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Knitter Stephen West, Should We Be Wearing More Shawls?

(Image credit: Alexandra Feo. Makeup by Alexandra Feo)<p>A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law sent me a link to Stephen West's "Wannasheep" video, his …

Knitting

Learning to Knit With the Ghost of My Grandmother

There’s a sweater hanging in my closet that, to my knowledge, I’ve only worn once. It is small, a child’s fit, because it was meant for a child. Sky blue, dotted with the white outlines of waves — and smack dab in the front and center, a demented looking whale smiling goofily out from the wearer’s …

Los Angeles

The Science Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Break Negative Thought Patterns

Remember that time you really embarrassed yourself, and you play it over and over in your head, cringing a little each time? Or how about your inability to ask for a raise or promotion you deserve because you have told yourself so many times you are not worth it? You let it stew, creating …

Mindfulness

Illustrator Shares Mental Health Struggles Through Digital Art To Show Others 'They’re Not Alone'

'I needed a way to get out my feelings.'<p>An illustrator is helping people with mental health issues to feel less alone, by sharing her own struggles …

Mental Health

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Tiny House?

So you binge-watched "Tiny House Hunters" and "Tiny House, Big Living" until you can't watch any more, and you've decided to go for it: You want to trade down from the average 2,400-square-foot home to a mini version of just 400 square feet or less.<p>There's no doubt, tiny houses are hugely popular …

Home Improvement

Americans are spending a fortune on finding happiness—and becoming less happy in the process

As a Brit living in the United States, the sheer backbreaking intensity of the American approach to finding happiness can sometimes feel alien. People in America spend more time, emotional energy, and money in the quest for contentment than any nation on earth. The systematic packaging and selling …

Happiness

91-year-old has knitted more than 8,000 hats for the homeless

In news that will warm you to your icy core, this 91-year-old hospice patient has spent the past 15 years knitting hats for the homeless.<p>WXMI reports …

Knitting

Science Says The Seed Of Depression Is Hidden In Your Gut, Not Your Brain

The causes of depression were once thought to lie entirely in the mind. New research shows depression is a gut reaction

A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

Researchers have identified a substance in muscles that helps explain the connection between a fit body and a sharp mind.<p>When muscles work, they release a protein that appears to generate new cells and connections in a part of the brain that is critical to memory, a team reports Thursday in the …

Humanity

The bacteria in our guts may help determine who gets anxiety and depression

When interviewed, they said they felt less daily stress and their memories were sharper.<p>The brain benefits were subtle, but the results, reported at last year's annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, got attention.<p>That's because the pills were not a precise chemical formula synthesized by …

Microbiology

The One Change I Made To Overcome Years Of Depression & Anxiety

It’s commonly known that alcohol is a "depressant"—but the truth about how alcohol affects someone who suffers from depression is not often discussed.<p>…

The One Thing More Important Than Work Experience

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Employment

How We View Obesity

Readers discuss Americans’ obsession with weight and prejudices against “fat” people.<p>To the Editor: Re “Yes, I’m Fat. It’s O.K. I Said It.” (Sunday Review, Feb. 7):<p>Kudos to Sarai Walker for her heartfelt essay. As a scientist and researcher with three graduate degrees in weight-related disciplines, …

Teens

The Ugly Truth About Starting a Business

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Entrepreneurship

12 things successful people do right before bed

Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their mental and physical health, which is almost entirely dependent upon their getting enough sleep.<p>That is why good bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them.<p>Here's what many successful people do right before bed:

Sleep

How the ancient art of writing therapy can help you create a brighter future

British author Graham Greene, in his 1980 book, "Ways of Escape," put into words what most writers know: "Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human …

Getting Through a Hard Time

“Cause there’ll be hard times...who knows better than I?” Ray Charles sang, and don’t we all know it. Difficulties are a fact of life, and it isn’t …

Mental Health

What Oprah Learned from Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

In October 2007, professor Randy Pausch, a devoted husband and father who was fighting pancreatic cancer, shared his famous last lecture on <i>The Oprah</i> …

I Survived: 5 Stories from Women Who Faced the Worst

Illustration: Polly Becker<p>I Survived...The Joplin Tornado<p>Illustration: Ruth Sorenson/Getty Images<p>I Survived... Almost Being Raped<p>Illustration: …

What Would Your Life Be Like If It Wasn't Run by Pain?

The heart is where pain comes from. And this is why you feel so many disturbances as you go through the day. You have this core of pain deep in your …

Drones, Oscars and football on Prime: Amazon reveals plans for 2016

Amazon has added a new item to its wishlist: an Oscar.<p>The retail giant, which has already won five Emmys for its Amazon Prime Video comedy …

Woody Allen

Why Broke People Stay Broke

I wish I had a $1 for every time I received an email asking, "How can I afford personal development if I'm broke?" I'd likely take more online classes than I do now. What else would a self-proclaimed self-help junky do with such a windfall?<p>My response is typically the same. "Personal development …

Self-improvement

The Self-Help Syndrome: Navigating the Overload

Are you one of the many people who is regularly alternating between the piles of self-help books on your nightstand and the ones that are downloaded on your e-reader? Do you thrive on attending inspirational lectures in an attempt to facilitate your need to learn and grow, but come out feeling …

Meditation

Office Politics Isn’t Something You Can Sit Out

Ask most people about workplace politics and they’ll say they’d prefer to avoid it. Yet, most also know that developing political competence is not a choice; it’s a necessity. The ones who who manage to reach the inner circle are at a great advantage. They get more done, but they are also …

The Workplace

A futuristic 'garden' that lets you grow food in your home just raised $230,000 on Kickstarter in 4 days

That's what a startup called Grove wants to help you do with its Ecosystem, which they describe as "an intelligent, in-home garden."<p>Grove Labs, a startup based in Sommerville, Massachusetts, was founded by two MIT students who wanted to give people the ability to grow their own food, regardless of …

Aquaponics

Netflix and stress: is binge-watching out of hand?

These days, TV shows seem to assume everyone will have seen every episode. But it’s not necessary to approach a show as if you were cramming for an exam<p>I have a confession to make: I never watched the first two seasons of Mad Men. This may not seem like such a big deal, but back in 2009 I started a …

TV

Seven of Our All-Time Favorite Pieces of Gear

The outdoor gear industry tends to be forward thinking, using space-age tech to give us the gear of the future today. We’re talking specialized avy air bags, self-tying power laces, and fabrics so gossamer it’s a wonder they shield you from the elements (but they do!).<p>While we love the high-tech …

Made in America

Survey: Robust OTT Options are Main Driver of Cord-Cutting Interest

Research firm Magid has released new survey data showing that robust OTT options are by far the most important driver of cord-cutting interest among …

Televisions