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24 hidden settings that can maximize your Mac

We mean Mac-simize.<p>Apple prides itself on the polish and slickness of its software, and on the surface, macOS proves itself an intuitive and easy-to-navigate operating system. Dig deeper, however, and you'll find a heap of useful settings and options that let you customize your computing …

Anyone can compost their food waste (and everyone should)

And it doesn’t have to smell.<p>When we think of composting, we tend to think of enormous dumpsters full of everything you didn’t eat for dinner that day, mixing together into an earthy, smelly, nasty concoction that seems to have a life of its own. But at its most basic level, composting is simply …

Gardening

Is your favorite novel on this PBS list of 100 popular books? Get ready to vote

What's your favorite novel? Is it on the list below?<p>On May 22, PBS launches <i>The Great American Read</i> series, inviting Americans to vote for their favorite book (or books) from the list of 100 finalists below.<p>"America's Most Beloved Book" will be revealed by PBS on Oct. 23. USA TODAY has a first look …

Literature

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling…

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life<p>In Japan, millions of people have <i>ikigai</i> …

Happiness

Reaching the Zen of Zero Waste

If you're already filling your recycling bin to the brim, if you never go anywhere without your reusable grocery totes, if you wouldn't touch a …

Sustainability

'Ikigai': The Japanese Lifestyle Trend Promising To Find Your Life Purpose

Is this the new 'hygge'?<p>From yoga retreats in the Himalayas and weekly mindfulness classes to downloading mediation apps such as Headspace and Calm, many of us spend our lives (and paycheques) on trying to achieve happiness and fulfilment.<p>However, having tried out the Danish concept of finding …

Happiness

'Hygge': 9 Ways To Be More Danish

From warming bowls of porridge to candlelit dinners, we explore how to achieve the Danes' coveted 'hygge'<p>Before we go anywhere, let's point out the elephant in the room. 'Hygge' (pronounced 'hue-ugh') is maybe (probably) one of the most overhyped trends to ever exist.<p>At one point towards the end of …

Happiness

The 4 Spiritual Intentions Deepak Chopra Lives By

<i>When spiritual icon, best-selling author, and mbg collective member Deepak Chopra, M.D., stopped by our office to record the mindbodygreen podcast</i> …

Spirituality

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint - Nature and Community

<i>While routine decisions that shape our days — what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work — may seem small, collectively they have a</i> …

What is compassion fatigue?

It's only natural that those who help people and animals are affected by the suffering they see every day.<p>Imagine the life of someone who spends her …

Mental Health

Why this '5-4-3-2-1' mindfulness trick is so effective at beating anxiety

People are saying the results are instant.<p>When anxiety starts to take over, it can feel impossible to gain perspective and get out of the spiral of worries.<p>But next time you feel overwhelmed with anxious thoughts, a simple mindfulness trick may offer some relief.<p>Shared by Boston University clinical …

Librarians recommend the books you should read in each decade of your life

Anyone can read any book whenever they want, but some books may be best enjoyed at certain ages.<p>If anyone understands that, it's the librarians in …