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Nine Far-Flung, Completely Outrageous Destination Wedding Ideas

Bored with beach weddings? Consider getting hitched in an underwater chapel.<p>Destination weddings have become so common that couples now have to think …

How to Rest Your Overworked Mind

In the go-go-go world of today we need to be sure we’re giving our mind ample opportunity to rest and relax — recognizing when we need a mental break.<p>…

Is Your Tongue The Key To A Neuroscience Breakthrough?

We know that the brain is neuroplastic — adapts to changes in behavior, environment, thinking and emotions — and may even rewire itself in certain ways. Life experience also teaches us that the tongue is a learning tool that shapes our brain. During early development, babies test everything by …

U.S. Army

Asian stocks rise as Australia leaves door open to rate cut

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Tuesday after Wall Street gained and Australia's central bank left the door open to lower interest …

Stock Markets

Hinge Data Suggests "Men Play Games" and Take 20% Longer to Respond on Dating Apps

We've heard many women say that men often express interest on a dating app, and then never message them after matching. We wrote a whole blog post about it. And, as of today, we have actual data to support it.<p>According to new research from dating app Hinge, messages sent within the first 24 hours …

Canada under Conservatives was the freest and most tolerant nation in the world, study finds

It comes a little late for Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, but Canada has been named both the freest and most tolerant country in the world. It’s …

Canada

The Unending Search for the Soul

In a brilliant new book, George Makari charts the ways Western thinkers have wrestled with questions of how the human mind is related to the material …

Sigmund Freud

8 Quick Ways To Improve Your Attention Span

We spend half of our waking hours with wandering minds. Here are eight easy things you can do to regain your focus.<p>If your mind tends to wander, you’re not alone. Turns out, human brains are in the moment for just over half of our waking hours–a sad 53%–according to a study from Harvard University. …

The Neuroscience of Superfluidity

Consciousness means "the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings." Since the days of René Descartes and John Locke, philosophers have …

The Brain

Gwen Stefani Weighs In On Those Blake Shelton Dating Rumors

when blake shelton puts his hand on gwen stefani’s hip, the world dips<p>Alright, everybody! Gather ‘round, because <i>boy</i> do we have a love story for you. From the bowels of the Internet comes a tale of lost and found love featuring Gwen Stefani, a pseudo ballerina, and a some guy dressed like a member …

The 14 Day Yoga Body Challenge

Yoga for Runner

TRY THIS: <b>Side plank pose (vasisthasana)</b><br>This beginner version will help develop upper-body strength and awareness while also working the abs, says Sandy Blaine, codirector of the Alameda Yoga Station in Alameda, California. Start in plank pose. With palms flat, push yourself away from the floor. …

25 Clothes You Should Keep + Toss by the Time You’re 25

When I was turning 25, my sartorial haul was full of hand-me-downs (my mom was/still is a total babe), borrowed-from-bestie clothes and heaps of thrifted finds supplemented by staples from wear today, toss tomorrow stores. There was no shortage of things to wear and outfits to play with, but it …

An inventory of the meaningful life.

With Carl Sagan’s poetic <i>Pale Blue Dot</i> on my mind lately, I have found myself dwelling on the color blue and the way our planet’s elemental hue, the most symphonic of the colors, recurs throughout our literature as something larger than a mere chromatic phenomenon — a symbol, a state of being, a …

Literature

Discovering the Thousand Islands in New York State and Ontario, Canada

One of the most memorable travel experiences I could imagine would be discovering a place on the planet of extraordinary beauty that I had never known about - but had lived very close to over forty years ago in upstate New York. Straddling both the State of New York and Ontario, Canada, this …

The best country in the world? Drum roll, please: Botswana, says Lonely Planet

When you think of places you'd like to visit next year, does Botswana pop to the top of your list? It did for Lonely Planet.<p>It also ranked Botswana as the "it" country, calling it "invigoratingly wild." LP named Transylvania in Romania as the best region, and Kotor, Montenegro, as the best …

Loneliness

Before & After: Sarah's Aggressively Colorful Kitchen

My room makeover::<p>Our apartment hadn’t been renovated since the building was originally constructed in the 1950’s. We renovated in two phases: …

Fabrication

28 Mantel Decorating Ideas for a Fresh Fireplace

A tastefully designed mantel is one of the most important design aspects of a living space. It’s often the first thing the eye is drawn to when …

Decorating Trends: What We Love Right Now

1 of 39<p>Blue, Blue, Blue<p>This classic hue is experiencing quite the renaissance, in shades ranging from sky to indigo to teal, and sometimes all in one …

Home Decorating

Real-Home Makeover: Bathroom on a Budget

1 of 10<p>Cheap Chic<p>With a budget of $1, 600 and just two weeks, this upstate New York bathroom went from dreary to dreamy. To stay on budget, the …

Home Ownership

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>Buy these products if you want your skin to look like a tiny baby's.<p>By Adam Hurly2 days agoView More<p>Hair Gods<p>And all the other A+ hair you …

Before & After: Jessie's $400 Living Room Refresh

My room makeover::My boyfriend and I bought our first house this May. After closing I had 11 dollars in my checking account so we had to find the …

Living Rooms

Signs That Your Relationship Is Ending

Are you confused about the direction of your relationship? Relationships are often happy at the beginning, but over time they can become negative …

Happiness

18 Seriously Helpful Tips For Healthy Weight Loss

No more gimmicks. Here's how to keep the weight off long-term.<p><i>This piece was originally published by Berkeley Wellness.</i><p>Fad diets tend to have lots of very restrictive or complex rules, which give the impression that they carry scientific heft, when, in reality, the reason they often work (at least …

Nutrition

How to Study So You Can Remember Everything

Whether you’re studying for a test, trying to learn a language, or just hoping to retain what you learned in your college classes, remembering what …

Productivity