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Can We Please Get God Out of Religion?

We all need a spiritual side. But not because of some make-believe afterlife. Because it makes us better in this life.<p>Millennials—soon to be the …

Religion

This Fun Creative Writing Exercise Will Change Your Life

by Joe BuntingI’m sure this never happens to you, but there are times when I don’t feel very creative. We just had a new baby (our second), bought a …

Creative Writing

Climbing On Mount Denali

7 Must-Try Memorial Day Marinades

Give your Memorial Day cookout a flavor boost with a marinade. Here, seven globally-inspired recipes to try.<p>Give your Memorial Day cookout a flavor …

11 summer movies to stream on Netflix for Memorial Day

What better way to kick off summer than spending Memorial Day inside and on the couch? From coming-of-age classics to passionate romances, we’ve …

The Christian right’s shocking conquest: Why religious moderates have disappeared from America

While the number of religious Americans is in decline, evangelical membership is growing. Here’s what it means<p>I belong to a struggling Presbyterian church. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we give away clothing to the needy. Once a month, we serve meals at a food pantry. We hold a summer day camp for …

10 Beauty Foods For Glowing Skin And Shiny Hair

<i>Photo credit: Paul Delmont, Thrive Market</i><p>Beauty from the inside out is what we're going for with a healthy lifestyle.<p>Rather than looking to your vanity table for a beauty fix, take a look in your kitchen -- you might be surprised how much what you eat can affect your skin and hair!<p><b>1. Dark …

Nutrition

16 Tips for Living a Happy Life Starting Right Now

It doesn’t matter your age, how much money you have in your bank account, your marital status or what you do for a living, we all want to be more successful in our lives. Of course, defining success is different for each us, but here are 16 proven ways that can make you more productive, happy and …

Should Ireland say Yes to gay marriage?

As Ireland goes to the polls, Graeme Archer and Melanie McDonagh argue the cases for and against gay marriage<p>Ireland should say Yes to gay marriage, says Graeme Archer<p>In 1988 – just when the UK was hitting the peak of its neuroticism about gay people, and <b>introducing Section 28</b> – David Norris, a …

LGBTQ

This 66-Year-Old Woman Is Suing All Gay People—Yes, All of Them

Grey Villet—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Grey Villet—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Grey Villet—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty …

Wellness

11 Brutal Exercises You Love to Hate (But Really Love)

Relationship status: It’s complicated. These grueling exercises are super difficult and draining, but they you keep coming back for more<p>The safety squat bar—or SSB—has built-in padding around the neck and shoulders. In fact, the two-pronged piece of equipment resembles a travel pillow attached to a …

How ISIS Capitalizes on Lone Wolves to Spread Terror 'At No Cost'

ISIS' claim of responsibility for the shooting in Garland, Texas, was proof of its effectiveness at capitalizing on so-called lone wolf attacks — even when it has no hand in planning or paying for them, experts said Tuesday.<p>ISIS provided no evidence to support its claim after the shooting on Sunday …

Terrorism

Simple '4-7-8' breathing trick can induce sleep in 60 seconds

A deep breathing trick can make insomniacs drop off to sleep in under one minute, a health expert has claimed.<p>The method involves making a loud whooshing noise with the mouth then holding the breath in stages.<p>Called the ‘4-7-8’ method, it has been pioneered by the US sleep expert Dr Andrew Weil who …

Sleep

'Alone time' is really good for you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Americans have a complicated relationship with alone time. Though we often feel a constant connection because of social media, the fact is, we're more on our own than ever: More than 50 percent of American adults are single, and some 27 million people live alone. In 1950, just 22 percent of …

CNN

9 Ways Mentally Strong People Prevent Self-Pity From Sabotaging Their Success

Whether you’ve failed to close a major deal, or you’re overwhelmed by a looming deadline, throwing a pity party won’t help. In fact, feeling sorry for yourself can become downright self-destructive. It makes overcoming adversity difficult – if not impossible – and it keeps you stuck.<p>Mentally strong …

Self-help