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4 Motivators for Productivity and the Science Behind Them

Motivation is hard to come by. There's always another task, another project, another objective—and any motivation you manage to scrape together for …

Motivation

20 Reasons Spending Time Alone Is Essential for Your Health

Too often these days it can feel like you're inundated. Even when you're taking a break from the hustle and bustle, thanks to social media and the …

Even the smallest urban green spaces can have a big impact on mental health

There's no doubt urban green spaces are more pleasing to the eye than trash-strewn vacant lots that have been sitting in various stages of neglect …

Mental Health

Do parents create picky eaters?

Pressuring your kid to eat may have more of an impact on your relationship than her eating habits.<p>When I was really young, my grandmother came over …

Nutrition

Adult Foster Homes: A Good Long-Term Care Option?

(Editor’s note: This article is part of a collaboration among PBS NewsHour Weekend, Chasing the Dream and Next Avenue. ) Call them adult foster …

Baby Boomers

What Boomers Should Do About All Their Stuff

Last year, I wrote a Next Avenue blog post for our boomer readers that went, well, viral: “Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff.” Now, here’s a …

Minimalism

How These Med Schools Are Improving End-of-Life Instruction

(Editor’s note: This story is part of a special report for The John A. Hartford Foundation.) While all medical students must witness a birth, being …

Baby Boomers

Do you thank the bus driver?

If you do, the internet has decided that you're a great human.<p>Do you thank the driver when you get off the bus? If you do, then you pass what The …

A Father’s Day Look at Dad Discrimination

Shares 626<p>—<br>If a father walked down Soledad Street in San Antonio until he got to Dolorosa Street, he would find himself next to the Bexar County …

Little-known things that can trigger depression

With the recent suicides of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain, depression awareness has skyrocketed. The headlines are full of tips for …

10 Lies You Should Always Tell Your Spouse

Is honesty really always the best policy when it comes to your relationship? It turns out, telling the truth all the time isn't all it's cracked up …

Why you should sleep in on the weekends

When you've had a week's worth of lousy sleep, there are few things more tantalizing than knowing that come Saturday morning, you can sleep in for a …

8 Ways to Tell Whether It’s Time to Unretire

Ricardo Reitmeyer / Shutterstock.com After spending decades in the workplace, retirement may sound attractive, but many people develop second …

Jobs for Retirees: How Part-Time Work Can Help You Stay Healthy

Part-time work benefits your mind, body, and bank account. Find the right role with these tips.<p>Everyone looks forward to retirement. After working …

What is synesthesia and what's it like to have it?

Synesthetes can taste sounds, smell colors or see scents, and research proves these people experience reality differently.<p>I know that the number four …

Getting Rid of Stuff: One Couple’s Agony

About a year ago, I wrote a personal Next Avenue blog post that has become the most popular story since we launched in 2012: “Sorry, Nobody Wants …

A Look at the Lives of Trans and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Very little history, imagery or understanding of transgender older adults exists in the public sphere. The stories that circulate are often …

Why we should live our lives more like sloths do

'Life in the Sloth Lane' embraces a slower, more mindful approach.<p>Sloths — they're the adorable, slow-moving mammals that many people have grown to …

21 Ways to Be a Happier Person Every Day of Your Life

<p>Rodale Wellness has found a new home with Books for Better Living, and we’re excited to welcome you all to our community! With our health and …

20 Life Lessons I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago

CommentsView the discussion thread. Ten years ago, I’d just finished school, I was training almost every single day to become a professional rugby …

What can wolf packs teach us about being better humans?

Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived with them to find out.<p>Where once humans regarded wolves as a fearsome foe, more of us now see them through another lens. …

Wildlife

The One-Minute Rule could change your life

Stop procrastinating on small chores to ease stress and feel happier.<p>Imagine this scenario: You come home from work, throw your jacket on a chair and …

Businessweek - Bloomberg

With entrance rates plateauing, business schools are offering fellowships and other incentives to bring in more women.

Business School

Hiring a Private Eye for Your Parent’s Nursing Home

Steve Moran was optimistic when he put his 83-year-old mom, who had suffered a stroke, in a rehab-style nursing home in California. “We saw the …

9 Signs You’re Suffering Job Burnout, and What to Do About It

fizkes / Shutterstock.com Think twice before you chalk up your fatigue to the fast-paced lifestyle we all lead. Chronic weariness, anxiety, …

StumbleUpon

Why Do So Many Friendships End?

A Brigham Young University report that covered 148 previous studies, which included more than 300,000 participants, concluded that people who had …

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The secret world of babies<p>Sophie Hardach<p>This lab is revealing the hidden workings of babies’ brains… and could prove key in getting earlier support …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

20 ridiculously easy ways to be happy

It's not easy to be happy all the time. Sometimes life gets in the way.<p>The good news is there are plenty of things you can do to boost your mood and …