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7 Mindfulness Habits That Lead To 365 Days of Happiness

There’s a lot out there written on conflict from how to ask what you really want and how to understand what the other side really wants.<p>But what I …

7 Meditation Apps to Try Now

In this overstimulated and hyper-distracted digital age, with a jam-packed schedule and abundance of choices at every juncture, making time (and brain space) for meditation—the self-proclaimed secret weapon of everyone from <b>Gisele Bündchen</b> to <b>Arianna Huffington</b>—can feel next to impossible.<p>Ask around, …

10 Ways to (Actually) Unwind Before Going to Bed

We’ve heard all the tips and tricks for getting a good night’s sleep — exercise during the day, go to bed and wake up at a set time, unwind for 30 minutes before going to sleep — but we have to admit that last one is a toughy in our crazy connected lives. Whether it’s taking a bath, sipping a cup …

How to move through the four stages of life

• you feel as though there’s not much else you are able to accomplish<br>• you get old and tired and find that you would rather sip martinis and do crossword puzzles all day.<p>Often this occurs because the adults/community themselves are still stuck in Stage One.<br>• Some people who get stuck in Stage One get …

Crossword Puzzles

24 Spot-On Illustrations That Combat Mental Health Stigma

Sometimes simplicity is the best way to make a point.<p>After seeing firsthand how mental illness can take a toll, Marissa Betley decided to sketch out how it truly feels to struggle with a mental health disorder. She then posted the minimalist illustrations on Instagram. The results are simple, yet …

This Is the Best Way to Protect Your Retirement Savings

Don't let pundits scare you into holding just one supposedly safe asset.<p>When investors feel especially anxious, they may be tempted to move all their …

Here's What Happens When a Man Eats Nothing But Food Made for Women

<i>By: Adam K. Raymond</i><p><i>Credit: Drew Swantak/Thrillist</i><p><b>After my breakfast</b> of Special K and Activia, but before my two-Luna Bar lunch, I sat down with a cup of Mother's Milk lactation tea and reached between my legs to make sure the balls I was born with were still there. Yep. Despite two weeks of eating …

6 Steps to Heal Your Thyroid

As I explained in last week's blog, the thyroid system plays a critical role in your metabolism. Along with insulin and cortisol, your thyroid hormone is one of the big three hormones that control your metabolism and weight.<p>The key is the right testing to confirm that a sluggish thyroid is …

8 Historic Gardens That Are Truly American Beauties

Visit these awe-inspiring spaces for a living glimpse into the past.<p>Visit these awe-inspiring spaces for a living glimpse into the past.

5 Big Benefits Of Being A Doodler

While coloring books for adults are something of a trend, there's another artistic outlet that requires even less effort than colored pencils and markers. It may have more benefits, to boot.<p>Doodling -- the spontaneous act of drawing, typically in the margins of whatever one is <i>really</i> supposed to be …

Creativity

The Misconceptions About Mental Illness We Need to Unlearn

Mental illness isn’t like a sinus infection. You can’t just wait it out or take a pill to make everything go away. Our brains are complex and …

Are You in Your Right Mind?

Not long ago I officially confirmed that I am in my right mind. Allow me to explain. For most of my life, I've been called a left brain dominant person and told I would be well served to get out of my head and let go of attachment to my thoughts. Although I've tried practicing various forms of …

7 Luxurious National Park Lodges

<i>Grand Canyon National Park / Flickr</i><p>With school out and summer in full swing, many Americans will be packing up and heading to one of our great national parks. Though plenty of travelers opt to camp when touring the parks (it's the most affordable option, after all), visitors don't have to resign …

The Science of Eating

Do you know why you eat?<p>We eat because we are hungry. We eat for energy. You might know some of the reasons we crave certain foods, but most of our food decisions come from hidden forces.<p>In fact, food psychologist Dr. Brian Wansink has found that we make more than 200 food decisions each day but we …

Nutrition

If You're Renting, Here Are 17 Epic (And Non-Permanent) Ways To Make It Awesome

For the visually inclined among us, there are few things more exciting than decorating a new home. But when you're renting your space, it can be hard …

Home Decorating

The New World Order

Outside of the Western world, a handful of cities are fast becoming important global business players. Some of their home countries are recognizing that power and seek to create a multi-polar world that isn't so reliant on the U.S. and Europe. These are the power cities outside of the core …

7 steps to take when you don't know what to do with your life after college

Then someone asks you, "So, what do you want to do with your life?"<p>Panic strikes, and your mere moment of bliss is deflated by your lack of retort. You have no idea what you want to do with your life.<p>Luckily for you, this crushing realization isn't the end of the world.<p>Ryan Kahn, a career coach, …

Employment

Ordinary and Extraordinary Mindfulness: What’s the Difference?

People throw the word “mindfulness” about these days as a panacea for almost every possible trouble from pain to high blood pressure to psoriasis. …

Mindfulness

The health benefits of practicing compassion

<b>The Health Benefits of Practicing Compassion</b><p>By Deepak Chopra, MD<p>Compassion is changing before our eyes. A religious concept associated with Jesus and Buddha (known as “the Compassionate One”) is being researched today through brain scans and positive psychology. In positive psychology your aim is …

Mindfulness

I quit a great job because happiness is more important than commitment

Today was my last day as a senior editor at a major publishing company, a little over five years after starting in this particular job and 15 years into a career I once thought I wanted more than anything else.<p>As it turns out, what I really want more than anything else is to be happy.<p>I was not the …

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