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Here Are 7 Things That Will Make You Happier in 7 Seconds, According to Research

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6 Steps To Turn Mindless Activities Into Mindful Ones

Coloring books for adults currently top a number of bestseller lists. And they have become a staple in bookstores, grocery stores and drugstores. But, let’s be clear, coloring in a book doesn’t automatically mean that you’re being mindful. Mindfulness isn’t about what you are doing; it’s about how …

5 foods that are scientifically proven to make you happy

Diving into a big jar of Nutella for instant comfort may seem like just the right thing to do when you’re feeling down and out. But you may want to …

Wellness

How to build a relationship with yourself to live the life you love

<i>Chandresh Bhardwaj Meditating - photo taken by Melly Lee</i><p>If you've been following me, you know that I emphasize the benefits of networking and cultivating authentic and strategic relationships with others. I know that every person we meet is an ocean of opportunities, knowledge and resources we can …

20 Mindful Eating Tips That Will Transform Your Relationship with Food

Every day, we lose ourselves in the patterns of daily life. Our habit energy pushes and pulls us to and fro and we’re left with little opportunity …

You Asked: What’s the Best Way to Lose Weight?

If you’re hoping to drop a few pounds for an upcoming vacation, the old “calories in, calories out” method can be effective. Combine a meager diet …

Nutrition

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Improve Your Mind, Body And Heart In 25 Minutes Or Less

There’s always time to incorporate these healthful habits.<p>The holidays are here and we’re all wondering the same thing: Where do we find the time to take care of ourselves? The truth is, there's never enough time to do everything, but there's always enough time to do the most important things. Here …

Burnout: How to deal with creative and mental exhaustion

If you prefer to listen, here’s the podcast version of this post on iTunes and Soundcloud:<p>It’s no shocker that working all night and all day with a …

This Is What It Feels Like To Live With A Mental Disorder

"Trying to do anything feels like trying to start a car with no gas."

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

These soft and crackly cookies are a staple in Italian bakeries, but you don't have to be an Italian baker to replicate the signature look.<p>Matt …

Dessert

How to Stop Other People's Emotions from Bringing You Down

Empathy is a terrific skill to have, but too much of it can leave you overwhelmed by others’ negative emotions. Here’s how to stop absorbing what …

Scientists Pinpoint Where Happiness Lives in the Brain

We all want to be happy. (I hope you’re happy right now!) Happiness may be the most important feeling in our lives, if our endless pursuit of it is …

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Seasonal Depression

It's more than just the winter blues.<p>For some, the winter is hardly "the most wonderful time of the year."<p>Seasonal affective disorder is a condition that affects nearly 10 million American adults and can make a few months out of the year feel downright unbearable. It's common to feel bouts of the …

3 scientific ways to prevent awkward conversations

You’re in the middle of a conversation, about to chime in but then…you <i>totally blank</i>. A conversation that should have flowed easily turns awkward, your conversation partner looks at you like you’re an alien and your confidence sinks.<p>Has that ever happened to you?<p>It’s common to feel nervous during …

Read This If You Want To Make Anxiety Your Friend, Not Your Enemy

Having anxiety can be debilitating and can make your daily life a struggle to get through. Fortunately, there are ways that you can use anxiety to …

Adele: 'I don't let body image issues rule my life'

Adele has talked candidly about body image issues, saying that she likes to remind herself that there are more important things going on in the world.<p>The singer, speaking to The Spectrum’s Jenny Eliscu ahead of the release of her third album 25, said: “I do have body image problems, for sure. But I …

Music

Our Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe (a PSA)

Okay guys, I have a special announcement. The very first Woks of Life Public Service Announcement, that is. But first, let me begin with a story. …

Cultivating Happiness In Your Life

There are many people in the world with amazing, magical qualities. I have my own, very special magical gift. I can, for a seemingly endless amount of time, re-play a bad experience over and over in my head . . .<p><b>I Gotta Grudge</b><p>It's almost like a loop tape, screening the same bad memory. Repeatedly. …

Will Drinking Green Tea Boost Your Metabolism? Not So Fast

It's a tantalizing idea, isn't it, that we could burn stored fat simply by nibbling or sipping on something that tastes good.<p>Plenty of companies are now capitalizing on the allure of "metabolism boosting" foods and drinks. Among the most-hyped substance is green tea — for its supposed powers as an …

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So, ladies, where are you on the 'lesbian spectrum'?

According to a new scientific study, the majority of women are 'genderfluid'. Really?<p>Fascinating news this week that the majority of women are bisexual - or ‘genderfluid’, as the young folk like to say. A serious scientific study by Dr Gerulf Rieger at the University of Essex found that most ladies …

3 More Life-Changing Lessons on Body Image and Self-Care

Yesterday, in this post, I shared three life-changing lessons I’ve learned about building a positive body image and practicing compassionate …

Animation makes it easier for Pixar to tap into the unwieldy chasm of emotion in your soul

Pixar is known for two things: creating lovely, family-friendly animated feature films, and forcing the audiences of those lovely movies to delve into the recesses of their soul and analyze complicated feelings of loss, sadness and fear via the cartoon eyes of a lost baby fish.<p>One must mentally …

10 Life-Changing Bra Hacks Every Girl Should Know

Quick fixes and genius tricks for all your most annoying bra struggles.<p>While finding the right size is half the battle, tricky necklines, falling straps, and poking underwires are just some of the problems every girl faces at one time or another. From tips for making your bras last longer and …

Move over, “Girls” — Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” is the new definitive millennial comedy

Netflix’s new comedy is an intimate, tragicomic look at being young and privileged<p>It’s in the second episode that Netflix’s new original series “Master of None” shows its hand. The comedy—a small-scale, stylish sitcom that mixes tones and observes social norms like “Louie,” “Girls” and …

Women are either bisexual or gay but 'never straight'

A study has found that most women who say they are straight are in fact aroused by videos of both naked men and naked women<p>Most women are either bisexual or gay but "never straight", a study suggests.<p>"This shows us that how women appear in public does not mean that we know anything about their …

Ireland Will Decriminalize Weed, Cocaine, and Heroin

Ireland Will Decriminalize Weed, Cocaine, and HeroinGetty Images/Universal Images GroupAs part of a self-described “radical cultural shift,” Ireland …

5 Scary Movies You Can Watch on Netflix Tonight

5 Scary Movies You Can Watch on Netflix TonightA silhouette of a man stands in front of a house at night in a still from the film,' The Exorcist', …