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A psychologist explains the strategy for programming your brain to achieve any goal

But sometimes it's the most accurate: If you plug in the right information, you'll see the desired results. At least, that's what the psychologist Robert Cialdini suggests in "Pre-Suasion," a new book that's partly about getting others to do what you want and partly about getting <i>you</i> to do what you …

Self-improvement

How To Fall Asleep Instantly Following These Simple Tips

3 min read<p>How To Fall Asleep Instantly<p>.<p>How to fall asleep instantly? Allow me to teach you. This will be a great skill to have. It will lead to …

Sleep

I Did a Yoga Triathlon—Here's What That Was Like

For starters, I got Zen AF.<p>Since working at <i>Women's Health</i>, I've met a few badass girls who've tackled triathlon and Ironman events. And from what I can tell, those are pretty damn hard.<p>Though running several miles, jumping into open water (fish = scary), and then peeling off a wetsuit to hop on a …

Google Glass

7 Food Myths — Busted!

People have a lot to say about how you should be eating, but how much of it is true?<p>We’re just going to say it: There’s a lot of B.S. out there when it comes to health and nutrition advice. That’s why we asked top nutritionists and dietitians to set the record straight. Here are some of the most …

10 Interesting facts about human brain you may not know

The human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives input from the sensory organs and sends output to the muscles. The …

The Brain

Why Navy SEALs Are Zapping Their Brains With Electricity

Startups, Navy SEAL's, and doctors are all excited about the potential of electrical brain stimulation.<p>These days you can use tech to hack your work routine, your education, even your fridge. So why not use tech to hack the most important driver of the human experience of all, your brain?<p>It still …

The Brain

How Healthy Sleep Habits Shed Your Extra Pounds

Sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to weight loss, yet it’s also the one ignored by most people even its importance is well …

Nutrition

7 Expert-Backed Tips For How To Make A New Habit Permanent

If you've ever set out to transform your fitness habits, you probably know that achieving consistency can be a terribly difficult feat -- it's always easy to find an excuse to stay in bed or retreat to the couch with a glass of wine.<p>But if humans are creatures of habit, why is it so hard to make …

Happiness

4 Ways to Be a More Compassionate Person

Given the load we carry with everything on our plates, it's understandable that we lose track of one another. After all, we have to keep our heads down so we can get it all done -- then fall into bed, get some rest, and do some more tomorrow.<p>Yet we long for someone to care, to realize what we're …

10 Instant Ways to Calm Yourself Down

As a highly-sensitive person (as defined by Elaine Aron in her bestseller <i>The Highly Sensitive Person</i>), I’m easily overwhelmed, or over-aroused (not …

Yoga

Study recommends therapy, not sleeping pills to treat insomnia

Tossing and turning night after night? Don't automatically reach for the pill bottle. New guidelines say the first choice to treat chronic insomnia should be cognitive behavioral therapy — a way to condition your body to slumber again.<p>It takes more time and effort than popping a pill, but the …

Sleep

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Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

Therapy, Meet Mindfulness: The Practices Together May Help Treat Depression

Given the dearth of treatments that actually work for chronic depression, the results of a new study may come as welcome news for those who are affected by it: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) seems to be fairly effective for people who are dealing with chronic depression. A new …

Mindfulness

The Reason Why You're Always Tired Even If You've Got Enough Sleep

Tiredness can be a symptom of modern times. Working long hours and juggling responsibilities can stop us from getting our recommended 8 hours of …

Wellness

Conflicts Between Science And Spirituality Are Rooted In Your Brain

"They are different kinds of insight, so there is really no reason for so much conflict to arise."<p>The standoff between science and religion -- between fact-based and faith-based ways of thinking and explaining the world -- is nearly as old as human thought itself.<p>In fact, the conflict may be rooted …

Losing weight with a high-protein diet can help adults sleep better

Overweight and obese adults who are losing weight with a high-protein diet are more likely to sleep better, according to new research from Purdue …

Ease Into Meditation with “Mini Meditation”

Meditation has a ton of benefits, from reducing anxiety to increasing concentration, but it isn’t something you can jump into and excel at right …

Here's Why It's a Very Good Idea to Sleep Without Your Underwear

<i>By Caithlin Pena for YourTango.com</i><p><b>Rock that birthday suit, girl.</b><p>Have you ever went to sleep in your birthday suit? Maybe on those hot summer nights when the AC just wasn't cutting it?<p>Well, according to an article on <i>Shape</i>, experts recommend losing the undies during sleep.<p>"If [the area] is constantly …

Brain Circuit for Risk Preferences in Rats Pinpointed

<b>When rats were trained to choose between high- and low-risk options while a circuit in their brains was monitored and manipulated, a specific signal</b> …

How Combining Yoga & HIIT Makes You Stronger, Stat

<i>Todd McCullough is a former University of Florida football player and creator of</i> TMAC FITNESS<i>. He specializes in helping busy people get into shape</i> …

Yoga

The Lazy Guide To Weight Loss

About 5 years ago, I realized I had gradually gained 15 lbs., thanks to stress, overeating, and total unawareness of the calories I’d been consuming. …

Fitness

Seven Zen Stories That Could Open Your Mind

For centuries, Zen masters have used stories and koans, or paradoxical riddles, to help students realize their true nature. These stories are often …

Meditation

10 Science-Backed Ways to Become a Happier Person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today.<p>Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier.<p>Thanks to the …

The Dangers of a Bad Night's Sleep Are More Than You Think

Over 60 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder. And as many as 1 in 6 of those use potentially-addictive prescription sleep medications with harmful side effects, which are associated with a threefold increased risk of cancer and death.<p>Research from Harvard University has shown …

Here's the trick to falling asleep in under a minute, you are welcome

<b>Newsflash: We’re sleepy and stressed.</b><p>According to the American Psychological Association, more than half of all Millennials have lost sleep sometime …