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Why Deep Breathing May Keep Us Calm

For generations, mothers have encouraged children to take long, slow breaths to fight anxiety. A long tradition of meditation likewise uses controlled breathing to induce tranquillity.<p>Now scientists at Stanford University may have uncovered for the first time why taking deep breaths can be so …

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Forgetting These 7 Little Things Makes Every Day More Stressful

It never ceases to amaze me when I’m faced with the reality of how easily I lose sight of the truth – I catch myself stressing out over something …

Productivity

10+ Adorable Hedgehog Pics To Celebrate Hedgehog Day

To celebrate Hedgehog Day, <b>Bored Panda</b> has put together a list of the tiny creatures looking cute as ever! Keep on scrolling to take a look and be …

Finnish Artist Uses Long Exposure Photography to Paint Gorgeously Ethereal Illustrations With Light

Hannu Huhtamo is a Finnish artist who uses long-exposure photography to paint with light, resulting in gorgeously ethereal illustrations that seem to …

Slow TV: Netflix’s Chill, Mesmerizing Antidote to the Madness of 2016

Stressed out by the ongoing political nightmare that is 2016? Check out Slow TV, the transfixing Scandinavian TV phenomenon in which absolutely nothing happens. Trust us.<p>If you’ve ever wanted to see seven hours of unedited footage from a camera mounted to the front of a train—and who hasn’t?—your …

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Freedom at 70

When Jennifer Dolan retired from a long and wonderful career working at The New York Times, she felt a newfound freedom to express herself through …

15+ Iceland Photos You Won’t Believe Are From This Planet

Not convinced? Then check out this list compiled by <b>Bored Panda</b> of the best photographs of Iceland we could find. With lots of new flights opening to …

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Weight-Loss Meal Plans To Make Life A Little Easier

Weight-loss meal plans are key if your goal is to lose weight in a sustained and healthy way—the more you plan ahead, the less actual on-the-spot …

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We Hand-Craft World Globes The Same Way They Were Made Hundreds Of Years Ago

We invited Berlin photographer Ana Santl into our private London art studio for the day, to see what daily life is like for a traditional globemaker. …

Scientists Agree This Is The Most Effective Diet For Weight Loss

It’s so simple, but studies show it makes all the difference.<p>Run a Google search for the “best diet for weight loss,” and you’ll get 11,200,000 results. Near all of them will disagree as to what the best diet for weight loss actually is. Some will say that low-fat diets are the way to go, and …

Weight Loss

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A Confident Hairless Guinea Pig Shows Off His Unusual Beauty in a Variety of Adorable Poses

A photo posted by @ludwik_guinea_pig on Mar 3, 2016 at 2:29am PST<p>A wonderfully confident hairless guinea pig named Ludwik in Warsaw, Poland enjoys …

A Carefree Little Deer Bounces Happily Across a Beach at Sunrise in South West England

While on an early morning walk with his dog along Poole Harbour in Dorset, England, physical therapist Dave Mott of Physio Fitness Dorset captured …

An Adorable Bunny Enjoys a Yummy Dandelion Without Dropping a Single Petal From His Mouth

An adorable little rabbit named Reuben heartily enjoyed a yummy dandelion in one fell swoop without dropping a single petal from his mouth. Another …

BOOOOOOOM! - CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Brooklyn-based photographer Maciek Jasik combines multiple in-camera colour techniques in this latest series of portraits. Click here for previous …

14 Foods To Help You Get A Better Night’s Sleep

If you’re struggling to get a great night’s sleep, adding certain foods to your diet could help to turn that around.<p>Here are 14 foods proven to help …

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One of our viewers had a magical encounter this morning. Dave Mott spotted this deer on the shore at Poole Harbour at dawn while he was out walking …

5 Foods for a Better Mood

1) Oatmeal<p>Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber, which helps to smooth out blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugar into the blood.<p>Oatmeal is …

The secret libraries of history

After news emerged about an underground reading room in Damascus, Fiona Macdonald discovers the places where writing has been hidden for centuries.<p>Beneath the streets of a suburb of Damascus, rows of shelves hold books that have been rescued from bombed-out buildings. Over the past four years, …

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Gnats, be gone!

Houseplants under attack? Get yourself a pinguicula, says Alys Fowler<p>Tiny little flies buzzing around my houseplants; it’s not the welcome home committee I’d wanted. Fungus gnats, or compost flies, are small, dark, short-lived gnats that love houseplants. The adults are annoying but harmless; the …

Plants

12 Antioxidant-Rich Foods to Boost Your Immune System

<b>6. Garlic</b> can help reduce inflammation. At Washington State University they found garlic to be 100 times more effective than two antibiotics at …

Healthy Eating

Neuroscientists say multitasking literally drains the energy reserves of your brain

Does your morning routine consist of checking emails, browsing Facebook, downing coffee, heading to the train while Googling one last idea, checking notifications, more coffee, and going through your work email? The myriad activities crammed into your morning, and the constant switching between …

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