Work hard, become successful, then you'll be happy. At least, that's what many of us were taught by our parents, teachers and peers.

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Personal Growth

Why inequality is a ticking time bomb – for poor and rich

Riots may ensue as more poor Americans recognize their "miserable" long-term prospects.

  • How bad is wealth inequality in the United States? About 1 percent of Americans hold 80 percent of the money.
  • In the United States, the correlation between the income of parents and the income of their children when they grow up is higher than in any other country in the world.
  • One of the big underlying reasons for poverty is receiving a crummy education, which in turn leads to crummy jobs. When people recognize their miserable long-term prospects, they are more likely to partake in riots.
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Myth: Healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food

Want to eat better but feel like you don't have the money?

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The idea that healthy food costs more than junk food is something I hear a lot. Students tell me they'd like to eat better but can't afford to.

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Culture & Religion

The surprising benefits of cooking as a life skill

There's few domains in life that aren't improved by learning how to cook.

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  • It's easy to outsource our cooking to professionals, but in so doing, we lose a fundamental skill, control over our nutrition, and an exercise that promotes out physical and mental health.
  • Even if you've never cooked anything beyond grilled cheese, improving your cooking skills can seriously improve your quality of life.
  • Learn about the benefits of learning to cook as well as some resources to help you along the way.
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Personal Growth

20% of elderly Americans are either employed or looking for work. Here's why.

Two new reports highlight the stark realities of the modern workforce.

Miguel Angel Martinez Sarmiento works as a barista in a branch of the US coffee house 'Starbucks' and pours milk into a can. All the employees at the coffee shop, which opened in Del Valle Sur at the beginning of September, are over 60 years old. (Photo by Antonia Märzhäuser/picture alliance via Getty Images)
  • For the first time, over 20 percent of senior citizens are working or looking for employment.
  • By contrast, over half of millennials believe they will be millionaires despite contradictory evidence.
  • Regardless of age, the question remains: Is work meaningful when the main goal is a paycheck?
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