Laura Wilkinson

412 Flips | 13 Magazines | 227 Likes | 9 Following | 44 Followers | @Morkster1968 | Canadian gal who is interested in all kinds of things! SO many topics but SO little time. Plus, I'm a nice person (perk of being Canadian lol)

How to Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable (According to a Green Beret)

7 steps to acclimate yourself to extreme situations so you can excel at every level.<p>I've been an entrepreneur for seven years. Midway through the fourth year, things were coming to a head. I wasn't getting enough sleep. I wasn't exercising, and I wasn't keeping my mind clear with meditation.<p>In the …

Self-help

Leonard Cohen’s tortured love affair with Zen Buddhism

Leonard Cohen was waiting for the miracle to come, and he waited half his life away. For three decades, the Jewish poet pop star studied Zen Buddhism. At 65, he finally saw small miracles.<p>‘There was just a certain sweetness to daily life that began asserting itself,” Cohen told <i>The Guardian</i> in 2001. …

Meditation

5 Skills You Must Have For a Successful Relationship

You've got <i>skills</i>, we know. You're strong, competent, and communicative, to name a few. But, "while these are all important foundational skills for living a successful and happy life, they need to be built on in order to help an individual transition to a successful and happy partnership," explains …

Communication Skills

Famifi

Mr. Trump, Let’s Examine Canada’s Healthcare Hellscape, Shall We?

If you’re among the 66 million Americans who watched/survived the living nightmare that was the second presidential debate, you may have noticed Canada made a brief appearance. It was easy to miss (amid the all dictatorial threats and unstoppable sex appeal of Ken Bone), but Il Douche used his …

We All Have a Gene That Predetermines Who We Are Attracted To, Says Science

One study on attraction found something very interesting.<p>Red hot attraction at first sight comes down to…<i>genetic coding</i>? That’s what scientists …

Olive Tapenade Linguini with Prosciutto - Legendary Recipes

Olive Tapenade Linguini with Prosciutto<p>If I were to have a soul mate in the form of a country – if that were at all possible – I think it would be …

America's Insensitive Children?

Perhaps unlike their U.S. peers, kids in Denmark—where happiness levels are the highest on Earth—are taught in school to care for one another from a young age.<p>Contrary to popular belief, most people do care about the welfare of others.<p>From an evolutionary standpoint, empathy is a valuable impulse …

Archaeologists just uncovered one of the biggest Mayan tombs ever

The team uncovered the tomb in Xunantunich, an ancient city in Western Belize that once served as a ceremonial centre for the Maya, under the stairway of a temple.<p>"In other words, it appears that the temple was purposely erected for the primary purpose of enclosing the tomb," team leader Jaime Awe …

Archaeology

Federal Data Shows Firefighting Chemicals In U.S. Drinking Water Sources

A study of drinking water supplies throughout the U.S. shows that numerous sources are contaminated with firefighting chemicals.<p>A team of scientists examined government data from thousands of public drinking water supplies. The water samples had been collected by the federal Environmental …

19 Pictures Of Fat Cats That Will Improve Your Day

All your problems and worries will just go away, one by one.

Your Self-Consciousness Is Killing Your Creativity (And What to Do About It)

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all creative expressions.<p>We are all naturally creative. The human race's creative power is distributed in all of us, not concentrated in selected few. Every object or product you know today, however old or new, however simple or sophisticated, holds the stories of …

Creativity

Medical marijuana has potential as Alzheimer's treatment, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Could medical marijuana treat Alzheimer's patients? One recent study found THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, stimulates the removal of toxic plaque in the brain, a common feature of the disease. Furthermore, the researchers discovered it blocks inflammation, which damages …

Dementia

8 Mistakes That Are Costing You When Traveling to Europe

Like not considering staying in a hostel.<p>A European vacation can do wonders for the soul. Paris, London, Madrid and a thousand more historic cities …

Budget Travel

9 Kick-Ass Curries That Are Way Easier Than You Think

If you’re on the hunt for one-pot meals that feed a crowd—or want to stretch your cooking efforts into leftovers that last for days—curries are where …

35 DIY Container Ideas to Completely Declutter Your Home

Ever feel like you're in a heavy downpour of clutter? When the 'stuff' build-up reaches a dangerously high level, rein in your panic and bring out your creative side, with these life-saving DIY containers. Get ready to coral your porch clutter, banish your toiletry mess, and cure your hallway …

You're Right, Hotel Sex IS Better Than Regular Sex. Here's Why.

It's not just in your head (but it is, sort of).<p>If you ever had sex in a hotel room and thought, "Well, that was better than it usually is," you're not the only one.<p>Turns out there are chemical responses that occur in our brains when we have sex in a hotel bed, that don't necessarily happen in our …

12 Things Men Do That Make Women Fall Deeper in Love

Men -- we love them. Like <i>really, really</i> love them. We can't live without them and we certainly don't want to. We enjoy all of the little things they do that make them so much hotter. Here are 12 things men do that women really adore.<p><b>1. Planning is amazing.</b><p>When a man plans, it's almost as exciting …

The No. 1 Most Important Relationship Skill -- And How to Learn It

I received an outpouring of feedback on my recent blog, "What We Really Want and Almost Never Get," about the profound importance of listening in relationships. The comments confirm that what men and women alike most desire in our relationships is to be heard without judgment and understood where …

Can You Really Become Addicted to a Drug After Just One Hit?

The idea that one toke on a crack pipe destroys your life is popular, but it contradicts what we know about brain chemistry.<p>You know the story. The one that says some drugs are so enjoyable, so insidious, that just one try will get you hooked. And you'd be forgiven for believing this as the media …

6 Brilliant Ways to Use Hummus

Hummus is more than a dip: Believe it or not, you can actually cook with it and often sub it in for less healthy ingredients. Here, six ways to use …

Dad Writes Hilarious Notes Explaining Why His Kids Are Always Late to School

This father definitely doesn't spare his kids the embarrassment.<p>Seth King, a doting dad of five from Salt Lake City, Utah, got fed up with how often his kids were late to school. Whether it was because the young ones slept in too late or because they took too long to get dressed, King had had it …

The 17 best icebreakers to use at awkward social events

But talking to new people doesn't have to be such a drag.<p>There are ways to get the conversation going without resorting to irritating clichés.<p>Check out these 17 icebreakers that will help ease you into an engaging conversation with people you've never met before.

12 Commandments Of Happy, Long-Lasting Relationships

<i>By Charles J. Orlando</i><p>When it comes to creating successful relationships, you need certain critical traits in place. Traits not just merely "present," but existing in a real and genuine way that emanates from each partner through their own want (not because someone is complaining). The moment "give …

My Sexual Libido Was Tested for Science

What it’s really like to take "female Viagra.”<p><i>Reported by Faye Brennan</i><p><i>On August 18, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Addyi (flibanserin), a.k.a. "Viagra for women." The drug was created to help treat hypoactive sexual disorder (HSDD), low sexual desire in women that causes physical</i> …

Conquistadors sacrificed and eaten by Aztec-era people, archaeologists say

Spanish conquistadors, women, children and horses were imprisoned for months, sacrificed and eaten by contemporaries of the Aztecs, archaeologists report after unveiling new research from ruins near Mexico City.<p>Although Spanish chroniclers including Hernán Cortés, who led the conquest of Mexico in …

Archaeology

25 Pictures That Are Way, Way Too Real For All Cat Owners

Fact: Cats hate all delicate objects resting near the edge of a surface.

16 Chicken Soups That Push the Envelope

Let's face it: It's really hard to <i>not</i> like chicken noodle soup; it's really hard <i>not</i> to crave it when the tips of our noses start to get cold outside, when we're feeling tired and sniffly, when we're hunkering down for the winter months and want something brothy and chicken-y and <i>good</i>.<p>You are going …