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3 ways to use the placebo effect to have a better day

Researchers have been studying the placebo effect for decades -- and there's plenty of evidence it works. So much so that a 2010 survey of more than 400 docs found that a whopping 56% said they'd actually prescribed placebos to their patients. (Um, yikes.)<p>But researchers are now looking beyond …

30 Days of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Our bodies are designed to optimize at whatever level of training we push at them. This is a survival mechanism intended to give us an evolutionary advantage in Paleolithic times. In the modern age it just means that the workout we have scheduled to do on a busy day delivers diminishing returns as …

Exercise

Everything You Need To Know About Meditation

<i>By Jancee Dunn</i><p>"It'll change your life!" my trendier friends say. For the past year, they have been urging me to meditate. "Not my thing," I answer. I'm not good at Zen -- I'm good at running late to an appointment as I fire off five texts. But after a particularly chaotic week in which I reeled …

Eating 7 Or More Daily Portions Of Produce Could Reduce Premature Death Risk

Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in your breakfast, lunch and dinner could help to protect you from dying early, a new study suggests.<p>And the effects seemed to be especially pronounced the more servings of produce people ate each day, found researchers from University College London.<p>The …

This Will Inspire You To Transform Your Gloomy Day Into Something Bright

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

How to Figure Out What You Want Out of Life

Most of us have a fuzzy idea of what we want now, today, and maybe even this month. However, we struggle to answer the bigger question: What do I really want out of life?<p><b>When I ask my clients this question, I usually get a few types of answers:</b><p>• Silence or "I don't know"<p>• A fuzzy version of what …

Work-life Balance

7 Things Morning People Do Differently

Inside each of us, is a genetically-determined clock. You can’t wind it, and you can’t hear it tick, but you most likely notice its effects every day.<p>For most of us, those internal clocks, called our circadian rhythms, are naturally set on a cycle that's just slightly longer than 24 hours. About a …

5 New Directions When You Feel Lost

Like the body sheds sunburned skin, I have recently shed all that was not serving a positive purpose in my life. I ended a marriage-like relationship, moved to a different state, took up acting lessons, left acting lessons, took them up again, fell in unrequited love, and began working on a …

Motivation

7 Research-Backed Breakfast Tips for Faster Weight Loss

Want to fend off breakfast boredom <i>and</i> lose some pounds? We've rounded up a week's worth of ideas for your a.m. meals.<p>If you're trying to lose weight, it's smart to make your morning meal count. Hit your goals in no time with these tasty, zero-deprivation tactics, all of which have been proven by …

Nutrition

Do You Live in One of the Worst Cities for Allergies?

1. Louisville, KY<br>2. Memphis, TN<br>3. Baton Rouge, LA<br>4. Oklahoma City, OK<br>5. Jackson, MS<br>6. Chattanooga, TN<br>7. Dallas, TX<br>8. Richmond, VA<br>9. Birmingham, AL<br>10. McAllen, TX<p>Interestingly, this is Louisville's third year as the number one "allergy capital" (the other years were back in 2003 and 2009). Other …

4 Things You Can Do During Your Lunch Hour to Promote Weight Loss

<b>Meditate Away Stress</b><br>De-stressing is always a good idea—but it's extra important when it comes to shedding pounds because knowing how to manage stress has been shown to affect how many pounds you lose. Even just five minutes of closing your eyes and breathing deeply can help. No need to cross your …

5 Rules to Run Better for Life

Running. What's it about for you? Do you do it to stay in shape, relieve stress, lose weight, and/or spend time with family and friends? Whatever your reasons, research has shown that running is not only the ultimate physical activity but also an important contributor to your health.<p>My family and I …

Marathons

Four Common Situations Where Mindfulness Saves the Day

There are so many times during the week that I am poignantly grateful for my mindfulness practice. Uncomfortable, boring or hard situations now evolve into easy, spectacular or even funny events. For example...<p><b>1. Mindfulness saves the day... when driving.</b><p>Common scenario: You start your sedan, drive …

Mindfulness

Top 10 Food Lies That Keep Us Sick and Fat, Part 1

When it comes to weight loss, there's a ton of advice out there. The problem is, most of it is terrible, outdated and scientifically disproven. And if you believe it, it could be getting in your way. So let's take a look at the top 10 food lies that keep you sick and fat, staring with the first …

Nutrition

Mindy Kaling Shares Her New Get-Healthy Goals

We love how Mindy's goals are totally achievable—rather than super restrictive or just plain unreachable. And it looks like she's already started working toward them:<p><i>I invited Bronson over for lunch from the #itsallgood cookbook so I prepped by making the salad dressing this evening. Making my own</i> …

Eating More Vegetables Can Almost Halve Your Risk of Dying

We’ve all been told to eat our vegetables, and even if we don’t like it, we know they’re good for us. But a new study shows just how good for our …

Holistic Medicine

5 Creative Ways to Cook With Eggs

1 Tbsp olive oil<br>1 large yellow onion, chopped<br>2 Tbsp tomato paste<br>2 tsp ground cumin<br>1 clove garlic, crushed<br>1 tsp smoked paprika<br>1/4 tsp cayenne<br>2 jarred roasted red peppers, chopped<br>1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes (including juice)<br>8 large eggs<br>1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped, for garnish<br>1/4 cup parsley …

Do coffee and tea really dehydrate us?

We’re told that tea and coffee dehydrates us, says Claudia Hammond, but what’s the evidence say?<p>Every day people around the globe drink 1.6 billion cups of coffee and around twice as many cups of tea.<p>They enjoy the taste and the fact that the caffeine wakes them up. But when we’re exhorted to drink …

Coffee

15 Ways to Feel Lighter By The End of Today

<b>In The Morning...</b><p><b>Drink Hot Water and Lemon</b><br>A mug of hot lemon water in the morning wakes up your digestive system and helps get things moving. You can drink green tea with lemon if you don't like the taste of warm lemon water on its own.<p><b>Go Dairy-Free</b><br>Many people experience belly discomfort and …

The Common Habit That Can Lead to Weight Gain

The Crazy-Common Habit That’s Making You Consume Hundreds of Extra Calories<p>Are you setting yourself up for weight gain?<p>Tereshchenko Dmitry/Shutterstock<p>A fruity frozen margarita, a glass of pinot, a whiskey sour—they all look so innocent, right? Thing is, these and other alcoholic beverages may be a …

Sleep Your Way to Creativity and 9 More Sure Fire Methods for More Ideas

It's hard to keep track of everything we learn about creativity. One day I'm adjusting the temperature in my workspace, and the next I'm trying to put off creative work until I'm tired.<p>If you're in the same boat, and you find it's difficult to remember what will improve your creativity and when you …

Creativity

Want To Be More Patient? Practice Gratitude

Patience -- it's good, but notoriously hard, to have. Now, a new study shows a potential way to increase it: Have gratitude.<p>Published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers from Northeastern University, the University of California, Riverside, and Harvard University found that feelings …

7 Ways To Get Fit In Half The Time

<i>By Jeremey DuVall for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Don't have time for the gym? You're probably not the only one. Lack of time is one of the top reasons most individuals skip out on their sweat session. Despite the numerous benefits like reduced stress and improved mood, workouts often get moved to the back …

The Dirty Truth About The (Expired) Products In Your Bathroom

Has your medicine cabinet seen a good purge yet this decade?<p>Hygiene and makeup products can and will go bad. Keep something too long and it could become ineffective or even start growing potentially harmful bacteria -- especially eye products, since we use them around such sensitive areas of the …

Here's What A Healthy Relationship With Facebook Looks Like

Facebook is a powerful tool for connecting people and ideas. Members of the site have been shown to foster more close relationships with others, scoring several points higher on tests of companionship and emotional support in a 2011 Pew Research Center study of Americans' Internet habits. And more …

5 Foods to Keep at Work for Healthy Last-Minute Lunches

<b>Nonfat Yogurt</b><br>On its own, yogurt might seem like just a snack. But when you toss in some fruits and nuts, you've got a nutrient-rich meal. Stock up on larger containers so that you can scoop out a bigger-than-normal serving that will keep you going until dinnertime.<p><b>Canned Tuna or Chicken</b><br>These …

Decide on Love

Jeff was convinced he'd fallen out of love with his wife, Arlene, and that nothing could salvage their 26-year marriage. He wanted relief from the oppressiveness of feeling continually judged and found wanting. Arlene, for her part, was hurt and angry because she felt Jeff avoided any real …

Mindfulness

How I Became a Morning Person

I've never been a "morning person." If I needed to be anywhere besides the airport prior to 8 a.m., chances are I was going to be late. I didn't like making breakfast unless it was Sunday, and 9 a.m. meetings were the bane of my existence. Still, I desired to take better care of myself physically, …

Fitness

5 Sleep Mistakes You May Have Made Last Night (VIDEO)

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy<p>You know to stay away from caffeine and alcohol if you want a better night's sleep, but you could still be sabotaging your shuteye with your nighttime habits.<p>One common culprit? A dinner that's too heavy and too close to …