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Addiction changes brain biology in 3 stages, experts say

Experts who research addiction have long argued that it is a disease of the brain. Now, in a new paper, they present a model of addiction, broken down into three key stages, to illustrate how the condition changes human neurobiology.<p>Essentially, each of these three phases affects the brain in a …

Coming Off Antidepressants: Slow Dancing With Life

I have suffered with bouts of depression and anxiety ever since I was a child. I would guess that these seasons of sadness began sometime in grade school, although I was not clinically diagnosed with depression until age 16. I have always been a highly sensitive person and feel the sadness of …

80 Books Every Person Should Read

From classic novels to political essays,<p>these are must-reads in 2016.<p>What can we say? We messed up. Our list of "80 Books Every Man Should Read," published several years ago, was rightfully called out for its lack of diversity in both authors and titles. So we invited eight female literary …

Literature

NY's First Micro-Apartments Actually Look Kinda Comfortable

Lots of apartments in New York City are micro, but Carmel Place—the prefab building that’s now being leased after two years of development—will be …

Interiors: tricks of the trade

Using magnetic shelving and false ceilings, two architects have made the most of their home, says Jenny Dalton<p>Most of us have stylistic disagreements when we move in with our partners, so imagine what it must be like for two architects.<p>Torquil and Jessie McIntosh met 14 years ago, when they were …

5 Keys to Self-Discipline – Resist Temptations Like a Monk (and Achieve Your Long-Term Goals)

If you want to make any kind of changes in your life, it’s self-discipline that will either help you reach your goal (when you have a lot of …

10 Steps to Access Your Goodness and Change Your Life

<b>“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” ~Henry David Thoreau</b><p>A few years ago I found myself on the floor of my apartment with a bottle of …

5 Ways Ego Interferes With Your Happiness

The word happiness is defined in most cases as a feeling of contentment, or as a feeling ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happiness is an …

Self-help

How to Clear Obstacles Using a Powerful Meditation Object

Many people resist getting to their meditation cushion. When I ask why, the occasional person will confess something that most of us feel deep inside: "I don't want to face my own mind."<p>Much of my first year in a three-year meditation retreat was spent clearing obstacles that blocked my mind from …

10 Pieces of Native American Wisdom That Will Inspire the Way You Live Your Life

Years ago, my little brother and I were playing cowboys and Indians.As the older brother, I dictated the play session (of course), so I decided that …

10 Enlightening Books On Personality Types

Everyone and their cousin is talking about personality theory on Tumblr and Pinterest, which is why it’s easy to write it off as just another pop …

How to learn a new language, according to a guy who became fluent in 4 in just a few years

Unfortunately, that's not the situation most adults find themselves in. As a result, many people assume they've got no chance of ever mastering a foreign tongue.<p>But that's where they're wrong. Just ask opera singer Gabriel Wyner, who achieved fluency in <i>four</i> languages — Italian, German, French, and …

Here Are 7 Weeknight Dump Dinners You Can Make In Your Slow Cooker

Set it, forget it, then come home to deliciousness.<p>There's a ~little bit of prep~ in the morning — chopping and then adding everything to the pot — but it's all worth it for a more relaxing post-work evening.<p>If you don't have a slow cooker, check out these other ideas for dinner here and here.

7 Glowing Novels In The Spotlight Right Now

Here are some prize winners and should-be prize winners to check out.<p>Relative to other awards seasons, book award season is slightly less concerned with <i>who wore what</i>. Instead, each autumn various committees clue readers in to what to read -- a means of culling through the stacks and stacks worth of …

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 …

Celebrity-owned hotels in the world

The stylish Francis room, named after Coppola himself, in the Palazzo Margherita.Mr. Gundolf Pfotenhauer.<p>Taking their talents from the silver screen to the service industry, many actors have been investing their fame and fortune into hotels.<p>And why not? As frequent travelers, they know just what …

15 extraordinary places you've never heard of (but really should visit)

7 Summer Reads for the Curious Mind

Charles Scribner's Sons<p>Dover Publications, Inc.<p>Kurt Wolff Verlag, Leipzig<p>Charles Scribner's Sons<p>International Publishers<p>Cassell<p>Norton Critical Edition<p>…

26 Books Every 'Spiritual But Not Religious' Seeker Should Read

If you're on a spiritual quest, these books will open you up to wonder.<p><i>"There are things you can't reach. But</i><p><i>you can reach out to them, and all day long.</i><p><i>The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.</i><p><i>And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier."</i><p>-- "Where Does The Temple Begin, Where …

America's 21 Most Beautiful Campsites

From Death Valley to Glacier Bay, Alaska and back down to the Grand Canyon, we've got the country covered.<p>With 3,794,100 square miles of soaring mountains, pristine beaches and crystal clear lakes, the United States offers endless options for those looking to spend a few nights under the stars. But …

Memories likely can’t be erased: Research offers new clues to how we remember

A new study challenges more than a century of neuroscience and could radically change the way we treat PTSD<p>As intangible as they may seem, memories have a firm biological basis. According to textbook neuroscience, they form when neighboring brain cells send chemical communications across the …

The Best of British TV on Netflix

With 'Downton Abbey' returning for a fifth season on Sunday, spend your weekend binge-watching the best British television available on Netflix right now.<p><b>1) Broadchurch</b><p>David Tennant and Olivia Colman play detectives investigating the murder of a young boy and a small town struggling to come to …

Entertainment

Holy Moly

Three years ago, while driving through Harlem, Ugo Rondinone spotted a for-sale sign on an abandoned Romanesque church with a stone facade, immense stained glass windows, and arched wooden double doors at the entrance. At the time, the 50-year-old Swiss artist was not in the market for real estate. …

Dezeen's most popular interior design projects of 2014

We published hundreds of projects from all over the world in 2014 – from tiny apartments to technology firm offices, cafes and luxury penthouses – …

Get Lost in Gorgeous Conceptual Flood Maps of the World's Supercities

Rio, Cairo, Tokyo, and more get remixed in this series of technicolor topographies from Chaotic Atmosphere.<p><i>Map of Tokyo, 2014. Images via</i><p>The colorful remixed cityscapes in <i>Flowing City Map</i>, an image set from Istvan, a.k.a Chaotic Atmosphere, are more than just remixed renditions of the world's urban …

10 Vacations To Take With Your BFF

BAZAAR's edit of the best places to go with your girlfriends.<p><i>BAZAAR</i>'s edit of the best places to go with your girlfriends.<p>Courtesy

19 Hacks for the Most Fab One-Bedroom Ever

So you’ve upgraded from that studio apartment and you’re rockin’ a fancy shmancy one-bedroom. We’re here to help you maximize your living space, so you’ll have even more room for those impromptu Beyoncé dance parties. While your apartment may be short on space, that doesn’t mean it has to be …

Arches National Park Photos

Seven Best Budget Travel Destinations

Traveling frugally doesn’t mean missing out, especially if you’re willing to think outside of the box when it comes to destinations. There are parts of the world where ten dollars can you buy you a meal, a beer and bed, not to mention excursions like cliff jumping or scuba diving.<p>Here’s a …