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The psychological benefits of gratitude closely mirror those of meditation

Recently, I was watching television with my son when an ad came on for a cell phone company. The tagline for the ad said, “Get ready for Thanksgetting.”<p>“Wow.” My 17-year-old looked at me in disbelief. “It kind of seems like they are missing the point.”<p>I still am not entirely sure how we were …

Mindfulness

These Are the Most Spectacular Nature Photos of the Year

The winners of Royal Society Publishing’s inaugural photography competition have been announced, and they’re extraordinary.<p>These inspiring nature …

Couples who have sex just once a week are happiest

For decades self-help books and therapists have advised couples that the key to a successful relationship is sex…and plenty of it.<p>But a new study suggests that behind closed doors, the happiest partners are actually making love just once a week.<p>According to the University of Toronto-Mississauga …

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise During the Colder Months

<i>Co-authored by Carly Alaimo, content manager at Avelist</i><p>But it's. So. Cold.<p>1. <b>Get some new gear.</b> A little lycra can go a long way. It's called "enclothed cognition" - a scientific term describing the influence that clothes have on the wearer's psychological processes due to the symbolic meaning of …

I once tried to cheat sleep, and for a year I succeeded

In the summer of 2009, I was finishing the first—and toughest—year of my doctorate. To help me get through it, while I brewed chemicals in test tubes during the day, I was also planning a crazy experiment to cheat sleep.<p>As any good scientist would, I referred to past studies, recorded data, and …

Leonardo Da Vinci

The best way to figure out how many hours of sleep you need

Most people need eight hours of sleep, but a small fraction can do with less than six.<p>Ying-Hui Fu, a sleep researcher at the University of California at San Francisco, discovered a gene—called DEC2—associated with people who can get away with less than six hours of sleep without any adverse health …

Sleep

The many health benefits of napping while on the job

Finally, some health news we can get behind: mid-day naps are good for you. In a controlled study, mid-day nappers had consistently lower blood pressure compared to non-nappers over the course of a day—not just during nap time. Over time, nappers may require fewer blood pressure medications than …

Sleep

Is darkness the key to feeling more rested at night?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that insufficient sleep is a serious public health concern, because it can lead to many immediate dangers such as car crashes as well as long-term health problems like diabetes. The blame for sleep deprivation is often pinned on our …

Research

The Dirt on Dirt: 5 Things You Should Know About Soil

It's World Soil Day: why our life depends on it.<p>We walk on it every day. Get it under our fingernails. Track it into the house. But do we really appreciate the vital role soil plays—not just in the environment, but in human health?<p>The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is giving soil …

An Introduction to the Soil Micro-Ecosystem

<i>Welcome to another edition of Gardening Know How’s weekly guest blog! This week’s guest blogger is</i> <i>The Shroom who is the creator and author of the …

Editorial: Homestead gardening and food security

HOMESTEAD gardening it's called in Lesotho, a country wracked by poverty, malnutrition, high HIV infection rates, unemployment, and soil erosion; a …

Farming

Improve Your Soil Naturally

Tess Pennington <br>Ready Nutrition <br>Comments (2)<p>The forest floor is something to truly marvel at. It is an intricate system of organisms and plants, all …

Gardening

Skip the rake and leave the leaves for a healthier, greener yard

<b>Nature's autumn bounty of fallen leaves isn't usually a problem for lawns and gardens, and mulching the ground with them actually helps to feed the</b> …

How to Plant Trees & Shrubs

<b>10 tips for successful planting of trees and shrubs</b><p>Planting new trees and shrubs has to be one of the greatest pleasures in gardening. You have a …

Optimize Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

See how a few simple tweaks could turn your bedroom into an oasis of restful sleep and sweet dreams.<p>Did you know that your bedroom can affect your quality of rest? From temperature to light and more, scientific studies and sleep researchers have found that our environments have real and measurable …

The Christmas Cookie Recipes That Will Make This Holiday Sweeter

30 of them, to be exact.<p>Before we even eat our Thanksgiving feast, the bakers in us start thinking about Christmas cookies. It's not that we can't and don't bake cookies other times of the year -- we never stop making cookies. It's that there's nothing quite as special as the cookies made for the …

10 'Dump Recipes' For Slow Cookers That Make Cooking Stupid Easy

Basically, these are the easiest slow cooker recipes in the world.<p>The slow cooker is heralded for making dinner a breeze, but sometimes the recipes are not as easy as they seem. We want slow cooker meals so we don’t have to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen, so in our minds, recipes that …

The Best Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Easy vegetable side dish recipes so good, they might just steal your dinner show.<p><b>Oven-Roasted Beets and Potatoes. Get the recipe.</b><p><b>20-Minute Mashed Potatoes. Get the recipe.</b><p><b>Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Get the recipe.</b><p><b>Whole Roasted Carrots. Get the recipe.</b><p><b>Coconut Creamed Spinach. Get the</b> …

Cook These 7 Recipes On Sunday, And Feed Yourself All Week

Be better this week.<p>Here we are with another installment of recipes to cook on Sunday that will help you eat healthy, stress-free, homemade meals all week. We're not suggesting that you cook every single meal you'll eat throughout the week on this one day of rest -- that would be an absolutely …

Hydroponic Jar Basil Mint Set

Want to make the perfect pesto? Look no further than your kitchen window. This Garden Jar set from Modern Sprout includes two self watering herb kits—basil and mint—in cute, colorful mason jars. This means is that even the forgetful gardener can have a flourishing herb garden at home. Who wants a …

19 changes to make in your 20s to set yourself up for lifelong success

In fact, one psychologist calls this time period the "defining decade," since it sets the stage for the rest of your life.<p>We understand that might sound intimidating. To reduce some of the pressure, we put together a road map of sorts based on several Quora threads on how to make the most of your …

Self-improvement

3 Daily Habits of Remarkably Successful People

Have you ever wondered what makes some people more successful than other? Here are some answers.<p>Have you ever wondered what makes some people more successful than others? Do they, like Popeye, consume a can of spinach before fighting the day's battles? How many cups of coffee do they ingest a day? …

Self-improvement

10 Mind-Blowing Books That People Who Love Thinking Can't Miss

P.J. O’Rouke once said, “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”<p>While I do think there is a place for …

Mark Cuban bet $300,000 that stationary surfing would become a huge workout trend

Besides bleach blonde hair, surfers are known for their ripped arms and toned abs. And now, you don't even need to live by a beach to get that surfer bod.<p>A new fitness craze has hit the country, and even caught the attention of investor Mark Cuban: stationary surfing.<p>Apparently, a 45-minute class …

You’ve Never Done a 7-Minute Abs Workout Like This Before

Get ready to feel the burn throughout your core the entire time<p>One of the best ways to score a chiseled core: crawl.<p>This abs workout consists entirely of bear crawl variations. It’s called a “flow complex,” says <i>Men’s Health</i> B.J. Gaddour.<p>So you’ll do one version of the movement—for example, a bear …