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Most unhappy people are unhappy for the exact same reason

We’d all like to be a little happier.<p>The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally negative outlook. Bad things happen, to us and in the world. …

Happiness

What's Behind The Work Stress Epidemic?

Stressed out at work? You’re not alone. Research shows that roughly 70% of Americans name work as being a major cause of stress, with 40% reporting feeling tense and stressed out during a typical workday. One study of more than 46,000 U.S employees showed that health care costs were 46% higher for …

Psychology

Long-Term Health Comes Down To Two Main Habits, Says Researcher

In the ongoing search for health and longevity, researchers have looked to parts of the world where people live the longest—the “blue zones,” which include Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Icaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. In these places people tend to live …

Wellness

How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to doing something, the notion that you’re right, or maybe even power – …

A Neuroscientist’s Diary of a Concussion

One evening in April, driving home from a university function, I was stopped in freeway traffic caused by roadworks somewhere up ahead when I felt a massive jolt. The back of my head hit the headrest, then my head lurched forward and I felt something hit the inside of my forehead with a squishy …

How to Let Go at the End of the Workday

Chris, a senior manager at a New York design studio can’t sleep. His mind is churning, thinking about the mountain of tasks facing him back at the office. Katrina, the production manager at a well-known publishing house is distracted by a work email at the dinner table. Her partner complains that …

How to Reduce Primary Care Doctors’ Workloads While Improving Care

Not long ago, many services such as tax accounting were delivered episodically and in-person, as most health care still is today. Periodically, a client and accountant would meet, review financial materials and status and, at the end of the encounter, make an appointment for the next meeting. …

Fructan, not gluten, may be the real culprit for many an upset stomach

Although only one percent of the population are affected by celiac disease, gluten-free diets have become a major food trend in recent years. …

Gluten-Free

If You Tear a Knee Ligament, Arthritis Is Likely to Follow in 10 Years

When Jason Lalli tore his left anterior cruciate ligament at age 26, he thought he would be fine as soon as he had his knee repaired. As a soccer player who competed through college and then on recreational teams, he knew that A.C.L. injuries could be debilitating but also that orthopedists could …

Sports Science

Science says IQ may be the best predictor of your potential to excel at work — and no one wants to hear it

"The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people," Bill Gates once said in an interview. "There is no way of getting around that in terms of IQ, you've got to be very elitist in picking the people who deserve to write software."<p>Gates was talking specifically about Microsoft, …

Psychology

The best AMRAP workouts to boost your muscle endurance

The aim of AMRAP (“as many rounds as possible”) is to beat the number of rounds you did in your last session.<p>Self-defined goals like this build …

Betsy DeVos Ends a Campus Witch Hunt

Suppose you’re the kind of thoughtful liberal who concluded from Donald Trump’s election that you’ve been living in a bubble and need to better understand the causes of America’s distemper. Suppose, too, that you have friends who voted for Trump — and who you know for a fact are neither bigots nor …

The 20 Most Effective Bodyweight Moves For Strong, Toned Muscles

While lifting weights is great for building muscle and helping with weight loss, don't discount the benefits of basic bodyweight moves! They often …

11 Exercises That Will Help You Eliminate Low Back Pain for Good

Going through daily life with back pain is a serious downer. When a heavy squat snatch triggered something in my lower back during the CrossFit Open …

16 best exercises for bigger biceps

Tired of your T-shirt sleeves blowing in the wind? Clicking on this article is your first rep to bigger biceps, triceps and forearms that'll turn any …

The best fan

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​This Insane, 10-Move Circuit Will Smoke Every Muscle In Your Body

​Day 4 of Dad Bod: Redefined will leave your abs, arms, shoulders, and quads shaking<p>Raising a family is no excuse to get soft.<p>Just because you’re a dad, you don’t need to default into the dad bod—or, at least, the soft and shlubby image that term brings to mind. That’s why we’re taking that label …

How Mayo Clinic Is Simplifying Prenatal Care for Low-Risk Patients

Pregnancy is not an illness. Rather, it is the ultimate expression of wellness — creating and carrying new life to fruition. Yet prenatal care in the United States has evolved into a complex regimen of 12 to 14 appointments over the course of a 40-week period, often only to confirm that the …

Value-Based Care Alone Won’t Reduce Health Spending and Improve Patient Outcomes

Despite spending twice what other developed nations spend on a per capita basis for health care, the United States has a longstanding trend of having lower life expectancy, greater prevalence of chronic disease, and overall poorer health outcomes. One proposed solution for this is to change the …

Study links college students' grades to sleep schedules

<b>(CNN) —</b> Staying up late to cram for an early exam may not be doing college students any good, according to a new study focused on college students and their sleep patterns.<p>The study, published Monday in the journal Scientific Reports, says college students who did not go to bed or wake up at …

CNN

Need Some Summer Reading? These Are the 15 Best-Selling Business Books Right Now

These are the books you're likely to spot everyone reading this summer, according to Amazon.<p>The lazy days of summer are here. That means you need some books to fill them with.<p>There are tons of recommendations out there from business icons, other entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, but if you really …

Self-improvement

The Ultimate 90-Day Bodyweight Training Plan

<b>When I was a young man, I struggled with my self-image.</b> My brother was a “hulk” and played varsity college basketball all four years.<p>I, on the other …

Today's Workout 62: The bodyweight circuit to blast away your belly fat

Hang around enough people who are trying to lose weight, and you'll inevitably hear the same excuses: <i>Not enough equipment</i>, they'll say. Or even:</i> …

Exercise

A Conceptual Blueprint for Training in Your 40s and Beyond

Photography by Bev Childress<p><b>Remember those days where you could train hard, go out and party all night, get next to no sleep, eat a heap of junk</b> …

This 25-Minute Workout Will Blast Your Core

Strengthen your abs and back with these unconventional but effective moves<p>This back attack workout will strengthen your entire backside and core without using the same old rows and crunches you may be used to.<p>Both row variations build your lats with constant time under tension, says Andy Speer, …

DJI's palm-sized Spark drone delivers epic selfies

Everyone loves taking selfies, even if they don't like to admit it. And if you're looking to take those snaps of yourself to the next level, DJI's new, cutesy Spark drone may be just for you. The company's latest drone is designed to fit on the palm of your hand and can be controlled with motion …

If You Live in an Area with High Income Inequality, You’re More Likely to Burn Out at Work

A 2015 report by the International Labour Organization covering more than 180 countries and over 84% of the global workforce warned of “widespread job insecurity in the global labor market,” finding that only one-quarter of the world’s workers have a stable employment relationship. In the United …

The 5 toughest TRX exercises for a full-body workout

1. TRX single-leg squat (TRX straps at mid-length)<p>Place your elbows under your shoulders and, with tension on TRX, center right leg to anchor point. …

20 exercises to bulletproof your joints and prevent injury

Look we get it: Some exercises just aren't sexy or showy—but neither are knee braces, slings, tweaked lower backs, or bad moods you develop because …

How ‘superagers’ stay sharp in their later years

A new study shows how strenuous mental and physical exercise keeps your brain firing on all cylinders<p>When it comes to retirement, experts recommend that everyone do some hard thinking. By this, they mean you should plan your finances responsibly, consider carefully where to live, and decide what …