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Use Amazon Prime Now to Help Those in Need

You probably see it all the time: someone sitting alone out in the cold, holding a sign with a scribbled plea for help on it. Well, even if you don’t carry cash anymore, or have time to run to a nearby store, you might still be able to help them with this clever act of kindness.

How to Set Up Smart Lighting and Wireless Security Cameras

It’s time to upgrade your simple home into a smart home, people! It’s way easier to do than you think. We’re continuing our Homehackers video series by going over smart lighting, smart switches, and wireless security cameras.

Why It Feels So Good to Cancel Plans Last Minute, and How to Stop Why It Feels So Good to Cancel Plans Last Minute, and How to Stop

There’s something magical about cancelling plans last minute—yes, I’ve heard the John Mulaney joke. You instantly get to do whatever you want and not feel beholden to anyone. True freedom is only a shameful text away. But flaking out is a slippery slope that can lead to a detrimental, and fairly rude, habit. Here’s…

Don't Believe Everything You See Don't Believe Everything You See

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.

How to Survive Deadly Black Ice On Winter Roads How to Survive Deadly Black Ice On Winter Roads

Black ice is nearly impossible to see, can form almost anywhere on the road, and has the potential to send your vehicle careening into oncoming traffic. It’s bad news. Here’s how you can spot that nasty black ice and avoid accidents when you hit the road during the holidays.

What to Do When You and Your Partner Haven't Had Sex in a Year What to Do When You and Your Partner Haven't Had Sex in a Year

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.

Architect the Perfect Party Atmosphere With the Power of Math Architect the Perfect Party Atmosphere With the Power of Math

Throwing the perfect party requires more than good booze, pleasant music, and tasty snacks. It requires the right amount of people to develop the atmosphere you’re after. This formulaic approach to party invites will help you host the biggest bash or the most charming of dinner parties.

Your 50s Will Probably Be the Most Unhappy Time of Your Life Your 50s Will Probably Be the Most Unhappy Time of Your Life

Everybody’s life is filled with ups and downs, but new research suggests everyone’s life follows a particular pattern when it comes to our general contentedness. Around mid-life, we all seem to be pretty bummed.

Boost Your Emotional Vocabulary With These Precise Terms From Around the World Boost Your Emotional Vocabulary With These Precise Terms From Around the World

There are more words out there to describe how you feel besides sad, mad, and glad—in fact, there’s a whole world of words that can describe your emotions in incredibly specific ways.

How to Eat Around the World Safely With Food Allergies How to Eat Around the World Safely With Food Allergies

Seeing the world is an enlightening experience, but it can also be a dangerous one if you’re allergic to things like nuts, gluten, soy, lactose, shellfish, and others foods. That doesn’t have to hold you back, though. Here are a few tips to help you travel and eat safely.

Why You Should Never Microwave a Hard Boiled Egg

Thinking of finishing off that soft boiled egg in the microwave? Or quickly heating up that already hard boiled egg because it’s too cold? Don’t do it unless you want insanely hot egg on your face.

How to Set Up a Smart Home Hub and Water Sensor How to Set Up a Smart Home Hub and Water Sensor

If you’re looking to get your own smart home system without spending a fortune, we’re here to help. In the first episode of our new video series Homehackers, we go over smart home hub options and show you how to set up a water sensor.

Why You Have a Delivery Confirmation and No Package From Amazon Why You Have a Delivery Confirmation and No Package From Amazon

So you ordered that cool new doodad from Amazon and it was supposed to arrive today, but it didn’t. Yet you’ve been sent a delivery confirmation telling you it made it there on time. Was it stolen? Maybe! But here’s another possible explanation.

Don't Complain About Annoyances, Avoid Them Don't Complain About Annoyances, Avoid 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.

How Do Missile Defense Systems Work? How Do Missile Defense Systems Work?

You’re probably aware the U.S. has a missile defense system, and the thought alone makes you feel (relatively) safe and cozy here in the states. But do you know how these systems work? Or how effective they can be? They’re not the impenetrable shield you think they are.

How to Handle Going Home to a Boring Family You Resent How to Handle Going Home to a Boring Family You Resent

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.

This Tool Lets You Examine Tons of Amazon Product Reviews at Once This Tool Lets You Examine Tons of Amazon Product Reviews at Once

Thinking of spending a pretty penny on that shiny new gadget? Well, you might want to take a look at some Amazon reviews first so you know what you’re getting into. If the thought of digging through hundreds of reviews sounds like a chore, though, this free tool will make it easy.

How to Survive a Plane Crash How to Survive a Plane Crash

Plane travel is incredibly safe—your odds of dying on a commercial flight are about one in 11 million—but accidents still happen and travelers sometimes make it to a different kind of final destination. Many past fatalities may, however, have been avoidable. Here’s the safety info you should be up on in case you go…

The Languages That Take the Most (and Least) Time to Learn The Languages That Take the Most (and Least) Time to Learn

So, you want to learn to speak and write a new language, huh? Not just “hello” and “thank you,” but really learn it well enough that you could live in the country of origin? Hope you’re ready to commit. If you’re a Native English Speaker, these are the languages that will take the most and least time to become…

Don't Bother Trying to Age Your Wine Don't Bother Trying to Age Your Wine

The longer you wait to open that bottle of wine the better, right? Well, unless you actually bought some nice wine designed to be aged, not really.

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