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10 Motivational TED Talks to Watch With Breakfast | Inc.com

One of my favorite innovations in recent years is the idea of TED Talks. Whether you attend a session in person or watch online, you can learn and gain inspiration and see and hear people tell their stories and share their expertise firsthand. It's accessible, substantive information on virtually …

Goal Setting

20 surprising effects that getting more sleep has on your mind and body

If you have a few days off this summer, one of the best things you can do with your time is fix your sleeping habits. Just let yourself sleep naturally during those days and see how much you really need.<p>For at least 40% of the US population that isn't getting the recommended seven to nine hours a …

Immune System

17 Easy Low-Carb Dinners

Despite (or maybe because of) endless research, the confusion surrounding carbohydrates remains real. For the record, carbs are <i>not</i> evil. (In fact, …

24 Things You Need to Do to Heal Your Life From Anxiety

1. The opposite of addiction isn't sobriety, it's connection. The same is true for anxiety. Anxiety is being disconnected from the present moment, other people, or yourself. Usually all three. You must reconnect with your life.<p>2. You must give yourself permission to want what you really want. There …

Self-help

PBS Series Offers Hope for People With Mental Illness

The growing online documentary film library will take a major step forward, thanks to <i>PBS</i> and <i>The Mental Health Channel</i>.<p>A 12-part series called <i>Stories of the Mind</i> will begin airing in April and May, commencing with four half-hour shows on depression, veterans, "The Critical Years" (late adolescence …

Mental Health

20 Creative Bathroom Organizers Under $20

Spice racks for your nail polish? You bet.<p>It doesn't have to cost a fortune to whip this shared home space into shape.

The answer to treating drug and alcohol addiction may be far simpler than you think

The answer is far simpler than you might think, at least according to neuroscience journalist and author Maia Szalavitz, whose new book, "Unbroken Brain," throws water on most of the modern assumptions that plague our understanding of drug and alcohol addiction.<p>Addiction, she writes, is not a …

Mental Health

13 Delicious Recipes for Leftover Quinoa

When you make a pot of quinoa, it’s practically a given that you’ll be eating it for several more days. And that’s because just two cups of the dry …

Healthy Eating

9 Things Mentally Tough People Always Do

Talent is important, but success is also based on persistence, focus, and standing fast in the face of criticism. Fortunately, mental toughness is something you can develop.<p>Let's get this out of the way: Mental toughness is not a quality you either do or don't have.<p>Sure, some people may have …

Self-improvement

Chicago to start testing water in homes where children are poisoned by lead

With public officials across the nation under fire for downplaying the health risks posed by lead water pipes, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is moving to start testing tap water in the homes of children poisoned by the brain-damaging metal.<p>A top official at the Chicago Department of Public …

11 TED Talks to watch when you're feeling totally burned out

If this sounds like you, odds are you're burned out.<p>Burnout isn't just the greatest challenge to the global health system or a drain on the American workplace — it's wreaking havoc on your well-being.<p>But with the help of TED's expansive online library of presentations, you can quickly learn what …

TED Talks

20 Breakfast Bowls to Jump-Start Your Morning

With desk lunches becoming more and more common, it’s also increasingly important to unplug and find some time for yourself. There’s one way to do exactly that, and it’s so simple you’re going to want to try it right away. Want the solution? It’s breakfast! Here’s the deal: If you can make time at …

Breakfast

Starbucks VIA® Instant Coffee Horchata

Our version of this traditional beverage is cool, creamy, and easy to make.<p>A popular tradition in Mexico and Spain, this beverage often features …

Coffee

How To Get Good Grades While Studying Less

Wouldn’t it be awesome to know you could get better grades without having to rack your brains and put your life on hold?<p>I teach some of the most …

Poor offenders pay high price when probation turns on profit

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (AP) — Outside the $200-a-week motel room that Steven Gibbs and his family call home, the afternoon sun sparkled. Inside, though, he had the curtains pulled tight. After working third shift at a round-the-clock McDonalds, his wife, Debbie, sat on the edge of one bed, her …

Human Rights

7 Habits of Highly Resilient People

The most resilient among us make it through the worst of times--and we don't do it by accident. Are some people born a little more resilient than others? Sure. But make no mistake: Building resilience is something anyone can do--and needs to in order to thrive in the face of stress.<p>Regardless of …

Self-help

People With Anxiety Perceive The World In A Fundamentally Different Way

People who still believe the outdated notion that mental health conditions are "all in a person's head" have yet another reason to stop believing the myth: According to a new study in the journal Current Biology, those with anxiety perceive the world differently -- and it stems from a variance in …

Mental Health

Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it

Patients are being shunned in the mistaken belief they have biological defects. In fact the evidence shows that most have endured traumas<p>It matters how we talk and think about mental health. Get it wrong, and people can end up being misled, or even worse, hurt. Last week the BBC ran a …

Mental Health

8 Habits That Make Millennials Stressed, Anxious And Unproductive

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), millennials experience more stress and are less able to manage it than any other generation. More than half of us admit to having lain awake at night during the past month from stress.<p>Not surprisingly, millennials are also more anxious than …

The Brain

6 Bad Mental Habits That Sabotage Your Success | Inc.com

Your thoughts not only affect your emotional state, but also influence your behavior. When you think positively, you'll likely feel better and perform better. When you think negatively, your despair will be reflected in how you feel and behave.<p>Everyone experiences unhelpful, unrealistic, and …

Self-help

I Have It All—so Why Am I Not Happy?

I used to spend long nights wide awake, wandering around our huge house, wondering what I was missing in my life. I blamed myself for feeling this …

Happiness

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises In The World

<i>Ever wonder where the next paradise you should run off to is? These 45 travel bloggers have revealed their perfect place from all over the world. NOTE: If you have an extreme case of wanderlust, look away now! These places are beyond stunning!</i><p><b>New Zealand</b> - A Broken Backpack<p><i>"What if Paradise is in</i> …

National Parks

15 Things You Need To Let Go To Find Happiness In Life

<b>1. Holding grudges against people</b><p>Life is too short for you to be constantly holding grudges against other people. Whatever they did to you, let it go …

This New Journal Will Teach You to Be More Mindful

It sometimes seems like everyone and their cousin has a must-try solution for our daily anxiety and stress. Between the coloring book sessions, aromatherapy approaches and wearable tech options, sorting the standouts from the duds can be overwhelming. Calm CEO and co-founder Alex Tew saw that …

Mindfulness

What No One Tells You About Life After Mental Illness

No one ever really "recovers" from a mental illness, but we need to get better at talking about how you get your life back.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>When I was 17, I developed an anxiety disorder that intensified when I moved to London at 21. It caused agoraphobia, claustrophobia, …

Mental Health

The Science Behind Daydreaming And How You Can Retrain Your Brain To Focus

Our brains aren’t designed for the type of work we do, which is why we’re always distracted. But two rules can help you retrain your brain.<p>The secret to productivity isn’t getting more things done; it’s getting the right things done. It sounds simple, but the problem is that office workers are …

Mindfulness

7 Conversations To Have Before Marriage (If You Want To Avoid Divorce)

When you make the decision to commit to someone, no topic of discussion should be off the table. Sure, some conversations may be more awkward than others, but having the tough talks now could help you stave off major problems in the long run.<p>Below, psychologists and other experts share seven …

Relationships