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Eating These Snacks Before Bed Will Actually Help You Sleep Better

Need to sleep better? Try eating <b>right before bed</b>.<p>We're serious. We know, we know ... thanks to a lot of research on the topic, conventional wisdom says we <i>shouldn't</i> eat before bed, lest we gain weight and stay awake.<p>(Recent research suggests that people who ate their main meal of the day earlier …

Nutrition

Your relationship (probably) isn't equal. Here's how to fix it

Do you have an equal relationship?<p>In 2016 most straight couples would answer ‘yes’ to this without a second thought. Of course they split all the chores, housework and childcare just like any self-respecting couple would. This isn’t the 1950s – women and men are equal. Haven’t you heard Emma …

Your Spouse Had An Affair. You've Got Kids. Now What?

Melissa*, the mother of 6 kids under 15 years old, was devastated when she learned that her husband, Jon*, had had a tryst. Of course, it didn’t help …

Parenting

This Mom Makes Breastfeeding at a Wedding Look Seriously Glamorous

Inspiring, sure, but also, where did she get that dress?<p>Haddas Ancliffe, a 21-year-old blogger who lives in Australia, attended her sister's wedding a few weeks ago wearing a slinky green dress, a slicked-back hairstyle, and one important accessory: her son, Jonah, latched on during breastfeeding. …

What We Get Wrong About Black Women's Sexuality

How do you figure out what an emancipated sexuality looks like when society at large assumes you're hypersexual?<p>"You have those DSL lips — dick-sucking lips."<p>That's what he called them. One day, a white boy turned to Lexy, now 24, in the cafeteria and declared how great her full lips must be for …

How Do You Know When You Are in Love?

The answer to whether or not you are really in love depends upon which part of you feels in love and which part of the other person you are in love with.<p>"How can I know when I'm really in love?" asked Ruby, a client of mine. "How can I know if what I feel for Jim is really love or just infatuation? …

Relationships

10 Habits To Make You Happy And Productive Every Day

Adding these 10 habits daily will make you productive for the day and help you feel happy and satisfied with yourself.

A Woman Gave Drake's "Hotline Bling" a Feminist Makeover and It Is Amazing

"You used to stay at home and be someone I saw fitting into the patriarchal expectations of women."<p>Drake's "Hotline Bling" is a massive hit that is not only probably playing on repeat through your speaker right now but has also spawned lots of memes and lots of questions. But one woman has managed …

After I Had An Abortion, I Developed an Obsessive, Irrational Fear of Getting Pregnant

When I was 20 years old, the granddaddy of all my lady-fears came true: I accidentally got pregnant.<p>I had just started going out with my college boyfriend, and we were young and dumb and entirely unconcerned with the nebulous concepts that came along with grown-up life, like responsibility and …

Pregnancy

To the One Who Changes our Perspective on Love.

One year and six months. This is typically when I decide to hang, draw and quarter most of my relationships.<p>Yes, this is when fights are instigated …

Why You Shouldn't Forgive Geris Hilton

Gerod Roth, aka Geris Hilton, was recently the subject of a media firestorm after a screen shot of his Facebook page went viral. The screen shot was of the comment section on his new profile picture that depicts a young black child standing behind him.<p>He and his friends left a myriad of insensitive …

Race & Ethnicity

I hated not being white: The lies I told just to fit in haunt me still

I wanted to get away from the burdens and preconceptions of being Asian. But I didn’t even know myself<p>“What do you think your name should be?” my dad asked me. <br>We were parked outside my new elementary school on Elm Street, I was excited: How many children get to choose a new name—and, by extension, …

Equality

7 ways to improve your mood in less than 5 minutes

And it's no wonder bad moods can sneak up on us so often. According to psychologist Guy Winch, author of the book <i>Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts,</i> a bad mood can be caused by anything from guilt over forgetting someone's birthday, to outstanding tasks …

Psychology

What one college discovered when it stopped accepting SAT/ACT scores

Hampshire College is a liberal arts school in Massachusetts that has decided not to accept SAT/ACT scores from applicants. That's right - the college won't accept them, a step beyond the hundreds of "test-optional" schools that leave it up to the applicant to decide whether to include them in their …

I Don't Shave Because I'm a Woman. I Shave Because I'm Brown.

Hair is an intrinsic part of being South Asian. As a second-generation North Indian, I have grown up with religious and cultural ceremonies centering around hair. For example, in parts of India the family gathers to celebrate when a baby has his or her first haircut. Hair is even given by some as …

Feminism

Kylie Jenner’s N-Word Controversy: The Problem with White Friends

The youngest Kardashian-Jenner has found herself in a pickle after pictures emerged of her gifting her friend with a birthday cake decorated with the …

#MasculinitySoFragile is bringing angry men to the forefront

It hasn’t even been a century in the United States since the federal government implemented women’s suffrage, and in our 239 year history, there has …

Social Media

Viola Davis Gave the Most Powerful Emmy Awards Acceptance Speech of All Time

<b>Viola Davis</b> became the first African-American woman to win the Emmy Award for best actress in a drama series for her role on <i>How to Get Away with Murder</i>, then delivered the most powerful Emmy acceptance speech to date. Davis began with a quote from Harriet Tubman. “In my mind, I see a line,” she …

From Hillary Clinton to Veep, the Unspoken Hair Rules for Women in Politics

Late last night, it was announced that Hillary Clinton is likely to clinch the Democratic nomination with 2,384 delegates. This historic moment places Clinton closer to the United States presidency than any woman has been before, an honor she has earned with both her 43-year career in politics and …

25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Want to expand your mind? A little bit of effort every day goes a long way.<p>In the Quora thread, “What would you do to be a little smarter every …

Stack Overflow

A complete guide to designing your morning routine to double your productivity

On average, each of us wake up to 25,000 mornings in our adult life, which means we have 25,000 days to maximize how we spend it.<p><b>Your morning defines the rest of your day.</b><p>If you can optimize your morning routines, you’ve set yourself up to have a productive day ahead of you.<p>The good news is, we all …

White Women’s Tears and the Men Who Love Them

• shares<p><i>White tears are a reminder to people of color that white people don’t notice racism on a daily basis; we only notice racism when the media</i> …

Things That Happen When Your Boyfriend Is Your Bestfriend

Is your boyfriend your best friend? Check out 37 weird and funny things that you will be able to relate to if your boyfriend is your best friend.

All of your food cravings, decoded

“I must be pregnant,” I say to my roommate roughly once a week, usually while shoulder-deep in the fridge.<p>My concern about the state of my uterus …

I Gave A Speech About Race To The Publishing Industry And No One Heard Me

We are ready for a publishing industry that represents the world we live in, and it will ignore us — writers and readers of color — at its peril.<p>Last night, I walked into a mini-disaster. Or to be more precise, I stood on a chair in it.<p>A few weeks ago, when <i>Publisher’s Weekly</i> asked me to give the …

Writing

Are my dating habits too 'old fashioned' for Tinder?

Swipe Right is our advice column that tackles the tricky world of online dating. This week: staying true to yourself despite what other people think<p>Got your own online dating quandaries? Send ’em to Eva: askevaguardian@gmail.com<p><i>Dear Eva,</i><p><i>I am actually pretty young, early 20s, and I have been using</i> …

Relationships

9 Baltimore Restaurants You Need to Visit From Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Ah <i>Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives</i>, the program that showcases some of the most ridiculous and delicious eateries in America. Though Guy Fieri features behemoth creations from all across the country, there are certain cities for which he seems to have an affinity. Baltimore is definitely one of …

New Jersey

Race and college football: The conversation Eric Striker started

NORMAN, Okla. -- Five months after he went viral, Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker sits in a dimly lit meeting room, more composed but just as …