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The Mindfulness Memory Method

<i>"The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it."</i> -- Thích Nhất Hạnh<p>Mindfulness is being in the present moment with total awareness, but we all know that doing that from moment to moment can be challenging.<p>Unless you make a concerted effort to stay in …

It’s Not Just For Your Brain: Meditating Can Actually Change Your DNA

The benefits of mindfulness meditation just keep piling up.<p>Meditation is good for you. We don’t need to tell you that. The chorus of voices extolling the virtues of mindfulness is never-ending: It decreases stress. It helps you focus. It can even rewire your mental circuitry. But it’s not just your …

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Meditation Becoming More Popular Among Teens

One of the most surprising trends going among teenagers going into the New Year is, of all things, meditation.<p>It’s due in large part to the growth of …

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

Go Here, Not There: 10 Alternative Destinations for American Travelers

Ah, those tried-and-true getaways...<p>Looking for gambling and a good time? Vegas it is. A tropical paradise? Off to Hawaii. While we love 'em for obvious reasons, our favorite vacation spots can come with crowds - and you might be hard pressed to find that "hidden gem" feel while you're there.<p>A new …

Top 10 Happiest Cities

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Why you need a 'mindfulness minute' in your life

Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson<p>Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson<p>CAN YOU BE ‘in the now’?<p>What once sounded like a New Age-y concept – …

Mindfulness

23 Pieces of Life-Changing Wisdom You Can Learn from Your Everyday Life

How to Stop Giving a F*ck What People Think

We're all guilty. Every day from the moment we wake up, we live our lives caring what other people think of us.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> …

Self-improvement

Most Popular Features and Essays of 2014

We pride ourselves on how-tos and explainers at Lifehacker, but some articles don't quite fit into either category. Perhaps they're personal accounts …

Relationships Matter: The Importance of Social Intelligence

The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast is to learn to slow down. And the only way to spread one's influence wide to learn how to go deep. The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes …

Worrying About Stuff Is A Sign Of Intelligence

<i>By Melissa Dahl Follow @melissadahl</i><p>The tendency to worry about stuff could be a sign of a certain kind of intelligence, according to a paper in an upcoming edition of the journal Personality and Individual Differences (hat tip to Christian Jarrett at the British Psychology Society's Research Digest …

Best U.S. Hiking Cities

<b>Get Hiking:</b> This popular four-mile hike has a large measure of challenge (3,700 vertical feet of climbing) with an equal payoff (views of Mount Rainier, Seattle, and the Olympics on a clear day). The journey isn’t so bad either: Along the way, hikers pass classic Pacific Northwest conifer and fir …

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13 Ways to Successfully Move Through Difficult Transitions

If you are having a hard time going through a transition, here are 13 ways to cool down the process and allow you to move on with less drama and more success.<p>I compiled this list throughout the years, after going through many difficult life-changing transitions myself -- moving to another country …

John Muir Trail

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Why You Should Travel Solo At Least Once

<b>"Don't be scared to walk alone. Don't be scared to like it." John Mayer</b><p>Three years ago, you couldn't pay me to travel <i>anywhere</i> by myself, and getting on a plane to go abroad solo was definitely out of the question.<p>It's funny how time changes things and us, and the things you never saw yourself doing …

A Handy Book to Start Your 2015: Philsophy and Travels

World Atlantis<p><b>2015</b> is knocking at our doors and we have to be sure to be ready to open the doors with an open mindset and high spirits. As Arianna Huffington wrote in her most recent book <i>Thrive</i>: "the third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder" restoring …

The Towns Italy Forgot

From the September 2011 issue of National Geographic Traveler<p>I awaken on a high bed plush with pillows and antique linens. Rays of sunlight filter through a grated window, casting a honeyed glow on the room’s curved, rough-hewn walls and high ceiling. An old wood table topped with a white cloth …

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Top 10 Landmarks in U.S. National Parks

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8 Reasons to Choose Travel Over Going to College

Remember what our generation was told growing up? "Go to college and get a degree, you'll then be able to get a good job." I think it's safe to say those days are over.<p>While there are certain professions where a degree is a must (Doctor, lawyer, nurse, etc.) there are many that don't require one. …

10 National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

These lesser-known locales are just as breathtaking as Yellowstone and Yosemite<p>By Amber Brenza, Photography By Thinkstock, Photography By National Park Foundation's "Share The Experience Photo Project.", Photography By The National Park Service, Photography By Adam Jewell<p>You’ve trekked the Grand …

8 Things That I Want to Be in 2015

Self-doubt. It can be a cancer to our soul and an inhibitor to forward movement. It holds you back and causes you to see things from a tainted lens. Everyone has a little bit of self-doubt, some more than others. When it is consuming you, it takes over all areas of your life. It is hard to be full …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

Ted Hughes on Sylvia Plath: “For the last month I have lived about the strangest life I ever did live”

EXCLUSIVE: An amazing new look inside the courtship — and early happiness — of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath<p>Ted was convinced from an early age that he was going to be a poet, but meeting Sylvia Plath in 1956 intensified his ambitions – and called a halt to his already well-formulated plans to join …

Patagonia: The Wild Place at the End of the World

The southernmost region of South America is huge in every way: Patagonia is twice the size of California and home to some of the biggest landscapes and adventures on the planet. Head south for stunning landscapes, ridiculous fishing, rugged trekking, roadside asados, and a 100 percent chance of …

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Happiness Hot Spots

See photos of happiness hot spots, including Denmark, Singapore, Mexico, and California, from the new book Thrive by Dan Buettner, from National Geographic.

Travel Photography

10 Characteristics of Friendships That Keep

Yesterday my boyfriend said one of the most poignant things anyone has ever said to me: "If you are defined by the friends you keep, then you win that." He elaborated further and said, "to <i>keep</i> friends is very different from to <i>have</i> friends." He's right because for me, <i>have</i> suggests possession and …

World's Best Hikes: Epic Trails

A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes we kept an eye on more than the footpath. We looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, but the …

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'Mindfulness' defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn

<i>Anderson Cooper reports on what it's like to try to achieve "mindfulness," a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in</i> …