Carmen Mihailescu

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These 5 Houseplants Are Like "Living, Breathing Antidepressants"

Sometimes, all you need to lighten your mood is a touch of nature in any space, especially when you call a bustling city home. While Stanford …

Mental Health

10 Things That Will Make You Happier at Home

Being happy doesn't have to be complicated. These simple tips will help you find your happiness at home.<p>Making your bed every morning was “the number …

Happiness

These 40 Powerful Life Lessons Can Immediately Change the Rest of Your Life

Truth resonates in your bones. Recognize it. Feel it. And do something about it.<p>Sometimes we get lost.<p>Other times we get distracted.<p>But most of all, we often get so consumed with the game of life--all of its pursuits, sensations, and experiences--that we forget the truths that lie at the core of …

Happiness

10 Most Beautiful Towns in Puglia

Dreamy whitewashed enclaves, quaint fishing villages jutting into the sea, and ancient hilltop settlements hemmed in by protective walls – the …

Italy

5 TEDx Talks That Will Help You Learn How to Focus

These TEDx talks teach the power of mindfulness and how it can help overcome common obstacles in your business and your life.<p>Although we know it's best to be fully present in everything we do throughout the day--it's tough to do this without practice and guidance on how to stay focused.<p>When we are …

Mindfulness

Lonely Planet Editors Agree: These Are the 5 Best Places to Visit in Europe

Summer is fast approaching and if you've been thinking about going on vacation in Europe, Lonely Planet has done the hard work for you. The travel …

The 7 Most Adorable Towns in France

Not to knock Paris -- a city everyone agrees is the prototype for pretty capitals -- but these small towns are the ultimate when it comes to French …

17 Enchanting Reasons Why Your Summer Travel Plans Should Include Seeing Germany

It's like stepping inside a storybook, you guys.<p><i>This post was translated from German.</i>

How Meditation Reduces Stress (Plus 6 Tips for Absolute Beginners)

Yoga Medicine®<i>teacher Diane Malaspina explains the research-backed benefits of meditation and provides simple suggestions for getting started.</i>If you …

31 Life-Changing Products On Amazon You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner

FOMO is one of the weirder, more annoying side effects of social media usage (that and getting friend requested by your parents). But it can also …

These 10 Essential Cucumber Recipes Are Extra Easy

It's hard to beat the cool refreshment cucumbers provide. The water-packed veggie is not only wonderfully crisp, but its mild flavor also makes it …

This Breathing Technique Stops Anxiety in Its Tracks (and Only Takes 5 Minutes)

When anxious thoughts begin to fill your head, you need an effective and quick strategy for relief. While it may be tempting to curl up in your bed …

20 Simple Habits That Will Make You Happier

I am fascinated with the habits that affect happiness, health, productivity and success. I read everything I can get my hands on related to these …

Happiness

Andalusian insights: the spirit of Malaga in five “pueblos”

The province of Malaga on Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast evolved from a rich and varied past. A story beginning with pre-historic cave dwellers …

Spain's Best Kept Secrets- 15 Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of Spain

The beauty of Spain lies in its sleepy, forgotten corners. This is where the real drama unfolds- mesmerizing sights and timeless heritage. If you’ve …

41 Useful AF Products That'll Captivate Every Practical Person

I like to consider myself a minimalist (or an aspiring one, anyway), but I'm also regularly finding and writing about products that'll fascinate …

Meditation Changes Your Brain In These 7 Ways, According To Science

Are you in the habit of breathing deeply and clearing your mind for five or ten minutes a day? It turns out that meditation and mindfulness training …

Top 14 Tourist Traps In Amsterdam (And Where To Go Instead)

<b>On a first visit to a city, people always head straight for all the tourist highlights. In Amsterdam they queue en masse at Madame Tussauds, or walk</b> …

100 Things Everyone Should Do In London

If you're visiting London, you can't afford to miss these sights.

England

3 Essential Exercises to Calm Anxiety

Whether you have occasional worries or full-blown anxiety attacks, deep-breathing is a must for maintaining optimal physical health and emotional …

'Ikigai': The Japanese Lifestyle Trend Promising To Find Your Life Purpose

Is this the new 'hygge'?<p>From yoga retreats in the Himalayas and weekly mindfulness classes to downloading mediation apps such as Headspace and Calm, many of us spend our lives (and paycheques) on trying to achieve happiness and fulfilment.<p>However, having tried out the Danish concept of finding …

Happiness

A local’s guide to Lisbon: 10 top tips

Before I moved to Lisbon, almost a quarter of a century ago, someone told me: “From afar, it looks like a queen. But from closer you see that the old empress’s make-up is smudged and flaking, and that the ornaments fluttering in the wind are not lace, but someone’s laundry drying at the windows. …

European Travel

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

"We are all refugees from our childhoods. And so we turn, among other things, to stories. To write a story, to read a story, is to be a refugee from …

The Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

Whether you’re looking for a captivating novel, a spine-tingling thriller, a fascinating investigation, or a poignant memoir, 2018's new book …

Books

These are the plants that will actually clean up your air

No matter how clean your home is, chances are, the air’s still got a <i>little</i> somethin’ somethin’ in it that isn’t exactly *great* for your body …

Plants

3 Lisbon Insiders Share Tips on What to Do in the Portuguese Capital

From secret walks to artworks, here’s where to find the best that the city has to offer<p>By Nancy A. Ruhling<p>Lisbon, which is a center of commerce, …

49 Unforgettable Bucket List Trips You Can Do On A Budget

If you like to travel, you probably have a bucket list of places you want to hit throughout your lifetime. If you've been under the impression that …

European Travel

Exploring Lisbon and Its Surrounding Areas

The charming city is laid back, the locals are friendly and the food is amazing<p>By Claire Carponen<p>Lisbon, one of Europe’s oldest cities, has an …