Melissa Monroe

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What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

Hollywood and Asperger's

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger disorder (AD) or simply Asperger's, is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication. The syndrome is named after the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in …

Autism

22 Hot Sandwiches You Need to Make to Get Through Winter

For those days when all you want is a sandwich stuffed with fixin's and toasted or grilled to hot, melty perfection.<p><b>Sometimes all you want on a frigid winter day</b> is a sandwich stuffed with fixin's and toasted or grilled to hot, melty perfection. Beware: There's a lot of cheese ahead.

The Secret to Dropping More than 30 Pounds Fast

Tap into the power of negative training.<p>Almost everyone who's lost weight has eventually put the weight back on. Why this cruel reality? It's simple, really: During the first months of any diet, your body loses both fat and muscle. Then, when you gain back the weight, you add back only fat because …

The Crazy Intense Workout Britney Spears Swears By

And have you SEEN her abs lately?!<p>The Totally Drenched class at Drenched Fitness in Westlake Village, California is Britney's secret weapon. "If I want to feel like I'm really sweating, that's what I do," Britney says of the 60-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class created by trainer …

Workouts

Read father's touching letter to girl whose sky lantern landed in his driveway

<i>Matt Mikalatos is the author of the children's fantasy novel "The Sword of Six Worlds" and several spiritual books including "The First Time We Saw Him." For more information please visit Mikalatos.com.</i><p>Dear Steph,<p>Saturday morning I noticed what I thought was a gigantic plastic bag plastered to the …

Relationships

Pesto Quinoa Salad

Pesto Quinoa Salad from Greatist• 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa<br>• 1 cup low sodium vegetable stock (or water!)<br>• 7 thin stalks asparagus, sliced diagonally into …

Rice Pudding with Fresh Pears and Honey

6 Servings<p>Active Time: 1 min<p>Total Time: 1 min<p>Chef Sarah Ellsworth, the London Plane, Seattle, uses creamy bomba rice and orange-flower water to make an elevated rice pudding for her daughter—for breakfast: “It's a weekend treat.”<p>September 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 cup bomba or arborio rice<p>¼ teaspoon …

How to calm your brain and find peace during a busy day

The positive power of meditation has made the news once again. Research from Carnegie Mellon University states that practicing mindfulness meditation for 25 minutes per session for three consecutive days can alleviate psychological stress. An analysis of previous studies compiled earlier this year …

Drink Up

Maybe fashion’s green juice obsession is taking things to the next level, but we’ve noticed that potent herbal remedies—all-natural healers once sequestered to hippie co-ops—are having a moment, showing up in new beauty boutiques in the West Village and juicing meccas in Venice Beach.<p>This summer, …

Eat Chic: 25 BAZAAR-Approved Brunch Spots in NYC

In New York City, brunch is the most important meal of the weekend.<p>In New York City, ask anyone where they are before 3pm on a Saturday or Sunday morning, and odds are, brunch is on the docket. Breakfast may reign supreme during the week, but brunch is the most important meal of the weekend in the …

What Is a Personal Legend—and Are You Living It?

One of the many profound lessons in Paulo Coelho's <i>The Alchemist</i> is that each person must discover his or her own "personal legend"—the unique path …

How Long Should It Take to See Muscle Definition?

Because you’re dying to show off your workout results!<p><b>The question:</b> “When should I expect to see more defined muscles?”<p><b>The experts:</b> Jon-Erik Kawamoto, strength and conditioning specialist, owner of JKConditioning; Lee Boyce, C.P.T., owner of Boyce Training Systems<p><b>The answer:</b> Depending on how often …

10 (More) Gorgeous Colorized Photos That Put History In A New Light

For the history buffs of the world, we imagine there are few experiences as fulfilling as poring over volume after volume of black-and-white photographs, hunting for that rare shot of a notable figure or iconic location.<p>As for the rest of us, we'll be trolling Reddit. Their ongoing thread of …

Fighting FOMO: 3 Strategies To Beat Your Fear Of Missing Out

<i>If it seems like everyone you know is doing cooler stuff than you, feeling happier than you, and generally out-pizzazzing you, Martha Beck wants you to know they've got you fooled.</i><p>By Martha Beck<p>OMG, do you have any idea what you're missing right now? Have you checked Facebook in the last two …

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People

Want to work smarter, not harder? Learn from the best.<p>Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me,</i> …

The Power of Sleep

Health<p>Search<p>North KoreaU.S. Has Plan to Dismantle North Korea's Nuclear Program in a Year, John Bolton Says<p>John McCain'I’m Never Going to Forgive …

The Best Exercise for Better Posture

Learn this crucial move plus three muscle-sculpting variations that target your arms, back, and core.<p>Pulling exercises are the key to a well-rounded strength routine—in fact, people who sit a lot (which, ahem, is most people) should actually do <i>twice</i> as many pull moves (to work those back muscles) …

Cooking Fats 101: What Makes Fats and Oils Essential to Cooking

If you thought fats only came from slabs of meat (or that persistent pouch around your middle), then it's time for us to have a talk. First off, fats are all over the place, and that's <i>not a bad thing</i>: when it comes to cooking, fats are an essential tool in your arsenal. They're also a much broader …

Unique Grilling: Crispin Cider-Steeped, Bacon-Wrapped Brats With Caramelized Hard Cider Onions

Tart, refreshing Crispin Cider is the perfect vehicle for steeping cheddar brats on the grill. Once the sausages are infused with flavor and cooked through, they're wrapped in bacon and finished on the grill. Cooking them over the cool part is important because you don't want to ignite the …

Is Your Office Making You Fat?

You know that being parked at your desk all day can expand your waistline. But it may be harming your health more than you realize.<p>It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand how calorie-burning works. When you move you're using fuel (a.k.a. calories). And when you're sitting at your computer, …

The 5 Phases of How to Quit Sugar for Good

Thinking about entering sugar rehab? Good thought. Here's how to tackle the seemingly impossible task.<p>Suspect you're hooked on the sweet stuff? It's time to restore your brain to its pre-sugar-fiend state. Resetting your palate and eradicating cravings isn't easy, but it is possible. Instead of …

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Stephanie Le from I Am a Food Blog is pulling back the curtain on teriyaki sauce, and revealing that you only need 5 ingredients to make it</i> …

How French Women Curb Cravings: This 5-Minute Breakfast

All it takes is six easy ingredients and some je ne sais quoi<p>For a best-selling author who writes books with sharp titles like <i>French Women Don't Get Fat</i> and <i>French Women Don't Get Facelifts</i>, 67-year-old Mireille Guiliano isn't what you'd expect. The former Veuve Clicquot CEO is instantly warm and …

Yes, You Can Pickle That

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: Pickling is so hot right now. And when done at home, it's</i> …

'Strength is beautiful': Harvard women's rugby team spreads inspiring body image message

It’s sad but true: Even young, fit female athletes struggle with pressure about body image. That's why the members of the Harvard women’s rugby team recently took matters into their own hands, staging a photo and video shoot that’s now going viral.<p>“Female athletes often struggle to balance social …

How to Make Your Own Ice Cream—without an Ice Cream Maker!

This creative dessert recipe will take your taste buds for a super-fun ride.<p>Calling all ice cream lovers! Want to learn how to make your own ice cream at home, but don't have an expensive ice cream maker? We've got a genius recipe for you that doesn't require anything fancier than a blender and a …

This Woman Had Her Face Photoshopped In Over 25 Countries To Examine Global Beauty Standards

Esther Honig, a freelance journalist based out of Kansas City, sent an unaltered photograph of herself to more than 40 Photoshop aficionados around the world. "Make me beautiful," she said, hoping to bring to light how standards of beauty differ across various cultures.<p>The project, titled <i>Before &</i> …

5 Clever, Easy Twists on Caprese Salad

We're reinventing the classic caprese salad with 4 new innovations, from cantaloupe and scamorza to burrata and peach<p><b>Done right, the caprese salad's timeless combination</b> of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil is more than the sum of its parts. That's why every component counts: You must seek out …