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31 life skills every functioning adult should master | Lifestyle | The Indepe... Life is funny. No one gets a handbook upon turning 18, complete with all the rules they'll need to memorize and competencies they'll need to acquire. Somehow you're just supposed to know that you should have more money coming in than going out and you shouldn't wear a fuzzy orange sweater to a job interview. Fortunately, we've put together our own handbook of sorts, which lists many of the skills you'll need to survive as an adult in the modern world.

It's based on the Quora thread "What are some of the most useful skills to know? " as well as scientific research and expert opinion. We can't promise we've outlined every skill you might need, but if you've mastered these, you're off to a good start: 1. "For most of us it is hard to hear how we made a mistake or could have done something better," writes Quora user Pedram Keyani.

Depending on what kind of feedback you're receiving, there are different strategies for responding with a cool head. 2. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 3. Giant ball pit for adults. Why Everything Is Bad for You. Photo When I was growing up in the same New Jersey suburbs so expertly described in Todd Solondz movies and Tom Perrotta novels, the usual lunch for me was a sandwich consisting of Wonder Bread spread thick with Land O’ Lakes butter, a wad of Oscar Mayer bologna and a slice of American cheese. The beverage was whole milk, Tang or Coke. A stack of salty Pringles rounded off the meal.

Even if I had known back then that people who eat a lot of processed meat tend to die of heart disease or cancer, and that processed cheese is held together by emulsifiers that may lead to kidney problems, and that white bread has almost zero nutritional value, and that soft drinks are sludge, and that Pringles may not qualify as potato chips, I wouldn’t have cared. I had a lot on my mind, what with school and all the playing, and I had yet to develop the fear of death. Like everyone else, I believe every word in those articles. Which is strange because at the same time, I believe that food is keeping me alive.

Clocky: Motorized Alarm Clock That Runs Away So You Can’t Snooze. Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning? Are you the type of person that hits “snooze” over and over again? Then this alarm clock from Nanda Home might be just the thing! Clocky the motorized alarm clock will permit you one snooze, but after that, it leaps from your nightstand and drives away. It can endure falls of up to 3 feet (about 1 meter), runs on 4 AAA batteries, and will continue beeping and flashing as it flees. A word of warning: for those that like to have a glass of water next to their bed, don’t put it in front of Clocky! Make sure its launch-path is clear, and that there are no other obstacles it might smash into on the way down. More info: Amazon (h/t: laughingsquid) The Clocky is available for purchase on Amazon.

The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá. Leer en español The Beginning They were two pretty young women in search of pork ribs for a barbecue later that day, a Saturday in the summer of 2013. Janeth Páez suggested that they stop by a grocery store not far from where her friend Laura Vega Garzón lived in northern Bogotá. Janeth’s boyfriend’s cousin, William, a sweet young man with a thick country accent, worked behind the butcher counter there, expertly filleting beef and cutting pigs’ feet that his customers liked to boil with beans. Janeth was sure he would give her and Laura a cut rate on the ribs. To see the full article, subscribe here. The Photo, The Truth Jorge And Carlos William and Wilber Face To Face When Two Are Like One The Importance of Will When City Meets Country The Myth of Identical Twins Falling Into a Hole Was every one of these differences learned? In May, Carlos told Wilber that he wanted to visit his biological family, but without crowds of relatives or psychologists or camera crews.

Photo Moving Forward Leer en español. The benefits of a good night's sleep - Shai Marcu. "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. " -- Benjamin Franklin, 1758 (in Poor Richard's Almanac) A third of our life is spent sleeping. How much sleep a person needs changes as one ages. A new mother needs seven hours of sleep per night, but her newborn baby needs 12-18 hours of sleep per night.

In general, the older you get, the less sleep you need. The hippocampus plays an important role in helping us to remember. Research shows that during sleep our brain's structure is being altered. Many studies show the remarkable role of sleep in memory. Have you ever wondered if you can learn while you are sleeping? The track used in this animation is called “No Squirrel Commotion” by Chad Crouch. New York Times World sur Twitter : "Amazing tale of mis-paired twins: raised as fraternals, then reunited with their identicals. Homeless Boy Does His Homework Using The Light From A Local McDonald’s. A chance encounter between a student in the Philippine city of Mandaue and a young homeless boy diligently doing his homework by the light of a McDonald’s restaurant has touched of a viral wave of support that hopefully will change the boy’s life forever.

Third-grader Daniel Cabrera and his mother Christina Espinosa, who were left behind by a father and husband that died in prison, live in a wall-less food stall because their house burned down. Despite these difficulties, Daniel, 9, does his homework every night on a home-made bench using his only pencil. This was how Joyce Gilos Torrefranca saw him when she took a photo that has since gone viral. Daniel has received scholarships and support from Philippine politicians and people around the world. More info: Facebook | Daniel, 9, was spotted studying in the street by the light of a McDonald’s using his only pencil He lives in a food stall with his mom Christina, a widow who only earns 80 Philippine pesos ($1.77) a day.