Melissa Ann Mixon-Phillips

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Will same-sex marriage make America healthier?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A few weeks ago, Carlos Santos-Herrera was in a hospital bed, ill with a rare, severe form of strep throat. He was weak, but conscious -- and worried. His family members' religious beliefs differ from his own, and he didn't want to leave decisions about his care in their hands.<p>His partner, …

Same-sex Marriage

Marry Someone You Admire, Not Just Someone You Love

My mother always told me you should admire <i>something</i> about the person you marry. They don't have to be the best looking, the strongest, the richest, or the smartest. But there's got to be that little something that makes you weak at the knees. Maybe he's average looking, but when boy picks up a …

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The 10 Success Principles to Create an Abundant Life

This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>If you’ve never seen a <i>Chicken Soup for the Soul</i> book, I don’t know where you’ve been.<p>But did you know that the same original author of that wildly successful series (7 NYT best-sellers at the same time!) is also one of the experts interviewed in The …

Self-improvement

A travel photographer reveals how to get the best photos while traveling

Whitney Tressel is a hybrid travel photographer and photo editor who has dozens of cross country road trips and travels under her belt, documented for the likes of <i>Esquire</i>, <i>Budget Travel</i>, and <i>Hemispheres</i>. Professing that she's always had the travel bug, she's rarely not on the road, as summers see her …

Landscape Photography

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15 Things To Give Up If You Want To Be Happy

The best cocktail in 20 countries around the world

And since most countries offer drinks that are more exciting than your average gin and tonic, chances are, you'll end up trying something you've never had or even heard of before.<p>From a hot and spicy canelazo in Ecuador to a chilled glass of lion's milk in Turkey, here are 20 cocktails that you …

Entertainment (Canada)

10 Worst Food Companies that are Poisoning You Daily and Lying About It

<b>A quick note from our founder-</b><p>Over the past year, my friend Dave at PaleoHacks has been working on a secret cookbook with world-renowned Le Cordon …

Here's How American Homes Have Changed Through The Decades

In 115 years we've seen Bungalows and McMansions, rising home costs, kitchen conveniences and a return to tiny homes.<p>The year is 1900, the American flag only has 45 stars and the average home size is 950 square feet. That is except for the Biltmore house in Asheville, North Carolina -- the largest …

Scientists discovered the easiest way to boost your mood

At least that's the finding of a new study published Monday, June 29, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.<p>In the study, a group of 38 Northern Californians (18 women and 20 men) were split up into two groups — one who took a 90-minute walk in nature and another that did the same …

Stanford University

How To Be A Better Person Every Day

OMG.When I think about the mistakes I’ve made, the unkind words I’ve spoken, the opportunities I’ve let slip by, the unhealthy mindsets I’ve fostered …

Why Did Kindergarten Become Just Another Grade?

A recent article in <i>Psychology Today</i> gathers evidence that corroborates the gut instincts of a lot of parents: kindergarteners are spending too much …

Education

Rock-N-Learn 10 DVD Preschool Set on Groupon with Giveaway

Exciting News!!!!!!!<p>Here is a great way for your toddler/preschooler to learn this summer, be productively entertained while traveling, or prepare …

Kids

​Almanac: Kindergarten

And now a page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac, June 7th, 1843, 172 years ago today ... the day Susan Elizabeth Blow was born to a wealthy St. …

Tips for Kindergarten Teachers

Yesterday was my last official day with students and here I am already thinking about next year. Something that really saved me this year was labels. …

Online Life

Mix and Match Family

Community Question: Reading and Spelling Skills

Community Question is a category inspired by you. Here and there readers write in with questions that are better served by the varied, experiential …

Country Lifestyle

Rising house prices can help you pay off your mortgage a lot quicker. Yes, really.

If you’re an Australian with a mortgage, you’re probably paying too much interest, even if you got the best deal you could afford back when you first …

To All the Teachers Who Cared This Year

5 days into kindergarten, my oldest daughter declared that she hated school. With all of the anger she could muster, which was remarkably quite a …

Teaching

Should Student Success Include Happiness?

<b>This post is co-authored by PETER BRUNN, M.A.</b><p>Student success today is defined by getting a job. The Common Core State Standards aim to make students career-ready -- and the U.S. Department of Education's mission is to prepare students for global competitiveness.<p>But does that brand of success lead …

11 Things Happy Couples Don't Do

<i>By Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin for YourTango</i><p>Happiness in a relationship takes much more than luck. It takes a conscious daily effort to put healthy relationship habits into practice. Sounds simple, but that alone is very important marriage counseling advice.<p>If we had to make some generalizations about …

Stereotypes

10 ways to live a more fulfilling life

As a new survey attempts to list the ultimate life-fulfilling experiences, Shane Watson says 'pah' to all that. A full life can be lived through simple pleasures, too<p>Just one in five of us thinks we are living life to the full, (sounds about right) and the people who bring us this unsurprising fact …

Shane Watson

Five things you can do to be happier right now

Most people are wrong about the things that will make them happy. Professor Paul Dolan says it's actually quite simple<p>Earning more money; <b>bagging the fabulous job</b> you have always wanted or travelling the world might seem like the <b>key to happiness</b>.<p>But according to happiness expert Prof Paul Dolan, …

Happify: Happy Relationships Secrets, Tips

There have been countless books, podcasts, and panels on how to have a happy and healthy relationship. We don't know of any one guaranteed route, but one thing we know for certain is that the journey can be reached through a number of paths. In that spirit, Happify is a website and app that does …

Happiness

Why families with three or more children are the happiest

Ah, is there anything more cheering than a piece of research that confirms your long-held biases and life choices?<p>Eurostat, the European-wide statistics agency (the Brussels ONS, if you will) has published its annual report into happiness across its member states. Once again, Scandinavia tops the …

How to Feel More Productive, Energized, and Happy at Work

Even if you don't work a typical 9 to 5, these helpful tips will help you get through your day and make you feel better at the end of it.<p>As a personal coach, I have helped a lot of people deal with work-related stress. Commuting 2+ hours a day, battling traffic, sitting on your butt staring at a …