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A 5-Minute Exercise That Will Boost Your Mood

<i>On left: Positive emotions, On right: Negative emotions</i><p>Look over the emotional states above and on a separate piece of paper write down any you've felt in the past 24 hours. If you felt some <i>really</i> strongly -- or for an extended period of time, not just a fleeting moment -- feel free to add one, …

Happiness

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed light on the mysteries of the brain …

The Brain

25 Trips to Take in Your Lifetime

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Travel

15 Things You Should Try Telling Siri Right Now

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Siri

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Science Now Thinks Coffee Is Basically a Super-Drink

Science Now Thinks Coffee Is Basically a Super-DrinkPortrait of the Italian singer Mario Tessuto leaning on a counter in a bar and drinking some …

Coffee

10 Questions That Will Transform Your Life

<i>This article was originally published on Completed Thoughts.</i><p>Have you ever asked yourself questions like these?<p>"Why do I have to get up so early?"<br>• "Why is this happening to me?"<br>• "I'm screwed, aren't I?"<br>• "Why is life so hard?"<br>• "I should just give up, shouldn't I?<p>If you are like the average person, you …

Happiness

This Is the Number One Mistake Parents Make When Arguing With Kids

How do you deal with out of control kids?<p>The authors of the bestseller <i>How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk</i> have some great …

Parenting

The best way to boil an egg, according to science

Boiling an egg seems like it should be one of the easiest culinary feats to master. But as anyone who has tried knows, it isn’t. You can end up with rubbery whites, chalky yolks or half the white taken off with the shell.<p>Here’s why: An egg isn’t one thing, it’s two. The yolk and white have two …

Eggs

11 Fruits and Vegetables to Eat if You Want to Lose Weight

Not all veggies are created equal.<p>You don't need science to tell you that fresh produce is healthier than processed, packaged food— especially if you're trying to lose weight. But science is here to help anyway. New research that tracked more than 133,000 people's eating habits and weights for four …

Nutrition

14 Mind-Blowing Starbucks Facts You Never Knew

Calling all you Starbucks lovers!<p>Starbucks is the be-all and end-all of beautifully satisfying caffeinated drinks. You probably hit up your local Sbux on the reg to get your favorite latte, Frapp, smoothie, or whatever other yummy caffeinated drink you're in the mood for. And don't even get me …

How To: The Coffee Press

Coffee

Eryka Stanton - Empowered Living

The average length of a hug between two people is 3 seconds. But researchers have discovered something fantastic. When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there …

How To Become A Genius

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you probably have an average IQ. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to increase your intelligence.<p>You probably think you’re pretty smart. Most people believe they’re smarter than the average American, according to a study from YouGov. Yet when it comes to IQ, …

The Brain

Wherever You Go, Your Personal Cloud Of Microbes Follows

Remember Pig-Pen? The little kid from Charles Schulz's <i>Peanuts</i> cartoons who walked around in a cloud of dirt? Well, the human body does spew a cloud, but instead of dirt it contains millions of microorganisms.<p>"It turns out that that kid is all of us," says James Meadow, a microbial ecologist who led …

Microbiology

How to best use caffeine — from a neuroscientist:

<b>1) Consume in small, frequent amounts.</b><p><i>Between 20-200mg per hour may be an optimal dose for cognitive function.</i><p><b>2) Play to your cognitive strengths</b> …

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

Self-improvement

These tweaks to your morning routine will make your entire day more productive

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little boost in their energy and self-control.<p>Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published findings from their exploration of 83 separate studies on energy and self-control. …

Time Management

7 Books That Every Middle-Aged Person Should Read This Fall

While we still have beach sand in the pages of our summer reading books, we wanted to get a jump on our fall must-read list. Here's what our Facebook followers suggested, including a few oldies-but-goodies we might have missed on the first go-round. Please add your favorite books in comments.<p><b>1. The</b> …

Books