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11 things you can do in 5 minutes or less to instantly improve your health

It literally only takes 5 minutes.<p>1 Pack your workout clothes the night before<p>'Time is the biggest reason people fail to work out,' says trainer …

The Psychology of Expectations

Perhaps you have heard the saying: "Expectations are premeditated resentments." I believe this slogan, which apparently originated in 12-step …

Coffeemakers

A professor of medicine explains why eating fat won't make you fat — but sugar will

"Eat fat, get fat" has been the conventional wisdom guiding American diets for the past two decades. Yet more and more research suggests that thinking is dangerously misguided.<p>"There is one thing we know about fats," Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of …

Holistic Medicine

How to quit smoking - and what happens to your body as you do

It's that time of year - when you decide you've had your last cigarette.<p>Sure, you said the same last year and the year before, but this time you're …

A New Drug Has Been Found To 'Melt' Away The Fat In Our Arteries That Cause Heart Attacks

Sound too good to be true?<p>We all know that an unhealthy lifestyle and poor diet can start clogging up our coronary system, making us more vulnerable …

The ultimate guide to learning anything faster

<i>“If only I learned about investing when I was still in my early twenties…”</i><p>If only.<p>For many of us, there are more things we want to learn than we have time.<p>As information becomes more readily accesible online, the number of things we want to learn is only continuing to increase. And the only …

Self-improvement

Cardio vs Weight Lifting: Which Is Better for Weight Loss?

Many people who’ve decided to lose weight find themselves stuck with a tricky question — should they do cardio or lift weights?<p>They're the two most …

Maternal response to crying baby exists across cultures: study

A baby's cries activate specific areas of a mother's brain related to movement and speech, a study of mothers in several countries published Monday …

National Academy of Sciences

I Tested 6 Bedtime Hacks Successful People Swear By

Logically, I understand that “everyone is different” and “no two paths to success are the same.” I also understand that Oprah and Bill Gates are …

If You Want to Be Happy, Strive for Self-Acceptance Instead of Self-Esteem

Starting as early as elementary school, the importance of having high self-esteem was ingrained into our developing brains. Loosely defined as …

9 bad habits you must break to be more productive

Nothing sabotages your productivity quite like bad habits. They are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don’t even notice the damage …

Time Management

I tried the 10/10/10 Method to make decisions like Warren Buffett and Ray Dalio — and it's completely changed the way I view choices

<i><br>"I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people."</i><p>Those words are often attributed to Isaac Newton. They may evoke a chuckle, but they get to the root of a problem faced by us all — irrational behavior.<p>Making decisions is one of keystone actions we all take on a …

Self-improvement

Is Ikigai the New Hygge?

This Japanese concept might be the secret to finding longevity and purpose in life.<p>By now, you're probably familiar with the buzzword <i>hygge</i>, the …

Want to Control Your Dreams? Here's How You Can

<i>Summary: University of Adelaide researchers report a specific combination of techniques can increase a person’s chance of experiencing a lucid …

Australian Universities

Your brain tries to hijack every decision you make — but you can fight back

You walk into your first yoga class. You're a little insecure about your weight and how your yoga clothes cling to your body revealing every flaw. You're nervous about making a fool of yourself.<p>Your eyes instantly zoom onto the fit model-esque people chatting in the corner. As you walk past them, …

Critical Thinking

Are migraines a self-defense mechanism?

An emerging theory suggests that migraine attacks might be the brain's self-protective response to oxidative stress, which is a cellular process tied …

Here's how sleeping too little literally transforms your brain

Good Night, Sleep Tight<p>You’ve likely noticed your brain moving a bit slowly after a night of too little sleep. However, a substandard amount of …

Where In Our Bodies Do We Feel Emotions?

A 2013 study mapped the emotions of 701 subjects by asking them to note where on their bodies they felt activity increasing or decreasing. Some …

1 Creativity Lesson From the Nobel Prize-Winning Author Who Wrote His Novel in Just 4 Weeks

You need to focus and let your mind wander, at the same time.<p>As an entrepreneur, you're after that one, dazzlingly brilliant idea that will take the world by storm.Truly great ideas are, however, notoriously difficult to come by. They're generated within the deepest recesses of your subconscious …

Why Changing Your Perspective Is The Key To Success

People have long claimed to hold the single secret to success — from personality traits to magic herbs and daily habits that promise to make …

Want to Know What Drives You? These 4 Personality Types Are the Key

Has a sudden jolt of personal insight ever blown your mind?<p>When I recently took Gretchen Rubin’s quiz at a friend’s suggestion, complete aha-ness …

Eight benefits of crying: Why it's good to shed a few tears

Crying is a natural response humans have to a range of emotions, including sadness, grief, joy, and frustration. But does crying have any health …

The Scary Side Effect of Using Inhalers You Need to Know About

If you're an older adult, and you use an inhaler to deal with asthma or COPD, you may be putting yourself at risk for this scary infection, according …

The science behind why fake news is so hard to wipe out

It’s time for Facebook and Google to pay attention to the psychology of the illusory truth effect.<p>In the immediate aftermath of the October 1 night massacre in Las Vegas, Facebook and Google — the two largest distributors of news and information in the world — helped to spread misinformation.<p>In its …

Here are the ages you peak at everything throughout life

Learning a second language is easiest when you're about 7 or 8.<p><i>iStock</i><p>Linguists and psychologists are still arguing about this one, but it's commonly …

'Nobody's talking about' 2 medical conditions that affect 8 million women in America — but that could be about to change

The drugs in development are to treat two major women's health conditions, endometriosis and uterine fibroids, which can cause a lot of pain for women and in some cases lead to infertility and surgical procedures.<p>An estimated 5 million Americans are living with endometriosis, a condition in which …

Women's Health

How Should We Define Success?

A constant ebb and flow of success and failure has helped me realize that my initial evaluation of what success requires was probably wrong. Here's how my definition of success has changed.<p>The more I fail -- and the more I succeed -- the more my definition of success evolves. In the past eighteen …

The absurdly simple thing that makes the happiest people in the world so happy

Research has found about 9 zillion things you can do to increase happiness.<p>Of course, you’re probably not doing any of them. To be fair, most people …

How Rituals Alter the Brain to Help Us Perform Better

Rafael Nadal, considered one of the best tennis players of all time, is known for his many zany rituals. For example, he always has two drinks with …

The Brain

Want to recover from failure? Then feel the pain, says new study

And it probably goes against your default reaction<p>When faced with failure, it's easy to bury your head in the sand, make your excuses and move on. …