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Happiness expert says an easy way to strengthen any relationship starts with adjusting the way you say hello and goodbye

Gretchen Rubin, author of "Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives," says you don't need to reinvent a relationship to make it stronger. Starting with how you greet and say goodbye is a terrific can vastly improve that connection. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>This</i> …

Happiness

The Prediabetes Diet Plan

• <b>Author:</b> Hillary Wright<p><b>A practical, empowering guide to managing and reversing prediabetes through diet and exercise, from a registered dietitian.</b><p>Affecting 79 million Americans, prediabetes often develops into full-blown type 2 diabetes, one of the leading causes of death in the United States. …

15 Powerful Quotes From Lao Tzu That Will Shift Your Perspective on Life

Have you ever heard of Lao Tzu?<p>If not, then you’re in for some wisdom today.<p>Lao Tzu was the founder Taoism, the highly influential philosophy that …

Taoism

10 Brutal Truths About Life That Are Difficult To Accept But You'll Benefit a Lot If You Do

Every single one of us have our own struggles to deal with. We worry, we procrastinate, we don’t feel good enough, we wish we had more money…the list …

Happiness

4 Questions that Will Change Your Attitude (When You Can’t Change Anything Else)

All of us suffer setbacks and obstacles in life. According to the first noble truth of Buddhism, suffering is inevitable. Life is full of …

Happiness

Best Shipping Container Homes of 2016

We’ve been giving a lot of love lately to Tiny Houses on Wheels during our recap of our favorite tiny homes of 2016, so here’s a post dedicated to …

Tiny House Movement

See inside this tiny home designed by renowned Mountain Brook architect

Mountain Brook-based architect Jeffrey Dungan is known for the clean and modern houses he has designed across the United States.<p>These homes are …

Architecture

How high-tech Kasita microhomes could revolutionize homeownership

1/8<p>Kasita micro home<p>America’s affordable housing crisis is squeezing people out of cities, but one Harvard researcher believes he’s developed a …

Design

Infographic: Regrowing Fruits & Vegetables from Scraps | RECOIL OFFGRID

The following infographic shows methods for regrowing fruits and veggies from trimmings and scraps. These simple gardening techniques can save you …

Gardening

12 Powerful Gratitude Practices That Bring Joy

<b>“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ~A. A. Milne</b><p>Gratitude didn’t come …

Mindfulness

Everyone Is Successful In Their Own Way: Check Which Path You’re Already On

Wonder what successful people do to become so? They don't expect their paths to success to be linear!

I took the Dalai Lama to a ski resort and he told me the meaning of life

In the mid ’80s, I was living in Santa Fe, N.M., making a shabby living writing magazine articles, when a peculiar assignment came my way.<p>I had become friendly with a group of Tibetan exiles who lived in a compound on Canyon Road, where they ran a business selling Tibetan rugs, jewelry, and …

96% of people fail when they try to better themselves — here are 3 ways to make sure you don't

A while back, my company polled over 1,000 people who invested in personal development seminars/courses, set goals, and worked on those goals for 90 days.<p>The data from those polls was pretty shocking — 96% of their personal development efforts completely failed.<p>There's a joke that goes, "I'm …

15 Soothing Mindfulness Quotes That Will Calm Your Anxious Feelings

Anxiety is becoming a big problem for people in America. According to most recent estimates, anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the …

5 Ways To Make $1000 Without Leaving Your Home

$1000 a month may seem like a lot to learn as a side hustle. However, it isn’t when you break it down into simple tasks that need to be completed with a dollar amount attached to it.<p>$1000 can be made in the following ways:<p>4 products or services sold for $250 each<br>• 10 products or services sold for …

Freelancing

When Brody met Sally: Giant puppy and 93-year-old are the best of friends

When it comes to this pair it’s hard to determine who’s cuter: 93-year-old Sally or 1-year-old Brody. Regardless, together they are a joyful sight to behold.<p>Sally, 93, lost her husband in 1990 and has lived next to Dave Mazarella in Mt. Vernon, Washington, for 15 years. She has known all of his …

Dogs

This Indoor Farm Can Bring Fresh Produce to Food Deserts

Almonds got the brunt of the bad press, but they hardly deserve all the blame for California’s water woes. Sure, it’s worth considering how to …

Aquaculture

Natural First Aid Kit for a Healthy Lifestyle

<b>A Natural First Aid Kit for a Healthy Lifestyle</b><p>Natural first aid kits are essential for both indoors and outdoors. Whether you are at home or plan to …

Alternative Medicine

14 Totally Free Things on the Internet Everyone Should Take Advantage of

<b>By Wil Fulton</b><p>The wunderkinds over on reddit took a break from uncracked safes and banana-based measurements to post a mega-thread addressing the best …

Hacking

50 Side Jobs to Help You Make an Extra $500 or More This Month

Ready to fatten your bank account? We’ve found 50 ways to make money this month — and most of them you can do on the side!<p>This post is LONG, so I …

Money

Living Off the Grid: Natural Alternatives for Common Meds

We’ve discussed natural remedies for a number of ailments in other articles but we haven’t really touched on substitutions for specific medications. …

Home Remedies

6 Drugstore Skincare Products to Rival French Beauty Buys

Call it the Goop effect or just our love for all things French, but we can’t help that we lose our minds over even the most basic French beauty buys. Bioderma, Nuxe, Avibon — you name it; we’re searching for ways to get our hands on these simple, but luxurious staples short of buying a plane …

Guide to Creating a Minimalist Wardrobe & 4 Reasons to get on it Right Now.

I found the secret to massively simplifying my wardrobe.<p>I could hardly stand one more day of staring at my closet every time I had to get dressed, …

Clothing

Genius Kitchens: Space Saving Details for Small Kitchens

Kitchen storage space is always at a premium, and this is especially true in small kitchens. But fortunately, having a kitchen with a small footprint …

Use a Pegboard as an Herb Garden

Those of you with a green thumb know that growing an herb garden in the kitchen can be tricky — especially if space is limited. Put a few pots on …

4 Exercises from Positive Psychology to Boost Your Happiness

All of us have experienced times when a dark cloud just seems to be following us around. No matter what you do, it just seems that you can’t seem to …

Emotions

How to prepare for retirement during every decade of your life

Managing wealth to achieve and maintain your retirement aspirations is a long-term project. Ideally, it’s a journey that can begin growing roots in your 20s.<p>To me, it makes good sense to chart, plan and implement your retirement accumulation marathon in blocks of 10 years at a time. An objective …

Retirement

5 phrases your boss is dying to hear you say

Fact: At some point, every one of us has (or had) a boss.<p>In so many ways, we look to them to have all the answers. At every rung in the ladder, we expect our bosses to actually lead us, guide us, and be our mentors.<p>But managers don’t know everything, and more often than not, they need our help, …

Leadership

The 4 Types of Organizational Politics

The first 100 days are usually the honeymoon period for any new CEO to make their mark and get others on board. However, for Airbus CEO Christian Streiff, it was just a brief window before his abrupt departure from the European aircraft company that’s part of the EADS consortium, along with …

Management

How to Care for Your Aged Parents — Without Going Broke

Living longer is a wonderful thing — but it brings along with it the issue of caring for our aging parents.<p>According to the Pew Research Center, just 15 percent of Americans with a parent age 65 or older say their parent needs help. But when that parent gets to be 75 or older, that number jumps to …

Retirement