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8 Things Inside Out Teaches Viewers About Emotions, Memory and the Mind

<i>Inside Out</i> has officially become Pixar’s most successful original film — and also the most educational.<p>The animated blockbuster goes into the mind of …

4 New Parenting Tips That Will Make Your Kids Awesome

Parenting tips are everywhere but most have zero legitimate research behind them. So what does science have to say? And how can you remember what’s …

In A Relationship With A Highly Sensitive Person? Here's What You Need To Know

Let's be honest: relationships are complex, no matter what kind of personality you have. And some truths are universal, like fighting is never fun. Romantic gestures are usually appreciated. Communication is definitely valued. Compromise isn't always easy.<p>But a lot of these nuances are only …

Emotional Intelligence

6 Tips for a Summertime Sugar Detox

There is a lot of buzz about sugar lately and how it can impact wellness, but why exactly is sugar problematic and how can you reduce sugar to boost health? I am pleased to help decode how sugar impacts your health and vitality, and offer quick and easy steps to reducing sugar intake for a …

Nutrition

15 Things the Very Married Have That You Probably Don't

"I thought people treating each other badly is the way life is," said Rhonda as I watched her leg nervously shaking during her marriage therapy appointment, motioning toward husband, Jose. "Growing up, dating, and now being married, ugliness is all I've known. My parents were always screaming. I …

Relationships

The Science of Eating

Do you know why you eat?<p>We eat because we are hungry. We eat for energy. You might know some of the reasons we crave certain foods, but most of our food decisions come from hidden forces.<p>In fact, food psychologist Dr. Brian Wansink has found that we make more than 200 food decisions each day but we …

Nutrition

Helicopter Parenting Is a Trap. It's Time to Break Free

A heightened level of parental involvement in the lives of kids obviously stems from love -- unquestionably a good thing. But by the time I stepped down as dean at Stanford in 2012 I had interacted not only with a tremendous number of parents but with students who seemed increasingly reliant upon …

Parenting

10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating – Infographic

Embed this infographic on your website:<p>Are you eating <b>food that's already banned</b> in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? …

5 Ways to Break the Barrier of Fear

<i>"The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.</i>" -- Eckhart Tolle<p>When I came across Eckhart Tolle's quote a few weeks ago, I was reminded how profound and influential Mr. Tolle has been in encouraging modern culture to embrace the …

7 Classic Feminist YA Books Everyone Should Read

My new novel, <i>Kissing in America</i>, is a feminist story about a young girl coming into her own as she gradually understands the complexities of grief and loss and love. As I wrote the book over the course of seven years, I kept thinking back to seven books I read when I was a teen, narratives that …

Books

7 Books Arianna Huffington Wants You to Read for Personal Growth

If you're in danger of burning out, these books could change your life.<p>In a society where a lack of sleep and burnout are worn as badges of honor, Arianna Huffington knows that there is a better way to find success and happiness.<p>While Huffington acknowledges that some people succeed despite …

What Is Your Character And Is It Helping Or Hurting You As A Leader?

Every day, it seems, we’re bombarded with news of leaders, corporate heads, politicians and other key figures in our society whose behavior shocks and deeply disappoints us. Whether it’s egregious lying, or a lack of accountability, or rampant narcissism or indifference to others, we’re reminded …

How Handling Rejection Reflects Your Emotional Intelligence

Very few people enjoyed being told no, less alone being told no on a regular basis. In sales, how we deal with being told no is called <b>“handling</b> …

7 banned books that everyone should read

Censored books offer important, sometimes difficult, stories. That's reason to read them, not ban them.<p>It's always been hard for me to wrap my head …

Books