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Why Sleep Tips Don't Work

Tips are ubiquitous in modern life. We are offered cooking tips, golf tips and gardening tips. There are an abundance of management, childrearing, automotive and tax tips available. And tips for weight loss, high fashion, exercise, skin care and of course, sleep, abound.<p>My recent Google search for …

Weight Loss

The 5 Health Tests Women Can't Ignore

When it comes to women's health, there are five health tests that have saved lives and helped improve the quality of life for millions of women, and yet are still underutilized, ignored or forgotten about.<p>My patients are so busy that it's understandably difficult to put health on their never-ending …

Cancer

Cute Summer Clothes: How to Wear Prints

How to Wear Prints (and Look Fabulous Doing It)<p>Follow these 5 styling rules to pull off any print, no matter how wild<p>Aaron Richter<p>Go With The Same Motif<p>Whether florals or dots, the designs should balance each other out (e.g., shiny with matte [as on our model]; tiny with oversize).<p>ASOS blazer, …

Have Great Sex, Even Without Orgasms

<b>Why Orgasms Go MIA</b><br>"For me to have an orgasm, I have to be feeling it before foreplay even starts," says Jamie*, 27, a newlywed in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. "I have to put in a lot of effort, and the stars have to align. But I feel satisfied knowing that my husband is satisfied every time." It's a …

The Best Makeup for Your Hair Color

Blonde<p><b>"Since blond hair surrounds your face with light, play up that golden glow with a touch of iridescence."</b> —Brett Freedman, L.A. makeup artist; founder, Vanitymark Cosmetics<p>Whether their locks are a warm honey or a cool wheat tone, blondes look best in sheer shades of peach, pink, gold, and …

10 Mindsets That Undercut Your Happiness

For the past four years, I have been studying, writing, and talking about what makes people resilient and better able to handle stress. Much of my work involves helping people identify the mindsets and faulty assumptions that undercut their happiness, resilience, and ability to manage stress. I'm …

Happiness

8 Fun Exercises That Burn Fat Too

8 Ways to Burn Calories Outside the Gym<p>Just because it's fun doesn't mean it doesn't work up a sweat!<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>Tossing a Frisbee. Hitting the dance floor. Crushing your friend in Wii tennis. They're all great ways to pass the time and let off some steam, but it turns out that some of …

Are You Addicted to Your Own Stress? 3 Ways to Free Yourself

By Terri Trespicio<p>I'm one of those people who likes stress. I like it a little <i>too</i> much. I think about downtime, but I rarely engage in it. I love to feel busy and active with lots of plates spinning. Oh, I'll complain about it, sure. But you try to take my stress away from me, and I'll fight you …

Self-esteem

What Men Want (and How to Give it to Them)

Want to know what your man is thinking as you crawl into bed? The male brain's needs, fears, and secret desires will surprise you<p>iStockphoto.com/Thinkstock<p>Talk More Like a Man<p>We don't mean to clear your throat, speak in deeper tones, and scratch your privates between declaratives. Just get to the …

Does Reading Novels Make Us More Empathetic?

<i>Greatist News examines and explains the trends and studies making headlines in fitness, health, and happiness. Check out all the news here.</i><p>As a kid, …

How to Lose 100 Pounds on The Slow-Carb Diet – Real Pics and Stories

I find writing very, very difficult.<p>While on book deadline (right now, for instance), I suffer dramatic ups and downs. In my darkest hours, I re-read …

How One Woman Went From Obesity to a Bikini Body

This post will explain exactly how Briana, a mother of three and reader of my blog, lost 100 pounds. It's a lot simpler than you might think.<p>For additional real-world examples and the fundamentals, I suggest reading <i>How to Lose 100 Pounds on The Slow-Carb Diet</i>. There are several men and women …

Fitness

Depressed? Your "SEEKING" System Might Not Be Working: A Conversation with Neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp

Jaak Panksepp, the inventor of the term "affective neuroscience", is regarded as a radical in his field, with ground-breaking insights into emotional issues ranging from depression to playfulness. What makes him radical? First, his study of animal emotions, and his data-supported assertion that …

Psychology

Start Your Day Off From the Inside Out

We bring who we are to what we do. When we bring the best of who we are, we do great things. We work from the inside out -- we know ourselves, we have rich internal resources, we come from an authentic place and we are connected to what we do in a passionate and engaged manner.<p>But when we run …

Mindfulness

Self-Control and Success

Most of us believe that a certain amount of self-control is crucial for success. In order to succeed in the modern world, you need expertise in some area. Gaining that expertise requires work and practice. The discipline to work or practice at something means that you have to give up things that …

Psychology

8 Keys to Creating a Loving, Joyful Relationship

Do you believe that if you have to work on a relationship, it's not the right relationship for you? Having worked with couples for 45 years, I can tell you without a doubt that this is NOT true!<p>However, "working on a relationship," doesn't mean that it has to be hard. It primarily means that you …

Numb

Building Trust in Less Than 10 Minutes

I was a very shy child. I never felt comfortable speaking up, especially in groups or in new situations. When asked a question in class, my heart raced, my eyes teared up and I felt sweaty. As I grew up, these physical reactions subsided as I learned to internalize and manage my fear. But at that …

Medicine

Public Journal Club: New Method in Improving Blood Pressure Control

Earlier this month, <i>The Journal of the American Medical Association</i> (JAMA) published a momentous study that demonstrated the efficacy of a brand new paradigm to controlling blood pressure in a community setting.<p>Before we delve into why this new research excites me, let's first change into …

Diabetes

Why You Need An Electric Bike

Cycling is the new driving. Bike commuting, cycle-share programs, and expanding bike-lane networks top most big-city traffic agendas. But while …

Restaurant Survival Guide

I think it is important to start off by saying that for most of us, eating out is not an everyday thing. It is a once-in-a-while treat, and therefore it should be treated like one. For me, having a treat, or cheat meal (whatever you want to call it), is both physically and mentally rewarding. So …

Nutrition

The Saddest States In America Need Better Emotional And Physical Balance, Psychologist Says (VIDEO)

There's a dark cloud hanging over a stretch of America.<p>A poll released in February ranked the 10 happiest states in the union, but it also identified a so-called "sadness belt." Spanning 10 states from Louisiana to Ohio, the area was found to be the saddest in the country, according to the latest …

Mind, Body and SoulCycle

I always enjoy my trips to Los Angeles; there's the weather and, as long as I'm not working, it gives me time to catch up with friends. But most importantly, I get a firsthand look at all the new and improved fitness trends. Maybe it's because people on the West Coast are healthier than East …

Fitness

Free Yourself From Bullies and Attract People Who Respect You

Have you ever been bullied? Were you able to respond to the bully in a way that valued YOU? I grew up with a mother who was a bully. My response was to shut down into a kind of frozen numbness. When I was 12 I started smoking cigarettes, and at 16 I started drinking -- all to continue the numbing …

Self-help

Fix Frizzy Hair -- From Curly to Straight

<b>Nate Bova</b><p>Bova is a hairstylist at the Warren-Tricomi salon in New York City. Half-Sicilian, half-black, she proudly rocks her "corkscrew curly" texture every single day. "I haven't blown out my hair in 10 years," she says. "I love to wear my curls with lots of volume."<p><b>Her frizz issue:</b> Natural …

Morning Routine Makeovers: Hacks To Make Your A.M. Smoother

Who has a morning routine, you ask? Just some of the most successful people in the world: famous CEOs, artists, writers and world leaders. Even the FLOTUS has credited her strict morning habits with helping to set the tone for a productive day.<p>If it's good enough for this crowd, it's good enough …

Weight Loss Advice From 1920: Does It Still Hold Up Today?

<i>By Lauren Gelman for Reader's Digest</i><p>Published in the very first issue of <i>Reader's Digest</i> magazine, the article "How to Regulate Your Weight" is full of diet tips that are surprisingly forward-thinking -- along with others that are woefully outdated. Here, key weight-loss lessons we can all</b> …

Extroversion In Young Adulthood Linked With Well-Being Later In Life: Study

Are you a happy, outgoing person, or are you more neurotic and anxious? The answer could have an effect on your happiness later on in life, according to a new study.<p>Researchers identified an association between being extroverted in young adulthood and having high life satisfaction and well-being …