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4 secrets to leading a happier life, backed by research

In his book, "Authentic Happiness," University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman (the Big Kahuna of happiness research) says that there are <i>four</i> types of happy lives.<p>That's right — not only do we have a blueprint for what makes a happy life, you even get four choices. That doesn't mean …

Science Shows Meditation Benefits Children's Brains And Behavior

A piece on Upworthy.com last month featured a Baltimore school that’s replaced the classic sit-in-your-seat-and-suffer detention with a more progressive and effective form: one where kids learn to meditate. Far from the classic method of hoping that kids will spontaneously reevaluate their own …

Mindfulness

Ten Memorable Paintings from 2015

Charis J. Carmichael Braun, <i>Where Do We Go From Here [Janus]</i>, 2015<p>Acrylic on panel, 8.5 x 11 inches<p>Since I first posted "Ten Memorable Paintings from 2011" on the HuffingtonPost using a virtual slideshow, my annual project has grown in scale and ambition. This year over 400 artists responded to my …

Rich Venetian Hot Chocolate

<b>Author Notes:</b> I adapted this recipe from Michael Turback's recipe for Cioccolato Caldo found in his book Hot Chocolate.<p>It's meant to be served in smaller amounts. A little, or a lot, of whipped cream on top is how they serve it in Venice.<p>I make it with non-dairy, coconut milk beverage. Michael's …

Dessert

Not Into Baking for Thanksgiving? We Tasted 75 Mail-Order Pies (You're Welcome)

We tasted over 70 mail order Thanksgiving pies to help you find the perfect one.<p>In the middle of summer, we were getting serious about turkey. It was a hot day, but we were cranking up the oven and diving into Thanksgiving recipes with full force. As we batted around ideas for stuffing recipes and …

Baking

Halloween Dishes for Big Kids

You've done the whole trick-or-treating thing. Now experience Halloween our way. The adult way--with alcohol.View slideshow

Trick-Or-Treating

Forget Pie, Love Apple Crisp: How to Make the Perfect Crumb Topping

Pie is great. Go ahead, you make it.<p>Me, I'll be here with crisp, and I'm asking you to join me.<p>When it comes to baked fruit dessert, pie has a way of hogging the spotlight. And I get it. The buttery, flaky crust. The meticulous construction. The ample—<i>ample</i>—American tradition behind it all. This is …

Surreal Collages by Eugenia Loli | Colossal

<p>Collage artist Eugenia Loli uses photography scanned from vintage magazines and science publications to create bizarre visual narratives that borrow …

Deep thrills: Crazy cave trampolines in Wales | CNN Travel

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

Where to Eat Near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

I've lived in San Francisco for a while, but am still blown away by Golden Gate Park. Lush with greenery, peppered with killer museums and gardens, and completely gorgeous, the park stretches several miles from the top of the Haight all the way out to the ocean. And no matter how many times you may …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness

Science: A Four Thousand Year History review – a subversive pleasure

Science history tends to be just history, but with less bloodshed, fewer dastardly plots and hardly any kings or queens. It has a way of following the trajectory of the standard western chronicle of almost anything.<p>Ferment and creativity begin in the Fertile Crescent, Egypt is a significant part of …

Gardeners' Gems: Designer Crops That Will Wow The Neighbors

To the home gardener who says "been there, done that" to the heirloom green bean, the French breakfast radish or the Brandywine tomato, take heart.<p>Nurseries and seed companies are competing to bring you the most colorful and flavorful designer edibles they can come up with. They travel the world …

10 Grad Gifts Under $50

Our favorite congratulations! presents.<p>Our favorite "congratulations!" presents to delight the recent grad in your life.

The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …

Italian Food

City Guide: Jackson, MS

Today’s Jackson, MS City Guide comes to us from lifestyle blogger and the maker behind Fat Eye Design, Shana Bearden. As the founder of Tipsy Studio, …

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A Guide To Every Type Of Potato You Need To Know

Potatoes are the all-star of the vegetable world in our opinion. Mashed, fried, or just as skins, potatoes rock our world in so many ways. And preparing a great potato dish doesn't have to be difficult -- it can be has simple as throwing them in the oven with some butter and salt. The hardest part, …

5 Cheap And Delicious Dinners To Make This Week

Each recipe serves two hungry people with too much self-respect to survive on ramen and Easy Mac.<p>Your safest bet is to make them all within a week of grocery shopping to ensure that the ingredients stay fresh. It's not the biggest deal if you do it over the course of 10 days or so, but know that …

Onions

‘Time In Motion’ GIF Series Creatively Plays with the Passage of Time

If you’ve followed PetaPixel for a while, or even if you just keep up with popular photo news, the image above probably looks familiar. Created by …

Vonnegut's Eight Types of Story

There Are Eight Stories<p>Kurt Vonnegut argued that human stories can be mapped out to track the journey of their main characters.<br>This graphic print …

46 Things I Learned Making Mister Rogers & Me

I only knew three things about Mister Rogers before meeting him: He was the host of one of my favorite childhood shows, <i>Mister Rogers' Neighborhood</i>, …

Pop Culture

10 New Artists You Need to Know: February 2014

10<p>Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This …

New Music

The Ultimate High-Low Houston Dining Guide

The Best Recipes for Binge-Watching Netflix (or Hulu or Whatever)

These snacks and cooking projects are perfect for binge watching your way through that entire Netflix queue.<p>We don't condone binge eating (although sometimes, desperate times call). Binge <i>watching</i>, on the other hand? Now we're talking. It's going to take endurance to get through every episode and …

Cooking

7 Valentine's Day Crafts For Your Home

Here comes another holiday sneaking up on us! I always look forward to Valentine’s Day, not because I want chocolates and flowers but because I get …

Crafting

Let the Games Begin

Inside Flipboard / February 7, 2014<p>Welcome to the 2014 Winter Olympics, which starts today in Sochi, Russia. And not a moment too soon. With a run-up …

Gift Guide: For the Fantastic Man

OK, so he’s more style-conscious than you are. What to do on the gift-giving front? Here’s our roundup of presents for the sartorialist in your …

Science Reporter Emily Graslie Reads Her Mail — And It's Not So Nice

I've said it before, so I'll say it again: Emily Graslie's "The Brain Scoop" is one of the warmest, slyest video blogs on the web. She's where I go to find out what museum scientists are up to — and right now she's at the Field Museum in Chicago, where she wanders from department to department, …