Stephen Lam/Getty Images Since it debuted a decade ago, Gmail has become not just another email program, but a cultural force.
Unless you're winning, most of life will seem hideously unfair to you. The truth is, life is just playing by different rules.
Confession: In the last month or so, I've eaten plain oatmeal for dinner at least eight times. I'm well aware that a bowl of Quaker oats is hardly the most nutritious or substantive fare. Honestly, it doesn't even taste that good.
Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.
Who is the happiest man in the world? If you Google it, the name "Matthieu Ricard" pops up. That's because he participated in a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson.
The leaders of the biggest companies on the planet are always trying to figure out what to do with their time, and it seems they all have come to one conclusion: work.
Flickr / Bryan Alexander Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have. And to learn something is to be able to remember it, say the authors, two of whom are psychology professors at Washington University in St. Louis.
According to the "Rework" author, thanks to modern offices, we're constantly getting distracted by our boss checking in on us, pointless meetings, or coworkers with urgent requests.
Colin Woodward and Tufts/Brian Stauffer In his fourth book, "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America," award-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.
But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional, say researchers. It makes communities more productive and innovative, and gives employees the ability to cope with constantly changing workplaces.
Jens Schott Knudsen/flickr Your 20s are the time when you lay the foundation for your career and finances, which means there's plenty to learn along the way.
Domiriel/Flickr Creative Commons That's right, you can eat banana peels. And not only are they edible — they're also good for you. If you live in the US, you're probably used to tossing banana peels in the trash.
Follow thousands of superbright kids for four and a half decades, and you learn a thing or two about how to raise a high-achiever. One of the biggest takeaways: Even kids with genius-level IQs need teachers to help them reach their full potential.
Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)
I spent years as a wealth advisor. Now, I run a firm that helps the ultra-rich protect their wealth. Here are my best pieces of money advice: We cannot escape taxes, as they impact not only our earnings but also our investments.
Being in a long-term relationship means that your partner gets to know you really well — which is a perfectly double-edged sword. It's a word that doesn't get used nearly enough in marriage, Runkel said.
How do some people achieve extraordinary levels of success when pursuing their passions while others chase their dreams but never reach any finish lines?
Generally speaking, trying hard is a great way to achieve most of what you want in life. Date a lot of people and you'll have a better chance of meeting your soulmate than if you stayed at home moping on the couch.
Flickr/FaceMePLSProfessor Anders Ericsson is an expert on experts, who studies exactly how people improve at anything.In decades of research, he has found that just practicing isn't enough — even though his research was the basis for Malcolm Gladwell's popular and oft-cited "10,000-hour rule.
Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.
"In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn't read all the time — none. Zero. You'd be amazed at how much Warren reads — and how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I'm a book with a couple of legs sticking out."
Shutterstock Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline? Get moving.
Shutterstock The world is going to be a very different place in 2045.
According to Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University who has been studying decision-making for over a decade, the surest way to maximize happiness has nothing to do with experiences, material goods, or personal philosophy. It's all about who you decide to spend time with.
Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 into a family of very modest means. Today, they'd probably be called lower middle class at best.
Want your kids to be happier kids? More important, want your children to grow up to be happier and more satisfied for the rest of their lives? Psychological control differs from behavioral control.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images "Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in his annual letter to shareholders, released Wednesday. "If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you're probably being slow.
Since it debuted in 2008, Google Chrome has quickly risen to be the most popular web browser in the world, beating out Firefox and Internet Explorer. But that doesn't mean you can't make it better.
We hear of Mark Zuckerberg's possible interest in running for president. We refer to Elon by his first name. Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. And every college kid dreams of becoming a tech billionaire. There's a certain 'hollywoodization' of entrepreneurship.
Ellen Chisa knew she had to quit Harvard Business School. She looked out the window, and back down to her desk where a full-time offer letter from Lola sat, awaiting her reply.
You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don't know what they're talking about. Don't trust them. Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.
Getty Images/Andreas RentzLinkedIn Influencer Jeff Haden published this post originally on LinkedIn. It's not that hard to be successful. But it is hard to be extraordinarily successful.
Flickr/A. Zirma More than 6.7 million Americans work in the tech industry today and close to 200,000 tech jobs were added in 2015 alone, researchers say. But in order to nab one of those jobs, especially one with a fat salary and loads of perks, you need the right skills.
INSIDER spoke with professional chefs to ask them what dishes they'd never order at a restaurant and why.Gourmet burgers top the list as a "waste of money and high-end ingredients."Never order the seafood special, since there's a good chance you're eating fridge leftovers.
When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from. But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?
Being a successful entrepreneur means you have to wear a lot of hats, especially when your company is just starting out and you don't have enough employees to cover all the areas you need.
People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating?
In most marriages, levels of satisfaction drop dramatically within the first few years together. But among couples who not only endure, but live happily together for years and years, the spirit of kindness and generosity guides them forward.
Shutterstock If you think running a marathon is the quickest ticket to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems.
The good thing about getting to read a lot of books for work is that I'm constantly challenged to rethink my conceptions of happiness, productivity, and success. The bad thing is that one time a stack of said books collapsed on my desk neighbor.
Having a nightly routine is as important as your Morning Routine. This way you can get the rest you need, and you will be prepared for an energetic and focused tomorrow.
For the majority of my child and adult life I never considered myself a "morning person." I was a night owl. During my architecture school career I worked late through the night and slept in the mornings.
This résumé landed me interviews at Google, BuzzFeed, Oscar, and nearly two dozen other top startups. A résumé sounds pretty simple — write down your education, work experience, and a few extras and save it in a text file. Sure, this is technically a résumé.
Kim Scott, a CEO coach and a former Google and Apple exec, is big on getting feedback from one's team. But she knows employees get squeamish around criticizing a boss. In her book "Radical Candor," she offers a potential solution.
YouTube/ICANNnews It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown book, but it isn't: The whole internet is protected by seven highly protected keys in the hands of 14 people. And in a few days, they will hold a historic ritual known as the Root Signing Ceremony.
It often feels like there aren't enough hours in the day to get through your to-do list. But making just a few small tweaks to your daily routine can make all the difference.
Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done? Know how many days a week you’re actually productive?
Time is seen in a particularly different light by Eastern and Western cultures, and even within these groupings assumes quite dissimilar aspects from country to country. In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.
The average answer to both questions is about 8 out of 10. As a rule, people are overwhelmed in the modern world.
The game has changed. In April, venture capitalist Bill Gurley wrote an essay crystallizing what many VCs had been talking about for months.
Way back in 1965, Intel cofounder Gordon Moore predicted that computers would get twice as powerful every two years — a prediction which has mostly come true, and is now enshrined as "Moore's Law." However, many, including Moore himself, now believe Moore's Law is screeching to a halt.
Airbnb, the $25 billion global-hospitality behemoth, may have met its match. And right in its hometown of San Francisco. On November 3, the voters of San Francisco will vote on Proposition F, the citizens initiative that, if passed, will crack down on Airbnb’s business.
The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in academics to getting ahead at work. It all requires mastering skill after skill.
When I first moved to New York, I was a cover letter machine. I wrote to every sir or madam with a job opening. I expressed my interest in positions for which I had none. I waxed rhapsodic about companies I'd never heard of. My response rate? A whopping zero percent.
This is what Americans fail to understand: My taxes in Finland were used to pay for top-notch services for me. Bernie Sanders is hanging on, still pushing his vision of a Nordic-like socialist utopia for America, and his supporters love him for it.
We all feel stressed from time to time. Worrying is completely normal — and can actually be healthy in small doses.
Let me tell you the story of two businesses that are exactly the same-except for one simple difference. Each company starts off with $100 in capital.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a single mission: to connect people around the world. Although the birth of his daughter, Max, kept him from hitting his goal of a book every two weeks, he ended the year with 23 selections in his A Year of Books reading group.
Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more. While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet.
The best part? It's a simple strategy that couldn't be easier to use. The 2-Minute Rule overcomes procrastination and laziness by making it so easy to start taking action that you can't say no.
The tech industry loves to talk about small, nimble startups. In reality, though, the tech game plan today is all about bulking up and getting as big as possible.
In the article "Malcolm Gladwell got us wrong," the researchers behind the 10,000-hour rule set the record straight: Different fields require different amounts of deliberate practice to become world class.
Shutterstock/El Nariz Exercise is the best thing you can do to live longer and keep your quality of life high as you age.According to sports scientist Michael Joyner, two exercises can keep you fit for life: burpees and jumping rope.
When I first heard about an app that promises the benefits of a sweaty bike ride or trip to the gym in seven minutes, I assumed it was all hype. It isn't.
Flickr/Gemma Stiles In a long-term study of 130 newlywed couples, Dr. John Gottman discovered that men who allow their wives to influence them have happier marriages and are less likely to divorce. This critical skill is not limited to heterosexual couples.
One day in July 2001, Larry Page decided to fire Google’s project managers. All of them. What Page wrote down that night became the basis for an algorithm. He called it PageRank and used it to power a new Web search engine called BackRub. The name didn’t stick.
"Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times — although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them.
Flickr/Garry Knight Podcasting is a great way to learn and be inspired. It's a new use of technology that hearkens back to the original social medium, storytelling.
But the Echo's path into consumers' homes was hardly a sure thing. The gadget was stuck in Amazon's in-house labs for years, subject to the perfectionist demands of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and lengthy internal debates about its market appeal.
I first met Noah Kagan over rain and strong espressos at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, California. It was 2007. We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.
People are often afraid to take risks, whether it's financial, physical, emotional, social, or business-related, Morin says. But it comes down to knowledge. "A lack of knowledge about how to calculate risk leads to increased fear," Morin writes.
When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.
On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company. He had just one meeting to go.
Apps are more powerful than ever, but it's hard to know which ones will waste your time and which ones will save it. That's why we've assembled a list of apps that will make you more productive, and take away some of the stress from your life.
Steve Jobs launched two of the most valuable and creative companies in modern times with Apple and Pixar — but he didn't reach those heights by following the rules all the time. Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple and Pixar off the ground.
What would you do if your boss fired you overnight? With no more paychecks coming in, how would you pay the bills, put a roof over your head, and feed your family? I know what I would do: nothing. Because I have several bosses, including myself.
William Bernstein, cofounder of investment management firm Efficient Frontier Advisors, writes in his recently published ebook "If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly" on the importance of having a basic understanding of finance in order to successfully save for retirement.
Rather than waste your life on Facebook and Instagram, put your daily interneting to good use. Digital Photography School — Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner.
Rob Ludacer Dozens of scientific studies suggest that eating fat isn't linked to weight gain.Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics, says it's perfectly OK to eat butter, cream, nuts, and avocados.
A decade ago, Magnus Carlsen, who at the time was only 13 years old, created a sensation in the chess world when he defeated former world champion Anatoly Karpov at a chess tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the next day played then-top-rated Garry Kasparov —who is widely regarded as the best