Barbara Mayhugh Kiracofe

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The psychology of emojis

I have a confession to make: I’m a grown woman who peppers pretty much every text and social media post I send with smileys, hearts, stars and various other decorations.<p>Emojis have taken over my communication—and I’m far from alone. According to Swyft Media, 74 percent of people in the U.S. …

The Pope, Lonely on the Internet

Francis says the Internet is undermining people’s relationships, and the media isn't helping.<p>Of all the media’s favorite blood sports, media criticism has to rank near the top. No one can fret about digital technology like the journalists who seem surgically attached to their smartphones. But the …

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5 Mistakes You Make With Your New Year's Diet Resolution

Photo: Courtesy ELLE<p><b>1. You've got an end goal but no game plan.</b>I can spot a bad diet resolution from a mile away. How? They all have one thing in common: They're way too general. Not sure what I mean? Well, they usually start with a pretty basic phrase like "I'm going to lose weight this …

13 Productivity Tips to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s a good time to evaluate your work habits (yes, in addition to your fitness routine and maybe even your haircut). Especially for you creative freelancers out there, productivity often equals money, happiness and general well-being. We found 13 tips …

15 Phrases That Will Change Your Life In 2015

As the new year approaches, many of us will resolve to transform our bodies -- but what about our minds?<p>Giving ourselves a mental makeover could be just as important as giving ourselves a physical one. But accomplishing that doesn't just lie in changing our thoughts -- it's also dependent on …

4 Simple Goal Setting Ideas For 2015

New Year’s resolutions are like traffic. As the driver, your focus is intent while trying to “get there;” you see others pass you by; you get held up at a red light that slows down progress. Distractions such as the radio, crazy drivers, cellphones (in some states) preclude you from focusing on the …

U.S. set to blame North Korea for Sony hack

The U.S. is ready to blame North Korea for the crippling hack attack at Sony Pictures, as the studio said Wednesday it would cancel next week's planned release of its controversial comedy "The Interview."<p>U.S. investigators say an announcement pinning the blame on hackers working for the Pyongyang …

Here’s how Twitter is rethinking its product—so that more people actually use it

Twitter is simple, in theory, but it is also deceptively complicated. As a result, most people who see tweets or visit Twitter’s site don’t get hooked. On the company’s earnings call today, CEO Dick Costolo said the true size of Twitter’s audience—the number of people who visit Twitter every month …

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Why Creative Side Projects Are Good for You

At any given time, I have a side project running. It's often a new blog or a book or a newsletter. Sometimes I try to design WordPress themes. Other …

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5 Ways Blake Lively's New Lifestyle Site Can Make Your Home More Beautiful

Handcrafted, homespun inspiration found at Lively's new site, Preserve. This article originally appeared on ELLEDECOR.com.<p>After a much-anticipated launch, actress Blake Lively's new lifestyle site Preserve is up and running, featuring handmade items from across country and stories about art, …

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9 Inspiring Quotes About Wisdom That Will Change The Way You See Your Life

We get it. Life can be hard.<p>One moment, you can feel the profoundness of your own life's purpose in every aching atom of your body. Then, suddenly, you're at a loss for just about everything: words, identity, creativity, inspiration. It leaves you feeling confused, alone and like there's nowhere …

6 Signs You're A Truly Genuine Person

We can all agree that being fake is a negative thing -- no one wants to feel like they're being played by someone who is just acting, nor does anyone want to be known as someone who doesn’t live true to themselves. But what makes a person <i>truly</i> genuine?<p>Millennials in particular, who have matured in …

10 Totally Unexpected Ways to Cook with Pumpkin

Put down the pie and pick up the waffles: This nutritional powerhouse and quintessential fall and winter ingredient can be a star at breakfast, …

The Most Talked-About Food In Every State

Spotted on FirstWeFeast, the researchers analyzed 3.5 million tweets with food hashtags that were taken from Twitter's API between October 2013 and May 2014.<p>The original purpose of the study was to determine whether people's hashtags and discussion topics on Twitter can convey information about …

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

The myth of religious violence

The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple<p>As we watch the fighters of the Islamic State (Isis) rampaging …

Ebola - It's Far, Far Worse Than You Thought

Ebola could kill a million people by the end of January, disaster planners warned this week as experts said the disease might become endemic and clinics started turning away victims.<p>The US is sending 400,000 home care kits with protective gowns, masks, gloves, chlorine and medicines to Liberia, the …

Mindfulness meditation can cut chocolate cravings

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Looking to cut cravings? A recent study suggests the key may be attaining a sense of detachment from them through a form of meditation with roots in Buddhism.<p>Practicing mindfulness meditation, which emphasizes identifying and distancing oneself from certain thoughts - …

10 Fascinating Things That Happen to Your Body When You're in Love

Those butterflies in your stomach aren't the only way your bod responds when you're head-over-heels

Can the study of canine diseases advance human health?

For thousands of years dogs have been trusted companions, but it is now known that they can suffer diseases similar to those that affect humans.<p>It is believed that research into a range of naturally occurring canine conditions could have the potential to lead to groundbreaking medical advances, as …

9 Reasons Why Fit Women Have Much Better Sex

The time you spend working out can have unexpected payoffs when you're tangling the sheets. And understanding the link can help you achieve more explosive results—in the bedroom and the weight room.

The Ideal Number of Sexual Partners to Have Before Finding The One

OK, so there is no one "right" number. But it's still kind of fun to see what people say they think it should be.<p>What's your number? If you're ready to settle down with "the one," it better be four—at least, according to a new survey from MSN UK.<p><b>MORE:</b> The Weird Sign You're Perfect for Each Other<p>The …

10 Things Every Guy Has Thought During Sex

You know, besides this is awesome!<p>You might think the inside of a man's brain sounds like the buzz of a broken fluorescent lightbulb. Not true. In my humble view, the brain cells of men work like pistons, constantly firing—just like yours. Some of the internal dialogue they produce is quite …

The 6 Veggies with the Most Protein

Fill up on these to increase your intake of the essential nutrient.<p>Vegetables aren't typically known for being a great source of protein, but there are some sneaky ones out there that contain a decent amount—so we asked Emily Gilbert, R.D., for the best plant-based ways to get this essential …

The Best Diet for Weight Loss

See what happens when four popular options go head-to-head.<p>For the average weight-loss warrior, comparing diets is hard to do. Fortunately, a new study ran the numbers and found that, when it comes to weight lost, Paleo wins.<p>For the study, researchers from the Cardiovascular Associates of Virginia …

How to Tell How Your Partner Really Feels About Your Sex Life

And how to make sure they know you're into it, too<p>Think your bed buddy is having a sub-par time—or the best sex of their life? Either way, you're probably right, suggests a new study in the <i>Archives of Sexual Behavior</i>.<p>For the study, researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada asked 84 …