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    best bar accessories

    • You don't need to spend thousands of dollars to get high-quality bar accessories and tools, but don't go for the bottom of the barrel, either.
    • We've rounded up the best bar accessories that you need for your home bar. 
    • Our picks include bar sets, jiggers, shakers, mixing glasses, and other tools that are as functional as they are beautiful. 

    Like it or not, your bar cart will say a lot about you when entertaining, and if you’re going to be hosting guests during the evening hours, it’s important to have the best bar accessories and tools available to smooth along the evening’s events, whatever they may be.

    If this sounds high-brow, it is. But keep a sloppy, disorganized bar station, and you’re sure to have confused, potentially perturbed guests. No, they might not show it, but they’ll feel it. A bar, after all, must be inviting. 

    To find the best barware, accessories, and tools, I scoured the Big, booze-loving Apple for bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts, from the stodgiest, most bowtie-bedecked cocktail lounges to the doggiest hole-in-the-wall grills and taverns, asking what I thought was a simple question: What are your go-to, favorite barware brands?

    To my surprise, I received a complex variety of answers, but conclusively sided with one bartender’s sentiment that “There are no brands.” Although the bar he works in falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, this particular worldly bartender has held court behind every kind of bar you could imagine, so he's a good source.

    With all our research in mind, we've rounded up the best bar accessories, tools, and barware for both big spenders and bargain hunters.

    Here are the best bar accessories, tools, and drinkware:

    Read on in the slides below to learn more about our top picks.

    The best high-end bar set

    Why you'll love it: The Graham Collection from Juliska paired with the shaker from the same line is nearly as decadent as it gets for bar sets.

    I tend to shy away from recommending barware sets because, as with most kits, attention to quality is often forgone for one component or another. That being said, you can find plenty of good bar sets for reasonable prices in our buying guide. Should you want something more high-end, check out the Graham Collection from Juliska.

    It's a simple but oh-so-swanky little set that offers just about everything you need. Though it’d have been nice if the company had included the shaker, a bartender's knife, and a wine key, just about everything else is there.

    The set contains a strainer, a jigger, a bartender's knife, ice tongs, a mixing spoon, a bottle opener, and an elegant little stand to hold it all on display.

    But, keep in mind: If you're hunting for a set anywhere between about $50 and $200, we suggest you make up your bar set piecemeal. A bit of selectivity will go a long way toward establishing a dependable set of bar tools you could pass on to your children.

    Pros: High-end design, great quality, includes many essential bar accessories and tools

    Cons: Expensive, missing the shaker

    Buy the Juliska Graham Barware Set from Saks 5th Avenue for $198

    Read our full guide to the best bar sets you can buy

    The best affordable bar set

    Why you'll love it: The FINEDINE Home Barware Set is an affordable little bar kit, but it has most of the essentials to get you through any party.

    There is a sweet spot with buying barware sets. Spend too little, and you run the risk of buying flimsy, rust-prone junk. Spend too much, and you'll probably end up with a few good things and a few not-so-good things, which is money not terribly well spent. 

    For a decent set at an affordable price, the 14-piece FINEDINE Home Barware Set is a great buy so long as you make sure to thoroughly clean and dry it after use.

    The quickest way to send anything stainless steel to an early grave is to put it away dirty or wet, and that goes double for cheap stainless steel. 

    The set includes 15- and 30-ounce shaker tins, a Hawthorne cocktail strainer, a 0.75- and 1.25-ounce double cocktail jigger, a 7-inch Flat bottle opener, six pour spouts, a pair of 2-ounce stainless steel shot glasses, and a red knob bar spoon.

    Pros: Affordable, has almost every bar accessory you need, stainless steel

    Cons: May not last forever if you're not careful

    Buy the FINEDINE Home Barware Set on Amazon for $24.99 (originally $39.99)

    Read our full guide to the best bar sets you can buy

    The best Boston shaker

    Why you'll love it: Top Shelf Bar Supply's Bost Shaker is not going to let you down when it comes time to whip up a cocktail or two or 10.

    First things first: There are three "traditional" types of cocktail shakers. The three-piece, or cobbler, is the simplest of all, and fairly self-explanatory. Load it up, shake, pull off the small lid, and pour.

    It's elementary in that there's less risk of splattering your walls with lime juice if you don't get a good seal, but it also doesn't enable as much force as a simple two-piece Boston shaker. It's also about half the price of a cobbler shaker of equal quality, which is important to note: You want a shaker that's functional.

    Top Shelf Bar Supply's Boston Shaker is a definitive bartender favorite, but if you want to save a bit, Cocktail Kingdom's Koriko Shaker is a comparable and perfectly serviceable alternative that has a loyal following of bartenders, and I've had no complaints with mine at home.

    Spend much less than $15 or $20 on a shaker, though, and you run the risk of subpar quality stainless steel that with just the least bit of neglect lends itself all too easily to rust. Cheap steel shakers can also freeze shut so tightly that you can easily find yourself mired in frustration and despair, wondering if your precious concoction will ever pass your lips before it devolves into a tepid soup. Heaven forbid.

    Pros: Affordable, reliable, simple to use

    Cons: Some prefer glass for a top piece, higher grade stainless steel, or both (18/10)

    Buy the Cocktail Kingdom Koriko Shaker on Amazon for $16.98

    Buy the Top Shelf Bar Supply Boston Shaker on Amazon for $29.93

    Read our full guide to the best cocktail shakers you can buy

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    St. moritz ski destination

    • St. Moritz, a ski resort in the Swiss Alps, has played home to the Winter Olympics not once, but twice.
    • With a number of five-star hotels and Michelin restaurants, St. Moritz has also become a pinnacle of luxury and a destination for the elite.
    • Celebrities, billionaires, and royalty flock to St. Moritz every winter to hit the slopes and vacation in style.

    St. Moritz is many things: A holiday resort with world-class skiing, the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism, twice a home to the Winter Olympics, and a hidden gem for the one percent.

    It's also, as Heidi Mitchell of Town & Country wrote, "Europe's most secretive and storied ski town."

    Located in the middle of the Swiss Alps, St. Moritz has done more than popularize modern winter sports like ice cricket and snow polo — it's also spawned a number of five-star luxury hotels and top class restaurants with gourmet chefs. 

    Such a history has created a champagne and caviar lifestyle that the glitterati flock to every winter. Celebrities, royalty, and billionaires alike, from Kate Moss to the Swedish royal family, come for the glitz and the slopes.

    Here's a glimpse into the lavish winter wonderland that is St. Moritz.

    SEE ALSO: What a $1 million vacation looks like in Mykonos, Greece, where you'll fly in on a private jet, sleep in an ocean-view villa, and cruise the seas in a yacht

    DON'T MISS: A luxury travel company says these are the 10 most extravagant requests it's had from its super-rich customers

    St. Moritz is located in Switzerland's Engadin Valley, a high Alpine valley region in the Swiss Alps.

    Source: Google Maps

    St. Moritz's history dates back to 1864, when the first winter tourists stayed from Christmas through Easter.

    Source: Free Press Journal

    In 1928, it hosted the first official Winter Olympics and again in 1948. Women dressed in silk, sequins, and fur; men dressed in three-piece suits, according to Vogue. The event secured its status as a luxury winter tourism destination.

    Source: Vogue

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    meredith greys anatomy

    Each year, there are shows that are more popular than others. 

    INSIDER worked with with TV Time to come up with 20 of the most talked about shows based on user engagement on the television app from January 1 through December 6, 2018. 

    It's no surprise that fan favorites including "Riverdale" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" made the list.

    Here are the most talked about shows of 2018. 

    20. "This Is Us" (NBC)

    The family drama follows the Pearson family through different decades of their life and has made itself quite the watercooler talk with its emotional cliffhangers. The hit series returned for its third season in 2018. 

    19. "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

    "Game of Thrones" hasn't been on TV since 2017, but fans have been anticipating its return for its eighth and final season. HBO finally announced in 2018 that the series would be returning in April 2019, causing a stir online. 

    18. "Once Upon A Time" (ABC)

    After basically rebooting the series and saying goodbye to most of its original cast, "Once Upon a Time" aired for seven seasons and had its finale in May 2018. 

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    woman grocery shopping buying meat chicken food

    • Food recalls have been in the news a lot this year.
    • Salmonella, listeria, parasites, and glass shards are just a few things that have crept into our food in 2018.
    • Major brands like Pepperidge Farm and Kellogg's recalled popular foods.

    Maybe you've heard about the millions of pounds of recalled beef or the veggie trays containing parasites, but those are just a small sampling of the food recalls issued this year.

    The FDA website keeps a record of all food recalls. We've rounded up the biggest, grossest, or most surprising food recalls of 2018, from contaminated Goldfish crackers to incorrectly labeled edamame.

    Keep scrolling, and grocery shop with caution.

    Romaine lettuce has had a rough year — at least five people died and hundreds were hospitalized due to an E. coli outbreak traced back to it.

    In 2018, the US saw two outbreaks of E. coli, a bacteria that can cause hemorrhagic diarrhea, kidney failure, and death in young children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.

    An E. coli outbreak making more than 200 people sick began in early April, with lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, appearing to be the source. The problem was thought to be under control by June as the shelf life of romaine is only 21 days.

    In November, however, another E. coli outbreak infected 43 people across 12 states, and was traced back to romaine lettuce again. The CDC still has not figured out where the contamination originated, and is advising the entire US population to avoid romaine lettuce.

    As many as 12 million pounds of raw beef products have been recalled since October.

    In the beginning of October, JBS Tolleson, an Arizona-based meat producer, recalled 6.5 million pounds of "various raw, non-intact beef products" due to an outbreak of salmonella. Between August 5 and September 6, 57 cases of salmonella across 16 states were linked to this outbreak.

    Two months later, another 5.1 million pounds of beef were added to the list, bringing the total to 12 million pounds of raw beef recalled by JBS, Kroger, and Laura's Lean, among others. As of November 15, 246 people in 25 states have been infected with salmonella, with 56 hospitalizations total (but no deaths).

    Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause salmonellosis, the symptoms of which are fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

    Recalled eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms in Alabama were linked to 38 cases of salmonella.

    Beginning in September, Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman County, Alabama, recalled eggs due to salmonella. Forty-four people across 11 states were infected overall, and 12 were hospitalized. Luckily, no fatalities were reported. According to the the CDC, the outbreak appears to be over.


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    Bavaro Beach

    • TripAdvisor rounded up the top 25 beaches, according to its users. 
    • Agonda Beach in India, Elafonissi Beach in Greece, and Kleopatra Beach in Turkey were just a few of the top picks. 
    • Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is the number one beach, according to TripAdvisor.

    There's nothing like the arrival of the cold winter months to make us dream about the best vacations we’ve had this year. Warming up by the fire is the perfect place to plan your next getaway — preferably, to somewhere with white sand, blue water, and a lot of relaxation.

    Need help picking out your top destination for the new year? According to TripAdvisor user ratings, here are the world’s best beaches of 2018, with the best beach finishing the list. 

    White Beach has incredible water.

    The most popular beach in Boracay, an island in the Philippines, White Beach is beloved for its sunset views and incredible water. During a brief shut down period, the beaches were restored and have since reopened to worldwide acclaim.

    Punta Uva Beach offers secluded spots.

    Though some reviews claim the beach occasionally becomes too crowded, many visitors to Punta Uva in Costa Rica say that the calm waves, secluded spots, and opportunities for snorkeling make it one of the best beaches in the world.  

    Nungwi Beach has great seafood.

    Located in Tanzania, a country in East Africa, tourists can reach Nungwi Beach with just a quick, cheap ride from the airport. Soft sands, gorgeous water, and friendly locals aside, the seafood restaurants alone make Nungwi a great spot for visitors.

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    fancy vivid blue diamond ring

    • Christie's Auction House sold $69.2 million worth of precious jewels in a single night in New York City.
    • A whopping $18.3 million of that — about 26% — came from a blue diamond ring by Bulgari.
    • The December 5 auction also included jewels by Suzanne Belperron, René Boivin, Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels.
    • The night followed last month's record-breaking sale of a 19-carat pink diamond for $50 million to jeweler Harry Winston in Geneva.


    Christie's Auction House sold a stunning $69,225,750 worth of precious jewelry in a single night in New York City.

    A huge chunk of that — about 26% — came from the sale of one rectangular blue diamond ring by Bulgari, which went for $18.3 million. The December 5 auction also included pieces by Suzanne Belperron, René Boivin, Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels.

    As astronomical as this sale may seem, it pales in comparison to Christie's biggest ever single-night jewel sale: $115.9 million for a collection of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels in December 2011. It did, however, surpass the past two years. At last year's December auction, Christie's sold $62.5 million of jewelry, and $51.2 million in 2016.

    Read more: Christie's sold a 19-carat pink diamond for a record-breaking $50 million

    Daphne Lingon, Head of Jewelry, Christie's Americas, said the auction house has seen some particularly exceptional sales this year.

    "Over this auction season, we have witnessed the blockbuster sales of The Winston Pink Legacy in Geneva, which set a new price per carat for a pink diamond, and The Peacock Necklace in Hong Kong, which established the record for a Kashmir sapphire necklace," Lingon said. "The excitement and prices achieved in our New York sale tonight, including the exceptional price achieved for the sensational Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Ring by Bulgari and the world auction record realized for Suzanne Belperron, mark a perfect ending to our successful year of global jewelry auctions."

    Here's a look at 10 of the most expensive jewels Christie's sold on December 5, ranked from least to most expensive.

    SEE ALSO: Christie's sold a 19-carat pink diamond for a record-breaking $50 million

    DON'T MISS: $90 million painting sale makes David Hockney the world's most expensive living artist

    A 6.28 carat cushion-cut Belle Époque Kashmir sapphire ring of 6.28 sold for $936,500.

    Source: Christie's

    A rectangular-cut D color diamond ring of 18.77 carats by Carvin French also went for $936,500.

    Source: Christie's

    A cushion-cut fancy vivid green diamond ring of 3.01 carats sold for $972,500.

    Source: Christie's

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    Eighty Seven Park Hover Shot

    • A $68 million penthouse in Miami could shatter the state's real-estate record.
    • The real-estate record in Florida was set by the sale of a $60 million penthouse in 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal.
    • The penthouse at Eighty Seven Park will have more than 18,000 square feet of outdoor space, including two infinity pools.

    A penthouse in Miami is set to shatter the state's real-estate record.

    The penthouse at Eighty Seven Park is 25,000 square feet and was designed to offer the resident 360-degree park, city, and ocean views. The building is located in North Beach and is, according to a press release, 80% sold.

    Read more:An $82 million penthouse apartment in NYC's tallest residential building offers 360-degree views of Central Park and the city —but nobody wants to buy it

    According to The Wall Street Journal, the real-estate record in Miami is held by a $60 million penthouse in Miami's Faena House condo complex, which hedge-fund exec Ken Griffin purchased in 2015.

    If it sells at the asking price of $68 million, the penthouse will join the ranks of other real-estate listings that could set local records, including a $20 million penthouse in Brooklyn and a $45 million San Francisco complex that straddles two hillside lots.

    According to the Journal, construction on the building is underway and is expected to be complete by the third quarter of 2019.

    Until then, here's a look at some renderings that reveal what the inside of the penthouse will look like:

    SEE ALSO: Here's what the most expensive house for sale in every US state looks like

    Eighty Seven Park is in North Beach, about an hour's drive northeast of Miami.

    Source: Google Maps

    The building is under construction and, according to a WSJ report, is set to be completed by the third quarter of 2019.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal

    The unfinished building's penthouse, which will be listed at $68 million, is already poised to shatter Florida's real-estate record, which was set by the sale of a $60 million penthouse in 2015.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal

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    Kobe Bryant

    • Kobe Bryant is now retired, but his career began with the 1996 NBA Draft.
    • The 1996 NBA Draft included 23 players who went on to play at least ten seasons in the league and some of the best guards of the last two decades.

    Kobe Bryant wrapped up his career in 2016, a Hall-of-Fame journey that started with the 1996 NBA draft, one of the best drafts of all time.

    In addition to producing Kobe, one of the greatest players ever, it also gave us one of the most entertaining players ever in Allen Iverson, and a host of future Hall of Famers.

    Today, many of these players are still involved in basketball in some way. But there's also a former math teacher, TV analysts, a nervous dressage parent, and one who was still playing basketball in 2018.

    Allen Iverson was picked first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

    He has had financial and personal issues since retiring. But he still does Reebok commercials, promotes the shoes in China, and has served as a coach in Ice Cube's Big3 basketball league. He also reportedly has a $32 million trust fund, and was recently elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Sources: Washington PostNBC Sports, USA Today

    Marcus Camby was picked second overall by the Toronto Raptors.

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    Walt Disney statue, Walt Disney World

    • Disney parks are home to some exclusive spots that even the most die-hard fans may not have seen.
    • Orlando, Florida's Walt Disney World is home to the Cinderella Castle Suite, a private gated community called Golden Oak, and a fancy restaurant called Victoria & Albert's. 
    • Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is home to the famous Club 33, as well as a private apartment built just for Walt Disney.

    Disney parks have no shortage of devoted fans and followers, but even the most die-hard Disney aficionados may have never seen some of the most exclusive areas in the parks. 

    Both Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, house many areas that are only available to a select lucky few. 

    From the members-only Club 33 lounge to the lavish Cinderella Castle Suite, here's a look at some of the most exclusive spots in Disney World and Disneyland.

    Cinderella Castle is one of Walt Disney World's most iconic landmarks.

    Most people don't know that there's a secret hiding at the top of the castle.

    The top of the castle is home to the exclusive Cinderella Castle Suite.

    Guests are first met with a grand lobby as they enter the door and head inside the private elevator.

    Once guests make their way up the elevator, they are met with a grand bedroom.

    The bedroom contains two queen-sized beds.

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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    The Game Awards 2018 have concluded after the winners in more than 20 categories were announced on December 6th. The winners were decided by a board of industry professionals with help from fans who have been voting for the nominees since they were announced on November 13th.

    Rockstar Games' "Red Dead Redemption 2" and Sony's "God of War" led the pack with eight nominations each, including "Game of the Year" and "Best Narrative." Other Game of the Year contenders include Marvel’s "Spider-Man" (7 nominations), "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey" ( 4 nominations) and the indie game hit "Celeste" (4 nominations). Categories like Best Independent Game, Best Student Game and Best VR/AR Game also made space for some lesser- known titles to shine.

    The Game Awards show also featured a bunch of new game announcements and trailers for fan-favorite titles, including Mortal Kombat and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. You can watch the full replay of the awards show via YouTube.

    First established in 2014, The Game Awards advisory board includes executives from a dozen major gaming companies, including Xbox, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Valve, and Tencent.

    Here's are the nominees from each category, with the winners in bold:

    SEE ALSO: Here are the 16 biggest video games launching this holiday, from an all-new ‘Fallout’ to the hotly-anticipated ‘Red Dead Redemption 2'

    Game of the Year

    "God of War (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)

    "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey" (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

    "Celeste "(Matt Makes Games)

    "Marvel’s Spider-Man" (Insomniac Games / SIE)

    "Monster Hunter: World" (Capcom)

    "Red Dead Redemption 2" (Rockstar Games)

    Best Ongoing Game

    "Fortnite" (Epic Games)

    "Destiny 2" (Bungie / Activision)

    "No Man’s Sky" (Hello Games)

    "Overwatch" (Blizzard)

    "Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege" (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

    Best Game Direction

    "God of War" (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

    "A Way Out" (Hazelight Studios / EA)

    "Detroit: Become Human" (Quantic Dream / SIE)

    "Marvel’s Spider-Man" (Insomniac Games / SIE)

    "Red Dead Redemption 2" (Rockstar Games)

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    bella hadid 2

    • Celebrities took some major fashion risks in 2018.
    • Stars like Bella Hadid and Rita Ora confused some fans with their unconventional street style.
    • Kendall Jenner donned several geometric ensembles on the red carpet this year.
    • Over the summer, Kim Kardashian West and Blake Lively both braved the sweltering heat in velvet outfits.

    In 2018, Hollywood embraced some particularly daring fashion trends.

    Celebrities didn't just ditch their pants this year; they also wore underwear as outerwear during the day and rocked one "naked" look after another.

    These fashion risks often paid off, but sometimes even the most stylish stars made some pretty baffling choices.

    Below, see 22 of the most eyebrow-raising looks celebrities wore in 2018.

    During Paris Fashion Week in January, Bella Hadid was photographed in a sheer black top, tights, and dad sneakers.

    She wore the eyebrow-raising mesh pieces under an oversized, belted gray blazer by Heron Preston.

    That same week, she stepped out in what looked like a glossy black trench coat and tiny sunglasses.

    The floor-length jacket was actually designed as an evening gown by Ralph Lauren. It retailed for $10,000 before selling out.

    On January 22, Rita Ora was also spotted in Paris wearing the tiny sunglasses trend.

    The singer accessorized an orange and purple cape jacket with thigh-high black boots covered in a floral orange and purple print.

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    nike air max 97

    Sneakers make for great gifts all year long, but the holiday season is the absolute best time to lace someone special with a new pair. Whether you're shopping for a true sneaker collector or are simply running out of gift ideas, you really can't go wrong with these picks.

    Instead of entering raffles, battling bots online, or standing in chaotic lines at retail stores in an attempt to buy the best sneakers, take a look through this list and shop hassle-free.

    From classics that never go out of style andmodern runners to minimal designs and all wool sneakers, there are plenty of amazing sneakers that are readily available online. These are the 30 best pairs to gift — and a rundown on why each is so cool.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    Adidas NMD

    Shop all NMDs at Adidas here, starting at $130

    When the Adidas NMD first launched in 2015, it became extremely popular for its comfort, style, and a wide selection of available colorways. Designed for the urban nomad, the sneakers are made for on-the-go lifestyles. A full-length Boost midsole provides cloud-like comfort and the one-piece Primeknit upper makes them easy to pack in a bag and travel with.

    Allbirds Wool Runners

    Allbirds Wool Runners, $95, available in 13 colorways

    If sustainability is important to the person you're shopping for, then the Allbirds Wool Runners are the perfect sneakers for them. Created by New Zealand native Tim Brown and San Francisco-based engineer and renewables expert Joey Zwillinger, the Wool Runners are made of super soft merino wool. The wool actually has many natural properties that make for amazing sneakers. They're lightweight and breathable, cool in the heat, warm in the cold, and for those who like to go sockless, they're machine-washable and odor-resistant, too. And if you're shopping for little ones, the brand also sells kids' size shoes ingeniously named Smallbirds.


    Nike Air Vapormax

    Shop all Air VaporMaxes at Nike here, starting at $190

    The Nike Air VaporMax launched on March 26, 2017 — exactly 30 years after the original Air Max 1 released. As a testament to the brand's strides in innovation, the Air VaporMax features the most Air in any Nike sneaker ever. The unique design strips away unnecessary elements of a shoe (like a midsole) by sitting the Flyknit upper directly on top of large sectioned Air units.

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    Will and GRace

    • "The Bodyguard" had some fine performances, but its tone-deaf Islamophobia is way over the top.
    • "Dirty John" didn't show Connie Britton at her best. 
    • Nominating "The Alienist" could perhaps be a make-up nomination for snubbing far superior serial killer series "Mindhunter" in 2017.
    • Multiple nominations for outstanding actors in the same series — when it's deserved — should absolutely be a thing.

    The Golden Globe nominations always pack a few surprises, either in what's nominated or what isn't. Of particular frustration is always a show or movie with a strong ensemble cast: How do you nominate only one actor or actress when they're all fantastic?

    Here are some of the TV, limited series, and "motion picture made for television"nominations that left us with questions.

    BBC drama "Bodyguard" made a big splash on Netflix, but it promotes some extremely harmful Islamophobic stereotypes.

    Many felt that the portrayal of Muslim women as terrorists, victims, or both is cliched, exhausting, and maybe even dangerous in our current cultural climate. For that reason alone, "The Bodyguard" doesn't need to be celebrated.

    "I am exhausted by how Muslim women are continually misrepresented like this in the media. As a victim of an Islamophobic verbal attack after the 9/11 terrorist attack, I don’t appreciate depictions that can fuel Islamophobia," Tasnim Nazeer wrote in the Guardian. "There are many communities in Britain that may not have had much interaction with Muslims, or only ever hear or see Muslims on TV. I believe the media needs to be accountable in some way for the content they produce, especially when levels of anti-Muslim hate crime are soaring. Instead, we need more powerful narratives and stories that bring about a better understanding of Muslims."

    Speaking of which, if you're ever wondering if a piece of media you're watching is promoting harmful Muslim stereotypes, check it against the Riz Test, which is based on a powerful speech given by Riz Ahmed in 2017 in the UK House of Commons.

    Jason Bateman in "Ozark" did a perfectly acceptable job, but it's not exactly a standout performance.

    The single actor from "Ozark" who most deserved a nom and didn't get it is Julia Garner. Watching her character Ruth Langmore evolve over the course of the series has been an absolute revelation.

    Part of that is down to writing, but Bateman just didn't measure up. In fact, many felt that way, as the second season was plagued with mixed reviews

    Debra Messing got yet another nomination for the reboot of "Will and Grace," but it's just cruel to nominate the show again if they aren't going to ever win.

    Both Messing and the show have now been nominated 30 separate times for Golden Globes and have yet to win a single one. Debra Messing even told the LA Times that she slept in for the nominations because she didn't expect to get nominated this year.

    With the weight of all that in mind, the competition in the best actress in a musical or comedy category is fierce. Kristen Bell, Alison Brie, and Rachel Brosnahan are all considerable competition for Messing. It seems pointless to keep stringing her along unless she'll finally clinch the win. 

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    Dog Feces

    • 2018 was a busy year for the aviation industry, with nearly four billion people from around the world estimated to have used airplanes to travel.
    • While the vast majority of worldwide flights departed and landed without incident, several surprising stories featuring bad behavior by either passengers or crew members made headlines. 
    • Here were some of the most shocking airline stories of 2018.

    It was a busy year for the aviation industry, with nearly four billion people from around the world estimated to have used airplanes to travel. The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that 43,000 flights are operated into and out of the United States each day. 

    While the vast majority of worldwide flights departed and landed without incident, there were several times when shocking stories made headlines for the airline industry.

    Perhaps no aviation incident gathered more headlines in 2018 than the engine explosion onboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, which led to the death of Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two from New Mexico. 

    Read more:These are the 15 best airports in America

    But other airline stories made headlines this year for other, less tragic reasons. They include the Delta Air Lines passenger who stepped in the leftover feces of an emotional support dog, the United Airlines flight attendant who was said to be "drunk and disorderly" while onboard the plane, the monkey who escaped an American Airlines flight at San Antonio International Airport, the man who hopped the fence at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and ran onto the tarmac in his underwear, and, of course, the emotional-support squirrel.

    Here were some of the most shocking airline stories of 2018: 

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    A bomb cyclone snowstorm shut down John F. Kennedy International Airport (January)

    Shortly after New Year's, an epic snowstorm known as a "bomb cyclone"hit New York City, shutting down John F. Kennedy International Airport and setting up a four-day ordeal in which hundreds of flights were canceled and thousands of passengers were stranded, some for days on end. Passengers described themselves as "rationing blankets" and "looking like refugees." 

    An American Airlines passenger reportedly had to be duct-taped and zip-tied after allegedly biting and kicking flight attendants (February)

    After allegedly becoming irrational and violent on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Charlotte in February, an American Airlines passenger had to be zip-tied and duct-taped in order to protect fellow passengers. 

    That the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force stated in its criminal complaint that the passenger "knowingly and intentionally" interfered with the operating of the flight by "intimidating and assaulting" the flight crew. 

    A puppy reportedly died in an overhead bin on a United Airlines flight (March)

    In a story that led to major changes in airline policy, a 10-month old French bulldog reportedly died on a United Airlines flight after its owners said they were forced to store it in an overhead bin by a flight attendant.

    After experiencing outrage from customers, United announced a new pet policy, and two senators proposed a bill to ban animals from being placed in overhead bins. 

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    Music is easily one of the most subjective topics to debate — which places the Grammy Awards' Academy members in a constant crossfire.

    Major award shows are bound to make mistakes. It's unavoidable. Our challenge, then, is to sort through the uproar and find nominations that future generations will look back on with either rage or confusion.

    Here are seven artists whose nominations seem at least somewhat undeserving, in no particular order.

    Cardi B had a monumental year, but "Invasion of Privacy" isn't "Album of the Year" material.

    It's certainly encouraging to see the Grammys hand five nominations to Cardi B, an unapologetic, unconventional firecracker — whose success reflects the significant shift towards rap and hip hop for modern music fans.

    But that doesn't mean her debut studio album, "Invasion of Privacy," necessarily deserves the high praise.

    While the project hits some very high points — "I Like It," for example, is perfectly at home in the "Record of the Year" category — it was inconsistent as a whole. "Invasion of Privacy" shows great promise for the young, chart-topping rapper, and proves she's here to stay. But popularity and easy listening doesn't always equate to "Album of the Year" potential.

    "The Middle" is more annoying than award-winning.

    "The Middle"— the earworm collaboration between DJ Zedd and singer Maren Morris, which you've probably heard in a Target commercial — secured three nominations for the 2019 Grammys.

    While the song's commercial success somewhat excuses this lapse in judgment, it would have made more sense to stop at the nod for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance"— without letting it slither into two of the most prestigious categories: "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year."

    Post Malone didn't need an "Album of the Year" nomination.

    To be sure, Post Malone has a talent for hit-making. Giving "Rockstar" a "Record of the Year" nomination makes perfect sense; it's a perfect song.

    But Post Malone doesn't offer the kind of nuanced, relevant, boundary-pushing music that we've come to expect from rappers at the top of their game — and he doesn't want to. He has explicitly warned his fans not to expect "real s---" from him.

    "If you're looking for lyrics, if you're looking to cry, if you're looking to think about life, don't listen to hip-hop," he said last year, which is something a person would only say if they're benefiting from a layered, historically significant genre that they fundamentally don't understand, a person who's ignorant about black music and culture.

    "Beerbongs & Bentleys" reflects this attitude. It's an album comprised of mediocre songwriting with catchy hooks and some well-placed, high-profile features. It's certainly not the "Album of the Year."

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    • Glassdoor releases annual ranking of best companies in the UK to work for.
    • The list is based on anonymous feedback of employers given by staff on the website.
    • Britain's best employer is not a major international tech giant, or big bank, but a UK-based utility company.

    Recruitment website Glassdoor has released its annual list of the best companies in the UK to work for, based on anonymous employee reviews.

    Glassdoor lets people anonymously leave ratings and feedback on their employers and Glassdoor has used that data to rank companies, giving them a rating out of 5. Companies had to have at least 30 reviews on the site and at least 1,000 employees to qualify.

    Glassdoor gives all the company ratings to one decimal place, although companies which appear to be rated exactly the same can actually have slightly different ratings, and are ordered accordingly.

    The list includes some of the world's largest and most recognizable companies, including Google and Apple. But it also features smaller, UK-focused firms.

    "For employers, we know that a satisfied and engaged workforce helps drive financial performance," said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist. 

    "Glassdoor Best Places to Work winners are strategically investing in company culture, career growth opportunities and more, which also serves as a major recruiting advantage."

    Check out the top businesses below:

    SEE ALSO: The world's 37 richest, healthiest, happiest, and most prosperous nations

    31. Diageo

    Rating: 4.3

    What it does: Alcoholic beverage production

    What staff say:"Working here you'll experience a very friendly and engaging bunch of people, who are smart and passionate about their jobs."— Diageo Marketing Manager (London)

    30. JPMorgan

    Rating: 4.3

    What it does: Banking

    What staff say:"Good team culture, strong emphasis on quality and productivity, subsidized canteen/gym in the building."— JPMorgan Python Software Engineer (London)

    29. O2

    Rating: 4.3

    What it does: Telecoms

    What staff say:"Friendly, helpful colleagues, agile working, great work/life balance, engaged leadership team are just a few of the great advantages to working at O2."— O2 Head of Health, Safety and Certifications (Slough, Berkshire, South East England)

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    • Saxo Bank annually publishes a list of outrageous predictions for the year ahead.
    • This year's forecast features recessions in two economic heavyweights, and the possibility of solar-related chaos.
    • The predictions include a surprise potential buyer to take Tesla private. 

    Saxo Bank's annual series of outrageous predictions is here with this year's theme covering a world that is increasingly saying "enough is enough." 

    The Danish firm has compiled 10 possibilities with a low chance of happening, but that challenge investors to think outside the box on risk within financial markets and the world more generally. While these predictions are not Saxo's official expectations for the year ahead, they point out some of the risks that have been unallocated by the market so far. 

    "This year’s edition has a unifying theme of 'enough is enough,' said Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist at Saxo Bank. "A world running on empty will have to wake up and start creating reforms, not because it wants to but because it has to." 

    "The signs are everywhere," he said. "2019 will mark a profound pivot away from this mentality as we are reaching the end of the road in piling on new debt and next year will see us all beginning to pay the piper for our errant ways."

    Check out the compilation of Saxo's 10 outrageous predictions below.

    SEE ALSO: Global stocks drop after Trump trade-war jitters spark US bloodbath

    1. EU announces a "debt jubilee"

    Saxo said that unsustainable levels of public debt, a populist revolt, rising interest rates from European Central Bank (ECB), and sluggish growth could lead the EU to announce a debt jubilee in 2019, writing off large amounts of debt across the continent.

    Possible eurozone contagion could lead to the ECB backing monetisation if the EU lurches into recession. Italy's budget crisis and Greece's ongoing issues could damage confidence while the yellow vest protests in France indicate that people are unhappy with the status quo. 

    2. Apple "secures funding" to buy Tesla at $520/share

    Elon Musk's controversial tweet suggesting that Tesla had secured funding at $420 a share drew the ire of investors and later the SEC. Saxo playfully suggests that Apple, rather than Saudi Arabia, could be a new option for the electric vehicle maker. 

    Saxo points out that Apple is keen to move deeper into consumers lives and suggests that automobiles could be the next frontier as vehicles become increasingly connected to technology. A 40% premium on Tesla's share price could make another Musk "funding secured" tweet a possibility in 2019. 

    3. Trump tells Powell: "You’re fired"

    Former Apprentice star and current US President Donald Trump has made no secret of his displeasure at the Federal Reserve in recent months and Saxo reckons Jerome Powell could hear the immortal words "you're fired" in 2019. 

    December's proposed rate hike could send equity markets off a cliff in Q1 2019, according to Saxo's outrageous predictions, giving Trump the opportunity to bring in the dovish Minnesota Fed President Neel Kashkari instead. 

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    Robert Mueller

    A new memo released by special counsel Robert Mueller says prosecutors are now recommending "substantial" prison time for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and longtime fixer, who is due to be sentenced December 12.

    Cohen previously pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress regarding the dates of when President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization pursued a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 election.

    The new filings described previously unreported contact between Cohen and a Russian national and that Cohen committed campaign finance violations under the direction of "Individual-1," who is widely believed to be Trump. 

    Since 2017, special counsel Robert Mueller has investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and whether the Trump campaign collaborated with Moscow to tilt the race in Trump's favor. 

    Since taking over the probe last May, Mueller's team has charged five Americans once affiliated with Trump's campaign or administration, 13 Russian nationals, 12 Russian intelligence officers, three Russian companies, and two other people.

    Here's everyone who's been charged in the Mueller probe so far.

    SEE ALSO: Meet Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and tenacious investigator leading the Trump-Russia probe

    DON'T MISS: Robert Mueller has reportedly begun drafting his final report in the Russia probe

    Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer

    Mueller released a memorandum in December that detailed more than 70 hours of cooperating and witness testimony provided by Trump's former personal lawyer and "right-hand man" Michael Cohen. 

    In the filing, prosecutors recommended in a Friday filing "substantial" prison time for Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to financial crimes, campaign violations, and lying to Congress. The Southern District of New York recommended Cohen face 3 1/2 years of prison time and a $100,000 fine.

    The filings conclude that Cohen "acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1," an apparent reference to Trump that implicates him in campaign finance violation for payments to two women who said they had affairs with Trump that prosecutors saidshowed intention to influence the election.

    In a separate filing the same day, Mueller wrote that Cohen told prosecutors about previously unknown contact with a Russian national who claimed to be a "trusted person" in the Russian Federation who offered the campaign "political synergy" and "synergy on a government level." Cohen claimed that person repeatedly suggested a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Cohen is due to be sentenced December 12. 

    On Nov. 29, Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress and reached a new plea deal with the special counsel.

    Cohen pleaded guilty to lying about the dates during which the Trump Organization actively pursued a business deal to pursue a Trump Tower in Moscow, initially claiming the discussions ended in January 2016 when they in fact continued into the summer of the year. 

    Prosecutors from the special counsel's office also charged that Cohen lied to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in testifying that he had never offered to travel to Russia and that he didn't recall any response from the Russian government regarding the deal.

    In August, Cohen pleaded guilty in the Southern District of New York to five counts of tax evasion, one count of bank fraud, one count of making an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an illegal campaign finance contribution — which he said were made "at the direction" of Trump. 

    Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight federal counts of bank and tax fraud and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of conspiracy against the US.

    He also entered into a deal that included an agreement to cooperate with Mueller's investigation instead of going to trial in the District of Columbia on a separate indictment of counts of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

    Manafort previously faced a total of 18 counts, but the 10 remaining were dismissed during the plea hearing after a judge declared mistrial in a Virginia trial.

    On Nov. 26, however, Mueller's office said in a court filing that in the course of his cooperation, Manafort had lied to the FBI and the special counsel on "a variety of subject matters," which could land him in even more legal jeopardy. 

    He surrendered to federal authorities on October 30, 2017, after he was indicted, along with his business associate Rick Gates, on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the US and money laundering.

    Manafort was forced to step down as Trump's campaign chairman in May 2016 after coming under fire for his connections to Russian oligarchs and his past lobbying efforts abroad.

    Trump's former campaign chairman is accused of committing crimes while working as an unregistered lobbyist in the US for the Ukrainian government and pro-Russia interests beginning in 2006.

    Konstantin Kilimnik

    Mueller charged Manafort's "right-hand man" Konstantin Kilimnik in June with witness tampering in a superseding indictment that charges the Russian citizen and Manafort with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.

    Mueller reportedly began further investigation into Kilimnik in November with the help of three of his associates, including Manafort, to examine their political consultancy and lobbying work that connected them with prominent Russian oligarchs.

    The special counsel has said Kilimnik has strong ties from past work with Russian intelligence and was in contact with top figures in Trump's 2016 campaign.

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    The best workout leggings

    • When it's cold outside, you need a good pair of workout tights to keep your muscles warm and protected.

    • Sweaty Betty makes the best women's workout tights you can buy. Not only do they look great, but they're made to last through intense workouts day in and day out.

    It’s tights weather again, bless up. Not only does that mean that it’s okay to leave your home in naught but an oversized sweater and yoga pants, but it also means that you’re probably putting away your athletic shorts in favor of your longer athletic wear.

    I’m always thrilled to have the opportunity to try on new pairs of workout tights. Not only do they generally make your butt look unreasonably good, but they’re also remarkably multipurpose. A great pair of tights can go straight from the gym to your night out, which is the type of multitasking that I want my clothes to be able to do.

    When considering what new tights to add to your closet this season, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. First, what sort of exercise are you most likely to engage in? Some tights are better suited for yoga, while other well-ventilated options may be best for your long runs.

    You’ll also want to consider the length of your tights. While some women prefer their legs to be fully covered during their workout, you may prefer a slightly cropped look. To that end, you’ll want to keep in mind the multifunctional aspect of your tights — I’ve always found that full-length wear is easier to transition into streetwear than the cropped variety.

    Another thing to think about in your purchasing process is sustainability. An increasing number of companies are ensuring that their tights are ethically made and environmentally friendly. If you’re constantly replenishing your tights supply, you should probably look toward a company that’s doing its part to keep the Earth healthy even as it manufactures large quantities of athletic wear.

    Finally, of course, price point is important to consider. While dropping a pretty penny on workout gear almost always feels worth it, you probably don’t need that fifth pair of $150 leggings to sweat in.

    Here are the best workout tights that women can buy:

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

    The best workout tights for women overall

    Why you’ll love it: For tights that make you look and feel almost unreasonably good, the best place to go is Sweaty Betty.

    If you go to the gym to see and be seen (hey, no shame), then you’ll want to be wearing something that makes you look as confident as you feel. And here to help you do just that is Sweaty Betty, whose Zero Gravity tights will never fail you — either in form or in function.

    Not only are these leggings shockingly light so that you can take them with you on work trips and vacations alike, but they’re also extremely effective in sculpting your backside. I’m not entirely sure how Sweaty Betty manages to create tights that make your bum look quite so bodacious, but whatever they’re doing, it’s working wonders.

    I’m a huge fan of the 7/8 Run Leggings, a black pair with just the right amount of eggplant and neon accents down the side of your legs, creating an elongating effect. This particular pair is designed with 80% opacity, so while they’re great for running or HIIT workouts, they’re less suitable for hot yoga.

    All of Sweaty Betty’s bum-sculpting leggings are constructed with a unique Italian fabric that is not only lightweight but also sweat-wicking with killer compression technology to keep you in place no matter how tough your workout. Because the fibers are hydrophilic, they’ll keep sweat away from your body, and will also help the tights dry faster — whether it’s after a turn in the laundry machine or after a hard run.

    Despite wearing and washing my leggings on what is likely a too-often basis, I’ve yet to wear these leggings down. They may feel incredibly delicate and breathable, but rest assured, they’re much hardier than you think. So even if you’re paying $135 a pair, you’ll have these leggings for years on end.

    Pros: Fantastic bum-sculpting, extremely lightweight, sweat-wicking, breathable

    Cons: 80% opacity means you’ll want a different pair for yoga, expensive

    Buy Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity Leggings for $135

    The best flattering workout tights

    Why you’ll love it: For workout tights that make you look good from the second you put them on, check out Boom Boom Athletica.

    Boom Boom Athletica was founded by an ultra-marathon runner, so it comes as no surprise that the workout tights from this line are about as high-performance as you can find on the market. That said, what may surprise you is just how flattering these pieces really are.

    Boom Boom Athletica’s entire line is edgy and functional, but its tights are particularly adept at sculpting your body and giving off that enviable hourglass shape.

    Recently stocked at Nordstrom, Boom Boom Athletica’s workout wear is made from premium moisture-wicking fabric that dries quickly to keep you cool and comfortable, four-way stretch fabric that welcomes motion and has UPF properties, and compressive designs.

    I’m a huge fan of the Tricolor Panel Leggings, not only because they’re wildly soft and great to work out in but also because they’re extremely aesthetically pleasing. Cleverly placed mesh paneling and flattering geometric patterns make these tights some of the best in my wardrobe.

    The brand’s leggings are of the high-waist variety and feature a thick waistband and a figure-flattering pattern. As Insider Picks reporter Mara Leighton wrote previously, the moisture-wicking fabric dries quickly, smooth flatlock seaming minimizes rubbing and irritation and only helps streamline silhouette, while the antimicrobial fabric helps inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. They fit true to size.

    Pros: Incredibly flattering, very soft, comfortable for all workouts

    Cons: At $115 a pair, these are not inexpensive leggings

    Buy the Boom Boom Athletica leggings for $125, available in Black/Grey/White

    The best warm workout tights

    Why you'll love it: For mornings and evenings that are not just chilly, but windy, too, you’ll need a pair of tights like Reebok’s new Thermowarms to keep you cozy throughout your workout.  

    There’s a reason you’re meant to warm up before working out, and in much the same way, you want to stay warm throughout your workout. While you can normally maintain your body temperature simply by upping your activity level, on particularly cold days and nights, this may be a bit more difficult to do. Enter Thermowarm, a new technology from Reebok that’s meant specifically for the chilly weather to come.

    These newly designed tights are built especially for running and are comprised of a performance fleece that feels remarkably soft on your skin. Not only does it feel great, but the fabric insulates against the elements, too. When wind chill sends temperatures into negative ranges, you’ll be thankful to have a pair of Thermowarms around.

    In addition to the warmth provided by the fabric, these tights also feature woven panels on the front to shield your legs from strong headwinds. With the addition of a secure stash pocket, you can keep keys, cash, and other essentials on your person throughout your workout.

    The Thermowarm fabric has the added benefit of being sweat-wicking, which helps maintain a higher body temperature, and the addition of fleece and woven fabrics directly into the spandex help to make this a particularly comfortable pair of tights. An internal drawcord helps keep a secure fit around your waist, while 360-degree reflectivity keeps you safe during the evening hours.

    Pros: Extremely warm, offers protection from headwinds, sweat-wicking, comfortable

    Cons: Because these tights are so warm, they’re not exactly all-weather friendly

    Buy the Reebok Thermowarm tights for $70

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    • Small changes to your daily routine can make you happy— or happier.
    • Those changes include journaling, practicing gratitude, and even ordering takeout dinner.
    • We collected a list of 10-minute tweaks you can make starting today, and explained why they're helpful.

    You don't need to conduct a major life overhaul to be happy in 2019.

    Small changes to your daily routine can go a long way. Think capturing the most beautiful photo of a flower garden on your way to work, or hugging a friend you haven't seen in a while.

    Below, Business Insider has listed seven tweaks to your daily routine — all of which take 10 minutes or less — that can make you happier, healthier, and more productive. Read on for ideas you can implement starting today.

    SEE ALSO: The age when people feel the most — and least — happy with life, in one chart

    Jot down your thoughts and feelings

    Author and investor Tim Ferris recommends jotting down your thoughts in a journal every morning.

    Ferris uses "The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal" by Julia Cameron, and emphasizes that the process of writing matters more than the final product. What's more, journaling allows you to get fears and worries out of your head so you can stop fixating on them.

    Another journal option is the "Five Minute Journal," which comes with inspirational quotations and thought-provoking questions.

    You can switch things up and journal in the evening if that's more convenient.

    Chat with a fellow commuter

    A 2014 study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, found that people are much happier during their commutes when they engage another passenger in conversation.

    Still, most people surveyed said they expected their commute to be less positive and productive if they talked to a stranger.

    If you can get over the fear that you'd be bothering someone else, you might be doing them — and yourself — a favor.

    Take one beautiful photo on your way to work

    That's a tip from Mo Gawdat, who is an executive at Alphabet's moonshot lab, X, and the author of "Solve for Happy." Every day during his walk to the office, Gawdat searches for something beautiful and snaps its photo.

    The idea behind searching for one perfect photo is that it prevents Gawdat from thinking distressing thoughts, since he's fully engaged in searching for beauty. He calls it a form of meditation: Instead of focusing on his breath, or a spot on the wall in front of him, he's focusing on the world around him.

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