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The Power of Mindfulness: 12 Ways to Reshape your Brain for Peace

Jeanette from Ideapod shared an idea recently about the power of mindfulness for reshaping our brain for peace.<p>She drew attention to the downsides of …

Mindfulness

25 Enlightening Quotes From Thich Nhat Hanh That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Ever heard of Thich Nhat Hanh? If you haven’t, he is master Buddhist teacher who is renowned for his amazing wisdom on self-compassion, mindfulness …

6 Crazy Cool Adventure Trips for You and Your Boo

For adventurous couples, there’s nothing better than bonding over a scenic national park hike, kayaking in crystal clear water, camping at one of the most popular destinations or getting your namaste on together in a gorgeous setting. Outdoorsy duos, you’re in luck — there are more options for …

Hiking

The 5 biggest winners and losers at the box office so far this year

In short: It's not as bad as you think.<p>Though the summer movie season has been filled with lackluster performers, especially sequels, the 2016 box office is tracking higher than this time in 2015, which was a record-breaking year for the movie industry. (Though we should note, it's just a 1.9% …

Film Industry

Best Backpacking Trails In The Continental U.S.

(credit: Randy Yagi)<p>Most every trail in America has its own unique set of natural beauty and spectacular vistas. But some are much more special than …

Gravitational waves will unlock these 'revolutionary' secrets of the universe

Ripples in the fabric of space, called gravitational waves, are careening across the universe, right through everything and everyone.<p>Scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment have detected some of the waves— a feat Einstein thought impossible 100 …

Universe

New Horizons Returns First, Best Images of Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby – and the best …

Amazon Book Review

You might have noticed our new address: amazonbookreview.com. When we launched this modest blog with an immodest name in 2007, "omnivoracious" …

Wine Enthusiast's 2015 Wine Star Award Winners

Our annual awards for the innovators, executives and movers and shakers in the wine industry.<p><i>His influence on Italian wine extends to far-flung</i> …

The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

European Travel

11 Books That Will Introduce You To The Beauty Of Hinduism

Hinduism, one of the world's oldest religions, can be hard to understand or even define.<p>There is no central ancient text that succinctly sums up the religion's basic tenets, no single leader that Hindus can call the founder of their faith and no single modern-day organization to which all Hindus …

Hinduism

14 books that inspired Steve Jobs

Because, Steve Jobs said while introducing the iPad, the Mac maker was never just a tech company.<p>"The reason that Apple is able to create products like the iPad is because we've always tried to be at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts," he said.<p>Jobs' lifelong interest in the …

Literature

Blocks launches "world's first modular smartwatch" on Kickstarter

London-based startup Blocks has designed a smartwatch that allows wearers to choose the functionalities they need by clipping on additional …

Wearable Tech

10 Secrets To A Happy & Healthy 100 Years Of Life: Lessons from Okinawa, Japan

I'm in!<p>The island of Okinawa in Japan, just north of Taiwan, has long been a hot spot for the secrets to longevity. It is unrivaled for its health, …

Henry Cavill explains superhero conflict in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Ben Affleck’s dark knight outraged by deaths stemming from Superman’s battle with General Zod in opening scenes of comic book smackdown<p>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Henry Cavill has revealed details of why the caped crusader comes to hate the last son of Krypton, in the much-hyped …

Comic Books

3 Decisions You Should Make TODAY to Take Control of Your Life

Let’s face it, changing can be difficult, but you must if you want to take your power back and be in the driver’s seat of your life. There are three …

Motivation

5 Scientific Ways to Make Yourself Smarter | Inc.com

About a decade ago, some early scientific research suggested that playing memory games could increase "fluid intelligence," which is the capacity to solve problems in novel situations, independent of acquired knowledge.<p>A spate of apps, books, and classes resulted, all claiming to make people …

The Brain

7 secrets to better parenting

What does it mean to be an intentional parent? The term "intentional parenting" seems to have originated sometime in the 1990's. It's become popular …

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

Self-help

The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of all-time.<p>For this research study, Bartlett recited a Native American folk tale called "The War of the Ghosts" to each participant. Then, Bartlett followed up …

Self-improvement

52 simple ways to motivate yourself

1. Close your eyes, and visualize yourself reaching your goals.<p>2. Try something new today.<p>3. Take a walk in a park, and let nature reset your mind.<p>4. Make a to-do list. You'll feel encouraged as you cross off items.<p>5. Get more sleep. Sleep deprivation could be making you less motivated.<p>6. Drink …

Motivation

Cleopatra’s shadows: The sisters who could give “Game of Thrones'” women a run for their money

The author of a debut novel sidelines Cleopatra in favor of her sisters, powerful protagonists of their own dramas<p>The story of Cleopatra has been told many times over, in many different ways, though there’s a certain consistency to the tale’s key elements — the seductiveness, the asp, the sultry …

Books

Inspirational Quotes From Bhagavad Gita That Will Completely Change The Way You Look At Everything!

50 Most Inspiring Quotes From The Bhagavad Gita<p>on October 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm<p>Credit: graphicstock.com<p>When Arjuna was faced with the dilemma of going …

The Wearable Tech We’ve Been Waiting For: Wove Band

Wearable Tech . We’ve seen none of these smart wearable items truly succeed . But that is not going to stop all these devices from entering the great …

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Books

Here's what traveling to Mars does to your brain

Future Mars astronauts will have more to contend with than just the unforgiving, vacuumous expanse of space separating Earth from the Red Planet (140 million miles, on average).<p>In an experiment meant to simulate a journey to Mars, 18 months of isolation caused participants to have high stress …

The Brain

How to best use caffeine — from a neuroscientist:

<b>1) Consume in small, frequent amounts.</b><p><i>Between 20-200mg per hour may be an optimal dose for cognitive function.</i><p><b>2) Play to your cognitive strengths</b> …

How to Get Started With Voluntourism

<b>Updated February 2017</b> — While monetary contributions to charitable organizations are always welcome and effective, oftentimes people want to invest …

Costa Rica