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A Better Kind of Happiness

Nearly two and a half millennia ago, Aristotle triggered a revolution in happiness. At the time, Greek philosophers were trying hard to define precisely what this state of being was. Some contended that it sprang from hedonism, the pursuit of sensual pleasure. Others argued from the perspective of …

What Are Your Happiness Strengths and Weaknesses?

Learn what you need to improve to become a happier person.<p>Sometimes happiness can feel like a matter of luck, circumstance, or hereditary predisposition, but as I've covered here before, happiness is really a set of skills.<p>"All of the work that we and other colleagues [have done] leads us to this …

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13 things successful people do right before bed

Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their mental and physical health, which is almost entirely dependent upon their getting enough sleep.<p>That is why good bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them.<p>Here's what many successful people do right before bed:

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Consciousness: The Mind Messing With the Mind

A paper in The British Medical Journal in December reported that cognitive behavioral therapy — a means of coaxing people into changing the way they think — is as effective as Prozac or Zoloft in treating major depression.<p>In ways no one understands, talk therapy reaches down into the biological …

Summer Cocktails for Cyclists

The Rodrigo<p>3 oz. raspberry vodka<br>Iced tea*<p>Fill an eight-ounce glass with ice, then squeeze a wedge of lemon over the ice. Add the wedge to the glass, and pour in the raspberry vodka. Fill the rest of the glass with iced tea.<p>Brewed black tea (black or green) is rich in polyphenols, a class of …

In 1916, the biggest threat to America was unmarried women and men

How much (and how little) we've changed in the last 100 years.<p>A news story from The Tacoma Times in 1916 states, in big, bold letters, "Scientists …

Nature’s special effects: Travel in time at the best U.S. dinosaur sites

Fossil hunters have been racing to the American West since the 1800s, and despite important and historic results, the contest to find new dinosaurs hasn’t always been pretty.<p>During the 19th-century dinosaur “gold rush,” U.S. scientists Othniel Marsh and Edward Cope, fueled by paleontological …

How beer has shaped our bellies — and America’s soul

The Mayflower took off from England on Sept. 16, 1620, bound for the area that is now New York City, on the journey that would lead to the founding …

How to stay happy when the sky is falling in

Brexit, Zika, gun violence, the England football team: there’s been no shortage of bad news lately. Here’s how to look on the bright side<p>Seen from a certain perspective, the last few months on planet Earth have been pretty unreservedly amazing. Nobody died from smallpox. Almost nobody contracted …

Fall Asleep In Minutes With This Bedtime Yoga Sequence

<i>Ellen Vora, M.D., is a holistic psychiatrist practicing with Frank Lipman, M.D., at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC. This week, we're</i> …

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‘Vampire’ skeleton discovered near church now a museum exhibit

A ‘vampire’ skeleton discovered in a grave near a church can now be viewed in a museum.<p>The collection of bones was found two years ago in an ancient …

10 Reasons Why Happiness Is Eluding You

It seems like happiness is just beyond your grasp, no matter how hard you try to feel good. It may feel like a lot of people have this "happiness" …

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How to Survive Emotional Turmoil

You may find yourself swept away by your emotions when there is an accumulation of stress. The late Dr. David Simon taught that <i>stress can be defined</i> …

13 scientifically proven ways to sleep better

If you're tired right now or are relying on a bucket of coffee to get through your day, you aren't alone.<p>More than a third of Americans don't get the seven to nine hours of sleep a night that the CDC recommends. Some people think they can function on less, but usually that's because the …

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Meditations to Use for Stress Relief

Meditations have tremendous benefits for stress management and overall health. While there are many different meditations that are effective, each …

How modern disputes have reshaped the ancient city of Banias – Diana Darke

In the complex world of Middle Eastern boundary disputes, spare a thought for Banias, the ancient City of Pan. Straddling a strategic crossroads, it …

Unrefreshing Sleep in Fibromyalgia

Unrefreshing sleep has long been noted as a feature of fibromyalgia, and it's one that may be linked to many of our symptoms. One study reports that …

A 19th-Century Cartographer Crammed All of Human History into this Map

It presents important events from the beginning of time as rivers flowing into and out of each other.<p>Detail from J.H. Colton’s <i>Stream of Time</i>. (All …

Science Finds A Proven Way To Help You Sleep Much Better

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to …

5 Ways Clutter Hurts Your Health (and How to Fix It)

<i>By: Diana Kelly</i><p>Spring cleaning isn't just about organizing your home and workspace but also improving your overall health. Here's how tidying up may help you lose weight, breathe easier, sleep better, and more.<p>You might think that a few piles of clothes here, stacks of books and magazines there, …

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5 Books That Will Inspire You to Never Give Up on Your Dreams

Sometimes, all you need is a reminder of where you're headed.<p>I am an avid reader. I read because there is so much incredible material out there to learn from, but I also read to stay inspired. In the same way movies and YouTube montages and podcasts inspire, books can have a tremendous impact on …

7 things you need to know about Anne Frank and her diary

The diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous – and bestselling – books of all time. So who was the girl behind it? Zoe Waxman, senior research …

In pictures: medieval battles

From the Norman Conquest to the Crusades; the Hundred Years’ War to the Wars of the Roses, the Middle Ages were plagued by bloody battles and violent …

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Seven Zen Stories That Could Open Your Mind

For centuries, Zen masters have used stories and koans, or paradoxical riddles, to help students realize their true nature. These stories are often …

8 reasons why you should aim for 8 hours of sleep tonight

You stayed up late watching Netflix, hit the snooze button and relied on coffee to get your workday going. While you promise you’ll catch up on your …

The Secret of Lifelong Energy

But the aging process undermines many people, who find that they lose energy as the years go by. I don't mean just diminished physical energy, …

Four Mental Habits Of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs tend to see circumstances as being within their control and have a high tolerance for ambiguity.<p>Every entrepreneur faces challenges, but only some do so successfully–and there’s no shortage of theories as to why. Some experts point to others to “mental toughness.” However you choose …

HOW TO BE HAPPY WITHOUT A PURPOSE

1/13<p>1<p>Being happy ...<p>My friend who smiles less asked me one day " I've never seen you without a smile ,how do you keep yourself happy all the time " I …