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11 Little Mental Health Tips That Therapists Actually Give Their Patients

The goal of therapy is to give you the tools and strategies for navigating whatever is going on in your life—from stress or relationship issues to …

Mental Health

Be Free Now: An interview with Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield, one of the leading Buddhist teachers of our time, talks to Melvin McLeod about the hopeful message in his new book: we can have joy …

Fit in my 40s: ‘I’d rather eat earth than meditate for 17 more seconds’

Mindfulness has to be principled, otherwise it’s just a guy in California eating a raisin really, really slowly<p>The problem with mindfulness is that it spread across the world unhinged from the philosophy of human goodness that was supposed to underpin it. A sniper has to be mindful, in the sense of …

Mindfulness

What Science Says About Letting Your Baby ‘Cry It Out'

Crying can be the precursor to sound sleep. Here’s when it’s permissible to let the tears fall — and when to intervene.<p>"You might have a couple of …

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some way at some point, …

Motivation

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

Can meditation really slow ageing?

Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Jo Marchant meets a Nobel Prize-winner who thinks so.<p>It’s seven in the morning on the beach …

Telomere

Does Short-Term Meditation Work? Here's What New Research Found

I regularly encourage the people I work with to practice meditation. It builds a kind of inner "shock absorber" that helps you maintain calm and focus in the midst of daily stress and the multiple demands of living in today's world. While that's not the true <i>purpose</i> of meditation (another subject …

Mindfulness

How-To: Railroad Tote

Turn dirt-hiding denim stripes and neutrals into strong, useful bags for shopping and beyond with this railroad tote tutorial from Molly’s Sketchbook on The Purl Bee!<p>Simple, washable, and sturdy—what’s not to love?<p>Click here to see how it’s done.

Sketch Inspiration: Working with White Pens

Looking for a technique to liven up your art journal? Check out these inspiring shots from Alisa Burke’s post on working with white pens.<p>I’ve always been a fan of white-on-blue, and the cobalt background really makes her drawings pop!

Love Under Lock and Key

There was always hope and never loneliness. That's how Lois Nelson could stay in a relationship so many others would find untenable. The way she saw …

Empathy

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

<i>Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.</i><p><i>Nikole Hannah-Jones | ProPublica | July 8, 2014 | 27</i> …

Is Your Body Made For Running?

That last time was the most frustrating. I was fitness editor for <i>Men's Health</i>, with a lifelong interest in exercise and healthy living. Almost everyone I worked with enjoyed running, and many of them were pretty good at it. So why couldn't I do the simplest, cheapest, and most popular form of …

Secret swims: the cenotes of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has undeniably stunning beaches around Cancún, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. But those who wish to cool off from the sun and teeny-bikini flashiness can escape to a secret underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods.<p>At these hidden locations, you …

Mexico

She's Still Dying on Facebook

It’s been five years since my best friend from high school passed away, but her death happens over and over online.<p>I’ve been obsessed with Lea’s Facebook profile since January 2006, when she joined, just a month after I created my own account. In high school, we had a consuming friendship—together …

The Joy of Exercising in Moderation

I hated exercise—until I learned you don't have to be intense about it.<p>I wonder sometimes if I was born hating exercise. Ever since I had to climb the rope in second-grade gym class, I regarded physical activity with confusion and fear.<p>“Up you go,” said my gym teacher, an older man named Mr. …

Smelling Death: On the Job With New York's Crime-Scene Cleaners

CSI and Law & Order would have you believe that a crime scene empties out after the glitzy detectives are done with it. In reality, somebody else has to come in and clean it all up.<p>There is blood all over the room. It’s on the walls and it has seeped into the cracks in the floor. There are smears …

10 Underdog Summer Jams You Should Have on Repeat - PAPER

Around this time of year, it's easy to grow tired of the summer anthems that have monopolized radio for the past months. Although it may seem unfathomable now, there will come a time when you can no longer scream the chorus of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" with the same vim, nor pop it to Ariana Grande's …

What's So Bad About Being Alone With Your Thoughts?

What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

As you read this, wiggle your toes. Feel the way they push against your shoes, and the weight of your feet on the floor. Really think about what your …