Stephanie Swiers

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5 Great Books To Read This December

Some of the recent favorites we’ve reviewed in the BuzzFeed Books newsletter.

5 reasons why anxiety is so difficult to cope with (and what you can do about it)

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>If we aren’t careful, we can makes things worse. Here are some effective ways to keep your emotions under control<p>Melanie Greenberg<p>December 1, 2015 9:00am (UTC)<p>Have you ever had a friend or family member tell you to “just get over it” when you felt sad or worried? If getting rid …

New research highlights the damage wrought by strong skunk. Legalisation would give users far greater control and choice over the strength of what they smoked<p>It’s news that surely surprises no one: smoking high-strength cannabis may damage your brain. By scanning the brains of people who regularly …

Cannabis

32 Cute Things To Distract From Your Awkward Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be stressful but cute animals never are!

A playful scuffle of polar bears, crows feasting on fruit trees and mountain gorillas in the wild are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Wildlife

The Best Times to Sleep, Wake, Exercise and Eat Are Based on Age, Circadian Rhythms

If you're wondering what the optimal times are to engage in certain activities, listen to your body's circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are physiological, mental and behavioral changes governed by the body within a 24-hour clock, according to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. …

Most dietary supplements are useless, but here are the ones you should take

Or not.<p>Recent research finds that not only do these supplements most likely <i>not</i> help you slim down, bulk up, or get more energized — they're also harmful.<p>A large October study from the federal government linked supplements — sold under brand names like Hydroxycut and Xenadrine — with 20,000 ER …

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

9 Sneaky Causes Of Depression

From the weather to your lifestyle habits.<p>For some people, sub-zero temperatures aren’t the only difficult side effect of winter. Approximately 10 million Americans also experience seasonal affective disorder, a depression-related mental health condition that waxes and wanes depending on the time …

The 12 most compelling scientific findings that suggest aliens are real

Over billions of years, these ingredients condense to form gas clouds, new stars, and planets, which means that the ingredients, and therefore the potential, for life beyond Earth are scattered across the universe.<p>What's more, a number of recent discoveries also strongly suggest that alien life …

10 best cities for small businesses

Small business owners in Manchester are pretty big fans of the city.<p>Manchester took the top spot in Thumbtack's fourth annual ranking of the best and worst cities for small businesses.<p>"Texas cities typically dominate our top 10 list. This is the first time Manchester made it on the list," said Jon …

This Guy Ate More, Exercised Less—and Gained 20 Pounds of Raw Muscle

His methods might be the simplest, easiest to follow muscle-building plan ever<p>Matt Wilson is an original cast member in the West Coast premier of, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” That’s a great gig for any actor—the musical comedy about a fictional middle school spelling contest won …

Fitness

Fitness and Diet Tips to Get the Best Body of Your Life From the Hottest Celeb Trainer

Christine Bullock is one of the most inspirational celebrity fitness trainers in Los Angeles with a wealth of knowledge regarding exercise, health and nutrition. I recently met her at a press event in Santa Monica earlier this summer where she taught an incredible fitness class followed by a Q and …

7 Life Hacks to Be Productive Instead of Just Busy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When your nose is constantly to the grindstone, sometimes it is hard to eat your meals on time, much less get perspective on anything else that is going on. As entrepreneurs, we often have periods when we are frenetically trying to …

12 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Everyone Should Be Eating (and Drinking!)

Try these natural ways to combat inflammation.<p>Most of us have searched for the 'diet' that will help us age with grace, prevent disease, lose weight, and optimize our overall health and wellness. But there could be a hidden problem that we are not addressing. A problem that could be causing …

Wellness

Tolkien Fans May Soon be Able to Go Camping in a Hobbit Home

There's a company in London that's turning dreams into reality for Hobbit fans. West Stow Pods is currently seeking funding for their Poddit Hole …

The Hobbit

7 ways mentally strong people take advantage of solitude

But solitude can be highly beneficial to your mental health, creativity, and productivity, psychotherapist Amy Morin writes in her book "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do."<p>In the book, Morin says mentally strong people "don't fear alone time," since it offers restoration and a chance for …

Beet Juice Improves Exercise Performance Workout

Sports drinks are an acquired taste (not to mention they're filled with sugar). If you skip Gatorade during long workouts, we've got a better, healthier suggestion for you: beets. Drinking beet juice can apparently improve your fitness level and help you exercise harder, according to a new study …

5 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism in the Morning

Burn even more calories first thing in the a.m.<p><i>This article was written by Leta Shy and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.</i><p>Want to turn your body's fat-burning potential up a notch? Check out these five ways to wake up and increase the calorie burn.<p><b>Exercise</b>That early workout doesn't …

Fitness

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

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