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Weight Loss Doesn't Always Lead to Happiness

Research has shown that dropping pounds doesn't mean higher well-being.<p>To lose weight is to become happier. At least, this is the narrative voiced by countless health gurus, ubiquitous advertisements, and, sometimes, overly blunt friends and relatives.<p>Americans buy in to the weight-loss game with …

Weight Loss

The 9 Best Sex Positions That Practically Guarantee an Orgasm

You're going to want to bookmark this page<p>Any athlete can tell you that the proper form is crucial to performance. Slightly changing up your technique can mean shaving a few seconds off of your race time or scoring a few extra points. Sex is no different: Picking the right sex position can mean the …

The X-Factor

13 Types of Sex Everyone Should Have at Least Once

And maybe a dozen more times. Or never again.<p>Throughout your life, you're probably going to have a lot of different types of sex. There will likely be Nicolas Sparks-worthy passion, a few regrettable decisions, experiments that don't turn out as planned, and all of the good, bad, and ugly in …

Everything You Think You Know about Your Ethnicity (and Your Family) Might Be Wrong

Take this test, and you might find out you're got a cousin living next door<p>Like many men who are quietly trudging into their twilight years (I'm 42), I've wondered about my ancestors. Who were they? What did they do? What complex series of joys, tragedies, romances, and hardships shaped my …

Genealogy

What 17 Celebs Look Like Without Makeup

These lovely ladies prove you can be barefaced and beautiful.<p>Going anywhere sans makeup is brave, as the college junior who recently committed to ditching cosmetics for a year can attest. But taking a snapshot of your face au natural and broadcasting it to the world? Very ballsy—and beautiful. Here …

Carrie Underwood

I Lost 100 Pounds and Overcame My Depression

Find out how Heather Baker shed a ton of weight and got happy again.<p><b>Before:</b> 236 <b>After:</b> 136<p><b>The Lifestyle</b>I've always been on the heavy side. Though I was active throughout my childhood and teenage years, my weight usually stayed somewhere in the 180- and 190-pound range. Plus, obesity runs in my …

Fitness

Q&A: How Many Calories Does Breastfeeding REALLY Burn?

Is it seriously the magical weight-loss method celebs claim it is?<p><b>The question:</b> Kristin Cavallari looks amazing only 12 weeks after giving birth to her second baby. "I'm breastfeeding, which burns a ton of calories," she told E! News recently. How much of a role does breastfeeding really play in …

Weight Loss

8 Cheesy Love Quotes You’ll Swoon Over without Shame

For your inner hopeless romantic

Relationships

Horse dung has scientists on scent of antibiotic success | Reuters

London, England, UK - European biologists have discovered a bacteria-killing compound in common mushrooms that grow in horse dung. Unusually for an antibiotic, copsin is a protein; but laboratory trials showed it to have the same effect on bacteria as traditional antibiotics.<p>Chemists around the …

The 3 Big Lies About Multitasking That Will Cost You At Work

<i>By Terri Trespicio</i><p>If you're an avid (read: addicted) multitasker and flipping between tasks even as you read this, you might want to put down the Twitter feed for a sec. Because while you may think you're really good at it, there's scant proof of that. Just ask science. Because there's mounting …

Life Is a Journey of Spirals Not Circles

Over a decade ago I got on the path of spirituality and health and healing. I never knew what I would discover but I knew I had to do it for me. I was lost at the time, confused and in a state of despair because I so badly wanted to be happy and healthy but I never was. I would try one technique …

Inspiring Yourself to Achieve Greater Things in Life

Every individual is fired by ambitions and has a vision of what they want to do with their lives. For some, their ambitions are short-term, for others, long-term. For some, the ambitions may encompass only themselves. For others it may include their family, friends, city, nation or even the …

5 Books That Changed My Life

"Books let us into [men's] souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. They are the first and last, the most home-felt, the most heart-felt of our enjoyments." This quote from English philosopher and essayist William Hazlitt (1778-1830) was written near the end of his life when he was …

Living in Pencil

I am a planner.<p>Each weekend, I sit down and plan out the week ahead. I assess what my work priorities are, and how housework, gym time, meals, social events, and other activities figure in. It helps me get organized and gain some sense of control over a busy world.<p>I used to do this exercise in pen, …

20 Things 20 Deaths Have Taught Me About Life

While other families were eating breakfast together or watching football on Thanksgiving morning, my family gathered in Baptist South Hospital grieving the sudden passing of my Grandfather.<p>It's been almost four months since my Grandfather's death. Like those who have experienced the death of a …

Mindfulness: Leading the Way to Life's Blessings

This was a busy week. Things I had let go for a while snowballed, and I was overwhelmed. Typically, this is a time for an emotional disaster. Instead, I found success. This time I kept two things to attend to, and let all the others go. I kept my family commitments, and I kept my mindfulness …

I Shouldn't Need Meds For Depression

Reader Mind Over Matter writes:<p>I'm tired, unhappy, and snap at my family. Depression runs in my family. My mom was always down. I am considering seeing a therapist, but, honestly, I have in the past and nothing much changed. I don't want to see a psychiatrist and start meds though. They aren't …

Rural Youth Suicides Almost Double Rates In Urban Areas

A troubling new report on youth suicide shows that the gap between rural deaths and urban deaths is widening; From 1996 to 2010, rates of death from suicide among children, teens and young adults were nearly double in rural communities, when compared to urban ones.<p>The disparity, said study lead …

What's Love Got to Do With It? Boundaries and Relationships

Before they were famous, Ike and Tina Turner performed at the first prom I ever went to some 52 years ago. Their hit song, "What's Love Got To Do With It?" permeated my young being as I pondered to myself -- but surely isn't everything driven in the name of love? I was idealistic and still immune …

5 Signs You've Found 'The One'

So how do you know when you are in the "right" relationship? I mean, you could be dating a wonderful person now, but that does not guarantee anything. As a matter of fact, it might even be you who is second-guessing! After the honeymoon period has passed, how can you still be sure that your partner …

The Biggest Mistake I Ever Made

Recently I had the honor of giving a talk about mindfulness at a large corporation known for their emphasis on well-being in the workplace. During the session, someone asked a question about how to deal with a recurring fear they had about repeating mistakes they had made in the past. This was a …

How to know when to toss liquids from your fridge, pantry

Buying in bulk sounds like a good idea until you check out your pantry and fridge and find foods that are labeled "best by" many weeks ago. And what about multiple bottle of salad dressing that have been opened for months?<p>Read on for decoding the shelf life of some of our favorite liquid foods.<p>In …

Do Our Illnesses Define Us?

<i>I am not my illness</i>. I see this phrase all over social media with selfies taken of those who make this statement. While I love seeing these and respect the statement that is made, I think of what it means for me.<p><i>I am not my illness</i>. My name is Risa, not depression. In describing myself I would …

Experts Explain Exactly What Causes That Distinctive After-Sex Smell

You know what we're talking about.<p>"It smells like sex in here," said every woman ever after a particularly dirty romp in bed. But when you sniff out sex, what exactly are you smelling?<p>Well, to create le parfum de knocking boots, you take one part semen, one part vaginal lubrication and secretions, …

Sexual Health

The Hairstyle That Will Get a 38-Year-Old Carded

Prepare to feel totally flattered<p>In case you needed proof that bangs do, as hairstylists always promise, make you look younger, how's this: At 17 years older than the legal drinking limit, I was carded the other night at a wine store! For the first time in Dionysus-knows-when.<p>This isn't the first …

Hairstyling

How the Heck to Dress for Weird In-Between Weather

It's hot, then it's cold. What do you wear?<p>Unless you are one of those lucky ducks who has only one amazing season all year long (yes, I’m looking at you California!), you probably have to deal with that slightly awkward period between winter and spring fashion. All of a sudden, your parka with the …

Clothing

3 Powerful Ways to Gain Control of Any Situation

When I was a kid, I was ice skating and remember going really fast. Next thing I recall I was being tended to in the changing room by my sister and employees of the skating center. Apparently I had been going so fast that I lost control, hit my head, and knocked myself unconscious. That incident …

9 Thoughts That Go Through a Man's Head the First Time He Sleeps Next to You

<b>1. Why Is She On My Side?</b><br>Are you territorial about your side of the bed? According to math, there's a 50/50 chance that your new sleepover friend prefers the same side. Well, unless he or she likes to sleep at the foot of the bed like a puppy. Either way, this can create some real tension and makes …

Facebook's Suicide Prevention Tools Connect Friends, Test Privacy

People who struggle with suicidal thoughts will often reach out to friends and family first. But when our social circle lives online these days, the biggest social media networks grapple with how to intervene and with getting users the right kind of help.<p>Facebook is the latest social media network …

Google Play launches a global age-based app rating system based on local standards

Google is announcing that it is adopting a global age-based system for rating apps in its Google Play store. The system is automated so that developers can answer questionnaires and get a recommended rating quickly that covers advice for parents about how old kids have to be to play the game or app.<p>…