Julie Nichols

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Pharrell Williams' Secret to Happiness

Nothing seems crazy about what Pharrell Williams has to say in "Happy," which has now become one of just 28 songs to have topped Billboard's Hot 100 for 10 weeks or more.<p>The 41-year-old Grammy winner seems to have discovered the secret to happiness, at least for four minutes, and has given us words …

8 Times to Reduce Tension Throughout the Day

<b>8:30 AM</b><br>Likewise, blasting Top 40 tunes during your commute could backfire, says Ross. Studies show that loud or high-tempo beats can unleash stress hormones. Save the jams for the late afternoon, when you <i>really</i> need a hit of energy.<p><b>9:30 AM</b><br>At work, don't dive right into your e-mail in-box (stress!). …

How To Enjoy The Adventure Of Life

To truly have balance in life, we know we need to not only prioritize our mental and spiritual well-being, but also our <i>physical</i> well-being. But what if there was a way to accomplish both of these goals at the same time?<p>Fortunately, there are those activities that not only give our bodies a workout, …

Reprogram Your Brain

We live in a food-abundant environment. From break rooms to advertising, we are bombarded with food, images of food, and talk about food. For some of us, these exposures set off a chain reaction of thoughts and feelings, conflict and struggle, and sometimes overeating.<p>And it all starts with a …

Chronic Poor Sleep May Lead to Lasting Brain Damage

Do without sleep now and make up for it later. It's a pretty common sleep strategy for adults with busy lives and demanding schedules that crowd out sufficient time for sleep on a daily basis. We've seen evidence in recent years that this strategy -- of running up a sleep deficit and attempting to …