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Totally...like... bogus: the world's worst travel advice

"Don't waste your money on bottled water! I just drank the tap water and I feel fine," brags a fellow hostel guest in Kathmandu. This person won't be seen again for three days, looking about 8lbs lighter.<p>"I never book a room before I get to a destination. It's better to visit all the hostels first, …

Tap Water

Five expert tips for getting started in travel writing

So you say you want to be a travel writer? You want to wander the world, sending back tantalising tales of far-flung adventures to magazines, newspapers and websites. And get paid handsomely for it. Is that too much to ask?<p>Well, surveying the scene of travel publishing right now is a little like …

Writing

How to Sleep when Stressed

Stress can interfere with getting a good night’s rest, which can make you feel even more stressed the next day. If stress has been keeping you up at …

Self-help

8 Songs That Will Put You To Sleep Faster Than An Ambien

1.”Gymnopedie No. 1″ by Erik Satie<p>It’s important to start your bedtime playlist with a song by an old dead white guy. I first heard this particular …

7 Essential Lessons to Feel More Happiness in Your Life

The key to creating more happiness is to release the fears that hold us back. How do you do that? A great place to start is with this exercise from my new book, <i>Miracles Now</i>. Every time you feel your thoughts go into fearful attack mode, say out loud 'Happiness is a choice I make.' Make that your …

The Power of Now with the Teachings of Eckhart Tolle – an Interview with Oprah Winfrey (Part 2 of 2)

<b>Is that your soul speaking to you? Or is that your ego/mind speaking? Are you awakening to your soul’s purpose and living an inspired, empowered and</b> …

Spirituality

The Power of Now – Oprah Winfrey Interviews Eckhart Tolle (Part 1 of 2)

<b>Are you living life here and now? Are you being consciously present every moment every day in every way? And most important, are you learning how to</b> …

Meditation

Get Over Your FOWO (Fear of Working Out)

<i>By Jan Bruce</i><p>Exercise is one of the most potent stress-reducers on the planet -- and yet, in the irony of ironies, it's the one thing far too many of us don't make time for. There are lots of reasons why (and I'm sure you have come up with a few creative ones yourself), but the fact is the idea of …

Exercise

10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness

You ultimately become what you repeatedly do. If your habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you. Here are a few examples of the latter that will …

9 Things Happy People Do to Stress Less

People’s lives become chaotic the minute they decide to be.<p>People’s lives become happier the minute they decide to be.<p>Be the latter. For fast-acting …

7 Important Things to Remember when You Feel Lost ...

3. You Have More Control than You Think<p>Even though you sometimes feel lost and lonely, don’t victimize yourself, because you actually have more …

These Healing Words Could Be Just What You Need In Times of Trouble

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

7 Benefits of Being a Sensitive Person ...

There are some benefits of being a sensitive person despite how some people say otherwise. Sometimes sensitive people get a bad rap so it is nice to …

Security

Advice From a Third-Grader: How to Find the Wow on a Rainy Day

Photo courtesy of Kamau Z. Akabueze<p>It was a cold, gray, rainy morning here in New York City. As the children made their way into our third grade classroom at United Nations International School, many of them grumbled about the lost opportunity to play tether ball at recess, and commented on how …

United Nations

5 Ways Keeping A Journal Can Help You De-Stress

Even with the popularity of blogs, Tumblrs and social media, it seems that the death of the pen-and-paper diary isn't to be expected anytime soon. Generations of adolescents and adults have turned to journals to organization their thoughts and seek meaning in their experiences, and millennials are …

How to Use Intentions to Create Your Dreams

When we come from the place of wanting to create the biggest dreams that life has to offer us, it is only our limitations that keep us from achieving it. So setting an intention for what it is that you want to create is definitely a principle to creating everything that you have desired.<p>If you …

Positive Thinking

3 Brilliant Gratitude Quotes to Boost Your Mood!

Gratitude! Oh sweet, underrated gratitude.<p>William Blake said, "Gratitude, in itself, is heaven."<p>Buddha said, "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we …

Happiness