KCA Life

By Dan Kirkland | A Magazine about Improving Life

The Best Memory-Boosting Foods

Put these foods on your grocery list to remember where you parked when you leave the supermarket.<p>From forgetting where you put your keys to …

25 Pumpkin Recipes Perfect for Fall

'Tis the season for everything pumpkin!<p>Celebrate the new season with pumpkin! From breakfast to lunch, and dinner to dessert, whip up a selection of …

How to Wake Up Feeling Motivated & Ready to Succeed

We've all been there. The alarm goes off in the morning and we groggily feel around the nightstand in search of the alarm's snooze button to snag a …

Productivity

Here’s What Men and Women Dream About Most Often

Daydreams are great because they inspire, entertain, and de-stress us. And if you begin to visualize your daydreams, there’s actually a better chance they’ll become reality. But if the best part about daydreams is our ability to consciously control them, then the strangest part about our <i>actual</i> …

Relationships

The 37 best young adult books we ever read

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Many of us look back on the "young adult" years of our life and remember both broad brush strokes of volatile feelings and …

Books

7 tips for staying healthy during what looks to be a horrible flu season

With cold weather comes flu season, and this year isn’t looking too great when it comes to avoiding the sniffles—at least if the US follows in …

16 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately

It's hard to say exactly why you like someone.<p>Maybe it's their goofy smile; maybe it's their razor-sharp wit; or maybe it's simply that they're easy to be around. You just like them.<p>But scientists generally aren't satisfied with answers like that, and they've spent years trying to pinpoint the …

Psychology

How many calories you burn doing 39 popular exercises

Everything we do burns calories.<p>But have you ever wondered how your running habits compare to your friend's cycling sessions? Or how your weekend kayaking trip stacked up to a morning swim?<p>Calorie-counting isn't the best way to lose weight — for that, you're better off focusing on which foods you …

Weight Loss

Portraits of Breast Cancer

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Cancer

Running to Heal From Life’s Greatest Loss

A young Army widow finds solace in the miles—and wants to share that comfort with others like her.<p>Krista Simpson wasn’t much into fitness before she started running in March 2013. “I was one of those girls who had a gym membership and never really got her money’s worth,” she says. She had a good …

Green Beret

19 Things About Life You Should Know Before You Turn 29

A lot happens in those 10 years.<p>It's October.<p>Which means 2017 has officially flown by. (Remember all those things you swore you were going to do back in January? Have you done any of them?)<p>One of the things I prioritize doing Q4 of every year is taking a considerable amount of time to reflect on …

Self-improvement

How five great leaders dealt with crisis, and what we can learn from them

In the early 2000s, Nancy Koehn was socked with one personal blow after the next within a three-year period: Her father dropped dead suddenly. Her husband walked out and a terrible divorce ensued. And she was diagnosed with breast cancer.<p>As these “big hunky blocks” of her life were falling around …

Abraham Lincoln

These are the 9 most annoying phrases people use at work, according to a new survey

With ridiculous words and passive-aggressive work phrases invading today’s office dialogue, it’s clear people are pretty sensitive about language in …

Language

The Difference Between a Heart Attack, Stroke, and Cardiac Arrest

Heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest—you're probably familiar with all three and know that they're serious conditions requiring medical …

Medicine

Why, When You Fail, You Should 'Fail Forward'

So, you've fallen on your face? Consider that you're walking in the footsteps of Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey and Stephen King.<p>Teachers described him as “too stupid to learn anything.” He got fired from two jobs because he was “non-productive.”<p>Then he tried inventing something completely new. What’s …

Five people talk about the time they cheated on a partner

<b>There is probably a lot of us with stories about partners who have done the dirty and cheated.</b><p>They were obviously kn*bheads who didn’t deserve our …

The Secret Lives of Functioning Heroin Users

"I use on a lunchtime at work, only a couple of lines or so, which I smoke in the handicap bathroom."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.If you are struggling with drug dependency and are looking for help, contact the</i> <i>Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.</i><p>Recent …

Heroin

How to trick your brain into thinking a small animal is hopping up your arm

Our brains have some pretty inaccurate maps of our body.<p>Everyone hates awkward pauses, and your brain is no exception. The mind’s eye will attempt to fill in dead spaces—though it’s not always very accurate. Try this: Have a friend give a few taps to your forearm, first near the wrist and then the …

The Brain

This Amazing Transformation Proves Lifting Weights WON'T Make You Bulk Up

Rebecca Catherine Smith, a fitness influencer with almost 40K followers, has been on the fitness train for quite a while. She used to be all about cardio, but has since switched gears to weight training, and recently posted this before-and-after photo to ease women's fears about lifting and bulking …

Fitness

Biphasic and polyphasic sleep: What is it and is it good for you?

Sleep is a vital component of human health, and the amount of sleep a person needs changes with their age. And, as with other body functions, sleep …

Sleep

Experiences in Childhood Can Alter Your DNA For The Rest of Your Life

It could even make you prone to illness.<p>Childhood is a defining period in anybody's life, but for many of us it seems those early life experiences …

6 texting habits couples in the strongest relationships have

Most of us are texting pros when it comes to going back and forth with our friends and family, but texting a new romantic partner can be a totally …

9 signs you're a highly sensitive person

That loud noise feels like it’s piercing your brain. A hectic day at the office makes you crave a dark room. A beautiful song sends chills up your spine.<p>You may be a highly sensitive person, noticing things that the rest of us don’t and more vulnerable to everyday frustrations, said Amy Morin, a …

Survey Reveals The Different Ages Men And Women Go Off Sex

And it's a lot sooner than you'd think<p>Men between the ages of 35 and 44 are likely to lose interest in sex according to a sexual attitudes survey, …

17 Warning Signs That Your Workplace Is Becoming Toxic

Is your boss a bully? Are your co-workers critical and negative?<p>Over the years, I have collected enough evidence about incivility in the workplace that I could write a book about it. Thankfully, it's already been masterfully done by highly-acclaimed Georgetown University business professor, …

10 of the best snacks to eat if you're trying to lose weight

Trying to lose weight but can't stop snacking for love nor money? Luckily, snacking is an effective way of managing appetite levels and preventing overeating at mealtimes. So if you make sure the snacks you eat are healthy, they'll go hand-in-hand with your weight loss plan.<p>"Whether it be a …

Eating

Don't Feel Guilty If You Procrastinate. Here Are 6 Reasons It's Actually Good For You

Kafka, Frank Lloyd Wright and Margaret Atwood were famous for it.<p>If we didn't procrastinate life would be so much simpler.<p>More than 60% of people I have interviewed, did workshops with and taught Design The Life You Love to over the last 7 years have told me that procrastination is the #1 thing …

This Is How Long Sex Actually Lasts For Most Couples

Worried you're a Quick Draw McGraw? Here's how you stack up to other dudes—and what you can do to make the loving last longer<p>Worried you don't last long enough in the sack? Most couples aren’t doing it for as long as you might think, according to new data from Lovely, a sex toy and tracking app for …