Sara Ellena

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Bill Hader Made an Epic List of Essential Movie Comedies; Here’s Where to Stream Them

We all know Bill Hader’s a funny guy; with the release this month of <i>The Skeleton Twins</i> and <i>The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby</i>, he’s proving himself a …

Entertainment

Why U.S. Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts

The U.S. leads the world in health care spending, but we don't live very long, and going to the doctor is so expensive that we don't do it very often. So where is the money going?<p>Not toward obesity-related diseases or unnecessary tests and treatments, as the writer John Green pointed out in a …

5 steps to maximize iPads for students with autism

<b>1. Know why you chose the iPad.</b><p>One of the reasons Gerke chose the iPad was because of the SETT Framework,which urges educators to choose technology …

Beyond Reading a Book: 3 Hands-On Methods of Self-Education | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When you’re trying to learn a new subject, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information you read in books. However, reading a book isn’t …

Language Learning

Finish What You Started: 4 Tips to Effectively See Your Projects Through | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Do you have a pile of unfinished projects inside your drawer or computer? You know, half-baked ideas, incomplete blog posts, or projects that never …

Time Management

To mimic us, babies use 'body map' in brain - Futurity

New research suggests how brain processing lets babies observe people and imitate their body movements.

Neurology

Eat, Smoke, Meditate: Why Your Brain Cares How You Cope

Most people do what they have to do to get through the day. This may sound dire, but let’s face it, it’s the human condition. Given the number of people who are depressed or anxious, it’s not surprising that big pharma is doing as well as it is. But for millennia before we turned to …

As More Alzheimer's Drugs Fail, Researchers Find Hope In Vitamins And Spice

As more problems arise with pharmaceutical treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, two new studies suggest that compounds in cinnamon and vitamins B12, B6, and folate may offer some protection against the disease that presently affects some 5 million people in the U.S. Just today a new study in <i>Science</i> …

Meditation Stimulates Long-Lasting Brain Changes

The effects gained from meditation continue to affect brain function for a long time after meditation is over, according to new research.<p>"This is the …

Meditation

Stunning Garden Sculptures Convey Hardships of Arthritis

Anna Gillespie's wind-blown bronze sculpture, called <i>To the Limit</i>, was recently showcased in Chris Beardshaw's award-winning garden in Chelsea. Beardshaw, a U.K. gardener who's best known for his work on the BBC's television series <i>Gardeners' World</i>, invited the sculptor to show her work there to aid …

Sculpture

Study Finds No Link Between Hallucinogens And Mental Problems

How risky are psychedelic drugs to mental health? Not nearly as much as you might have imagined.<p>People who had taken LSD, psilocybin (the brain-bending chemical in magic mushrooms) or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental health …

5 Major Mental Illnesses Traced to Same Genetic Variations

Five major mental illnesses — depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and autism — are traceable to the same inherited genetic variations, …

Post by Former NIMH Director Thomas Insel: Antipsychotics: Taking the Long View

By Thomas Insel on August 28, 2013<p>One of the first lessons I received as a psychiatrist-in-training 35 years ago was the value of antipsychotic …

5 Radically Simple Ideas to Instantly Change Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Life is simple.<p>It is.<p>If you want something, go get it.<p>If you don’t like something, stop whatever it is you’re doing and change course.<p>Each of us are …

Social Media

4 Ways Your Darkest Moment Can Positively Change Your Life

I will never forget the moment that I woke up in a hospital bed the morning after I tried to take my own life. At the age of 26 years old my marriage …

Drawing Mental Illness: Artist Bobby Baker’s Visual Diary

Despite our proudest cultural and medical advances, mental illness remains largely taboo, partly because the experience of it can be so challenging to articulate. But when performance artist <b>Bobby Baker</b> was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 1996, followed by a breast cancer …

How to Sew a Reversible Tote Bag

Here's a reversible tote bag made with a contrasting cuff. Use it for your crafts, the beach or groceries. Customize it to suit your needs.<p>Method …

Sewing

‘Be’ Where Your Butt Is! | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Have you ever experienced ‘Phantom Vibration Syndrome?’ If you occasionally swear you feel your iPhone vibrating in your pocket even when it’s not, …

Why Working Out for Just 30 Minutes Will Make You Happier | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

You’ve heard it before: Regular exercise can do wonders for both your body and mind.<p>On paper, working out regularly sounds like a fantastic idea. …

Exercise

3 Ways to Open Up to Opportunity: Exploring the Possibilities | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

What if I told you that you don’t necessarily need to know the end goal in order to start?<p><i>I’ll be happy when I lose ten pounds</i><p><i>I’ll be happy when I</i> …

Why (and How) You Should Master Awareness

<b>Awareness is a quality of being awake and present to the moment.</b><p>Once we can identify and understand what this quality is, we have the key to …

The Simple Yet Effective Not-So Secret Strategy For Motivation

Are you waiting for a sign?<p>The skies to part and a splendid sunrise to stir you?<p>Receiving an unprompted letter in the mail encouraging you to take …

Stop Being Hard on Yourself: 5 Tips for Learning Life Lessons

<b>“When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Viktor Frankl</b><p>I learned a big lesson this week. It’s been a …

Stress Kills The Mind, One Day At A Time

Stress is hard on the mind — this much we intuitively know. But what we may not realize is how much our daily reactions to stress take a cumulative toll on our minds.<p>Most psychological research on the effects of stress has focused on relatively short-term outcomes. A new study in the journal</i> …

How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

A few years ago, I worked at a web design agency as a product manager. The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our design …

FYI: What Is Hikikomori?

Stories of this mental illness, culturally specific to Japan, make their way to Western shores.<p>Parental pressure takes all kinds of shapes. My own parents would have loved if I'd chosen to be a computer programmer at a big company instead of a freelance writer. (But I know you guys love me no …