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A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes a day

Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally from France who has been called "the world's happiest man."<p>That's because he participated in a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson.<p>Davidson hooked up …

Happiness

A Letter From The Dog About The 5 Reasons He Questions Your Sanity

Dear Human of Mine:<p>As the dog of the house, I want to take this opportunity to point out the five behaviors of yours that scare me. I hope you take no offense (and please keep the food comin').<p>You repeatedly ask, "Who's a good boy?" Every day you ask who's a good boy. Many times a day. As you have …

Pets

Adorable Baby Koala Poses for Her Very First Photoshoot

Australia's Symbio Wildlife Park is currently paying tribute to their adorable koala Imogen. The lovable joey will be celebrating her 1st birthday this coming weekend, so the park wants to look back on her life thus far. Even though Imogen is now happy and heathy, circumstances weren't always …

Cute Animals

55 Movies You Have to Watch by the Time You're 30

From Casablanca to Moonrise Kingdom, the films you must see before you turn 30.<p>Whether you fancy romance, comedy, drama—or any hyphenate in-between—there are certain films that you have to see. Some are important because they make you uncomfortable, others entertain, but above all, this particular …

Why Do Babies Smell So Good?

The science behind what makes infants irresistible<p>If you’ve ever been seized by the urge to press your nose against a newborn’s head and take long, deep sniffs, hey, we hear you. The slightly sweet smell of an infant is one of the most wonderful scents in the world. It’s so appealing, the fragrance …

DIY Reflexology | Goop

Reflexology is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are …

Adorable Illustrated Posters Decode The Languages Of Cats And Dogs

<b>Have you ever</b> wondered what your dog is thinking when it curves up its body, or what your cat has in mind when it rubs its face against your</b> …

Photographer Aims to Crush Stigmas Surrounding Special Needs Dogs Using Stunning Images

Finding a home for a shelter animal is hard work, but if said pet has a disability it can be near impossible to find a willing adopter to take them …

5 Happy Marriage Habits To Start Before You Tie The Knot

<i>by Jillian Kramer, BRIDES</i><p>Photo: Courtesy of CNP Montrose<p>Think you'll figure out how to make your marriage work as you go along? That's one way to do it, sure. But, "starting healthy habits before marriage can mean the difference between a marriage that thrives and lasts and a marriage that crumbles …

Brides

The 20-Minute Yoga Flow for Total Beginners

There's something about the change of seasons that always leaves us feeling a little off-balance. On days when we're feeling blah, we know no amount …

10 Movies to Teach My Son About Life

I've never understood boys.<p>An only child, I immersed myself in dollhouses and Disney stories. Even when I climbed trees it was with my best girlfriend, who cared more about bikes than Barbies. When I became a mom, my firstborn was a girl. Surrounded by flying ponies and Elsa gowns, I was on steady …

Robin Williams

Secrets of the world's healthiest children: 6 longevity lessons from Japan

If you had complete power to engineer a long, vigorous life, you might start by choosing to be born in Japan.<p>The country has the highest “healthy life expectancy” in the world, with Japanese boys and girls expected to live to 73 without any major illness or disability, according to a recent study …

Ice Cream

17-Year-Old Syrian Refugee Walks over 300 Miles Carrying His Beloved Puppy

One of the latest Syrian refugees to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos brought along a friend he couldn't bear to leave behind. After leaving the war-torn country of Syria, 17-year-old Aslan walked over 300 miles with a rucksack and a small red crate. Inside the crate was his beloved dog Rose, …

Pets

How Meditation Can Help Anxiety

Fear is a negative emotion unless you are facing an actual threat and need to fight or flee. The usefulness of fear is minimal in daily life, particularly in the form of anxiety. Stressful events can produce short-term anxiety in almost everyone, which disappears after the event. But for an …

Mindfulness

“Camping With Dogs” Instagram Will Inspire You To Go Hiking With Your Dog

Ryan Carter wanted an excuse to spend more time with his dog cooper, so he started the company Camping With Dogs. The Nashville, Tennessee …

Camping

Career coach: Why companies should care about work-life balance

Recently, there have been a number of stories highlighting practices at companies that have or have not reinforced having both a job and a family (life). Take Netflix, which began offering new parents unlimited paid leave for a year, allowing them to take off as much time as they want during the …

The Workplace

Goodbye home offices: shared workspaces gaining ground

MIAMI (AP) — Ten years ago, co-working spaces were a new concept, providing shared desks for freelancers and entrepreneurs as single "mom and pop" …

Real Estate

A psychologist reveals the biggest predictor of happiness — and it's not money

When psychologist Arthur Aron was a graduate student in the 1960s, he was looking around for something to study for his dissertation. But he didn't want just any topic. He wanted to find one "that people thought couldn't be studied scientifically and then prove that it could be," he said.<p>And then …

Happiness

17 Easy Vegetarian Bento Box Lunch Recipes Anyone Can Make

Whether you’re a vegetarian or are just trying to find a new #meatlessmonday lunch, packing a well-balanced meal without the help of animal protein can be tricky. A bento-style lunch box is a great tool to ensure you’re giving your body a variety of different foods. Fill up each section and just …

The best bars and restaurants in Havana and Trinidad, Cuba – according to local B&B owners

Photograph: Matt Humphrey<p>Raquel, manager of Casa Julio (an associated house of Hostal Peregrino), central Havana, pictured in her own home.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/7/1438940509782/d39cb364-dd6b-4706-94ae-c0b0de430ef6-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Matt Humphrey<p>…

20 Recipes to Make When Life Gives You Lemons

We’ve all heard the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But there are plenty of recipes using this vitamin-packed, citrusy fruit that are *so* much better than plain old lemonade. The 20 recipes below are perfect for those sun-kissed summer days when we need something a little …

Noble Portraits of Working Dogs Around the World

Photographer Andrew Fladeboe has spent years traveling to countries around the world with the goal of capturing the unique relationship between …

15 Scientific Facts That Will Warm Your Cold, Dead, Heart

The world’s pretty alright sometimes.

They Thought This Kitten Was Going To Die, But Then She Met A Husky Named Lilo

Rosie the kitten, found and rescued on the brink of death, was nursed back to health by Lilo the Siberian husky, who took her on like a puppy of her …

Cute Animals

IBM Engineer Quits His Job to Travel the World as an Instagram-Famous Photographer

If you had the chance to quit your job and pursue your passion, would you do it? Engineer-turned-photographer Eelco Roos seized the opportunity to follow his dream, and hasn't looked back since. The Dutch creative used to work as an IT specialist at IBM Amsterdam for 10 years, but increasing …

Photography

How to Make a Soothing Lavender Sleep Spray

Spray this lavender tonic around the room for relaxing treat that will put your mind at ease and help you find more restful sleep.<p>Lavender Sleep Spray<p>Yields 16 ounces<p>Materials<p>- 2 cups distilled water<br>- 3/4 cup dried lavender flowers or 1 cup fresh flowers<br>- 1/4 cup witch hazel or vodka<br>- 70 drops of …

Vodka

Girl Kissing A Puppy, 1950

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This Woman Takes Photographs Of Your Older Pet So You Have Time To Say Goodbye

For many, the death of a pet can be akin to the passing of a close family member.<p>"Owning a dog always ended with this sadness because dogs just don't live as long as people do," John Grogan, author of <i>Marley and Me</i>, wrote in a memoir about his infamously misbehaving pup.<p>But one photographer in …