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Take a photographic world tour with these stunning L.A. Times reader photos

The calendar says fall begins Thursday, but thanks to readers of the Travel section, summer may linger. That's because they shared hundreds of photos of their summer travels for our annual reader photo issue. Travel and photo editors as well as online producers scrutinized scores of photos to …

Comments about childhood weight more likely to give women body confidence issues in adult life, research suggests

Women who remember their parents' comments about their childhood weight are more likely to be unhappy with their size as adults, research …

Want Your Kids to Grow Up Successful? Here's What You Need at Home

What's more important than how much money you make or where you live.<p>Parents are eager to do everything they possibly can to help their children be successful. If you want your kids to earn big salaries as adults, what should you buy them now? Piano lessons? Coding camp? Mandarin class?<p>None of the …

Why skipping your workout is actually good for you

Beating yourself up for not showing up for a spin class or for enjoying every lick of that dulce de leche ice cream cone can do a number on your mind.<p>Many of us constantly keep a tally of all the healthy and not-so-healthy habits we’re busily fostering each day, but it's time to stop. Read on, …

Weight Loss

Science Explains How The Beach Can Change Our Brains And Mental Health

Have you ever spent a day at the beach and come back home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated? You may readily agree that the beach has a calming effect, …

Stanford University

10 Ways to Be More Mindful at Work

fatumwr/Adobe StockMindfulness may seem like a great idea, but how do you become more mindful in the context of a busy work day? You may have emails, …

Mindfulness

The More Of Less: Craft An Intentional Life With Minimalism

Minimalism

1. Break the bad news yourself.

If you’ve made a mistake, don’t cross your fingers and hope that no one will notice, because someone is going to—it’s inevitable. When someone else points out your failure, that one failure turns into two. If you stay quiet, people are going to wonder why you didn’t say something, and they’re …

The big problem with one of the most popular assumptions about the poor

By Roberto A. Ferdman<p>In the late 1960s, Walter Mischel, a researcher at Stanford University, invited several hundred children to participate in a game in which they were given a choice: They could eat one sweet right away, or wait and have two a little later. Initially, the goal was simple: to see …

Psychology

25 Ways to Boost Your Writing Skills - InformED

Some say good writing can’t be taught. We beg to differ. Here are 25 surefire ways to boost your skills and become a master of communication.<p>1. Learn …

Study says when you're in love, everyone else looks less attractive to you

Fidelity isn’t always easy in a relationship, but if you’re truly in love or committed to your relationship, staying faithful can be a lot easier.<p>A …

18 Habits of Mentally Strong People

Building mental strength takes hard work and commitment, but it's the key to reaching your greatest potential.<p>As the author of <i>13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do</i>, I usually spend my time talking about the bad habits that can rob you of mental strength. After all, it only takes one bad habit …

3 Steps to Letting that Sh*t Go! {Adult Language}

<i>Warning: Adult Language</i><p>“I can’t even.”<p>This phrase is often uttered after being the recipient of bad behavior or witnessing someone doing something so …

5 Proven Hacks to Increase Self-Control

After a long day at the office, happy hour sounds like sweet, sweet relief. But, let us know if this sounds familiar: You look at your calendar, see an 8 a.m. meeting scheduled for the next morning and think, "I'll just stop by." Then, you proceed to stay too late, and drink too much -- again. …

Self Control

Workaholics Are More Likely to Have Psychiatric Disorders, Study Says

Those who work too much and too hard are more likely to develop (or already have) a psychiatric disorder, according to a recent Norwegian study.<p>The …

Psychiatry

Food Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

In my last post, Mental Health: Where Nutrition Meets Psychiatry, I point out the increasing evidence that nutrition plays a fundamental role in our mental health. Treatment that combines nutrition with psychiatry is a critical component of the effort to bring awareness and enhance treatment of …

Mental Health

135 Couples Told Scientists How Depression Affects Their Relationships

Depression can feel isolating, like it’s you — and only you — against your own mind. And yet, the mental illness affects the people closest to you …

Depression

How to talk to someone with anxiety | Guardian readers and Sarah Marsh

On average one in four people will be affected by anxiety. Those who have experienced it explain what you can say and do to help<p>We live surrounded by anxiety. New research published in the journal Brain and Behaviour found that in 2013 there were an estimated 8.2m cases of anxiety in the UK. Women …

Depression

Coping with Anxiety When People Aren’t There for You

<b>“People aren't always going to be there for you. That's why you need to learn to handle things on your own.” ~Unknown</b><p>Anxiety is a box around your …

Self-help

This Interactive Tool Shows You What Sugar Is Doing To Your Body

It’s no secret that overdoing sugar isn’t good for your teeth or your waistline. But a diet consistently high in sugar can be bad news for many parts …

This Neuroscience Hack Can Make You Unstoppable

Because your brain recreates your memories, you can train it to automatically create memories that propel you forward.<p>Successful people always find ways to manage their emotions and thoughts. Steve Jobs, for example, used mindfulness meditation to remain centered and focused. Many CEOs have …

Brain-to-Brain Communication Is Closer Than You Think

Don't call it telepathy, but call it very cool.<p>When neuroscientists used a monkey's thoughts to control computers, it was a huge breakthrough in mind-machine research. But harnessing brain waves has become even more complex now that humans are the subjects. Recently, researchers used the thoughts …

Why The 8-Hour Workday Doesn't Work

The eight-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.<p>The eight-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual …

Time Management

People are falling in love with a simple productivity system that just uses pen and paper

I’m one of those people who is constantly testing out new productivity apps in the hopes that <i>this</i> is the technology that will transform my life for good. Each new app promises to make me more efficient than the last.<p>But I’ve never been able to find a method that quite beats the flexibility and …

Productivity

8 Small Things People Use to Judge Your Personality

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The human brain is hardwired to judge. This survival mechanism makes it very hard to meet someone without evaluating and interpreting their behavior.<p>While we tend to think that our judgments are based on the content of conversations and …

Psychology

Avocado Nutrition Benefits, Calories, And Recipes Explained

Avo fans, listen up.<p>Whether they're smashed onto toast or blitzed into our favourite smoothies, we can't get enough of avocados.<p>Global consumption of …

Brace yourself. Global warming brings with it not only weather and resource challenges, but more disease, allergies, and asthma, among other grave concerns.

There are lots of disastrous ways climate change is affecting our planet. It is speeding up the extinction rate of many species and increasing land …

Climate Change

25 Foods That Support Bone Health

Your bones require specific nutrients to stay strong and healthy. Calcium and vitamin D are the two big ones that I think most people recognize, but …

Soon we will see ‘chrono-’ attached to every form of medicine – Jessa Gamble

It was just a regular shipment of golden hamsters from the breeding colonies, except for one male animal. While all the other hamsters aligned on the …

Science to Moms: Having Babies Makes Your Brain Work Better

Yes, becoming a mother changes your brain, but not in the ways you probably think.<p>When I was in my third trimester of pregnancy, I walked out of the door one night with my dog...and without my keys or cellphone.<p>Luckily, my neighbors were home and happy to help, so the situation ended well. The only …