; if you can hold a screwdriver you can give it a go....
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Symbols of resilience: post-mastectomy tattoos

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The series of portraits, Reclaim, is by photographer Kate Peters and art director Gem Fletcher. Scanning social media, they noticed a “new tribe” in the form of the P.ink movement – an abbreviation of ‘personal ink’. P.ink seeks to connect breast cancer survivors with tattoo artists. Peters and Fletcher posted calls on social media for women to take part in a photoshoot and contacted tattoo parlours around the world to put them in touch with their customers.“Gem and I had seen mastectomy tattoo images online, but not anything more than Instagram shots by tattoo parlours. We thought it would be great to try and tell this story in a more meaningful way,” says Peters.“All the women were incredible. It was such a humbling experience meeting and photographing them. All said that they had found the process of getting the tattoos particularly transformative in terms of body image and self-esteem. They were all keen to take part as a way of inspiring other women in a similar situation.”...
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Why You Should Harness the Therapeutic Power of Creative Writing

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It is sometimes impossible to be objective about our feelings when we are in the thick of experiencing them. By putting them down on paper, we are turning our feelings into something tangible, something physical, and that can make accepting them or understanding them so much more manageable.Writing is a powerful tool because it allows you to open up a dialogue with yourself, without straying into the realms of anxiety or obsessiveness. Many professionals recommend journaling as a self-improvement exercise, and there is certainly a lot of merit to that proposition. Journaling is a deeply personal journey that helps us explore and dissect our feelings and emotions.After journaling, the next step toward self-improvement should be dipping your toes into the sometimes intimidating world of creative writing. Many people dismiss the idea of writing poetry or fiction because it might be too challenging, or ‘not their thing,’ or a waste of time, but in order to unlock the true therapeutic potential of writing, you should start exploring mediums like poetry or fiction....
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5 Daily Habits to Steal from Jason Bateman, Including Practicing Gratitude and Self-Reflection

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He’s been in nearly everything, and this American actor, director and producer is still bringing in the hits on the silver and the golden screen. Jason Bateman is best known for his role in Arrested Development where he played Michael Bluth — and took home both a Golden Globe and a Satellite Award. Over the years, he’s starred in countless romantic comedies — including The Switch and Couples Retreat — as well as his work in more serious dramas, like Hancock. Most recently, he’s directed and starred in two works of entertainment, including The Family Gang, and T, a Netflix crime drama series. This father of two is more private about his personal life, but more than willing to share his insights on his long-lasting career and how he’s accumulated an estimated net worth of $30 million. Here, a few tidbits from this beloved actor that could apply to your lifestyle. ...
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6 Meaningful Ways to Express Gratitude for the Women in Your Life

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Though romantic love is undeniably fulfilling, if you ask most women, their true soulmates are their best friends. Or their mom. Or the mentors who have guided every step of their career. No matter how you show your respect and love for these important women, taking a moment to pause and celebrate them will enrich your bond. Though Women’s History Month is over, any time of the year is a good time to honor the women you love, especially if they’re going through a rough patch or have had a string of successes. Here, female entrepreneurs and executives share the personal, meaningful ways they express gratitude to their tribe of badass women. 1. Listen and invest“I show that I care about female colleagues by taking a genuine interest in their professional work and their lives outside of work. While that may be a no-brainer rather than a big idea, I am surprised by how often women feel the need to compartmentalize the rest of their life in order to be taken seriously in the workplace. I believe that a supportive environment among fellow female co-workers encourages us to embrace all of our ‘and’s’ and cultivates an environment where we can ask for and receive the support we deserve.” —Christine Wise, Chief Strategy Officer at DNA Digital Marketing. ...
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5 Daily Habits to Steal from Emma Watson, Including What She Learned From Being Hermione

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As a digital nomad and journalist, I travel the world while logging around 70 articles a month. To effectively manage a country-hopping lifestyle while also building my bylines and clients, I turn to the advice of seasoned movers-and-shakers who have developed habits and strategies for success. Each week, I’ll highlight the daily routine of influential professionals, making for the right kind of fodder while you down your coffee.You know — and love — her as Hermione Granger, but actress, model, and activist Emma Watson has grown far past her Harry Potter roots. This 28-year-old feminist has not only achieved a myriad of professional accolades from the acting community, but she continues to be a voice for gender equality. ...
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The Story of Meghan Markle’s Rescue Beagle Is a Reminder That Even at Our Lowest Point, We Can Still Live Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

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It wasn’t so long ago that beagle pup Guy Markle was on death row at a high-kill Kentucky shelter, just on the verge of being euthanized.Everything seemed hopeless (this was only three years ago) and so far no adoption prospects were working out. He was already three years old, and that meant he wasn’t a puppy — and most people didn’t want to adopt him.But then everything changed one beautiful day when a littleknown actress named Meghan Markleadopted Guy 2015 after meeting him at an adoption event at a pet store inOntario, Canada.RELATED: 15 Meghan Markle Quotes on Being Real and KindThen in 2015, according to Get Leashed, a team of volunteers started an effort that ultimately got Guy to Canada. Each volunteer participated in one or two hour segment of the trip, where Guy from car to car and stranger to stranger until he arrived at A Dog’s Dream Rescue....
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Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse | Thomas Curran

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Social psychologist Thomas Curran explores how the pressure to be perfect -- in our social media feeds, in school, at work -- is driving a rise in mental illness, especially among young people. Learn more about the causes of this phenomenon and how we can create a culture that celebrates the joys of imperfection.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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Hero of the Week: Kenyan Science Educator Wins Global Teacher Prize, Plans to Upgrade School with Prize Money

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Brother Peter Tabichi always admired teachers, having grown up surrounded by them. His father, uncles and cousins are all teachers. Their work, their impact on young people’s lives inspired him early on to follow in their footsteps. So, when the Franciscan Brother was named the top teacher in the world during the 2019 Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, it was of little surprise he asked his father onstage and handed him the award. His father had raised him and his siblings alone after Brother Peter’s mother died when he was only 11.The 36-year-old had taught in a private school at first and while the inspiring young minds brought him great joy, he saw the children of surrounding disadvantaged communities struggle with access to education. For Brother Peter, a staunch believer in Africa’s young generation, things had to change for Kenya and Africa’s future....
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Time to be kind: why kindness matters

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It was a quarter to midnight and Bernadette Russell was about to go to bed. But her hopes of an immediate date with the duvet were dashed when her partner asked a question: had she done her daily act of kindness?Weeks earlier, Russell, an author, had pledged to do something altruistic every day for a year because she didn’t know what else to do in the face of “all these troubles”. It was 2011 and she was referring, among other things, to climate change and the London riots, which had recently happened on her doorstep and left her deeply saddened.It was a mission that had hitherto seen her slip £5 notes into books in Waterstones, give flowers to checkout assistants in Tesco and write letters to lonely pensioners. But on the day in question, she’d forgotten her act of altruism and the clock was ticking. Russell had to think fast....
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Is your country at risk of becoming a dictatorship? Here's how to know | Farida Nabourema

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Farida Nabourema has dedicated her life to fighting the military regime in Togo, Africa's oldest autocracy. She's learned two truths along the way: no country is destined to be oppressed -- and no country is immune to dictatorship. But how can you tell if you're at risk before it happens? In a stirring talk, Nabourema shares the four key signs of a dictatorship, along with the secret to defiance for those living within an oppressive system.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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