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Trump made the mistake of using Scotch tape to hold his tie together — here's what he should have done instead


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The biggest revelation of this week wasn't that President-elect Donald Trump convinced Carrier to keep 800 jobs in the US, or that he named a former Goldman Sachs mortgage bond trader as his pick for treasury secretary.

It was really that Trump, the future leader of the free world, tapes the tail of his tie to the back so that it doesn't move. GQ first spotted the tape in a photo of Trump getting off a plane in Indiana on Thursday.

Hundreds of unspoken rules govern our society, rules that are not meant to be bent or broken, and that we all must live by. One of those: Thou shall not use Scotch tape to fix wardrobe malfunctions.

Trump has egregiously violated this rule.

At 6-foot-3, Trump is on the taller side, but that's not the reason the tail of his tie does not reach the keeper loop — that ring of fabric attached to the back of your tie that keeps the tail from peeking out. It's actually because Trump wears his tie way too low, hanging near the crotch area when it should really hit near the belt line.

If Trump were to learn how to tie a tie correctly, he wouldn't need to use Scotch tape. He has solved a problem he shouldn't have had in the first place. And his solution is one of the worst of all theoretically conceived. It's impractical, ugly, and inefficient.

Putting aside the style crimes committed here, there are other implications to consider. For better or worse, what we wear on our bodies signals who we are, what we value, and our approach to life. Instead of considering, for a moment, that he may have made a mistake whilst doing up his tie knot, or that there might be a better or more efficient way to do it, Trump instead curses his tools and employs an unorthodox, ugly fix.

He hasn't thought to seek out big-and-tall ties either, which would only make sense, seeing as the man wears a tie nearly every day of his life. Somewhere along the line, you'd think Trump would realize there has to be a better way.

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A drone captured these shocking photos of inequality in Mexico's biggest city


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Greater Mexico City is home to over 21 million people, making it the biggest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.

But the region is deeply divided between the haves and have-nots.

A mere four multimillionaires account for 9% of the country's GDP, according to a 2015 report by international aid organization Oxfam. For comparison, nearly half of the population lives under the poverty line. The wealth gap has widened in recent years.

In 2016, photographer Johnny Miller set out to capture Mexico City's inequality from above. The images, taken by a consumer drone, show the contrast as rarely seen before.

Miller shared his work from the Thompson Reuters Foundation series, Slumscapes, with us. You can check out more on his project website, Unequal Scenes.

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Mexico City is a bustling metropolis that sits atop a dried lakebed. The region once served as the heartland of the Aztec Empire, until the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century.

There are reminders of its ancient history in street names and festivals. But in many ways, Mexico City is not unlike many US cities, with its triple-decker highways and skyscrapers.

One thing sets it apart. Mexico's capital city is one of the most unequal cities in the world.

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December is the best time to start the job hunt — here are 9 skills you should have before you change jobs


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If you clicked on this story, you're probably considering quitting your job. Millennials are predicted to change jobs four times before they turn 32 years-old, so you're not alone. Some human resources experts say December is the best time to start the job hunt so if you're craving more responsibilities, a change of pace, or  different office environment, you should start submitting your applications now

Regardless of month, switching jobs can be challenging; however, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of getting past the first initial HR screening and receiving the offer.

Whether you're looking to switch companies, land that sought-after promotion, or change careers entirely, here are nine skills you should master before submitting your first application.

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"Building a Personal Brand by Gary Vaynerchuk"

In many industries, creating a strong personal brand to showcase on social media is integral to catapulting your career forward — especially when you're looking for a new job. Instructor Gary Vaynerchuk is a three-time New York Times best-selling author and has his own media company, so you can bet his course is full of sage advice.

Building a Personal Brand by Gary Vaynerchuk, $25 (originally $100), available at Udemy.  [75% off with the code 'UDEMY1275']

"Mastering Communications for Ultimate Networking Success #1-7"

Networking is the one skill needed to succeed in any industry. Instead of sharing conversation starters and how often you should keep in touch with your contacts, this seven-course series teaches you the fundamentals of influence, persuasion, and positive communication, so you can be a successful networker anywhere.

Mastering Communications for Ultimate Networking Success #1-7, $12 - $17 each (originally $50 - $70 each), available at Udemy. [75% off with the code 'UDEMY1275']

"Ultimate Resume Makeover Course: Get Your Dream Job"

Hiring managers will only look at your application for few seconds, so it's important to submit a résumé that makes a lasting impression. Here, you'll learn how to properly format your CV, incorporate powerful words into your résumé, and stand out against piles of other applications. While you're at it, go ahead and add some new skills to your résumé, too. 

Ultimate Resume Makeover Course: Get Your Dream Job, $23 (originally $95), available at Udemy. [75% off with the code 'UDEMY1275']

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Adidas' CEO unleashed a major criticism of Nike's self-lacing sneakers (NKE)


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Nike's first mass consumer self-lacing sneaker, the HyperAdapt 1.0, is now available for purchase in two Nike stores in New York City, and it's poised to change sneakers as we know them. 

But the technology is not without its skeptics, and one very biased critic — the CEO of Nike's chief rival, Adidas — has cast doubt on its usefulness.

"I don't know if that's a save-the-world product," Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published in the paper on Thursday.

Nike's innovations usually revolve around the athlete and the technology that could improve either performance or comfort — of which the self-lacing shoes are an extreme example. Adidas shares this focus, but its initiatives also have a slant toward sustainability, like its sneakers made from ocean plastic or another model that uses a biodegradable silk.

Nike has big hopes for its self-lacing technology, and CEO Mark Parker has gone as far as to compare the self-lacing sneaker tech with self-driving cars, saying in an interview with CNBC that it is a "good analogy" in terms of mainstream appeal.

Regardless, for now the HyperAdapt 1.0 is a niche product — a piece of halo-effect technology priced at $720. Just like with Nike's other innovations, however, self-lacing sneakers will likely trickle down into cheaper models in some form.

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A 31-year-old who's been traveling the world for 5 years explains how she affords it


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A month before her 26th birthday, Nina Ragusa landed in Bangkok, Thailand.

She had been living in Tampa, Florida, preparing and saving for open-ended travel for the past two years.

During the day, she worked at a foreclosure law firm, and a few nights a week, she moonlighted at bars and promotional events.

About five years later, Ragusa has only been back to the US twice.

In the meantime, she told Business Insider via email from her current home in Darwin, Australia, her adventures have included:

"hiking down through a volcanic crater to see blue flames coming out of the ground in Indonesia, drinking from coconuts and jet skiing at a lagoon in Mozambique, rock climbing on some of the most incredible karsts in Krabi, Thailand, snorkeling with blacktip reef sharks in Malaysia, wandering ancient temples and seeing a friend's father and brother become monks, eating everything as you walk down the chaotic market streets, and hiking with orangutans on Sumatra."

You can follow her adventures on her website, Where in the World Is Nina, or through her Facebook or Instagram.

Below, Ragusa told Business Insider what it's like to stay abroad for five years, what everyone gets wrong about long-term travel, and how she affords it.

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In the two years of working before she left, Ragusa saved $16,000. She used $10,000 of that to pay off credit-card bills and prepay eight months of her ~$30,000 student loans.

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In Chiang Mai, Thailand.

She arrived in Bangkok in May 2011 with $6,000 in her pocket and a newly minted TEFL certification she'd gotten in the US, certifying her to teach English.

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In Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

"I'm not rich, but I definitely want to stay longer than a couple of weeks, longer than a few months," she said she had realized. "I decided to teach English so I could make money while living abroad and traveling."

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With English students in Thailand.

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The way you write l, t, i, and y reveals a lot about your personality

9 horrible body language habits that are hard to quit



It's not what you say, it's how you say it.

It's an old cliché, but it's true. That's why body language is such a crucial part of communicating. The way you act can warp the entire meaning of what you're saying.

That being said, bad body language habits are the often hardest ones to break. We become so accustomed to slouching, averting our eyes, or folding our arms that we barely even notice what we're doing.

Here are several body language mistakes that are going to be tough to ditch. Still, if you're able to quit them, you'll definitely thank yourself later.


If you've gotten into the habit of fidgeting, it can be difficult to snap out of it. However, it's important to take steps to reigning in this nervous habit.

Fidgeting demonstrates nervousness and a lack of power, as body language expert and "The Power of Body Language" author Tonya Reiman previously told Business Insider.

Playing with your hair

Leave your hair alone. Constantly running your hands across your scalp and twirling your locks is pretty distracting. Plus, as ABC reported, it can damage your hair overtime. It can
be hard to quit, so try playing around a stress ball instead of your hair.

Adopting a defensive pose

Many people naturally cross their arms or hunch over a bit just because they don't know what to do with their hands.

However, this posture can make you look uncomfortable, defensive, or untrustworthy.

"You should always keep your hands in view when you are talking," Patti Wood, a body language expert and author of " SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions Body Language and Charisma," previously told Business Insider. When a listener can't see your hands, they wonder what you are hiding."

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14 things that are harder to get into than Harvard


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Harvard is one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, school accepted just 5.2% of roughly 39,000 applications for its class of 2020. As Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said in 2014, "We could fill our class twice over with valedictorians."

The school seeks out students who not only have high grades, but also have outstanding achievements under their belts — from overcoming homelessness to starting their own nonprofits. The students who manage to catch the attention of admissions officers overcome exceptional odds, but they should maintain some perspective.

Many things in life — like landing a job at some Wal-Mart locations — are harder to achieve than getting into that prestigious university.

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A spot at one of New York City's top elementary schools

The elementary admissions process in New York City is utterly grueling. Among exemplary schools, one stands out as the gold-standard:Hunter College Elementary School.

Each year, Hunter chooses 25 girls and 25 boys from all of Manhattan to be admitted to its incoming kindergarten class.

They're hand-selected from a pool of about 2,500 applicants, according to the website Inside Schools. That makes the acceptance rate for Hunter 2%. 


A job as an NBC page

Landing an internship-like role in the National Broadcasting Company's page program is competitive to say the least. Famously, the character Kenneth Parcel was a page on 30 Rock.

For example, in 2016 there were 2,600 applicants for 120 positions, for a 4.6% acceptance rate.

The NBC page role is a year-long entry-level role where employees perform PR responsibilities among other tasks depending on their department.

A spot at an innovative startup college

College startup Minerva Schools has received 16,000 applications for 306 available places this year, the Financial Times reported.

Its model vastly differs from what four years of school at other prestigious colleges resemble. Students don't stay in one place during their four-year education.

They spend time in up to seven residence houses in San Francisco, California; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Seoul, South Korea; Bangalore, India; Istanbul, Turkey; and London, England.

At 1.9%, the acceptance rate for the unconventional college is far lower than at Stanford.

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This beautiful village of affordable cottages might be the best place to retire



As people age into their 70s and 80s, some choose (often reluctantly) to move into retirement homes.

A new community and village, called Mado, aspires to become a place where residents can age in place. Although residents of all ages can live there, a portion of single-story homes will be designated for buyers aged 55 and up.

The idea is that if they move there in late middle-age, they won't need to move.

Located in northwestern Georgia, Mado will feature medicinal gardens, community activities, and housing. It will be the third village at Serenbe, a community of nearly 500 people of all ages.

Mado's construction started this past summer, and the first residents will move in this month, Serenbe co-founder Steve Nygren, aged 70, tells Business Insider. Homes will cost between $300,000 and $800,000, and rental apartments will be available at $1,000 a month.

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Serenbe is an urban village, meaning it prioritizes medium-density housing, walkability, and public space.

Located in Chattahoochee Hills outside Atlanta, the site features a 25-acre organic farm, seasonal farmers markets, art galleries, and a range of public events.

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In total, Mado will have 380 housing units, including cottages, townhomes, large houses, and loft apartments for residents of all ages.

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What 17 super-successful people wish they knew at 22


Richard BransonAt 22, you were just graduating from college, entering the "real world," and embarking on your professional journey.

Looking back, maybe you'd rewrite your past — or, perhaps you're content with the decisions you made at that time in your life. Either way, there are probably a few things you wish you knew then that you know now.

That's exactly what LinkedIn asked its network of top minds across all fields to write about for its "If I Were 22" editorial packages.

Successful thought leaders — also known as Influencers — shared original posts filled with pearls of wisdom for young people based on what they wish they had known at 22. Here's what 17 successful people had to say:

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Angela Ahrendts: Honor humility

If the Senior Vice President of Apple Retail were 22, she writes that she would frequently thank her family and friends, regardless of how small their gesture was.

"The world is not here to serve me, rather I am here to serve the world," Ahrendts writes.

Read her full LinkedIn post here.

Suze Orman: It's OK to take time to figure out what you want.

When the personal finance guru was 22, she and a few friends left Illinois and headed to Berkeley, California, where she spent her days helping clear away trees and brush.

"That was followed by a seven-year stretch of waitressing," she writes. "It wasn't until I was 30 that I landed a job — as a stock broker trainee — that put me on the path that leads directly to where I am today."

She says she wouldn't suggest that every 22-year-old take eight years to find the path they want to pursue — but she does hope that they give themselves the time and space to figure things out.

"That's not a license for laziness. I worked, and worked hard, in my 20s. And I wouldn't trade the experiences I had during that time. But if there is a 22-year-old out there reading this and feeling adrift, I have this to say to you: Been there, done that. And look at me — it all turned out better than fine, right?"

Read her full LinkedIn post here.

Jim Kim: Get to know people from every income level and understand their worlds.

When the president at the World Bank turned 22, he was quite unhappy. He was just two months into his first year at Harvard Medical School, where he spent every night memorizing anatomy out of a textbook. "It seemed a real letdown," he writes.

In his late 20s, Kim travelled to Haiti, Peru, and Siberia to work in poor or disadvantaged communities. While many of the people he met there had almost nothing and were illiterate, he says they were incredibly wise, and you would be ignorant to underestimate them.

"Listen to the poor because their aspirations are as high as anyone's and all of us will need to face the task of making the world more inclusive and just," he says.

Read his full LinkedIn post here.

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Why the sneaker wars are being waged on the streets of New York City (NKE, UA)


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Sports retail is descending on Manhattan like never before. Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour are showing just how important the Big Apple is to their business, opening stores and inking deals for unprecedented amounts of retail space.

On Thursday Adidas opened its new 45,000-square-foot global flagship store near Times Square in New York City. It is now the company's biggest store in the world, and it was greeted with fanfare and lines out the door. Adidas already maintains a boutique-style store for the Originals lifestyle collection in Soho, and a larger store focused on performance just north of that. 

Similarly, on November 17, Nike pulled the sheet off its new 55,000-square-foot tech-fueled store down in Soho, likely one of the largest stores by square footage in that neighborhood. The company also has outposts like the gigantic 95,000-square-foot Niketown near 5th Avenue and 57th Street, and a few much smaller Nike Running stores — one on the Upper East Side near 67th Street and another in Flatiron closer to 20th Street. Rounding out the portfolio is the Nikelab, which has a boutique-like feel.

Citing unnamed sources, the New York Post reported that the swoosh also inked a lease on 5th Avenue just a few blocks from Niketown, which would add another 70,000 square feet of retail space.

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For its part, Under Armour inked a lease earlier this year for the 53,000-square-foot store formerly occupied by FAO Schwartz on 5th Avenue and 58th Street, right near Apple's famous cube store. It is projected to open in 2018. Under Armour also has two other stores in Manhattan (called Brand Houses): one in Soho, and the other in the new Westfield World Trade Center mall.

An increasing emphasis by retailers on bypassing third-party retail stores and going direct to consumer is likely a big motivation behind the big retail push this year. The company-owned stores give the brands a chance to interact with customers one-on-one, have more direct messaging with the consumer, and increase profit margins.

"We see experiences as super important," Heidi O'Neil, Nike's head of direct-to-consumer business, told Business Insider in reference to the new Soho store's tech-enabled areas, where shoppers can test out performance sneakers. "They embody the brand."

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New York specifically makes sense as the go-to battleground, as it is by far the most important regional market in North America. 25% of the Nike basketball sneakers sold in the US are bought in the New York area, according to retail analyst Matt Powell of the NPD Group. Trends often start in New York before they go elsewhere. As the old saying goes, "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere."

It's also a hot spot for destination shopping for both international and domestic tourists.

The third-party sports retailer industry is also shrinking, as City Sports went bankrupt in 2015 and Sports Authority liquidated in 2016. This means it's more important than ever for sportswear makers to go directly to consumers.

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I've taken AncestryDNA and 23andMe genetics tests — here's what I tell people when they ask me which one is best


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I've sent my spit off for more genetics tests than I can count.

Each one I've tried so far has offered a different experience, a different approach to how they present the data, or what information they provide — whether it's my great-grand relative or how much Neanderthal DNA I have. 

Every so often someone asks me which test I would recommend.

Genetic testing companies have proprietary sets of data and different ways they analyze the data, which can also play a role in decision-making, but to me it all boils down to one question: What do you want to get out of the test? 

Let's take the two direct-to-consumer ones I've tried out: AncestryDNA and 23andMe. 


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23andMe currently offers two versions of its tests:

  • The $199 version, which comes with both the health and ancestry components.
  • The $99 version, which will just have the ancestry test.

Its health reports can tell you information about traits, (such as if you're likely to have dimples or curly hair), wellness (how well you metabolize caffeine and if you're a sprinter), as well reports on carrier status. These reports can tell you if you carry a mutation for certain conditions that you could pass down to your children. Currently, 23andMe has 41 of these tests, up from the 36 tests it had when it launched in October 2015

With 23andMe's ancestry reports, users have access to reports that break down the Ancestry Composition (which regions your genes most closely align with), haplogroups (a genetic population that shares a common ancestor), and a person's Neanderthal ancestry. They also get access to something called a DNA Relatives tool, which 23andMe users can opt into to connect them with other users. It also shows if they have close or distant relatives in the system. 23andMe is big on research and getting users to engage in its research. 

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Verdict: If you're looking at this as more of a science experiment, or a way to get involved in research (most recently I got asked to participate in asthma research), and you aren't as interested in retracing your ancestry, this is the test for you. Or, if all you really want to know is your ancestry percentages and how much Neanderthal variants you have, the $99 version is also a good bet.  

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Ancestry's test, as the name suggests, is all about family histories and geneaology. You won't find health and wellness reports in its $99 test. 

What you will find is information about where your family comes from, and how that connects you to other potential ancestors. Ancestry also helps you link up the DNA test to your self-reported family tree. 

There's a lot to discover within that ancestry data — for example, I was matched up with ancestors dating back to the 18th century, and could explore just how I connected with that ancestor. 

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Ancestry's site is situated in such a way that if all you want are the percentage estimates, it's easy to focus on those, too.

But if you want to dig deep into your family tree, you can. I would definitely consider purchasing this test for a relative who enjoys researching our family tree.

Verdict: If the idea of tracing back your family tree for generations and connecting with distant relatives gets you incredibly excited — and less interested in getting health information back — this is the test for you. 

Other ancestry tests:

Although these are the only two I've tried out so far, there are, of course, other tests out there.

  • National Geographic has an ancestry test called Geno 2.0 through Helix an Illumina spin-off that's kind of like the "app store for genetics." The test — which is currently $149.99 but originally $199.95 — is different from the others in that it's using next-generation sequencing, instead of the genotyping technology that AncestryDNA and 23andMe use. The test gives a report on ancestry and telling ancestral stories. 
  • MyHeritage, for example just launched a DNA test that's currently going for $79 (originally $99). Its tests, like Ancestry's, are focused on building out family connections and trees. 
  • Others, like FamilyTree DNA (which offers tests from $59) are geared toward those wanting to find genetic links to others and find family members.

Conclusion: All the genetics tests on the market today come in at around the same price point. And, as I found after taking both tests, the reports can slightly differ a bit, since each company has slightly different methods, algorithms, and data that they're using. So go with the test that will answer the questions you have. Have fun!

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I tried 'forest bathing' — the Japanese ritual that science suggests could reduces stress


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My hiking boots sank into the dampened earth as me and my fellow "forest bathers" climbed a trail in Muir Woods, a redwood forest located 12 miles north of San Francisco. Even though I did not dress for rain and my feet blistered, I felt unusually calm.

The Japanese practice of forest bathing — basically, just being among trees — is starting to catch on in the Bay Area, where stressed-out locals seek natural remedies to improve their physical and mental wellness. It didn't feel any different from hiking, though we were instructed to quiet our inner monologue and cell phones and immerse ourselves in nature.

In 1982, Japan's ministry of forestry elected to make forest bathing part of a national public health program. The agency believed spending time in nature would promote heart health and wash away stress. After investing $4 million in research, it had the science to back it up.

More than 30 years later, San Francisco's Forest Bathing Club cropped up as an outgrowth of this trend. I recently joined the Meetup.com group in a retreat to see what the buzz is about.

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Hear the phrase "forest bathing" and you might imagine a group of open-minded hippies showering under waterfalls or rolling in muddy pools of water. (I certainly did.)

But the wellness ritual involves no public nudity or law-breaking. Rather, nature-enthusiasts take to the woods to be with trees and disconnect from reality. You can sit, stand, or hike.

The Forest Bathing Club, founded in 2016, organizes meet-ups in Bay Area parks and guides attendees on their paths to relaxation and restoration. It meets once or twice a month.

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