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11 Things Happy Couples Don't Do

<i>By Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin for YourTango</i><p>Happiness in a relationship takes much more than luck. It takes a conscious daily effort to put healthy relationship habits into practice. Sounds simple, but that alone is very important marriage counseling advice.<p>If we had to make some generalizations about …

Stereotypes

Spotlight: Sustainable Travel Writers The Ecophiles

<b>Our names are</b> Namrata B. and Mitali M., and we are the co-founders of the eco-travel site Ecophiles. We’re travel writers and love sharing inspiring travel ideas based in nature, culture, food and adventure.<p><b>Ecophiles</b><p><b>Our work specializes in</b> coming up with fabulous ideas for eco-friendly travel. We …

ICYMI: The Rise Of Trigger Warnings And What An Empty Inbox Says About Your Personality

<i>ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week.</i><p>This week, we read everything we could get our hands on about human behavior, including an essay on what the rise of trigger warnings and safe spaces say about us as a society, and a piece on the psychological advantages of strongly identifying …

Making Excuses: Two Tales of Hardship Illustrate the Science of Success

Little 11-year-old James had a big, impractical idea. He was going to graduate from high school. Before you dismiss what would seem a pretty average accomplishment for most, consider his story.<p>James lived in rural, war-torn Uganda. He lost his entire family to disease by the time he was six and was …

Motivation

5 Powerful Exercises to Increase Your Mental Strength

Building mental strength is about regulating your emotions, managing your thoughts, and behaving in a positive manner, despite your circumstances. Mental strength involves more than just willpower; it requires hard work and commitment. Growing stronger requires you to establish healthy habits, …

How Grace and Guts Help Us to Get Up and Leave

I participated in a controversial conversation recently about why we [women] tend hang onto people and situations that no longer serve us, such as jobs, business ideas, or personal relationships that are soul killing. It was prompted by this question:<p>"How do you know when to take the horse out back …

A High-Intensity Workout to Burn Calories Like Crazy

Feel awesome before tomorrow’s big feast!<p>Bored with traditional cardio like running on a track or using the elliptical? The moves combined in this six-move sequence make for an incredible calorie-burning alternative. Bonus: They’ll also tighten up and tone your muscles.<p><b>The Workout:</b> Perform each …

21 Ways to Let Go and Free Yourself

<i>"In the end, these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?"</i> -- Buddha<p>Therapists, coaches and yoga instructors love to tell us, "Just let go!" Sounds divine, yet ambiguous... What exactly is involved in the process of letting go? After 20 years …

The Surprising Reasons Men Love the Kim Kardashian Game

You already know that everyone and her sister and her aunt and her mother is playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the mobile game which has reportedly …

Fall in Love With Someone Who Inspires You

If there's one thing in life I continuously look for and cannot live without, it's "inspiration."<p>Nothing is worse than being demotivated, discouraged, and misunderstood by the one you love.<p>Seeing several couples getting divorced and going through emotional baggages from that, I believe it's …

Happy Thoughts: Here Are the Things Proven To Make You Happier

<b>What’s the secret to a head full of happy thoughts?</b><p>Time to round up the research on living a happy life to see what we can use.<p>First, yeah, a good …

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

Becoming and staying productive isn’t about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It’s about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started.<p>It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d …

How to Find the Kind of Joy That Lasts

It was the bottom bottom of the ninth inning in game seven of the 2001 World Series. The New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks were all tied …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

A photographer spent five years staying at Nevada brothels for weeks at a time — here's what he saw

Over the course of five years, McAndrews made regular trips to Nevada's legal brothels, staying anywhere from a week to a month each time. He stayed in bedrooms in the houses, shared a bathroom with the working girls, and saw the world that no one — except those who work at the brothels — see.<p>"It's …

The 10 Roads to Truth

We are inherent seekers of truth. Whether we're trying to comprehend our true purpose, make a truthful decision, or decipher if someone is telling us the truth, it is in our nature to extract truth from all matters of life. But the truth must be grasped firmly, lest it trickle out of our …

Fidelity to place: When the traveler finally settles down

Wade Davis is describing the Sacred Headwaters, his words rolling like the wave trains of the Stikine. “Fidelity to place,” he says and I feel that …

4 Lies You Need to Stop Telling Yourself

Trending Stories<p>Our Favorite Kitchen Organizing Ideas Ever<p>10 of Our Healthiest Slow-Cooker Recipes<p>7 Slenderizing Fashion Strategies<p>The Very Best …

How To Motivate Yourself Into an Exercise Routine You'll Actually Stick To

If getting active and staying healthy were easy, everyone would do it...but we don't. We come home after a long day of sitting in a chair to …

Fitness Technology

How You Prove Yourself Right

Do you believe you can become more talented if you work at it, or are you stuck with "just" your innate abilities? This is vital to consider, because it affects so much of what you attempt to do (or not). For example, think about something you wish you were better at doing -- and what you've …

The Courageousness of Accepting Things as They Are

I Ching: It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception on illusion. That a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized.<p>One of the hardest things in life is to accept our misfortunes, our quiet times, our …

Positive Thinking

The 15-Minute Body-Weight Workout

This fresh routine is ready to roll wherever you go<p>Ah, summer: long days at the beach, cocktails rimmed with salt, and—most important—a break from everyday life. But it can also mean staying in cramped hotel rooms and deciding between packing your running shoes or those cute wedges in your carry-on.<p>…

3 Keys to Lasting Love

In many countries of the word, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia, February 14 is Valentine's Day. It is a day when school children exchange "Will you be my valentine?" cards and men wander around the stores looking for something they hope will …

37 Life Lessons in 37 Years

Today is my 37th birthday. And, I must say, it's been a pretty interesting ride so far. As I look back over the years and many phases of my Iife, I realize how each stage, success, stumble, triumph and heartache has had a significant impact on where I stand right now. And despite the rough patches, …

When Self-Improvement Gets Boring, Try These 6 Motivational Strategies

As human beings, we're always striving to be better. The most common self-improvement goals people set, particularly this time of year, are things like losing weight, improving our cholesterol numbers or blood pressure, or getting in shape for a marathon. These are body goals. They are concrete and …

Navigating the New Year With a Beginner's Mind

Gerry Spence, the famous lawyer, and a noted poet and photographer from a small town in Wyoming once wrote:<p>Some claim amazement that any lawyer could achieve national prominence after spending his first seventeen years of practice in the sticks of Wyoming -- indeed, in Riverton, Wyoming, population …

9 New Ways to Tone Up with Dumbbells

Never do another bicep curl again<p>Dumbbells are good for way more than just bicep curls and overhead presses. Sure, they help make your arms look amazing, but they can also tone up your <i>entire</i> body. So the next time you want to change things up in your workout, try a few of these moves from the</i> …

Failing Forward

"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction." -- John F. Kennedy<p>One core reason we stay in our comfort zones of inaction is the fear of failure. This isn't news. It's also common advice to cope with our failures, even learn from …