KCA Life

By Dan Kirkland | A Magazine about Improving Life

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 …

Success

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 …

Relationships

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 …

Addiction

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 …

Accurate

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 switched gears to weight training, and recently posted this before-and-after to ease women's fears about lifting and bulking up. She …

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 …

Genetics

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 …

Relationships

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 …

Personality

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, …

Relationships

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, …

Employment

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

These snacks go hand-in-hand with a healthy weight loss plan<p>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 …

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 …

Inc. Magazine

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 …

Love

14 Remarkable Ways My Life Changed When I Quit Social Media

Social media works like a drug. You can't leave it easily.<p><i>How did your life change after leaving Social Media? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Shovan Chowdhury, on Quora:</b><p>My friend …

Happiness

10 potty training hacks every parent should know

It's a rite of passage every parent dreads but with a sensitive approach, helping your child transition from nappies to potty to toilet can be a calm …

Parenting

7 secrets that will make you build good habits

Building good habits can be hard. Real hard. Nearly half of dieters give up within a week.<p>Forty percent of dieters quit within one week and more than …

Self-help

7 Destructive Phrases You Need to Stop Saying At Work

Here are seven common phrases to eliminate from your work vocabulary if you want to succeed.<p>We pay a lot of attention to looking professional in the workplace, but we don't always give enough thought to <i>sounding</i> professional.<p>What you say and how you say it goes far in telling those around you how …

Inc. Magazine

Pull the Trigger to Clean Your Shotgun Bore

File this one under: What will they think of next?<p>People have loaded lots of things into shotshells (spices, flower seeds, loved one’s ashes), but …

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

Shutterstock<p>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 …

Leadership

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>There are other options.<p>Students in the United Kingdom are reportedly harming themselves in order to access mental health services. [*Tes*](https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/exclusive-pupils-risking-their-lives-mental-health-services-collapse) magazine …

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 …

Star Wars

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 …

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 …

Parenting