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How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p><b>How to talk to… children and teenagers, by family therapist Karen Holford</b><p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they …

The scientific case for letting go of your workplace grudges

Forgiveness is good for our health. It can reduce depression and stress, and increase empathy and hope. Unfortunately, it’s a quality that tends to be in short supply in the modern workplace.<p>I was reminded of this point while chatting with a reporter for a local TV station who was dubious about …

Mindfulness

7 Ways to Stay Healthy When You Spend Your Life at the Office

No standing desk required.

Sweet Pumpkin Chutney Recipe

It was july first week and Wednesday, with no blog post in mind, I made this sweet pumpkin chutney as rice side dish and fell in so love with it that …

Chutney

15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a huge indicator of success. Here's how to know if you've got it.<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to …

Emotional Intelligence

In the kitchen with India’s disappearing recipes

To most people, Indian food means buttery <i>naans</i> from Punjab, south Indian <i>dosas</i> or Bengali fish curries. But there is a whole world of foods from the country’s past that is now less ubiquitous but no less delicious than these more common dishes.<p>Over the years, the Indian diet has undergone a …

Curries

Mindfulness and Work-Life Balance: What's the Difference?

Is mindfulness the new way to talk about "work-life balance"? Has work-life balance been a conversation about mindfulness all along?<p>As with other conversations around the topic of mindfulness and balance, it's complicated. In fact, the answer is yes and no, because with both mindfulness and …

Top Cancer Doc Gives 5 Lifestyle Strategies That Help You Avoid Cancer

These small tweaks could make a monumental difference to your health<p>People who have suffered and beaten cancer are willing to do anything they can to prevent the disease from returning. And that’s probably a mindset everyone should adopt, whether they’ve had cancer or not.<p>The good news: “Almost all …

Cancer

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …

Happiness

These 30 Vegetarian Recipes Are So Good, You Might Rethink Meat

Vegetarians just like everyone else, can have problems coming up with a variety of meals to eat. Whether you’re meat-free or just looking to eat less …

Cooking

10 Amazing Stretches That Feel SO Good

Stretch it. Stretch it real good. Try these easy stretches before or after a workout, or any other time.<p>BuzzFeed Life spoke with personal trainer Mary Jane Detroyer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., who recommended these 10 easy stretches. She says they'll help reduce muscle soreness, lower your stress, and …

Fix your posture, look leaner? Yes, it's true: 3 exercises to get you there

<i>Sit up straight!</i><p>How many times did you hear that command as a child? Turns out, mom was right: Good posture <i>is</i> important.<p>If you spend most of your day hunched over a desk, then over time, your body and spine will likely become stuck in that “C” shape. Your back will become rounded and your shoulders …

10 Best Fruit Cutting Hacks Because Life Is Hard

Enjoy the fruits of your labor.<p>We owe a lot to many of our ancestors, but whoever discovered how to cut a watermelon and bag it in thirty seconds was a real pioneer.<p>We don't know why the best-tasting, most nutritious fruits have to be the hardest to get into, but we no longer have the right to …

Why Creating a Meaningful Morning Routine Will Make You More Successful

For the majority of my child and adult life I never considered myself a “morning person.” I was a night owl. During my architecture school career I …

50 Best Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss

In fact, healthy snacks throughout the day is actually one of the best ways to avoid an expanding waistline. In a recent <i>Journal of Nutrition</i> study, …

15 Tips to De-Stress Your Day

It’s a little wacky that we live in a world that glamorizes stress. When did it suddenly become okay for us to consistently be running around with frazzled nerves and a to-do list the size of a small book? We have our jobs, our side jobs, our blogs and websites, and it’s easy to understand why …

Productivity

101 Stress-Busting Ways to Chill Out at Night -- And Get Better Sleep

It's no secret that working on your laptop scrolling through social media, or even zoning out for a Netflix binge-fest on your laptop or tablet can make it harder to fall asleep at night.<p>Answering emails and seeing what your friends are up to on Instagram can make your mind race, and research shows …

Give it Some Flavor: How to Increase Your H2O Intake

When it comes to being healthy, we all know we should be consuming plenty of water – so why do so many of us struggle to drink the recommended daily …

11 Foods To Add To Your Grocery List For A Springtime Detox

If you're looking to detox your diet in time for spring, no matter what your current diet or philosophy is (unless you're allergic to a specific …

Nutrition

20 Little Changes for a Healthier Life

Little tips that can make a big difference to your health over time<p>It's hard to make big changes in life. The energy and time commitment is often too great. That's why so many Americans still struggle with their health. The problem isn't knowing what to do; it's doing it. So why not take the …

15 Ways Exercise Makes You Look and Feel Younger

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

The Power of Mind in Spiritual Meditation

The power of mind determines the mental strength of a person. Controlling one’s own mind is inevitable for achieving success in life. When the mind …

Meditation

4 Steps to Less Stress -- and a Happier, More Loving You

<i>credit: maridav/123rf.com</i><p>Awareness brings its own reward.<p>Most of us have no idea how stressed we are because we've been that way so long. For years I had no idea how bad it was. Even when I knew that I needed to do something about it, I didn't. Besides I'd heard that for people who really want to …

11 Habits of People With Healthy Hair

It’s about more than your shampoo—a lot of different factors affect how sleek and shiny your hair really is.<p>They get regular haircuts.<p>All of the …

10 Foods That Fight Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is a common thread among a wide spread of conditions like stroke, cancer, obesity, Alzheimer's, heart disease, arthritis and depression, according to Men's Journal.<p>Not all sources of inflammation are entirely preventable: As we age, for example, our immune system weakens and …

6 Simple Techniques for Mindfulness Meditation

• Home<br>• Healthy Living<br>• 6 Effective, Simple Techniques for Mindfulness Meditation<p>Life is filled with changes. Children go to college, parents age, illness …

Mindfulness

The Secret to Eliminating Stress, According to Research

As is often said, stress isn’t about what happens to us, it’s how we react to it. This is very true.<p>We don’t feel as stressed when we feel in …

Why 'Calm Is The New Strong'

It goes without saying that the hardest part of meditation is letting your circling thoughts come and go -- especially the worrisome ones. But it's well worth enduring that challenge, according to Pamela Peeke, M.D., author of <i>Body for Life for Women</i>.<p>Peeke joined HuffPost Live host Caroline …

This Video Shows How to Master the Perfect Push-Up Form

The push-up is a basic exercise we all should master. Getting into proper form is essential, and this video provides 3 quick tips for doing it …

12 Foods To Eat When You're Totally Stressed Out

<i>By Lindsay Funston</i><p>When work deadlines begin piling up and your social calendar is booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? But when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. …

Nutrition