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JACKFRUIT IS THE MOST POWERFUL CANCER KILLER ACCORDING TO SCIENTIST

Jackfruit is one of its own kind of tropical fruits, recognized for its unique shape, size, and fruity flavor of its bulbs that can be appreciated …

Why am I not finding the blog post? Reshaping INDIHOPE

<b>Disclaimer</b><p>Dear Reader, if you have come across here from a different blog post, then it means the blog that you are looking for is no longer …

The Great Grammar Debate: 5 Books on How to Write Right

If, as Oliver Kamm writes in his new book <i>Accidence Will Happen</i>, “learning rules of language is part of what it is to be human,” then arguing over what those rules are, and if they matter, is most certainly another part. Can you start a sentence with ‘hopefully?’ Is confusing ‘it’s’ and ‘its’ an …

Create a Calm and Positive Mindset With These 7 Simple Cues

The other day I was bounding up the stairs to get something I’d forgotten when I had this realization: Although getting older, I am still healthy …

Mindfulness

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

30 easy hacks that will make you feel better about life

Real talk: You want to be happier, but you don’t want to do anything dramatic, like working out twice a day or making five new friends. Instead, we …

Happiness

Essential Yoga Poses for Beginners

Did the poses taught in your first yoga class pass in one ear and out the other in a blur of confusion as you tried to register what the teacher was …

My full-time working mom taught me what parenting is truly about with daily lunchbox letters

Skye Gould/Tech Insider<p>One day in 2003, when I was in 6th grade, my mom put a letter in my lunchbox with some advice on it. "Don't be quick to judge …

10 Powerful Life Lessons from The Alchemist

Image Credit: continuousreader.blogspot.com.au<p><i>The Alchemist</i> by Paulo Coelho is one of the best-selling books in history, with over 65 million copies in 56 different languages. The story of Santiago, the shepherd boy on a journey to realize his "Personal Legend" has inspired people all over the …

Motivation

How Mindfulness Helps Us Lead Fuller, Happier Lives

When we think about happiness and success, many of us turn our attention to some distant horizon where our hopes and aspirations lie. But according to Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, true happiness begins with mindfulness and mindfulness begins in the present moment.<p>A new documentary featuring Hanh, …

Thich Nhat Hanh

18 Journals That Will Give Your Brain A Workout

Get ready to ~explore your mind.~

Why Your Tech Addiction Makes You Extra Lonely

<i>By Jessica Miller for YourTango</i><p>In today's world, you give so much of yourself to others that, by the time you get home, you just want to crash and numb yourself on the Internet. But have you ever wondered what your children see when you choose an electronic device over play time?<p>There's a new …

Loneliness

Forget About Meditation. This Simple Practice Can Change Your Life

Your yoga teacher, shrink and shaman all told you that you should practice meditation. You saw Ellen Degeneres endorse TM -- that's Transcendental Meditation for those who've lived under a rock for the past 50 years -- on TV and thought perhaps it was time to invest $1000 in your spiritual growth. …

Meditation

Why You're Pretty Much Unconscious All the Time

Your body has a lot of nifty parts, but it’s the brain that’s the <i>it</i> organ of the summer. The brain’s all-the-rage moment is mostly a result of the …

Consciousness

Gut Imbalance: The Modern Plague and Hidden Epidemic

Gut bugs. Why are they the buzz of the media and a hot topic of scientific research?<p>The average human being has about 100 trillion gut microbes with most being located in your lower intestines and trillions more surrounding and coating your body surfaces and inner lining. Just like in the 1999 …

Wellness

7 Ways to Carve Out Time to Meditate

<i>Photo: Pond5</i><p><i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Establishing a meditation routine can be difficult. You're busy! Who has time to breathe, let alone sit and breathe? But if you think the only way you'll learn how to meditate is with a 25-hour day, think again.<p>Plenty of busy people are making time for …

Meditation

Changing Your Thoughts Can Change Your Life

The other day my 5-year-old-son was washing his hands, a habit he has gotten into almost obsessively. I felt the need, not sure why, to explain to a friend nearby why he was washing his hands after doing nothing "dirty or germ-filled." I told her that two years ago he had salmonella. Even at 3 my …

Love Stories

The Gut-Brain Link: How Your Headaches Might Stem From Your Digestion

I thought I had it figured out. These complicated migraines that I spent years studying seemed to make so much sense on paper. First comes the prodrome, the 24-hour period of time that about <b>70 percent of migraneurs</b> experience before their attack of disabling pain (1). For some, the prodrome may be …

Wellness

The Difference Between Your Ego and Your Soul

One of my biggest "aha!" moments was realizing the difference between my ego and my soul.<p>It took me a long time and a lot of soul-digging to get it. Here is my understanding:<p><b>Your ego is:</b><p>The image you have of yourself.<p>Your social mask, the face you put on for the world.<p>Your titles and roles …

Positive Thinking

Parenthood recap: 'The Waiting Room'

Parenthood<p>Attention <i>Parenthood</i> fans: It is now safe to open your eyes and resume breathing. Zeek is out of surgery. <i>Out of the woods</i> is another issue …

5 Proven Strategies for Releasing Negative Thoughts

"Mind is everything. What we think, we become." -- Buddha<p>Whether by virtue of our self-imposed stress, propensity for self-blame or the scarcity mentality that keeps us from connecting with our gratitude, negative thinking can be a significant obstacle to our personal development and emotional …

11 Beauty Uses for Lemons

<b>Clarifying moisturizer:</b> Mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it.<p><b>Elbow and knee bleacher:</b> "If your elbows and knees appear dark, simply rub them with half of a lemon," says Patrice Coleman, owner of …

10 Maya Angelou Quotes That'll Make You Love Life and Get Sh*t Done

Inspiration straight from a legend<p>Maya Angelou, the renowned poet and author, passed away this morning at age 86. Celebrate her life and honor her legacy with these 10 motivational quotes—they're guaranteed to stir up feelings of determination, pride, and compassion.<p>"Success is liking yourself, …

How to De-Stress in Just 10 Minutes

<b>Step 1: Find a quiet place.</b> I know this isn't the easiest request, but try to find a room where you can shut the door. If that isn't an option, grab some noise canceling headphones, earplugs or whatever you can get your hands on. The key is making sure you get 10 minutes of uninterrupted peace.<p><b>Step</b> …

How to Turn Wishful Thinking Into Positive Results

March is Optimism Month, and although some of us seem to be born more optimistic than others (I'll admit, I am a Pollyanna), anyone can learn to be more optimistic. While words and thoughts do create positive or negative energy in your life, it's not only the words, but the feeling you have about …

Happiness

Mark Nepo on Being Present and Recognizing Life's Gifts

In a two-part interview, Mark Nepo shared his thoughts on embracing the moment, the power of listening and more. Read nine of his most moving quotes.

7 Things You Don't Know About Colds

You know the germiest places in every room and could write a tutorial on hand washing, but you'll still be surprised by the sneaky ways colds affect …

Iyanla Vanzant: 3 Ways to Live in the Now

Q: How do I stay in the moment?<p><b>1. Train your mind to sit.</b><p>The mind is like a puppy: easily distracted. And in the same way you train a puppy, we must …

Positive Thinking