Judith L. Affolter Harris

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The Science of Happiness

What makes you happy?<p>This question is not as easy as it might seem.<p>According to Shawn Achor in the Happiness Advantage, most Americans find free time harder to enjoy than work. Yes, you read that right. <b>It's easier for most of us to be successful than to be happy.</b><p>Why do we have a hard time enjoying …

Happiness

31 Healthy Recipes That Require Zero Cooking

Making creative and healthy meals at home doesn’t have to mean slaving over a hot stove for hours—or even turning on the stove at all! With a handful …

Healthy Eating

After Netanyahu warnings, U.S., Iran resume talks

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Simply demanding Iran’s capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.<p>Kerry said he …

South Asia

Why you really do get that from your father

We may look like our mothers but our genes have more in common with the paternal line, study finds<p>It is good news for put-upon husbands who fear their wife will turn out like their mother-in-law: scientists say that, genetically, we are more like our fathers.<p>A study has found that although we might …

Genetics

What could kill Obamacare

Republicans have tried to kill Obamacare more than 50 times. But the Supreme Court couldactually do it with a single ruling.<p>Justices will hear arguments Wednesday on whether most Obamacare enrollees can keep their subsidies.<p>A ruling against the Obama administration could send Obamacare into a death …

Health Care

2 Moves That Torch 350 Calories

According to the study authors, this new research provides the first evidence that a continuous kettlebell workout can produce the same metabolic cost of moderate intensity treadmill walking (four miles per hour) with a four percent grade. It can also potentially have a positive effect on the …

Workouts

10 Underrated National Parks In America

<i>By Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Looking for the beauty of Yosemite and Yellowstone without the crowds? These under-the-radar American parks deserve a spot on your bucket list.<p><b>1. North Cascades National Park, Washington</b><p>© Terry Donnelly / Alamy<p>If you want to see glaciers and temperate …

National Parks

On board with the US air crews fighting Islamic State

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1137000/1137900_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522289774_d4d474fb5fd60c4083a3e39b0c107061<p><b>How is progress measured on board the US aircraft carrier which is playing a key role in the fight against Islamic State?</b><p>The aircraft carrier USS Carl …

Military

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain

For a humane society, we must never forget

It's the site of horror. Auschwitz, the largest German concentration and extermination camp, is a symbol of Nazi delusions. A visit to the …

To This Day

Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

Tuesday 27 January is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Six survivors, some of whom will be returning to the site for the last time, tell Kate Connolly their stories<p><b>Irene Fogel Weiss, born in 1930 in Bótrágy, Czechoslovakia, now Batrad, Ukraine. She</b> …

World History

Will the Supreme Court recognize modern marriage, or stick with a version that's now obsolete?

By agreeing to hear four<p>same-sex marriage<p>cases this term, the<p>U.S. Supreme Court<p>probably will settle the issue once and for all by the end of June. The battles in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — the four states from which the cases under review come — are not simply about the rights of gay …

New Saudi king seeks unity among Arab, Islamic nations

As Saudis mourned the death of King Abdullah and world leaders paid their respects, newly enthroned King Salman pledged Friday to continue the policies of his predecessors while calling for unity among Arab and Islamic nations at a time of regional unrest.<p>"The Arab and the Islamic nations are in …

Abdul Aziz

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.<p>Eric Robinson has a surprising tool for weight loss. It’s something we all have, but perhaps don’t use it as much as we’d like: our memory.<p>Dieters often feel that they are waging …

The Brain

Keystone pipeline firm files for eminent domain against Nebraska landowners

TransCanada Corp., the Canadian company behind the<p>Keystone XLpipeline, filed eminent domain proceedings against an estimated 90 Nebraska landowners Tuesday to secure the right to build the controversial project across their property.<p>"Today we initiated these actions in the state of Nebraska, but …

The Only 5 Exercises You'll Ever Need

By Michael Beck, DETAILS<p>It sounds like a bad infomercial: Get ripped in less time! We're conditioned to believe that jaw-dropping, body-transforming results are achieved only by putting in the hours. But if you've been adhering to the muscle-isolating back-and-bi, chest-and-tri gospel, the truth …

Workouts

5 Healthy Eating Habits To Adopt This Year

<i>By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD</i><p>Nutrition is a hot topic these days, yet many of my clients still struggle with consistently following through with "the basics," and the stats show that missing the mark on many healthy habits is the norm. For example, the median daily intake of produce for U.S. adults is …

Nutrition

Easy Spinach Hummus Recipe

Ingredients (9)<p>1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, drained<br>• 2 cups picked and washed spinach leaves (about 1/2 a large bunch)<br>• 1 …

Bill Cosby Made a Deal With the National Enquirer Over a Sex Allegation

Bill Cosby admitted under oath in 2005 that he gave an exclusive interview to the <i>National Enquirer</i> in exchange for the paper’s promise to drop an …

Crime

British embassy in Afghanistan attacked by suicide bomber

Suicide bomber in Kabul targets British embassy<p>A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the <b>Afghan</b> capital Kabul on Thursday, an embassy spokesman said, adding that the vehicle was not carrying any British diplomats.<p>The powerful explosion shook the east of Kabul at around 10.30am on …

Extremism

'Hunger Games' disappoints despite record opening weekend

The best movie opening weekend of the year was still a disappointment, as the "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" fell far short of expectations.<p>The estimated $123 million in box office easily topped the $100 million opening for the "Transformers: Age of Extinction," which was the previous best …

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to step down

President Barack Obama announced Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down from his position as soon as the Senate confirms a successor.<p>Hagel, who has served as Defense secretary since February 2013, was forced out by President Barack Obama, CNN confirmed from several sources.<p>During …

U.S., allies conduct 24 strikes on Islamic State in Iraq, Syria: CENTCOM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies have conducted two dozen strikes against Islamic State militants since Friday, launching nine strikes in Syria and 15 strikes in Iraq, according to U.S. Central Command.<p>A boy looks out from a window inside the bullet-riddled facade of his home …

Reagan and Bush Offer No Precedent for Obama's Amnesty Order

Not only were past executive actions smaller, they didn't work.<p>“What about Reagan in 1987? And George H.W. Bush in 1990?”<p>This has become a favorite Democratic and center-left rebuttal to Republicans angry at reports that President Obama may soon grant residency and working papers to as many as 5 …