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Yale's most popular class teaches happiness: 6 lessons you can practice now

When a Yale University psychology professor set out to teach a new course on how to be happy, the reaction was stunning.<p>When Yale University psychology professor Laurie Santos set out to teach a new course on how to be happy, the reaction was stunning.<p>“Psychology and the Good Life,” which began …

Happiness

2 Healthy Spiralizer Recipes That Take 30 Minutes or Less

It's officially comfort-food weather, and what could be more satisfying than carbs on a cold night? It's typically the first thing we reach for on a …

The key life skills parents should be teaching their children

Over a Thanksgiving dinner our family hosted last fall with four international students from George Mason University, a female graduate student from Peru recounted her experiences as a resident assistant in a freshman dorm. “I had students coming to me with no idea how to do laundry,” she said. “I …

Parenting

Travelers who only know the country for its beaches are missing out on some of the most unique Mexico vacation destinations

Bonampak ruins within the Lacandon Jungle // © 2016 Secretaria de Turismo del Estado de Chiapas<p>Feature image (above): Stone structures in Las Pozas …

Mexico

10 Family-Friendly Adventure Destinations

It's time to get traveling.<p>You could go to a theme park. Or the IMAX theater. Or to your in-laws. But getting your family out of that rut is what trips of a lifetime are about. We recommend the great outdoors for scenery no virtual-reality setup or video game can replicate, and to cement your kids' …

National Parks

Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in …

Best Meditation Apps for iPhone and Android (2018-17): Explore the Peace at Your Own Pace

Every one of us is living a stressful life in one way or the other. Those who have no or less money is in stress on how to earn money and those who …

3 Must Dos For Amazing Sex

<b>Romance</b> - an emotional state that happens when two people nurture and encourage acts and thoughts that cherish each other.<p><b>Passion</b> - an emotional state that arises when a strong interest of desire, curiosity, and attraction.<p>Put these two emotions together and you have the opposite of impersonal sex: …

Relationships

If You’re Too Busy For These 5 Things: Your Life Is More Off-Course Than You Think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the …

How to Change the Color of Your Hydrangeas and Keep Them Looking Gorgeous

Yes, you really can turn your pink petals blue.<p>These flowers are famous for being beautiful, but also fickle. Use these tricks to achieve result you'll be proud to show off in your garden and floral arrangements.

Gardening

50 Books Every Woman Should Read Before She Turns 40

Consider this your life's library.<p>This list celebrates female writers who wrote coming-of-age classics as well as modern page-turners. They've won awards, provoked discussion, and ultimately their work has become cherished favorites on the bookshelves of many.

Books

If you’ve always wanted to try meditation, use this guide to get started

Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and many other big names swear by it.<p>We’re talking meditation — a practice that’s usually done daily and involves sitting quietly for 20 to 30 minutes to calm and observe the mind.<p>But for what purpose?<p>“To intentionally cultivate …

Here’s How A Month Of Zen Meditation Changed My Life

The Buddhist meditation practice is over 1,500 years old, but modern science says it has very real mental and physical health benefits.<p>On a trip to Japan last year, one of the places I visited was Kyoto, home to over 2,000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. During one of my daily walks exploring …

Meditation

These 7 Foods Will Wake You Up Better than Coffee

Who needs caffeine?<p>Shutterstock<p><i>This article was originally published by our partners at Rodale Organic Life and republished with permission.</i><p>There are some days when you just can’t stop yawning, even after a full night’s rest. But coffee may not solve the problem, and it could actually make things …

Reading a book is best for empathy

Amnesty’s poll for International Children’s Book Day reveals half of parents think reading a book is the best way to develop empathy - but do you agree with the books they chose?<p>Have you ever read a book which has made you step back and see the world from another perspective, one you may not have …

Books

I do this simple meditation on my walk to work each morning and it's had a huge impact on my life

Meditation has had a huge effect on my life in many small ways. ABC news anchor Dan Harris said it best in his amazing book on mindfulness, it sort of makes you "10% happier." And that's wonderful. I'm only a few months in and can't say I'm 10% happier, maybe 5, but I'm on my way!<p>My regular form of …

Meditation

The New Kids' Menu

<b>If Your Kids Like: Macaroni and Cheese</b> <b><br>Try:</b> Mac & Cheese (2) <i><br>By Carlito Jocson, executive chef and owner of the Yard House Restaurants chain</i><p>"Kids love chicken, bacon, and macaroni and cheese," Jocson says. "But the other great ingredients in the dish elevate it to something adults will enjoy."<p><b>What</b> …