How PhysEd Destroyed My Confidence—And How I Got It Back Again


The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand promotes physical fitness through its BE ACTIVE campaign: Do what you can, enjoy what you do, be active and move your mood.

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Thanks, Facebook, But I Don’t Need a Makeover

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JJ Vincent hates it when Facebook suggests things he should “like”. For one, the words “should” and “like” don’t go together. And two, having Facebook do your thinking for you is kinda creepy.

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7 Most Amazingly Stupid Halloween Costume Ideas for Geeks


Shaun Chatman looks at why some costumes which seem to be the epitome of geekiness might be a not-so-smart idea.

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A City That Has Outgrown its Britches


Austin has changed a lot since I was young, but it is still a great city and a place I love. Keep it real, Texas.

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10 Basic Rules of Dressing Up For Young Men


Want to dress well but don’t know where to start? Here’s some step-by-step advice for guys on how to dress for success without being too flashy or blasé.

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Test Before You Test: Using a Business Strategy to Improve Your Life


Do you feel like every risk you take ends in the opposite desired effect? Utilize this tactic to better predict outcomes, boosting success in all areas of your life!

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How Helping Others Can Help You Find Meaning


How self improvement can improve the lives of others.

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A Sense of Place

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Gadgets that answer our questions instantly remove categories of expertise, and the small talk they engender.

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How I Quit Chasing the American Dream

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D. T. Brown didn’t quit owning things. He quit materialism.

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GMP Contributor Aaron Gilbreath Is Crowdfunding to Study the Effects of Crowding

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“The Future belongs to crowds,” said Don DeLillo. Aaron Gilbreath is embarking on a project to document that future in a new book, “Crowded.”

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All I Ever Wanted Was a Cheeseburger

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Growing up Orthodox Jewish in Houston, Texas in the 1950s and ’60s, the mixing of dairy and meat was forbidden.

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‘Gatsby,’ F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Murphys: Amanda Vaill Connects the Dots

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Who was Gatsby? A neighbor of the Fitzgeralds reports on the lifestyles of the young and beautiful Golden Couple in the 1920s.

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Why Not Aim for Greatness?

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We don’t aim for greatness and making a difference because we are too busy acting out our conditioning. Why not aim for more?

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10 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You to Know

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If you’ve never had a massage before, you might be worried about how your body will respond and appear to the therapist. Kate Bartolotta’s advice is to relax.

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Why Perfection Is the Lowest Standard You Can Set for Yourself

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Setting yourself up to fail is the least you can do.

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Simplifying: Living With Less Can Leave Us With More

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How a dot-com millionaire and a former missionary family have found greater riches in voluntary simplicity.

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