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There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have

Aerobic exercise, or cardio, might be the closest thing we have to a miracle drug.<p>When we commit to regular workouts that raise our heart rate and get us moving and sweating for a sustained period, magical things happen to our mind and body. We start to think more clearly, feel better about …

A Parmesan Crust Is What Your Baked Chicken Is Missing

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F. Coat a wire rack with cooking spray and fit over a rimmed baking sheet.<p>Heat the oil in a …

Marijuana with 'CBD' May Pose Less Risk to Long-Term Users

Marijuana with relatively high levels of a compound called cannabidiol may be less risky to smoke over the long term, because this ingredient may …

How to Be Present and Peaceful When You Can't Stop Thinking

<b>“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” ~Eckhart Tolle</b><p>When I first started practicing Zen (or presence), I used …

Mindfulness

Zen Philosophy Explains Why Attachments Lead to Suffering (and What You Can Do About It)

Attachment, clinging, desiring…I’m sure you’ve heard these words spoken about negatively by Zen masters before.<p>If you grew up in the west, most of us …

Reality Is Not What We Can See

Some physicists, mind you, not many of them, are physicist-poets.<p>They see the world or, more adequately, physical reality, as a lyrical narrative written in some hidden code that the human mind can decipher.<p>Carlo Rovelli, the Italian physicist and author, is one of them. Following his best-seller</i> …

Thirteen Ways of Looking at an Anxiety Disorder

I tried to figure out why I've been able to be creative and productive, even in my darkest times.<p>There is a certain kind of bro who is always wearing a fedora, even if he isn't wearing a fedora. I can smell a fedora-bro from 10,000 miles away. I can detect him via email, internet comment, or even a …

This Simple Habit Will Help You Make 2017 Successful and Fulfilling

Discover the root of your suffering so that you can overcome it.<p>One of the best ways to get moving in the right direction following the New Years celebrations is to reflect on the previous year.<p>While this is no secret, the odds are good that in combing through your previous shortcomings and …

Screaming From The Golden Cage: Heal Anxiety, Depression And Addiction By Embracing The Truth

Dr. Bruce Alexander, professor emeritus of psychology, performed an experiment in the 1970s. His team built two cages for laboratory rats. In one cage a rat was alone and isolated. It couldn't see or touch other rats and had nothing to do. In the other cage called Rat Park, they had good food and …

Mental Health

How to Defeat Laziness, According to a Performance Psychologist

Laziness almost always begins with a mental tug-of-war between what you want to be doing and what you <i>should</i> be doing. For example, your brain knows …

I Spent a Month Meditating On the Go and Now I'm Hooked

Subway zen FTW.<p>From an inevitable quarter-life crisis to pre-/post-election anxieties, it's no wonder 2016 is the year I finally gave into the idea of meditation. The inside of my brain was like the bottom of my carry-all—a crazy, scrambled mess. And instead of pausing and taking the all of five …

TED Talks

Exercise & Fitness

Wednesday, 01 Aug 2018<p>I am uncertain whether you have thought of this inquiry - do you melt more calories working out in ...<p>Tuesday, 31 Jul …

You Are Not What You Think You Are

Why you are not what you think you are<p>Often we can go through life identifying with our thoughts, our habits of thinking and believe this is the …

Andrew W.K. on Meditation

Be your own guru.<p>John S. Shealy is a Louisville, Kentucky-based psychologist who has written much about meditation and mindfulness, an act he and countless others liken to taming a wild horse. Our mind, he writes, "loves to run fast, wildly chasing after first this thought, then that sensation, …

The Greater Patagonian Trail could be the most epic through-hike you don’t know about

Since 2013 Jan Dudeck has returned regularly to map out what he has coined the “Greater Patagonian Trail” — a 1500km route which includes old roads, …

A Teacher’s Mindfulness- Mindfulness To Do List

My school year started last week with two days of teacher training. There were many things on the agenda as you would expect.<p>At the beginning of the …

How to Spend 5 Minutes in the Morning to Supercharge Your Whole Day

These activities offer an outsize impact with a short time investment.<p>Which investment would you take, one that costs a dollar and returns 100, or one that costs 20 and returns 25? This problem isn't a head scratcher. We all instantly recognize that the 100X payoff is the better bet. But when it …

3 Difficult Habits That Get Easier Over Time

You know you should really do these things.<p>How many "positive habits" articles do you need to read before you start taking action?<p>Here's the thing about forming positive habits: It is difficult. The things we know we should do, we don't--and the reason we don't is because they are challenging. They …

Want to Change Your Personality? Here's How, According to Science

Research shows you really can become more disciplined, more outgoing, and more open.<p>Do you want to change your personality? If you're like most people, the answer is yes. Psychologists talk about five key personality traits: extraversion (enjoying being with others); conscientiousness; openness; …

Psychology

Are You Thinking Too Much?

<b>Are you thinking too much?</b><p><i>The Practice:</i><p>Rest your weary head.<p><i>Why?</i><p>The traditional saying that's this week's practice has been sinking in for me lately. Thoughts have been swirling around like a sandstorm about work, things I've been reading, household tasks, finances, concerns about people, a yard …

UC Berkeley

The 18 apps you should use every day to be more productive

That's why we've assembled a list of apps that will make you more productive, and take away some of the stress from your life.<p>From fan favorites to cutting-edge newcomers, these apps help you sketch out an idea, take detailed notes, or stay in touch with your team.<p>Whatever your day consists of, …

Apps

8 Things the Most Successful People Do Every Night

Your happy and productive tomorrow starts tonight.<p>The importance of good morning habits is a no-brainer. It's common sense that if you wake up early and do good things to ramp your body and mind up for the day, those things will pay off. How we spend our evenings gets a lot less attention, but it's …

Science Says 92 Percent of People Don't Achieve Their Goals. Here's How the Other 8 Percent Do

If you're serious about goal setting, here's what the high achievers know that you may not.<p>Did you know that a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year's goals never actually achieve them? That's according to research by the University of Scranton.<p>I've done it many times, and if you're …

4 Proven Ways to Increase Your Motivation to Exercise

Workout motivation. You don’t have any. You know exercise is good… and you still don’t do it. You’re not alone.<p>We all want a magic pill that makes us …

If you’ve always wanted to try meditation, use this guide to get started

By Gabriella Boston<p>Gabriella Boston<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and many other big names swear by it.<p>We’re talking meditation — a practice that’s usually done daily and involves sitting quietly for 20 to 30 minutes to calm and observe the mind.<p>But for …

Meditation

How to Capture Authentic Moments as a Portrait Photographer

In a refreshing video, photographer Sean Tucker sets aside the technical advice for a moment and dives into the real challenge facing portrait …

10 Timeless Habits That Will Change Your Life Right Now

Use these as a template for living an awesome life. The first step is to get intentional about one of them. Then the rest will follow.<p>I've had many low points in life, the lowest stemming from a divorce that led to months of recovery from depression and anxiety.<p>It was also the best thing that ever …

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don't Follow Through On What We Set Out to Do And What To Do About It

One explanation for why akrasia rules our lives and procrastination pulls us in has to do with a behavioral economics term called "time inconsistency." Time inconsistency refers to the tendency of the human brain to value immediate rewards more highly than future rewards.<p>By the summer of 1830, …

Procrastination