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9 Simple Habits to Start Now for a More Energetic Day Tomorrow

Let’s just accept the fact that most of us don’t cook healthy meals every night, hit the gym every morning or have the best sleep habits. However, there are some simple ways to start working on healthy habits that don’t require you to have the discipline of a drill sergeant. Pick and choose which …

Mayo Clinic

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

7 Images Almost As Freaky As #TheDress

This photo of a dress has now divided all of humanity into dueling factions, with sane individuals who see this image as white and gold pitted against the dangerous loons who perceive it as blue and black. (OK, so the dress is blue and black in real life, but the argument is about how it appears in …

Music Videos

Five Reasons Why Men Should Start Practicing Mindfulness

Archives for sexuality<p>By<p>From my experience the gender that is overwhelmingly attracted to mindfulness is women, men aren't quite as attracted to it. …

19 Reasons Why We're Thankful For Jon Stewart On "The Daily Show"

We'll need a million Moments of Zen to emotionally endure this loss.

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Medicine

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

Creativity

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

Tuesday 27 January is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Six survivors, some of whom will be returning to the site for the last time, tell Kate Connolly their stories<p><b>Irene Fogel Weiss, born in 1930 in Bótrágy, Czechoslovakia, now Batrad, Ukraine. She</b> …

World History

The Fallacy of 'Giving Up'

The importance of talking with a doctor about values and priorities in life—at any age<p>At 30 years old, a person's brain weighs about three pounds. In its capaciousness it wears the skull like a well-tailored suit. So notes Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande in his most recent book <i>Being</i> …

Medicine

The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens

New research suggests children are far exceeding the two-hour daily limit recommended by pediatricians.<p>Slouching posture, carpal-tunnel, neck strain, eye problems. The negative effects that technology use is having on humans’ bodies are surprising. Kids who spend much of their days in and out of …

New Mexico

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the …

How Successful People Handle Stress

We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious physical and emotional consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action …

Self-help

The epigenetics of The X-Files

Epigenetics is helping us to solve DNA mysteries that cannot be explained by genetics alone. It might even help explain some of the spooky phenomena described in the 1990s science documentary series The X-Files …<p>The X-Fileswas my absolute favourite television show in the 1990s. My flatmates and I …

3 Killer Photo Apps: Moldiv, Cycloramic & Snapseed

As smartphone cameras continue to get better, mobile photography will amaze us even more. Social media has made us addicted to telling stories, and photos bring those stories to life.<p>It's not just about taking a good picture anymore. With the right photo app, you can transform memories into works …

Mobile Photography

Selfies Are Linked To Mental Disorders

You’ve seen it thousands of times on Facebook and other social media outlets, there is even a song on the radio about it! Selfies have become a huge …

Mother's Intuition Leads to Rare Diagnosis for Son

When Whitnie Strauss saw her toddler son almost drunkenly stumble around the backyard -- just the latest in a list of strange symptoms -- she said …

Lumbersexuality and Its Discontents

One hundred years ago, a crisis in urban masculinity created the lumberjack aesthetic. Now it's making a comeback.<p>The first one I met was at an inauguration party in 2009. I was in a cocktail dress. He was in jeans, work boots, and a flannel shirt. He had John Henry tattooed on his bicep. He was …

Why Kids Won't Quit Technology

Even though they admit their devices distract them from class. Now, some educators are incorporating the digital tools into their teaching.<p>Smartphones, iPads, TVs, computers, videogames. Technology is omnipresent, especially for young students. They just can’t get enough; one 2013 study found that …

Back-to-work schemes are 'making mental illness worse' says charity

<b>The government's back-to-work schemes are ineffective and damaging for people with mental health problems, according to campaigners.</b><p>The charity Mind says unemployed people with mental health problems should be moved from mainstream programmes onto a specialist scheme.<p>Mind surveyed 439 people …

Mental Health

This Neighborhood Banded Together To Create One Jaw-Dropping Christmas Light Show

Is this the best Christmas light show of the holiday season? Quite possibly so.<p>YouTuber Jeff Maxey uploaded this mesmerizing clip Sunday of a neighborhood in Yucaipa, California, that banded together to synchronize their Christmas lights so they would all flash in time together to songs including …

A Podcast for Your Mental Health

Former comedian Paul Gilmartin has built a devoted following for The Mental-Illness Happy Hour, which tackles everything from incest to alcoholism to serial killers.<p>Paul Gilmartin can spot his listeners well before they introduce themselves to him. They look like they want to cry, and their first …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: White People Feel Targeted by the Ferguson Protests—Welcome to Our World

In 1971, a riot broke out at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York during which prisoners demanded more political rights and better living …

Justice

5 Things to Know About the Ferguson Decision - Briefly - WSJ

The grand jury in Clayton, Mo., has returned its decision: It won’t indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Here are five things you need to know about the ruling.

Why I Avoid Using the Word “Mindfulness”

Yesterday a guy contacted me because he’s writing an article about whether or not Buddhists should smoke cigarettes. When he asked my opinion I said, …

5 simple ways to organize your Google Drive

Google Drive is like your closet — you stash all your stuff there, but it's not exactly organized.<p>The storage service lets users save files like …

A Mindful Gift from Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) to All of Us

Last week I wrote about Thich Nhat Hanh’s brain hemorrhage landing him in the hospital. The most recent update from Plum Village shows that while his …

6 Awesome Zen Stories That Will Teach You Important Life Lessons

How to Change Your Mind to Change Your Life: Why You Need a New Personality to Make a New Personal Reality

I'm admittedly a personal growth junkie. I've read all the books, and I regularly listen to teleseminars and webinars that teach me how to live meaningfully and mindfully, how to truly tap into the power of my authentic being, how to meditate, how to actualize my potential...you get the idea.<p>It's a …