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The Astonishing Neuroscience Behind Meditation

<b>Reading Time:</b> 3 Minutes<p>As the concepts of mindfulness and meditation grow in popularity, more and more research is being done to see how consistent …

Accepting your darkest emotions is the key to psychological health

Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in …

Psychology

Alleviate Anxiety With This Do-Anywhere Grounding Exercise

Mindfulness and meditation are well-known ways to combat anxiety and stress, but they can be hard to fit into a busy schedule. If you need a quick …

Mindfulness

There’s a psychological term for feeling like what you’re seeing isn’t real

The philosopher Jean Baudrillard posited in the 1970s that modernity ended when we became obsessed with life simulations, like television. He called the new period “postmodernity,” a time of the hyper-real—when imitations seem more real than reality—and predicted the distinction between fact and …

Psychology

A Cambridge philosopher explains what we should do to resist Donald Trump

On Friday, Donald Trump will become president of the United States. Many people do not want this to happen—but there’s nothing we can do to stop it. And so the philosophical question arises: What should we do about things we can’t do anything about?<p>According to Stoicism, an ancient school of …

Donald Trump

Talking To A Therapist Can Literally Rewire Your Brain

If you can change the way you think, you can change your brain.<p>That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that challenging unhealthy thought patterns with the help of a therapist can lead to measurable changes in brain activity.<p>In the study, psychologists at King’s College London show that …

Mental Health

How mindfulness makes your brain happy

Everybody is talking about mindfulness, but nobody seems to be able to explain clearly what the heck it really is. Ask people and you'll hear, "Umm, …

How Focusing On Your Mind And Body Can Be The Best Antidepressant

Eat well, feel well, be well<p>Two years ago, it made sense, to put it lightly, for me to go on antidepressants. I was in a rut, a miserable hole of self-loathing darkness with a sprinkling of social anxiety, and so my therapist suggested Wellbutrin. It helped; it gave me just enough energy to face …

How to travel with just a carry-on

The usual response I get when I ask friends and family why they're choosing to pay a $25 or higher fee instead of just packing a carry-on is that they could never fit all their belongings into one small bag.<p>With these packing tips, you certainly can.

Backpacking

NOW Is the Time to Book a Cheap Flight to Europe

If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug or just really need to get away on a relaxing vacay, now is the perfect time to book that European trip you’ve been dreaming of. So download your fave travel map apps, set up your airfare installments (if needed) and make some plans, because airfares from the …

Flying

6 Underrated European Cities You Should Seriously Visit

You’ve been to Paris and you’ve been to Rome, but Europe is a big continent full of hidden treasures ripe for exploring. Here, six lesser-known European cities that deserve a spot on your travel bucket list.<p>GO TO AMSTERDAM, BUT DON’T MISS MAASTRICHT<p>Read more.<p>GO TO LISBON, BUT DON’T MISS PORTO<p>Read …

European Travel

The 10 Best Last-Minute Summer Getaways

On this week's Travelogue podcast, our editors discussed their top picks for last minute trips to take in the last few weeks of summer. From Portland, Maine to Bermuda to Hong Kong, there are plenty of options near and far for a spontaneous final trip in August or September. So be spontaneous and …

Hong Kong

'Unbroken Brain' Explains Why 'Tough' Treatment Doesn't Help Drug Addicts

Tough love, interventions and 12-step programs are some of the most common methods of treating drug addiction, but journalist Maia Szalavitz says they're often counterproductive.<p>"We have this idea that if we are just cruel enough and mean enough and tough enough to people with addiction, that they …

Mental Health

11 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

One writer discovers a country of dizzying contradictions.<p>In the words of a local artist and friendly guide I met on a recent trip to Cuba, “The only way to understand Cuba is to be irrational.” The island nation is a place of paradoxes: one where you're at once in awe of Havana's history and …

Cuba

The Best of Brain Pickings 2015

The paradoxical psychology of why we fall in love, what maturity really means, how our emotions affect our immune system, the transformative power of solitude, and a year’s worth more.<p>After the annual reading list of the 15 finest books of the year, it’s time for the annual look back upon the best …

Incredible Aerial Photographs Of New York City Taken At An Astounding Height

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has spent the past 15 year taking daring helicopter rides to capture some of the most incredible aerial images from around the world.<p>But his latest photo mission — to photograph New York City at night from above — was "the scariest of his life," …

Photography

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …