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Hillary Clinton made history this week — here are the countries that have had female heads of state for decades

Depending on how things shake out in the fall, the US may very well be headed for its first woman president.<p>But if Clinton is elected, she'll be far from the first woman to run a country. Other nations have been smashing their highest glass ceilings for decades — here's a look at some of the most …

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

We Are Not Our Feelings: Overcoming Anxiety and Depression

<b>“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” ~Maya Angelou</b><p>I’ve suffered from anxiety …

Maya Angelou

Tackling gender inequality could add $12tn to world economy, study finds

Researchers say extra GDP output could come from reforms, such as allowing more women in workforce in countries where they currently face restrictions<p>Tackling gender inequality and boosting women’s opportunities in the labour market could add $12tn (£7.8tn) to annual global GDP over the next …

Violence In Pakistan's Slums Means These Girls Risk Everything To Go To School

“They stare at me as if they’re going to eat me.”<p>Seventeen-year-old Sawera could become the first person in her family to finish primary education. …

4 Powerful Mantras to Help You Deal with Fear and Anxiety

<b>“Trust that, when you are not holding yourself together so tightly, you will not fall apart. Trust that it is more important to fulfill your</b> …

Self-help

5 strategies for conquering fear and anxiety, from one of the most successful self-help authors in history

His 1948 book, "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living," deals with tactics for liberating yourself from nagging anxieties that make you less happy and less productive.<p>The book grew out of Carnegie's experiences teaching adult education courses at the YMCA in New York City. Carnegie realized that …

Self-improvement

Dropping Your 'Me' Story

Kate's previous evening had culminated in a post-midnight event of moo goo gai pan. When she arrived at my office the next morning, she was not only full of chicken and mushrooms, but even more full of remorse and self-loathing. She was swimming in a cocktail of emotions, which included shame, …

5 Steps That Will Help Even The Most Tightly Wound People Relax

You might think worrying, maintaining tight control, and resisting change will forestall disaster. Actually, says Martha Beck, it'll only drive you nuts.<p>No offense, but you were probably born a bit clenched. Most of us were. Anyone who's ever cared for a distressed newborn has witnessed impressive …

6 simple tricks to improve the way you react to stress

As our stress levels increase, our response continues over a long period of time and puts our work effectiveness and health levels at risk.<p>Once we've identified our stressors, it's crucial to learn how to reverse our stress response, writes Elizabeth Scott in her book "8 Keys to Stress …

Meditation

Healing the Suffering of Self and Others - Thich Nhat Hanh

Nothing prepares you for being the daughter of ageing parents

There are classes for the mothers of babies, but there’s no helping with your mum and dad growing old<p>Old people’s wards are hell for old people. Geriatric wards are bedlam, bonkers, bananas. A toothless woman screaming when left alone, a cry that reaches the high hospital ceiling. A woman effing …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Psychology

How Princess Reema Is Opening Doors For Women In Saudi Arabia

In a country where women can’t legally take the wheel of a car, one leader is finding creative ways to offer them other means of control.<p>“She comes from a country where women can’t drive, can’t go outside, can’t go to restaurants, can’t socialize, can’t, can’t, can’t . . .”<p>This is how Her Royal …