8 easy feng shui changes to make right now

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Instead of resolutions you’re likely to break or expensive gym memberships you won't use, try out some quick moves from the ancient art of feng shui to help ensure this year is your best one yet. Feng shui coach Susan Chan has been consulting clients on how to balance their lives for over 10 years. She gave Mashable insider tips that take minutes, with results that last much longer See also: 9 Valuable Things You Didn't Know Are Lying Around Your House “Your external world is a representation of what’s going on inside of you,” Chan says. “When something in your home is off it affects your mood, it’s the internal and the external constantly going back and forth.” Read more... More about Features , Design , Home , Lifestyle , and Work Play Read more »

Why do we run so slowly in our dreams?

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You know how to run You've done it thousands of times, swishing your arms back and forth, tackling ground one leg at a time. And yet, when you enter a dream, running becomes much more complex. You feel sluggish, weighed down, forced to pull your body through some kind of invisible quicksand hellbent on trapping you It feels like you're running in slow motion How does this happen? Some research indicates, as a whole, our dreams may actually occur in slow motion . Daniel Erlacher, a psychologist at the University of Bern in Switzerland, conducted an experiment to analyze brain activity during sleep, interested in finding out how the brain reacts to action in a dream. Read more »

8 spellbinding documentaries you need to watch in 2015

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Film buffs, it's time to flex your documentary knowledge. The new year is ushering in an array of worthy, fascinating documentaries on everything from entertainment to wildlife. From a terrifying look at the black market of endangered species to a frank look at artists like Nina Simone, there are a lot of films to keep tabs on in 2015. See also: 10 indie films we can't wait to see in 2015 While this list is in no way comprehensive, here are a just a few of the new year's most anticipated documentaries Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Films , Movies , Features , Entertainment , and Film Read more »

Your charity checklist: 5 things to consider before donating

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The holiday season is one of the most popular times of year to give back. But how do you know which organizations will ensure your charitable dollar has the most impact? See also: 5 Chrome extensions that make charity effortless We spoke to experts about their most crucial tips for the average do-gooder looking to support a worthy cause. From researching an organization's financials to never donating over the phone, here are several things you should consider first — whether you're donating in lieu of buying holiday gifts or making good on your 2015 resolution to be more charitable Read more... 1. Don't just give to give; find a cause you're passionate about. Read more »

13 albums we can’t wait to hear in 2015

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New year, new music In 2015, a slew of artists will bless fans with brand new albums. From the surprise return of Modest Mouse to the embattled swan song of Lil Wayne, audiophiles are eagerly awaiting a bunch of new releases See also: 15 visually stunning album covers of 2014 While we can speculate about the potential return of stars like Adele , Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna , here are 13 albums listeners can definitely spin in 2015. Read more... More about Music , Features , Albums , Entertainment , and 2015 Read more »

10 last-minute gifts to save the holiday slacker

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It doesn't matter that, for all intents and purposes, the holiday season starts the day after Thanksgiving. Sometimes holiday shopping still isn't finished on Dec. 24. If the last-minute rush happens to you this year, don't fret — if you know even a little about the recipient of your gift, you can make it seem like you put more thought into it then you actually took the time for. See also: 15 best subscription box gifts for the holidays Come up with a few DIY ideas with accessible materials and minimal time investment. Look for less-expected gift cards based on your recipient's interests. Think about what he or she eats, drinks and enjoys on a daily basis Read more »

1946: Trick mirror photographs people popping zits, picking noses

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For this assignment photographer Yale Joel set up a trick mirror in Times Square Theatre in 1946. It looked like an ordinary mirror to members of the public, but Joel was able to photograph those people through the glass. He captured a section of the New York community at their most informal, attending to items of personal grooming. Adjusting hats, stockings and hair, inspecting zits, teeth and noses. Joel excelled at assignments that involved special effects, unusual equipment and carefully staged situations. His photography was described as "imaginative with a whimsical flair for humor" and he developed a reputation as the "photographer of the impossible." Read more... More about Photography , Features , Humor , History , and Pranks Read more »

6 essential gadgets for single people

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Who needs a partner when there's technology? We're not talking about a Spike Jonze-ian world of Siri-like virtual pals. We're talking about helpful gadgets that make life for one just a bit easier, for those times you need a helping hand. See also: 5 techie accessories to upgrade your stodgy cubicle From simple jar openers to tools for clasping difficult jewelry, here are the six gadgets single people can enjoy. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Dating , Gadgets , Features , Tech , and Living Read more »

Why women believe in astrology more than men

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Hey ladies — the planets are aligning For decades, women have been the strongest consumers of astrology. Flip open popular women's magazines like Elle , Cosmopolitan or Marie Claire and you'll find delicately detailed horoscope sections, guiding women on the best times to find love, save money and achieve career success. The most famous astrologer in the world is Susan Miller , whose audience includes celebrities and the fashion world (she also has a column in Elle ). Research also shows that women actually tend to believe in astrology more than men. But why is that? Oddly enough, the answer might actually be the result of entrenched sexism. Read more »