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Backpacking Overland From Thailand To South Africa

Jarryd Salem and Alesha Bradford are 13 months into what could be five-year backpacking journey, trekking their way across Asia and into Africa. The catch? In a Paul Thereoux-esque move, the Australian couple is traveling only overland from Thailand to South Africa. Which means, no planes for the …

How much can you tell about someone’s personality just by their appearance?

A lot:<p>Despite the crucial role of physical appearance in forming first impressions, little research has examined the accuracy of personality …

Money Makes You Less Sad, But Not More Happy

For a long time, researchers have been trying to untangle the relationship between money and happiness, and there’s mounting evidence that things are …

10 things I wish people understood about suicide - Vox

Like most secular people, and many religious ones, for most of my life I believed the dominant cultural idea about suicide: that it was everyone's private choice. That it was morally neutral. And that since we cannot presume to comprehend the pain that concludes in such an act, we should drop the …

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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

Successful people don't let anyone limit their joy.University of Exeter/FlickrToxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people's buttons. Either way, …

How Mindfulness Is Revolutionizing Mental Health Care

More than 350 million people globally suffer from depression, and 1 in 13 people around the world have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Overall, the World Health Organization estimates that roughly 450 million people suffer from some form of mental or neurological disorder -- and that …

A problem with how we treat cancer -- and how to fix it

I was diagnosed with cancer after giving birth to my third child. The tumor had grown especially large thanks to my body's hormones that had been growing my baby. The medical community helped my disease, but could not help my despair.<p>Then, five years after cancer -- and just after I finished my …

How Resilience Works

When I began my career in journalism—I was a reporter at a national magazine in those days—there was a man I’ll call Claus Schmidt. He was in his mid-fifties, and to my impressionable eyes, he was the quintessential newsman: cynical at times, but unrelentingly curious and full of life, and often …

The Secrets To Handling Passive-Aggressive People

Dealing with people who exhibit passive-aggressive behavior is easily one of the most challenging aspects of our social lives. Here’s what you need …

Here's where 'aha!' moments come from

Flickr/Evan<p>BI ANSWERS: Where Do 'Aha!' Moments Come From?<p>A man had been sitting, innocently enough, under the shade of a tree, when suddenly, after being hit in the head with a falling apple, he came up with the theory of gravity.<p>It's a neat story to explain how Sir Isaac Newton came up with the …

People with autism show 'unique brain patterns', say scientists

People with autism show 'unique brain patterns', say scientists who believe discovery may help earlier diagnosis<p><b>Research on autism has come to</b> …

How Too Much Fat And Sugar Can Wreck Your Brain

Do you eat only when you're actually hungry? Many of us eat even when our bodies don't need food. Just the thought of food entices us to eat. We …

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

How Does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Change the Brain?

Child abuse. Rape. Sexual assault. Brutal physical attack. Being in a war and witnessing violence, bloodshed, and death from close quarters. Near …

Sleep well in middle age to stay sharp in later life

People who enjoy longer and better sleep in younger years delay age-related changes, say scientists<p>Burning the candle at both ends might seem an attractive prospect when you are younger, but you could be storing up problems in later life, new research suggests.<p>Scientists have found that people who …

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Why You Should Stop Caring about Being Nice and Just Be Honest

Everyone wants to be well-liked and respected, but when you trip over yourself to be nice, you might be doing yourself a disservice. People might …

Now Is The Best Time To Visit Europe. Here's Where To Go.

If continents were dogs, Europe would win Best in Show. The landmass is a seemingly perfect combination of pristine beaches, charming villages, historic cities and stunning nature. There's so much to see that planning a trip can be overwhelming... mostly because it's overwhelmingly expensive.<p>But …

Skiing's Hottest Trend Is An Uphill Battle

<i>Photo: Getty Images</i><p>Fitness is hot, as evidenced by the explosion of ”smart” workout bands, increasingly varied gym classes, and a massive proliferation of races of every sort. Combine the desire to get a better workout with a passion for skiing and you get the hottest current trend on snow, the …

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