Lj N Jenney Massey

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How To Be Happy—Right Now

It's the universal quest. And it might be way easier to embrace than you think.<p><b>1. Be nice to yourself.</b> "Sometimes the biggest bully you know is you," says Gabrielle Bernstein, author of the New York Times bestseller <i>May Cause Miracles</i>. "Every thought is an affirmation either lifting you up or …

Happiness

10 Style Risks to Take Now

From bustiers for day, to head-to-toe prints we've selected 10 trends worth taking a little risk.<p>What better way to ring in a new year, and a new you, than taking a step outside your comfort zone in the style department. From bustiers for day, to head-to-toe prints we've selected the 10 best …

Olivia Wilde

20 Gorgeous Work Bags For Every Office & Budget

<i>No matter your budget, be it thrift store or designer, fashionable finds need not be out of reach. So, we're bringing you the cream of the crop in</i> …

Clothing

Patchwork jeans, suede shoes and 'matchy-matchy' – all big in 2014

Here we are then – 2014 at last. Christmas has been survived/enjoyed (delete according to experience) and we're into January where nothing much happens except Bills – which, you will observe announce themselves with a capital B. Are we downhearted? Well, yes, just a little, because January is an …

10 Things That Slow Your Metabolism

Beat these culprits to burn more calories<p>Need another reason to love your body? It burns calories all by itself—as long as you don't get in the way. See, every cell in your body plays a role in energy metabolism—the process of turning the food you eat into energy that keeps your heart beating, …

Nutrition

Menu Nutritional Information Ignored By More Than Half Of Americans, Survey Shows

More than half of Americans don't actually pay attention to the nutrition information restaurants put on their menus, according to a new survey.<p>Specifically, Gallup researchers found that just 43 percent of Americans say they pay "a great deal" or a "fair amount" of attention to nutritional …

Tabletop Cactus Garden | Inspired By Charm

<b>Tabletop Cactus Garden</b> | <i>Inspired By Charm</i><p>After a really bad experience with cacti, I’ve been wary of them ever since. But after I saw this pretty little garden I might have to change my mind! And cacti are so easy to look after, even if you have black thumbs you should be able to keep this alive!

Cupcake Hair Clip

Use ribbon to make an adorable cupcake-themed hair clip. This would be fun to wear to a birthday party or to give to a special birthday girl!<p>Get the …

Tutorial: Upcycle 4 t-shirts into one color blocked maxi dress

Kristina J. shows how you can make this color blocked maxi dress out of a stack of old t-shirts. One shirt becomes the bodice, and three more get …

Let Go of Relationships That No Longer Serve You

Michelle* was one of the most demanding people in my life. She was also my "best friend." She called every day for minimum one-hour chats, expected me to plan parties for any and every occasion and frowned upon my decision to have a steady boyfriend. In essence, Michelle wanted me at her beck and …

Seeing the Riverbed and Overcoming Fear

This is about rivers and riverbeds but it's not about rowing. It's about fear. And for this rower anyhow, there was once nothing so terrifying as the sight of the bottom of the Charles River.<p>I saw the bottom of the Charles River the other day, and this time it didn't spook me. It was one of those …

Unfit Doctors Withhold Lifesaving Intervention

What if you were to discover that your physician was withholding something that could significantly reduce your risk of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and depression?<p>"It would be outrageous," you say, "but there's no such …

The Power of Choosing Your Thoughts

Time spent alone in thought can be positive -- a rich environment for personal growth and creativity. Yet, getting "in our heads," can also be dangerous when we negatively turn against ourselves. There is an important difference between introspection and rumination. Introspection can be a process …

Master The Yoga Lunge

Tips from our yoga guru<p><b>I can't hold lunging poses long. What's better: lunging less deeply or taking standing breaks?</b> -Lindsey, Boston, MABack in the day, my thighs used to endure mini earthquakes during deep, long lunges, so I get it. Don't worry about getting your thigh completely parallel to the …

Yoga

How to Cope With Boredom Eating

On a recent Am I Hungry? Facebook poll, I asked: "What are your top three triggers for overeating?" Tied for first place were boredom and stress, which ironically, are opposites: too much and not enough. I covered stress in a previous post. Let's explore boredom eating.<p><b>Eating Cures Boredom</b><p>The …

How (And Why) To Stay Positive

When faced with setbacks and challenges, we’ve all received the well-meaning advice to “stay positive.” The greater the challenge, the more this glass-half-full wisdom can come across as Pollyannaish and unrealistic. It’s hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive when positivity seems …