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How Olympians Stay Motivated

Mindfulness, self-talk, and an obscure chunk of the brain help elite athletes get through the training grind.<p>Until the 1990s, Olympic figure skating included a segment called “compulsory figures,” in which athletes would slowly trace precise, intricate shapes into the ice, and judges would inspect …

Eggs Don't Cause Heart Attacks -- Sugar Does

It's over. The debate is settled.<p><i>It's sugar, not fat, that causes heart attacks.</i><p>Oops. Fifty years of doctors' advice and government eating guidelines have been wrong. We've been told to swap eggs for cereal. But that recommendation is dead wrong. In fact, it's very likely that this bad advice has …

7 Tips to Sleep Better Without Medication

When it comes to sleep, this is one tired nation.<p>According to the CDC, between 35 and 45 percent of Americans unintentionally fell asleep during the day at least once in the past month and nearly 5 percent fell asleep while driving during the past month. And these are just the ones who admit it. …

Sleep

When Self-Improvement Gets Boring, Try These 6 Motivational Strategies

As human beings, we're always striving to be better. The most common self-improvement goals people set, particularly this time of year, are things like losing weight, improving our cholesterol numbers or blood pressure, or getting in shape for a marathon. These are body goals. They are concrete and …

Motivation

Students Should Be Tested More, Not Less

When done right, frequent testing helps people remember information longer.<p>Testing is terrible for learning, destroys student and teacher morale, and impedes opportunities for productive, meaningful teaching. This oft-repeated axiom has become accepted as true without proof. Opposition to testing …

5 Powerful Mantras for Absolute Inner Peace -- Now

On the surface, it seems that the present moment is only one of many, many moments. Each day of your life appears to consist of thousands of moments where different things happen. Yet if you look more deeply, is there not only one moment, ever? Is life ever not "this moment"?<p>This one moment -- now …

13 Things That Are Totally Going to Change You in Your 30s

You are in your 30s. It came a lot quicker than you expected, right? Kaboom. After posting your pics and tweeting the occasion, you are finally home alone -- and it hits you. You go to the mirror and stare at what might just possibly be baby crow's feet creeping across your face. Oh my. So, you say …

Self-awareness

What I Discovered by Beginning a Mindfulness Practice

It had been one of those years. Life kept handing me lemons, and instead of making lemonade [eyeroll], I was losing my hair and becoming overly familiar with the slim pickings on TV at 2 a.m. when my anxiety kept me awake. When my "stress" began to seep into my children, I realized it was time to …

Mindfulness

Womb transplants hailed as success in pioneering Swedish project

Doctor says nine women have received wombs from relatives and will soon try to get pregnant<p>Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated by relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, has revealed. The women, mostly in their 30s, were born without a uterus or had it …

Drop Anxiety and Depression

Exactly how the practice does this is a bit of a mystery, says study coauthor Madhav Goyal, M.D. Anxiety and depression are rooted in your mind. And it’s possible the focus and discipline required for meditation helps train your brain to tune out negative emotions or symptoms—or at least their …

High Net-Gain Nutrition

<i>by guest blogger Brendan Brazier, athlete, author, and creator of Vega and Thrive Forward</i><p>My nutrition philosophy, summarized in the <i>Thrive</i> book series, is not based around calories, but focuses instead on what I like to call high net-gain nutrition. By eating foods that are easy to digest and …

Nutrition

Talking To Babies In Their Own Language

Here’s an experiment you may have seen in real life: take a college-educated professional and put them in front of a cooing baby. All of a sudden, their erudite language turns to mush as they try to communicate with an infant.<p>Infant-directed speech, also known as motherese (or parentese for gender …

Language Learning

A Report Card for Humanity: 1900-2050

21 economists crunch the numbers on 10 of the world's most bedeviling problems.<p>Will we be living better in 2050 than our predecessors did in 1900? The discussion over the state of the world, and whether things are getting better or worse, is not new. Scientists and philosophers have debated the …

Hello 2014: 21 Ways to Live a Resilient Life

Here are 21 ways to lead a resilient life:<p><b>1. Set healthy boundaries that work for you and not everyone else.</b> Put this phrase at the top of your healthy, self-loving boundary setting list: "That doesn't work for me." If others don't understand your boundaries, so what? You are not creating them for …

Home Invasion

This headband promises to help you take control of your dreams

Andrew Smiley was sitting inside a huge, ornate dining hall when he began to notice the lights pulsing overhead. That’s weird, he thought. He stood up to get a better look, drawing the eyes of those around him. Suddenly, he knew what was happening, and what to do next: he bolted, diving through a …

10 truly bizarre Victorian deaths

<b>Life in Victorian times was arguably considerably more dangerous than now, if the newspaper reports of the time are anything to go by, writes Jeremy Clay.</b><p>A recent BBC News Magazine piece set out the dangers within the Victorian or Edwardian home. But there were plenty of ways to come a cropper …

Oxford University

How Simple Mini Habits Can Change Your Life

<b>“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~Alan Watts</b><p>It was late 2012, just after Christmas, …

Will Power

Medicine's Problem of 'Incidental Findings'

Abnormalities on medical tests that weren't what doctors were looking for—and probably mean nothing—can cause a lot of anxiety, time, and money<p>Imagine you are a medical student, volunteering in a research study to help out a friend. The fMRI during a memory test also happens to pick up a …

The Magic of Awe

Milan Ljubincic | Waking Times<p>Thunderstorms casting long shadows on the horizon as the continents come alive with lights; the line separating day …

Spirulina Enhances Anti-Cancer ‘Natural Killer Cell’ Abilities

“Natural killer cells” sound like cells you don’t want to run into in a dark alley. Well, if you’re a tumor cell or a virus, that’s true. <b>These cells</b> …

Clinton, planning to attend funeral, reflects on Mandela’s advice during impeachment crisis

Former President Bill Clinton told Fox News in an interview on Friday he's planning to attend funeral services for the late South African President Nelson Mandela, the man with whom he forged a close bond when they were both in office in the 1990s and he took advice from during the impeachment …

Instead of the ER: Paramedics making house calls to chronic patients

Emergency rooms — which can cost patients thousands of dollars each visit — have become the primary source of medical care for the uninsured and people with chronic illnesses.<p>A Minnesota health care provider is testing a new program in the hopes of reducing ER admissions and keeping people …

Health Care

Income Inequality Is The 'Challenge Of Our Time,' Obama Says

President Obama tried Wednesday to turn the conversation back to the economy, calling the growing income gap the "defining challenge of our time."<p>"Some of you may have seen just last week the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length," Obama said. "How can it be, he wrote, that it's not a …