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How to Shut Down Bad-Faith 'Debates' on Social Media How to Shut Down Bad-Faith 'Debates' on Social Media

They don’t really want to debate you, those randos who crawl into the comments of your Facebook posts and your tweets and your blog posts (hi!) asking to “debate” you over shit we should all agree on by now. You can’t debate them in any meaningful way, because they are mouths without ears. You can block them or take…

Plan for Your Kid's After-School Meltdown  Plan for Your Kid's After-School Meltdown 

My daughter recently started kindergarten, and for the first couple of weeks of school, I was an eager mom, waiting to pick her up at the end of the day and hear all about her new adventures. I’d step through the classroom door, stretch my arms open and say, “Hi, lady!” and then wait for her to run and embrace me like…

Make Your Own Email Spam Filter Make Your Own Email Spam Filter

If Gmail’s spam and newsletter filters are letting too much slip through, or if you use a private email service with a bad spam filter, then try this solution: quarantine all email until the sender has confirmed that they’re not spam. This is your homemade spam filter.

How to Find or Guess Anyone's Email Address How to Find or Guess Anyone's Email Address

I used to hate unsolicited email, until I got unsolicited texts, calls, Twitter DMs, Facebook messages, and LinkedIn invitations. Now I think email is the most polite way to reach a stranger directly. In that vein, I recommend this thorough guide to finding anyone’s email address.

To Get Your Kid to Do More, Talk Less  To Get Your Kid to Do More, Talk Less 

Have you ever seen a parent in deep discussion with a toddler over a Rice Krispie treat? They’re patiently explaining the risk of tooth decay, the importance of a balanced diet and the timing of dinner. Right there in the middle of the grocery aisle.

The Dos and Don'ts of Sharing a Kitchen with Roommates The Dos and Don'ts of Sharing a Kitchen with Roommates

August marks that magical time of year college-town residents know so well: The Descent of the Undergrads. All across the country, hordes of young adults are signing leases, scouring Goodwills and IKEAs for furniture, and preparing to live on their own for the first time. God help us all.

How to Maintain Your Friendships How to Maintain Your Friendships

It’s easy to be there for friends and family members during the Big Life Events, like weddings, milestone birthdays, or a new job. These are big-ticket happenings that don’t take too much effort on our part, that allow us to show our appreciation for our friends simply by showing up.

The Essential Mac Apps for 2018

There are a bunch of great apps you can install on your Mac—no question there. Separating amazing apps from must-have apps is the hard part, and we don’t want you to spend hours analyzing the Mac App Store (or scouring the web) to find the very best and most useful apps. We’ve made a list of champions across four…

The Best Way to Ask for a Favor The Best Way to Ask for a Favor

So, you need some help. It’s okay, we all need a hand sometimes. Problem is, a lot of us don’t know how to go about asking—so we don’t. Well, according to a social psychologist, here’s the simplest, most effective way to ask for a favor.

If Words Hurt, It's Because You Let Them  If Words Hurt, It's Because You Let Them 

Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and a guide to using its waters to reflect on and improve your life.

Survive an Open Office Plan by Synching Up Survive an Open Office Plan by Synching Up

Open offices are a panopticon hellhole. They might make it easier to collaborate, and they might help your boss pack more workers into a smaller space, but they leave you in earshot of every little sound your co-workers make. (You get to see and smell them, too!) The most obvious coping mechanisms—headphones, phone…

These Podcasts Can Make You Funnier These Podcasts Can Make You Funnier

Not all comedy podcasts are just people doing bits with Scott Aukerman or helping Marc Maron process his failed SNL audition. Some of them study comedy and how it works, intentionally enough that you can learn from them. Here are four great podcasts that can make you funnier.

To Get Through to Your Teens, Text Them   To Get Through to Your Teens, Text Them  

Teenagers don’t enjoy talking to their parents. Actually, scratch that. Many don’t talk that much to their friends either, at least not with their voices. Teenagers like to text. Walk into any establishment where teens hang out and you will see them clumped together in small groups hovering over their cell phones.…

How to Talk to Kids, According to Mister Rogers  How to Talk to Kids, According to Mister Rogers 

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, along with the the release of the new documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?this past weekend, we’re hearing facts about children’s television icon Fred Rogers that reveal just how much care he put into everything he did. Like how he would…

When She’s Just Not That Into You, Bro When She’s Just Not That Into You, Bro

This week we have a college boy who’s desperately clinging onto a long-distance relationship with a girl he’s known since high school. Is she being unreasonable and ignoring him? Or is this dude expecting way too much?

The Best Way to Persuade Someone That They're Wrong Is to Show Them How They're Right The Best Way to Persuade Someone That They're Wrong Is to Show Them How They're Right

When you’re debating a topic with someone, it’s in your best interest to avoid flat-out telling someone they’re wrong. All it does is make the other person defensive, causing them to entrench themselves further in their beliefs. Instead, tell them all the ways they’re right, then guide them to realizing they’re wrong…

The Secret to a Captivating Dinner Party Conversation The Secret to a Captivating Dinner Party Conversation

Dinner parties are often a mishmash of different people coming together under one roof for refreshing drinks and a tasty, home-cooked meal. Because of that, conversations can be nothing but awkward explanations of what everyone does for a living. You can do better! Kick things off this way instead.

Don't Be Afraid to Ask Dumb Questions Don't Be Afraid to Ask Dumb Questions

Whether it’s a hot new movie, a huge sports event, or a TV show that it feels like everyone is watching, it’s no fun to be caught out of the loop during water cooler chats or party conversations. If you want to be a part of it all, let go of your pride and ask some dumb questions about it.

How to Have a Better Relationship With Your Mother How to Have a Better Relationship With Your Mother

It’s almost Mother’s Day, which means many of us are going to spend the day in conversation with our mothers—whether in person, on FaceTime, or over the phone.

How to Offer Condolences Without Sounding Like an Ass How to Offer Condolences Without Sounding Like an Ass

If you’re not careful, your well-meaning condolences can make you sound like a total ass. The trick to offering your sincere sympathy to the bereaved is knowing what to avoid while you show your support. These are the seven big no-no’s.

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