Most Popular Guest Posts of 2016

To add some perspective to our usual offerings, we often work with writers and publishing partners to bring voices to the table outside of our staff. Here are some of the most popular articles by guest authors, covering everything from personal finance to psychology and more.

Have two drinks at the party

Everyone has their own attitude and tolerance towards alcohol, but the next time you are at a party, you may be good at drinking exactly two servings. If you are the person who has found that zero servings or one serving is what you want, then this is the number to stick to. For everyone else, try two.

Six Essential Facts About Personal Finance: People Are Constantly Wrong

Quite often, the “facts” that people advertise when it comes to personal finance are not facts at all. Sometimes they are simply authoritative opinions based on incorrect information or assumptions. Is it any wonder when such confusion arises, when many financial principles contradict intuition?

The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry and What to Do About It

Let’s pretend for a moment that you are a giraffe. You live in the meadows of the African savannah. You have a neck that is 7 feet (2.1 meters) long. From time to time you notice a group of people going on safari and taking pictures of you.

Four curious questions you shouldn’t be afraid to ask in a job interview

If you’re preparing for your interview as thoroughly as I think you probably have a (long) list of questions to ask . But you’re probably also worried about which ones to talk about and which ones might cost you your job.

Zero to 45 consecutive days: how I developed a daily exercise habit

This year, I am focusing on habits that help me develop new skills and take care of my health. One of these habits is doing push-ups every morning. I went from not doing push-ups at all to doing them every morning. As I write this, I am on a 45-day streak. From zero to over a month non-stop, this is how I did it.

The Power of Mental Models: How Flight 32 Escaped Disaster

On a sunny morning in 2010, Qantas Airways Flight 32 taxied onto a runway in Singapore, asked for permission to start an eight-hour flight to Sydney, and took off into the bright sky.

10 easy ways to eat healthier without thinking

Your environment has an incredible ability to shape your behavior. If you create an environment that promotes healthy habits, you will find yourself improving your diet without even thinking about it.

Five ways to be polite with people who bother you

“I thought about it,” I said at a team meeting at one of my previous jobs, “and I really think that the partner lists on our website will work better if we…” “Let me step in,” one intervened. of my colleagues, even before I had time to finish my thought and put my idea on the table.

Level Up Your Plank Workout: 11 Core Boards

As a kid, you probably did squats at school to train your abs. But is squatting the best ab exercise? This is actually a simple question. Never! There are abs exercises better than simple squats that can aggravate back problems and focus on just one small abdominal area.

How to answer “Tell me about a time you failed” in an interview

While this isn’t the most common interview question, the question of failure – if you get one – is pretty confusing. How will you answer this question honestly, but at the same time not scare off your potential future employer, remembering the time when you made a bad deal and lost a lot of money to the company?

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Make Plans, But Don’t Fulfill Them

People often procrastinate. It’s easy to make plans and add dates to your calendar, and yet it’s almost inevitable that you let some deadlines fly by recklessly. Our brains simply prefer instant gratification over long-term gratification. Given this trend, we often have to resort to crazy strategies to get things done.

The psychological benefits of regular writing

When you try to imagine a writer, I imagine many of you seeing a bizarre hermit hunched over a table in a hut, scattered on crumpled paper as they obsessively work on the next great American novel. But writing is much more.

How to Form Life-Changing Habits with Tiny Changes

Last year I became a morning person, learned a new language and read five times more books than before. Looks like I did a lot, right? But it wasn’t frightening or exhausting; rather, all of these results were the result of doing the little things every day for an extended period.

Six tactics to keep your kids from getting too materialistic

All parents want their children to grow up realizing that the best things in life are free and that happiness has nothing to do with accumulating things. However, getting kids to grasp these concepts is harder than ever.

17 simple rules for organizing and unloading clutter

What needs to be done to make your life messy and organized? This can be a daunting task for many of us, but the truth is, we could do it in jerks using a few simple rules.


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