New Year, New You?

It is the time for fitness resolutions and promises of body transformations. Maybe you would like to be fitter, healthier and happier with yourself this year. Against a barrage of images that feast on your bodily insecurities, though, can you ever win? Read more: Comment Is Free.

The Power of Smiling

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior. See more: TED.

Good Morning Rituals

Most of us work long hours: 40, 50 or even 60 hours each week. But chances are, given distractions like online entertainment, office snacking habits and ill-designed time management, we’re only churning out high-quality work a portion of each day. Here are five practical steps to incorporate into any morning routine to optimize your time at the office and maintain productivit all day long. Read more: Entrepreneur.

WOMEN & POLITICS: A GLOBAL VIEW

Are the obstacles faced by female politicians unique to British political culture? Or do women around the world experience something similar when they break into male-dominated elites, and might they have useful insights to offer?  The Observer’s New Review set out to talk to women politicians worldwide about their experiences in power, with thought-provoking results. Read more: The Observer.

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What You Learn in Your 40s

There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing books and attending parent-teacher conferences. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently. Read more: New York Times.

How To Marry

Given that marrying the wrong person is about the single easiest and also costliest mistake any of us can make (and one which places an enormous burden on the state, employers and the next generation), it is extraordinary, and almost criminal, that the issue of marrying intelligently is not more systematically addressed at a national and personal level, as road safety or smoking are. Read more: The Philosophers’ Mail.

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What’s Driving the New Sexism?

Intimate personal insults and rape threats? That’s just freedom of speech. Sexual harassment? That’s just “having a laugh”. Women can choose to be offended or not – because after all, it’s all about personal choice. Read more: New Statesman.

20 Reasons to Get Fit 

A happier state of mind, a more productive day and better body confidence – just a few reasons why you need to start exercising right now. Read more. Get The Gloss.

We Need To Talk About Race

The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it’s a “conversational third rail.” But, she says, that’s exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society. More here: TED.

How To Motivate Yourself

You make goals… but then you procrastinate. You write a to-do list… but then you don’t follow through. And this happens again and again and again. Seriously, what’s the problem? Read more: TIME.