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Mindfulness Workouts Are The New Way To Work Your Body And Brain

<i>This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of SELF.</i><p>Here are some of the things to love about sweat-drenched, heart-pumping fitness …

Mindfulness

The Scientifically Proven Way to Increase Brain Power

Experts are finding that running could reign supreme in growing and maximizing our brain's power.<p>One of your most invaluable organs is cradled within your cranium and is made up of billions of neurons. The brain is the crucial conductor of your daily life.<p>We rely on our brains for everything from …

The Brain

25 Easy (and Free) Things You Can Do Today to Shake Up Your Life

Changing your life is easier than you think, and these 25 suggestions prove it.<p>When you're stuck in a rut, it often feels like you need a big change--a new job, a globetrotting dream vacation, a wildly different, way healthier, lifestyle.<p>But the problem with big changes is that they're usually …

Productivity

Physicists Claim that Consciousness Lives in Quantum State After Death

Does quantum mechanics predict the existence of a spiritual “soul”? Testimonials from prominent physics researchers from institutions such as …

The Danish Way of Parenting review – how to raise the world’s happiest kids

Denmark approaches childhood, and society as a whole, very differently to Britain or the US, argue Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl<p>Having muddled through six years of parenthood without consulting any books on the subject, I was pretty excited about this, my first one. Perhaps it …

Could Brain Research From The Past 15 Years Really Be Wrong?

A major discovery (and not the good kind) can mean that up to 40,000 research studies about how the brain functions published over the past 15 years could go out the window. There has been a bug (and not the insect kind) in the software used to create functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) …

The Brain

This Is What Actually Happens to Your Body When You Don't Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation messes with you from head to toe—and a third of the population is losing a lot of zzz's.<p>There's no question that sleep deprivation is an American epidemic, with a third of the country getting less shut-eye than the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night, according to recent research …

30 places in Europe you must see in your lifetime

European Travel

13 more European cities you never thought to visit (but really should)

Neuroscience confirms that to be truly happy, you will always need something more

What’s the sign of a life well lived? If you were to judge by LinkedIn resumes alone, you might be impressed by prestigious job titles and accolades. But in person, the importance of these formal achievements quickly fades away. Regardless of career success, there can be something very dispiriting, …

Neuroscience

The Glossary of Happiness

Last summer, Tim Lomas flew from London to Orlando to attend the fourth annual congress of the International Positive Psychology Association—held, naturally, at Walt Disney World. As Lomas wandered around the event, popping in and out of various sessions, he stumbled upon a presentation by Emilia …

5 Effective Brain Exercise Habits to make you Smarter in Life

A busy life should take care of most things really. But if taking that extra step improves life in general then may be we must do it. So far as …

The Brain

'Unbroken Brain' Offers New Insights On Addiction

From the start of Maia Szalavitz's englightening, insightful and informative new book on addiction titled <i>Unbroken Brain,</i> I had the feeling that I was being reminded of truths that I'd once known but that I and others, as if through a kind of collective amnesia, had somehow forgotten.<p>Thinking about …

Mental Health

So THAT'S Why It's Called Happy Hour

Those $2 margaritas didn’t come easy.<p>Whether you're a cocktail aficionado or you just can't pass up a good deal on nachos, we can all agree that happy hour has become a sacred ritual in America.<p>But have you ever wondered when the tradition of cheap libations after work began?<p>Ironically, you can …

This Is The World's Happiest Country

Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world’s happiest place, according to a report on Wednesday that urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle …

Scientists discover how to 'upload knowledge to your brain'

Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe.<p>Researchers claim to have developed a simulator which can feed information directly into a person’s brain and teach them new skills in a shorter …

The Brain

Most of the matter in the universe is missing, but astronomers think they've found some of it

These things seem to be pretty big - roughly the size of Earth's orbit around the Sun - and they could help to explain where a bunch of missing matter in the universe is, known as the missing baryon problem.<p>The detection of these structures was made by astronomers working at the CSIRO's Compact …

Astrophysics

10 Reasons Why Iceland Is the Best Place to Travel Solo Right Now

Iceland is getting a lot of attention right now following the announcement of $99-199 flights from the U.S. by Wow Airlines CEO Skúli Mogensen. I could have told you that Wow Airlines flights were cheap seven months ago because I took one from Baltimore, but the new announcement is breaking because …

10 Quirky Places You Need to See in 2016

Whether it's unexpected architecture, an abundance of charm, or just a proclivity towards unusual customs, the things that make a destination quirky are almost always what makes them so memorable. With that in mind, we asked the members of travel website, Trippy.com to share the quirky places …

The Fastest Way to Defog Your Windshield, Courtesy of a Former NASA Engineer

Winter’s here, and for lots of us, that means dealing with a foggy windshield full of condensation when we go to start our cars. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t take <i>that</i> long for your defroster to clear your windshield, but if you’re harried and already late for work, that extra time …

Engineering

The Biggest Mistakes You Can Make Traveling In Europe

<i>By: Erin Snell</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock (edited)</i><p>Aside from the typical advice not to drape yourself in an American flag (or the equivalent Team America uniform of stonewashed jeans, North Face fleece, running shoes, and a baseball cap), here are a few real-life tips to help you avoid making regrettable …

5 science-backed habits that lead to long-term happiness, regardless of your genes and upbringing

But when researchers actually <i>study</i> happiness, they find some surprising quirks.<p>For example, you might suppose that great news like winning the lottery, dropping 20 pounds, or getting a new job would make you happy.<p>And it does — briefly. But it's only a spike.<p>(If that <i>sentence</i> makes you less happy, …

Happiness

15 Things Therapists Actually Want You To Know

Don't worry, they won't Google you or say hi to you at the bar.<p><i>Therapy can be mysterious and intimidating, especially if you don't know what to expect. So BuzzFeed Health spoke with three psychologists who all have extensive experience with psychotherapy: Stephanie Smith, Ph.D., clinical</i> …

The 22 best small towns to visit in your lifetime

All around the globe, there are lots of small towns with an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers.<p>We've put together a list of 22 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose …

European Travel

Surprise: The Third Most Common Element In The Universe Isn't What You Think

One of the most remarkable facts of existence is that every material we’ve ever touched, seen, or interacted with is made up of the same two things: atomic nuclei, which are positively charged, and electrons, which are negatively charged. The way these atoms interact with each other — the ways they …

Helium

Everyone loves an a**hole: Science explains our attraction to creeps and deviants

Always falling for the wrong guy or gal? New research suggests it may actually be a part of the human condition<p>Are you a nice, well-rounded person, yet can’t seem to hit it off with the opposite sex? Maybe you need to embrace your dark side, according to a new study that shows people with certain …

Planning Your First Trip to Bangkok?

<b>Why Go:</b> The people? The best hotel service anywhere? Endless, inexpensive massages? The cuisine? The smiles? The Thai Baht at 3 cents?<p>If you're reading this, you probably already have some reasons picked out, but what they say about Thailand being the "land of smiles" is not hype. And if you love …

The 10 Least Visited Countries in Europe, and Why You Should Visit Them All

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Some dwarf in comparison to their gargantuan neighbors, others are still branded with a scarlet letter thanks to past global conflicts and none can compete with France's food scene, England's charms or Italy's gorgeous coastline, but nevertheless you …

Grow your own happiness: how meditation physically changes the brain

People can boost their happiness by growing a part of the brain which increases positive thinking, scientists believe<p>Aristotle said that ‘happiness depends upon ourselves’ and a new study suggests it is possible to physically grow a happier brain through practices like meditation.<p>Although …

Happiness

6 futuristic cars powered entirely by the sun

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Innovators around the world are obsessed with harnessing the power of the sun. Solar energy has been used to power lamps that light up the night, to run desalinators that create clean drinking water, and to offset fossil fuels on utility grids. But what about solar cars? The world …

Clean Energy