Carissa Ruf

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An Innovation For Pain Relief That's Worthy Of Some Buzz

<i>In our</i>"Weekly Innovation" blog series<i>, we feature a new idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. We found this week's product on our list of reader submissions. Share an innovation with us by</i>using this quick form.<p>Kids have been fidgeting nervously at doctors' offices since the …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Rumination: The danger of dwelling

<b>The UK's biggest ever online test into stress, undertaken by the BBC's Lab UK and the University of Liverpool, has revealed that rumination is the biggest predictor of the most common mental health problems in the country.</b><p>A bit of self-reflection can be a good thing, say psychologists. But just how …

Mental Health

Sleep 'cleans' the brain of toxins

<b>The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day's thinking, researchers have shown.</b><p>The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep.<p>Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps …

Alzheimer's Disease

12 Intentional Actions to Choose Happiness Today

<i>“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”</i> —Abraham Lincoln<p>Happy people realize happiness is a choice. They are not held …

Our attitudes and behaviours are key to happiness

New data shows that the UK is taking promising steps towards a happier society, but we must redefine our idea of success if we are to truly nurture …

6 Steps To Reset Your Sleep Patterns For Fall

<i>Shelby Freedman Harris, PsyD for YouBeauty</i><p>For most of us, the summer is a time to let loose and enjoy the longer days as much as possible. With fewer schedules and demands (and more fun!), comes a less strict sleep-wake schedule and daily routine. Once summer flies by and fall is knocking at our …

Get in the Cardio Zone: The Slow-and-Steady Cardio Workout

<b>2:00-5:00</b><br>Turn up your intensity to four out of 10, a pace light enough for you to maintain comfortably but that has you breathing a little deeper.<p><b>5:00-8:00</b><br>Raise the intensity to five out of 10, a pace at which your heart rate and breathing rate go up but you're still able to have a short …

10 ways to get in touch with the natural world

GETTING IN TOUCH with the natural world where I live, in the mountains of British Columbia, isn’t very difficult. I just need to step out of my …

11 Keys To Happiness From Other Cultures

You can hoard all the shot glasses you want on your next trip, but they’re not going to guide you to a higher echelon of personal fulfillment.<p>Take home a cultural souvenir instead! These 11 habits from other cultures are small changes that could mean big payoffs in your happiness levels. Try one …