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Mindfulness may have been over-hyped

Mindfulness meditation has been practiced for millennia – and today is a billion-dollar business. But how much does the practice really change our health?<p>In late 1971, US Navy veteran Stephen Islas returned from Vietnam, but the war continued to rage in his head. “I came very close to committing …

Mindfulness

This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

The human brain is the most amazing thing in the universe. It got us to the moon, built the pyramids, cured smallpox … <i>And it also can’t seem to go 6</i> …

7 Things People With Chronic Illness Want You to Say

Reading Time: 6 minutesChronic illness wears down more people than you’d think. Whether your friend suffers from migraines, multiple sclerosis, …

Self-help

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

Self-help

Brain Imaging Shows We Can Unlearn Chronic Pain

Two new studies, one published last month and another slated for publication in early 2018, confirm through brain imaging and other techniques, that …

Choosing Your Object of Meditation

<b>Concentration has a central role in the mystical or enlightenment path all over the world.</b> Concentration is a microscope which can be used to uncover …

Still Thirsty? It's Up To Your Brain, Not Your Body

When the body gets dehydrated, the brain tells us to start chugging fluids. But what tells us when to stop?<p>The answer appears to be a brain circuit that acts like a water meter, constantly measuring how much fluid we are taking in, a team reports Wednesday in the journal <i>Nature</i>.<p>"This is amazing," …

The Brain

Is dim light affecting our cognition?

In a new study, United States researchers have found that spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices could actually change the brain’s …

‘Robotic Habitats’ imagines a self-sustaining AI ecosystem

As artificial intelligence advances at an unprecedented pace, we tend to see its arrival in emotional terms -- usually, either excitement or fear. But Noumena, a collective of designers, engineers and architects, is looking at AI and robots more practically. What form will they take, how will they …

Artificial Intelligence

How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Got any serious bad habits? The extra-strength ones with the FDA warning. The kind you really beat yourself up about — but still engage in all the …

Self-help

Calcium and vitamin D supplements may not protect against bone fractures

One of the most contentious questions in nutrition science over the past decade has been whether older adults should be taking supplemental vitamin D and calcium. As the world's population ages and broken bones and fractures become even more of a public health concern, with huge social and economic …

Vitamin D

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

How to know if you're sleep deprived, even if it doesn't feel like it

How to tell if you're sleep deprived, even if it doesn't feel like it. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>1. You're craving sugar and carbs</b><p>Lack of sleep produces a hormone called ghrelin. Ghrelin makes you hungry for fatty and sugary foods.<p>It's also harder to stop eating. Leptin, the chemical …

Mediterranean style diet may prevent dementia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Meals from the sunny Mediterranean have been linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart and longer life, along with a reduced risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.<p>Now you can add lowering your risk for dementia to the ever growing list of reasons to follow the Mediterranean diet or …

Holistic Medicine

Jony Ive wants to design a soap dispenser

After developing some of the most iconic tech products of the last two decades, Apple’s design boss Jony Ive has some astonishingly low-tech ambitions when it comes to the future.<p>During a recent interview at a conference organized by the Norman Foster Foundation, Jony Ive gave a surprising answer …

Reedsy now lets you print your book on Blurb in no time

Reedsy provides everything you need to turn your first draft into a book. And it turns out that ebooks aren’t overtaking good old paper books just yet. Reedsy partnered with Blurb so that you can send your finished book to Blurb, get it printed and sell it online.<p>At heart, Reedsy remains a …

How to run: everything you need to know

Whether you are new to running or want to improve your pace, here’s how to get going<p>Why I run: ‘It’s painful, repetitive, boring. And afterwards, you’re fully alive’<p>Running is a fantastic way to get fit. You don’t need much kit, you can do it anywhere (within reason) and it’s available to you all …

Exercise

How to wake up earlier—with minimal misery

For so many people, there’s nothing more satisfying than sleeping in. You get up when your body wants. You can ease into your morning. You don’t have …

Sleep

How You Breathe Affects the Way You Think and Feel, Study Finds

Focusing on one’s breathing has been a preoccupation of Eastern philosophy for centuries and in some cases, millennia. It is considered a means to …

Build This Flowchart to Overcome Procrastination

Psychologist Dr. Patrick Keelan has a series of questions to ask yourself when you feel stuck with your work. These four questions can act as a …

Procrastination

Being fat is 'all in the brain' and that's why you can't lose weight

"Eat less, move more" must rank among the most misleading pieces of dieting advice ever offered. Not only does the adage minimise the difficulties of …

[Exclusive] Draw in 3D with the ‘Mental Canvas’ Illustration App

The new app combines traditional illustration with 3D computer-aided design software.<p>There are apps like uMake that rather easily turn 2D sketching into useful 3D models for prototyping, but the new app Mental Canvas takes a different approach. It fuses the illustrator’s need for aesthetics and …

What It Feels Like To Have Anxiety And Depression At The Same Time

<i>YourTango writer Rebecca Jane Stokes shares what it feels like to have both anxiety and depression.</i><p>Anxiety and depression are two mental illnesses …

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

The Misperception of Joy

Joy doesn’t come from what you do but from being present at what you’re doing.<p>Eckhart Tolle writes about the misperception of joy in his book <i>A New</i> …

Use the "If, When, Then" Model to Reprogram Yourself to Build Better Habits

If you’ve ever written software, you know that if-then statements are the building blocks of any program. That same logic can work on yourself. Using …

Productivity

The Psychology of Weight Loss

While our diet industry might have us still believe that weight loss is all about math, and our food industry seems happy to support this belief …

Weight Loss

How complaining rewires your brain for negativity

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable -- such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast -- complaining isn't good for you.<p>Your brain loves …

This Tool Can Help You Disappear from the Internet

Between election bile, fake news, and just plain exhaustion, we may be entering a down cycle for social media. If you’re interested in downsizing …

All you need to know about nature deficit disorder

<b>It's tough to connect with nature at this time of year.</b><p>Your days are spent under artificial lights in an office, while the last of autumn's blooms are hidden beneath piles of decaying leaves.<p>NDD, or nature deficit disorder, has become a buzzword of late.<p>Although it's not a recognised medical …