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Mexico’s Secret Beach

I don flippers and a life vest, leave my goggles, smartphone, and camera behind, and line up to dive into the waters off the coast of Mexico’s Marieta Islands.<p>Clusters of people jump off ahead of me — couples, friends, families, all bobbing in the water like Halloween apples. I survey the landscape …

I Had 'Asthma' for 12 Years -- Until I Found Out It Was Cancer

"I hope I'm not wasting your time," I said to my doctor.<p>I was speaking to the director of Interventional Pulmonology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who was evaluating me for tracheomalacia -- a progressive softening of the trachea with limited treatment options -- and a poor prognosis.<p>I …

Erogenous Zones on His Body (and Yours)

Researchers surveyed 793 men and women recruited through colleges in the U.K. and South Africa and asked them to rate each body part on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of level of arousal (10 being the hottest). Check out the infographic below to find out which spots made it to the top of the male …

20 Things Nobody Told You While Growing Up

There are so many things I wish I had known while growing up. No one ever tells you the hard truths of life. Maybe it’s because they can’t stomach …

Motivation

How to Choose Your Own Adventure

For Mariel Hemingway and her soul mate, Bobby Williams, adventure is more than just lighthearted fun. It's a spiritual practice. Watch as they …

Choose Your Own Adventure

Do You Have an Unlived Life?

Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.<p>Have you ever brought home a treadmill …

Painkillers

Why Brené Brown Says There's No Vulnerability Without Trust

How do you open up to someone you don't completely trust? Dr. Brené Brown, an expert on vulnerability and worthiness, has a one-word answer: "Don't." …

Positive Thinking

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

The Science Of Conquering Your Fears -- And Living A More Courageous Life

Aristotle believed courage to be the most important quality in a man. “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible," he wrote. Today, it's one of the more neglected areas of positive psychology, but recent research has begun to move toward an understanding of what …

Drug addiction: The complex truth

We’re told studies have proven that drugs like heroin and cocaine instantly hook a user. But it isn’t that simple – a set of little-known experiments carried out over 30 years ago tells a very different tale.<p>Drugs are scary. The words “heroin” and “cocaine” make people flinch. It's not just the …

British Columbia

Money: A Love Story?

Okay, so when I was asked to review Kate Northrup's new book <i>Money: A Love Story</i>, I was skeptical. How could money and love coexist in the same sentence? I was always taught that people who loved their money were greedy and I shouldn't strive to be like them. But as I begin to read <i>Money: A Love …

The World's 10 Most Mesmerizing Views

From the freedom of wide open spaces to glittering of big city lights, our world is filled with thousands of breathtaking panoramas just waiting to be enjoyed. With the variety of natural wonders and stunning cities throughout the world, finding the best views can be somewhat of a daunting task. …

Why We Need Solitude

When I read <i>Walden</i> in 9th grade, I was convinced that Henry David Thoreau was a bit off. Spending over two years living in solitude on the shores of a pond seemed a recipe for madness. Now, I have begun to appreciate Thoreau’s search for isolation and communion with nature. I have become a seeker of …

5 Habits That Will Improve Your Emotional Wellness

Do you monitor your emotional well-being and take action when you hit a rough patch? Let's be honest, most of us don't. Even if you did pay attention to your psychological health, would you know how to ease emotional pain when your feelings were hurt, how to boost your confidence when your …

Why You Aren't Happy Right Now (And the Simple Fix)

Have you found yourself feeling like certain life circumstances outside your control are holding you back from truly being happy and having it all? If only you had a 9-5 job you would be happy, or if only you had a spouse, or could get pregnant, or made more money, or had more vacation time, THEN …

Choosing Solitude

By Samantha Cullen<p>As a single woman living on my own, I often feel the need to fill my time. I pack my days with friends, outings, activities -- even when those things aren't really what I want to be doing. Lately, I'm challenging my tendency to overschedule my life by consciously basking in my …

The Key to Moving Past Anxiety: Take Baby Steps Forward

Exhausted and frustrated, clients come to me hopeful that freedom from anxiety is still somehow possible. As an anxiety specialist, I offer them something quite simple. I am an outside observer who can see all of their strengths and potential. I can call out from the sidelines, "You can do this," …

4 Big Reasons Why Your Relationships Fail

When you're 80 years old and facing the end of your long life -- a life hopefully well-lived -- what will have been the biggest predictor of whether you would flourish throughout your life or not? A hint: It's not money, physical or mental health or social support. It's about one highly-significant …

Overcome 'Impostor Syndrome' and Believe in Yourself!

You've done it. You've finally achieved one of your biggest greatest goals and it feels amazing! You're flying high and life is glorious! And then... something happens that shakes your confidence. The ugly negative self-talk starts to creep in, saying, "You don't belong here," or "You don't deserve …

From $1,000 a Night, to $1,000 a Month

In February of this year, my husband and I quit our well-paid and exciting jobs, left California and the company we helped build, and set off to travel the world. Our goal: live on $1,000 (each) a month.<p>This isn't a particularly difficult thing to do if you don't <b>do</b> much, but we had big plans. We …

10 Factors That Promote Intimacy

<b>The desire and the resistance of deep intimacy.</b><p>Emotional intimacy is a foundational aspect of all great relationships. The word "intimacy" refers to the experience of being fully seen and comes from the Latin "intimus" meaning innermost. When we share this experience with another, we feel whole, …

23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert

You might be a "quiet type" after all.<p>Think you can spot an introvert in a crowd? Think again. Although the stereotypical introvert may be the one at the party who’s hanging out alone by the food table fiddling with an iPhone, the “social butterfly” can just as easily have an introverted …

Watch: You Are Enough

After recording several videos the other day and thinking I was done for the day, I watched a brief video by the brilliant Brené Brown, and was moved to do a video on this simple but critical point: You are enough. I hope this video helps you remember that.<p>If you are new to tapping, it will be …

Do You Believe You Deserve Love?

"I'm not good enough. I don't deserve love."<p>"God doesn't love me because I don't deserve to be loved."<p>I hear this frequently from my clients. I ask them, "Have you ever known a baby who didn't deserve to be loved?"<p>They invariably answer, "No. All babies deserve to be loved."<p>"Why?" I ask them. "What …

How To Practice 'Intelligent Failure' (And Ultimately Find Success)

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Cartwheeling Around the World

For the past decade, I've been wandering like a dervish around the globe -- trying to see things from a different perspective -- specifically, upside down.<p>While some people fly or sail around the world, I'm trying to cartwheel across this great Earth. On occasion, I'll throw in a headstand or …

Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013

The top 250 finalists have just been selected in the 3rd edition of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest photo competition. The contest invites photographers to submit images of the world of action and adventure sports in one of 10 categories, including Energy, Illumination, Sequence, and Experimental …