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I Can’t Get This Indian Spiced Fried Pasta Off My Mind

Once in a while, a cooking video really grabs your attention and totally captivates in simple, memorable way. That’s why I can’t get this spiced …

Cooking

How to press pause: 5 simple things any one can do to de-stress

<b>Life is busy, we all know it.</b><p>The more stress builds, the less easy it is to manage the pressures of everyday life.<p>As the pressure grows inside, …

8 Reasons Why It's so Hard to Really Change Your Behavior

Long-term behavior change is one of the hardest challenges we'll ever face.<p>Source: pixelheadphoto digitalskillet/Shutterstock<p>Changing our behavior is …

Self-help

How do antidepressants actually work?

A recent article by Deborah Orr regarding her experiences with antidepressants sparked a lot of debate as to their merits and drawbacks. The truth is, they’re not as simple or as understood as many might think<p>Antidepressants; the go-to treatment for depression, or generalised anxiety. It’s …

Depression

8 exercises you can easily do at your desk to improve your day

If you didn’t know it already from your own experience, numerous articles have been written about how sitting for long periods of time is bad for …

Workouts

How And Why We Should Be Eating More Vegetables For Breakfast

We’re here with a friendly reminder: the average person is supposed to eat two and a half to three cups of vegetables a day, according to My Plate.<p>For some people, that’s an easy feat. For others, hitting that goal can be little trickier. Here’s the easiest way to reach that vegetable …

Healthy Eating

6 rituals that ancient wise men used to stay calm

People have enormous respect for ancient wisdom. They just don’t read it. Funny thing is, we’re more likely to live happier lives when we visit the …

Happiness

This Upside-Down Peanut Butter Banana Toast Is Gonna Change Your Life

FRENCH. TOAST. FORVER.<p>1 stale baguette<p>4 eggs<p>½ cup heavy cream<p>1 teaspoon vanilla<p>1 teaspoon cinnamon<p>¼ cup unsalted butter<p>1 cup brown sugar<p>½ cup heavy cream<p>⅓ cup peanut butter<p>1 large banana, sliced<p>1. Preheat oven to 375˚F/190˚C.<p>2. On a cutting board, cut the baguette in half lengthwise, and slice into …

Breakfast

Targeting these T cells may let immune system kill cancer - Futurity

Some T cells keep the immune system from detecting and destroying tumor cells. New research may have found a new way to stop those cells from hiding …

Immunotherapy

5 Habits That Improve your Mental State, Motivation and Productivity

Most entrepreneurs have an intuitive understanding that mental health is important to the success of their business.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being an entrepreneur is a lonely, difficult journey. You're running your own business and dealing with the fact that your …

Mental Health

A 16-Minute Yoga Practice That'll Help You Master a Handstand

<i>Join Cody for $20 a month and access more than 2,500 workout videos to establish an at-home yoga practice, challenge your strength, and up your</i> …

Yoga

5 things every creative needs to know about print design

You invest a huge amount of effort, time and resources in getting your design right. So the last thing you want is for it to come back from the …

25 books that will blow your mind

We've put together a list of 25 such books — taking inspiration from Amazon's list of 100 books to read in your lifetime, recommendations from Goodreads users, as well as some of our own personal favorites.<p>These books' exploration of politics, history, and the human condition are so insightful, …

Books

30 Composition Styles for Taking Good Pictures

Ever since I decided to start learning photography, I’ve been looking for a good catalog of composition ideas. Once you figure out the mechanics of …

Yoga, meditation counter gene expression changes that cause stress

With stress levels on the rise, more people than ever are turning to yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices with the aim of improving mental …

10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas You Can Whip Up on Busy Mornings

"Healthy," "breakfast," and "busy" don't always belong in the same sentence, but it is possible to make it happen. Thanks to miracle workers like …

5 Filling and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Feeling <i>meh</i> about your usual a.m. meal? We get it. Mornings can be hectic, and it’s a lot easier to hit repeat and grab a cereal bar rather than take …

Nutrition

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Tips and tricks for getting the most from Google’s great service<p>By now, you’ve almost certainly heard how good Google Photos is. Your friends, family, and coworkers are probably using it and singing the app’s praises. It makes backing up your photo library effortless. It can identify people — even …

Mobile Photography

How Many of The 10 Most Popular Spots for Landscape Photographers Have You Shot At?

We all love a good landscape. There is something about the way they represent the beauty of the planet we live on that makes them both inspiring to …

European Travel

13 Ways to Let the Slow Cooker Make You Breakfast

I used to think the greatest thing about my slow cooker was the way it tackled dinner on super-busy weeknights, but then I learned that it does …

Breakfast

The biggest reason you gain weight as you age has nothing to do with your metabolism

Stop blaming your metabolism.<p>If you're over 30 and have gained weight recently, chances are it has little to do with the complex chemical reaction that's responsible for turning food into energy in your body.<p>The real reason most people gain weight as they age is simple: they get less active over …

Fitness

14 fabulous tutorials to improve your logo design

Whatever the level of your experience, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to logo design. And the great news is that there are some …

15 Stitches Every Embroiderer Should Know

01 of 16<p>Top 15 Stitches in Hand Embroidery<p>Learning hand embroidery is both fun and relaxing, plus it's an easy way to create beautiful art with …

Sewing

The neuroscience argument against “living in the present”

There are plenty of advice columns, self-help books, and loosely spiritual twenty-somethings devoted to extolling the virtues of living in the present. The advice is intended as an antidote to life spent scrolling absentmindedly through twitter or planning next weekend, while failing to appreciate …

Study Skills

The Dalai Lama reveals that he too gets angry, and here's what he does about it

The Dalai Lama is a man known for sharing wisdom and enlightenment. So you wouldn’t think he’s someone that gets angry.<p>This isn’t the case. In a …

Dear men, this is what the women in your life want you to know

I used to be married to a wonderful yet complicated man named Rob. He worked as a science journalist, we had a house and a dog, and one day we planned to have children. He also suffered from depression since he was a child, and developed a formidable opiate addiction as a means, I believe, to …

Mental Health

If You Do Nothing Else to Get Healthy, Do These Three Things

<b>Everyone needs a foundation, no matter what they are struggling with, and there are three steps to creating a healthier life recommended for everyone.</b><p>…

5 things I learned from being in a sexless relationship

It wasn't my fault.<p>When I ended a long term relationship seven years ago, everyone from my parents to the postman wanted to know why. 'We grew apart' was the easy answer, and more palatable than the truth, which was that I'd been trapped for five years in a sexless, house-mate-like living …