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Social Briefing #12: Should You Talk About Politics, Religion, and Money?

Social Briefings are short bi-monthly dispatches that offer practical tips to improve your social skills. Read more on their raison d’etre. You’ve probably heard it said that you should never discuss religion, money, or politics with people. In terms of discussing these “charged” topics with good friends you’ve known awhile, this adage is overly cautious. While you […]

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Aug. 11, 2017, 2:31 p.m.

Podcast #329: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life for Good

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got some habits you’d like to change: maybe you want to quit smoking or eat better or check your phone less. And if you’re like most people, you’ve probably tried making those changes, and failed. And after failing again and again, you just gave up. My guest today […]

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Aug. 10, 2017, 5:41 p.m.

You Don’t Have to Be an Entrepreneur: The 4 P’s of a Great Job

Being an entrepreneur — an owner, a starter, a founder — is pretty sexy right now. It’s seen as being a job with freedom, flexibility, control, and enormous money-making potential. These days, it’s seemingly every millennial’s dream to start and run a successful company. Everyone wants to be a CEO and pitch to billionaire investors […]

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Aug. 9, 2017, 4:57 p.m.

Podcast #328: The Hype and Truth of Intermittent Fasting

During the past 10 years or so there’s been a lot of chatter about the health benefits of intermittent fasting — that is, going without food for a short window of time on a regular basis. Some of the touted benefits of intermittent fasting include shredding body fat while maintaining muscle, improving blood sugar levels […]

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Aug. 8, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

The Insidious Disguises of Jealousy

When the author Roald Dahl was twenty-two, he boarded a ship leaving England to start his first job working for the Shell Company in East Africa. On the fourth day of the voyage, he woke up early and relaxed in the top bunk of his cabin. Looking through a porthole positioned near his pillow, he […]

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Aug. 7, 2017, 4:14 p.m.

The Simple Sabotage Manual

In 1944, the Allied troops were gaining ground on the battlefields of WWII, but still faced opposition from the Axis powers. The weaker that enemy targets could be made, the easier and faster the military’s job would be in wresting Europe back from its occupying forces. The U.S. government thus began a strategy to undermine […]

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Aug. 4, 2017, 2:33 p.m.

Podcast #327: Heading Out — The History of Camping

Camping is one of America’s favorite pastimes. About 50 million Americans head out into the wilderness each year to refresh and reinvigorate themselves. While it may seem like camping as a recreational activity has always been around, camping as we know it today is actually relatively new. For most of human history, camping is what […]

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Aug. 4, 2017, 1:58 a.m.

Embracing the Grind in Barbell Training (And Beyond)

If you’ve just started a linear progression barbell training program — you’re adding weight to the bar with every workout — you may have noticed that you can consistently add that weight without feeling like you have to strain yourself very much to complete the lifts. But the day inevitably comes when you get under […]

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Aug. 2, 2017, 6:45 p.m.

The Monthly Huckberry Giveaway: August 2017

Below you’ll find some of my favorite recent offerings from Huckberry. Enter the giveaway to win any of these items, or anything else available in their store (up to a value of $500). Our last winner was Jack from Atlanta. He chose the Everyday Backpack from Peak Design. Will you take home this month’s prize? […]

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Aug. 2, 2017, 6:14 p.m.

Podcast #326: How to Raise Boys

While there’s been a big push in recent decades to help girls thrive in school and in the workplace, boys in America have quietly been struggling. For example, boys are more likely to have learning and discipline issues in school and are less likely to graduate high school than girls, more women are now attending […]

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Aug. 2, 2017, 1:27 a.m.

The Tragic, Liberating Message About Manliness Hidden in American Tall Tales

John Henry was born with a hammer in his hand. The unusually large and strapping baby grew up to be an unusually large and powerful man; 7 feet tall, his arms were as thick as tree trunks and his shoulders were so wide he had to walk sideways through doors. After being freed from slavery, […]

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July 31, 2017, 3:54 p.m.

Manvotional: A Real Man

“A Real Man” From A Heap o’ Livin’, 1916 By Edgar A. Guest Men are of two kinds, and he Was of the kind I’d like to be. Some preach their virtues, and a few Express their lives by what they do. That sort was he. No flowery phrase Or glibly spoken words of praise […]

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July 29, 2017, 9:29 p.m.

How to Drive a Motorcycle

When Steve McQueen got away from the Nazis in The Great Escape, he did it on a motorcycle. When Evil Knievel roared over the top of the fountains at Caesar’s Palace, it was on a motorcycle. And when Chris Pratt sped through the jungles of a fictional dinosaur-filled island, he did it on a motorcycle, […]

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July 28, 2017, 4:18 p.m.

Podcast #325: Leading Quietly

When we think of being a good leader, we often think we need to be a bold, visionary, risk-taking type like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, or Steve Jobs. But my guest today argues that most of the day-to-day work that makes the world function is done by individuals who stand outside the limelight and lead […]

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July 27, 2017, 8:41 p.m.

A Man’s Guide to Dressing Sharp and Casual in His 40s

A man’s wardrobe should undergo subtle shifts as he gets older and takes on different roles in life. To help you look great at every age, this year we’ll be offering guides to dressing sharp and casual in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. Your forties are when you start to carry yourself with some […]

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July 26, 2017, 3:27 p.m.

Podcast #324: How Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith Are the Cure for Sad Clown Syndrome

If you’re like many modern men, you might have a pretty good life — a decent job, a family, a home, maybe a few hobbies. Despite having the appearance of a good life, though, you feel kind of empty inside. Like you’re missing something. My guests today would argue that what you’ve got is a case […]

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July 26, 2017, 2:23 a.m.

Announcing the Launch of The Strenuous Life

Ever since starting the Art of Manliness in 2008, I’ve wanted to create something that would help readers take our content offline. I never wanted readers just to consume our content, but to put it to use in their lives — to take real action on it. I wanted men to become not just readers, […]

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July 24, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Old School Army Wisdom on the Importance of Staying Fit (Even If You’re a Desk Jockey)

Editor’s note: The following excerpt was included in FM 21-13, an Army field manual published in 1952. It applies well to both soldiers and civilians, regardless of what line of work they’re in. FM 21-13 THE SOLDIER’S GUIDE Section VI. PHYSICAL TRAINING Military leaders have always recognized that soldiers do a much better job if […]

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July 21, 2017, 6:14 p.m.

Our 2 Best Tips for Dealing With Picky Eaters

Lots of kids are picky eaters. Maybe you were one growing up, and refused to let anything green touch your lips. Maybe you’ve got a kid now who rarely ventures beyond cheese pizza and apple sauce. Having an overly “discerning” palate is a phase a lot of children go through. Most grow out of it, […]

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July 21, 2017, 2:43 p.m.

Podcast #323: You’re Breathing All Wrong

Take a breath right now. Did your chest go up and down? Congratulations, you just failed at breathing. Don’t worry, my guest today on the show will set you straight. Her name is Belisa Vranich. She’s a clinical psychologist who has made a career re-training people on how to breathe correctly and in her latest […]

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July 20, 2017, 4:37 p.m.