Alison Ashley

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How to be resilient: 8 steps to success when life gets hard

<i>“Stick with it!”</i><p><i>“Be resilient!”</i><p><i>“Never give up!”</i><p>I see a lot of stuff about resilience, persistence and grit. What I don’t see is a lot of legitimate …

Self-help

“Spiritual but not religious”: inside America's rapidly growing faith group

A new poll finds almost one in five Americans is spiritual but not religious.<p>Ava Lee Scott, an actress and theater-maker in New York, doesn’t practice an organized religion. Raised in both Catholic and Jewish traditions, Scott’s own spiritual life is far more eclectic. She studies ancient …

15 Life-Changing Fiction Books to Read When You Need an Escape

The only thing I enjoy as much as reading is coming up with a reading list in preparation for an epic (recreational) readathon. Seriously. So as any …

Books

Lack of Sleep is (Literally) Killing You: Here's Why and What to Do, According to Science

You already know you're not getting enough sleep. But you might not realize why, and worse, what harm it's doing.<p>You probably want to hit that snooze alarm as much as I do or find yourself asleep on a 10AM flight when you should be at peak alertness. It's an indication of how tired we are--everyone …

Alzheimer's Disease

10 Regrets Too Many People Will Have in 10 Years

In the final decade of his life, my grandfather woke up every single day at 7AM, picked a fresh wild flower on his morning walk, and took it to my …

Wildflowers

6 Powerful Refugee Reads

If there’s one reason you should pick up one of these new books about refugee experiences, it’s to remind yourself that there are many sides to a …

Books

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<i>To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p><b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering</i> …

Climate Change

Fill up your ebook reader with beautifully formatted free classics

I’ve long been meaning to get around to finally reading some classic must-read books by the likes of Jules Verne, HG Wells and Anton Chekov, and I’m glad that I’ve finally run out of excuses.<p>You’ve probably heard of Project Gutenberg, an incredible initiative that’s turned over 54,000 books whose …

Writing

7 Google hacks to use on your next vacation

Just a few days before embarking on a road trip through Northern Spain, my brother (who does not work for Google, but is a computer nerd), informed …

Maps

Ugh, Look At What Could Be In Your Sushi

There is a growing risk in eating sushi that can really suck, literally and figuratively: parasitic worms. Two recent scientific publications detailed finding two different types of parasitic worms in sushi, both disgusting.<p>First off, a research letter published in the February issue of the journal</i> …

Vitamins

15 Enlightening Rumi Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Rumi was a famous poet who has influenced countless generations across the world.<p>He has been described as the most popular poet ever and best selling …

Spirituality

Some vitamins and minerals may carry more risks than benefits

Vitamins and minerals are marketed to keep you healthy. But some may carry more risks than benefits, especially as we age.<p>“Supplements are most useful when they’re used to replace dietary deficiencies,” says Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser, Marvin M. Lipman. “Therefore, most of us don’t …

Medicine

10 Insanely Cool Caribbean Travel Adventures You Must Try

When planning your next travel adventure to the Caribbean, try and venture out and do something you have never done before, whether it be hiking up a …

Here's Why You Can't Stay Focused

Regaining focus isn't about willpower. It's about deconstructing the modern life habits that obstruct your enjoying it again.<p>“<i>I just can’t seem to stay focused.</i>” This is the most popular phrase from my coaching clients and readers. They have dreams, and they’re inspired to be better. But when it …

Why You’re Not Losing Weight

Despite what we’ve long been told, and the pervasive amount of food- and fat-shaming in our culture, the number on the scale isn’t always a simple …

Wellness

What a bad night's sleep really does to your body

Dr Sara Gottfried is, in her own words, an “under sleeper”. In our over-caffeinated, over-worked and gadget-addicted society, she’s far from alone: researchers from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities have found people are sleeping almost two fewer hours a night than they …

Harvard Medical School

A 30-Minute Yoga-Pilates Sequence to Ease Tension in Your Back

Whether you've been crushing your workouts at the gym or putting out fires all day at your desk job, strenuous or stressful situations can cause a …

The 8 Best Yoga Workouts You Can Stream

Sometimes you don’t want to go to a yoga class. Whether it’s because you don’t want to be right next to other people, or you’re intimidated and …

Fitbit's new sleep tracking feature explained

Fitbit wants to help you better understand your sleep patterns and quality. With its latest software update, you will be able to find out exactly how …

Stella prize 2016 announces shortlist of six books by Australian women

Maxine Beneba Clarke and Emily Maguire among authors shortlisted, alongside recently deceased authors Georgia Blain and Cory Taylor<p>Maxine Beneba Clarke, Emily Maguire and two recently deceased authors, Georgia Blain and Cory Taylor, are among six authors shortlisted for the 2016 Stella prize, …

The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States

Ready, set, camp.<p>Numerous studies have found benefits to spending time in the outdoors: better concentration, elevated mood, even faster healing and …

Journalism

12 Terrifically Glamorous Camping Options - Dwell

Here are a few destinations and suggestions that allow one to camp out indulgently.<p>While we might prefer to avoid the awkward sounding neologism "glamping," there's no doubt that this modern trend of retiring to remote places while maintaining the trappings of luxury is now extremely popular.

Zion National Park

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.<p>First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood …

Medicine

11 unforgettable winter experiences in Quebec’s Saguenay region

WHEN I was heading to Quebec to explore the winter wilderness, I had no idea what I was in for. I’m an active mountain biker and runner who loves …

10 Things I’ve Let Go and How This Has Set Me Free

<b>“I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.”</b> <i>~</i> <b>Louise Hay</b><p>Looking back on my life, I came to understand that perfection was …

A 30-Minute Yoga Series to Ease Neck and Shoulder Tension

We all tend to hold a lot of stress and tension in our neck and shoulders, especially if we're bent over our phones or sitting at a desk all day. …

See the Pictures That Earned Nat Geo Photographers Top Awards

A prestigious photo contest honored three National Geographic photographers for their work photographing rhinos, pandas, and a 3,000-mile-long train trip.<p>Three National Geographic photographers were recognized by the World Press Photo's 60th annual photography contest, a competition that honors the …

Wildlife

This Couple Went to Every National Park in America and Says These Are the Best

At these parks, you'll get scenery and experiences you won't find anywhere else.<p>Last year, former National Geographic travel photographer, Jonathan …

Dogs

Why Smart People Don't Multitask

Multitasking is really tempting. It's also really bad for you.<p>Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You may have heard that multitasking is bad for you, but new studies show that it kills your performance and …

Time Management

25 Essential Reads From The Last 50 Years

Here are some of the bestselling books from the year 1967: <i>The Secret of Santa Vittoria</i> by Robert Crichton, <i>The Arrangement</i> by Elia Kazan (which spent …

Books