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How Social Media Screws Up Your Sleep

You’re not the only one who can’t put your damn phone down<p>The more you scroll, the less you snooze. Social media use is linked to poor sleep, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine finds.<p>Researchers surveyed people about their social media habits and sleep quality. They …

Forget resolutions—use these nerdy lifehacks to make life a little better in a lot of ways

It’s New Year’s. You want to set goals, and achieve them. But, realistically, you’re probably not going to. Researchers find that anywhere from 40% to 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions successfully stick to them.<p>The problem is that people often aim to completely overhaul their lives, …

Nutrition

The 9 Most Overlooked Threats to a Marriage

I feel bad for marital communication, because it gets blamed for everything. For generations, in survey after survey, couples have rated marital communication as the number one problem in marriage. It's not.<p>Marital communication is getting a bad rap. It's like the kid who fights back on the …

The case for eating cereal for breakfast again

Just when it’s needed most, America’s love affair with cereal is coming to an end.<p>Despite its iconic status in the US, cereal consumption has been falling for the past 10 years, and the trend is expected to continue. In 2005, Americans ate approximately 155 million tons of cereal. By 2015, that had …

Nutrition

A radical shift in thinking on mental health issues

Bipolar disorder is a major global healthcare crisis, causing untold levels of distress and costing lives daily. For too long this crisis has gone unacknowledged. Lack of progress in understanding and addressing bipolar disorder means that too many people worldwide are left in a painfully dark …

The 'Hidden Truth' Mental Health Professionals Don't Always Prepare You For

There's a bummer therapists, psychologists and life coaches don't like to tell. It's this:<p>Recovery hurts. It is not all <i>Zippity Doo Da, Zippity Yay.</i> My, Oh my, What a Wonderful Day!<p>Nope.<p>Whether we're recovering from drugs, alcohol, overworking, gambling, perfectionism or codependency (which is the …

PTSD: It's Not Just for Veterans

When Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is in the news, it is mostly because of the number of veterans suffering as a result of combat-related trauma. Victims of other kinds of trauma can also suffer from PTSD, though, and often do without realizing it. PTSD mirrors other mental illnesses such as …

The 3 Essential Emotion Skills for Parenting

<b>All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —</b> Leo Tolstoy in <i>Anna Karenina</i><p>Even though every child is different, each …

Parenting

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Books

Feeling anxious? There's an app for that

It seems like there's an app for everything these days – to help us sleep, to exercise better and even take care of our mental health.<p>Now, a Monash …

Revolutionary shift in treating mental health problems

An innovative new way of assessing a person’s recovery from mental health problems has been developed by the mental health charity Penumbra and …

Science Finds Even More Evidence That Anxiety Isn't Just 'All In Your Head'

Thank your genetics.<p>One of the largest misconceptions about anxiety is that the disorder is something people "bring upon themselves," a concept that is as malignant as it is incorrect. Adding to the evidence against this isolating stereotype, a new study from the University of Wisconsin, Madison …

People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health

People all over the world who have struggled with addiction, suicidal thoughts, and depression are tattooing themselves with semicolons as part of an …

'Yoga is the insight that everything is really one energy'

Unfortunately if you utter the word ‘yoga’, many people think you must twist yourself like rubber bands or stand on your head. Yoga is not an …

Yoga

Keeping Your Relationship Hydrated

In my many years of counseling, I have never encountered a "perfect" couple. All relationships have their challenges and rough spots -- mine is no exception! I've learned along the way that the trick to long-term relationship success is not to be perfect or conflict-free. The trick is to maintain a …

A Psychologist's Advice On Stress

Are You Looking for Love in All the Right Places?

Source: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock<p>Does it matter where you meet a potential partner? Can it tell you something about who they are, and what <i>they're</i> …

10 Steps to the Perfect First Date

Boost your chances of scoring a second by wearing the right shirt, making the right reservations, and more<p>Some first-date moves are obvious. For instance, 95 percent of women want you to compliment them on how they look, according to a dating survey from Flirt.com. The same survey found it’s a good …

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Should You Be Ashamed Of Your Mental Illness? This Chart Will Tell You

Here's a sad reality: Approximately 31 percent of people with mental illness say they choose to not seek treatment for their disorder due to fear of judgment.<p>Stigma is a real issue when it comes to mental health; it acts as a barrier to support and stands in the way of self-acceptance. We put …

Millennials Transform Charitable Giving Into Philanthropic Action

It's no secret that millennials - kids born after 1980 and before 2000 - have already had a huge impact on the world; changing the way businesses do...business. After all, they're different. Often accused of narcissism, they actually seem to embrace just the opposite: communalism, as recent …

List Of 600 Personality Traits

If someone asked you to describe your own personality, could you do it?It’s hard to have a true perspective on your own personality traits and how …

Personality

Bright (YC W15) Aims To Bring Solar Power To Mexico

"Jonah Greenberger envisions Mexico’s rooftops covered in cost-effective, environmentally friendly, dark blue solar panels. The 28-year-old founder …

Mexico