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5 Daily Practices That Can Transform Your Life

Have you ever wanted to make an internal transformation but felt stuck in the process? The best part is when your friends give you the "easier said than done" advice such as <i>"just think happy thoughts"</i> or <i>"you just have to know you are good enough,"</i> and you're left thinking <i>"if it were so easy to do</i> …

Meditation

24 Daily Habits That Will Boost Your Intelligence

Can changing up your daily routine actually enhance your intelligence?<p>The inner workings of the human brain are still one of humanity's great mysteries.<p>As neuroscience has advanced, we've learned that we can train our brains to think more clearly, be more positive, and better express creativity.<p>In …

5 Shortcuts To Bonding Deeply With a Romantic Partner

How do you get to crazy love — or get crazy love back when it’s gone away?<p>Forget the silly relationship books, let’s look at the real science and get …

Relationships

Ecocapsule gives you the eco-friendly camping experience of the future

Campers who love spending time in nature, or researchers who spend months in the wilderness, are probably looking at all sorts of smart ways to …

A beginner's glossary to hiking and camping

Don't know your karst from your krummholz? Brush up on your hiking and camping terms with our glossary.<p>That pile of rocks and gravel on a …

Hiking

This Startup Gives Poor People A Year's Income, No Strings Attached

<i>(Photo: GiveDirectly)</i><p>A person whom Teresa had never met showed up at her home one day with a remarkable offer. Teresa and her family would receive what amounted to a year's income, in cash. Nothing was owed in return. She did not have to repay the money, and her family could spend it however they …

Income Inequality

7 free tools for anyone who wants to become a better writer

The awesome (and scary) thing about being a writer is that you can always improve. It's why people can sit on a draft for weeks — every time they …

In Just A Week, This Kit Turns Old Houses Into Zero-Energy Homes (For Free)

Net-zero homes are the kind of project that usually cost so much that only the richest, most environment-obsessed homeowners attempt it. But in the …

Social Housing

Long Weekends Like a Local: Packing List

Adventure<p>Camping is one of the best and easiest escapes into nature, away from the chores of daily life. The more nights this summer you can spend staring at a campfire and sleeping under a canopy of stars, the better, even if you stay close to home. Here are ten ways to make it more fun and happen …

DIY Home Projects – Backyard Ideas

These <b>DIY Backyard Projects</b> are clever, affordable and easy to do. You can make them yourself and they are perfect for a <b>weekend outdoors project</b>. Are …

Crafting

10 Backpacking Gear Myths

It’s amazing how some backpacking gear myths persist, even when there’s ample evidence to the contrary. Here are my favorites. 1. Two people can fit …

When Leaving Becomes Arriving: Poet and Philosopher David Whyte on Ending Relationships

“Sometimes everything has to be inscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you.”<p><i>“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,”</i> the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh cautioned in his illuminating treatise on love. But even when this incremental …

How to raise a spiritual child: 3 exercises to try with your family

<i>Lisa Miller, Ph.D., is director of clinical psychology and founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Columbia University, Teachers College. The author of "The Spiritual Child," she has spent over a decade researching the impact of religion and spirituality.</i><p>Every child is born a spiritual …

Spirituality

How to Love: Legendary Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of “Interbeing”

“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”<p>What does love mean, exactly? We have applied to it our finest definitions; we have examined its psychology and outlined it in philosophical frameworks; we have even devised a mathematical formula for attaining it. And yet anyone who …

Meditation

This Carbon Positive House Produces More Energy Than it Consumes

By now, we all know how crucial it is for the well-being of our planet and survival of future generations to reduce our carbon footprint.<p>But we all …

Cabin Fever? Get Started Now on These 9 Geeky Camping Projects

What’s geekier than Star Wars can lanterns and a Lego head propane tank at your campsite? Well, maybe a campfire coloring kit. Here’s a rundown of some great projects for geeky campers everywhere.<p><b>Roll-Up Silverware Holder</b><br>If you want to camp in style, you need the tableware to be classy. Keep it …

10 Apps You Probably Don't Know Can Earn You Extra Money

Spending time with friends is, in and of itself, a great way to pass the time without spending a lot of money. But if you and your friends are used …

Personal Finance

Mindfulness

Mindfulness<p>What is Mindfulness?<p>Mindfulness can be defined as simply being aware of what is happening in the present moment, without judgment. Many of …

Ordinary Mind, Extraordinary Life

My friend and Zen teacher, John Tarrant, taught me a koan about enlightenment and every day life. It goes like this:<p>Student: What is …

10 Thinking Errors That Will Crush Your Mental Strength

Mental strength requires a three-pronged approach—<b>managing our thoughts</b>, <b>regulating our emotions</b>, and <b>behaving productively despite our …

Self-help

Growing Empathy: A Daily 30-Minute Gift That Can Rescue Your Relationship

The amazing work of neuroscientists such as Marco Iacoboni reveals human beings are neurologically “wired for empathy” and — an innate moral nature. …

13 DIY Decor Solutions That Will Make Your Life Easier

8 Ways To Be More Creative At Work, From The Mind Behind “Brain Games”

By Susan Karlin5 minute Read<p>Who do you think you are?<p>More specifically, <i>when</i> are you most who you are?<p>According to National Geographic Channel’s …

Employment

12 Workouts You Can Do in Only 5 Minutes (Yep, 5!)

Fewer excuses, more sweat<p>Spending an hour at the gym can be a great way to get blissed-out before heading to the office or to unwind after a long day. But sometimes (read: often) you don't have an hour to spare. That's why the 12 workout videos in our playlist below, led by <i>Women's Health</i> fitness …

7 Ways To Make Your Home A Greener Place

Want to go green, but don't have the time or budget for a complete renovation? Easily make your home more eco-friendly with these seven simple DIY projects.<p>"Living a greener life" seems like a tall order, especially if you're renting or can't afford to renovate your home using eco-friendly …

The Benefits Of Meditation Aren't As Immediate As You Think; How To Practice Every Day

The Spa Finder Wellness 365 Trends Report predicted 2013 would be the year of “mindful living” — and they were right. They were so right that they …