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How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

You are already a happiness expert. Seriously. You’re just a bit inconsistent.<p>You already do a lot of things that researchers recommend for increased …

Shooting Above-and-Below Photos of Icebergs with a Custom Camera Rig

Photographer Steve Mandel just returned from Antarctica, where he made photos of icebergs using an underwater camera, a surface camera, and a …

Photographer Captures Enchanting Snapshots of Himself Feeding Wild Animals

Finland-based photographer Konsta Punkka has an extraordinary gift with animals, as can be seen from his close interactions with wildlife captured on camera. The 21-year-old self-described “squirrel whisperer” uses his iPhone and DSLR to capture enchanting snapshots of woodland creatures from an …

Photography

Here's what happened when I started doing 40-minute meditation sessions every morning

Stressors include travel, family, and the early onset of all that year-end noise. Daily exercise can help you feel better, but a recent injury has limited what I can do.<p>So about one week ago, I started meditating before work each day. Friends from my yoga community had been encouraging me in this …

Meditation

16 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016

Meet your new resolution.<p>New Year's resolutions often focus on improving <i>physical</i> health, but what if you focused on mental health this year?<p>While the culture at large often dismisses mental self-care, in part because of the stigma against those facing mental illness, emotional well-being is a …

Yogurt could be the key to happiness: The surprising link between your gut and your mental health

Research suggests the bacteria in yogurt may help relieve anxiety and stress by reducing a specific brain activity<p>Scientists have long known that the brain sends signals to the gut, a process that reveals why stress, for example, can express itself through gastrointestinal symptoms. But it wasn’t …

The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science

So what’s going to make you happy? Let’s get more specific: what’s going to make your <i>brain</i> happy? And let’s focus on things that are simple and easy …

Happiness

12 High-Protein Meals Under 400 Calories For Veggies

Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or simply someone who’s trying to eat more healthy foods, it can be challenging to get enough protein when you’re …

Healthy Eating

What is a Tilt-Shift Lens and How Does it Work?

There is something undeniably charming about seeing our world in miniature scale—tiny cars, tiny people, and tiny dramas. Created by the “tilt-shift” …

Tilt-shift

Meditation May Boost Happiness: The New Coloring for the Mind!

The ultimate goal for some of us is happiness. Are you happy yet? Happiness is often contradicted and taken for granted. The science behind what really makes us happy is no surprise with 40 percent of our daily activities making up our happiness levels. People are fascinated by defining what makes …

The 3 Steps To Emotional Freedom

Psychiatrist and author of Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety explains how to liberate your feelings -- and yourself.<p><b>Step 1: Identify Your Negative Legacy Emotions</b><p>Many people live amid so much guilt, shame or anxiety that they become like fish that have been swimming in polluted water since escaping their …

100 Homeless People Were Given Disposable Cameras and This is What They Captured

Since 2012, UK-based initiative Caf Art has been connecting people affected by homelessness with the wider community through art and photography by hanging their work in cafes and helping them earn a living through art sales. In July, the organization handed out 100 Fujifilm disposable cameras to …

England

5 Tips for Becoming More Instinctive With Portrait Photography

The main challenge with portrait photography is, without a doubt, producing a portrait that does not leave the subject looking rigid, anxious, or …

Landscape Photography

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a DSLR Lens

One of the main benefits of owning a DSLR camera is the ability to utilize a wide variety of different lenses. Most professional photographers will …

Cameras

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Autism Risk From Antidepressants Is Very Small: Study

About 10% of pregnant women take antidepressants, and most start before they become pregnant. The medications—the most popular of which are the …