Since it debuted a decade ago, Gmail has become not just another email program, but a cultural force. It is the world's largest email service, and it has set the standard for what people expect in terms of ease of use and inbox size. But that doesn't mean it can't be better.
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 AlexanderLearning 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.
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.
We tend to think of learning a new skill or "going back to school" as something you'd do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one. But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional, say researchers.
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. To help you figure out how to navigate the professional world and set yourself on the right trajectory, we've rounded up some of our favorite business books.
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.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed when juggling career and work demands, family time, relationships, and other obligations.
One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, the way beepers and fax machines did before it. Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone.
Being in a long-term relationship means that your partner gets to know you really well — which is a perfectly double-edged sword. On the one hand, you can be yourself around them— your unfiltered, sometimes un-showered, lame-joke-telling self.
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.
How do some people achieve extraordinary levels of success when pursuing their passions while others chase their dreams but never reach any finish lines?
At an April 2018 awards event hosted by Axel Springer and Business Insider US editor in chief Alyson Shontell, Bezos revealed the counterintuitive advice he offers new Amazon employees.
Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.
As a teenager in Sweden, Anders Ericsson used to play chess against one of his classmates, a boy considerably worse at the game than Ericsson. Every time they'd play, Ericsson would trounce him. Then one day, the classmate beat him.
Generally speaking, trying hard is a great way to achieve most of what you want in life. Put in more effort at work and your prospects for a promotion will almost definitely improve — at least more than they would if you simply accepted the status quo of being a slacker.
"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."
Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline? Get moving.
The world is going to be a very different place in 2045. Predicting the future is fraught with challenges, but when it comes to technological advances and forward thinking, experts working at the Pentagon's research agency may be the best people to ask.
Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 into a family of very modest means. Today, they'd probably be called lower middle class at best.
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.
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?
Bezos was explaining how he goes about running the massive company Amazon has become — 341,000 employees — like a startup. That's a concept he calls Day 1.
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.
For decades, Bill Gates made billions in technology. Now he's spending that money on fighting disease and climate change. It's no wonder the man loves science.
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.
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?
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.
LinkedIn 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.
It's tempting to order the wagyu beef burger topped with foie gras and duck-fat bacon, but hear us out. "There is no reason to ever pay $20+ for a hamburger," chef Briscione said. "If chefs are piling expensive ingredients on top of a hamburger, it's just so they can steal your money.
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.
If you think running a marathon is the quickest way 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.
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.
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.
LONDON — Humanity is always moving forward with innovation after innovation improving global quality of life. The last 150 years have seen the most remarkable advancement of technology in history.
People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating? Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years, and has discovered patterns in these interactions.
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.
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.
During my senior year of college, I decided that I wasn't going to become another boomerang kid that moved back home, jobless and with no plan for after graduation. I took on an extra internship, participated in extracurricular activities to expand my network, and made connections at job fairs.
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.
The average answer to both questions is about 8 out of 10. As a rule, people are overwhelmed in the modern world. Years ago I discovered a simple and very effective procedure for clearing your mind. Here's the method in a nutshell.
YouTube/ICANNnewsIt 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?
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.
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.
What's your reason for getting up in the morning? Just trying to answer such a big question might make you want to crawl back into bed. If it does, the Japanese concept of ikigai could help.
LinkedIn Influencer Robert Herjavec published this post originally on LinkedIn. Most people don't realize how important selling is — unless your paycheck depends on it!
Eating plants isn't the only way to reap their benefits. Science has shown that keeping a simple houseplant can do wonders for your health.
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.
The bad news: Our education system often skips one of them. This is problematic, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in academics to getting ahead at work. To succeed over the long term, you have to master skill after skill.
Most of us have heard of Google's well-known and much-loved tools — Gmail, Google Earth, Google Maps, and many more. Those products and services are used by millions of people around the world every day.
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.
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.
We all feel stressed from time to time. Worrying is completely normal — and can actually be healthy in small doses. Follow it to figure out how stressed you really are, and what to do next.
Recently, I've been following a simple rule that is helping me crush procrastination and making it easier for me to stick to good habits at the same time. The best part? It's a simple strategy that couldn't be easier to use.
Zuckerberg admits that this 800-page, data-rich book from a Harvard psychologist can seem intimidating.
We've all seen and perhaps grown tired of guides and lists that are rife with tedious clichés and full of humdrum regurgitated meme wisdom. For that very reason, @GSElevator— in collaboration with John Carney (@Carney) of CNBC.
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.
Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls, and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world.
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.
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.
If you want to live a long and healthy life, make sure to get enough exercise. It will keep your brain healthy and can add years to your life. Researchers have found that many fit older adults have the muscles and bones of people years — even decades— younger.
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.
"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.
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.
Flickr/Garry KnightPodcasting 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.
Big or small, decisions aren't as easy as they may seem. Psychologists have found decision-making is fraught with hidden influences, tricky nuances, and the ability to make us happy in the short-term but unhappy in the long-term.
One day in July 2001, Larry Page decided to fire Google's project managers. All of them. It was just five years since Page, then a 22-year-old graduate student at Stanford, was struck in the middle of the night with a vision.
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.
It was huge news when Steve Jobs returned to Apple, the company he helped start but had since lost its "magic." Jobs insisted he was only an "advisor" to Apple at the time, but those in and around Apple knew he was really in control.
When Amazon executive Dave Limp first saw the pitch for the product that would become Echo in 2011, his main reaction was doubt.
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.
It's no secret that people love lists. They're organized, require minimal effort to read, and can make complicated information easy to digest. Lists appeal to our innate tendency to categorize information, as well as help us feel less stressed, writes Maria Konnikova in The New Yorker.
If there's one thing that we know from history, it's that a deadly new disease will arise and spread around the globe. That could happen easily within the next decade.
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.
When you hear the term "introvert," you might imagine someone who's quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time alone, avoiding social situations. But being an introvert isn't really anything to do with how much you like spending time with other people.