Melissa Balmain

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Melissa Balmain is a journalist, humorist, and editor whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. The author of Walking in on People, an award-winning poetry collection, she teaches writing at the University of Rochester. For more of her work, please visit

Articles by Melissa Balmain

Want to Reach Your Potential? Then Be a Learner

Other family members were playing pingpong. They were reading novels, doin

November 29, 2015

4 Ways to Make Your Life Easier (They're Shockingly Simple

Last summer on a family vacation in the Catskills, it occurred to me that

November 18, 2015

Want More Charisma? It All Starts With Your Mind

How to mix and master the 3 mental traits of charismatic people: presence, warmth and power

October 29, 2015

The 4 Kinds of Naps and What They Can Do for You

Naptime, noun: Something you resist your entire childhood, then gui

October 28, 2015

5 Great Reasons to Read Books Aloud

“Fuming, Harry descended the stairs to Snape’s dungeon... ” Moments ago

September 11, 2015

6 Life Lessons from Mom That Have Inspired and Guided Me

I was a buck-toothed, knobby-kneed kid who thought for years that “finding

August 13, 2015

How Beauty-Inspired Awe Can Boost Your Mood

To lift your spirits, binge on something natural and healthy: the world’s loveliness.

July 10, 2015