KCA Life

By Dan Kirkland | A Magazine about Improving Life

Pull the Trigger to Clean Your Shotgun Bore

Ranting and Ravings from Phil Bourjaily and David E. Petzal<p>A new invention uses a shotshell to help you keep your gun in working order<p>File this one …

Hunting

Drinking Yourself to Death

Water is life, we’re told. But what if you drink too much? As it turns out, there’s a little-discussed flipside to dehydration called hyponatremia—and it's been on the rise, killing athletes and otherwise healthy people every year. And while you may think you know how much you need to drink, …

Athletes

Become Fascinating: Discover How People See You

Imagine if you could discover how the world truly sees you.<p>In order to play to your strengths it’s imperative to know how people see you when you’re at your very best. By embracing the unique qualities that make you fascinating instead of trying to fix your perceived weaknesses, you can become a …

Branding

Revitalize Your Home in Just 48 Hours With Trendy Houseplants on Amazon Prime

If you're looking to bring a touch of the outdoors inside — but without actually, you know, venturing outdoors — take a peek at all the refreshing greenery offered on Amazon Prime. Whether it's an air-purifying plant, an adorable collection of succulents, or something green and soothing for the …

Plants

How Psychologists Treat The Kind Of Thinking That Leads To Depression

Rumination sucks. But researchers know how to stop it.<p>When human brains have nothing else to do, they think. Even if you’ve meditated for 3,000 …

Psychology

Here's What You Do (and Don't) Need to Know About Your Partner's Past Sexual Health

<i>Sex and sexual health are key aspects of your relationship’s romance and intimacy, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to talk about! It’s tough to bring up, but being able to have an open and honest conversation about sex with your partner is good for your relationship—and your health. Our experts are</i> …

Relationships

Some Teens Say They're Contemplating Suicide to Get Mental Health Treatment

There are other options<p>Students in the United Kingdom are reportedly harming themselves in order to access mental health services.<p><i>Tes</i> magazine reports teens in the UK are doing things that appear to be suicide attempts, but are really a bid to get treatment amid dwindling mental health services. …

Mental Health

8 Great Life Teachings from Yoda

Need a life coach? Master Yoda, the ultimate wise and wizened elder of indeterminate origin and unmistakable syntax, is here to help.<b>1. Be mindful.</b>“A …

The 20 Gadgets Every Man Should Own

Modern life never leaves us in one place for long. Racing to work, exercising, grabbing dinner, traveling cross-country or putting our feet up at …

Gear & Gadgets

I worried that my son’s teacher didn’t see him as a boy with autism

The instant I closed the front door behind him on the first day of fourth grade, James burst into tears as if I’d popped his cork. Just as I’d feared.<p>“My teacher said if I forget to write my name on my paper she’ll make me do it 800 times. Call her,” he begged. “Tell her she needs to treat me …

Autism

Leaving Social Media Taught Me How Broken The News Cycle Is

In December, I began a three-month break from Facebook and Twitter. I was on a brief book leave from FiveThirtyEight, and with the election finally …

Social Media

5 ways to manage public speaking anxiety

When you’re facing an important business presentation, do you often feel like you’re at the mercy of your anxiety?<p>As you probably know, fear of public speaking is rooted in human biology. However, that doesn’t mean speech anxiety is an inevitable fact of life that you can’t overcome, and it …

Leadership

Will You Actually Be More Productive If You Take a Nap Every Day?

Spaniards have the midday siesta, of course, but have been labelled less productive than other Europeans.<p>The premise sounds almost too good to be true: Taking a nap in the middle of the day might end up making you more productive. Of course, avid nappers will attest to feeling better after taking …

Sleep

Picking a College Major That Matters (and Pays)

HERE'S THE DEAL: YOU'RE A FRESHMAN or sophomore on campus, looking forward to exploring new skills and interests, and you're supposed to decide, right now, what you're going to do with the rest of your life. It's that high-stakes college quiz called, "Choosing a Major!" Ready or not, most colleges …

Merrill Lynch

Breaking These 11 Bad Habits Will Make You a Lot Happier

We all have bad habits, but some cost us more in happiness than others.<p>Nobody is free of bad habits. From junk food to cigars, from being late to constantly being on our phones, there are things we know we should give up.<p>Bad habits come at a cost--in health, in reputation, in money. But some are …

Self-improvement

7 tips for achieving work-life balance, according to wellness execs

Good news: Whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder or on a mission to launch your own brand, getting ahead at work doesn’t have to mean …

Work-life Balance

Leadership Takes Self-Control. Here’s What We Know About It

Philosophers and psychologists have been discussing the importance of self-control for ages. Plato, for example, argued that the human experience is a constant struggle between our desire and rationality, and that self-control is needed to achieve our ideal form. Likewise, Freud suggested that …

Leadership

Parents Feeling in Control of Their Lives Linked to Fewer Behavioral Problems in Kids

A new study has linked specific internal traits in parents with sleeping, eating, and behavior problems in their children.<p>I am completely on board with the idea that a parent's outlook on life affects his or her parenting style. This is the underlying theory behind a new study that says toddlers' …

Parenting

Why You Should Schedule for Energy, Not Time

Get more things done, with more energy, in less time.<p>Most of us schedule our tasks based on when we're free.<p>When you forget to complete a task, you schedule it for first thing in the morning. When there's free time in the afternoon, you use it to write a new article.<p>You're probably thinking, this …

Time Management

60 Top Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be an Outstanding Leader

Inspiring, motivational quotes to help you become a better leader, a better boss...and maybe even a better person.<p>Being a leader--being the boss--can feel like the hardest job of all. No matter how large your team, no matter how collaborative and engaged your employees, ultimately it's up to …

Motivation

How the Rule of 72 Can Help Double Your Money

Do you want to know how to double your money? The Rule of 72 shows you how to do this without taking on too much risk in about 7 years.<p>What's the …

How to Hack a First Impression

Head high, eyes forward, and please, please keep your hands out of your pockets.<p>This story appears in the May 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>.<p>In a study published in 1992, researchers Nalini Ambady and Robert Rosenthal at Harvard University tested the power of first impressions by examining students’ …

Education

5 Smart Ways to Learn Faster

In the quest to learn quickly, you need others' help, you need to fail fast, and it won't hurt to make your own luck.<p>Today, business is inherently more complex than it has ever been.<p>Yves Morieux, senior partner at strategy consultancy Boston Consulting Group, has developed an index to show how …

Success

Mother Teresa Reveals the Number One Cause of Emotional Suffering (And What You Can Do About It)

I think we all can agree that emotional suffering is one of the hardest struggles to deal with in life.<p>Whether it’s anxiety or depression, or a …

Living with mania is one of the toughest parts of having bipolar disorder

<b>For me, mania is the worst part of living with bipolar disorder.</b><p>Breaking down the stigma around mental health means f*** all if there's no funding<p>For …

Please stop bragging about how busy you are

“Busy” has become a brand. We moan, brag, and compete about how busy we are.<p>Many of us are locked in a state of frantic, racing, cramming, skimming …

Self-improvement

Here’s how a family came up with $3 million to ensure lifetime care for their autistic son

When Roberto and Carol Fernandez brought their son, Alex, into the world, they never anticipated they'd also become experts in special needs planning …

Autism

Mom's Viral Message: My Child Is Not Required to Share With Yours

For this mama, it's about teaching her son to have boundaries, not to share with everyone he meets. Do you agree or disagree?<p>A mom's Facebook post is going viral over her somewhat-unusal stance on kids having to share.<p>Alanya Kolberg's take on sharing has been, well, shared more than 225,000 times …

Parenting

Love, marriage, kids — life doesn’t follow a set timeline. So don’t expect it to.

When I was 24, my great-aunt and -uncle asked about my life goals. At the time, I was working nights as a copy editor and dreamed of someday shifting into a full-time writing job. (One where I got to write more than headlines and didn’t have to work until midnight!) I also remember telling them …

Relationships