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6 Science-Backed Ways Exercise Benefits The Body And Brain

Though some people actually love physical activity and look forward to it, for many of us, exercising is a mighty drag. Exercise has also had an added PR problem in recent years: A growing body of evidence has shown that it’s not all that good for weight loss, which was probably many people’s …

The Brain

Moms: Your Kids Hijacked Your Brain for Life

Author: Anna Vlasits. Anna Vlasits Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.14.17.<p>Time of Publication: 5:00 am. 5:00 am<p>One day, a woman is spending her …

Woman shares the reality of depression with a photo of herself brushing her hair

Depression is not a black and white photo of a girl crying as she looks through a window.<p>It’s not an elegant picture of a man with his head in his …

Being Socially Awkward Is Actually Awesome, According to Science

When I think back to the Bumper Boat Debacle of 1984, I can see the trappings of an awkward moment: I was in middle school; there were unknown …

How Smart People Handle Toxic People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.<p>Stress can …

Emotional Intelligence

The puzzling link between suicide and spring

Over the next few months in the northern hemisphere, suicides are likely to become more common. Why?<p>Studies dating back to the 1800s have found that suicides peak in the spring and are lowest in winter. “If we take winter as a baseline, then there’s a 20-60% higher suicide rate during spring,” says …

5 questions from Buddhism, Stoicism, and neuroscience that will make you emotionally stronger

When we're anxious, angry, or sad, we rarely do the smart thing. And that can seriously mess up our lives.<p>At work, in love, or pretty much anything we do, we need emotional strength to stay cool and do the right thing.<p>Now dealing with the ups and downs of feelings isn't anything new. And nor are …

Self-help

How you learned a second language influences the way your brain works

Over the past few years, you might have noticed a surfeit of articles covering current research on bilingualism. Some of them suggest that it sharpens the mind, while others are clearly intended to provoke more doubt than confidence, such as Maria Konnikova’s “Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?” …

Language Learning

I Asked a Psychopath How to Stop Caring About Rejection

As Dr. James Fallon describes, "When I get rejected, I feel bad for like negative-two seconds. I just don't give a shit."<p>I recently went on a date with a beautiful and smart girl who laughed at all my jokes and then never replied to my texts. I walked away from the date thinking <i>nailed it!</i> while I …

Donald Trump Is the Singularity

There’s been some controversy over when Donald Trump decided to run for president. Some say it was at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, when he was roasted by both Seth Meyers and President Obama. I think it happened much earlier: August 29th, 1997, the date that Skynet …

Donald Trump

"Body Marbling" Is Body Painting's Trippy Cousin

This UV-reactive paint dip will turn your skin into a work of glowing art.<p>What happens when traditional Turkish paper art meets body painting and rave culture? Just ask Black Light Visuals, creators of a blacklight-reactive body marbling technique that’s making waves in the festival scene.<p>Body …

Why You Should Consider Writing With an Omniscient Narrator

Today’s guest post is by Martin Cavannagh. Martin is a writer for Reedsy, a publishing network that helps educate authors and connect them with the …

Creative Writing

New Organisms Have Been Formed Using The First Ever 6-Letter Genetic Code

This could be the beginning of a whole new life form.<p>Scientists have engineered the first ever 'semi-synthetic' organisms, by breeding <i>E. coli</i> …

10 Healthy (and Easy) Dessert Recipes That Won't Kill Your Diet

Despite our best efforts to keep our wellness resolutions intact, sometimes our sweet tooth has other plans for us. It's not that we don't want to be …

Whole30 Recipes That Don't Taste Like You're Depriving Yourself

Waarom je van die vreetbuien krijgt vlak voordat je ongesteld wordt

Hormonen, een opholgeslagen maag en een versterkte reukzin dragen allemaal bij aan maandelijkse eetbuien.<p>Over het algemeen zie ik mezelf als een gezonde eter. Dat mag ook wel, als voedingsdeskundige verkondig ik dagelijks wat je wel en niet moet eten als je gezond wilt leven. Daar kan ik me op z'n …

Learn about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Therapists

<b>Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)</b> is a short-term form of behavioral treatment. It helps people problem-solve. CBT also reveals the relationship …

Cognitive Science

9 Apps to Kickstart Your Mental Health Resolutions

While it’s always a good idea to make it a resolution to get fit and eat healthy in the New Year, we’re also making it a priority to get our brains in shape by trying to live more mindfully in 2017. That’s why we decided to set ourselves up for success (because let’s be honest — sticking to a New …

Paintings reveal early signs of cognitive decline, claims study

Psychologists believe they can identify progressive changes in work of artists who went on to develop Alzheimer’s disease<p>The first subtle hints of cognitive decline may reveal themselves in an artist’s brush strokes many years before dementia is diagnosed, researchers believe.<p>The controversial …

Alzheimer's Disease

Make Peace with Your Unlived Life

Tina was at a crossroads. Her daughter had recently left for college, and her husband had his own pursuits. And although she’d once enjoyed banking, she now bore little interest in her work. For some time, she had been asking herself whether she should quit. But what would her colleagues and bosses …

Psychology

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments

Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.<p>…

Espresso caramel shortbread bars

Last year I shared a recipe for these peppermint bark cookies which are, to this day, my very favorite christmas cookie. They are possibly the easiest concept to exist in cookie land but they are just <i>the</i> best. Since sharing the same cookie recipe over and over again probably wouldn't win me many …

Dessert

Depression Is A Monster But Don't Fear it

One of the earliest films I can really remember is Alien. I loved it. I still do today. I grew up in the green and grey countryside of the shady …

Ask Ethan: What’s so ‘spooky’ about quantum entanglement?

It might have puzzled Einstein right up until his death, but that doesn’t mean you can’t understand it!<p><i>“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to</i> …

Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment

I’m at the kitchen sink, after a long day of work and kids and chores and the emotional exhaustion of a toxic election season, attempting to mindfully focus on congealed SpaghettiOs. My brain flits to the Netflix queue. I manhandle my thoughts back to the leaky orange glob in front of me. My brain …

Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2016 (But Shouldn't Have)

It’s a holiday weekend, which probably means you have some down time. What better activity, while you’re digesting that leftover Turkey, than …

Why Some People Get Burned Out and Others Don’t

Stress and burnout are not the same thing. And while we know that stress often leads to burnout, it’s possible to handle the onslaught of long hours, high pressure, and work crises in a way that safeguards you from the emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of confidence in one’s abilities that …

Pumpkin Spice Waffle Puff with Espresso Mascarpone Filling

**Disclosure: I was provided with the gorgeous new Nordic Ware Egg Waffle Puff Pan for the purposes of writing this post. I was not compensated in …

Breakfast

This Danish startup is disrupting the DNA industry by putting your body on a subscription model: "It's like the internet 25 years ago"

Yusufa Sey, co-founder and CEO of AthGene.AthGene<p>It's the ultimate code. Your DNA. Less than a decade ago, DNA tests would cost millions. Today, the price has dropped dramatically and everybody can get their own test. Without visiting a lab. That is the business of Danish startup AthGene. The …

How 'Psychobiotics' Use Gut Bacteria To Treat Mental Illness

Targeting the gut could create a new class of psychiatric treatments.<p>Researchers have long known that the bacteria living in your gut can “talk” to your brain. Gut microbes, which collectively make up what’s called the gut microbiome, can have a significant impact on mood and cognition ― leading …

Mental Health