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9 science-backed books that could change your life for the better in 2018

This year, like every year, most of us are trying to get more done, be happier, and have better relationships. Given the high levels of burnout across professions (50% by some accounts), we all could use some tools for higher efficiency and better self-care. The good news is that these 9 books …

Happiness

There's a scientific reason some people are more motivated than others — but it's possible to change

There are mornings when I look over my to-do-list and just keep staring blankly at it. Instead of getting to work, I keep checking my inbox, news feed, and making a fresh cup of green tea. Then I notice the dirty dishes in the kitchen.<p>I get the dishes cleaned up, but there are also those clothes …

Neuroscience

This Is What Happens When You ‘Discard’ An Abusive Narcissist First

Many books, articles and online platforms for abuse survivors often focus on what happens when a narcissistic abuser ‘devalues’ and ‘discards’ their …

The Narcissist

<i>Pretty as a picture</i><i><br>Sweeter than a swisher</i><i><br>Mad 'cause I'm cuter than the girl that's with you</i><i><br>I don't gotta talk about it baby you can see it</i><i><br>But if you</i> …

dear mom – you are worth fighting for you

Sometimes, I feel like I’ve let the world down.<p>You see, a friend told me today that he misses me.<p>The happy me.<p>You know the me that doesn’t have tears …

Motherhood

I tried the ketogenic diet to help with my anxiety—here’s what happened

When you’ve had anxiety most of your life like I have, you’re familiar with all the tricks. Meditation, essential oils, probiotics, wine…I’ve tried …

Schools reach 'crisis point' with sharp increase in students dealing with anxiety, depression

Schools are struggling to cope with a sharp rise in anxiety, depression and self-harm among students as young as 10 years old, with one principal …

How To Tell The Difference Between Depression And Burnout

Whether you love your job or not, you’ve likely experienced occasional exhaustion, frustration, disillusionment, and a desperate urge to hurl your …

Psychotherapy is not one size fits all … Or is it?

Psychotherapy involves the application of clinical methods and interpersonal interactions to help people modify their behaviors, thinking patterns …

Let Go of Fear by Stopping the Stories in Your Head

<b>“The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.” ~Eckhart Tolle</b><p>For a very long time …

When You Can't Let Go - The R Spot Episode 13

Narcissists Need to Love Themselves More, Not Less

Defined by the characteristic of excessive self-love, narcissism seems to characterize primarily people who think of themselves in an unrealistically …

Depression is a physical illness which could be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, scientists suggest

Depression could be treated using anti-inflammatory drugs, scientists now believe, after determining that it is a physical illness caused by a faulty immune system.<p>Around one in 13 people in Britain suffers from anxiety or depression and last year the NHS issued 64.7 million prescriptions for …

Mental Health

What it’s like to live with two personality disorders

<b>People look at me in confusion when I tell them I have two personality disorders. And I’ll admit that often, I’m confused about it myself.</b><p>I was …

5 things never to say to your daughter if you want her to grow up body positive

Given we’re bombarded with unrealistic beauty standards and constant criticism of women’s bodies in the media, body confidence is understandably a …

News (Ireland)

How to help girls navigate tough social situations

Not long ago, I asked a group of 20 school-age girls to write down the one thing they wished their parents would do more of when helping them navigate tricky social situations. None of them struggled to answer the question.<p>At the end of the session the girls asked to share their answers. They each …

Parenting

17 Affordable Products You Should Definitely Have In Your House

Recommended by adults.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i>

Ecstasy Was Just Labelled a 'Breakthrough Therapy' For PTSD by The FDA

"It's been obvious for 40 years."<p>The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known …

Imperial College London

Ecstasy Is Now Being Taken Seriously By the FDA

The drug just received “breakthrough” status as a treatment for severe PTSD.<p>Psychedelic drugs are having something of a renaissance in medicine, particularly in psychology. People with addiction have been tripping on shrooms to get sober, and research has suggested that ketamine might work as an …

Ecstasy (Drug)

Grok this: Psychotherapy requires listening with empathy to others and self

Psychotherapists are not psychics.<p>However, while ESP is not our thing, to provide value to those we purport to serve, therapists must border on being …

How Do You Know If You Need Counseling, Medication, Or Psychotherapy?

<i>How do you know you need counselling, medication, or psychotherapy? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Anita Sanz, psychologist, on Quora:</b><p>The best way to determine if you need …

Mental Health

The 5 secrets to becoming a Super Attractor

<i>When was the last time you thought about what you</i> really <i>wanted? I’m not talking about a matcha latte or new leggings (don’t get me wrong, those are</i> …

New York Times

7 Buddhist Teachings That Will Help You Overcome Life’s Most Difficult Challenges and Find Peace

Buddhaimonia.Growing up in the U.S. (California), almost all of my friends were either Christian or Catholic. My family wasn’t. My parents were …

Meditation

How to Stop Worrying

Ever feel like you can’t turn your brain off? Worried about how to stop worrying? We all deal with this when life gets challenging.<p>There is a way to …

Easy Breakfast Pizza to Kick Off the Weekend

Easy breakfast pizza you can make in minutes. How great is that?! Top with bacon, sausage, eggs, and ALL the cheese.<p>I have never been one to eat cold pizza. I just … can’t.<p>I want to preheat the oven and place my little leftover slices on the hot oven racks and let the crust return to its warm …

11 superfoods that work better together

Peanut butter and jelly. Soup and salad. Spaghetti and meatballs. There are a few classic pairings that will never go out of style. But some food duos do more than just excite your taste buds—they could even boost your health. It's a concept called "food synergy." While eating a variety of …

Nutrition

Bertrand Russell on Immortality, Why Religion Exists, and What “The Good Life” Really Means

“There are forces making for happiness, and forces making for misery. We do not know which will prevail, but to act wisely we must be aware of both.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) is one of humanity’s most grounding yet elevating thinkers, his writing at once lucid and luminous. …

The 'Most Offensive' Comments a President Has Ever Made

Many of today's conservatives are on the warpath about President Obama's latest speech. Conservative thinkers of other eras might have seen it differently.<p>Barack Obama has gotten himself in trouble again, with people who generally find him troublesome, for a National Prayer Breakfast speech in …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet - Foods That Heal

<b>What is Inflammation?</b> <br>Inflammation is a natural process with the biological purpose to initiate healing by increasing circulation. It is a complex …