Archive for month: December, 2019

6 techniques for clear and compelling speech

Politicians and other public figures deploy particular rhetorical devices to communicate their ideas and to convince people, and it’s time that we all learned how to use them, says speechwriter Simon Lancaster. There is a secret language of leadership — [...]

Why you should think about being a good ancestor

Yes, we know it takes plenty of time and energy to be a good person in the here and now. But due to the major threats facing our society and planet, we need to consider our impact on future generations, [...]

The 3 core skills for healthy romantic relationships

It’s never too late — or too early — to learn the abilities that make up romantic competence: insight, mutuality and emotional regulation. And when you possess these skills, all of the relationships in your life will benefit, says psychologist [...]

How to change your relationship with food

Here are three common-sense tips to help you feed your hunger and not your emotions, from dietician Eve Lahijani. Imagine if eating were as simple as, say, refueling a car. You’d fill up only when an indicator nudged towards E, you [...]

Why don’t civilians ask veterans more questions?

I love asking questions. As a journalist, I don’t just ask people what they do — I interrogate them, be they scientists or teachers or sculptors, to find out the terminology of their field, the kinds of characters that populate [...]

Helpful advice for aspiring writers of all ages

Being a writer is all about expressing your unique perspective with feeling and originality, not about having a huge vocabulary or getting published, says author Jacqueline Woodson. She shares a little of what she’s learned in the process of writing [...]

How to persuade your favorite meat eater to try a meatless Monday

If we want the people in our lives to put down their steak knives and seriously consider changing their diets, we need to change the conversations we’re having with them, says food innovator Bruce Friedrich. Here’s what to say — [...]