To get good at bending the truth, you have to first know why most people are terrible at it

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In theory, lying isn’t good — it can breed distrust, harm your family, and infuse your life with chaos. But in practice, there are times when it would be convenient to be good at lying. Like when your boss wants you to give up a whole weekend for a conference, but you really need a break. Or when that not-really-a-friend asks you to be in their bridal party.

When you find yourself in one of these situations, backed into a corner with only a good lie to get you out, you want to make sure it’s a good one. …

Here’s what intermittent exercise does to the body

Illustration: Luyi Wang

It’s pretty common to have an on-again, off-again relationship with exercise. But isn’t working out sometimes better than not working out at all?

Mostly, yes.

New thinking from exercise scientists suggests that occasional exercise still benefits the body, even if it’s inconsistent. Studies from the last few years have shown that people who cram their weekly exercise into one or two days on the weekend — so-called “weekend warriors” — can make up for a week of sloth. …

Or, the time I was homeschooled and had a major crush on a boy whose brother was in love with me.

An artist’s rendition.

I wasn’t going to change names but then I chickened out thinking my seventh grade crush would see and so I did.

When I was in 7th grade and she in 3rd, Sam and I were homeschooled. Our mom was our teacher, along with Martha Stewart and Ellen Degeneres.

I don’t always tell people that I was homeschooled, mostly because I have to explain it, and then I can tell they think we went through a traumatic experience or a sickness that caused us to be pulled from school. …

Just another very serious post on productivity.

It can be hard to stay focused in a busy office. There’s always something going on–meetings, conversations, or donuts to eat in the kitchen. Not to mention your coworkers coming up to you to ask about your job. The nerve people have! Fortunately, you don’t actually have to be available to your coworkers all the time. There are proven ways to keep yourself on task while keeping others away from you at the same time.

You’re not wrong if you think you might be spending a bit too much time on non work related tasks. A study found 89% of…

Joline Buscemi

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