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The Japanese concept of Ikigai could be the secret to a long, meaningful life

Just trying to answer such a big question might make you want to crawl back into bed. If it does, the Japanese concept of ikigai could help.<p>Originating from a country with one of the world's oldest populations, the idea is becoming popular outside of Japan as a way to live longer and better.<p>While …

Homeostasis and Why We Backslide

At some time or another, we’ve all sought to make big changes. And almost of all of us have, after making grand plans, discovered that changing some …

The Practical Life Skills Kids Should Learn at Every Age

It’s up to us parents to pass on the basic skills our kids will need to be successful adults, like being able to swim, do their own laundry, or cook …

The Tangled Cultural Roots of Dungeons & Dragons

In 1984, the comic-strip artist Jack Chick, an evangelical Christian, published a tract called “Dark Dungeons.” In it, a young woman named Debbie is seduced into witchcraft through her participation in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. The Mephistophelean figure in the strip is the Dungeon Master, a …

Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes Actually Makes You Less Empathetic

You’re supposed to walk a mile in someone’s shoes before judging them. But as it turns out, that doesn’t really help. In fact, we’re <i>less</i> empathetic …

7 Things Your Inner Child Needs to Hear You Say

<b>“Stop trying to ‘fix</b><b>’</b> <b>yourself; you</b><b>’</b><b>re not broken! You are perfectly imperfect and powerful beyond measure.” ~</b><b>Steve Maraboli</b><p>Have you ever thought …

Study finds sleep apnea may increase risk of pneumonia – but that’s just one of many health-related consequences

All individuals with sleep apnea may be at an increased risk for pneumonia, according to new research.<p>Until now, most of the research on sleep apnea and pneumonia has focused on individuals receiving continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. With that treatment, patients wear a mask …

Sleep

66 Positive Things You Should Be Saying to Your Child

In a world where saying "no" is usually a lot easier than saying "yes," it is important to bring up children who don't feel that negativity has a higher value than positivity. Encouraging words can have a truly lasting effect on your kiddos years and years after you've said them, so we should …

Happiness

A Composer Hopes His Music Will Put You to Sleep

<i>(Photo: Getty Images)</i><p><i>By Melissa Dahl</i><p>The entire point of "Sleep," a digital album composed by British musician Max Richter, is that the eight-hour piece lulls its listeners to sleep. The classical composition includes strings, a lightly-played piano, and some appropriately dreamy vocals -- more oohs …

Loneliness

To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved

Time management goes only so far; the emotional reasons for delay must also be addressed<p>Putting off a work or school assignment in order to play videogames or water the plants might seem like nothing more serious than poor time-management.<p>But researchers say chronic procrastination is an emotional …

Time Management

How Shows Like 'Will & Grace' And 'Black-ish' Can Change Your Brain

Will Smith from <i>The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</i> was my first American friend. Ours was an unlikely friendship: a shy Indian kid, fresh off the boat, with big glasses and a thick accent, and a high school b-ball player from West Philadelphia, chillin' out maxin' and relaxin' all cool. And yet, I was with …

Yoga for Bedtime

Need a little extra help relaxing before going to sleep?<p>Short Meditation<p>Sit up in bed comfortably, either with your legs folded or straight in front of you; whatever you can do with the most ease. Sit up and lean slightly back on your pillows or backboard. Close your eyes and rest your hands on …

Yoga

How to Be a Morning Person

For many of us, it can be challenging to feel enthusiastic and engaged when we get out of bed - especially when we don't begin the day by going to a healthy morning rave. Below are five easy and effective ways to bring a sense of enjoyment to our mornings.<p>Early in the summer I found myself dancing …

21 Watermelon Sculptures That Are Too Skillfully Crafted to Eat

Artists across the globe have utilized watermelons as an unexpected canvas for their imaginative creations. For centuries, fruit carving has been a respected art in Thailand and was used solely for decorating royal tables. Now, this uncommon skill has been adopted by others who see watermelons as …

Five tricks to combat the middle-age decline

Is your belly extending, your back shrinking, and - whisper it quietly - your libido drooping? Never fear, for the dreaded onslaught of middle age can be halted thanks to these five easy tricks<p>Are you scared that the onset of middle age is about to catch you out? Or maybe you already look in the …

Privacy-focused Blackphone 2 is ready for pre-order

Blackphone 2, the second iteration of Silent Circle's privacy-focused handset, is now available for pre-order -- assuming you don't mind reserving a device without knowing its price. The original Blackphone was sold at the flagship-level cost of $629, but remember, this one's more sophisticated …

10 Mind-Blowing TED Talks On How To Be Confident, Gorgeous- And A Better Person

1. Your Body Language Influences the Way You Feel<p>In this video, social Psychologist Amy Cuddy discusses research that shows how body language shapes …

Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out

Windows 10 is amazing. Windows 10 is fantastic. Windows 10 is glorious. Windows 10 is faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any Windows …

Windows 10

A Happiness Exercise That Will Leave You Feeling More Blissful After 4 Days (VIDEO)

If you were to ask a random group of people about their goals in life, many -- if not all -- would likely rank "find happiness" among their top ambitions. The idea of achieving true bliss is something we're all looking for, but the big question is, how can we find it?<p>Life coach Erica Diamond says …

Make People Happy: 8 Ways To Make Anybody Feel Insanely Special

<i>Need to help out bummed-out friends, spouses, bosses, coworkers, neighbors, siblings, parents or plain old acquaintances? Columnist Leigh Newman weighs in.</i><p><b>1. Order Them The Thing They Love Without The Thing They Hate</b><p>They adore martinis but not the olive. They're mad for olives but not the pimento. …

Is it Better to Get Thirty Minutes of Exercise or Thirty Minutes of Extra Sleep?

Here's a simple quality-of-life question: If you had thirty minutes of extra unexpected free time in your day, would you use it for sleep or exercise? I asked this last week to friends and colleagues, and they all said the same thing: "Who in the hell has these thirty minutes of free time, and are …

Fitness

8 Ways Showering At Night Could Help Improve Your Sleep

When it comes to achieving a solid night's sleep, a cool room is a must. But it turns out that warming the body, as counterintuitive as that sounds, is equally important.<p>According to renowned sleep scientist and author Jessa Gamble, a huge component of our circadian rhythm throughout the day is …

Infographics

One Of The Most Important Strategies For Changing Your Habits

In an excerpt from her new book, best-selling author Gretchen Rubin explains how to schedule habit change into your daily routine.<p>The Strategy of Scheduling, of setting a specific, regular time for an activity to recur, is one of the most familiar and powerful strategies of habit formation. …

We Experience The World We Infer, Not The World As It Is

If you want to understand the human mind, you have to reject the idea that we directly perceive and remember the world as it is. Our perceptual experience isn't simply a passive impression of the input received by our senses — and our memory isn't like a photobook or a video, comprehensively …

June 2015

18 Things You Need to Stop Doing if You Want to Be Successful

Your time is way too valuable to be wasting it on things that don't work. Instead, treat it like the precious resource it is.<p>Too often we act as if time is infinitely available. There's always another day, right? But that's a huge mistake.<p>Whether you're working or having fun, being mindful about …

Outsmart Your Own Biases

Suppose you’re evaluating a job candidate to lead a new office in a different country. On paper this is by far the most qualified person you’ve seen. Her responses to your interview questions are flawless. She has impeccable social skills. Still, something doesn’t feel right. You can’t put your …

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

A psychologist discovered the secret to never getting frustrated

The guy in front of you is driving like an idiot. Your boss is being a jerk. Your partner isn't listening.<p>And sometimes these all happen to you <i>on the same day</i>.<p>What's the fix for this? One guy came up with a solution that deals with all of these problems — and more.<p>Albert Ellis was quite a …